Thursday, March 17, 2011
Walt Disney said "The Difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting". I really like that saying.
So...I'm not quitting and neither should you!
I continued on in my training yesterday for my first half marathon and did a 10.6 run/walk. I played around with my RunKeeper app and figured out how to set it to prompt me to run 3 minutes and then walk 1. What I really liked is that the voice on the app says Run 3 minutes - STEADY. She says it with such conviction that it made me determined to make it that three minutes. I mean really it's only 180 seconds. Just that 90 minutes in that 180 seconds can seem like a long time! I also figured out how to post my run from RunKeeper to Facebook so it was easy to share with my SparkDallas team that I was training.
I spent part of the day yesterday with my husband since he had the day off. We took our bikes in for spring tuning. We also ran by the running store LOL. My new haul for the day included a new bike helmet (the old one was 12 years old and had seen better days), a new spibelt for running, some new socks for my 1/2 marathon and various types of bars and stuff to try out for my long runs.
I read somewhere that you should try these bars/gel out before a race and thank goodness I did that. I had a bonk breaker (peanut butter & jelly flavor). I liked it while I was running, but apparently there is something in that my body doesn't like. I was sick for about six hours last night. I won't be eating that one again anytime soon.
Still not 100% today, but I'm writing, working and doing the odd break with my husband again.
We made a trip over to Lowe's and I'm starting a planter with some of my favorite herbs for cooking: Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, and Cilantro.
The kitties got their own special treat - catnip!
I'm going through my new competitor magazine, and planning out future events. The bike fix up and new helmet is in anticipation of my training buddy and me signing up for our first ever duathlon this summer. We're also looking at our first sprint triathlon.
The duathlon is June 19th and is a 2 mile run/ 9.3 mile bike/2 mile run. The triathlon is August 21, and is a 350 meter swim/13 mile bike/5K run. The swimming part all hinges on March 29th when I got in for an MRI on my shoulder. I guess that day will determine steroid shot or surgery? Trying not to freak out on that. But in the end I want to get back to swimming.
so those are some of my stretch goals for the year. At the close of 2011 I'll be able to say I did my first half marathon, and hopefully that I've done even more than that. What are your stretch goals for the year? Are you pushing yourself to try new things and not quit?
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I got on the scale this morning and the horrible instrument tried to tell me that I had gained 5 lbs in two days.
Now there are a lot of ways that you can react to such a device and in different times along my healthy journey, I'm sure I've done a lot of them. There's the temptation to:
A) Throw the hated monstrosity out of the window while shouting very bad words,
B) Jump up and down on it saying WTF?!?!?!
C) Throw in the towel for the day and say oh what the hell, I'll just eat what i want it doesn't matter anyway.
D) do some stupid crash diet to try and rectify the situation immediately
I fortunately did not do any of those things. I did email my SP buddy and she wisely said forgetaboutit and stay on track! I'm quit sure she used that mafia voice when she typed that.
I'm quite certain there is no rhyme or reason to weight loss sometimes. So I did what I knew I should do:
A) tracked all my nutrition on the SP Food tracker
B) made sure I drank all my water and hit my fruits/veggies goal
C) ate healthy all day and did not skip meals or cut calories
D) went to the gym for my normal Tuesday class and busted buns in the shift & lift class
E) set up the Easter Challenge for my Twilight Challenge team
F) Read the latest issue of Oxygen Magazine
G) Did some healthy grocery shopping
H) most importantly I did not freak out
Here's some of what I ate today:
I used a fruit I don't normally buy - blood orange. I sauteed 2 cups baby spinach, 2 scallions, 4 cherry tomatoes, 4 baby portabella mushrooms, and added 1 egg, 1/4 c egg beaters. I topped that with 2 T salsa, and 1/4 avocado.
My new favorite snack, 1 small sliced banana, 1 T almond butter, 1 T granola, and a dash of cinnamon.
Oxygen had one of my fitness heros on the cover - Dara Torres. Great issue!
I got this issue of Texas Runner & Triathlete in the mail and I researched some new events. I emailed my running buddy (also on SP) and we're looking into our first attempts at a duathlon and a sprint triathlon later this summer.
I used the Fooducate app on my Iphone and found a new cereal to try that rated as an A.
It was a very successful day, and the scale monster was defeated.
Maybe I should wear war paint the next time I step on that thing!
Monday, March 14, 2011
I had the opportunity yesterday to make some observations and continue to strengthen my mind in order to reach my goals. I wanted to share a few thoughts here in my blog so that I can go back over them when I need to.
Yesterday was the spring forward weekend, and my church had one service instead of the two that are usually scheduled for a Sunday morning. The one service was changed to a "feast" where members all signed up to bring food items, and we ate together before the "service". My husband signed us up to bring bacon and sausage. These are typically two things that we don't eat much anymore - maybe turkey bacon on occasion. So we made four lbs of bacon and two lbs of sausage.
I planned to stay on track and keep in mind that I'm running my first half marathon in 2 weeks, and didn't want to derail just because I was attending an event. Enter my running backpack...
A very long time ago when I was a competitive swimmer, I learned how to pack a bag for a swim meet. I would never consider going to compete without my bathing suit, swim cap, goggles, etc. Those things had to be in the bag for a successful meet. I've started using this backpack in a similar fashion whenever I have a run. So I packed it up for my successful trip for this buffet. What was in it?
I have a friend at church who is also on a healthy journey with sparkpeople and I usually take her my fitness magazines that I've already read. I packed up a load of those for her. I also added a honeycrisp apple, my jar of almond butter, 2 toasted whole wheat waffles, and my running coffee cup. My BFF (susiewhite1109) had a cup made for me with pictures from our Susan G. Komen race. I knew that if I had those pictures with me, it would remind me of what my goals are. So here was my breakfast at the feast...
