Friday, March 09, 2012
I'm not even talking about the scale, altho indirectly I suppose I am.
Does your week go like this?
Fri: loosen up & eat a little more thsn usual
Sat: still loosened + dinner out - usually a long run, too
Sun: beginning to tighten up
Mon - tues: really tightened up because I'm running out of WW pts
Wed: really hungry but not wanting to overeat = gaining
How do you get off that roller coaster? It's not that I'm binging, but ultimately by Wednesday I feel lime I can't eat anything yet I want to eat everything.
No ebooks for me this week (remember I could only buy them if I at least maintained my weight), but that wasn't a surprise & I'm hoping next week I'll be able to buy them. It wasn't as bad as I feared - it rarely is - & for that I'm grateful.
How do you stay balanced?
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
It's been so nice to watch the sunrise this week (inside my nice warm house, of course). I will love the lighter evenings next week, but I will not enjoy staring out into the black mornings again.
There's a trade-off with a healthy lifestyle, too, as I've blogged about many times. It takes time & effort, but in return you get so much.
The good news with the darker mornings is that they will lighten.
The good news with the hard work of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is that you gain so much more in return.
As I cleaned my kitchen this morning I also mused about the power of building healthy habits. You see, my kitchen was in a pretty sorry state. I just needed a break & it had been literally days since it had been cleaned. But I knew I would get back to my healthy habit of cleaning it daily & I have: that is the epitome of a habit - it becomes something you must do, and even when you abandon it for a while you know you will return to it.
Just as I know my eating wasn't as good as it normally is this week, I know I'll probably have a better week next week.
For those wondering about Chester, he has what they call mitral valve insufficiency. The mitral valve, which prevents blood from going back into the heart chamber it just left, is wearing out & leaking. Apparently it is quite common in chihuahuas, altho at 6 1/2 he seems rather young for it.
The good news is his heart isn't much effected yet. The irony is the cardiologist doesn't think the coughing is due to it - it's often a symptom - but it led us to find out about the heart murmur.
The bad news is that it will eventually lead to congestive heart failure. No way to tell when that might happen, but I'm hopeful not for a long time. And I also know it's not usually the thing you're expecting that gets them, either.
He thinks the coughing may be due to allergies and possibly a secondary bacterial infection. Seems really odd because this all just started out of the blue. We have good days & bad days & yesterday was another bad night. The antihistamine the vet recommended didn't help at all. He's not usually bad during the day, but nights can be bad - but not always, thankfully.
If you're a dog person - especially if you rescued your dog - I highly recommend "Rex and the city", a free kindle book.
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!
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