Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Clinton & Stacy hate the c-word, but there can be something to be said for being comfortable, too.
Being comfortable in your own skin, for instance.
Getting my hair cut always gives me feedback. There's something about the mirrors in salons - they're very unforgiving. But yesterday I was ok with my face - still room for improvement, probably always will be, but it didn't make me cringe. In fact, it looked pretty good. You should be able to look at yourself in the mirror without cringing.
Being comfortable in my jeans is important, too. Sometimes jeans lie - they stretch & make us feel comfortable when maybe we shouldn't be getting comfortable. But they can be tight, too - always useful feedback.
Actually, I'd like mine to be too loose. I've got a couple of pairs of jeans that are too tight to wear. When they're comfortable, I'm pretty sure I'll be at my GW.
Being comfortable listening to your body. Today I usually do a mini-fast, delaying breakfast by a few hrs - roughly a 12 hr fast. But I woke up STARVING. So I ate breakfast at my normal time. Nothing wrong with that. Flexible things bend; rigid things break.
My hip bothered me just a bit during my easy run yesterday. Just enough to let me know it's not quite back to normal. Oddly enough, my knee had a few twinges at the 10 minute mark. So I took a walking break & it didn't bother me again.
I iced the hip when I got home & even tho it gave me a few aches throughout the day, it feels fine this morning.
As with most things in life, there's a fine line between the good-comfortable & the bad-comfortable.
Have you noticed when it's good to get comfortable?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
So I used to use 1/2 cup (dry) oatmeal for my breakfasts & recently downsized to 1/3 cup. And a funny thing happened on the way to my GW: ultimately I find myself LESS hungry - as long as TOM is not knocking at my door.
It was such a struggle for meto make the switch, too. A mental struggle, not physical. Yet I find that most days I eat my morning snack later because I'm simply not hungry.
I suppose it's the old your stomach shrinks so if you're really listening to your hunger cues, they shrink too.
Portion control is probably my final frontier.
Mostly healthy eating? Check. Altho I most definitely could have made a better choice than the salmon Wellington last night . . . chased by the healthy chocolate chip cookie cake. Just means my choices for the next couple of days REALLY need to be healthy.
Tracking what I REALLY eat? Check.
Being satisfied with smaller portions? Progress, not perfection. But I'll keep the whole oatmeal experiment in mind.
Monday, September 26, 2011
We get so caught up in the numbers game - I am definitely no exception. Looking at the 5% challenge made me realize that losing just shy of 1 lb per week in 2 months would get me really, really close to my GW.
But I know myself. I bounce back & forth constantly. I'm still trying to figure out why.
Still . . . it seems so doable. My spark buddies do it all the time. Why can't I?
And then I realize that I'm concentrating on the wrong thing: the numbers. And what I should be concentrating on is WWBH?, aka What Would Be Healthy?
The numbers are really a byproduct of healthy choices. This is what I need to keep in the front of my mind, to ask myself when I'm confronted with choices. If I keep asking myself that, the numbers should follow naturally.
Because I had some pretty ripe bananas waited to be used, yesterday I made ohsheglows.com/2011/05/25/how-to-squ
ash-a-chocolate-craving-in-80-calories/ . I did not add any sweetener. Yes, they would have tasted better a little sweeter but I'm still working on the whole sugar thing & they hit the spot without extra sweetener & were the healthy choice over my planned for vitatop - almost the same number of calories but even healthier, at least to my mind, especially since I used dark chocolate chips.
Next time you're faced with a choice, ask yourself WWBH & watch the numbers go down.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Yes, after a week of rest, I got out for an easy 4 miles yesterday. My hip still isn't completely normal, but I iced it before & after & this morning it doesn't feel any worse. We'll see how it does as I ease back into running 3 x week & a long run of 7 miles next weekend.
I used the E3 grips - no idea if they helped or not but since they didn't hurt, I'll continue to use them. Sadly, the pretzel guy was not at the farmer's market yesterday - I bought something that was like a hostess cupcake only with chocolate filling that was totally awesome instead. The pretzel probably would have been healthier, but it was the last day of the market for this year.
It was also the slowest 4 miles I've done in a long time, but it was quite warm & humid even for early in the morning. But I'm really looking to just finish the HM without pain . . . 2 1/2 hrs would be really awesome, but I suspect it'll take the whole 3 hrs I guestimated. And if it takes longer, c'est la vie!
Thinking aout it now, I didn't eat anything while I was running. It was less than an hour running, after all. Do I really run faster if I eat while running or was it just the humidity & the hip? We'll never know but it's an interesting question.
Hopefully onto a pain-free month 2. Will be interesting training on vacation. Hoping to get some beach running in!
Friday, September 23, 2011
So my review of the JLo collection at Kohls: the clothes are nice, but I think overpriced & sometimes the fit is rather odd. Except the jeans - they fit me very well - no gaping at the waist, which is hard to find for me. And I like the jewelry - the fact that there're a lot of hearts, my fav, doesn't hurt; I think it's reasonably priced at the sale price. Yesterday's earrings were from her collection & they were $13.50 on sale.
I think that there is never any one answer, it's the sum of everything you do & maybe that's why balance is so hard to find. It's like the nutrition scientists - they find one component of food that helps you lose weight or stay healthy & the next thing you know that's the next wonder food/drug. When the reality might be that it's the combination of ingredients, not any one single ingredient.
I *think* that the weeks I've had good losses are due to a combination of things:
*Eating at the higher end of my range - but the majority of food MUST be healthy food. Back to the 80/20 rule (80% healthy, 20% treat)
*Time of the month - yup, it really does matter
*Enough rest during the day.
Let me explain that last one. Was I overtraining? I don't think so - I'm barely running 15 miles most weeks - but maybe my body thinks so. A coupe of the signs are there: possible overuse injury, feeling tired in the mornings.
I'm beginning to think maybe I need 2, not just 1 rest days. Course I walk the dogs every day, but I actually had DH walk them last week when I did my long run. So maybe the day before & after my long runs should both be rest days.
I'm thinking that may be what *I* need - it might not be what *you* need. But I read a lot about how older "atheletes" need more rest. Well, it's a theory I'm willing to test out.
Tin Cup. It's a movie & if you've never seen it & enjoy romantic comedies, I highly recommend it. Kevin Kostner; nuff said.
What got me thinking about it is there's a scene where Rene Russo brings in all this paraphernalia she's bought to help her golf game.
Recently I bought the Chi Running DVD when active.com had a half price deal on it. That was the first book on running I read & it spoke to me, but at $40 the DVD seemed too expensive.
And I'm reading a book called Run for Life that was on one of the frequent kindle sales. The author raves about something called E3 grips, so I bought them. It's an interesting book, btw.
So here I sm with all my running paraphernalia in the hopes of running pain free . . . I'll let you know what I think of this stuff.
Right now I'm hoping to take my new hypotheses for a spin this week & am hoping at the very least to maintain, since this week was a good weight loss week.
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