Monday, April 26, 2010
Woo! I must really be a blogger now- I attracted a spammer. I wonder how many calories you burn deleting comments?
Anyway, I've been really happy with my progress lately. I had set a goal of getting to 210 by the end of April. Well, on Saturday, I weighed myself and darned if the scale didn't say 210.5. I had to chuckle about that, though, because I knew it wouldn't last. First of all, I had some pretty big eating/drinking plans for Saturday night. Second, I knew I was less than 48 hours from TTOTM and the sugar cravings and bloat that always accompany it. Still, I have high hopes that I will be unbloated and happy once again by the end of the week/month. The sugar cravings have already ended.It's amazing what a McFlurry can do to alleviate the lady pain. Naturally, though, my scale is saying I regained six pounds. Thank you for that, water weight!
Of course, this also puts a momentary crimp in my C25K progress. On Friday, I was super-excited because I made it through the entire week 3 program without stalling or shortening. Last Monday, I ran my first experience measuring my intervals in minutes instead of seconds as :90/2:40/:90/1:30, :30, 1:00. On Wednesday, I felt a side stitch forming before I even started running, which didn't bode well for the experience. Still, I ran it as :90/3:00/:90/2:40. I ran three minutes without stopping! And amazingly, it was pretty close to the 12-minute mile pace I've been trotting around with since I started week 2. And then on Friday, I ran the whole thing as :90/3:00, lather, rinse repeat. I ran 3/4 of a mile that day. Why, yes, I am awesome. Thanks for noticing!
I wasn't necessarily entirely happy with my performance, so I decided that this week, I'd repeat week 3 before moving on. That was actually part of my plan, though. Since I'm starting from scratch and I haven't been anything even close to a runner in about 25 years (I was on the track team in 7th grade. It wasn't pretty.), I planned to follow C25K as not so much a nine week plan as a nine step plan that allowed me to adjust fully to each "week" before progressing. It seems to be working out fairly well. I am a bit concerned about running this week, though. Last time I ran during TTOTM, my knee did this weird sliding thing and it's been troubling me since. Not a lot, but more than before. Could be a coincidence. Might not be. In any case, I'm going to be careful this week.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
So, this week's SparkDiet "action step" is to blog about a "trouble goal" and try to come up with a solution. I have a lot of trouble goals. This is due, in large part, to my habit of making plans and then not following through. So I develop goals and just leave them hanging over my own head.
The one that seems to be most pressing right now is my goal to get more sleep. At the beginning of the month, I made a list of things I would do to aid my weight loss and overall well-being. The goal I set is fairly modest: I just want to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night. Despite it being ostensibly attainable, I have not been able to stick to it. On a typical work day, I wake up at 5:00 and hit the snooze for the next half hour, not really getting out of bed until 5:30-5:45. I'm out the door at about 7:00 AM, with two travel mugs of coffee and a healthy but portable breakfast to eat on the road. My hours are supposed to be 8:00-5:00, but I often stay late at the office. I have a co-worker who I usually walk out with and she *says* she wants me to help her leave on time because we both have that as a goal. However, if I have my computer shut down and ready to leave, she often hasn't even started powering down. And then we talk in the parking lot a bit. I'm usually lucky if I'm headed home by 6:30. It takes me around an hour to get home and lately, I have been heading straight to the gym for C25K sessions/weight training. I'm typically at the gym for about an hour and a half (hour and fifteen actively working out). I usually end up leaving the gym at a little after 9:00. I go home, feed my cat, finally have dinner, watch TV, read for a little while, and go to bed at around midnight.
Except... those hours tend to creep. I'm often not in bed until 1:00. I don't watch as much TV as I did before, but I still watch a lot. My sleep isn't often restful. And that typical day doesn't address atypical days. For instance, last night I went out to dinner and drinks with a friend and didn't even get home until after midnight. This cannot go on. It's not healthy. It's not even safe! I get eye strain, fatigue, bloat, all the dreadful stuff people say will happen if you're sleep deprived.
I think the bottom line is that I need to be more firm about getting out of the office on time. I do that and my entire day will shift forward by about an hour and a half. Unfortunately, I did need to make a compromise about starting and finishing times two days a week in order to fit in my Thursday night golf league. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I will come in at 7:00. On Wednesdays, I'll stay until 6:00 and on Thursdays I get to leave at 3:30. The earlier start means that I will lose an hour of sleep on those mornings. I'm going to have to make some different compromises with myself in order to get more sleep.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
So, last night I moved on from C25K week 2 to week 3. You know, the week where your running intervals go from being measured in seconds to be measured in minutes? I knew I could run 90 seconds without too much trouble in week 2. But week 3 is run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, run three minutes, walk three minutes and then do it all over again. It's hard to imagine how daunting three minutes of running can be. I started out in January unable to run for one minute. I figured that I would be able to run maybe two minutes and would just stay on week 3 until I could do it without pausing or cutting it short. The first three minute interval arrived and I just ran until I couldn't breathe and I started to get a side stitch. Then I checked the time on my watch and planned to figure it out based on when Robert Ullrey said to stop. I was stunned when he said to slow back down to a walk 20 seconds later! I ran for 2 minutes and 40 seconds! Without stopping! I have no idea what my pace was, but I know it wasn't fast. On week 2 I figured out I was running a 12 minute mile, which was faster than I thought I was running. I tried to run a little slower for week 3. I wasn't quite as good with the second three minute interval. I paused to catch my breath after about a minute and 50 seconds. Ten seconds later, Robert said I only had a minute to go, so I took off again. I made it to 2:40 again, so I'm counting that one as 2:20 or 2:30.
