Thursday, June 24, 2010
I gotta get new shoes.
and the sad thing is: I just BOUGHT these shoes.
Since I began my running adventures, I have had some hard times with my shins. When I first started running, it was in the front. Pain everytime I ran that would last for a couple of days...just long enough to do another day of Week 1 runs.
After listening and learning I realized I had to get new shoes. I went to Fleet Feet cuz they are supposed to know what they are doing. I went in. The kid said I was an underpronator and told me to pick out a pair of shoes. I, not knowing, picked out a pair of Reebok shoes. Paid $100 for them and $50 for my inserts.
I ran with my new "feet" and at first it was okay. The front shin pains were definately gone but it had simply moved to the inside of my legs and tightened in the calves. A sign of it working: I thought.
Granted, I am not a consistent runner (and can ya blame me at this point?) I kept trying and each time would be painful, but I could run through them.
Then my feet started to get numb....all the time.
Then my heels started to experience sharp pains.....most of the time.
I read that inserts are bad (hard plastic on heels, no good) so I take them out. Surely the new shoes will work?
I go running today. Week 4 (still) I am now sitting here, hoping I don't burst into tears while typing. My ankles, inside of my legs, up to my knees throb in agony. What normally takes me 30 took me 45. I almost called my daughter to come pick me up as it took me everything I could muster to walk.
What is going on? I know it's the shoes...it has to be. And there is nooooo way I am going to talk hubby into leting me buy another $100 pair of shoes that "may or may not" work. I just literally threw $150 into the trash. Unless....anyone need a size 7 Reebok?
So, no more running until I figure this out. I just can't keep running through the pain! Not pain like this, anyway.
I'm going to go downstairs...slowly. ice my lower legs while sipping some tea (I'm so outta coffee which is hell enough) and then do my Burn it Up: barefoot.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
That's what I keep telling myself now. But, I was thinking today as I was sweating out a workout with my 12 year old (almost 13!!)....If I were to listen to my body, I wouldn't be working out!
If I were to listen to my body: I wouldn't get up at 830 or earlier to push play!
I I were to listen to my body: Chips would ALWAYS win over carrots! Ice-cream would massively DESTROY greek yogurt.
The tele would be my best friend and NOT for workout DVDs.
So, I ask myself.....what the heck am I doing this for? I hate sweating! But, here I am working out lunges and squats.
My heart and soul begs for a healthier me.
My wardrobe sits empty awaiting a happier shopper. (I refuse to buy clothing unless I absolutely HAVE to...hence the What Not To Wear threats from the kids)
My eyes and mirror need a better relationship.
I LIKE feeling stronger.
I LIKE feeling slightly embarrassed with "hey, you're looking good! Your butt getting firmer?"
I WANT better sex!!
I WANT to look GOOD for better sex!!
and I want my husband to look at me the same way he did 24 years ago.....and make him feel like he's the luckiest man alive. Cuz he will be :o)
Having said that, I actually looked at my track record for my fitness.
I knew I wasn't consistent, but....um yeah. I really THOUGHT I was doing better than I was.... LOL
The calandar is on the fridge now with a marker next to it.
OH!! Here's a question. I've seen it around, but now I'm asking. So, I'm working on working out daily. Not 3 days a week like I have been. I want this!! NO MORE DAYS OFF....well, 2 or 6 at a time anyway...
BUTTTT.....I have a camping trip for 5 days.
I can do this...I know I can, but how? Any advice? Can I work out camping? hmmmm..... What are your thoughts on that?
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thank you AB gals!
Seven freaking o"dark thirty this morning blared on my cell phone and I hit snooze. My brain, however, was coherent enough to wonder if a fellow Sparkie was working out without me and I argued "she won't notice".
But I did.
sooooo....I got out of bed and took one step towards my computer. Sure enough, she had done her workout and people had commented on her amazingness. I smiled because even through the prepared words on our screens, the pictures, the trackers, and blogs; there are truly amazing people who can motivate and shine through. It's almost as if our energies travel through the wiring. I soaked in the motivations and began my day with a smile. I remembered to try and help motivate at least one other member and set off for my Vegas goal workout.
1st! Burn it Up. You would think I would be done with this DVD by now. Truth be known I SUCK at it. I don't mean like, I just do bad....well, yes, I do. I have NO balance and everytime this woman does these lunges things I fall and hit my head on the windowsill. It's very disconcerning before your morning cup of java.
I did about 22 minutes of this video today actually feeling like I was going to collapse. Stars still floating around my head, I did the resistance bands (my favorite) and shut her now obnoxious smile off. New goal. to someday FINISH the whole Burn it Up DVD and do it without falling. Oh Lordie help me on that one!! I'm going to get re-active with my Wii active and maybe that can help me with my balance. I dunno. I really wonder if having tiny seven feet among my 5'7" heavy frame doesn't help. So....movement was made. It wasn't perfect, but not a failure either...
2nd) alright....I know my limits and running C25 3 days a week is just not my thing. I want to at least be out daily. If I'm out daily I will more than likely STICK to running. So goal today. Run 1 mile. No C25...just go.
I turned on my iPod and looked around my house. Kids still in bed. Took out my hearing aids and took off.....walking. I got a few blocks and attempted a run.
