Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Definitely got back the exercise/food stuff, still working on the productivity thing. As usual.
Yesterday, I ran for the first time since the half-marathon. About 2 miles. I definitely felt the sciatic nerve at first, and I made some adjustments and got it to stop hurting. However, it's going to take a lot more leg muscle than my previous running stance, which is probably good. Most running injuries come from the body being lazy and putting pressure on joints and nerves when it should really be muscle. Now, I just have to build up the muscle with both strength and endurance. That will mean weights and sprints and endurance running, whew!
UFC trainer is apparently already on top of that because there were lots of lunges in my routine today. Lots. My legs are going to ache tomorrow. Oh, and I joined a push-up challenge on fitocracy. I think there's something wrong with me, because I see a challenge button, and I just have to press it. Like, "oh, cool, I can do that too!". It certainly makes life more interesting.
Today is a fast day, and I'm dragging the husband along. Shouldn't be too hard since he slept all morning anyway. Just 6ish hours to go until dinner. Drinking tea and he's having artificially sweetened coffee (which isn't quite cheating but it walks the line). We'll do it again on Friday when he has work and can't really eat on the job easily anyway.
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Okay, today I have nothing outside of home to do, and no food to prepare, so I better get some serious work done. That means getting off here.
Onward and upward!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
That song was on the Now and Then soundtrack. I know this, because one summer drive to Disney World from NJ to FL, I'm pretty sure my best friend and I listened to that soundtrack about 50 times. Also includes Sugar, Sugar; I'l Be There; Daydream Believer, and, my personal favorite, Knock Three Times.
It was also just on the radio. Now it's in my head. I'm not sure I like it as much as I did 15 years ago.
Anyway, on with the update. I've now done three days in a row of UFC Trainer again, so I'm back in the zone. I also biked yesterday. I ought to run today considering the weather, but it's a bit late and I have to make dinner soon, so probably not. I am going to run 3-4 days this week though. It's time to get back after my two weeks off. I just have to watch my stance and stick with the balls of my feet.
In terms of my 85% paleo, things are going well. I have created an amazing breakfast salad. It now has mixed greens, red and green pepper, cucumber, beets, hard boiled egg, bacon, sunflower seeds, and homemade hot bacon dressing. Salad for breakfast is surprisingly awesome. Also, it's really easy to make, because of the lack of cooking. I usually throw a side of fruit, typically 4-5 wedges of grapefruit, on the side. This morning it was three strawberries.
Last night I made beanless chili. It had celery in it, which turned out to be really good. I still throw cheese on my husband's portion, but not mine.
I think tonight is Buffalo chicken salad night, but I should check Evernote to be sure.
In other news, I'm working on my productivity this week since I'm not teaching (yay Spring Break!) so I'm going to make two lists, one of things that are "work" and one of things that are "fun". Then I'm going to try 45 minutes "work" and 15 minutes "fun" all day tomorrow. Also, with interjections for food and working out. Let me put up a mini schedule so I know what I'm thinking.
4:00 wake up, brush teeth, quick email
4:30 Spark stuff
5:00 UFC Trainer
8:00-11:00 Work/Fun mix
12:30-1:30 Work/Fun mix
2:30-3:30 Work/Fun mix
4:00-6:00 Work/Fun mix
6:00-7:30 Make/eat dinner
7:30-8:30 Work/Fun mix
9:00-11:00 Work/Fun mix
11:00 snack, chill time
12:00-12:30 Bed time
Okay. I like it. I won't work that much every day because other things will happen, but that's a good framework. Like, tomorrow from 4-6pm is a Magic the Gathering event at the Library. Now all I need is my two lists, and I'll be set.
Okay, time to really go make dinner.
Onward and upward!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Wow have I been busy. Here's the quick version:
2/25 - turned 30! W00T! I'm probably more excited than most people hitting a milestone, but that's just me.
2/26 - ran my 3rd half-marathon, finished in 2:48:50. My slowest time, but only by 3 minutes. Considering how much my sciatic nerve hurt, I'm surprised I did so well.
3/3-3/7 Went to Philadelphia for a conference on innovative teaching. Loved it! However, internet was spotty at best.
Anyway, so now I'm here. It's spring break, thank goodness! I have so much grading and such to catch up on. I'm hoping to get it all done so I can get back to a normal life again.
So, my half-marathon could have been better. I'm in great aerobic shape, and even decent physical shape. However, the sciatic nerve problem is bad news. A pinched nerve sends pain straight up and down the back of my leg, which then throws off my step, and forces my calves to be overworked, and then they cramp.
Anyway, I do have a plan for this.
Item 1) I put on almost 20 lbs over the last year and half of new job interviews and moving. I haven't gained since I got here really, but I haven't lost either. Anyway, I need to be a good girl and lose the weight. So, I'm going mostly paleo. What's that mean? Cutting grains and starches. Out, not just down. No pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. Also, minimal dairy, and emphasis on whole foods and veggies. I'm aiming for about 85% paleo, which means I'll have a little hard cheese, some dark chocolate, and not worry about sauces and salad dressing having a little sugar in them.
Item 2) Increasing my strength program to up my leg strength so that my muscles can carry me longer, thus keeping my posture up and keeping the pressure off the sciatic nerve
Item 3) Adjusting my running stance to keep this from happening again. Need to stay on the balls of my feet more and build up slowly again so that I'm not "lazy" when I run distances.
Item 4) I've got a good yoga routine for the sciatic nerve, I just need to do it daily. Possibly twice daily.
So, that's about where I'm at. Weight down, exercise up. Rollin' along.
Glad to be back.
Onward and upward!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I've been watching a lot of Burn Notice lately, and their theme song is eerily reminiscent of my title song.
OMG I haven't blogged in FOREVER!
Good Things: I've been mostly eating well. I've been exercising like crazy. I ran 10.5 miles in anticipation of the half-marathon (11 days!), and I'm feeling pretty good.
Things That Need Improving: I'm behind on everything, and this past weekend was an eating disaster.
Fortunately, I'm back on track again, and need to stay that way until Disney for the half-marathon!
On my list: getting back on here and blogging.
So ... hi!
Okay, gotta run.
Onward and upward!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Yikes! I'm still not really used to this schedule, but I'm getting better. I had both of my powerpoints posted before class this week. Now, I need to spend the weekend making up all my work for next week, including an exam, so I can actually get ahead.
The scale and me are having some issues, like it's lack of reasonable movement. Seriously. I can only imagine I'm due for a reasonable drop at some point in the near future.
I've been good on most every front. Exercise is rolling, UFC trainer is great! I can't quite do fast enough T-pushups. I've been running, and doing yoga. Today I'll either run or bike, we'll see.
I made my new favorite veggie dip this morning. It's cream cheese, artichokes, spinach, chickpeas, parmesan cheese, a little whey, onion, garlic, salt. Yum! I also need to make new honey peanut butter and yogurt this weekend.
I'm trying to adjust my sleep schedule again, because what I've been doing ain't quite working. I find that when I sleep longer, I feel worse and more tired, so I'm going to kick back the hours a bit and make a point of getting out of bed when the alarm goes off.
I'm watching season 2 of Burn Notice, and Michael Shanks is on it. Hehehe, geek crossover love.
Time for shower, breakfast, and a lot of working from home with a little exercise and shopping thrown in.
Onward and upward!
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