Friday, October 01, 2010
Tomorrow I am running the race for the cure. If you would like to donate to hopefully help find a cure, my page is at www.active.com/donate/komenneny2010/
I set a very modest goal, which has already been met. When I decided to run the race, I didn't even think about donations -- but they provide you with the page for free, so I thought why not?
It took a while, but I did think of what I wanted to tell you yesterday, but it goes with today's blog so I held off.
There's a vegetarian expo in the same place as my race (a bit after the race). And it's free! Now talk about synchronicity. The only problem is I don't really want to hang around in sweaty clothes, especially sweaty tights.
But it's free . . . and I'm already there . . . I'll bring a change of clothes, but then I have to walk back to the car, carry them back, carry my other clothes around . . . I suspect I'll go sweaty.
How lazy is that after a race? Like the women I saw here, neighbors, who apparently run together. One was dropping one off at her home. And then drove next door to her house!
My husband & I, who were walking the dogs, got a good belly laugh out of that. Seriously, you just went running, and you can't be bothered to walk from one house to the next?
Tomorrow's forecast is for beautiful, perfect fall running weather. I sure hope they got it right, cause it's pouring again here, and it poured yesterday morning, too. We did get a break later in the day, so I was able to get the dogs out for a short walk, and it was only mildly drizzling when I went swimming last night.
Only it was back to school night. Remember the last scene from "Field of Dreams", with all the headlights from the cars as they are approaching the field? It was like that, I swear! Had to park on the grass and then thought I wasn't gonna get back off, but obviously I managed.
I learn the best stuff at my WW meeting tho. Not necessarily about losing weight. Yesterday I asked a woman who I thought I heard say she was going to run the race too if she was, so we'll try to hook up tomorrow (altho she's a walker, but it's still nice to have someone to chat with beforehand).
I didn't think there was packet pickup the day before -- there's nothing on the Website -- apparently it's in your confirmation email which I got weeks ago & hadn't looked at. So you could pick up your packet Thursday & Friday. It was pouring cats & dogs, but I had to run some errands anyway, so I thought why not? and just did it.
Now just got to figure out the chip thingee. My first race had the chip in the bib. But at least I don't have to figure it out at the race or stick myself with pins!
I picked up a book at the library yesterday; "The Ultrasimple Diet". I listened to an audio by the author the other day. Essentially it's sort of a detox diet, but you do actually get to eat food. Just no sweet treats other than fruit. I'm considering it for while my husband is in Japan. Not sure I can go a week without treats -- I'll bet I can't -- but I think I could stick to most of it, and with DH away, it's the perfect time.
And lastly, as we were chatting before my meeting about the race, one regular -- who's quite heavy & basically also on a long plateau -- said she couldn't run. A bladder thing.
I encouraged her just a little bit. Said I couldn't run 2 years ago either. I wish I'd had more time. It's true I've never been as overweight as her, but I wanted to tell her I know people just as heavy who've become runners without waiting to lose the weight. I wanted to tell her about Galloway and about C25K, but there wasn't time. But maybe I planted a seed. She sees members running races, our leader is a runner and talks about it sometimes. Maybe we will inspire her.
Who will you inspire today?
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Well, frightening to me, anyway! Actually, this one isn't terrible. A swimsuit for our upcoming trip to Kauai.
The swimsuit is meant to be a surprise for my husband, which is why you're getting crappy cell phone pics. This one makes me look pregnant! This is definitely part of what I'd like to shrink during this challenge.
And this one was damn near impossible to do.
So front & back . . . not terrible. Side, not so pleasing.
Measurements (I only do waist & hips, never really saw the point of doing the rest):
I don't really do Halloween. Haven't dressed up since I was a kid. So why join a Halloween challenge, you ask? Well first off, a good spark buddy came up with the idea.
Secondly, I liked the challenge!
What am I hoping to get out of it? Focus! I'm hoping it will keep me focused on my goal of choosing the rights foods and not mindlessly eating, because those are the things that keep tripping me up.
I had the epiphany last week that if I could just lose a pound a week, I could be at GW in half a year. Weight loss isn't usually linear for me, but still, I realized how close it really could be, if I stay focused.
I want to stay focused and finally push through a year-long plateau! I really feel I've been doing well the last couple of weeks. Need to keep it up -- need buddies to keep cheering me on!
