Monday, February 13, 2012
Can't say as I really think that's true, even at my GW I'll definitely have meat on my bones - but there is some kernel of truth in there. I noticed it at my last massage and I know he meant it as a compliment.
Last week wasn't great, altho as always there is good with the bad - that unexpected almost 2 lb loss, for instance. I thought I'd lost something, but didn't think it was much - altho one pair of jeans was definitely more comfortable - but jeans stretch. It was nice to be pleasantly surprised for a change! Still working on those last few pairs of jeans that give me muffin top & barely button.
I know I'm supposed to be resting up this week, but chester's coughing is still keeping me up at nights & yesterday I was so tired I couldn't even bring myself to do yoga. Have a call in to the vet, really hoping we'll have a better night tonight.
I am very proud that my eating has been really good. I have really upped the freggie intake - trying to just bathe my body in a sea of antioxidants! Thankfully stress eating is a thing of the past, but I know like any addict you have to be wary of relapses. And I have to be vigilant because eating because of tiredness can still be a problem for me.
Finally got a much-overdue haircut yesterday. My hairdresser had left the salon, but luckily I really connected with the new person. She's a vegetarian & loves animals. Looking forward to another massage tomorrow - really need that!
Please keep Chester in your thoughts & some no-cough vibes would be much appreciated!
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.
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