Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Don't worry - nothing to do with Halloween candy. Not long after we got to 4 animals, we stopped giving out candy. We turned off all the lights, went into the bedroom - ok YOU! I'm talking to you - get your mind out of the gutter! Nothing like that. Actually, if I felt better, you might've been right. Anyway, we watched the most re net "Tron" on my iPad since we don't have a tv in the bedroom.
No, earlier in the day I decided I wanted pancakes for lunch. From the clean eating favorites edition (something like that). Which I topped with chocolate nut butter, which breaks my minimal sweets during the day rule, but I'd planned to simply have cereal as my treat after dinner (which I did), so I figured I could slack a little on that rule.
Only then I craved sweets the rest of the day, even tho I seriously wasn't hungry. I had a couple of dried pineapple rings, but otherwise I just ignored the cravings because I knew they were mental, not physical cravings. I'll have the pancakes with plain nut butter the next time.
I so seriously wanted to curl up in a ball and sleep the afternoon away. Just feeling a bit eh. Only since Simba decided to pee on me on the way home from the vet, I had to wash my coat (thank God it was machine washable), wipe down his crate & my car, & wash his crate pad. No rest for the weary.
He wasn't marking, btw, I think he just really had to go & didn't want to get his crate dirty.
Then I had to squeeze in a short run on the treadmill, which I still seriously didn't want to do but did anyway. Today I've got to get to the grocery store; I guess i'll see how I'm feeling this afternoon before deciding whether or not today will be a rest day.
For righ now, it's time to relax & watch DWTS while waiting for it to warm up a bit more before our walk.
Monday, October 31, 2011
I read a blog a few days ago & it really bugged me. So be warned this is sort of a mini-rant.
First it talked about how people misusecthe term plateau. Well, that point is actually true: if you haven't lost weight for a few days or one week you are not on a plateau. According to my WW leader, if you lose weight at all you're not technically on a plateau either, but if you go up & down the same few pounds, as I have for 2 years now, I think it's safe to call it a plateau.
The irony was the blogger wasn't on a plateau, either - they had lost weight, just not very much. I'd be ecstatic with steady weight loss no matter how slow.
Now, I'm really not looking for sympathy or advice here. I've heard & done most everything. I've never given up & I've continued to try different things.
No, the part the really upset me was the implication that the real reason people plateau is they're slackers. They stop tracking or exercising or both or they slide into old habits.
I'm not saying this can't be true, but the truth is it's not true for me. I've never stopped tracking - heck, I track on vacation - and I've never stopped exercising. I'm no angel when it comes to food, but in general I believe I eat pretty healthy.
Mainly I'm writing this blog for all my spark buddies - even the one's I don't know - who are in the same boat. Because I know there are a lot of us out there & I know firsthand how frustrating it can be.
Never give up. Never forget how far you've already come. Because if all you do us maintain a new, healthier weight, you're already a winner.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
It's not supposed to snow that much today - more overnight - but it could get quite messy so I wanted to knock off my long run early. Despite the fact that the first time I checked I thought I'd been running longer & farther, it was a pretty good run. Faster pace than I've seen in quite a while - about 12 mm - no doubt due to the cold.
It was about freezing when I left & despite the fact that the temp actually increased while I was there, it definitely FELT like it got colder. My running top had hand pockets - you can fold a flap over your hands that sort of forms a mitten - I had them folded over to start, then folded them back as I warmed up, but after an hour I had to fold them back over because it was frickin' cold.
The critters today were cows (there's a farm next to the park), ducks, geese & of course the ubiquitous squirrels. As I made one loop, the geese were staring at something; on the next, there were less; and by that last loop they were gone. It was kind of weird!
The ducks have taken up residence in the "new" ponds: the rather large lakes that all this rain/snow have created. It's weird to see them swimming around in water that shouldn't even be there.
I was thinking of going for 10 miles even tho the plan called for 9; in the end I did 9 1/2. My hip is a little achy - I might ice it later but frankly right now I can't face it. You should have seen how red my legs were from the cold when I peeled off my tights!
I signed up at the health center afterwards since it's close to the park. Maybe I'll go for a swim tomorrow if the roads aren't too bad.
