Tuesday, November 16, 2010
So I've been thinking about Thanksgiving almost since the first day I started my new diet. The past 3 - 4 weeks I had decided and was certain that under no circumstances was I going to cheat on my diet just because it was Thanksgiving. After all I worked really hard to kick the sugar, coffee, flour habit and I didn't want to take a chance that I might backslide just for one day of eating.
Then this weekend my mind changed a bit. I'm not sure why, but I started thinking that it wouldn't be too bad to take a day off and eat whatever I want 'just' on Thanksgiving. I mean, how much damage could I possibly do in just one day?
I've been here before though, I go off my diet for a holiday (birthday, office party, etc) and then have a hard time getting back on the wagon, if I do at all.
I really don't want to get off my diet for Turkey Day, but I also know what kind of food will be there. We'll be at my SIL's house and she is an amazing cook. She makes the best cakes and cookies . . . my mouth is watering right now. LOL! I know how hard it will be to walk around watching everyone enjoying her treats (and mine - - I will be baking also. Yeah, I know. Dumb).
My original plan for abstaining was: 1. Run a 5k Turkey Day to renew my motivation 2. eat a big, filling, healthy breakfast and lunch before we go to her house and 3. only eat the turkey vegetables and mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving Dinner.
I know people are going to be asking why I'm not eating anything else, and I think I'm a little uncomfortable with that. My in-laws are a bit judgemental and very opinionated and outspoken. I can hear them now saying "it's a holiday, why would you be on a diet today" or "you look fine, you don't need to lose weight" or maybe even "that's a crazy diet, you aren't going to last long".
Maybe those are just my own voices in my head that want me to fail. Maybe they'll say "Crystal you look amazing! Whatever you're doing keep it up!" or "I wish I had your drive and determination, we'll have to talk later about what you're doing so I can learn more."
So . . . I am probably going to waffle a bit from now until Turkey Day, but no matter what I am not going to eat sugar, flour or other no-no food. It's just not worth it. I know I'll end up with a headache from the sugar, and I'm sure I will be lightheaded and hungry. I don't want to feel like that. I want to feel good after running my 3rd ever 5k. I want to have energy to chase my little ones while they're burning off their cookies.
New plan: 1. Run a 5k Turkey Day to renew my motivation and give me energy for the day ahead 2. eat a big, filling, healthy breakfast and lunch before we go to her house so that I don't feel deprived later and 3. enjoy the tasty turkey, vegetables, mashed potatoes and salad!
Nope, no cheating for me.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I think the title says it all. I got up this morning and ran 2.5 miles non-stop. It was freakin cold, but it felt good. I think I'll wear gloves next time though.
I did it in 32 minutes. I think I could've gone a little faster if it was a bit warmer. I think next weekend I'll wait until a little later to do my 3 miles.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Well, I think the title says it all. I haven't been in the best mood the last few days. I know it's not what I've eaten, because I have eaten so well. I do think that I may need to increase my calories in the morning, so I'll work on that starting tomorrow.
Otherwise, I am good. I had a great run today. 2.09 miles in 25 minutes!!! Good job me!
I am really excited to run this weekend, I'm doing 2.5miles tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I feel really great today. Yesterday I was feeling a little down, but I'm pretty sure it was due to PMS. I'm glad that's over with.
I have been running at lunch 3 days a week for about 25 - 30 minutes. Yesterday I calculated the distance on MapMyRun.com, and it was only 1.5 miles. For some reason I thought it was more. I really feel like I can do more than that, so today I found a 2 mile route and gave it a try. I killed it! I did the 2 mile route in less time than I had done the 1.5 mile route recently. Yay!!! I feel great too, like I could've kept going.
I think that I'll bump uo my regular lunch runs about 0.2 miles each week and see how it feels. I want to also do 1 long run on the weeknds. This weekend I will do 2.5 miles, and the next weekend I will do 3 miles. I want to see how it feels to (almost) run 5k before my race.
I have done a 5k before, actually 2 others, but it's been a while.
I thought about this today, and realized that before each of the last races I had made a lot of health improvements and running milestones. Then shortly after the race something would happen to derail me. I don't blame the races, but it's just a big coincedence.
This time I am totally prepared. After my Turkey Trot I will renew my running committment by starting to train for a 10k (not sure which yet). I will also renew my health committment by continuing my blogging here and being more consistant with my journalling in my physical journal.
I am feeling really good. I know that the changes I've made are right for me, and are things I can do for the long term.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I have been running 3 - 4 days a week the past 3 weeks and it's going great! I went from running 3 minutes/walking 1 minute for 30 minutes last week, to this week running 20 minutes (and even 40, and 45 once) straight without walking at all now! I am so excited. I really love running and this is a milestone that I am really proud of. It's inspired me to start a new Thanksgiving tradition for myself. I am going to run a Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving day and every one after. I think that it will be a great start to my day, and a great way to renew my commitment to my new way of eating on one of the most 'bad' eating days of the year. Anyways, I am just so proud of myself for pushing through, and buidling my running endurance. :)
Besides my great physical accomplishments this week, I have been feeling a bit off. I had such an amazing feeling the first 2 weeks of this journey, I wonder what happened. I did eat a little tiny bit of 100% pure maple syrup on some Spelt pancakes - I wonder if that's it. It almost feels like I'm PMSing, but I'm not really near that time yet. I don't know, but I can't wait for it to pass. I might just be stress. We are having a difficult time right now with my hubby not working and the holidays coming up. All our kids birthdays are this winter, we've had 2 already and 3 to go. We are doing our best, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like our best is enough.
My little angel, my first born, my baby is in 5th grade and started a new school this year. I found out this week that she's being bullyed by a couple girls in the school. I am so mad and so hurt for my daughter. How could anyone do this to her, she's so sweet and loving. She treats everyone with respect. The principal was involved today after an incident that made me want to go to the school and get involved myself. I just don't get it, why do kids have to be so mean.
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