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Avoiding bad decisions

Thursday, August 02, 2012

If its one thing I have learned on Spark, its that I make bad food decisions when I am tired.

Today has been a slog. We went to the County Fair last night. Yes, I brought my calories in and splurged on a few things, but overall nutritionally successful. The night before we went to a friend's new house for a bbq dinner, also nutritionally successful, but both were late nights. I'm dragging today.

So I finally threw myself out of the house today with a 10 min promise. I made it to 15 and then gave myself permission to quit. Also because I knew my brain was fried and I'm prone to snacky nibbling -- I made some edamame (although didnt eat) and a lunch that was 2 crunchy fish patties and the rest of the plate was fresh from the garden, gently sauteed in some olive oil, beet greens. About 1.5 cups worth.

Snacks were a cucumber and a nectarine.

Tonight was Homemade Hamburger Helper (the last time I bought the box it was so salty that I swore never again) but with turkey and a few extra veggies in the skillet. While the volume was a little bigger than I would if I wasnt delirious, I still hit all my nutritional goals today. I made iced tea from scratch for a "keep busy in the kitchen without adding calories" project. The beet greens for lunch and green beans, cucumbers and swiss chard for tonight dinner were from my community garden. Which I walked to.

So despite the tired obstacles -- I managed another pretty successful day.

Moral (because I'm loving morals lately): when you are tired, give yourself permission to skimp on the exercise but watch that nutrition like a hawk.

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    I just read another blog with the same scenario: tired = trouble. You're taking a great approach for keeping it under control, though! I hope you had a restful weekend and that you're able to get off to a great start with the new week!

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MISSIFISH 8/4/2012 7:55PM

    It sounds like you did GREAT! What a great variety of healthy choices!

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ATHENAPOWER 8/3/2012 9:40AM

    It can be done and you proved it! I love that your little bit of exercising was instrumental in getting to your garden and getting the healthful food to eat. emoticon

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YDAVIS23 8/3/2012 8:09AM

    So much of it is about preparation and having a full fridge (or garden) of veggies. Congrats on making good choices in a tough situation!

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    Congrats on still getting 15 minutes in!

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TNYTERROR 8/2/2012 10:23PM

  You crack me up: "I threw myself out of the house..."

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BIGPAWSUP 8/2/2012 10:06PM

    That was great. I'm so happy for you.


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MISSG180 8/2/2012 8:57PM

    A good lesson.

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LESLIELENORE 8/2/2012 8:49PM

    I tend to make poor food decisions when I am tired too. My solution? Just don't buy the junk. If I wouldn't eat it when I am thinking clearly then it doesn't belong in my pantry! Good for you for packing in your calories for the Fair.

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CINERICIA 8/2/2012 8:33PM

    Congrats. Love to hear about other people's good choices. Especially when I'm struggling to make a few myself. And good on you for knowing what one of your food weaknesses is and working actively to combat it. Sounds like you were quite successful.
Now. *waggles finger sternly* Go get some sleep. Sleep does a body good.

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Why Rest Days Are Important

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I did some biking and swimming in Maine but precious little running. Walked one day but that was about it.

So this morning, I laced up my sneakers and went for a run. The original plan was 5 miles, but I just couldn't face adding the extra loop, so instead I went for my normal run, which starts with a beastly hill. (I payed the piper with elevation instead of distance - it all works).

Imagine my surprise when I managed to run all the way up the hill. I sailed down the other side and kept running. Run. Run. Run. Run Optimist Run. Felt so good, I added a loop at the end. Even ran up the last hill which routinely defeats me. BUT NOT TODAY!

Final mileage ended up being 4.2 miles in 42 min. (I'm not fast, but I'm out there) Not the 5 miles in the original plan, or the 50 min of the Fancy TriTraining calendar, but I still feel quite satisfied. HRM which usually bounces off of the 165 "Out Of Zone" several times, only gave a half hearted chirp during the final climb. Stayed in the 160s the whole time.

The only reason I can think this was possible is because of the bodily rest I had during the week.

Only negative to the run -- and this is a weird thing that has never happened to me before -- I got chafing in my upper arm from loose skin rubbing together. (Attractive obesity leftovers!) Guess I'll be investing in some Body Glide.

Moral of the story: Rest Days and Vacations are important. If you get to exercise during them - Great! But if you only get 2 of the 5 in. Dont flog yourself. You just might set a PR when you return.

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SNEVIL1 8/3/2012 3:21PM

    Woah 4.2 in 42. That's great! That was around my first 5k time! I find it hardest to get started again after a few days out of routine. Way to jump back in there!

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BRAVENEWGRL 8/3/2012 9:57AM

    I totally agree that rest days are important! I think our bodies stall out if we don't give them time to recover, repair and rebuild!

Great job!

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MISSIFISH 8/1/2012 7:51PM

    Good point! I get so nervous that I'll stop fitness altogether that I don't take enough rest days. I do wonder how my progress would differ if I was careful to remember to take breaks!

