Saturday, May 12, 2012
The last couple nights in a row, Nitz has been awoken by calls from his store. He is on the alarm call list if the motion sensor is triggered after hours. A mouse has woken him up at 4:30am and 3:30am on two separate days by triggering this poorly placed sensor. Nice huh? His boss was also contacted these times. Needless to say they are going to re-position the sensor so this crap doesn't happen again. Understandably, we are both groggy. I slept in today and I totally didn't mean to.
One of my friends was over yesterday, so I didn't get to run, but I am ahead of the game in cardio anyways, so I wasn't too worried. She wanted a mixed drink, so I had one with her, and a glass of wine, and later a low carb beer, spaced out over several hours so I could drive her home. She was feeling self concious about her weight these past few months, but when I saw her today I told her she looked great! I figure she lost between 5-10lbs. She is taller than me, so she carries more weight better that I could. I asked her how she did it. She told me she took a long hard look at what she was eating, realized it was too much of things, and cut back on the bad stuff. Her boyfriend recently gained back all the weight he lost earlier in the year, and she was lamenting how she wanted to motivate him without nagging. He has a gym membership, but he eats like a champ. He loves eating, all the bad stuff, drinking, all the time. He does field hockey, but he goes out for dinner and drinks with his friends after. It's more of a social thing. We have all fallen from grace at one point or another.
She told me she wanted to try a dance class. I told her that as long as she was being a good example and encouraging, that could be fun! In the end, it's all a choice. He's a grown man, and has to make this choice. But if he is surrounded by positive influences, the choice will come a bit easier. People are more encouraged by the positive than motivated by the negative. I know he'll get back on track.
Speaking of back on track, today is not a cardio day, but I ate an ice cream sandwich late last night (to ease my sore throat....great excuse right? LOL) so I think I will go for a jog and try to get rid of it. It's a nice day, so why not.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I did a run on Sunday, which wasn't a scheduled cardio day, so I told myself I would take today off. But it's bothering me, which in turn scares me a little.
I feel like I have to do it, or I have failed. But I don't want to be one of those "All or nothing" people. I have run twice this week and it's only Wednesday, I will finish my full body exercises and I am ahead on calorie burn this week, so why does my brain tell me that I HAVE to do it? My brain says I am meeting a friend on Friday at noon, so I have to do all the cardio I can in case I don't get to it that day, which is just ABSURD. I can go for a run at 10am instead of 1pm. I'll still have plenty of time to see her.
It seems silly to complain about. I thought I would have the opposite problem. I thought staying motivated would be a major issue, but it's like this drill sergeant in my brain (that I didn't know existed until a short while ago!) has completely taken over. It's dangerous to me. I don't like the guilty person that keeps telling me to stop typing and just do it NOW, or else it will rain and then today is RUINED! If I don't do it, I won't do it tomorrow, or the next day or the day after, and it's all a waste. Who is this person? I do not like her. She tells me that icecream is bad, I should run harder, I should do more reps, or I fail fail fail. Someone else can have her please!
HAHAHAHA I just heard thunder. Looks like I HAVE to stay in Drill Sergeant. Shouldn't jog in a thunderstorm. Dangerous and all that. I guess I just need to calm myself down and do something relaxing. She'll shut up. I have to a balance but I was prepared for the other way around.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Nitz told me last night we were running this morning. Yeah okay. Saturday was a rest day, and I kinda had some alcohol, so the run would help me focus and get back in the saddle again. Nitz woke me up this morning and I really didn't want to go, but I did it for him. He said he almost backed out, but he told me he would do it because I was in on this too. We were holding each other accountable I guess.
He likes the evil hilly route so we did that, and I ALMOST caught him on the second lap. I just gave it all I had and tried really hard. So close! This was my first run without coffee too. The caffeine helps me focus I find, so I felt at a disadvantage.
