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Post-Christmas Survival Blog Entry

Friday, December 28, 2012

I always say I don't want my new lifestyle to make me unhappy or it won't work. That means I can indulge at Christmas all I want. Afterward I usually "detox" as I call it, where I drink tons of water and eat normal or smaller proportions the next day. Key is to get in exercise, even when I feel bloated. So far, I've avoided the scale since Christmas. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

I didn't manage to get my run in yesterday, so I went today. I bumped into a bunch of runners from the Armed Forces Center getting together on the bike path. They parted the way for me like I was some kind of royalty. I was...extremely embarrassed, moving as slow as I was. Plus, I knew I would just be walking in about a minute. They started their run a moment later. I kindly stepped out of their way. :)

Usually the most exciting thing on my run is seeing a hawk with prey in its beak, the heron that's sometimes on the river, or the flock of geese that I end up scaring into flight. Still, those young guys were the only other people on the path today. It made me feel pretty hardcore to be out in the chilly weather.

Except I was wearing layers and they were in shorts.

Oh well. I'm trying, and that's nothing to be ashamed of.

  
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PATTYKLAVER 12/28/2012 7:01AM

    I give you a lot of credit for getting out in the elements and running. Don't sell yourself short.

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Small celebration!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Yesterday I went down a pound and thought I wouldn't record it because of all the fudge I ate. Today, I was even a fraction lower and still at 147. I totally tracked that.

Losing that one pound (had been at 148.8 the day before) really motivated me to get my small workout in today. I'm happy about my small success. I also made a healthier version of one of my favorite meals tonight.

I felt bad about not getting in my run today and just did my Turbo Jam video instead, but I really didn't want to push two days of running in a row. Knowing Christmas turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy are coming Tuesday...I think that will be enough motivation to take on the cold.

Tomorrow, week 2 of the 5k plan begins!

  
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MSGO72 12/24/2012 12:59AM

  Congratulations!

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SPIRALDOWN 12/23/2012 11:33PM

    Good job

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/23/2012 11:15PM

    Brrrrr! I wish I could run, but a bad knee prevents it, so it is ellipticals for me. Have a great Christmas!

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MYBULLDOGS 12/23/2012 11:13PM

    emoticon on loosing the weight

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Trying to stay positive...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

This is a rough time of year for nutrition. I had a Christmas/Birthday/End of the world party on Friday where one friend gave me a box of fudge and another gave me a variety of hot cocoa mixes. I did give away our extra cookies we provided for the party to the children that attended (goodie bags!), but I still have a bunch of sugar in my possession.

I'm also worried about keeping up on my 5k program. The weather is COLD. Colder than I've ever run in before. I'm trying to equip myself for the frigid weather, but I don't have many warm clothes I can workout in. I know I need to conquer my anxiety about going to the icky gym my apartment has and just do my running there, however, I really feel running outside is better for me.

Now, some good things: I did lose a pound today. I'm not going to record it because I feel I just ruined it all with the fudge I ate today. Also, my husband went out with me today on my belated run. Best of all, I feel better about myself. Sure, I didn't eat as well as I could, but I resisted seconds at dinner--knowing I was going to indulge in sugar. I'm getting back into the habit of watching what foods I put in my body. For example, I bought some healthy food on my last Christmas grocery shopping trip tonight.

Things could be better. They could be worse. For the holidays, I think I'm doing pretty good.

  
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DOROELLIS 12/23/2012 9:11AM

    Keeping positive is one thing we can always do to help our weight loss goals. Don't lose hope, and put that fudge in a tin to give as gifts.

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ZRIE014 12/23/2012 1:11AM

  keep your mind on it and keep up with what you want to accomplish. emoticon

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Staying on track, at least!

Friday, December 21, 2012

I'm still on a roll with the 5k plan and nutrition is better today than yesterday. I had an extra piece of veggie lasagna that I shouldn't have had last night. I also had a rough day at the dentist yesterday in which I came home with a fat lip. I actually couldn't workout because the medication makes me dizzy. I felt a lot better today and managed to get my workout in!

I'm worried about getting in my run tomorrow with all I have to do. I'm having some people over for my birthday/Christmas/the end of the world. Plus, Winter Storm Draco decided to put a few inches of snow on the bike path. If worse comes to worse, I will do it on Saturday or go to my apartment's "gym" for the first time.

On the bright side, my husband got the day off, so he might be able to come with me again. It's really nice having his support. Especially in the face of the scale. It hasn't budged. I've been at 148 every day this week. I also know there will be sugary things headed in my direction tomorrow, so getting in that run is even more important!

Curse you holidays!!

  
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JULIERAE41 12/21/2012 12:48AM

    emoticon emoticon

Glad I am not the only one worried about exercise and holidyas balancing out. I am on week 5 day 1 of my 5k walk/jog training and race day is the 24th! Gonna have to get it in in the ayem if I want to do it at all.

Good luck to you and Merry Christmas!

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Day 1 of 5k Walk/Jog Training

Monday, December 17, 2012

Despite the cold wind, a sleepy husband who came home at 8am this morning, and my own insecurities, I got my butt out and did Day 1. I am a little more out of shape than I thought (I was predicting today wouldn't be too hard), but luckily my husband was there to get me through the last high interval part.

Yes, DH came along even after working a 20 hour shift, which surprised me. I didn't think he'd want to support me so physically. :)

Other than struggling through the last interval, I think the workout was a success! One thing to change: I'm going to adjust my wardrobe if it's still windy and cold on Day 3. I've never run in such frigid weather, and I know it's only going to get colder.

Last note, if anyone else reads this, get an interval timer app. My free app let's me pick out exact times, upload music to play simultaneously if I want, and rings a bell when it's time to start the next interval. I know you're not supposed to run with music, and today we didn't because we talked instead, but I usually keep one ear bud in, the other open to listen to bikers and whatnot passing me on the trail.

I hope this is the beginning of a good week!

  
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QWERTYZ16 12/17/2012 11:53PM

    Good luck, Sis! emoticon I'm glad you're trying to be safe while working out. Though I myself can't work out without music most of the time.

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REVIVED 12/17/2012 10:55AM

    i always run with music. i dont think i could get through without something to distract me. keep up the good work!

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