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Friday, December 23, 2011

I survived the nominal last work day of the year. Today was a day off from running, which was just as well given the work flow. I got a decent walk in at lunch, and dealt with stuff blowing up off and on. The boss let people go at 2 PM, and the work load actually let me get out of there about 3:15 . . . for now. I still need to check work voice mail and email, because I will almost certainly need to spend part of next week cleaning up a work related mess. I'll do what I can from home, and if I have to go in to the office I'll wear jeans.

After leaving work early, I went shopping. Yes, on December 23rd. I picked up a few things I needed at Walmart, then lived through the ridiculous congestion to get home. Next week it will be better, and the week after that it will be back to normal.

I saw a lot of stressed out people, but I had no stress while shopping. Part of that is contrast from work, part is stress relief from running, and part is that I didn't have to find gifts for anyone. It's a lot easier when a) I only have to pick up routine stuff, and b) I can get home in the daylight, even with crazy traffic congestion.

There are no messages on the work voice mail right now, so I should get a three day weekend before the nonsense starts interrupting my time off. I've got my plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, both of which will be pretty low key; but right now I'm luxuriating in a little down time. There will be time enough tomorrow to think about what home based projects I want to tackle while waiting for work to interrupt my time off.

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RG_DFW 12/24/2011 10:14AM

    You actually started shopping a day before the "guy code" suggests. Let's hope you have a quiet few days before the madness renews.

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KRISZTA11 12/24/2011 4:35AM

    Enjoy peace and rest!
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FROGGGY13 12/24/2011 1:29AM

    I'm impressed that shopping onthe 23rd didn't stress you out - I still have to work on my patience with that one. Enjoy your long weekend. emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 12/23/2011 11:53PM

    Good that you have worked so hard on your health to enjoy no stress days. Traffic was crazy here too. I was coming home from an event - not shopping and had to put up with it. Smile, sing along and be glad that it will all be over soon!

Merry Christmas!

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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2011 9:29PM

    Yay low stress! it's amazing the spin off benefits of regular exercise! I'll try to check in at work by remote the next couple of days . . . and stay out of the office until at least the 27th!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/23/2011 7:58PM

    Enjoy those three days with meaningful activity. Mine will definitely be low key. I have invited nobody... or rather, the son and wife I invited declined. So, I will have both Christmas Eve and the Day to myself... I might sneak into a church service, but other than that... mine, all mine!

Currently watching sappy Christmas movies on Netflix. In the dark of the mornings I've had music of the season and lights. Christmas somehow manages to come regardless of people or trimmings. As well you know!

Merry Christmas!

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Thursday Evening

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Theoretically, tomorrow is my last working day this year.

In practice, I'm taking a break from doing year end email maintenance on my work computer, on my own time because there won't be time to do that on the company's nickel. And there's a good chance that work will eat into my time off. Sigh.

This morning was secondary cleanup from Tuesday's work blowups, with more cleanup this afternoon and news of a potential new blowup late in the work day. The bright spot of the day was that I was able to get a run in at lunch, 3.57 miles in 25:09 for a 7:02 pace per mile.

That makes it a bit over twelve and a half miles running three consecutive days. Friday needs to be a day off running. Even if my legs don't demand the day off like they did Monday, I want to take Friday off so I can have a good distance run on Saturday.

Ironically enough, my biggest worry with respect to the running is how I'll cope with the probably work blowups tomorrow if I *can't* go run. Guess I'll have to get a long walk in at lunch, in the probable snow showers. Hopefully the blowups won't be of a nature to make me work next week; but if they are, I'll just have to deal with it. At least there will be no question of meetings canceling any of my runs next week.

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RG_DFW 12/23/2011 11:20AM

    Ah, I remember work blowups... some things I don't miss!

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KANOE10 12/23/2011 10:15AM

    Good for you running to keep your stress at bay. I hope you do get some time off. You can get a good workout with walking. Hope there is not much snow for you to keep up your exercise.

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KRISZTA11 12/23/2011 4:10AM

    Good luck!
I hope you won't have to work next week!

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FROGGGY13 12/23/2011 1:44AM

    I have no idea what a blowup is, but it sounds like a hassle.
Do take some time off, anyway. I'm having a hard time myself; I decided to leave my work computer at work during the break, but I'm having second thoughts.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/22/2011 8:26PM

    A-hem! Well, as you say, you'll figure it out. Watch that Type A personality thing, huh, Kettle?

