Tuesday, March 02, 2010
I just read my last blog entry, from last May...and it's amazing how it describes exactly how I feel right now. Tired and unmotivated, and hungry all the time. I wish I could do something to get my feet back under me and turn this around once and for all...I'm so tired of bouncing around, and I can see that scale creeping back up. I worked so hard to get to where I was...and I can't believe I'm giving it up, but I can't seem to stop myself.
My lunch today was pretty bad...and so huge that neither my husband nor I wanted dinner tonight. I eventually did get hungry, and ended up eating an Uncrustables PBJ and a pear. Definitely could have been worse, so I'm not feeling too bad about that one. Inspired by how tasty the pear was, I decided to go ahead and plan out my meals for tomorrow...now to see if I can stick with them.
I haven't really had any significant exercise in months...I can go to the gym one day, then be back on the couch the next. I honestly don't remember when I was last in the habit of regular exercise. And I can't believe how out of shape I am. I worked hard for that too, and let it all pass right on by. It's amazing how long it takes to get fit, and how easy it is to get out of shape. Doesn't make any sense.
The bottom line is that I have to change...and I know that. I wish that I could harness the type of motivation I had back in February 2007 when I first started on SparkPeople, but I just can't seem to get a handle on it for some reason.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Here lately, the best way to describe how I've felt has been one word: Blah. I'm tired all the time, in spite of getting 8-9 hours of sleep every night, and I feel hungry all the time too. I'm trying to stay in my calorie range, but it seems my body isn't satisfied until it has at least 1750 for the day. I've gained 5 pounds since my lowest point, which was less than a pound from my goal, and I want to get rid of it but I just feel very unmotivated. It's like the winter blahs just refuse to leave my body.
So I'm wondering if it could be a food issue. I have bought healthy things in my couponing adventures, but I have also bought processed "junk" snack foods. A lot. So I'm going to stop buying those junk foods and stick with things that are more "whole." I even went couponing at Whole Foods today. I spent $20, saved $10 in coupons alone, and probably saved 50% overall. I bought items that were on sale, and even got a couple of Lifeway Lassi Indian Yogurt Smoothies for FREE. I also got an organic green pepper and some quinoa from the bulk bin so I can try quinoa (without it being surrounded and hidden by rice) and make the black bean & quinoa salad from SparkRecipes.
I really didn't feel like exercising tonight but I made myself do it and I'm glad I did...I actually do feel a little bit better. I resisted the urge to go out for 99 cent Margarita Monday and instead made Enchilada Chicken from my Biggest Loser cookbook and warmed a 2-serving packet of Kashi rice and veggies. It was very tasty, and much better than anything I ever could have gotten at a restaurant. Plus I know exactly what was in it.
I want to get back into running, get my endurance back, and get back to feeling the way I did 2 years ago when I first discovered SparkPeople. I was so enthusiastic about leading a healthy lifestyle and I honestly felt energized when I exercised. But lately I've mostly been feeling tired. I need a way to rediscover that energy and to give my exercise the same effect it once had.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Time for my monthly blog entry...heh. I always have good intentions with these things but then they fall by the wayside. Things are getting busier now at work so my schedule is getting more full and it's making it harder to fit the exercise in and even harder to blog. (But, I do definitely think it's way better to go out and run for 30 minutes than to spend 30 minutes composing a blog post, so if it comes down to those two, I'm gonna choose the exercise...it just does me more good. Obviously.)
I have a new running plan now, which I got from an 8K training course. I am still not up to the 5K distance, but I can run for 30 minutes straight now. The first four weeks of this 8K training plan focus on getting you up to 5K in distance, so I'm hoping that will help with my preparations for the Race for the Cure on Oct. 11. This plan involves 6 days of some form of cardio exercise and one day of strength/stretching only, so hopefully it won't burn me out either.
It basically alternates running days with cross training days, with Monday always as a strength/stretch day, and Sunday as the day for the long run. I'm going to try 2.5 miles as it advises on Sunday and see where that goes. I have been at about 2 miles for 30 minutes thus far, so an extra half mile should only be about 7 minutes extra. Totally do-able, I think.
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Sunday, August 31, 2008
There are 30 days left in my Biggest Loser Challenge on SP and I've lost 1 pound. Actually I lost 2 pounds, then gained 4, then lost 3. This is due to my inability to stay on track. I do think I've found part of the problem though -- it's too HOT. I'm in the final stages of the Couch to 5K running program, but as yet have been unable to complete more than about 25 minutes of straight running without getting so hot that my face is beet red and I feel like I just can't go anymore.
I even tried going to the gym today to run on the treadmill, but it's hot in there too. Not as hot as outside, but I swear, I think their thermostat is set on 75. Plus there's no breeze at all because all of the ceiling fans are behind the treadmills, so you get stagnant hot, stinky air. Or else you get choked by the air freshener mounted on the wall when it sprays every 15 minutes.
I can't wait for it to cool down a little so I can finally make it to running 5K. As long as this weather continues though, I'm not sure it's gonna happen. There's an Ironman triathlon going on today in Louisville. It's 95 degrees outside. I totally don't see how these people are competing in a triathlon in this gross weather...I can't even take the dogs out without sweating. I wish I knew their secrets so maybe I could overcome this temperature hurdle and finally make it to my 5K. Hopefully before October so I can register for the Race for the Cure.
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