Sunday, September 18, 2011
The goal is to run a HM. The plan called for 7 miles. Quite frankly, without both, I doubt I would have even gotten out the door yesterday. The last 3 weeks have been busy for me, with far too little sleep - again, for me.
The end result was I was feeling off yesterday. I didn't know if it was off getting sick, in which case a long run wasn't a great idea, or off I'll feel off a few days then be fine. Thankfully, I think it's the latter.
I decided to at least attempt it. I told myself if it really didn't feel right, i could always shorten the run or abandon it completely.
Oops, forgot to share my decision on dinner the night before! I decided to carbo-load & went with the vegan pasta alfredo.
I've switched to running in the afternoons on my long runs. I MUCH prefer running in the mornings, but since my first HM will be late afternoon/evening, I'm trying to train for that. I'll probably never run at exactly the same time & I can't replicate the time difference, but I can still try to duplicate the conditions a much as possible.
The end result is the last couple of runs have seemed a little harder. I still had a respectable pace (for me) of just under 12 mm. Now my hip is bothering me - another first in the aches & pains department. It truly seems you never quite know what's going to ache after a long run. I've done runs the same length before without any aches.
I must say next week is my easy week where I dial back my mileage & I'm looking forward to it. Funny how when I don't plan a long run but it just happens it seems fun; when it's on the plan it can seem more like work. I'm also considering shortening up some of the midweek runs - right now the 5 milers have just seemed hard. Probably cause they're tempo & speed work & I've chosen to do them on the treadmill. I have another plan that calls for shorter runs midweek anyway. Plans should be flexible.
I did buy a brownie at the farmer's market. In fact, I bought 2, from different booths. I chose a smaller one at one booth. I tasted one & ate the other one after my run. Wanted dessert again after dinner, but even tho the brownies were very good, that sugar just gives me a headache. I knew I wanted a healthy dessert (if there can really be such a thing) and so I polished off the last chocolate pie slice - which really hit the spot & did NOT give me a headache. I'm counting all that as NSVs, btw - might not seem like thatto some, but deliberately choosing a smaller brownie, not devouring both brownies & realizing I didn't want more sugar even if I wanted more chocolate are NSVs in my book.
I also eye'd the chocolate dipped pretzels at another booth . . . and now kind of regret not buying them. They could be a great recovery snack after a long run. See what I can talk myself into? Still, this was the very first time I purchased baked goods at the farmer's market & I've had lots of opportunities.
I also thought of my buddies SKINNYPOWELL & NATPLUMMER, who want to be running & can't right now. I sent them healing vibes during my run.
Can we get a little chipmunk love? Think captain & tenille's muskrat love. I got to explore new parts of this particular path & I lost count of the chipmunks I saw after about the first dozen! I've never seen so many chipmunks in my life!
So now I'm just left wondering whether or not I should run tomorrow. Guess we'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow.
Friday, September 16, 2011
So after I wrote my happy blog about my short shorts I had a terrible WI that really blindsided me. I truly don't know what the heck is going on with my body. The only thing. Can think if is that HM training is messing with me, despite the fact I'm barely 3 weeks into it! But normally I don't do 5 mile runs during the week & my plan has me doing that (along with the weekend long runs).
But I managed a good loss last week & really felt I ate well this week!
My parents came up for the night last night. So here are my dinner choices:
1. Crab cake. Which is what I had for dinner last night. No sauce.
2. Leftover white pizza from lunch. VERY thin crust, not that much cheese, with tomatoes & diced avocado.
3. What's left of the GINORMOUS chicken salad sandwiches my parents had. Seriously, one sandwich could've fed like 3 people. I'd give it to DH but I don't think he really likes that & since he's going out of town soon . . . I hate to just throw it out but don't think it's going to do much good for me . . .
4. My tuna waldorf salad I make. Altho the reality is aside from the bread, am I kidding myself that that's healthier? Except I control the ingredients.
5. The vegan shells with Alfredo sauce I made a few days ago. With tofu & cashews, brown rice & quinoa shells, it's sort of healthy.
I'm leaning towards that last choice. I have a 7 mile run tomorrow. Maybe a chicken salad sandwich after the run? But then the pizza is still waiting! Argh! Help!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
It's amazing the difference just a few pounds can make. I know just a couple of weeks ago my Jean short shorts were feeling snug. Like I-can't-wear-these-out-of-the-house snug. Yesterday I wore them - and even raked leaves with them on! Ok, so it WAS in the backyard; I was actually hoping to get to some in the front yard, too, but it's a busy week for me.
