Sunday, July 11, 2010
Ah, a busy morning, but beautiful....lighting at church this morning, so it was an early morning - out the door by 6:40 (sstill managed to get in a quick workout before I left) and home at 12:40. The message was great though, we had a guest pastor who used to be on staff at our church some years ago.....and he's a runner, so I could definately associate with his analogies.
Got home and made a rather big lunch, since I will be back at church in a couple more hours and won't get home tonight untill around 7PM, most likely. I've gort to pick up some essentials at the grocery store after Financial Peace this afternoon, and by the time I get home, I probably won't feel like cooking a meal before eating dinner. I'll probably be something light, soup, some veggies w/hummus or lowfat ranch and some kind of protein. Sis was wanting to go shopping this afternoon, our favorite upscale resale store is having a clearance sale....all clearance items just $1.00, but it's a half hour each way and she and I can't shop there in just one hour.....I have to be back at the church in 1hr 45 mins. I know she's disappointed, but she'll have to go it alone this time....I need time to take this break and get ready for the rest of the day.
When I get home, I plan to catch up some Sparking between dinner and bed so I can get up early for a run before going to work at 12 noon. I have to talk with HR again about going full time....I know they want me to , and they are now willing to bend on the Sunday morning thing, but they want Sunday afternoons, which I'm really praying about. I could use the guaranteed hours and extra pay...need to find out exactly how much extra, and the benefits would be a relief, but it's really about so much more than just the money. My priorities and sanity are worth so much more than the HD can offer. Either way, I'm sending off my resume etc to a job coach this week and going to another employment networking function Tues. Maybe something else will pop-up?!?!?
Saturday, July 10, 2010
It's a crazy busy week-end. I know, those of you who know me are saying, "so what's new?" Worked till after 11 last night....came home and got about 5 hours sleep before getting up to take care of animals, eat breakfast and even got in a full 1/2 hour workout this morning before meeting a group at church to go to Feed My Starving Children to pack meals. It was a great event, but midway through, my phone went off. I checked the voice message when we got done, and it was work wanting me to come in early. I was scheduled to work 1-10, so I thought I'd have time to run in the house and grab coffee and lunch and more water, but in the intrest of going in early an hour and a half, (therefore getting out an hour and a half early), I adjusted my planas and drank the yuck water from the water fountain for the first half of my shift and my snack was a bag of baked Lays potato chips. It was worth it though. It is not quite 10 yet and I'm getting ready to turn in.
Not much chance to do any sparking, but did get to check out the app on my phone....it is really a bit different than the site, but has a couple of things I like that I haven't seen on the regular site. For one, it gives my BMR and adds the total fitness to it, then subtracts my intake and computes my calorie differential, which is something I've been trying to aplay with this past week or two. This next week, I'll see if I can look back and if it will tell me what the differential was and see how that compared to actual weight loss to see how accurate the BMR calories are for me....very useful to adjust for maintenance. It also has som fitness choices that I haven't seen online. I wear a pedometer watch and have been tracking my steps daily - many days getting 6-9 miles in at work. Even allowing that it is much stop and go, I think if I can get the calories right that will work with the BMR and fitness and intake to gwt a more accurate picture of where I need to be....even if I only count the miles at 30 minute miles.
Tomorrow, I'm up early again for church. Have lighting tomorrow, so I'll get there at 7AM and finish at 12:30ish, and then back at 3:30 (to be there early for a facilitator's meeting) for Financial Peace University 4-6pm. Then home to try out a new SP recipe for white beans, spinach and tomatoes on pasta for dinner. If I get any fitness in tomorrow it will have to be in the am. Maybe tomorrow I can get to bed right after dinner and get a decent run in Monday morning before work. Hope everyone is doing well, but will have to catch up on the rest of the Sparking later......s.l.e.e.p.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
For the past two years I have been at war, with technology. Yesterday, I may not have won the war, but I did win a major battle. Since the first week I had it, my cell phone has given me nothing but problems. My service provider (S****T) did nothing to help and only compounded those problems, but yesterday they made a MAJOR turn in the right direction. So true to my word to Ryan at the local store in North Aurora, I will pass along the OUTSTANDING experience I had with them....a welcome change since I have not had one good word to say about them in two years. They ordered me in a replacement phone. It's an Android (whatever that means) and much better than the old one. At least right now it is. Of course for the first day or so, I didn't know of all the bugs the old one had....but they became quickly apparent and got progressively worse. I'm not quite breathing easy, but so far so good. At least my camera, alarm, GPS etc are working now and it isn't locking up which requires me to do a 30 min to 2 hr, reboot at least once a day. One of the big problems with the old phone was that although it was supposed to sync with my computer, ie., contacts, calendar etc, it never did because the port was bad. Hence, I had to face manually transferring all that info manually to the new phone and given the way the old phone was operating, that probably would not be possible. Ryan was able to find on the internet, a way to beam the information from the old phone to another phone, then download my contacts. A process that took him the better part of two hours. Unfortunately, he was not able to do that with my schedule/calendar, and since the phone never would sync to my computer, I had not set up a calendar on the computer, so I tried for over an hour to pull up information, as aside from my schedule for the next couple of weeks, was not able to retrieve any appointments or notes either previous or future except two, so much of that is lost. Today, I will be going to as many sources as I can remember and trying to reconstruct what I can, but much has suffered a painful cyber death. On the good side, my Spark utility is far superior on the new phone and much quicker. It will take some adjusting, but I'll get it figured out. There is even an application for tracking my runs, (mileage, time and calories burned) which will transmit to a program on my computer....it does everything but monitor my hear rate. VERY COOL! There is an app for C25K, but I haven't checked that one out since all of my runs except for some intervals on the dreadmill are at least 2.5 miles and better now.
