Sunday, July 17, 2011
This weekend was my younger sister's birthday weekend. It nearly threw me totally off course, but I did recover and did better than I would have a year or two ago, so I'll chalk alot up to a learning experience, and congratulate myself for the wise choices I DID make and will look forward eagerly to this next week.
First, I let myself get very disappointed because I went out of my way to get Tim McGraw concert tickets for my little sister (who LOVES country music) for her birthday. Now, she can be a bit odd and hardheaded at times, so, when she found out what I had done, she flat out refuse to go to the concert. Not with me, my other sister, any of her friends....flat out wouldn't go....nor give any reason why not. She then, because she was already in one of her "moods" refused my offer to take her to see Harry Potter (another of her faves). That officially used up all my loving and giving spirit, so, for her birthday, she got a 99cent card from Walgreens with an I-tunes gift card. Instead her wish for here birthday was sto make the annual 1 1/2 hour pilgrimage to Dog N Suds (picture old time drive-up with car hops and burgers and fries and root beer). So, yesterday, that's what we did. Four hours to get up there , eat, turn around and come home. I chose the corn dog - the healthiest item on the menu...even with the fries and coleslaw, stayed within my range. Then, however, we got ome and she decided we needed to go get ice cream. I fully intended to have the lowfat chocolate yogurt cone, until I saw that they had their premium dark choclate back (and it is seaonal). Still I only ordered a one scoop cone - way better than the banana spilt or sundaes that my sis's were eating, but when they brought the cone to the table, it was in actuality more like two scoops. That threw me over a bit....especially since I had the Dog N Suds which is not particularly low fat. The whole sequence of events was making me feel otally out of control nd off kilter, so, I looked back and did a quick review of some of my blogs beginning with the first week of my journey here on Spark and several along the way to where I am now. It really opened my eyes to how far I've come on this journey, and what I need to do to keep moving ahead, and not let outside forces drag me back down.
Today was much better day. I got to enjoy a beautiful morning of worship and community with my church family - they keep me sane. Then when I got home, I went to my sis's other favorite - actually a family tradition. Red Robin. This time I checked out the menu in advance. Chose VERY wisely the chicken Ensendada - with fat free Ranch dressing and salsa - which for fat free was actually good. Had two french fries from my sisters plate just to not deprive myself and two jalepeno coins and two clam strips. All in all was well under my totals, but wanted to make sure that "desert" would not throw me off again.
For dessert, I planned ahead and made a "Banana Split Ice Cream Cake". Not exactly a fruit plate, but I made it healthier by omiting the oil in the cake recipe and using mashed banana in its place. Then I cut the two layers in half to make four layers -then I alternated layers of cake with ice cream layers. The ice cream layers, I reduced the fat by mixing the following - one layer I mixed 1 part ice cream with 1 part mashed banana, the next layer was 1 part ice cream with 1 part sliced strawberries and the next layer 1 part ice cream with 1 part crushed pineapple. After it was all frozen hard I decided that it looked good enough to not need to add icing, just a few small spritzes of reduced fat whipped cream with strawberry garnishes. It got rave reviews and saved me $30 on an ice cream cake that would definately have ruined another day food wise for me.
Ah, so now that is over....life can go back to semi-normal. I got zip for fitness this weekend, so it's a good thing that I got in so much last week (6 hours total). Tomorrow, since it is so hot and I don't have to go in until late, I plan to swim in the morning, then try to get to the fitness center for a class and then home to get ready for work. After work, I'm meeting my favorite girlfriends for a light dinner....hopefully I'll be wise enough to opt for the fruit cup or yogurt parfait.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
So, last night I totally splurged. I ate an ENTIRE DQ Chocoholic blizzard...all 1050 or so calories. Not the wisest food choice I've ever made...in fact, probably one of the worst, but, I don't do it often or even rarely, so....back to the point.
Today is a day off of wok and the weather is GORGEOUS!!! Not too hot, not too cold, not raining, just perfect for a long run. I usually do my long runs on the weekend, but since one of my running buddies is on vcation this week, we hit the trail early and went for a run. Now, she is 15 years youner than me and has been running for most of her life, and she is quite a bit faster than I am, but has never run more than 3.5-4 miles, but I warned her, we're running slow....my pace and we're running long. I had planned on about 8.5 or so miles. Well, like I said the weather was perfect nd we hit the pth that runs alog the Fox River in Batavia. She had NO problems sticking to my pace and even at times I felt that I was holding her back. My long runs I usually stay around 11 min miles, but today ten something just felt perfect. Since I had not run this distance before, I was not familiar with the path to cross the river and apparently we missed it thinking we had a bit further to go. We wound up running through Batatvia AND Geneva and into St. Charles and finally crossed the river at about 5.5 miles. That's the thing about running a river path. If you miss your turn, it could be a ways to the next one. We ran the ENTIRE thing (which was a huge surprise to us both) except for when we had to stop briefly at one stoplight to cross. All in all iour little run wound up being 11.22 miles (in 1:55) - that's a 10:19 pace....barely slower than my 5K pace. For those interested the splits are listed below! Feeling alot more confident about those half-marathons this fall now! Gonna do it again in two weeks and go for 12+. I'm sure that the hoopla of the race will carry me any further distance if necessary as long as I keep with the pace.