Congrats on your improvement!!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 8/1/2012 6:56AM

    Cue Rocky's Music: gonna fly now! Feeling strong now! What a great feeling to breeze through a challenge that used to kick your butt. Congrats! Also great from your Maine time: not worrying about the child while you're working out, I'm feeling an extra appreciation for your family from here! Awesome training, keep on keeping on!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/31/2012 10:01PM

    Great blog! And for me, personally, 4.2 in 42 would feel like flying! I think you did GREAT!

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MISSG180 7/30/2012 10:16PM

    Rest days DO matter! I'm planning to take a day prior to Pedal to the Point this weekend.

Good job!

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ATHENAPOWER 7/30/2012 8:22PM

    Glide will be your best friend. And you kept your HR under 165 on lots of wicked hills (see what I did there? MAINE REFERENCE) which is awesome. Great job!

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GODIVADSG 7/30/2012 6:59PM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like fun and a lesson learned!! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 7/30/2012 11:46AM

    emoticonI have difficulty forcing myself to take rest days, but I know they are important.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/30/2012 11:14AM

    Great job! Congrats!!

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CHARLIESGIRL69 7/30/2012 8:42AM

    Very nice positive thoughts!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/30/2012 8:33AM

    Sounds wonderful! I'm so happy your rest paid off for you in such a big way. Congrats!


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CINERICIA 7/30/2012 7:55AM

    Great run! Those are the days I live for with my running...when it all comes together and just feels natural (Not easy. Never easy.) and right and freeing.

And for the record...a ten minute mile is not slow. Olympic marathon speed? Not so much. But definitely not slow.

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LDRICHEL 7/29/2012 10:34PM

    Rest days are crucial!!! So hard to rest sometimes...but you really do feel so much springier when you get out there again! :)

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Maine & Open Water

Sunday, July 22, 2012

On the spur of the moment last week I decided to hitch a ride with my parents to Maine this week for a family vacation. My cousin will be there with her 2 kids that are the same age as mine. Scowhegan is in the middle of the state, no beaches but its a good old-fashioned no-telephone, no-internet, swimming, boating, hiking kind of place.

For my purposes, the family camp is on a small pond. Tri-ers, you know what that means: OPEN WATER PRACTICE!

I've been really nervous about getting in open water practice because I cant do it when Child is around and I'm worried that if I get in trouble when I'm out there on my own, I'll drown and there will be nobody that notices or assists me. (Plus, the Hudson River, my nearest Open Water has a wicked current.) But there will be plenty of people around, who will just be looking for an excuse to go out on the water. I returned the wetsuit and wasnt planning on renting one for West Point, so it will give me a chance to get in some decent time trials without one. I'll get to see if I'm as really as good at swimming as I think I am. (1/2 mile, 20 min in the Tri)

And to add crazy on top of it, I'm bringing my bike too (and sneakers, but y'all knew that part). So yeah, other people call it family vacation. I call it DIY Tri Camp.

For your purposes: I wont be around next week. I'm planning on tracking my food the old-fashioned way: pencil and paper. I'll just have to worry about calories later. I love you. I'll miss you. I'll "see" you when you get back.

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XRSIZE18 7/27/2012 5:11PM

    Hope you're having tons of fun in Maine!

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ATHENAPOWER 7/27/2012 1:32PM

    That's awesome! We're headed to Camden at the end of August and I was hoping to get some quality swim / bike / run in too. But the waters cooooolllllld up there!

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DOGLADY13 7/25/2012 9:10PM

    I'm looking forward to your Maine report. You are SOOOO going to kick my butt at Sandy Hook.

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MISSG180 7/23/2012 8:37PM

    You are inspiring me to consider a tri next season. It's great reading about your experiences.

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ANIMAL_L0VER 7/23/2012 2:46PM

    Hey, OPTIMIST... I've been gone for awhile and just catching up myself. Just reading everyone's most recent couple of blogs, and I hope you're having a wonderful vacation. I love how you find ways to make fitness work, even if most others wouldn't. And I surely hope your elbow is feeling better... keep up those PT exercises as they will definitely help! Anywya, hope you're having fun and look forward to hearing all about it when you return!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/23/2012 12:01PM

    I hope you have a great time at DIY Tri Camp!
emoticon emoticon emoticon(insert campfire emoticon here)

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GODIVADSG 7/23/2012 8:56AM

    Sound like fun! One of my friends ties a noodle floatie (the kid kind) with a string around his ankle during open water swims. It is a great, cheap idea!! Plus it is something tied to your ankle.... gotta get used to that feeling as well!!! Enjoy your vacation with the family. Sounds absolutely wonderful! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Make sure you have a "buddy" who is watching out for you!

