Friday, September 30, 2011
I decided not to swim at the high school this year - the price is really right, but then the hours aren't & I'm locked into a particular day, not to mention the pool tends to be really cold. I was thinking about swimming at a local college, which is just as close.
Then DH came home & said a gym I've been interested in is waiving their enrollment, which they do on occasion. His administrative assistant had just joined. It costs about 3 x as much as the high school, but of course offers a lot more than just a pool.
Yesterday I took a tour. Really, really nice facility. The pool is a bit small - 4 lanes & 25 yards. But it looks nice enough. There's Zumba & a variety of classes - not a whole lot during the day, but some that look interesting. There's hot yoga - just one night a week, but other yoga classes & a pilots-yoga class.
You can get a free fitness assessment every couple of months.
All the cardio equipment - and there are tons & it was empty while I was there, altho there were lots of people there - has cable tv where you can choose the channel!
I could go on & on, but yes, it looks really nice & the only thing I'll miss is no sauna. AND it backs up to the park with the farmer's market where I often do my long runs (altho the farmer's market is done for the year).
So the dilemma? I can get a free day pass to give it a try.
Or I can sign up for a month, because the special runs thru the end of October. But I'll be gone on vacation for 10 days.
Or I can pay for a year up front & they'll tack on 2 extra free months - a significant savings (but again, I'm out of town 10 days October).
Or I get the day pass & sign up for the year when we get back from our vacation at the end of October.
Second decision. Saturday is my long run day. Only it's supposed to be chilly - 50s - and potentially pouring. Now I know it could be pouring during my HM, so it's wise to train for it - but I've slept really poorly all week long & am exhausted & really don't want to run for 1 1/2 hrs in the pouring rain.
I could do it today, which is supposed to be a really lovely day. Even tho I didn't load up on carbs yesterday. But I did run yesterday.
I could do it tomorrow & just suck it up.
I could do it on the treadmill tomorrow.
Can't do it Sunday cause I'm going down to my folks.
There's an indoor track at the gym, btw, but it takes 12 laps to do a mile! Maybe it wouldn't be so bad with tunes . . .
Input welcomed! Assuming you could follow all that.
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!
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