Friday, February 10, 2012
. . . a partial happy dance.
So if you're doing the livestrong marathon/HM next weekend do you want to meet up? Or any austinites in general want to meet up?
The partial happy dance is about going into this HM 4 lbs lighter than my first HM - if I don't manage to screw it up in the next week!
Seriously, I was really surprised - pleasantly - by my weight loss this week. For a change! The new WW plan seems to be working well for me. Which means I was just eating too much on th old plan. Which is kind of a bummer, but maybe 2012 is finally my yr!
Which doesn't mean my weight loss is linear. I go down, I go up - but losing 4 lbs in 2 months is huge for ME.
The reason this is only a partial happy dance is because the vet heard a heart murmur in Chester yesterday. Which explains the coughing that has been keeping me up so much lately. We've started him on a supplement for his heart & I'm hopeful that he has many good years ahead of him. He's only 6!
Thursday, February 09, 2012
I was looking out my window this morning. It was still dark, but there was a beautiful, bright, full moon glowing behind the pine trees. It's been a tough week, many sleep deprived nights for one reason or another, lots of running around. And I haven't even begun packing yet! So much to do; so tired. Not exactly the way you want to go into a HM but it is what it is.
But the beauty is there if you open your eyes to it. Around you, inside you - and of course we are each beautiful in our own ways, inside & out. You just have to believe. We've all seen them - the woman who isn't really beautiful but she appears to be simply because she believes that she is.
I am definitely liking my garmin - altho I must admit I think the advice to get the 210 over the 110 is probably right. Even thinking about using it for now, while looking around for a good deal on a 210 & then exchanging it. I'm having a tough time wrapping my head around average pace.
The other day I started off my run with about 15 minutes of hill repeats - with a pace about on par with last weekend's long run. Then I finished with an easy run with sone striders thrown in cause it was a nice day (ok, can anyone tell me the difference between some striders & a fartlek?).
I was really astounded to glance down at my watch at one point & find I was doing a 10 mm pace! I was never able to recapture that "speed", but I ended with an average pace of 12:20 mm, which is pretty good for me. Right now I plan to strive for a 13-14 mm pace in the beginning of my HM & see how that feels. I like wearing a pacer on my wrist!
Don't forget to look for the beauty today - in you & around you.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Been really busy the last few days & haven't even really begun the hard work of getting ready to go again! It's funny, I haven't set foot in Marshalls or TJMaxx yet this yr & I thought that would free up some time but it doesn't seem to. I did walk thru DSW last weekend & found a pair of shoes I might just reward myself with after my HM . . . I have a certificate expiring today, but I might just let it expire.
So I did bootcamp again yesterday. Basically it's just very intense circuit training - they do it at the beginning of each month in this particular class to shake things up. It didn't wipe me out as much as the first time - I ran a bunch of errands afterwards. But I still absolutely left a puddle of myself there!
As we were doing our warmup laps around the gym, I was looking at the various bodies. One woman in particular had a wonderful shape, but lime me, she was still hippy & had some thighs. That's not what I noticed about her first - what I noticed about her first was what a cute figure she had.
It really brought home to me how we all have imperfections, but that's not what you see when you look at someone else. I've been trying to watch myself move around unclothed before/after my showers, in an attempt to get more comfortable with my body & all its good & bad traits. It's a tip I read somewhere.
I'm mostly comfortable with myself clothed, but still very uncomfortable unclothed. My poor husband. It wasn't always this way.
Of course it's not all about our bodies, either. Every week I set goals for myself. Most weeks I meet the majority of them - often all of them. This week I probably met the majority of them, but there were several that just didn't get done. There will always be days & weeks where we don't meet our goals. What's important is letting go of perfection - our attachment to these goals. I know just how hard I worked this week. Next week is another opportunity, after all.
What imperfections are you willing to let go of?
Sunday, February 05, 2012
When you have a splurge, a cheat, a treat - whatever you call it - make sure it's worth it to YOU.
A while back, DH decided he wanted to "surprise" me by picking where we went out to dinner - without telling me; hence the surprise. He chose Indian, which we rarely eat. Now, I enjoy Indian food, but it can be a real nutritional landmine.
Since I didn't know where we were going, i couldn't prepare - which led to me choosing a meal that was about 15 WW points, more than half my daily points! Which isn't really all that terrible; it's just if I'm going to splurge, it wouldn't be on Indian food. I did lose some wight that week - barely.
Now let's look at yesterday's lunch, which weighed in at 12 points. Half a broccoli roll - think Stromboli with no sauce & broccoli & cheese inside. Half of an Alexia garlic bread loaf. A splurge meal to be sure, and not the way I normally eat - but oh so worth it to me.
And that's the point: you CAN splurge - but make sure it's something you REALLY want. Binging isn't splurging - binging is done furtively & it makes you feel guilty. Splurges are eaten in front of God & everyone and you enjoy every last crumb.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
I took my new Garmin for a spin today. The disappointment is in how fast I run - I knew I was slow, but my average pace was 14 mm - not the 12 1/2 mm my iPod reported (I ran it to get that comparison).
I understand that even a garmin isn't 100% accurate, bu I also know it's much closer.. And that means that i've probably been under training, at least somewhat. Many weeks I did go a bit further than my plan, so that's good. And I'm pretty sure I get my 10 miles in last week.
Still, even an average of 14 mm is - sadly - faster than my first HM. My main goals for this HM are the same as the first: finish, hopefully pain free (altho my knee was just beginning to bother me a bit toward the end of this run). Anything under 3 hrs is gravy.
I have a couple things working against me:
1. It will most likely be a whole lot warmer. In fact, the temp at the beginning could very well be warmer than my warmest long run.
2. This is a hillier course.
I know I've had faster long runs according to my iPod, so this may have been a slightly slower than usual long run. I've been really sleep deprived the last few days & TOM just started - the good news is I won't have to deal with TOM during this HM! Yippee!
I think I can only benefit from knowing how fast I'm really running. It let's me push myself more.
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