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Marathon - serious this time

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In January, I wrote about a marathon that I had signed up for and never trained. At that point, I had 6 weeks to go before the race, and was really wanting to run it. In the end, I decided to play it safe and not run it.

But, as I said, 5 years ago, I set a goal for myself to run a marathon in 2012. Coincidentally, my fiance was talked into running a marathon in October with his two brothers, something I'm pretty sure I'd never be able to convince him to do. So we're all signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon.

The MCM sold out in record time - under three hours! To gain entry, we're fund raising for Fisher House, a not-for-profit organization that aids military families during unexpected hospitalization. I think that having the support of not only my fiance during training, but also the organization and all those who donate to this cause - knowing they supported me to get there - will really help keep the momentum up. At least for now it is!

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Day 3

Friday, February 24, 2012

So, today is the third day of Lent, and my third day of not eating added sugar, caffeine, red meat, or pork. It is not the fiance's however. Turns out, Wednesday, he left work early, running a 100+ degree temperature. When I got home from work, I found him laying on my couch with the last of a tub of ice cream that I was going to throw out. And I felt sorry for him, so when I went to buy groceries that night, I bought him his favorite treat - mint chocolate chip Klondike bars.

I am not cooking red meat or pork though, so unless we go out to eat and he orders it, he'll be in on that part.

Wednesday I made chicken tacos. I've discovered that I love corn tortillas. They're slightly healthier than flour tortillas, with less calories, fat, and sodium (but watch for trans fat), and I love the taste, but I haven't quite figured out how to keep them from tearing apart.

Anyway, I had tacos again for lunch Thursday, and then I took the left over taco meat and made chicken tortilla soup for dinner. I have enough soup left that I can probably get lunch today and tomorrow out of it for both me and sicky. I'm pretty excited about getting 10 meals out of two chicken breasts (but the fiance's appetite has not been what it usually is, so that probably helped).

I have big plans on the cooking front for this weekend too. Tonight, creole seasoned tilapia. Tomorrow, duck gumbo. Sunday...well, I'm not quite sure yet. We usually have lunch after church with his parents (which with their love of dessert, I will have trouble), but my mom will be in town and we are going to a bridal show. No cake tasting for me - bummer. Good thing I've already got that part checked off the to-do list.


Back to it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Well, life got hectic for a little while. I know this is no excuse to stop paying attention to what I eat - in fact, it's probably more of a reason to, but something had to give and it ended up being my tracking.

Excuses aside, I'm back to it, and with a new challenge: the fiance and I are talking about giving up sugar, caffeine, beef, and pork for Lent. We probably should have started talking about this before yesterday, considering Lent starts today, and we just stocked the freezer full of ground beef and roast last week. But also last week, we watched a movie called "Forks over Knives". The movie examines how rejecting an animal-based and processed food diet can do amazing things, including controlling many diseases.

I have to admit - I have no idea how to transform my diet from what it is to a whole foods diet. I think I'm a decent cook, but most of my recipes revolve around some sort of meat. All I can imagine is us eating salads all the time. I know that's a little extreme, but maybe doing a 180 in terms of diet is too. So we're starting off with 40 days and still eating poultry and fish. We'll see how it goes.

Regardless, I'm back to tracking.



Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I have had two bad days in a row. The delicious snacks and not eating dinner before did me in at the Super Bowl get together Sunday evening, and yesterday I was stressed and indulgent. After a quick run, the fiance and I went to Famous Dave's, a BBQ restaurant that has the BEST fries. I thought I did good by only eating half my sandwich and giving some of my fries to the fiance, but I should have looked up the nutrition information before I went and ordered something different.

But that's not really the reason I'm frustrated. I know that there will be days where I don't follow my plan perfectly, and as long as they're not a habit and I get back on track, I'm not too hard on myself. Today is a new, on track day.

I'm frustrated because after a huge week 1 loss, the scale has not moved the last two weeks. All reason has flown out of my head with the stuck scale. While I know that this takes time and that I if I keep it up, I will see results, the panic button in my head is going off and telling me, "This sucks! You have to be doing something wrong".

I feel like not getting on the scale for a while.

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ALEXESQ33 2/7/2012 10:45AM

    I'm pretty OCD about the scale as well, sometimes I weigh myself in the morning and at night, but that works for me beccause it keeps me motivated...and keeps me from indulging too much after dinner. But whatever works for you...I find that sometimes I'm worse if I don't weigh myself for a week and then only have .4 lbs loss or something ridiculous like that...it saps my motivation. Try a different goal for a couple weeks..pull out a "slightly too snug" article of clothing and try to make it fit better :) emoticon

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GEMINIFLYGIRL 2/7/2012 10:37AM

    I have a hate-hate relationship with my scale, too. Maybe it would be ok for you to not get on the scale for a while. People tell me that all the time, but my OCD side just won't listen! I've tried to focus on other good things I'm feeling like more energy and sleeping better, but it is difficult to not see that number move. Keep at it! I know you can do it!

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February 1st and it's 72 degrees outside.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Hello February!

I have a exam on the 13th (I am working on architecture licensure; this will be my third of 7 tests), and I have been studying during lunch. However, today, at noon, it's 72 degrees outside. I couldn't sit at my desk another minute. I had a piece of mail I needed to drop off, so I decided to walk to the post office and around a little bit more. Glad to sneak in a little exercise.

Now that I'm back at my desk, sitting down, my legs feel like they're covered in popping bubbles. I don't know how else to describe this sensation. It doesn't hurt. I've never gotten this feeling after running, only walking. It's nothing new; I was walking regularly at lunch last September, trying to lose a few pounds for vacation in October, and I had this feeling. At first I was a little worried, but it goes away within a few minutes and it only happens after I've been walking and then sit down.

I've personally come to love this feeling, though I don't know how to explain it. I googled it and there were lots of ideas: muscle twitches/spasms, lactic acid building up, fat being burnt, and my personal favorite - and secret hope - cellulite being broken down. Pretty sure it's not, but I can hope, can't I?


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