Did I mention that the new phone was at NO charge and NO contract extension??? It did come with a home charger, so I will have to buy one for the car. I also did not get a users manual, so I downloaded and printed one, necessitating a binder and a new ink cartridge for the printer, but well worth the outlay. I may need a cable too, to download pics etc., although calendar and contacts etc sync wirelessly with my Google account.
As for Sparking, I didn't get much done yesterday, what with all the time spent getting the phone situation taken care of, and today doesn't look too good either.
The soreness from the 6+ miles is almost gone, so today will be a short run day (heat and humidity are still high) and a heavy cross training weight training day. I also have quite a bit of work to do to get ready to start Financial Peace University this Sunday. Add data entry on the phone, catching up sparking and cleaning out some more of the old "fat" clothes and all before lighting practice tonight at church. I'm also hoping to clean out the fridge if I can get my sis to help out some on the kitchen. Probably won't happen as she just got her computer back yesterday.
I think I can stay busy anyway. Friday and Saturday, I work in the afternoon, evening and serve at Feed My Starving Children Saturday morning, and lighting on Sunday for church. Guess it's about time to just say "no" to adding anything else to my schedule.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Running - Good, Cinful Apple Pie - VERY Good
I'm still working on adjust the calories and nutrition range for maintenance. Not quite sure how to go about it though. I know what my BMR says my intake should be and then on top of that I usually get approx 5 miles average walking in at work each day I work....then I have my fitness calories, and those can vary widely, so somehow I need to put all that information together and come up with a game plan.
For now, it seems to be working to just continue to eat pretty much as I have been, and then have a cushion for indulging a little once or twice a week. Today's indulgence was Cinful Apple Pie (apple pie, with cinnamon ice cream, caramel sauce drizzle and pecans pieces - I won't tell you how many calories and how much fat). Good thing I did 75 minutes of intervals and running today. That gave me almost 600 calories to burn on top of my BMR allotment of 1345 calories. So, calorie wise at least I managed to stay within the total of calories expended....if that is fairly accurate. Plus, I have the rest of the week to be good and build back up that cushion again.
Did a really long run today, and procrastinated a little too long getting out there, so I paid for it. The first 45 minutes I did an interval training program that is designed to increase my BPMS of foot strikes in order to increase my speed. The first half seemed way too easy since it is a 1:1 ratio, but I was grateful for the easy start since the temp climbed quickly and after the 3+ miles of intervals, I still had another 30 minutes of running to get me past the 10K point (my goal for the day). I had to walk a couple of times just long enough to get in some fluids - the last couple times I did long runs in the heat, it brought on headaches, probably due to dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance, so I'm trying to figure that out. I'm thinking a fuel belt is going to become a necessity, since carrying gatorade bottle(s) in the fanny pack is none too comfortable.
Then when I got home, after my cool down and eating some lunch, I hit the wall. I NEVER nap, but this time (it happened after the first time I ran 4.5 and the first time I did 5.5 miles also) I just got so tired and sleepy, I laid down and slept for 1 1/2 hours. Does this happen to anyone else out there who is working on increasing their distance?
Any of you runners out there who have success in running in the heat and especially at longer distances, feel free to impart any words of wisdom. I'm planning on doing one longer run a week and a couple of shorter ones, but to increase my distance a little on each long run.
Tomorrow, no running, but I need to hit the sack now so I can get in some fitness before work. Keep Sparking everyone and best wishes on reaching all of your goals!!!
Monday, July 05, 2010
Don't know why I felt so out of sorts today...kind of weird. Hard and busy day at work, and I'm hoping that was all it was. It's after 10 now and I don't have to be at work tomorrow am, so I need to get up and get in my run before it gets too hot. Shooting for a long run tomorrow, but we'll see how the weather is. It was supposed to cool own a little, but the forecast seems to have changed and we'll be in the 90's again.
I'll probably feel better after a good run.
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