We were jogging on a flat road and a dog ran to catch up with his owner, a slow run too. I yelled out "Holy hell! Even that DOG is faster than me!!" Like, seriously?? I know Im still building up my intensity and endurance, and Rome wasnt built in a day, but REALLY?? Sheesh...
Gotta get out of that confort zone. I think I'm ready.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
....Because of a damn power outage on my street!
Nitz politely requested a ride to work today, which is fine because it forces me to get out and be conscious. So as I'm taking him to work (what is with all the idiot drivers today??) I notice the clouds are looking pretty ominous. I'd better jog now or I might get soaked.
So I drop him off, come back home, and lace up. It's a beautiful day. 18 degrees and overcast. Just perfect for a jog. Just as I am texting Nitz to tell him I'm running today (it's a safety thing. I text him before I start and when I return, so he knows I'm safe, since at this time, I typically run by myself) and the lights die in the foyer and the emergency lights come on. Power blips in Toronto aren't totally uncommon. The last one lasted about 10 minutes, maybe a month and a half ago, so I choose to ignore it and set out.
Let me tell you something. My legs already hurt. I did the 20 minute cardio blast from the workout video selection yesterday because it was pouring rain and just wow. My whole body got in on that....PLUS my lunges and arm workouts later. So my legs were kind of annoyed that I was pulling this garbage again. But I jogged, and I pushed myself, and I got further than before! I got a bit of a second wind and my legs shut the hell up, and I was....comfortable. I think I focus too much on my aches, which makes me discouraged and kills my concentration, so I thought about other things as best as I could. I even had a decent breathing pattern, and I focused on that for a bit as well. It wasn't 'fun' but I felt very accomplished. I recovered faster too.
My legs are pissy now, even though I power walked for a cool down and power walked for a warm up and stretched, but it's all lactic acid. They'll just have to deal.
The power was still off when I got home. Ewwwww, sweaty and icky and no power, but I managed to shower. And since I couldn't Spark right away I was forced to make my cucumber snack (melba toast with cream cheese and cucumber on top....tasty!) and grab a big ol' glass of water and read a book. The power just came on now, so it was out for a better part of two hours, which is odd. Nitz said he called to ask the power people why and a sub-station blew or something. Whatever. At least it isnt a million degrees out.
I hope everyone else's day is going great! Keep that spark alive :)
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
I was thinking this song to myself as Nitz was up ahead of me while jogging today. He wanted to join me on a jog today, had been talking about since last night actually. He was so adamant about it, he asked if we could stop at the sports store to buy shorts. I thought for sure he was going to find an excuse, lol. But when we got home from shopping (today was his day off) he was all like "Yeah! Joggin' pants on! Lets go!"
Turns out, Nitz is an excellent running partner. He has a knee injury, which is why I never asked him to come with me before, but after a light warm up jog, he pointed to the hills.
Oh god...the hills. I ran them the first time and I suffered horribly. But there he went, urging me to catch up so I set my pace and let him run on ahead. A couple times I wanted to stop and die, but I saw him up ahead and kept going. His strides are longer (he is 6 feet and I am 5 foot 6) and he distance ran in school. I am a sprinter. Suicide drills are my specialty, so I struggle with pacing because my body wonders "why the hell are you letting some guy get ahead of you??? Be FAST!" I trained to be fast, he trained to run far. Huge compatibility issue here, but maybe it's what I need to get me to go that extra mile (literally). I felt great. I ran two laps of the horrible hill and recovered quickly, instead of one lap and practically falling down at the end. I noticed a difference! Exciting!!
Nitz never judged me for lagging behind, and I thanked him for supporting me in my lifestyle change. He said this was something he enjoyed (sadist...) and he would LOVE to do it again. This was great news to me!
When we got home (I ran up the stairs this time!) I took out the chicken sausage and onion quinoa and ate that. It was really tasty! I love it when tasty food is good for you :)
I would like to wish everyone a great day and to keep going. I hope all is well :)
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