Saturday, May 01, 2010
Not much. But it was reinforced how unhealthy my mom eats! And how although she tries, she just doesn't get healthy eating.
Tonight the kids and I had dinner at her place between my pedicure and the play "Anne of Green Gables The Musical". The pedicure was great. The show was WONDERFUL! BUT dinner was lacking! It was lacking veggies, flavour and had too many STARCHES. And chocolate milk - why does she insist on buying the kids chocolate milk nearly every time we go there for dinner? And what about veggies? There were raw carrot sticks, an apple and romaine lettuce! That was it! for 6 of us for dinner. I did have a dried out piece of salmon (it was overcooked but that was better than warm sushi) with no flavour.... and tortellini and cheese sauce as well as breaded chicken breasts for the kids.
Can someone please remind my mom that pasta, potatoes, corn, peas are starchy and not really (or at all in the case of pasta) a VEGETABLE! I had offered to bring something for dinner tonight and I really should have...
I wonder what dinner at her place next weekend for my birthday will bring - I think I will offer to bring a salad, some raw veggies, some cooked veggies and some fruit!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I have set a goal to run a half marathon in the fall. I have looked at the local ones, and come up with two possible weekends. I think I will aim to run the first weekend (in October) - still haven't decided which event to run as there are two local half marathons that weekend... That puts my half approximately 24 weeks away... its time to start training. I have read various sites on the web, with many suggesting 18 week training plans.. BUT I have a big crimp in my training this summer - I have 5 weeks where I will NOT be able to run during the week and I'll only be able to run on the weekends. During this time I will cross train, play with the kids and run on Saturday and Sundays, but it means my mileage in July and August will be lower. I have planned to do a long run one day and a shorter run on the second during those weeks.
So today I was to run 10K, but I was not feeling 100%. I was tired. So I did head out for a run but chose a shorter route, completing 7.3km. Not bad, but not a great start to the training plan. Friday I plan on running 12km -- and I will ensure I get to bed early so I feel rested for my run.
Last week I started Chalean Extreme but got off track quickly. I did get the first two days in, but never completed the 3rd day of strength training. Given all the running I'm doing, I'm not sure if I'll do her cardio videos, but wanted something to ensure I would get my strength training in. So Week 1 I was 2/3 in strength training... This week I'd planned to do Day 1 on Tuesday, but didn't get that done, but did do it after my run today!
So here is my plan until the end of June when school is over
-- Run Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings
-- Run on Saturday and/or Sunday if possible
-- Strength Train (Chalean Extreme) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
-- Do the Chalean Extreme - Recharge atleast one day after my run
Week 1: April 26 - May 2 Accountability
April 26 - Planned 9K run; Actual 9.1K; Additional - 1.8km walking to school
April 27 - Planned ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 1; Actual NOTHING!
April 28 - Planned 10K run; Actual 7.3K with Additional .9km walk to school; Additional Burn Circuit 1 and 10min of ChaLEAN Extreme Recharge
April 29 - Planned ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 2 & Recharge; Actual Burn Circuit 2 and 1.8km walk
April 30 - Planned 12K run ; Actual 10.3km run; 2.3km walk; ChaLEAN Recharge
May 1 - Planned ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 3; Actual NOTHING!
May 2 - Planned 5K walk with the kids (hope for an additional 5K run) - Actual 5K walk with the kids, 2.8k run after, ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 3
ETA: Thanks everyone for their comments and suggestions. This is the schedule I'm using for the next 8 weeks or so until school is out... then it will change again. My training will be broken down into 3 8-week sections really based on my kids schedules! Oh the life of a mom! I am listening to my body, which is why Tuesday I got NO exercise in and I shortened my normal run.
May 2nd Update - It was a great day! And I met my weekly goals for the most part - I was a little under on mileage, but otherwise I got all my exercise in.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The scale has moved again... for the past two months I have lost approximately 2lbs per month. That is much slower than I'd like the scale to change, but it is moving and in the correct direction. My body hasn't been at this weight in over 22years -- I'm sure its struggling to readjust!
I have lost 108.6lbs since I started this journey. My BMI is now 22.8 -- nicely in the healthy range. One part of my brain keeps saying I've ONLY lost 13.6lbs in 2010, or lost ONLY 2lbs in April. BUT I have lost 13.6lbs, not only is that better than gaining, I am losing. My body is just doing this slowly as I approach my goal weight...
As for my goal weight, its currently set at 135lbs. Once I get there I will work on maintaining my weight, ideally I'd love to be there by my birthday, but 6.5lbs in 2 weeks -- its not happening, at least not safely or permanently and that is the goal -- to lose this weight once and keep it off!
I will continue with what I'm doing... I have been munchy lately but have been filling up with air popped popcorn, and veggies. Snap peas are great - and easy to grab - especially from Costco where they come in a LARGE bag. BUT the bag isn't large enough... I can empty it in 4-5 days all by myself! Guess its better than eating a Costco size bag of chips!
I've also been having chocolate cravings -- but only for DARK chocolate... milk chocolate no longer satisfies my chocolate cravings.... Although I have enjoyed low fat ricotta with cocoa and any sweetener (agave, equal, honey, etc) a few times recently.
I have been doing well for the most part, but my schedule (or truthfully that of my kids) does get messed up at times... BUT its OK if I don't work out everyday. If I try for everyday and only exercise 5-6 days a week, that is 5-6 days a week more than I exercised 2 years ago. I have once again started to include more weight/strength training as I find that harder to fit in... but it is going well and I will keep it up.
Today my knee was bothering me on my 12km run... only when I ran downhill! So I ended up walking down the hills.... it made my run over 90minutes... Oh well, I didn't want to damage my knee. I am wearing my older runners as I expected the trail to be muddy -- guess these are no longer good as extra shoes and I'll have to pick up another pair soon. My birthday is coming up, so maybe I'll get a pair (or a gift certificate) along with the Garmin watch I've been wanting!
Running plans... I have tentatively planned to run my first 1/2 marathon in October, the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving. There are two events locally that weekend, so now to decide if I'd rather run in a larger run, downtown on the roads/sea wall or if I'd rather run a path around a park...,
Next weekend as a family we are doing a 5K to support the local Hospice -- my son suggested a 5k walk/run. The following weekend we are going as a family on a Cub (Scouting) hike... We will possibly do a 5K at the end of May, either as a couple or as a family... And I've worked out some details on doing a 10K run in June -- my mom will watch the kids, so that my husband and I can both run in the evening event.
Last night I spent figuring out a training plan to get me to my half marathon goal, and then to the Princess Half in 2011 at Disney World... The summer will be difficult to get in much running as for about 6 weeks I will be on my own with the kids 5 days a week, so not a lot of time for running. I will schedule 2 long runs on the weekend while the kids get some quality time with Dad! During the days I can't run, I will play with the kids, do an exercise video or two and get some strength training in.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Today I headed out for lunch with my Gram -- she turns 94 in June! We had a great day and she took me out shopping for birthday presents. She bought me two tops and a sweater. I picked up another sweater.... Photos of the clothes come later -- more importantly here is a photo of the two girls who took me out for lunch!
And to top it off the scale finally moved today... so I'm guessing I'll now hover here (at 141.8lbs) for a bit... before dropping another couple of pounds.
Monday, April 19, 2010
...was probably not a great idea tonight -- the smells from everyones BBQs made me ill. It was beautiful evening and I think every other house in our neighbourhood too advantage of it and cooked some form of beef on the BBQ. The smells made my run difficult, as my stomach turned over... Next run after dinner will be at the park...
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