Monday, January 10, 2011
I'm beginning to think I may be jinxed from running in groups. Last year I signed up for a running tour of NYC, only to have it canceled when my guide got an acting gig & we couldn't set another time.
I joined a local running group, and even signed up for my first group run this afternoon. Only the leader got sick so it's canceled.
No worries, I will still run. But it's cold & it's breezy & I am not my buddy DDHEART & I'm gonna do my long run on the treadmill today. Cause I don't fancy running loops around my neighborhood and I don't really want to give up the time to drive somewhere now that I don't have to.
While I was looking forward to finally running with people and (maybe) conversing -- considering the official pace was much faster than I can run -- I wasn't really enthusiastic about running in the late afternoon, especially as it would get dark before the end of the run and that would make it even colder.
I know I'm not really a jinx, and I know at some point I WILL do a group run. Just not today. And since I have a bunch of chores to do around the house (already got laundry started and one litterbox drip drying), the extra time (and warmth) will be appreciated. I'll just have to give up my hot cocoa!
So where does motivation come from? Well, it can come from many sources, but one great source is actually having an exercise group/buddy/partner. It's way easier to wimp out on exercise when you're only effecting yourself.
For all the reasons stated above, I would never choose to run at that time at this time of year. But I was motivated to at least try running with other people -- that would've worked to get me out the door.
So even if you think you're a lone wolf, give a group/buddy/partner a try. Even if you're very shy, as I am (no, really, I am; you'd know that if you met me in RL without having met me here first).
And if you don't have any RL groups/buddies/partners, that's the beauty of SP. You've got them just waiting to join you here.
You don't want to disappoint your buddies, now do you? I thought not.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
It already looks like my goal to be at my WW GW by my birthday may already be out of reach, but I haven't thrown in the towel yet.
One of my goals for this weekend was to think long and hard about a reward that would motivate me. I was having real trouble, cause pretty much everything I was thinking up that was REALLY motivating cost money, and of course one of my other goals is to save up for my Ipad.
Finally I hit it: use one of the house cleaning coupons my husband got us. Perfect. Very motivating to have to do less cleaning around my birthday. And it's already paid for.
Now, what exactly do I reward, tho? I already know that try as hard as I might weight loss isn't really under my control. Oh, I suppose it could be if I never ate any sugar again and never ate out. I don't eat out a whole lot, and even less than usual lately -- but those aren't really realistic goals for me.
I'm having a bit of a problem coming up with something that is truly measurable and something I'm not already doing. Exercise is not a problem for me -- and I already feel like I spend most of my spare time exercising (altho I suppose I need to really do the math like my buddy Carolyn) -- maybe just a bit of extra exercise 4 times a week? Or one extra run a week (I typically only run 3 days a week)?
Maybe weigh & measure everything a certain number of times per week?
Record every BLT?
A savory breakfast x number of times per week?
I've got to think some more about this, but I've got to make a decision soon! Before I know it, my birthday will be only a month a way!
Friday, January 07, 2011
Thinking back on my week, this is probably the thing that stands out the most: creeping portion sizes. It's amazing how little things can really add up -- in both a good and a bad way.
I've blogged about my oatmeal + almond butter + chocolate chip habit. And now I have a new love: Artisana Cashini (raw cashew butter + raw tahini). It may be expensive, but it's worth every $$ IMHO. I'm not terribly fond of tahini, truth be told, but this stuff rocks.
Only then I start with the rounded half cups of oatmeal, rounded tablespoon of cashini, rounded tablespoon of chocolate chips . . . well, you get the picture. So that is my goal this week: no creeps allowed!
Oh, there were lots of other factors in yesterday's ticker movement, but this is the one I can control. The scale wouldn't bother me so much if I hadn't been on a plateau for a frickin' year & a half.
I suppose I can't really say it's a plateau . . . technically last week I was at my lowest weight in at least 15 years. But by very little.
Ok. Moving on. Nuff said.
So, I read a little bit about the Dempsey Challenge in a magazine this week. I already knew about it a little bit -- friends of ours did it this past summer. They had the photos with Patrick Dempsey to prove it. What I didn't know is that in addition to the cycling events, there are also runs.
So, all excited, I told my husband (one of the runs is a 10k & I've been looking around for my first 10k). I figured maybe I could sweetalk him into it if our friends did it again this year. Not him participating, mind you, but just us going. As a vacation.
And while we don't yet know if our friends are doing it again, he did say he knows they are planning a trip to ME around that time. He seems interested.
Only wrinkle? He is almost always way busy traveling at that time of the year (beginning of Oct). Plus he is contemplating a new job that would require even more travel. New job at the same place, that is. We'll see how things shake out.
In addition to the snowshoe race next weekend, I am thinking about joining a group run on Monday afternoon. It's actually at a trail I know (have blogged about before), so I know how to get there & it's not too far.
Of course, it might be snow-laden (thanks, DH, like I hadn't thought of that -- NOT!). And the pace is supposed to be 10 min. miles which is way faster than I can run -- certainly for the posted 5 mile run (altho I can't see that trail actually being 5 miles).
I figure I can always start out with them and then just drop back & run by myself. That way I get to meet new people, push myself a bit, and get a run in.
I was very happy the predicted snow held off so I could get my swim in last night. I was so hoping that it would hold off long enough to walk the dogs this morning. All I needed was another half an hour, but it's already coming down thick enough that I know it's not worth trying to drag the dogs around. I don't mind walking in it, but they do. It's amazing the dead weights 2 little 10 lb dogs can be when they put their minds (and bodies) to it.
Ok, so this week let's kick all the creeps to the curb!
Thursday, January 06, 2011
It's the toughest thing to do. I'm past the "I gained weight so I might as well just eat mindset" -- yeah, the thought will cross my mind, but I never act on it. The scale still does hold power over me. For a little while.
I didn't like putting my ticker up today, but I did it. Oh, there are gazillion reasons it might've happened, some within my control, some not within my control. Will it make a difference next week? Will I do better because if I don't the whole SP world will see it (like everyone on SP even looks at my ticker -- can we say swelled head & narcissistic?). Remains to be seen.
I especially hate the feeling that I seem to be able to eat something one week and lose, the next and gain. It does play head games with me. Makes me confused. After all these years, you'd really think I'd get it. That my weight loss could just be consistent.
I have goals! Goals I *really* want to achieve! I've been asking myself a lot if this will get me to my goals -- with food, with exercise, with what I'm spending. I've been reminding myself of all my goals.
And yet . . .
So I will stay the course. Do my best to do what I know works, because I really do want to reach my goals. Re-evaluate and see if something needs to change. And remember to manage my thoughts in a positive way.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
You spend more time researching where to exercise than what to see on your vacation
You get excited by new fitness clothes, equipment, gadgets, etc.
You spend more time in the produce aisle than the candy aisle
You spend New Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and so on at a race
You need to replace your sneakers because they're worn out
You get totally excited by the selection of nutrition bars at a new store
You look forward to your bowl of oatmeal in the morning
You crave vegetables and think fruit are sweeter than candy
You make YOU the priority in your life
__________________ you fill in the blank!
P.S. Got a great night of uninterrupted sleep last night . . . my cat never even came in to sleep with us like he normally does! Wish I could say I felt better, but not yet. Gotta feel better by tomorrow cause it's time to swim again.
Oh, and got a groupon for Zumba classes at a place I said I was going to try out . . . like a year ago! So now I have to! Sadly, however, I'm not sure I'm ever going to have time for ice skating this year. You know you live a healthy lifestyle when you don't have time for all the fitness activities you want to squeeze into your life!
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