It was about 5 blocks into it when I realized. I still had my glasses on. No biggie keep going.....I see a cute little jogger (I see her frequently) and try to say hello. It came out "GASP GUGH...pant pant"
It THEN donned on me I was wearing my workout sweats with a pj shirt and no bra.
No wonder my kids want to put me on What Not To Wear! O.M.G!!! So not only could I not get out any words, panting, I looked like a braless granny having a stroke in the middle of the road.
I turned around. I did manage a mile, but in 20 minutes. Not good "running" time, but not bad for me....I guess.
I came home and the oldest was up. She was trying to say something to me only I couldn't get my hearing aid in. I looked at my iPod earphones.
one of the plugs were embedded in my ear.
So, my oldes with her new found high school diploma says "sit on the couch, I got you covered" and produces a mechanical pencil. "don't worry, Mom. There's no lead" It worked.
My run wasn't perfect. It wasn't even everything I wanted it to be. But, it was not a failure either.
Breakfast was a goodin. It was a "sexy breakfast" as my AB group would call it. I made eggwhites sauteed in butter and turnip greens, topped with gorgonzola cheese. YUM! I entered it into Spark to find out the butter had more calories than the meal.
breakfast wasn't perfect, but not a failure either....
Now I'm going to put on a bra. Do some laundry that has been avoided for a week. Do up the dishes, play with my new bird "Sammy" and figure out a healthy dinner that all of my family will enjoy. Afterwards, I will walk with hubby and finish my night with Wii topping my goal of 60 minutes today.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Have these days been passing us by or is it just me?
I think I wake up when it's time for bed....or did I miss somthing in between?
When will I have time for laundry? to cook? to clean? to run? to push play?
It must be the confetti clutter scurring around in the brain cavaties again, no doubt instigated by those mutant fat cells refusing to leave my body.
Rather than beating myself up about it wondering how my butt is still scrunching into a chair I thought "I think I better revamp a goal" When? Where? How?
When: Goal when will be August 9th. That's, let's see, how many days? ...... **tick tock** 54 days! Which is almost 8 weeks.
Where? Vegas baby! Size 12? 14 at MOST....I don't want to see my 16s any more!! I have size 14 dresses....oooooh to wear a dress!! I don't even think I care about the "weight" persay if I can just get to LOOKING and FEELING good, ya know?
How? By getting off my butt. Quit using it as a seat cushion and jiggle it a little!
The food thing has become an issue though. I track, but I track tooooo late. So, here I am looking at my 2500 plus calories going "uh....."
I'm wondering if I should find a specific diet....you know. "follow me and everything is alright" type thing.
But, then I'm not learning....and this IS about learning.
Okay....okay.....so let's quit procrastinating here. Get up....get up. Go make some egg white breakfast...with spinach, LOTS of spinach.
Do a little running, Push Play on my DVDs, Do a little Wii...some laundry. Make your menus...
Get your Ladybug goal! Get your SIYC goal! Make your teams proud! Make YOURSELF proud!!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Last night I created a dinner for my family out of the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution cookbook. The cookbook itself is a fairly simple concept. Healthy eating for your family and it has very easy recipes. I WAS going to do the more advanced recipe, and still may before next Tuesday, but opted for the following.
Garlic Crusted Chicken with minted peas and open side.
Everything went well as far as the making of this dinner. As mentioned before it was very easy to prepare. I didn't use organic chicken as was requested in the book. The reason is very simple. Money. I know it's deemed "healthier" for people to use organic foods (and I should be a testiment to that considering I'm a poisioned well water baby) but, it's so much mor expensive. We are facing "depression" eras once again after all.
So, frozen chicken thawed and beatened with my meat mallet. Let me tell you, that has always been my favorite part of cooking!
For the minted peas, I didn't have any peas on hand so I used the next best thing.
Frozen green beans. As my optional side, I roasted fresh potatos. This is what we got:
The reviews were mixed:
Chicken - Out of six people that ate the garlic crusted chicken;
2 said it was AMAZING
2 said it was okay, but they wouldn't ask me to serve again
2 said it was pretty good.
3 said the lemon I put on top and zested into the crust reminded them of eating fish
1 said was too bland
4 said it was "missing somthing"
Now, I had never used real lemons in my cooking except for on salmon. I have NEVER zested one. The interesting thing about the book is it's mostly for 2 people recipes. So, to triple batches....sometimes ya just got to wing it.
For the most part the chicken was a hit. I just have to be careful with the lemon zest and keep the lemon slices on the side so not to trick the mind into thinking it's fish? LOL
As for the minted peas (greenbeans)
I got a wrinkled nose
a no thank you
a no way in heck
and a maybe next time
So, the only review I gots is mine. I was nervous about trying it. I didn't have the peas as I mentioned before and lettuce/gravy mixed? Surprisingly, it WAS pretty good. The bullion cube in the veggie seemed non-existent to the mint though. I would rate it as "okay" or 3 out of 5 stars.
I will have to try the more advance recipe of Chicken tyme something or other and see what I come up with. My family....well, they are just going to have to learn to love healthy foods or eat a sandwich every night! MuHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
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