Friday, May 17, 2013
or somewhere. I left my phone at home, I went to buy a fast food lunch and left my wallet at the office... Squirrel!
Very distractable today. My favorite mp3 player bricked yesterday, so I held my nose and got an iPod classic, which, my daughter assures me, is only cuddling with the dark side. I have almost ritually avoided purchasing Apple products for myself... their business practices turn me off, also the whole "cooler than though" mystique. But I am already happy with my purchase, having transferred the music from my mp3 player to it already from my back ups. I also have decided it's named Elizabeth, dunno why... I have a weird habit of naming my stuff... my car is Maxine, my TM is Betsy, my cat is Monty. I have ordered a cool "skin" for it and a clear snap on case and arm case for it. I will have her with me in my run next week.
Speaking of the Go Girl Run next week, the temperature forecast seems to be stabilizing in the low to mid 70's and intellicast assures me that there will be no snow. Although the way things have gone for me this year, I am still expecting 20 degrees and a blizzard that blows in from the Arctic. I am also planning my outfit very carefully... US Army Hat, Boston Memorial Shirt, MIZZOU shorts, I really just need some crazy funky socks to complete my "look", I'm thinking pirate stripes or something along those lines.
I am also still not quite ready to run a road race in my minimal shoes, but I am slowly training into them and getting more used to them. I think I will need to buy a new pair of traditional running shoes pretty soon though, since my old Asics are starting to wear down.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Well it came down to the ability to sleep a little more or to haul butt out of bed this morning... I even went to bed early, slept in shorts & top, etc to make the latter more likely... but I think I really needed that extra sleep last night. My FitBit says I slept nearly 8.5 hours, which is about an hour more than I normally do. I also have an 80+ minute TM workout scheduled for tonight.
I also feel super-energized today.
I also had to quick scrabble a lunch together on my way out the door... and what a happy thing that was. I grabbed a small potato, a pat of butter, some light sour cream, a tomato, a green pepper and some cheese sticks... along with fruit and carrots. So I had a baked potato, with a salad (already have lettuce & dressing here at work) for lunch:
Also had good news on the scale this morning, I was down to 152.4. I guess the extra pound was most likely water weight, but that doesn't make it any more welcome. I stayed well in calories yesterday and will be there today too. I have already blown away my fruit and veggies for today, so my carrots and oranges for snacks are already just gravy! (TASTY gravy).
I have been watching the weather forecast nervously for the 25th of May, the Go Girl Run. Temp forecasts have been anywhere from 64-78 with a constant chance of wet. Today we are at 68. That's not bad, but with my track record for cold runs this year, I am expecting a sudden blast from the Arctic bringing northerly winds and a high of 30 plus a blizzard... hopefully by saying it, it will ward off such evile.
Hope everyone is out enjoying the sunshine we have waited so long for!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I didn't manage my "just 20 minutes" on the TM this morning. I think several night short of sleep caught up to me. It doesn't mean that I won't get my steps and workout in, I will just have to get to them later. I DO like the boost of a short bit of morning movement, even if just a walk.... but I have gotten into the habit of taking a nap after work and then getting up and staying up later than I would otherwise.
I also gritted my teeth and stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in several weeks and I'm UP 2.3# to 153.4.
So strapping back in like I did in March. I can get it back down, I am just frustrated because it's gone back up. My exercise has been on track but my food tracking has been lackadaisical. So I am buckled in, my seat back is in its upright position and my tray table is secured and locked. I will also keep my limbs inside the car and out of the frig!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Last week was very busy... I had a training about Hepatitis C and should be a certified Hep C educator in a few weeks. I plan to spearhead some new outreach efforts on that front from our health department in the near future.
The training was held 2 hours away in St. Louis, so hubby and I stayed overnight the night before and met up with friends for dinner. I had my training the next day and that night we stayed in the post St. Louis Union Station Doubletree. It's beautiful & historic and it made a very nice little getaway.
The rest of the week was pretty much normal, until Friday night when I had a scare of not closing out a travel voucher with the Army and the thus the prospect of having to pay them a lot of money... but it got fixed after a tense couple of hours... but I had to destress before I could go to sleep, and it got fixed right before midnight. So I didn't go to bed until 2 am... and I was slated to spend all day with various friends. So I slept as much as I could and popped awake at 0700ish and was up until 0200 the next morning!
Saturday was back to St Louis. My friend and I did lunch at Maggiano's and then shopping at the Galleria. After that, we went to Pho Grand and met up with another friend who was in town for his yearly Mother's Day visit. It was great. Then the BIG highlight of the day... my friend Kimberly and I went to see Jillian Michaels speak at the Fox Theatre! ( www.fabulousfox.com )
Jillian was fabulous and funny and so down to earth. She managed to connect with the entire theatre (which is HUGE). She was so inspiring, I cannot even begin to say. A lot of the stuff I knew, but she had great ideas for putting your passion and dreams into practice. She really is one of my heroes... her exercise videos and presence on the Biggest Loser have been a huge part of my success. Yes, her work is just a tool, but it's a tool that WORKS for me. Jillian is part of my arsenal for personal success and I am so grateful that I had the resources to go see her. I even ate healthy all day!
My Mother's Day was mostly recovery from the previous 2 nights of short sleep and generally being worn out. Markle made me the steak and baked potatoes I requested and made oatmeal raisin cookies. We also watched George of the Jungle & Blast from the Past, 2 of my favorite silly movies with Brendan Fraser... and slept a bunch.
After the inspiration from Jillian & some of the tools from SP, I am determined to finally get some bit of morning fitness established! I just want to hit the TM for a short bit in the morning as a way to wake up and set my day off on a better note. I am the queen of waiting until the last minute to drag my butt out in the morning, not hitting snooze, but definitely waiting until the alarm goes off. I cherish my sleep, especially as I am getting older.
But... last night I set myself up for success this morning: I planned to only get up 30 minutes earlier to do 20 minutes on the TM (I can do anything for 20 measly minutes!), wore TM-able clothes to bed, set a pair of socks on top of my tennies, filled my water bottle and veered myself into the kitchen on the way by for my breakfast banana (I am NOT someone who can workout on an empty stomach).
It was kind of funny because I was laying there in bed after I'd turned off the 0600 alarm, debating going back to sleep or going downstairs:
"I can get an extra 30 minutes of sleep"
"It's only 20 minutes, you can do anything for 20 minutes"
"I'm short of sleep"
"You prob'ly won't get back to sleep anyway, you might as well get up and exercise"
"But I'm tired"
"But you are already dressed, all you have to do is put on shoes & socks, grab your water & a banana and hit the TM"
With that, I was vertical and moving the body before the brain could argue any more!
So... SUCCESS! (day one). I DID get on the TM for a wake up walk/jog. Nothing too huge for day one, but I did it.
I'm proud of myself. Plan for day 2 = day 1, rinse, repeat...
I figure if I can keep this up for a couple of weeks, I will have established a new habit.
And for a bit of inspirational reading, I present Amy Courts ( amycourts.com/and-we-run-ice-age-tra
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