Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I intended to do almost three miles this evening, but due to circumstances my 6 year old niece needed to go with us. So, I took Cooper and let the two of them run. They ran for about a mile, but then they were worn out and slowed way down. We still managed to do two miles, even with the kid and the dog. It took a while longer, but it was highly entertaining! I have been walking the dog about 5 miles each day, plus whatever training I do for the virtual 5k.
I finished off the fresh onions today, in sauteed veggies for dinner. Tomorrow is grocery shopping day, and my mom is sending along some low fat, organic ground beef. She is also replenishing my tomatoes, onions and blueberries from their garden.
This weekend is a friend's 21st birthday. i won't be going out drinking with her, but I did offer to take her out to dinner. She wants to go for Mexican. I have to think about what I can order to eat that still sticks fairly close to my plan. Any ideas?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
So today was light on the exercise... compared to the last few weeks. I had to go to Rochester (NY) for a meeting today. Two hours there (since we got pulled over for speeding- glad I wasn't driving!), three hours in a meeting, and a two hour drive back (I did the driving on the way back- no speeding). I did a quick walk with the dog this morning before dropping him off with my sister in law and youngest niece. On the way back into town I stopped and voted in the Primary, even though there was only one position for members of my party to vote on. So, I went and picked up my dog, who had a fun, eventful day with my niece (lots of running!), my sister in law (who says my dog is "charismatic" and a "gentleman"), and my sister in law's mother. We walked back to my place, where the dog promptly took a nap... unlike me, even though I wanted one. Right before dinner I stuck him in his crate and did a 40 minute brisk walk, as that was on the schedule for training for the Halloween virtual 5k here on SP. I only went a tad over two miles, but my legs were stiff from so much sitting all day, and it took a while to loosen up. After dinner the dog and I took a twenty minute walk around town.
Foodwise, I think today was my worst day in two months. I forgot to pack a brown bag lunch, so I had to make do with the lunch provided. Lunch wasn't awful, but it was the first time I have eaten white bread in four months. I hadn't realized how much I dislike that pasty texture, especially when combined with tasteless iceberg lettuce, american cheese and bland tomato slices. I skipped the snack bars, ate some sweet pepper slices and a piece of fruit. I had a lovely dinner though, which more than made up for the blah lunch. Dinner included fresh locally grown onions, tomatoes and garlic, mixed in with spinach (and I splurged this month and bought the organic olive oil, even though it is expensive). I met my water goal for the day already, which is great, and I have nice light snacks planned for later.
So, despite the stressful day (he kept tailgating semis!), poor food options, and less exercise than I have gotten used to, it was a good day. In fact, it was kind of a rest day for me exercise-wise. That is something I have been trying to convince myself to do every few days, but I usually end up walking for miles and miles anyway, just because. Tomorrow I will be back to my regular routine, and we will see how many miles Cooper and I walk!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Yesterday I said I would post a before picture and some "in progress" pictures. Tonight, after our walk, my walking buddy took the new pictures of me. So, here they are. Starting off we have the picture that triggered the desire to change.
Here I am at 318 pounds, unhappy, unhealthy, and not at all active.
Next is my niece's birthday at the beginning of August. A little progress had been made. I had walked a lot, and had just gotten my dog, so I was really picking up on the walking.
And finally, tonight's pictures. Here I am at 279 pounds (maybe a little less).
I am sitting outside my apartment building in the twilight, because we just finished a fast two miles (with hills!).
And here i am with Cooper!
I can see a big difference, and if technology is my friend this evening and the pictures show up, i am sure all of you can too!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
It's weird, but I am in a better mood today. The dog and I went down to the creek again today. We did about a mile this morning, and I did 2.25 miles (sans dog) this afternoon, before I came back and got Cooper. My left ankle is bugging me again. It isn't as bad as when I was using the treadmill more often, but after about 45 minutes of walking I get twinges. My father says there must be a touch of inflammation, and I suppose he is right. I just don't want it to interfere with my training schedule.
I wanted to take my nieces down to the creek with us this afternoon, but the family was going to a University picnic. Since it is a work function of sorts for my brother they had to go. I don't mind. I just wish that when they change plans that they would call me, so I know whether to just go on without any of them. Oh well. It is a family trait not to communicate plans or changes in plans. I stick out in my family because I am so organized and plan things in such detail.
I think this week I will get someone to take a current picture so I can post on my blog the picture that triggered this lifestyle change and compare how I looked then with how I am doing today. My friend, Jen, says there is a definite change in my appearance. I don't own a full length mirror, so I have to accept her word for now. So, look for the pics later in the week.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I started the day feeling cruddy. Just low energy and worn out. No surprise after such an active day yesterday, but I was also feeling melancholy. I still managed to get my eldest niece's care package packed and shipped, walk the dog, and attend a canine good citizen open house with my dog at his groomer's. After lunch I decided to try and lift my mood, by taking my pooch down to the creek and letting him play in the water. It sorta worked. I am not feeling really chipper, but I am not totally bummed and I managed to smile at the dog's antics. He doesn't just drink the creek water, he bites it. It goes up his nose and he makes the funniest faces and snorting noises.
Even having a down day I managed to rack up enough fitness minutes to put me over 7,000 total for the year so far. Since I only started this in the late Spring I would say I can safely claim to be busting my bum on a regular basis. I haven't been consistent with ST in the last month, so those are primarily cardio minutes lately. I am averaging over 2 hours a day of cardio the last few weeks, and in general, it feels good. It definitely feels good to have my body be able to do what I ask of it. I think I am going to go easy the rest of today, and maybe even tomorrow. (Yeah right! I will probably be in a better mood tomorrow and burn up the miles!)
Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I made certain to mail a care package yesterday, to the soldier I "adopted", but I would do that anyway. So, tomorrow I will observe the moments of silence in the morning, make sure I say hello to family and friends, and be grateful. I will also say an extra prayer/blessing for those who are currently serving in the US military. No matter what the politicians do or say, I believe in supporting those who are willing to put their lives on the line to help protect all Americans. What are you doing to help support those who serve?
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