Sunday, December 01, 2013
The weather must be watching the calendar, because it is cold and drizzly this morning, with snow in the forecast by the end of the week. So far, we've had a fall full of great running weather, and I was able to work my horses a fair bit in November. With the colder temps in a few days, the arena will be too frozen up to use, so my horses will be on winter vacation until probably sometime in March.
I have to admit that the close of 2013 finds me feeling kind of frustrated. This morning my weight was 167, which is actually just a little bit higher than it was at this time last year. I was right around 162 for most of the year, and even dipped below 160 a couple times. However, when I started to taper for my 30K in late August, I think that was the beginning of this annoying weight creep. Right when I should have been getting back into training after the 30K, I got a really nasty cold that was affecting my breathing for almost a month. I was able to train for and run the Zeitgeist HM at the beginning of November, and I have been training consistently since then, including adding more heavy compound lifting back into my routine (I couldn't seem to fit it in very well when my mileage was getting higher prior to my 30K this summer). The lowest weight I've seen in the last month is 163.8, so I'm guessing overall I've gained 3-4 pounds of real, actual fat. I'd like to think at least a little bit is muscle, but I'm kind of doubtful about that. Yesterday I even noticed that my size 8 Levi's are too tight now when fresh out of the dryer. Ugh. The short story is that I'm now about 10 pounds away from my ultimate goal weight, and after essentially maintaining, or losing less than a pound per month for about 14 months now, 10 pounds seems like an impossible amount to lose.
So the question is, what am I going to do to turn this around and get back on track? I think for now I need to focus on getting back to my 162 baseline weight. My body seems happy to maintain there, and I'll be able to stop worrying about stepping on the scale and seeing the 170's again. I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to do this, at the moment. I think I'll go back to tracking my food, which I haven't done in a LONG time, just to see where I am. I've also noticed that when it's dark by 6:00, I'm prone to feeling like the day is over, and I plop down and don't do as much around the house. Though it's not formal exercise, I guess my usual puttering around in the yard, or working with my horses until 8 or 9 each night burns more calories than sitting in front of the computer, and I haven't adjusted my eating to compensate for the reduced calorie burn. Another thing, is that I added cheese back into my diet, and kind of went overboard on that. A little cheese seems to be OK, but I don't need to rekindle my love affair with fancy cheeses.
Being that it's the first of the month, the time is ripe for a new challenge so I'll be ready to start 2014 on the right foot:
1. Do a mini workout after dark on weekdays - 2 mile walk or jog, plus at least 50 kettlebell swings
2. Raw veggies with lunch every weekday
3. Stick with the current workout plan - 2x week strength training, 1x HIIT (rowing), 4x running
4. Beer 1x/week max, red wine 3x/week max
5. Minimize sugar and cheese
6. Record what I'm eating (will probably just write this in a journal unless I decide I really need to track cals).
7. Plan meals each week, and do any necessary pre-cooking on Sunday to make sure I don't veer too far off track during the week
Hopefully this will get me back on track, and I'll find out that a few of these pounds were just bloat/water weight. We'll see!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Not so long ago, I was the one passing runners on my way to work on a cold, dark morning, or when it was raining or snowing, and wondering if they were insane, tenacious, or just plain dumb. Today, I realized I've become one of those people, and I am hoping for tenacity, but it wouldn't surprise me if a little insanity and stupidity are in the mix.
This morning we had our first bit of snow for the year, but it was melted off the roads first thing in the morning. I headed out for my long run hoping to beat the next storm scheduled to come through, but the freezing rain showers started about 2 miles into my 9 mile run. Not so long ago, this would have had me turning around and heading home, but instead, I just figured that if it turned to hail, I'd have to find a tree or make a beeline for that old abandoned gas station. The dog and I had a lovely run and got to admire the views of new snow on the hills, and rain trails streaming from the storm clouds as they drifted across the valley instead. A more serious rain shower moved over us when we were about a mile from home, but thanks to tech fabrics, that was really no problem, and we got home with nothing worse than soggy feet. I can tell you that a hot shower is that much better after a chilly, wet run than after sweating out 5 miles on the treadmill!
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Today's probably the last day I'll do this daily blog, but I'm going to keep going on this challenge. Focusing on veggies, I think I've really improved my overall diet with very little angst. My fruit intake has been just about right - 1 or 2 servings of lower-sugar fruits, it's been pretty easy to stay away from sugary stuff, and I've been 95% legume and grain-free without even trying. I feel like I'm finally finding a good balance and figuring out what I can best stick with, that's best for my body. I've also been experimenting with more cheese lately - so far it seems OK, but I might try going off it for a week later this month and see if I notice any differences. I'm also back to lifting, which seems to help me tune in to my body - how much I can lift, how long I stay sore - more than running does. A couple more weeks to get my squats and deadlifts back to where they were in August, then it will be time to start my Crossfit sessions!
Blueberry coconut bar
2 Medjool dates
Post-run late breakfast/lunch:
Eggs scrambled with bacon, onion and a generous amount of Swiss chard
Afternoon (did yard work then went spent a few hours working with my horses/riding):
Starbuck's iced Americano with cream
A couple small pieces of cheese
Making a soup of smoked winter squash, kale, chicken and Basque chorizo
Glass (or 2) of red wine
Friday, November 08, 2013
Looong day today. We were out of the house at 5:15 so I could drop my husband at the airport, and I was in the office by 5:45 (gotta love living in a small city!)
Breakfast, extra early:
Coffee w/ cream
Eggs with asparagus and beet hash
Almonds, cheese and salami
Met a friend for lunch at a coffee shop that has really good baked goodies.
Green salad with pecans, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Raspberry cheesecake bar - yeah, it was worth it!
Then we went to Whole Foods, or rather Whole Paycheck and I dropped $90 on ONE bag of food. Eeek, no wonder I rarely go there!
Dinner: Bolognese with zucchini noodles, then I'm going to go lift some heavy stuff
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Wasn't super hungry today. Weight back to 165 after getting as high as 166.4. Would like to see 162 again soon.
Caulflower/leek/green chile soup
Olives, cheese, salami
Came home from work a little early and crashed for about an hour. Apparently not quite recovered from the HM, based on the muscle fatigue I was feeling. Kind of weird because I wasn't tired earlier in the day.
Spinach salad with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds
Red flannel hash (beets with bacon & onions)
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