Saturday, April 13, 2013
I started off doing so well this month. Running consistently, eating in my range. I lost 3 pounds that first week, for Pete's sake! And then...
I got sick. No big deal really. It's either a cold or a lovely case of seasonal allergies kicking in. Whatever it is, I knew my 5K was at risk. And so what else do you do when you're feeling too sick to work out? Oh, I don't know, start eating like you're purposefully TRYING to gain weight? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Makes sense. Not.
So after a week of this, I'm back up 2 pounds. The race is today and I'm not running it.
I'm actually bored with my own laziness. A whole week of overeating and watching a lot of TV. Ugh. Enough already. I'm ready to get back on track. I need to get moving again.
So there's my little update. April so far has been a wash. One great week and one crappy week. Reboot!
Monday, April 01, 2013
I am gearing up for an Awesome April!
Itís been a looooooooooooong winter, and my motivation has been buried under the snow. Now I am determined to light a fire under my fat butt and get a move on.
1) Eat under my SP max (1500).
2) Exercise enough to burn my SP recommended amount for the week (1220).
3) Quit pop (again).
4) Cut back on adult beverages.
5) Meditate every day.
6) Sleep 8 hours each night.
7) Spend quality time with my family every day.
Iím excited to get back on track. Spring is in the air, and Iím ready to start fresh!
Friday, March 08, 2013
I am running again, trying to reignite the passion and restore my stamina. It hasn't been going all that well, if you want to know the truth. The word "lackluster" comes to mind.
But tonight I tried something different. Partly I was inspired by a recent Biggest Loser episode during which the contestants were flogged by the evil witch Gillian because they couldn't run 5 minutes at a 6mph pace. I thought, hm, I've been running for two years, am not nearly as big as those contestants, and I don't run that fast for a full 5 minutes! I wonder if I could...
I was also partly inspired by my wise friend Mary who is a fitness coach and incredible athlete herself. A while back she gave me some "Well, duh" advice, which was: If you want to get faster at running, run faster. For me running faster is running 6mph for a minute and then back down to normal pace. I've been doing this for a while and oddly I don't seem to be getting faster overall. I wonder if I could...
So tonight I tried something new, marrying together my Biggest Loser inspiration with Mary's wise advice. I did short bursts at 7mph, which felt pretty darn fast but not impossible. AND I ran a whole 5 minutes at 6mph, which felt actually kind of easy at first after struggling with the 7mph. By the end of the 5 minutes, though, I was ready to be done!
Overall I ran 2.56 miles in 30 minutes, which is really good for me!
I can see that if I want to do better, I have to actually push myself to do more than I've been doing. And that, my friends, is a good lesson to learn.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
It's cold out there! It's the time of year when I seriously ask myself why I live here. I should be in Florida. For now, I'll settle for plotting my hot-weather retirement.
My "Quest to Thin" is going slo-o-o-o-o-owly. Funny, I remember learning this lesson before and must have conveniently forgotten it. To lose weight, I can't max out on calories every day and only work out 3 days a week. I'm going to aim for the low end of my Spark calorie range this week and get back to working out 6 days a week.
Last week I actually did really well eating... until yesterday. My son requested cheesecake for his birthday cake, and after spending 4 hours in the kitchen making that and a wonderful homemade potato soup, I just wanted a taste of that cheesecake. I thought sure I could have one forkful. Somehow that turned into a small slice. Hm. Somehow. Yeah, I wanted it. I sliced it, put it on a place, and ate the whole slice. I think honestly I was getting frustrated with lack of results from my good efforts, so I thought "What the heck - eat it!" Anyhoo, one small slice of cheesecake won't do me in.
Working out didn't work out according to plans last week. It was a particularly busy week, so I moved my Wednesday and Friday runs to Friday and Saturday instead. And then I threw my neck out, and my lower back is all out of whack too. So I skipped both the Friday and Saturday runs. Sheesh. Lesson learned. I was feeling so much better when I went in for routine chiropractic adjustments and massages. Plus I suppose I've been working longer hours slouched in front of my computer. That doesn't help. I have to work on my posture AND get back to the chiro and massage.
So. That's what's going on with me. My fitness in a nutshell.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Wow -- 26 days since I blogged last?! Surely not!
Life has been busy. I rededicated myself to fitness and weight loss -- doing a Biggest Loser challenge again. Work is pretty intense right now -- big deadline looming and lots to get done. And I'm honestly making a point of putting first things first by spending more time with my family.
Life is good. Crazy. Nuts. Stressful. Glorious. Messy. Joyful. Blissful. Naughty. Nice.
Enjoy the ride.
P.S. I love my fireplace.
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