Tuesday, August 09, 2011
In an effort to be more midful of my eating, I made a resoution last week to NOT EAT at the computer or in front of the T.V. My intentions were good, but the whole experiment became a dismal failure. Give the persistently hectic pace of my life, nearly everything I do is multi-tasking....eating included. Prior to this "experiment", I would enter my food as I ate or while preparing or packing my food. When I stopped doing that, I found that too much of the time I would forget something I needed to enter or get sidetracked by one of the million other things that required my attention. In theory it's a great idea, and when I am dining out or with friends, I don't always whip out my phone and enter my food as I order or eat, but I do enter it as soon as possible, and by entering the majority of my nutrition right away, I am better mindful nof what I have eaten and what I still need to eat to keep my nutrition balanced and in check. The better balanced my nutrition is, the less I tend to consume and the fewer cravings I have. So, live and learn.....tomorrow I am back on track with the system that worked for me. Kudos to all of you who can just sit still on a regular basis and enjoy (savor) your meals, but I'm afraid that's a luxury that I just caan't afford to indulge on a regular basis.
On a happier note, the family is now all returned or returning to their homes after the big baby shower/birthday weekend, so also fewer reasons and opportunities to overindulge and more time to spend at fitness and all the things I need to do to take care of me. PLUS, the hot weather is breaking and we are do to have a few days on lower 80's for a high, so much better outside running weather. Of course, now with more hours at work, time is at an even greater premium, but there are still EARLY morning or evening hours with cooler temps to log some miles. I will just have to work on being more disciplined about getting to bed at an earlier hour....which is where I am off to now.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Been a busy, busy weekend. Especially today, my day off, up at five and out the door by 6:30 and just now, 8:30PM, sitting down to get a litle sparking done and get to bed. First thing after breakfast and getting dressed was the loading of the car. When it takes 15-20 minutes just to load the car in the morning, you know it is going to be a busy day. Six hours at church with lighting run thriough, two services, then a baby shower for a friend, drive acrosstown and set up for baby shower number two (for my niece). Got to see a couple of old friends and a cousin I haven't seen in years, but then had to clean up and pack up from that. Got home, got my little ssister off for the drive home and then clean up here. Now I'm going to answ3r 2 or 3 or 6 or so e-mails and get to bed. Wanted to meet up with a friend for our weekend run, but that just didn't happen so I'll have to get it in before work tomorrow. Ate too much today, but tomorrow starts another week...(actually Tuesday will start another week, since tomorrow is my sister's birthday, but I will be able to make some better choices tomorrow an then back on plan after tomorrow for a good long while.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
This week has hearalded the beginning of yet another season of life which is allowing me to demonstrate just how much I have learned (or not) about change an keeping things in balance.
First, my neice and her husband are in town this weekend and the first part of next week from San Antonio so that we can host a baby shower for them. I have learned and repared well with lots and lots of fruits and veggies and even a meager attempt at some homemade hummus. Not as smooth as Sabra (or as high in fat), but with a bit of salsa added, is actually quite good. This upset my sis a bit (not the hummus, but the amount of fruits and veggies) as she has less room in the fridge for a couple of days. Oh, well, I guess she'll get over it - or not.
Second, I havefinally made the leap to officially full-time status at work (with benefits and everything). They have reented and agreed that I can still have my Sunday's off......which is rather unheard of, AND if this doesn't work out for me that I can go back to part-time status at anytime. I'm supposed to keep it quiet since full-time normally requires a 100% "open" availability, and I really don't lke having my availability as open as they are asking, but that is the reasoning for the ability to revert back to P.T. I don't want to be in the position that so many are where they are finding themselves closing 3 and 4 and 5 nights a week. I'm giving it a chance though and we'll see. In the meantime, that means that I will be able to stay on my medication after this trial is over and NEW GLASSES!!! Yeah! I haven't gotten new glasses in 6years or so, and I need new ones badly.
So, as always. life has it's challenges. I am getting better and better about not letting them upset the whole routine though. I will just slow up a bit and make the best decisions and adjustments that I can and continue on this journey (with a little help from my friends.) Thanks for being there!
Monday, August 01, 2011
It is so unlike me to be looking forward to the end of summer. I am usually a bit of a sun "worshipper", not actual worship, but I do love the bright hot sunshine. This year though is different. It has been, what seems to me, unusually hot and humid and has forced me to move many a run inside and shortened too many and made even more not what I would consider up to par. I am missing the cooler temps....like the 60's etc. It's not that I am looking forward to winter and the snow, but it would sure be nice to wake up to temps below 70 so that at least an early morning runs possible.
This past Saturday, my running buddy and I (mostly me) were hoping for at least 11 and preferably twelve miles to prepare for the 9/11 half we will be running, but even though we started out at 7AM, the temps were already in the 80's and we only managed 9.9 miles before we called it quits. I'm very disappointed in myself. I know we still have 6 weeks till race day, but there isn't a big chance that the weather will be too much cooler between now and then. Why couldn't I just have toughed out a couple more miles....at least one!
Those last three miles were absolutely brutal! We're going to try t again this next Saturday. Wish me luck!!!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
So, I'm fired up again about running.....the miles were taking a toll. Now that I have a training/racing partner for the Chicago half, it has really fired up my passion again. I was going to redo some old tired out playlists, but have been at a loss for songs that I wouldn't want t delete as soon as I hit the pavement and discovered a site that many of you may find helpful. It is called Jog.fm (I just google search it and it is AWESOME). You can plug in a running, jogging, walking, biking, exercise pace and it will give you links to HUNDREDS of songs that best match up to your selected pace. You can even further define your search by genre of music and even spoken words. Check it out......it's WAY cool!!!
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