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SHEILA-45 7/22/2012 7:30PM

    I love Maine! have fun on your DIY Tri-er! emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/22/2012 5:28PM

    I hope that you are having a magnificent time! And yes, do take care of yourself!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/22/2012 4:40PM

    Have a great time! Practice and feel good about YOU at the same time as soaking up family time! See you when you get back... with full training reports!

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MISSIFISH 7/22/2012 1:20PM

    Have fun!!! I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!

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KAREN42BOYS 7/22/2012 11:18AM

    Sounds like a great fun plan! Im a west coaster now but I grew up spending summers on a pond in Rhode Island. This summer has had 3 open water swims so far, and it's gotten me wishing to be out swimming and exploring my childhood pond. Go enjoy yours.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/22/2012 11:04AM

    Have a great time! I hope you take some down time in between you training! LOL

Look forward to hearing all about your trip when you get back.


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CINERICIA 7/22/2012 10:45AM

    I love that your vacation is a chance to get stronger and better. Go, go, go! But remember to take some time to relax. It is a vacation after all. Have a great week. Can't wait to hear all the details when you get back.

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LESLIELENORE 7/22/2012 9:15AM

    Sounds terrific! Have fun!

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/22/2012 8:37AM

  Enjoy! Have fun! Stay focused!

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Anatomy of a PreRun

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Night before, check fancy TriTraining calendar to see what I should do: 40 min of running.
2 Child interruptions in the middle of the night, still get up a put on spiffy running shorts, industrial jog bra and cheapy men's tank top.
Bring Child to School. Extract self from Child who is upset that I am leaving him in the same classroom that he has gone to for the past 2 years. Think its going to be hot later, I should get the run in early.
Home, check pool, decided to put in some shock to combat green.
Check Spark. Decide to map out 5 mile route
Check email. Send out address of tonight's hibachi birthday (sister) dinner.
Get email back from sister. Tell her that I am procrasinating on running. She says "go now."
Fetch iPod (DH found it under a pile of junk mail) decide to replace headphones. Decide to put on HRM.
Fetch fanny pack to carry iPod & phone.
Fill bottle of water, cram it into fanny pack. Eat small handful of raisins because "fat burns in a carbohydrate flame."
Walk out door. Walk back in because I forgot sunglasses.
Walk out again. Walk back in because I forgot keys.
Walk out again. Finally start running.

(Heat & humidity & distance were very hard, but at least I made it out there!)
5 miles in 1:07

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DOGLADY13 7/25/2012 9:08PM

    Great time! My pre-run routine is similar to yours. I find it very effective.

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GODIVADSG 7/23/2012 8:58AM

    You rocked it sister!!!!!!

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    Good job, OPTIMIST's sister, and good job OPTIMIST! emoticon

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ROCKINMOM776 7/19/2012 9:52AM

    Way to go! I procrastinate so much, I totally get where you're coming from. At least you did your run, though :)

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/19/2012 9:48AM

    Stay strong, and thank your sister!

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CINERICIA 7/18/2012 7:50PM

    So true. It's amazing all the really important things we find that need to be done right now when we put our minds to procrastinating. Congrats on the run. 5 miles in this humidity is no joke. Well done.

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LEIAMLOW 7/18/2012 5:00PM

    lol, this made me chuckle. Great job on getting out the door though!

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MISSG180 7/18/2012 1:54PM

    Good for you! Go go go!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/18/2012 12:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

You had every opportunity to give up and not go. You pushed and you did it! I am so happy for you. Had to feel WONDERFUL!! You are awesome!


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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/18/2012 12:22PM

    WooHoo!! You went!! Whenever I catch myself procrastinating, I tell myself 'just go now & you'll be back sooner & then can stop thinking about going.'

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LESLIELENORE 7/18/2012 12:14PM

    At least you did it! I try not to procrastinate but it is difficult, and I only have to worry about my dog.

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IRONBLOSSOM 7/18/2012 12:12PM

    Nicely done! I had a long run last night and I did something of the same thing, but I got out there too!


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MISSIFISH 7/18/2012 11:42AM

    Isn't life with children hilarious? I love 'em, but nearly every day, I have to think about the fact that I'd be so much more productive if I just had to raise myself. :)

Glad you made it out - it sounds like it was a challenge!

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YDAVIS23 7/18/2012 11:18AM

    YEAH you did it! Glad you muddled through all the distractions!

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sorry. Just too funny not to share. Image from HistoricLOLs, via Cheezburger Network.

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MISSIFISH 7/16/2012 9:27PM


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IGSBETH 7/16/2012 6:03PM

    Love it!

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RAINA413 7/15/2012 10:01PM

    Oh lordy!! I haven't laughed that hard in a VERY long time!! Thanks for that!

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CAT609 7/15/2012 12:10PM

    Ha ha ha!

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LESLIELENORE 7/15/2012 10:39AM

    Thanks for the chuckle!

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LENLEN3 7/15/2012 7:59AM

    rofl (^_^)-b

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NCSUE0514 7/15/2012 5:46AM

    LOL - thanks for this

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