Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Oy, the sacrilege! But I think that can be true. Oddly enough, now running seems "easy" in some ways. Get dressed, maybe stretch a bit & you're off! And then there are the endorphins waiting for you at the end - no matter how badly your run went.
ST doesn't usually give me a whole lot of endorphins, but I know how important it is: I'm convinced it helped me get a better time & be leaner for my second HM. But some days you have to psych yourself into it . . . especially during the winter for some reason . . . and yesterday I sure didn't want to do it.
It would've been so easy to go for a run instead (which still makes me giggle because it was so hard to run at first - it never *really* seems easier, but it is, & I guess you have to learn to run to understand that sentence).
In the end, I knew it would be better for me to get my ST done so I did. It was a close thing, tho.
I came across a couple of kindle books I'd like to buy recently. "Train like a mother" (I have their first book, "Run like a mother", which I highly recommend even tho I'm not a mother) & "Fitness Foods". The 2 come to about $11 (less than the cost of one paperback! How I love my kindle).
So my plan right now is to use them as rewards for either maintaining or losing weight. Which won't be easy this week - I just did not have a good day yesterday all around. It's never an actual binge, it's a few bites here, a few bites there, & even tho I tracked it it often seems that's all it takes to derail me.
I have a 3 month weight goal that I really thought I was going to reach, but right now it seems my stubborn plateau will outsmart me yet again. Which just means I'll need to try again for the next 3 months. Months I'm not training for a HM, altho I do have a few races lined up. We'll see what happens.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
We went out to eat for my belated-birthday dinner last night. Ok, maybe it's like my third birthday dinner, but who's counting? I get a $10 off coupon to my fav Italian restaurant for my birthday.
I was thinking about the gnocchi appetizer ("long" run the next day - was supposed to be 6 miles, but the reality was 5 1/4 - but no walking breaks - except the icy spots). I asked the server how big the serving was & he said it was about half the size of a pasta dish & they could do a dinner sized portion for me.
I decided to get it with a Caesar salad & have some of my husband's pasta. Well, the gnocchi came & it was a huge portion! I took half home & never took a bite of my husband's pasta. And it was sooo yummy. Good thing I had a long-ish run planned for today! It was definitely not a light meal, but I feel I did well with my portion sizes & I thoroughly enjoyed it. May have to do a long run again next weekend when I eat my leftovers . . .
Friday, March 02, 2012
This one has been floating around . . . saw it on my buddies' NATPLUMMER & PUDLECRAZY's blogs.
A. Age: 50
B. Bed size: Queen (really small when you add 3 animals!)
C. Chore that you hate: um, everything? But cleaning toilets is right up there
D. Dogs: Chester & Lola
E. Essential start to your day: water with lemon
F. Favorite color: teal, purple, fuschia - guess I like vivid colors!
G. Gold or Silver: Both, thank you
H. Height: 5'1"
I. Instruments you play: flute. Well I used to, anyway
J. Job title: N/A - animal trainer?
K. Kids: fur kids only
L. Live: Albany, NY (not by choice!)
M. Mother's name: Anita
N. Nicknames: none
O. Overnight hospital stays: 3 surgeries, all before I was a teenager!
P. Pet peeve: my husband fiddling with anything that he finds
Q. Quote from a movie: we get married to have a witness to our lives - Shall We Dance?
R. Right- or left-handed: Right
S. Siblings: 1 of each (I'm the baby & there was another older brother who died before I was born)
T. Tattoos & Piercings: pierced ears
U. Underwear: Yes
V. Vegetable(s) you hate: not sure there is one, but there are some, like green beans, I can take or leave
W. What makes you run late: traffic & my parents
X. X-Rays you've had: several
Y. Yummy food that you make: for someone who's almost a vegetarian, I make a killer prime rib
Z. Zoo animal: I have mixed feelings about zoos & so many animals that fascinate me, but if I had to pick one it would be tigers
Speaking of tigers . . . well, the domestic ones . . . had a very odd dream last night. I very rarely remember my dreams. Anyway, we were on a cruise, came back to our cabin, and the boys (our cats) were out on this tiny balcony. No idea how they managed to stay on there (or how in the world we'd get them on a cruise ship in the first place!). We let them in & then were trying to figure out where we'd get a litterbox when I woke up.
And not to long ago I was dreaming about watching 2 people fight when I kicked poor simba & then woke up! Been a while since I acted out my dreams. I once threw myself off the bed (and DH slept thru it) because in my dream I jumped out of a boat!
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Yup, you really can squeeze in exercise in small increments. Got my walk in with the dogs, ate some lunch, washed the sheets . . . and then ran out of steam. I decided that I'd do 10 minutes of upper body ST. Luckily, I have a lot of exercise DVDs that are broken down into 10 minute segments.
First I did a sparkpeople DVD. Since I'm still resting the hamstring, I knew that a lot of that segment could be done sitting down! When I came back to put the sheets in the dryer, I did a 10 minute arms segment from Rapid Results Pilates. I wasn't sure I'd go for a third, but when I came back down to put the duvet cover in the dryer I tried out the arms segment from my new Kathy Kaehler DVD.
Just goes to show you really don't need a large block of time to get in your exercise - works particularly well when you're tired & not feeling it. I just didn't want to change into workout clothes, so I didn't. And I didn't get too sweaty in just 10 minutes.
It's a winter wonderland out there, which would be fine if I didn't have to go out this afternoon, the snowplow hadn't just plowed in the end of the driveway & it's still coming down steadily. Can't really complain as this is the first really big storm of the winter!
Just bought Easy Vegan Meals from Sparkpeople on my kindle - looks good! No, I haven't yet bought the SP Cookbook - I was a bit po'd that you don't get the extra points if you buy the kindle edition, frankly! A few of the recipes in this cookbook are from the SP Cookbook, but not too many. For $2.99, it looks worthwhile!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I ran 3 days in a row. For most runners that's nothing, but I usually only run 3 x week & I don't think I've ever run more than 2 days in a row before. But yesterday was "warm" & most importantly sunny & we don't get a lot of sunny days so they're hard to pass up. So I donned my Livestrong tshirt & jacket (you get the tshirt; I bought the jacket).
Unfortunately I pulled my hamstring stretching afterwards! So weird. Bothered me the rest of the day, but with some walking around today it's better & I don't have plans to run til maybe Friday anyway.
Went to my WW meeting a day early since they're predicting a killer snowstorm & I have to take Chester to the vet tomorrow afternoon & don't really want to have to deal with shoveling twice. Down just a tiny bit, which isn't bad since I've only been hone a day shy of a week & TOM is supposed to start today, even if it doesn't look like it will.
But the snow sure started as soon as I got home . . . the dogs sure weren't pleased to be taken for a walk. But now I can hunker down & enjoy the white stuff - altho I do still have to ge out there & rescue the mail.
A couple of recent GSFs
Picnic to go - something like that - it's a box with hummus, crackers, dried fruit, roasted edamame & dark chocolate. I took it along with me on our trip . . . didn't use it, but it will also be good for tomes when I'm hungry but don't want to cook. Just missing veggies!
And I finally tried something I've eyed before: Qrolls. They're wafers covered in dark chocolate. Pretty good & only 2 WW pts+ each. Handy for chocolate cravings.
I've noticed how much easier it is to strike up a conversation with strangers now that I'm smaller. I'm a naturally shy person, but also much more likely to chat up total strangers these days.
I suppose I really oughtto suit up & get the mail before the snow gets deeper . . . gotta strip the bed & do the sheets not to mention fold up Monday's laundry . . .
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