Saturday, October 08, 2011
Yesterday I headed out to the park for my 8 mile run. What a glorious day! It was 60 when I left. As I did my first loop, I passed a small stand of bright red maples reflected perfectly into a pool of water (which shouldn't be there, it's washing out the trail from all our rain this summer/fall). I figured I'd take a photo on my last loop & then remembered I'd left the cell phone in the car.
There were also bright red berries on one of the trees . . . Not sure what sort of tree. Fall is slowly arriving, but we'll be gone at the peak. Which means there will be major raking when we get home . . . Thursday was supposed to be a rest day, & mostly was, but there was raking. I'm actually feeling that in my thighs from side lunging!
There was a group of kids from a local college running . . . doing drills . . . cones on the trails . . . areas roped off on the grass . . . no idea what was going on, but I enjoyed watching them run. I like to watch other people run & notice their form now: do they really bend their arms? Kick up their heels? Swing their arms across their body? Lean?
And the eye candy running shirtless wasn't bad, either.
I had a GU because I figured 8 miles wad long enough for that. I had thought it would take me 1:45, but when I looked at my watch at 1:41 I'd already gone 8.23 miles. Oops! In a perfect world, I could run a sub-3 hr HM. But with all the people (like 30,000), the travel, the time difference, the lateness of the start . . . I'm still just really aiming to enjoy it. Already visualizing running down the strip - DRY! - with a time on the finish clock.
My hip ached a bit now & again, but I guess it's settling into just another normal ache. I iced it when I got home & it's ok this morning.
Every bad run gives your self confidence a ding. I worried about this run, since I had major knee pain after my 8 mile race & am still dealing with the hip.
Every good run boosts your self confidence. Now I feel better about next week's 9 mile run. Just trying to figure out when to squeeze it in!
Friday, October 07, 2011
Been a while since a weight loss analogy occurred to me, but it sure did this morning! This one's for you, NATPLUMMER!
I made CCK's double chocolate pancakes this morning (it's long run day). They came out just a tad undercooked, but delicious even so. I've made these a bunch of times now & every time they're just a bit diffent. Which got me to thinking . . .
Weight loss is like cooking. First, you have to assemble all the ingredients: support, healthy ingredients to make healthy meals, ways to measure your progress, ways to track what you've done, new tools & so on.
Next you have to learn new skills: how to motivate yourself, what exercise works for you, how to reward yourself, how to healthify (yes, I so made up a new word), how to make healthy substitutions.
Then you practice. Over & over & over again.
Some attempts will be great triumphs.
Some attempts will bomb big-time.
And some attempts will be just ok.
Which translates into sometimes you'll gain, sometimes you'll lose & sometimes you'll maintain.
Sometimes you'll get results you didn't expect - most likely you skipped a step or ingredient.
You can make the same recipe over & over, and it will never be quite the same each time. Sometimes you'll know exactly what you did wrong; sometimes you'll have an inkling; & sometimes you'll have no clue whatsoever.
Unless you hire a personal chef, you can't stop cooking. Which probably means you'll continue to learn.
Just as we can't stop trying, even when we seem to be going nowhere (or up).
What's your recipe for success?
Thursday, October 06, 2011
The scale was not kind to me. Again. Altho in reality, it wasn't a bad week considering it's pre-TOM - just when you combine it with last week it's a number I haven't seen in a long, long time. And I'm going on vacation in a bit over a week & I ALWAYS gain on vacation.
Well, it is what it is. My measurements have stayed pretty steady for the last 3 weeks. Sometimes my clothes feel tight, sometimes they feel fine. Either my hormones have really run amuck (possible) or HM training is throwing my body for a loop. Or both. Which is bad, considering I'll be in HM training mode til my birthday!
After my meeting, I had to stop at Target & the grocery store to pick up a few things. Since I didn't lose weight, i didn't stop at TJMaxx like I'd planned to. then I stopped at the cleaners to get the green wrap dress I bought a while back shortened. Which will cost me more than the dress did!
The woman doing the shortening commented on what a nice dress it is, so that made me feel a little better. Everyone loves a compliment. Hopefully they'll do a good job. I haven't yet found a good place for alterations here.
I had actually planned to have a perfect foods bar for lunch - really tasty, good ingredients, but rather high in calories. I was feeling the need for some comfort food, so I made my noodles & "cottage cheese" instead, despite the fact it was somewhat late already & I still needed to clean out a litterbox, too.
10 ounces pasta (I used brown rice shells)
1 package lite firm tofu
5 tbsp vegenaise (you can use mayo)
Cook the pasta. Mix the tofu with the vegenaise, then mix that with the cooked pasta. Salt to taste. Man, that hit the spit & now tomorrow's lunch is all ready!
Really, it's quite healthy other than the vegenaise - you can probably use less than I did.
I also had a light bulb moment & realized that the perfect food bar would be the "perfect" snack after tomorrow's long run - and yes, I am carbo-loading for it, altho the perfect food bar is full of healthy protein, too. Anyway, the perfect food bar (google it if you're interested) is also healthy comfort food, so a bit of an indulgence but healthy, too.
What do you think; can there be such a thing as healthy comfort food?
Do you eat any healthy comfort foods?
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Thanks to everyone who responded yesterday -- your the best! I haven't lost my motivation, I simply asked the question so that others can be inspired by your wisdom. Because even tho I'm not lacking in motivation, I can't always articulate where it comes from.
Which brings me to one of the biggies . . . SP & WW. Without y'all, I probably would've given up long ago. I've been here before -- exercising, eating mostly right, but just stuck at a weigh that is almost -- but not quite yet -- healthy. And I've given up. And I've gained more weight than I originally lost.
Don't want to write the sequel!
So here's something I do when I DO get down about where I'm going. I pull out the only pair of size 16 jeans I kept. To remind me. I now wear a size 8 -- sometimes a 10, sometimes a 6.
Those size 16s actually do still stay up -- the curse of being a curvy girl -- but I can pull them on without unzipping them & I discovered today that I can actually fit both legs in one leg now! What a hoot! That photo is blurry cause I was laughing.
And I have a dress dilemma. Remember the teal dress on the right? I bought it for my cousin's wedding in November (which is black tie optional!). And last week I bought the navy dress on the left.
Oh God. I really like them both, but I like the navy dress better. I want to wear it. I can still return the navy dress, but I can't return the teal dress.
Now, my other cousin is getting married in August we just found out (these are both second cousins, btw). The teal dress is rather heavy (which is why I thought it would work well for November).
The teal dress is Calvin Klein . . . maybe I could sell it on Ebay. Altho I really like it too, just when the heck will I wear it?
My poor sister, who has gained some weight, hasn't been able to find a dress yet (she would never fit into the teal dress, she's looking at 12/14s & it's a 6 I think; not to mention she's really particular).
I know how that feels. In fact, that's what started me on the journey, sort of, this time. I suppose I have to be thankful I couldn't find a dress I liked and my eyebrow got infected and my face blew up at my niece's Bat Mitzvah . . .
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