Splits: Mile 1=10:59, Mile 2=10:04, Mile 3=10:08, Mile 4=10:19, Mile 5=10:12, Mile 6=10:30, Mile7=10:43, Mile 8=10:13, Mile9=9:39, Mile 10=9:12, Mile 11=11:01 Total avg pace 10:19 .... I'm still in shock. Bet I'm gonna hurt when the shock and endorphins wear off!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Today I passed 18,250 fitness minutes since joining Spark. Thank you to everyone who commented on my activity feed. I guess I just don't really look at that stat much. I remember my first few months on Spark seeing the activity feeds of other members who had thousands upon thousands of minutes. It was inconceivable to me how they could have amassed totals like that, much less that I could ever do it with all the other things I have on my daily plate (no, pun intended there). But, none the less, everyday I did (and still do) what I can. Some days it's a great big goose egg...but those days are few and far between. Somedays it's all I can do to get in 10 or 15 minutes, but that's better than nothing. Then there are the 30, 40, 60, even 90 and 120 minute days. Day by day, week by wee and month by month, those minutes just keep adding up and one day you read that a member or two or ten have commented on your activity feed and lo and behold......18,250 minutes!!! WOOHOO!!! That over 304 hours or twelve and a half days....well, I like the sound of 18,250 minutes better. The point is that every little bit helps....it does add up. It will show up as a big achievement somewhere down the line if you just stick with it, make it a habit, just do it and you'll amaze even yourself.
P.S. Since this time last year, I am actually up two pounds in weight, but my waist is 1/2" smaller and there is definition in my arms and my calves, which have always been muscular even when I was heavier are now 1/4 thinner and have GREAT definition. As one of my dear friends puts it...."you have 'boy' leg muscles". One of the sweetest compliments I think I've ever received!
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Today was my follow-up visit for the clinical trial that I signeed up to be a part of. I got back all of my test results and they couldn't have been better...well, they could have been a little better, but not much and for a 50 year old woman they were....to quote the clinician....OUTSTANDING!
For most of my life, I have beenout of shape, overweight and heading toward ill health as the majority, if not all the women in my family are to one degree or another. Then I found Spark. Habit by habit I have been working on changing my lifestyle to incorporate more and more healthy eating, drinking, fitness, sleep, stress management etc etc etc...and it has paid off BIG TIME!
According to the clinician, Aside from my hormone levels, my test results came back at the levels that they expect to see in someone 30-35 years of age! No signs of osteoporosis-(that would make me only one of two women in my family that can claim this...the other being my baby sis who is a physical trainer and body sculpter)...and my calcium which should have been 8.6-10.0 was actually just a little high (10.2). I guess all this tracking and micro management of my dieet has had somepretty drastic effects on my overal health. No signs of ANY dificiencies. Blood oxygenation in the top 10%....and that from someone who smoked for DECADES and only quit within the last three years. I just can't believe that given my family history, that the changes that I have mad had such an effect, but I'm not taking this lightly. I want it to stay this way....so this Spark program is for LIFE....LITERALLY! The only area that I can say I would like to see improve, and they don't see a problem is my LDL of 174. I am going to look into ways to reduce that now and shoot for under 150.
I think I may frame the report! That means soooo much more to me than any number on the scale. The weight loss is now a bonus!
For those of you who are new to Spark....stick with it. All this in just 18 months! AND YOU CAN HAVE THIS TOO! Be the BEST YOU possible!
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
My last vacation was 20 months ago, and that was seven days to take care of my sis during and after her last back surgery. Today was my day off and totally out of character for me, I slept until 7AM and since it was about the most beautiful day off that I've had in a while, I decided to give myself a mini-vaction. I enjoyed breakfast and coffee outside and just was quiet for a while thinking of everything that I could do on my vacation....and then, remembering I'm on vacation, I just sate and listened to birds and garbage trucks for a while. Then, I put on my swim suit and swam a little and watered plants and weeded some planters and swam some more and finished a book and enjoyed a short nap in the sunshine. Around noon, I came in and set out food to thaw for dinner, changed into my workout clothes, had some lunch, caught up on some more reading and e-mails and had a nice long workout and dinner. After dinner, I gased up the car for my trip to the clinical trial location tomorrow after work and stopped at McD's for a Vanilla Yogurt cone for dessert and home....now to bed. I'm ready for tomorrow. And that's how I spent my summer vacation.
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