Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Aside from portion sizes, this is probably what I struggle with the most: IDI (I deserve it) syndrome, because I've worked so hard.
So let's do a post mortem: last week I ran 8 miles, which potentially burned 800 calories. During my run I had 1 GU, which is 100 calories. Afterwards I had a honeystinger bar, which is 200 calories; 1 banana, about 60 calories; and a half serving of peanut butter filled pretzels, another 60 calories or so.
So I burned 800 calories, but I consumed 420 during & afterwards! Which is fine, as long as you realize you are doing this.
When I first started running, I used it as a good excuse to have something like sport beans during or after my runs, no matter what the length. I'd have a few after I swam, too. Hey, I worked out hard, right? I needed to refuel. I get to eat sweets while running? Sign me up!
Now I only have something during a run if it's over an hour (that's when your carb stores get depleted) & I only drink water after a swim.
But I still feel the need for a decadent dessert after a long run, anything around 8+ miles. Last weekend I got to thinking about that. Do I really? Sure, it's fine once in a while, but I don't really "need" it. Why not a protein bar instead? Y'all know how much I love my protein bars. I do not consume them daily; I treat them as the treats they really are.
So it's time to start treating myself right. At least to try! How bout you?
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Not the blog i'd planned to write today, but I'll bet I caught your attention.
Of course I'm not throwing in the towel on my healthy lifestyle; I just threw in the towel on not using my extra activity points this week. Normally I do better if I don't use them. But nothing is filling me up these days.
I'm getting my protein, my freggies, my water. In fact, i'm eating tomatoes from the farmer's market like they're going to disappear -- which of course they will, soon. Still waiting on TOM. The weather's a tad cooler. Who knows? I'm hoping that it's just what my body needs right now.
Oh, I must also give a shoutout to patty pan squash. I roast them like any other summer squash & they're delicious - and don 't go bad as quickly as zucchini.
Unfortunately i've been totally craving carbs & sweets along with the tomatoes. Adding in more snacks has done nothing to dent my hunger.
I've certainly earned the activity points . . . we'll see what happens.
Now, y'all keep telling me you can never have too many shoes. Y'all are enablers. Is it wrong that I currently have a dozen pairs in my shopping cart at DSW? Of course I won't be buying all of them, but there are a couple that will definitely be finding a home with me eventually if they're comfortable.
The irony is that I spend much of the summer walking around barefoot.
Have you tried anything this summer that's new that you love?
Monday, August 13, 2012
Grrr. I really hate writing blogs twice. I wanted to share the link for the new vista pizzas with you. No I haven't tried them yet but I'm going to give it a try. It actually works out to less than what I pay for the American flatbread pizza:
So, on to the subject. I bought myself my first pair of swim goggles yesterday. I stood before them, pretty unsure & in the end chose one of the most inexpensive pairs from TYR. I tried it in tbe car, adjusting tbe strap & was a bit worried because one side suctioned lime it was supposed to but tbe other didn't.
They were wonderful! No water got in at all! My eyes felt so much better. Yes, I've been swimming almost 50 yrs & never even tried goggles . . . despite swimming on a swim team as a kid. I may start to add back in some crawl now that my elbow is much better (breast stroke has always been my favorite stroke).
For the second time I stripped down in tbe shower afterwards & went back out into the locker room wearing nothing but a towel. This from the person who's been known to change in tbe bathroom so no one can see her.
Finally, this morning, I used tbe headlamp I got in my Vegas HM in my predawn run - just to make myself more visible. I guess I need to adjust tbe strap, because it kept slipping down & that was annoying. But otherwise not that bad.
Have you waited a long time to do something, then wondered why you waited so long?
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Nope, didn't take a tumble; just feeling so wiped out.
Had a great 8 mile run yesterday. I totally ignored the pace on my garmin, ran mostly by myself -- and still hit the pace i was aiming for. I felt really strong & even got a second wind & was able to push it the last 3 miles.
I used coconut water instead of plain water; I don't know if it helped or not but it sure didn't hurt. Next week I might try Nuun. I'm a very salty sweater & my eyes kill me afterwards.
I was feeling good afterwards; went home & relaxed a bit in my compression tights & then headed out to be farmer's market, where I did buy a decadent dessert this time. There are only a few more weeks of fatmer's markets, sadly, anyway.
Devoured lunch, watched the previous night's Olympics . . . & crashed. Totally tired. Not sure what happened, other thsn a week of not enough sleep & impending TOM, which thankfully hadn't yet started but now I wish it would so it won't interfere with my HM next month.
I'm not usually that tired after a run of that length & I basically won't be seeing a shorter run until right before the HM.
I didn't swim Friday, as I've been doing the last several weeks - maybe that helped? I was tired then, too; it was pouring & thundering. Hoping to get a swim in today. And lounge inthe spa a bit, too.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Here I am at the wedding this past weekend. Hey, it was only about 11:30 pm when we got around to taking these photos.
A kind couple offered to take our photo; of course they had ulterior motives -- they wanted us to take their photo, too. I don't know why I'm looking up into outer space in these photos. No doubt cause I was really tired & my eyes start to wander when I'm very tired (despite surgery for a lazy eye at age 12).
I've had that dress for 17 years. I only wore it once, on a cruise around our 10th year of marriage (we'll celebrate 27 years this Oct.).
5 years ago I wouldn't have fit in it. Even 4 years ago I probably wouldn't have worn it. I'm still not loving my arms in it -- especially after a couple of months of no upper body ST. It just tells me that those last 10 lbs do, indeed, need to go.
I'll probably never have the arms of my dreams; but without losing some of the top fat you'll never see those muscles that are really are underneath. More exercise won't do it (altho it will help after that hiatus); only losing the weight will do it.
Anyway, the dress itself wasn't expensive when I bought it, but it's pretty rare these day you have an occasion to wear a long dress. What you can't see is that it's open in the back. The necklace (and bracelet) came from www.baublebar.com ; my first purchase from them & I would definitely recommend them.
They have a lot of pretty inexpensive costume jewelry -- along with some more expensive stuff. This wasn't expensive. The bag I found for $10 at Burlington Coat Factory and the strappy shoes you can't really see were relatively inexpensive, too.
Here's what I wore to brunch the next day.
Arms always look better when they're not hanging at your sides, unless you're really chiseled. I had another form fitting dress I brought with me, but I chose this one because it's not quite as comfortable -- when you're in a situation where overeating is possible, you don't want to be comfortable.
Alas, all my hard work did not pay off with a loss this week. No shoes. Pout. I have my eye on several pairs, of course. It wasn't terrible, but add that to a small gain last week and I am not where I want to be -- so close, yet so far.
It could very well be hormonal -- while TOM is supposed to start in 2 days, that could mean anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks. This is what happens when you're knocking at menopause's door -- you just never know when it might arrive, so you can't really relax because you know it's just due to TOM -- you never really know for sure.
I am hoping for a loss next week. This coming week isn't going to be very challenging outside of running 8 miles this saturday and thinking I can eat my weight in carbs because I've run 8 miles (trust me, I can't -- I wish I could). But I do have to eat enough to fuel that run, too. That's where it gets tricky.
I still really, really want to break thru to a lower weight. It remains just out of reach -- so tantalizingly close somedays, so far others.
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