Wednesday, July 11, 2012
In just a bit over 3 weeks I have a wedding to go to. On a Saturday. My long runs are normally on Saturdays. It's an evening wedding, so it is doable. However, the ceremony doesn't start until 7 pm and if it's anything like his sister's wedding, we won't be sitting down to dinner until 9 pm. I'll be up at about 4:30 or 5 am, running my 7 miles at about 6:30 am. And did I mention that it's a 3 hr drive down there?
So I am torn. I could move my long run to Friday. That means I'll be by myself and that I would need to do my tempo run the day before (because I know I will be WAY too tired on Sunday, & that would mean 3 consecutive days of running which I try to avoid anyway).
I could stick to the schedule and do the group run on Sat. I really enjoy my group runs, even if I'm often running by myself. Or at least at times. But it means it will be a really, really, really long day. Extremely long. And I'll be extremely rushed getting ready to leave, too.
I'm not sure why, but my buddies seem to like to see what I've bought, so here's what I got in VA & as a reward for losing weight on vacation (or at least maintaining & then losing when I got back).
I bought the dress below at an awesome price in the Williamsburg outlet center. We had a banquet that night. Wouldn't you know I got something on it that night? I love the dress, so I will definitely try to get it out.
I have a lot of form fitting dresses, and sometimes you just want to be comfortable -- but not schlumpy. This dress fits the bill.
As does this one.
And this one -- one of the reward dresses I bought.
The dress below I think looks better in person. Of course I so often think that. I don't have an occasion to wear it to -- gotta go to a nice restaurant so I can wear it! Maybe my fav italian place as my long runs get longer (but probably not til after the wedding). It's not dressy enough for the wedding, which is black tie optional. But I already have several dresses I'm considering.
What you can't see in this dress is that it's sparkly (and sheds on everything) and has the open shoulders.
Of course there had to be reward shoes, too. Well, there didn't have to be, but this pair spoke to me. I think the reason I end up with so many shoes is I keep looking for pairs that are comfortable AND cute. These have kitten heels, but at the moment I'm sporting a sore on one toe from this weekend when I wore a pair of low heeled slingbacks without socks. I've bought several pairs of pantyhose that just go around the tips of your toes, but I've yet to find the ones that don't show! Anyone have suggestions?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
. . . but they work! Plans, that is.
My plan yesterday was a snack of air popped popcorn after dinner. It was a no dessert day (I do that every 3 days or so). But I was sooooo hungry by 2 pm . . . drank a couple of glasses of water but it didn't help - or make me feel less tired. So I knew it was true hunger.
I could've chosen an apple - that's often my go-to after trying water. If you're hungry & you won't eat an apple, chances are you're not really physically hungry. But I hada feeling that wasn't going to do it plus I'd already eaten a banana and cherries.
I opted to have my snack in the afternoon instead. And it worked. I told myself if I was hungry after dinner I could have that apple but I didn't need it.
Plans are good. Flexibility is even better. Best of all? Getting to really know yourself & what you need.
Monday, July 09, 2012
I am really, really tired - I'm guessing it's the preTOM dip in hormones, because for a change I've been sleeping pretty well. I do most of my library stuff online & all of the sudden it was throwing weird error messages at me when I tried to renew books.
Books that are due today. Which I tried to renew over the weekend but I kept getting the same error message. I even returned one book that I wanted to renew because of it. They're closed on sundays.
I called the library this morning. No answer. Left a message. Hours later no reply.
I took the dogs to the park later than normal because I had to drop DH off near it. Chester seems to have forgotten he was born in TX (Lola at least has an excuse, she spent her first 8 months in MN).
I knew that would be a problem, so I headed for the one shady trail. Except I couldn't stand the bugs, so in the end it was a short walk. Good thing I'd already finished my easy run earlier in the morning.
Checked the library website - same deal. Still no messages. Frustrating, since the park is right by tbe library but I can't take the dogs in & I can't leave them in the car, either.
