Sunday, July 01, 2012
Today I did my C25K jog in my new Five Fingers and I feel pretty good. I don't know if I want to train in them forever; but, I certainly didn't get any of the shin and calf pain I usually do.
In other news as my five day weekend continues tomorrow I plan to work on my craft room and then go for a nice long bike ride through town. I'm hoping to do more than the 12 miles I did yesterday; but, we'll see.
I've been thinking a lot about how lucky I am. I'm fat, but I'm healthy. I don't have diabetes or high blood pressure. I don't have any arthritis or reasons why I can't move. All I have to do is overcome laziness and work hard. Well, I'm going to be more stubborn than the weather, my own body, and the people who think I'm insane.
One day I'll be fit.
So, here's to being lucky enough to be able to run, bike, jog, and exercise!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
It was a great day today. Went out for a long bike ride this morning and then went out to lunch with my brother. I think it was kind of a blessing that my 550 Calorie Applebees sirloin meal turned out pretty gross. There was just too much garlic.. yack.
For dinner I'm planning on some veggies and lots of water because I spoiled myself with a fantastic hot fudge sundae from Sonic. Oh, it was sooooo good.
Looking forward to going for a run tomorrow and getting some help moving the Total Gym upstairs.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Well, in keeping with my training for the Pittsburgh Great Race 5K I went out again today to run.. jog... just keep moving. When I left the office it was 84 degrees. I think when I got back it was closer to 90.
I rocked that damned run.
And it was REALLY hot.
How hot was it?
Well, I didn't see any of the usual suspects out. Not a one. Nope, they were all enjoying air conditioning and eating ice cream and thinking happy thoughts. I was out kicking ass in the heat.
I was amazing. No joke.
So there have been several reactions. From the other side of the pond I get the skeptical 'I'm not sure if you're crazy or bad arse!' From my coworkers I get 'That's awesome' and 'You've got some real dedication.'
Well, you know what? I do. And I am awesome.
Tomorrow I have plans for an early morning bike ride. I hope it rains tonight to cool the world down a little before I go.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
So, being that I have limited calories to play with (some would argue too limited) I have to be a bit more conscious than the average bear about what I'm consuming. I need to be aware of when I'm really hungry (like in the morning between watering the plants and letting the dog out) and when I'm just plain bored (like when I'm staring mindlessly at the case study I've been working on for two hours.)
Sometimes, for me at least, it's hard to tell the difference.
Well, not really hard; but, when you're in it and something says 'Hey, fool, you're hungry!' Well, you're just going to believe me when you almost want that distraction of a mint or a cookie or the Hoho's that live downstairs in the vending machine and sit taunting you daily like some kind of satanic trick.
In any event, I think a checklist of hunger is necessary. A flowchart, if you will.
1. How long has it been since you last ate? If less than two hours and you haven't had a great run you're not hungry. If more than two hours move on.
2. What are you doing right now? Something tedious and mind rotting - not hungry. Otherwise, move on.
3. How's that water glass looking? Full? Drink it and start again. Recently empty? Move along.
4. Stop for a moment, think of a delicious chicken salad. Taste the touch of raspberry vinaigrette, the fresh spinach... Think about it. Did your mouth water / stomach rumble? Nope? Not hungry. Otherwise, move on.
5. Congratulations, it's likely you're hungry. If it's a good time for a meal, enjoy! Otherwise, snack responsibly!
For me it's all about being more aware of what my body is trying to tell me. As a creature of habit I've spent too long eating because it was time to or the situation dictated that I was supposed to. No more. I need to listen to what my body says it needs. Rest? Water? Food? All and any - just when I really need them.
Just like sometimes I really do need to go out on my run.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
So, I'm doing my blog for day 8 on day 9. I'll do today's when today is over, promise :)
So, yesterday was a pretty good day. I made it through my 25 minutes of C25K training with a bit more ease than I did on Monday which made me feel pretty good. I was also pretty glad to see that when I was doing the run portions that I kept up pace with some of the more evenly paced people. Sure, runs 7 and 8 were still a challenge; but, at least I made it!
On the horizon is the Zombies, Run! app for training. I think it'll be fun. I'm just going to wait until I've developed a bit more endurance to try it. After all, I wouldn't want to be eaten by a Zombie.
After inducing a little peer pressure on my mom she's finally starting to watch what she's eating and it seems (reluctantly) agreeing to Tuesday walks with me. I hope she does it. I hope she doesn't come up with excuses. I'd like to see my mom make it past 65. I'd like her to see me be successful and to be able to share her successes with her. Maybe one day she'll be around to see the poor sap who marries me. Who knows.
Alright, enough hopes and dreams for one day.
Have a great day, folks!
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