So far I'm doing well:
ST: 1/5 (only do ST 3 x week, and this week will be light with a race coming up)
Total: 23 so far! (It's only been 3 days after all). I fully expect to nail nutrition, cardio, and support. Now gotta work on the fun!
I know there was something I thought of I wanted to blog about, but right now it escapes me. I'll either add it later or add another blog if it's important enough.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I finally hit on what I thought was a good idea for a reward: songs for playlists.
What, you may ask, has that got to do with the title?
My idea was this: I am working on a streak of sweeping the laundry room floor each morning. It's where the litterboxes are. You'd think we had 20 cats, not just 2, with the amount of litter that gets onto that floor.
And laundry room + litter = not such a great idea. The problem is it's always been one of the few rooms that a litter box just sort of naturally goes into.
Well, far too often I only vacuum in there once a week or even every couple of weeks, and that really just doesn't work. Cause inevitably you drop something on the floor in there. Usually clean laundry.
So I got rid of all my old goals I wasn't tracking anyway and I put up this goal. I decided that for every 4 days I sweep, I'll get one song. Works out to about $2.50 a week.
It seemed like a good idea at the time, as so many of my ideas do.
Problem? I was looking at Fitness' list of good songs for running. They listed "Live like you're dying", which I love. Perfect. Click. Listen to the rest of the songs in the album. Now I want the whole album!
So at the rate of one song per 4 days sweeping, I'd earn that album in almost 2 months. That is too long to wait for an album. So I'm sort of stuck. Guess I'll have to think about that some more.
Now let's actually get around to the title again. I hate repetition. I hate saying the same things over and over or doing the same things over and over. Which is why I do not, not in the least, enjoy housework. For me it's not house cleaning, it's house work. The irony being that right now it's pretty much my job.
Guess what? There's a lot of repetition in trying to lose weight, too. Planning meals. Exercising. Choosing healthy foods rather than comfort foods (most of the time, anyway). Drinking water.
So one day as I'm sweeping up the cat litter, wishing I was doing anything but, it occurred to me that there will always be cat litter. There will always be something I know I need to do, but don't want to.
I think there are 2 tricks to staying motivated to do the things you know you need to do, but truly don't want to:
1. Focus on the job at hand. Be present. As I reminded a spark buddy this morning, you can't wish your life away, and that's what you do when you wish you were doing anything other than what you are doing.
2. Focus on the results. I am much, much happier when there is less cat litter on the floor. Yes, there will always be cat litter, but the truth is it doesn't take me that long to sweep it each morning. A few moments discomfort for a better laundry experience isn't too steep a price to pay. Skipping a few desserts for more energy isn't too steep a price to pay.
And I am very proud to say I had no dessert after dinner last night. Oh, I wanted one, but I didn't need one -- and I didn't really miss it. I've also chosen fruit -- plain fruit -- for dessert more often lately.
There's nothing wrong with dessert. I still eat it. I just know I need to eat a bit less of it.
What will always be in your life? How do you conquer it? What tools do you need to battle it?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
My eating habits over the years have changed so much it's almost laughable.
In college, I just ate. I didn't much think about it. There were the 3 am pepperoni pizzas -- frequently. The yummy fresh-from-the-fryer donuts. The box of poptarts in one sitting when I had no one to eat with at the dining hall.
As a young married, working long hours, standing on my feet, there was the salami subs and THEN the pepperoni pizza for dinner. Chinese take out. McDonalds. Can we say fast food?
Then one day I decided to join WW. Don't ask me why -- I couldn't really tell you. There was no aha moment. No buddy to go with. I didn't even know anyone who'd ever gone, but back then, it was about the only program out there. For the first time, I learned about what good nutrition could look like.
But I still lived off of frozen meals. Low fat this & that. Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce.
Then I did begin to cook most of my own food for breakfast & dinner. Lunch, however, was still often premade from Whole Foods.
And now, it's the rare day I eat anything I didn't make other than maybe sushi and my one meal out a week (most weeks). Couldn't tell you the last time I went to a fast food place, and seriously no longer even have the desire. Not even for fries. I no longer enjoy fast food fries. Don't like pepperoni at all, either.