I don't think I'll be able to run the whole interval in one week, but I could conceivably be on week 3 for only two weeks, which is much better than I expected.
Oh, and my scale may have been buttering me up this morning. Why do I always weigh less the day *after* my weigh-in day?
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I made a decision this past weekend that I was going to break through the plateau weight (215.5) I've been stuck at for over a month and get down to 210 by the end of the month. Weighed myself this morning and I'm at 212.5! I weighed myself four times, then took a shower, then weighed myself again. Apparently, it wasn't a scale error, but that goes to show how much disbelief I'm experiencing. Honestly, I don't know why I'm such a doubting Thomasina. I'm putting in the work, after all. Anyway... WOO! Go Team Me!!
Not so great, I'm feeling a bit blecchy. I don't know what's going on in my gut, but it better knock it off by this afternoon. I didn't go to the gym yesterday because I felt bad. Today is a running day. I'm not missing a running day! It's nothing serious. Just bloat and a tender tummy. I suspect that I've been getting a little too much fiber. Or something. Anyway, I'm taking a little simethicone for it, and I switched up the bread I use for my daily sammich.
Also not so great, I think I may be developing shin splints. I'm keeping an eye on it (A nerve ending on it? My thoughts on it? I'm not really watching it visually.) and waiting to see if it gets better or worse. In the meantime, I'll make sure to stick with the penguin pace. It works better for me, anyway. My leg pain could also be caused by a couple of other possibilities. One is that I could just be sore from working a little harder (duh). The other is that the warmer weather has led to slightly less sensible shoes. During the winter, I am strictly a sturdy lace-up kind of girl. Spring brings about cuter shoes, which are not always good for my legs. Last year, I messed up my knee to the point where it hurt to move my foot from the gas pedal to the brake and I decided it was unsafe to drive. I put the blame squarely on ballet flats. This year, my "ballet flats" are actually a pair of hacked Merrell Mary-Janes and they provide much more support, but probably not as much as my oxfords did. Darned cute shoe weather! I'll have to track how this goes. I don't want to have to wear winter shoes during pedicure season! (Oy, such a First World problem!)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
So, not only did I wake up with that unexpected "less tummy" feeling yesterday, I had a pretty freaking fantastic day, all around.
First of all, on Sunday night, I sent a message to an old boyfriend congratulating him on the birth of his new baby girl. We dated for six months back in 2004, but there was never really any spark there for me. What was there was a great guy I had a lot in common with and enjoyed hanging out with. I always regretted that I botched the break-up so badly that we didn't end up as friends. Anyway, we had a flurry of e-mails yesterday and I think we could be friends in the future. This makes me very happy!
Then, I figured out part of why I hadn't been losing weight for the past week or so, even though I thought I was eating healthfully. Turns out that there was a major flaw in the portion size of the penne with meat sauce I made on Thursday and had been eating as leftovers almost every day. It was almost 700 calories per serving! And I thought I was being so good... I had one last serving of it left and had planned to eat it for dinner last night, but once I added up the calories, I decided to cut it in half and complement the reduced serving with a nice green salad (which I had planned to eat anyway), a single slice of un-buttered Italian bread, and dessert of a cup of cantaloupe and a cup of sliced strawberries. Logging today's calories was a snap, because I'm eating the exact same thing today as I had yesterday. And everything fits nicely into my nutritional guidelines.
It just goes to show that you can't really estimate this sort of thing. It really hammered home the need to log everything. I've been extremely lax about that for the past month or so, but I'm feeling the motivation to change.
Then I went straight to the gym after work last night and did a C25K session. After having a pretty lazy March, I decided to reboot my C25K and had been stuck on week one because I wasn't running consistently. I did week one on Wednesday and Friday last week, and missed my run on Sunday (cooking, cleaning and watching the Masters). Last night I made the snap decision to run week two instead. I nailed that sucker! It felt completely amazing, and empowering, and all that stuff! I had the biggest grin on my face when I finished that last 90 second running interval. See, when I started C25K in earnest in February, I couldn't do the complete week two program. I ran as long as I could for each interval, but I didn't run 90 seconds each time. I did last night, though! And when I was done, I did my usual upper body/core strength training.
When I was finished, I was tired and sore, but so happy and proud of myself. I want that feeling all the time. I can get it. I just have to work for it! This morning, I realized that between the fifteen pounds I've lost since joining SP and the ten pounds I lost in the months before joining (lost through a combination of working in the 19th largest building in the world and said building having kind of an expensive cafeteria), I am 25 pounds lighter than I was a year ago! I have 60 pounds to go, which seems like a lot, but not so much when you consider how long I've been saying I need to lose 80 pounds. And I intend to rock this thing.
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