After a couple of more hrs I got ready to call again, logged in one more time & thank God both books were renewed. Because I really do not want to go back out there. I'm even feeling too tired to shower right now & I really need to do that, too.
So I'm drinking more water as I write this because even tho I've drunk a normal amount today, sometimes I find when I get really tired I'm dehydrated. I drank a HUGE amount of water Saturday, because even tho my long run was done by just a bit after 8 am, it was still on the wam side.
Of course, I'm also REALLY hungry (which could be hormonal too). I want to eat dinner right now. It's 2 pm. Water is the first thing I reach for when I'm that hungry & quite frankly I shouldn't be.
I tried the Kashi baked chocolate bars - pretty good; of course I do wish they were a bit bigger. I also bought some 130 calorie packs of Snackwell fudge drizzled caramel corn a while ago - finally gave that a try, too. Very good. DH looked at the package & commented that it looked like one bite but he liked it, too.
Friday, July 06, 2012
When you start a heathy lifestyle, you should concentrate on what healthy foods you can add, rather than what you can't have. If you're like me, tho, near GW but seemingly unable to reach it, it might be time to look at what you need to cut out.
For instance, last night I had a tempo run to do (i so didn't want to do it, but am glad I did). I had budgeted for a crumpet with 1 tbsp PB when I got home. You really do need to replenish your protein & a little bit of carbs after strenuous exercise.
When I got home, however, I realized I wasn't very hungry. I chose a banana with my PB instead - carbs can be freggies, too, you know.
Other ways I've learned to cut corners:
As I've mentioned a time or two, a couple of times a week, when I'm not running. I'll have a lower carb day. Not low carb, just lower. Eggs for breakfast instead of oatmeal or cereal, for instance. Sweet potato fries instead of rice at dinner. Small swaps.
Every few days I go for a no dessert day. I still have my chocolate calcium supplement & multivitamin, so I do get a small treat. But I might add in more sweet potato fries than normal, or have popcorn after dinner instead of something sweet.
I've been doing this a couple of months now & it seems to be helping.
Yesterday I said I wanted to remain giddy. The truth is, I want to be giddier: could it be the light at tbe end of a very long tunnel? Well, I've been here many times before. For now, I'll just concentrate on my goal of staying in the 130s. 1 meal, 1 day, 1 week at a time. It's a good goal for me.
What's your goal? Daily? Weekly? July?
Thursday, July 05, 2012
A moment 20 yrs in the making . . . I wnt on a 10 day vacation & came home lighter than I left! Almost 1/2 lb lighter! Yes, I'm giddy! Because I always gain on vacation. ALWAYS. And I track, I exercise, I never go hog-wild. AND it's a week before TOM when often I gain no matter how good I am.
I think traveling by car, having a refrigerator & bringing my own food really helped. I always travel with food, but it's hard to bring things like cherries & carrots & celery when you can't use ice packs & you don't have a fridge.
Yes, there was some retail therapy today. I had a $50 Marshalls gift card, after all. 2 dresses, a top & shoes. I did not buy shoes when I went to the outlets at Williamsburg - I looked, but didn't find anything. And they had one of my favorite brands, too: Nine West. But my real reward will be to buy a cookbook I've wanted a while on my kindle.
Some recent GSFs (grocery store finds): PB Crave - flavored PBs. My PB habit is almost as bad as my protein bar habit. You could live for months on the nut butters in this house. 2 thumbs up to the cookie dough flavor.
And today I found Kashi soft baked squares. A healthy brownie or snack cake . . . haven't tried it yet but I do like most Kashi products. Today is a no dessert day, tho, so tbey'll have to wait.
I have a wedding to go to in a month to keep me motivated. After that, as I start to get up there in mileage, things might get tougher. My goal right now is to stay in tbe 130s, which won't be easy because I'm just barely in them. But I have clothes that start to get uncomfortable when I creep into the 140s.
Nothing worthwhile is easy. I want this. I want this enough to forgo sweets a few times a week. I want this enough to be stricter with carbs a few days a week. I want to stay giddy!
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