Wednesday, May 09, 2012
. . . but it probably speaks to why I have a weight problem.
The other day when I was out grocery shiopping I saw signs for frozen yogurt; I never got a closeup look at them, tho. I figured that maybe the seasonal ice cream stand down the road was now serving frozen yogurt.
So imagine my excitement when DH informed me a TCBY had opened up within walking/running distance from our house. It's only 1 1/4 mile away - but somehow now I'm excited by running to it for a treat occasionally. There's a carvel in the same strip mall I've never set foot in, and as I said, a seasonal ice cream stand a bit further down we walk to once in a blue moon.
There used to be a TCBY about 3 miles from my house in Austin I'd walk to on occasion (pre-running days). So there's some nostalgia there, too, both good & bad: there had been several young girls murdered at a different location in austin that was big news.
So there you have it - just waiting for the next warm running day! The weather hasn't really quite gotten the memo that it's spring yet, tho. Much less approaching summer.
Yesterday the president visited my husband's workplace. We watched it on tv at home. There was a lottery for tickets & DH didn't win. It was pouring much of the day; he said they were closing half the parking & there would be cell phone & Internet outages. Luckily he can work from home occasionally.
It also allowed me to get out early, since they were closing some major roads due to the president's visit & I needed to go to kohls. I returned something, but managed to walk out with 3 tops & a pair of shoes . . . "my" room is beginning to look like a shoe store!
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Because that's how long it takes to build a habit.
I like 1/2 cup oatmeal (dry); it's a serving, after all. And would be fine if I didn't add dark chocolate chips & PB2. not too long ago, I actually saw a nutritionist recommend dark chocolate with breakfast - my kind of nutritionist! Apparently I was trendy before it was a trend, again.
For a while i tried 1/3 cup, but, at some point I went back to 1/2 cup. It seems such a small difference, but small differences can really add up. Today I went back to 1/3 cup. And I'm going to stay with that for at least 3 weeks - altho I don't eat oatmeal every day, especially now that it ought to be getting warmer (seems resistant to a warming trend, tho).
It's a small sacrifice to make if it helps me towards my goal. I felt so much happier with my body while I was sick - because I was just naturally way less hungry. Unfortunately my appetite has returned, as it always does, but the memory of how my body COULD feel is a good motivator.
Speaking of hunger, I have an amusing animal story. A month ago? 2? When we were in Saratoga we bought the dogs some carob treats. I only use them for very good behavior & they're small dogs, so we still had half a package. On the counter. Where it's been all this time.
I came into the kitchen this morning to find the shredded paper from the package on the counter & the package itself open - and empty.
Now if you think it was the dogs, you're wrong, because they can't get up on the counter.
Did the cats eat them all? Did they drop some on the floor for the dogs? We'll never know, but the dogs were sure sniffing the floor with great interest this morning.
As far ad I can tell, carob is ok for cats, too, but who would've thought they would even be interested? Especially after ignoring it for so long!
Monday, May 07, 2012
No, I didn't actually hurt myself - I just did some foam rolling for the first time in a very long time. Ouch!
One of the nice things about being in a training group is that I don't have to think about my runs; they're already mapped out for me, and today was a 25 minute easy run. It's a 6 month HM training program, so it starts out very easy, which is a very good thing for me at the moment.
My pride hurts, too, because while I wouldn't really say it was an easy run, it was certainly a slow one. I know, I know: I'm just getting back into the swing of things & it will take time to rebuild my stamina.
My plan had been to go for a really early morning run, but I had a hard time falling asleep & just as hard a time getting up. But it's a lovely day & tomorrow is supposed to really suck, plus I have grocery shopping to do, dogs to walk, etc. etc. So I got out there fairly early.
The first mile I wasn't too far off the pace I had in mind, but I felt really tired that second mile & allowed myself to take it easy, because really I just had to.
The good news is I was barely sore after Saturday's run & while my pace today sucked it was still way better than my very first 5k, so it's not like I'm back to square one, even tho it feels like it.
A big shout out to my buddy FRECKS96 who ran a HM yesterday in a great time! You rock, girl!
Waiting to hear if my buddy SKINNYPOWELL1 finished her 14 miler . . . my money's on her.
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Not together, tho. We went out for the first time in almost a month last night. We went to a local diner; too many choices! I went there planning on an omelet & hash browns, but that pretty much flew out the window when confronted with all the great (but not so healthy) choices.
I settled on a monte cristo with a side of sweet potato fries. Hey, I haven't eaten out in a really long time, remember! I brought home half the meal as the bread slices were HUGE!
This morning I had the first session with my HM training group. It's smaller than I thought it would be - maybe 10 people in the HM group? There's also a full marathon group. I spent most of the time running by myself . . . The run/walk group is a bit slower than me, but the group that ran was faster. I kept up with them maybe 3/4 of a mile & only did 2 miles (finishing up at my own, slow pace).
I haven't completely decided whether or not to join the run/walk group, since these will be my long, slow runs. One of the main reasons I joined was to hopefully take some time off my HM times.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
. . . but I'll take it.
Even my husband looked at me yesterday & said "you look thinner" & this is a man who NEVER comments on my weight, which is both a good thing & a bad thing.
So just a small loss today & that's for the last couple of weeks, but any loss is welcomed here. Does explain why those 3 pairs of jeans are still too tight.
A quick word about the food spotting app: I downloaded it mainly for travel. Don't plan on staring at that all day.
Still resting up, but I think I'm on the other side of this thing now. I'd kind of gotten out of the habits of my supplements, which includes 2000 mg vitamin c. I was taking ricola because I liked the taste, but it only has 60 mg!
I've read that vitamin c to prevent colds is basically an old wive's tale, but it really does seem to work for me.must start taking supps again!
Now mostly I need to remember that I deserve a healthy body, not treats because I've been sick. Now is the time to suck it up & eat really healthy! I haven't been overindulging, and my appetite is still rather low (a good thing, but I know it won't stay that way), but the pull to reward myself with food is there. I want to continue the "good" downward spiral!
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