In addition to packing my food, I texted my BFF and my best SP friend a picture of my food, told them where I was and used that as a method to stay accountable.
The reactions to my intentions were interesting. One gentleman who likes to joke said "you know, you'll have trouble getting fat if you keep eating like that". It made me laugh out loud and I told him I was trying not to get fat. He made some other random comment about my misguided thoughts and left it at that. It didn't bother me because I knew he was only joking around with me.
Two other women who sat across from me wanted to know why I was eating like that. I shared with them that I had worked hard to lose 95 lbs and I wanted to stay on track with my goals. Of course this usually gets jaw dropping stares from people who don't know me since they can't imagine what I looked like that much heavier. I usually try to lighten the mood by saying "yeah I like to say that I've lost a whole hollywood actress". Everyone usually bursts out laughing at that.
One of these women had brought a twinkie pie dessert. I've never heard of this before, but apparently it is layered with twinkies, jello, pudding, cool whip, and cherry pie filling on top. I cannot imagine the sugar calories in such a thing. There was a time when I would have been making and eating things like that.
I did manage to stay away from the entire buffet, and only deviated in my plan by adding three small dairy things to my coffee - plain with no flavor.
So what is my point.... going in without a plan would not have worked. The only healthy thing in the whole place was one bowl of fruit. Having a plan spared me from sitting there with no breakfast, helped me stay on track, and gave me an opportunity to share with a few people what my goals were.
It continues to reinforce for me the need to have a daily/weekly plan of action for eating and working out. I personally also have to have accountability partners for tough times - especially when I am tired and hungry. That is a bad combo for me and this weekend my daughter saved me from making bad choices during a time like that.
Am I perfect...no way. But it does get easier for me to stay on track and keep making progress towards my goals by using the tools I have learned here on SP! So my advice, slow down and plan. Get yourself some accountability partners and then reflect on what works and what doesn't. When it didn't work figure out why and try to weed that out next time. Keep getting back on the horse and fighting for what you want. Failure isn't an option.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I saw my trainer, Mitchell, on Friday. I hadn't seen him for about 6 weeks. I was overdue for a check in and new weight routine. I have to say that I was nervous about seeing him because I was up about 2 pounds and felt like I had my worst month in the 14 months that I have seen him. As further evidence that the scale is not the only measure that matters in this journey, I was actually down 1% bodyfat and about 3/4 of an inch. He reminded me that this is a process, and during my time with him I've lost 17.5 inches off my body and 32 lbs. I also lost 5.8% bodyfat. Despite going up about 2 lbs I went down in bodyfat which indicates muscle growth. Not every month will be a record breaker but it is a step in the process that must be completed.
This is a picture of my running buddy = susiewhite1109. We ran the Dash Down Greenville today in Dallas. What a chaotic run that was. The runners took up all four lanes on the road and spilled out onto the sidewalks on both sides. I was nearly tripped by someone running into me with a stroller from behind. The first mile was like an obstacle course trying to evade all the walkers, strollers, dogs, etc.
This is Susie and my daughter Rachael. She was our photographer. She chose not to run with us today but came to watch the parade after the run.
The parade was in honor of St. Patrick's Day but it really seemed like a celebration of beer. One guy, obviously drunk, did come give me a high five and tell me what F***ing bad A$$ shoes I had - my Asics always get a comment since they are hot pink and a flourescent type of yellow. We ended up with some bead necklaces that were thrown from the parade.
The race started out at Central Market which is like a grocery store on Disneyland steroids. Love this store! After the race we enjoyed a small gelato in their deli area. That was my splurge.
So we've done our 3rd race for the year and still have 9 to go to reach our goal. 15 days till my first half marathon....anxious for that to get here.
Haven't posted a pic for my blog stalkers in a while so here's one for today:
This can be found in the latest issue of Vanity Fair.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I believe in life that where there is a will, people will usually find a way to get what they desire. If only we could buy that missing ingredient at the store...
Yes, I'll take a five pound box of willpower to go please!
How many times in your weightloss journey have you totally lost your will power and found yourself staring at the bottom of an empty ice cream container, or M&M bag or chip bag, etc. etc?
There is that brief time span where you lose your willpower and make a conscious decision to abandon your goal for that certain food item that you think will make you feel better. Maybe it does make you feel better for a little while until you realize the price you have to pay for that escapade into food land.
So how do you get to this....
Right now I've chosen a word for my mantra that I am trying to repeat every morning and throughout the day and that word is "Focus". When I walk into the grocery store to load up the "wellness wagon" I start out by reminding myself to "Focus" on buying only things that will make me well, and what is on the list that I have already created based on healthy recipes.
When I find myself tired at the end of the day, staring at my running shoes or gym bag, I have to remind myself to "Focus" on what my end goal is. Right now it's losing that last 5lbs to get to goal weight. I can't achieve that by bailing on my workout routine and lounging around the house all evening.
I read a blog today from The Daily Love (which I love by the way and would recommend you follow) and it was by a trainer who stays fit despire diabetes. She encouraged everyone to pursue daily physical, mental and emotional nourishment to enhance your overall well being. I really liked that thought and it's helping me to focus today and decide if what I'm pursuing is helping me or hindering me in reaching my goal.
So my challenge to you today is to focus - just for today - on what your goal is and whether or not you're taking steps toward or steps away from your goal by what you are consciously or unconsciouly doing through out your day. Make some notes and then make a better plan for tomorrow if you need to based on what you observed today.
Break out your superhero and get your game on!
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