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!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Today was a good day to be weighed - I'm now 3.8 pounds lighter than last week. It just makes me feel like what I'm doing it worth it. It's worth going for the runs. It's worth weighing and watching everything. It's just an amazingly gratifying feeling.
In other news today I thought about the idea of eating when I'm hungry as opposed to eating to stave off hunger. I've been quite conscious lately of only eating when I really need to eat - not eating when I'm bored.
Yes, I'll admit, I eat to avoid boredom.
I just need to keep on paying attention.
Reward for a job well done was steak for dinner. It was delicious.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I woke up this morning feeling pretty spunky. Sure, I was sore from yesterday's ride, but that was a good thing. In fact, as I stretched this morning it was a reminder of a job well done, I think.
So, as I watch myself go (and it's only been a week) I feel like maybe those bits of me I lovingly call saddlebags (extra fat in my thighs) and chicken cutlets (ye olde back fat) are starting to feel less grabable. At least, I like to think they are. I've been running at lunch now for six weeks, I like to think that by now I'd start having some results.
Today was C25K day in preparation for the Pittsburgh Great Race in September. I got through all eight of my runs - but that's not to say it was easy. By the time I was done not only was I tired, but I was starved. I felt like i should have apologized to the people in Subway for being a sweaty, no doubt stinky mess while we waited for our food.
All in all, it's been a good day, here's hoping the scale reflects it tomorrow!
Picture from this weekend's picnic - squinty, but that's not the important part. I think I actually kind of look okay!
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