Sunday, January 18, 2009
Blah! I have been in a funk recently with my eating. My will-power has gone down and I don't like it! I have been making better choices even at the bad places--for Mexican instead of getting the 3-enchilada plate (and I usually eat at least 2 1/2 of them) I got a plate with just 1 enchilada. At McDonalds (*shudder* I can't believe I did that) I got a grilled chicken sandwich with nothing but the chicken, bun, tomato and lettuce. I was weak and got some fries (wow, they were deep-fried yumminess) but I only ate half of them.
My exercise has been good though. I finished week 2 of couch to 5k and felt pretty good about that. Yesterday, my trainer had a "Boot Camp" for all the people she trained. We did a lot of strength training with our own body in a 20 minute cycle, 3 times.
I also have exciting news in the making, that I hope turns into actual news. As some of you know, I'm a teacher. My husband and I have a family friend that is a realtor. A little while ago, she told me about a government program where teacher, poliece officers or emt's can get a foreclosed house for 50% of the list price if the house is in a "revitalization area." I've been looking and so far none of the houses that have been up for sale have been in the right area, until today. It's a house listed at $70,000...so if we get it, we could get it for $35,000. The only "catch" is that you have to live there for 3 years, which isn't so bad.
It's not the most beautiful house, and it needs work, but who can pass up a house that is more than twice the size we're living in right now and for almost half the rent?!?! And in 3 years we could sell the house and make a good amount of money, which we could then buy our dream house!
I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes right with it. Tomorrow being a holiday we can't go talk to the bank about a loan, so I'm anxious that someone doesn't swoop in and take the opportunity.
Oh, and it has 4 bedrooms! We could have a work-out room! How AWESOME would that be?!!
I think some of the bad eating is because I haven't been lurking around SP as much as I was during my 2-week Christmas vacation. The more I'm on here, the better choices I make and the more will-power I seem to have. I also am now aware that my husband is an enabler to my bad behavior. He suggested the Mexican food which happens to be right next to a Baskin Robbins. I stared longingly at it, but said no, I don't need that.
He stopped at Walgreens to pick up some coffee for the morning and lo and behold a pint of Bluebell ice cream ended up in his bag. I was torn between feelings of delight and anguish....because I knew I couldn't walk away from it when it was in the freezer. We ate some and I told him the next morning, "That ice cream better be gone before I look for it next," and he seemed to get the message. After I came home from boot camp, I opened to freezer and huffed a little when the shining pint of goodness was no longer in its rightful place.
I think ice cream is my kryptonite....seriously.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So I have a big cat named Bentley and he's about a year old.
(He hangs out in the sink [that drips water on him] and we didn't put him there to pose for the picture)
Both my husband and I work during the day, so he's at home by himself. He has a little bit of separation anxiety when we leave--he runs in front of the door and chases us out. I told my husband that maybe we should get a kitten so that he has someone to play with.
I've been telling him this for a LONG time and always fawn over the kittens when I go to get food at the pet store. Jay almost bought me a kitten for Christmas, but the on I though was really cute was adopted.
Well, he went to go get food on Sunday and was gone for a long time. I looked at my cell phone and there were 3 missed calls. I called him back and he asked me, "Do you want a kitten?" I sputtered and said something about now not being the best time, but he replied with, "Too late, I have one!"
So the kitten comes home and she's cute as she could be. I never though this would happen, and actually asked if we could bring her back! I was just in shock. I had to go to work the next day, so it'd be best to add to our family in the summer, when I'm off.
Well, this little girl is SO sweet and adorable. She melted my heart. But not Bentley's! He did NOT like her. I really start bonding with her and as we're sitting on the couch, my hubby gets a call.
It's the pet store. Apparently, someone had already adopted the kitten to another family for their daughter's birthday and when they came to pick her up, she was gone. The girl was almost crying, so they asked if we would give her to them.
That was a hard choice, but I honored their being there first. Even though we only had her for 4 hours, it was SO SAD!
When Jay went over to talk to the family (the daughter was actually 16 or so) she was holding the kitten and she leaps out of her hands and onto Jay, purring immediately.
It was sad, but it did cure my need for another one....at least for a little while!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
This morning I did my first "run" outside. I've been on the treadmill for the past few weeks, but I was challenged (thanks Bree!) to go outside today.
I got all set up for it--the HRM on, my outfit on, my iPod and Nike+ sensor. I mapped out my run at mapmyrun.com and wanted to do 1 mile. I've been doing about a 20 minute mile according to the treadmill, so I figured that was good.
I've been following the Couch to 5K program and got a podcast a guy did that tells you when you should be running or walking. Only thing was I forgot about the warm up and cool down. So I ended up back at my starting point (aka, my house) way before I should have. I just did a smaller loop and finished.
Being outside was a little thrilling--I also didn't take notice on the weather channel that a cold front had come in, so I was a little chilly at first. The car issue was scary and I had dogs barking at me...haha...they were cheering me on!
But all in all, I enjoyed it. I think that my Nike+ sensor is more accurate than the treadmill. Unless the mapmyrun.com is not accurate. The distances were really close between the sensor and the map. My goal was 1 mile, but I ended up doing 2 miles!
I liked the feeling of running (or really jogging for me) without having a treadmill belt to worry about (or falling off the treadmill).
My pace outside was the second best it has been, and I didn't really feel like I was working harder than normal. Maybe it was because it was cold outside and I wasn't sweating as much as normal. Haha!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
I (AM NOT) getting sick again. I over-stressed my voice today during work and my tonsils started to hurt on my way to the gym. My body was rather resistant to the work-out--I went swimming to give my legs a rest and I've been feeling worse and worse.
I also dropped out of the Bootcamp challenge. I don't have room for a stability ball and I though I could do it at the gym, but it hasn't worked out. I feel kind of bad for quitting, but I have been doing SO much I'm feeling a little burnt out. I don't want that to happen.
Training was good yesterday, we did abs and back/shoulders. I'm not too sore today but during my muscles were SCREAMING!
I had the biggest cravings for bad food today, but came home and had my veggie soup for dinner. I was pretty low on my calories for the day, so woo hoo!
It's getting hard for me to keep my eyes opened, so I think I'm going to turn in early.
Monday, January 05, 2009
I decided to try for 3 miles on the treadmill today since I've signed up for a 5K (Run for the Rose: Sunday, March 29th). I have my Nike+ sensor that when I was at about 2.6 miles on the treadmill reading, it said that I was at 3.17. So today I was shooting to go 3 miles for sure and since the treadmill had a longer distance, I know I met that goal.
I would have NEVER thought that I could go 3 miles non-stop. I remember a semester in college where I did an exercise study--I worked out 3 days a week for 30 minutes a day on an elliptical for 3 months. They made us run/walk a mile when it was over to measure our progress and I could BARELY make one mile in 24 minutes.
I've been following Couch to 5K too which I am kind of worried about. I think I'm just going to keep it slow and if I feel pain, take a step back. My legs were hurting pretty bad (their usual) today when I would kick it up to a jog, so I think I'm going to have to eat it and go get professionally fitted. If it makes that much of a difference, that would be amazing. But how much of the "hurting" is my legs getting stronger? I mean, when I first do a few squats it hurts like $@#@% but soon, it doesn't bother me as much......
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