I refueled with a banana & my dark chocolate pretzel while I was there - the pretzel survived! I made a stop at Marshalls but no purchases. The bagel & lox when I got home really hit the spot!
Oh, and the reason behind the title: when I was discouraged when I first checked my time, 2 Journey tunes came on that brought a smile to my face: "Keep on running" & "The girl can't help it". Let's hear it for the 80s!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Here's a view from the "key" (island) -- well, very small key -- where I ran a couple of times in the rain. The second time in a pretty good thunderstorm.
There were sculptures scattered throughout. Miami seems to be big on outdoor sculpture. Why not?
A little shrine. You might be able to see that it's wet since it had already started to rain that day.
Last Miami run through a local park. Sunny, finally!
Fountain in the park.
Besides run, ST, yoga, & shop, I didn't do a lot in Miami. I needed to relax! And there was one swim the last day -- soooo cold when I got out of the pool! It was only about mid 70s & all the people NOT swimming had grabbed the few sunny spots. Grrrr. Still felt good.
Our first sunset in Key West, the day we got in. We had great weather there -- narrowly missing Tropical Storm Rianna. We'd dropped the car off at the airport (about 1 mile from the hotel), and then took a walk after dinner.
View on my running route in Key West. There aren't many beaches there, unfortunately!
I was astounded this photo came out as good as it did considering it was really breezy & taken with my cell phone.
Southernmost everything -- it's the southernmost point in the US. This was the southernmost hotel, I believe. Naked guy on the beach not far from here (sorry, no photo, actually naked guy with a decent bod tho).
Key West reminds me of New Orleans & Austin. Halloween is a big deal in Austin, too, and there's the whole Keep Austin Weird vibe. We sat here a couple of times before we noticed the pencil . . . never did get a photo of the Santa on the motorcycle or the guy on the bike with all the lights . . .
Stumbled across these parrots in a small square off Duval street. Also saw a buy riding down Duval with a parrot on his shoulder at one point . . .
Really wished we'd walked along the ocean again when I saw this sunset from our hotel room our last night. But DH's foot was bothering him.
DH & I in front of the dolphin sculpture at the front of our hotel after breakfast on our last day. My hair was so wild because of the 4 mile run right before. Then again, due to the humidity, my hair was always pretty wild this trip.
My Key West mug & ring.
Can't you just see Lola thinking snow? seriously? It's October!
And the view this morning . . . that's Lola again in the far left . . . MORE snow predicted for tomorrow. Ok, get it out of your system now & give us a mild winter next year!
Key West also reminds me a bit of Hawaii. The year-round moderate temps, the chickens (not nearly as many as HI), the palm trees & of course it's an island. But not nearly as beautiful as HI. But a heck of a lot closer!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
It is snowing. I kid you not. 80s yesterday; 30s today. But that happened occasionally in TX & it's not supposed to stay this cold. It's actually coming down pretty good, altho hubby said he couldn't see it at work.
We met up for lunch today, be ause I had to stop at the grocery store & he wanted me to give my opinion on a suit he'd ordered. And I had to pick up the dogs.
We had pho, which is Vietnamese chicken noodle soup, only I ordered a veggie version. Really hit the spot, as did my oatmeal this morning & no doubt my veggie chili will this evening.
Yesterday I had one goodbye run before we left. Not as many critters at first. Rain was forecast, but it stayed dry. I decided to walk one song & run one song - pushing myself harder when I ran. I was really breathing heavy during the run intervals!
The sun tried to peek out, bu it remained overcast. Eventually I did see 4 pelicans gliding over the water - I didn't know they flew together like that.
The weather in key west pretty much stays in the 70s-80s year round. Now that we know we can fly down there with only one plane change . . . if we ever get a longing for warmth during the winter that might just be the ticket.
I probably would've done more, like a walking tour or a boat ride, but since DH had been working I decided to let him decide. Our last day we just hung out at the hotel. Breakfast & lunch outside, hung out by the pool & I swam, & did ST in the afternoon. Then walked to the Italian restaurant we'd had dinner at the first night. Not too many restaurants within walking distance, but there was an hourly shuttle into town, too.
So for now I sit sipping my apple cider tea, watching the snow fall with a doggie lap warmer, while yesterday's warm, brilliant sunset fades into memory.
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