Saturday, January 14, 2012
So here I sit on the couch, freshly showered, but nary a mile ran. Sometimes the best laid plans & all that jazz.
Checked out the website this morning - no cancellations. Got all ready & up to the bike path. No one else there . . . then the leader shows up & checks out the path, which is covered in snow & ice.
I head home . . . she heads out for hopefully greener pastures.
I decide that I'll do a yoga class today, since I can't make my usual class tomorrow. And I'll run tomorrow indoors. It's supposed to be even colder tomorrow than today, which is pretty danged cold - I even broke out the long underwear.
When I get to yoga, it looks like the trails at the park have been cleared! They sure didn't clear them last year. But I have no running gear with me.
I do yoga & am seriously considering a quick trip home, a quick change & heading back for my run. Only DH has this funny idea that I should spend some time with him.
I'm all carbo-loaded. I drank a ton of fluids yesterday. Today I'm a bit light because I don't want to drink too much right before a run, and since now plan a is to go o the park tomorrow & plan b is to run at home if necessary, I'm scrambling to top off the water tank today for tomorrow.
You've got to be flexible because these sorts of things WILL happen. You've got to be willing to bend, shuffle your plans around - the one thing you can't do is give up. Because there's always a solution.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Many of my goals for this yr are coming along nicely. The house is definitely cleaner than it's been in a while & hopefully I'm building some new habits there that will stick.
The spending thing . . . there have been successes & failures. I've resisted much that tempts me, but then been tempted by other things. I really need some kind of running watch. I'm all for running by feel, but sometimes it's really helpful to know your pace & distance.
I've been using the Nike+ app on my iPod touch . . . it got me thru the first HM but I've just had it with races with poor mile markers - I do better knowing how far I have to go.
So I had DH find me a deal on the Nike sport band - does the same thing but is a small wristband - he found it for $49. Tried it out, found it difficult to read because it's not an actual watch face, & was unable to actually calibrate it on my first run.
So today I got an email from amazon offering a garmin 405 for $150 . . . the reviews are very mixed, but seem to lean toasted positive . . . I'm trying to figure out why this particular one is so cheap while some others are much more expensive . . . hoping I can return the sportband despite having used it . . .
I've been faithfully tracking using my WW app & my fitbook. Yes, it takes more time, but it's easier for me to set up & track goals - and will make it easier to repeat a week if I have really good success - sometimes I just don't track my fruit & veggies in my WW app since they're free.
Today I was going to take a class at the rec center . . . one of my goals has been to incorporate more ST again. It's been a hard week, tho. Chester has a horrible cough & I had a couple of nights with very little sleep - caused me to sleep to 6 am a couple of mornings, missing my morning yoga . . . that snowball effect in the wrong way . . . there's been a lot of running around to the vet . . . not to mention the half hour of shoveling our 2" of incredibly heavy snow due to the sleet that followed it . . .
So it's Plan B. I'm going to do my ST at home today. I had the bootcamp on Tuesday which was definitely challenging, so if I go a little easier yptoday I'm good with that. Tomorrow I have an 8 mile run - potentially thru some snow - with temps predicted to be in the 20s. Hopefully the group will show up which will make it more pleasant!
Sorry for such a long blog. I had a lot more I could have written, but I'll spare you!
It's always a good idea to have a Plan B. Plan Cs aren't a bad idea either!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
If that first step is the hardest, then practice makes perfect. Well, really good, anyway, because there really is no such thing as perfect & I'm trying to let go of the perfectionist tendencies.
I did not make my usual WW meeting this morning - I was all ready, opened the door to let the dogs out & could just hear the sleet coming down. There's a second meeting & by then it was just raining so I was able to go.
Which has nothing whatsoever to do with the title.
Well, it sort of does. Instead of pouting because I missed my meeting, which I hate, I did some dusting & cleaned the kitchen floor.
Doesn't sound like much, does it? I'm cleaning-challenged, tho, and I wanted to get back more into my baby step cleaning. For one reason or another those 2 activities got pushed to the back burner this week.
My kitchen is quite small, so even tho I clean the floor by hand, it only takes about 5 minutes when I keep on top of it.
Can you draw the analogies?
When we break things down into small steps, they don't take very long - but the benefits can be huge. When we practice those steps consistently, they become easier & second nature. When we let go of the need to be perfect, it's never all-or-nothing - we know that if it doesn't get done that day or that week, it will get done the following day or week.
I added some new cleaning habits last year. Hopefully I'll add a few more this year. My house will stay cleaner, which will make it more inviting & peaceful.
All of this applies to - and is really a part of - a healthy lifestyle. It can, of course, apply to healthy eating or exercise habits, too.
What baby steps to a healthy lifestyle are you working on?
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
. . . except maybe with boot camp!
One of the classes I attend at the rec center does a boot camp at the beginning of the month: they set up about 15 stations, each one having a different kind of exercise - both cardio & ST - and you have 1 minute 15 seconds at each station before rotating to the next station.
All I can say is thank God we only did 2 circuits because I really didn't think I had a third in me!
I'm not terribly sore today, but man! was I wiped out the rest of the day yesterday.
This is why I like classes - they push you harder. I *could* do something like that on my own, but I would never work as hard or as long.
And I'm proud to say even tho the class whipped my butt, I was obviously a great deal fitter than my much younger partner (2 people per station). Don't get me wrong, I think it's great she's there, but a girl's got to take some satisfaction where she can.
It got me to thinking, tho, how things usually aren't as hard as we make them out to be. We get so paralyzed thinking about how hard something will be that we do nothing at all. And if you do nothing, you get nothing.
Take a leap of faith. Just do it. As I said recently to my husband, you rarely regret that you at least tried. I definitely don't regret yesterday's class - in fact, looking forward to next month's while at the same time glad next week will be back to normal - despite the fact that it actually WAS harder than I expected.
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