Congrats on signing up for that half marathon. Now you have something to point to as a goal to keep running toward, even through tax season.

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A Better Day, Committed to a Half Marathon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Today was a day off work, the day after a binge. Got up, and my weight was up 2.8 pounds from yesterday. That's the biggest one day weight fluctuation I've had since I've been tracking food on SP. It's also reasonable, given the quantity of food I dumped into my digestive system yesterday.

Started going through the morning routine, and saw that it was 41 F (5 C) outside. On December 21, in the Land of Lake Effect Snow. Forecast was for showers later, so this was too good to pass up. I had to run.

Hit the road at 7:28, and ran mostly residential streets to avoid rush hour traffic on the arterials. Did a bunch of streets I've run before, including all the stretches of little hills. The experiment this time was a stopwatch, specifically the stopwatch function on the cheap pedometer I'd bought while waiting for the good pedometers to arrive in the mail. It may be a cheap pedometer, but the stopwatch function did what I needed it to do. The route mapped out to 5.15 miles, in 37:17 for a 7:14 pace per mile. I was pleased with the run, and with the weather being nice enough that I could stretch outside.

This afternoon I had my doctor's visit for medical clearance to train for a half marathon and marathon. All was as expected. My heart can handle it, the major concern is wear and tear on the joints. Being able to run a 10K as soon as I did was a good sign. The doctor says anyone in reasonable health can run a 5K (though maybe not quickly), but the 10K distance is where you see people who are built to be runners. I got an order for blood work that didn't require fasting (i.e., no cholesterol test) and got the blood draw out of the way. The doctor was happy with my cholesterol levels last February, and says if anything they'll be better now.

After taking care of that, I went over to the local running store and signed up for the Flower City Challenge Half Marathon on April 29, 2012. Now I'm committed, and I'll have to train for it. I'll figure it out. I'll make a decision on the Rochester Marathon in September 2012 after I see how the Flower City half goes.

Oh, yeah, nutrition. Most of the day is behind me. I have planned what I will eat for dinner and evening snack. I project to finish the day in range for all the macronutrients and just above the bottom of the calorie range. Life is normal again.

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GAL843 12/22/2011 8:46AM

    You're going to do great in your half. I did my first half last October and am planning my first full in May.

Funnily enough, yesterday was my day for a binge and today I'm hoping to get a good run in this afternoon.

Best of luck in your journey and enjoy the effort!

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RG_DFW 12/22/2011 8:21AM

    Best to you in your quest for the half!

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FROGGGY13 12/22/2011 6:27AM

    Great! It's very good that you had a checkup, many people ignore it. Best wishes for your training!

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KRISZTA11 12/22/2011 3:22AM

Even the 10K seemed easy for your fitness level, but a half marathon is something really big.
Of course I know there are a lot of people out there who do it, some do full marathons and ultras, but that seems kind of supernatural to me.
I'm so interested how it will go! Take care!

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WATERMELLEN 12/21/2011 8:33PM

    Nice recovery: bet your doctor is impressed with you! Pretracking is a very effective strategy for me to manage nutrition . . .

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RUNNER12COM 12/21/2011 6:49PM

    Congrats on the upcoming half!

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Bad Nutrition Day

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The department Christmas lunch was scheduled for today. After not running yesterday, I went to bed early and was up before the alarm this morning. I ran 4.00 miles in 28:48, for a 7:12 pace per mile in 33 F temperature with negligible wind. It was a good run, and I got a look at early morning work day traffic.

I never would have thought I'd ever get up early enough to exercise before work. I never was a morning person. My, how things change!

That was the good part of the day. Work was something of a disaster. I had forgotten that, in addition to the department lunch, this was snack day. The remains of yesterday's work blow-up, plus added secondary blow-ups on the same topic, and minor blow-ups from other subjects started to stress me out.

Stress + tight deadlines + free sweet treats is not a good combination. I rationalized that I was due for a cheat day, and ended up having a binge day instead of a mere cheat day. I ate far more of the snacks than I should, though I did a decent job of tracking it. Then at lunch I ate more pizza than I should, and more cookies than I should. I ended up feeling overstuffed, like a traditional Thanksgiving. It wasn't a good feeling.

The sad part is, even with losing most control, I probably ate less than I would have pre-Spark. No wonder I was 50 pounds overweight at one point!

After work, I went shopping. I didn't have my list with me, but I remembered the important stuff: salad and bananas. Those wouldn't have made it to the list, pre-Spark. So at least I haven't lost *all* the good habits I've been working on.