But it's still easy to fall into the trap of I "should" eat this because it's low in calories or fat or whatnot. Because it's the latest healthy trend. Because I can't just eat whatever I want and stay thin.
Are you looking forward to your meals? You should be. If you're not loving what you eat, how do you think you'll keep eating it for the rest of your life?
Because there's no eating this way to you hit your GW then going back to your old habits. If you do what you always did, you get what you always got.
So you have to eat the things you love NOW. But you've got to figure out how to do it in a healthy way. In a moderate way. It may mean certain things are off limits at time, it may mean that you have to weigh and measure your food, it may mean that you have to keep trying new things til you find more healthy things you do love.
Last night I served me & my husband a vegan pasta alfredo. Cause that's what I eat before a race, and I want to make sure I don't actually have to make it before my race -- all I'll have to do is heat it up on Friday (of course, it's only my second race, but hey it worked for my first).
He eyed it with real suspicion. What is that? What's in it?
Then he tasted it. Of course, then he said the dreaded words. You know, "this would really be good as a side dish with some meat". Sigh. He just can't seem to get past the idea that a meal must include some sort of animal product.
But he did eat it. The whole bowl. Even the salad. That's progress.
We aren't that far from children. We have to keep exposing ourselves to new foods. We might not like it at first. Or at second, third, or fourth taste. But sometimes things really do grow on us, and before we know it, it's something we actually crave. Something good for us we like.
So look forward to your meals. If you're dreading them, start eating new stuff. But never stop experimenting & trying new things! More than once!
Monday, September 27, 2010
I love it when the universe aligns itself for you. It's so easy to notice the negative we have a tendency to gloss over the positive.
I stopped at Sports Authority last week. I need more running tops for cooler weather. Last year I tried running outside for the very first time I think in November -- my one & only time that year! This year I intend to be running outside deeper into the winter. But I need proper gear. I have some, but not enough.
I found 2 tops I fell in love with. One was just perfect -- it had everything I love: a half zip, thumbholes, and a pocket. The other was a sort of sweatshirt, also with thumbholes, and lots of zipper pockets.
Neither was on sale. They weren't going anywhere -- there were at least a couple of smalls & mediums in both. I left empty handed; they were both pretty pricey. But I went home and got online and found a decent coupon for the store. That was part of what I wanted to do Friday when I couldn't get out.
So I went Saturday. Next Saturday's race looks to be cool, which is why I didn't want to wait for a sale (plus sometimes when I wait for a sale, my size is gone).
I dithered about the sweatshirt. Wasn't really sure I'd run in it, even tho it says right inside running! In the end, I bought it.
And I'm glad I did, cause it was absolutely perfect for my early morning swimming date this morning. Lots of zippered pockets so I could stow keys, cell phone, license. Even a hoodie that sort of zips into the collar (and it was sprinkling this morning). I'm so glad I bought it!
Swimming was good. I found the pool without too much trouble. DH said the dogs didn't bat an eyelid when I left this morning, which is also good. They're used to me going out early to run, but not to the sound of the garage door opener early in the morning!
The worst part of it is that by the time I finished the high school girls were in the locker room. So there I was stripping for a bunch of thin high school girls -- everyone's worst nightmare, right? Well, of course it made me uncomfortable, but it's a small price to pay to be able to swim inexpensively!
Yeah girls, take a good gander (which they didn't, thankfully), cause you might look like this in 30 years!
I thought getting out of there might be difficult as there was a small army of parents dropping off their kids, but it wasn't a problem at all. Everyone seemed to want to turn into the parking lot I was trying to turn out of, so that made it easy.
I am so thankful that this is available to me! It will be harder to motivate myself as the weather gets colder & colder, but it's not the first time I've gone swimming (inside) in frigid weather. Just not so early!
On the bad news front, the pain in my butt seemed to be getting better, only now it seems to have migrated. I was doing lots of stretching for what I thought the problem was, plus making sure to squat rather than bend over (which I have a bad habit of doing), and it really seemed to be helping. Only now there are some new twinges.
I'm hoping the cross training with the swimming will really help clear all that up -- eventually. Just keep me ok til Saturday, and next week I planned a week off of running anyway!
So how bout you. Do you notice it when the universe aligns itself to give you want you truly desire? Do you spend time visualizing what you want (I do!)? Are you grateful when it happens?
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