It also makes me wonder about the denial that goes along with gaining almost 40 lbs. Look, i knew I was gaining. Even without a scale or WIs I had a pretty good idea of how much I was gaining.
But I don't even remember buying clothes in ever-increasing sizes, altho obviously I must have.
Now just a few pounds makes me sooooo uncomfortable and determined (you might say MAD - motivated & determined) to get back to feeling comfortable again.
But then you have to be oh-so-vigilant about not getting TOO comfortable. No wonder Stacy & Clinton hate the "C" word! Not letting too many little indulgences creep in. Because this time WILL be different.
Oh, there will still be ups & downs, literally; it's inevitable. But somehow you've got to hold onto your determination, keep your eyes on the prize, put your nose to the grindstone, and just maybe your money where your mouth is (my WW payments - which WILL go away some day).
Is there a point in all this? Darned if I know, but. Know you'll relate to what I'm saying!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
If you've ever lived with animals, you know they love their routines. They want to eat, play & exercise at the same times every day. We humans are the same way. That's why it can be so difficult to create a healthy lifestyle - we have to change & we don't like change.
I got to thinking about this because of some buddies' recent blogs. One of my buddies wondered after the recent west coast blackout just what she'd be eating if there was a real natural disaster that left her without power for a long time.
I know what I'd be eating: nut butters! I really stocked up when one of my favorite brands was on sale a while back. Of course greens would be a problem . . . oh, all those protein bars probably would come in handy, too.
There was a day I simply couldn't keep any nut butters in the house cause I'd simply eat with a spoon right out of the jar. Thankfully those days are mostly behind me & nut butters are part of my daily eating plan.
Another buddy was asking how you keep from worrying. That's a tough one. TOM was a few days late this month. I never quite know when it will arrive anymore, despite an app I use to track it, because sometimes it's early, sometimes it's late, and sometimes it's totally punctual.
If it's late next month, it will arrive during our vacation. But if it's on time the next few months, it will be going on during my HM which will totally piss me off, especially since I have low energy & a lot of trouble sleeping the week before TOM.
But there's nothing I can do about it - it will arrive when it arrives - so any worrying is simply a waste of time. All I CAN do is visualize what I want to have happen & leave the rest in God's hands (along with my worry).
Reinventing yourself isn't easy on you or those around you. There will be victories, setbacks, and long stretches of nothing much at all. But it's much, much easier if you're willing to bend & stretch - a LOT.
Monday, September 12, 2011
A funny thing happens when you start to baby step your way into a new habit: the snowball effect sometimes takes over. Think of a snowball rolling down a hill, growing larger & larger as it picks up more snow.
A while back I started a new lower-sugar regimen. I'm proud of that because a) it was my own idea and b) sugar is definitely a weakness.
I haven't cut it out altogether, but I try to reserve it for just one treat a night for the majority of the week. And a couple of night's a week I don't have a sweet treat - usually I have popcorn.
The funny thing is that while I still really enjoy my treats, I've found that my cravings have greatly diminished and I'm more accepting of less sweetness.
For instance, back in the day I sweetened my tea with 8 drops of stevia. Over time I reduced that to 4 drops. Lately I've noticed that 4 drops seems too sweet, so I reduced it to 3 drops recently.
Yesterday we went out to kohls & then out to dinner. I checked out Jlo's new line of clothing - some of it cute, some not, most of it a bit overpriced, I thought. I tried on some stuff I'd been looking at online & decided I didn't like those items. I did go home & order a few things (not available in the store) with my 20% off coupon.
For dinner we tried out a nearby sports bar. Not really my kind of place, but I figured I'd find so something & indulge DH. I ended up with a chicken Caesar salad with dressing on the side, hold the bacon & croutons. Never be afraid to get it your way! I avoided where the parmesan was heaviest. I snuck a few of DH's fries - and tracked them! Which left me with enough room for another slice of my fudge pie at home (my parents are coming up this week & if we don't finish it off then I'll have DH take the rest into work).
Speaking of treats, I've decided to get something sweet from the farmer's market next week for a treat after my long run. I haven't done that all summer & the market ends soon. :( There is this booth with these awesome looking brownies . . . I'd do it the following week, which is the last week, but my run will be shorter that week.
Have you noticed any snowball effects in your journey to a healthy lifestyle?
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