Having overdone things way too much at work, dinner was cottage cheese and a banana. My evening snack was the same as I normally eat, in an attempt to trick myself back into a sane routine.

Final nutrition tally for the day: 5749 calories, well over my upper limit of 3050. As with past cheat days, it's also well over the carb and fat limits, but protein looks like a normal day. Long term, those 2700 excess calories are about three quarters of a pound. This is not a problem *IF* it doesn't recur.

There will be leftover food from snack day tomorrow at work. The good news is, tomorrow is a day off. By the time I go back to work on Thursday, the tempting stuff should be gone.

Absent the workload driven stress, I think this would have still been a cheat day, but at a less insane level of cheating. Hopefully when I go back and the workload is still doing crazy stuff, there won't be as good an opportunity to binge.

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WATERMELLEN 12/21/2011 8:32PM

    Excellent attitude . . . as you say, only about .75 pound, no biggy!

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FROGGGY13 12/21/2011 2:22PM

    Good luck for today! I'm battling some cravings, too. None of this is a big deal if it happens only occasionally.

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KANOE10 12/21/2011 8:06AM

    Hang in there. You noticed some good changes about yourself despite your cheat day. You still kept control, did your shopping and ate a healthy dinner. You also planned ahead for today, noting that you would not be at work and would be OK.
Hope your work stress goes down! You are posting and still focused on keeping your weight off. Good for you. Hope today goes well.

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KRISZTA11 12/21/2011 3:09AM

    Well, at least you had a good part of the day in the morning : ))
Well done with tracking!

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/20/2011 10:40PM

    so when is your next weigh-in day. I tend not to worry much about one or two days of bad nutrition so long as the weigh-ins are within the target range.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/20/2011 9:12PM

    Like you said, if it doesn't recur, not a huge problem... a fluctuation.

Hang in there. Enjoy the day off work and refresh your resolve. I find I eat more when I don't exercise, or rather when I exercise less... silly but true.

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RG_DFW 12/20/2011 9:10PM

    I can't imagine eating that many calories in a day, but then again I'm not burning as much as you. Maybe in a year or two...

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Change of Plans

Monday, December 19, 2011

No running today. The legs were telling me they really wanted a day off. So I took a long walk on my lunch hour, which was quite pleasant. 41 F (6 C), with winds supposedly 20 mph from the west and south. The wind was certainly stronger than anything I'd run in, and not cold. 3.49 miles in 50 minutes, and getting my 10K steps in today isn't a problem.

Too bad it wasn't a running day. This would have been fun weather to figure out running in. But when I ran to make the walk light toward the end of my walk, my legs told me that yes, this really wasn't a day for a sustained run.

I'll go to bed early tonight, and if I wake up well before the alarm I'll consider running in the morning. If that doesn't happen, tomorrow will be another non-running day due to work scheduling my lunch hour full and my not wanting to run Tuesday evening plus Wednesday morning. In theory, I could run after work; in practice, I expect that other stuff will get in the way of that. I'll just have to see how that goes.

If I don't get a run in tomorrow, I'll run on Wednesday and Thursday, then take Friday off from running. Saturday will be the fourth running day this week, and that will just have to be enough.

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RG_DFW 12/20/2011 12:04PM

    Amazing time

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KRISZTA11 12/20/2011 11:11AM

    Good for you!
Hearing the voice of your legs and going for a walk is emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 12/19/2011 9:32PM

    We can't run or neither should we strength train daily because it taxes the body so hard.. But our body is made to walk daily in up right state to avoid our bones deteriorating and our arteries clogging from cholestrol plague..
This is why I wear a pedometer each and every day, to get those 10,000 steps in.. Long distance walking taxes the body another way and keeps cardio aerobic.. If we try and run or strength training daily anaerobic exercise tires out the batteries and makes us feel like we do less- the body has it's it's own defence system against over training.. I also find walking a therapeautic way of ironing out doms.. When I did run 10kms it was only once a week in the weekend.. Over doing it marathoning each weekend retired me from running because my stress fractures returned.. Daily those step equal a 5 km run, I was only pick up the pace in the weekend..

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/19/2011 9:02PM

    My legs were giving a similar message to me. OK slightly different. They were saying, "Y'know, Barb, that glute machine isolating on each leg Sunday morning was a bit much after the 5K run on Saturday!" I walked SLOWER and gentler today... then swam after work. Perfect solution for a "go easy on the legs" day.

Have fun with your runs!

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