Sunday, April 11, 2010
. . . but it will keep you from burning out -- and get you faster.
I am a slow runner. I may be a runner now, but I am slow. I have been slowly learning to run over the last couple of years:
-first on my own by simply adding some running intervals
-doing the C25K (but not able to run a 5k at the end -- and certainly not in the amount of time they think you need)
- increasing my running on my treadmill from 2 to 3 x week
-finally by adding running outside 1 - 2 times per week
-and, of course, signing up for my first 5k in a couple of months
So I have continued to plod my slow way through my workouts, always taking care not to up my speed or mileage (ha! how can you use a word like mileage when you're only running maybe 8 miles a week, and some of that is walking?), so that I hopefully don't injure myself.
And I surprised myself by run/walking a 5k on my treadmill in 40 1/2 minutes on Friday. I know for some that would be considered a walking pace, hardly a running pace, but for me it's a PR.
So this one is for all the TRULY slow runners out there: there IS hope. Just keep taking it slow and steady. Consistency is the real key.
Wish I could shave 5 minutes off of that before my race, but that's hardly likely. Still, when I signed up for the race several months ago, I was really hoping to do it in less than 45 minutes. Now maybe, if I'm lucky and the stars align, I will be able to do it in a sub-40 time.
An added bonus is that my WW leader runs it with her memmbers -- and she'll make sure to try to pair you up with a runner who goes your pace & she'll come back to help you get across that finish line, too. I had no idea of all that when I signed up for the race -- I knew she was a runner, knew she'd run the race, but I didn't know all that. So maybe I won't have to tackle it on my own anyway.
On the disturbing news front, we fond a broken tooth from on e of the animals yesterday. It's a molar -- one of the teeth in the far back of their mouths -- so I really have no idea who it came from.
My guess is Simba, who has been very finicky about eating for a while now (not normal for him), and I've known I need to get him into the vet (thankfully everything else seems normal with him). I've been procrastinating about it. It's always a pain. The dogs are easy; the cats are hard, and it will be even harder in this house, having to lug the carriers down stairs where before I could just walk out the door.
But it needs to be done. So it will get done.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Don't you just hate the heavy feeling of having eaten too much food?
Boy, today I am just exhausted and i don't know why. I've been sleeping okay. Getting in my exercise.
Granted, my husband is suffering horribly with his allergies, but thankfully, I don't much suffer with seasonal allergies (every once in a while I'll have a brief, semi-severe allergic reaction to something).
I'm thinking it may just be too much food. I don't feel like I've been eating huge amounts lately, but digesting food can definitely make you sleepy. And I know that I was totally satisfied and full after dinner last night, but still felt the need for "a little something" and had a Luna bar.
So today I'm doing my best to eat cleanly. So far, so good, even including a green smoothie, but I'm still tired.
And speaking of things that make you go "hum?", I bought a pair of jeans yesterday. I took a lot of time with it (despite the fact it was at Old Navy & not terribly expensive), trying on 3 different sizes, sitting down, etc. etc.
Still, I swear they felt tighter this morning when I pulled them on. I'm dubbing it the new jeans phenomenon, because it always seems to happen.
On cookbook maven today:
Well, of course you can check out what I ate yesterday. And then you can check out the blog posts that spoke to me this week:
Enter a recipe challenge featuring beets.
Info on food combining & stress.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Yup, that's me in a nutshell. Hope springs eternal, as they say, and spring has sprung here (even if we are going back into the 50s in a day).
I'm not quite sure what I'm hopeful for at this week's WI. Hopeful that I haven't gained anymore weight, altho I'm not sure. I've vacillated on the feeling that I've gained and lost all week long. I used to be able to tell, but not so much lately.
I know darn well I won't be breaking my plateau.
I am hopeful that I can continue to eat in a manner that is healthy and satisfying to me. It's been such a struggle the last month or so. Oddly enough, lately I've been satisfied more often than not. Perhaps all that brown rice is actually helping.
I am hopeful that I've lost something.
Hopeful that I can find the book I want to peruse at the bookstore. I hit one already, but they didn't have it. I have an Amazon coupon coming, and this cookbook comes highly recommended, but I do like to leaf thru them when I can.
I sort of get sick about writing about the ups and downs of my weight, week after week, altho you'd clearly never know that from all the blogs I churn out. But I hate repetition, and there's been a whole lot of repetition this year -- up, down, up, down, up, up, stayed the same . . .
One thing has remained a constant: despite the fact that I'm far from perfect (both in body, and in mind and spirit), despite the fact that I'm still oh so far from GW, I am still enjoying my "new" old body. I am appreciative of what I have, and that is why I continue to struggle so hard. I do not want to go backwards. I'm happy where I am, and looking forward to where I'm going at the same time.
How bout you? Are you happy where you are, wherever you are?
If not, what are you going to change?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
I just finished "Possum Living", which was apparently a cult classic back in the 70s, about living frugally, essentially. One of the last paragraphs really spoke to me:
Ask yourself what you aim to be and what you should be doing. Are you livng the life you ought to be living? If yes, then good luck to you. If not, then start taking control of your life. It CAN be done. It SHOULD be done. Do it. You don't have forever.
Wiser words never spoken, eh?
Of course it applies to so much more than weight loss.
So short & sweet today. Are you living the life you ought to be livng, and if not, why (see my first 5 weight loss questions blog a few blog posts ago).
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Seriously. If you plan for it, almost ANYTHING can be part of a healthy diet.
Tonight I'd planned to make a "healthy" chocolate pudding cake. Healthy in that it doesn't have any dairy or refined sweetners or refined flour, but it still falls far from a health food.
Yet I found myself staring at my plan this morning, thinking maybe I ought to make chocolate dipped strawberries instead. Still an indulgence, but one minus the flour altogether and including healthy fruit, to boot.
I've put the pudding cake back on the menu, though. I've planned for it. I should be able to eat it. The only reason I might not make it is that I also plan to make a new recipe for both lunch & dinner, and I might just lose some steam by the time dessert rolls around.
I think one of the biggest things I've continued to struggle with lately is not always feeling satisfied. It seemed so easy those first (almost) 30 pounds, yet lately it's so elusive.
I do find myself hungry sometimes. You're not supposed to be hungry when you're leading a healthy lifestyle, right? So what gives? And no, I haven't actually been craving sweets lately, just hungry. Sometimes. So yes, I've been eating more rabbit food as it's so lovingly referred to. Because yes, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, at some point you're going to have to start eating SOME rabbit food.
Do you find it hard to give yourself permission to eat the foods you truly crave?
Do you struggle with having to eat "rabbit" food? (Hey, I actually enjoy a lot of rabbit food. Problem is I still enjoy sweets, too. Not so much craving them, but still enjoy them).
When do you become too virtuous? That's something I've been thinking a lot about lately. Every day we're bombarded by all the things we shouldn't eat -- all that crap that goes into junk food -- but isn't just a little crap ok sometimes?
On cookbook maven today:
My review of Tofutti pan pizza (hint: it wasn't 2 thumbs up). The search for a good non-dairy frozen pizza. And food rituals revolving around religious holidays. You know you want to share . . .
And this just in! I just took a good look at some of the ingredients in my beloved vitatops. I think you'll find it very interesting reading.
It was an interesting article to research!
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