Sunday, February 05, 2012
Yesterday's 5K went really well. I beat my PR by about 2 minutes! 30:39! Yay!!
It was a relatively flat course, which helped me with the record setting. I didn't have to compete with any large hills. Just a few small rolling ones. Nothing scary. So it was a relatively easy course. My knee isn't terribly pleased with me today, although it did not hurt at all during the run yesterday. I didn't wear the brace because it was feeling too tight and actually causing me a little bit of pain in the side of my knee instead of making it feel better, so I didn't want to make more problems than I already have by running the race in it before having a chance to run a shorter distance with it on.
Anyhow, I enjoyed the race although I did not place this time. I placed in the race 2 weeks ago, but this one had quite a lot more people my age, and apparently lots of them are faster than me. Oh well!
Not sure what my week will hold on my trip, but I'm hoping to keep it healthy. Like more so than at home. My biggest concern is still food though since it is hard to keep healthy on the road. Good news is this room has a fridge and a microwave, so I am planning to go to the grocery store after work tomorrow and get some good food - yogurts, organic milk, etc. That way I can have options. I know I won't have time tonight since I don't land until 8:30 and by the time I get my luggage and the car and all that, I won't even get to the hotel until after 9. So I'll use the continental breakfast tomorrow morning and hope they've got wheat bread for toast and fruit to eat too. Maybe some OJ as well. Subway for lunch tomorrow, and then good groceries for dinner. But I know plans are not always easy to stick to once you get somewhere, so it will be a matter of making it all work.
nervous nervous nervous.
OK anyway, I better get finished with packing. Then showering and getting ready to go. Gotta leave the house by 4pm at the latest!
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
So I've struggled over the last week and a half with exercise in part because my knee had been giving me so much trouble and also because I've been so incredibly busy that I just have not had time.
Granted, I am getting something of a workout in the self defense classes we're doing, and some walking in at the doggy obedience classes, but I've got my schedule so freaking jam-packed last week and this week that I've barely had time to do anything.
Next week is my trip to Wisconsin, which I know I'll be able to make time to work out since I will not have any other responsibilities except work during the day. So I'm going to be getting in a LOT of workouts to help make up for this week and last week. Then when I get back, I have a feeling things are going to go to crap since I am anticipating working 3 weeks with no days off (yes, that includes Saturdays and Sundays), and odds are those will be 10+ hour days. But we'll see. This new system change-over is going to be a nightmare for me in the health department. Hopefully it goes as smooth as possible so I don't have to put in 12 hour days for those 3 weeks of no breaks. Either way I am expecting my exercise routine to suffer at least a little. But hopefully not terribly so. It won't be as hectic in the evenings (assuming I am not still at work) since the self defense class was just last week and this week (3 hours per night, two nights per week - yikes!), though I will still have the doggy classes on Monday nights for the next month and a half. But maybe some semblance of normalcy will arrive in March. I hope!
I've had to put my home projects on hold for all the insanity too. I may get a little gardening done this Saturday, but Sunday will be booked since I have to fly out Sunday afternoon and will be getting last minute things done. Then again, it's supposed to rain so I'm not going to hold my breath. I do have a 5K Saturday morning. Let's hope my knee holds up for that!
Speaking of, I didn't get to see the doc yesterday. I sat in the waiting room for quite a while before being told that the doc was in the middle of an emergency with a patient and that they did not know how long it would be and would I like to reschedule. I gave up and canceled the appointment for now, and will worry about rescheduling after I get back from my trip. No way for me to know what my schedule is going to look like in the 3 weeks following that trip since I'm expecting craziness at work. Odds are I won't have time to make another appointment until March. Maybe by then my knee will be magically all better by itself!
I am getting the book Born to Run from the library and plan to read that. People keep telling me that it has solved their injuries from running. So I'm going to give it a whirl. Again, probably not until after my trip though since I doubt I'll get to the library before they close today. We'll see though.
Anyhow, I guess that's about the extent of my complaints at the moment.
Just needed to get them out.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Right so I am in "maintenance mode". My goal weight being 125, and my goal is to stay within 5 pounds (either direction) of 125 pounds.
This week has been horrid. My knee has been acting up which means I burned like 1/3 of the calories I was supposed to burn for the week AND I've eaten at the high end of my calorie range. Looking at the little calorie differential chart, I have been OVER calories by anywhere from 5 - 200 calories per day in reference to my BMR+ calories burned. So theoretically if anything I should be up like 1/2 a pound. Not down a pound. Weird. Really weird.
Whatever. I know my body fluctuates, but again this has fluctuated unexpectedly since I am due to start my period any day now and I am BLOATED. Like major bloated - so much so that I can barely put on a bra for the pain in my boobs. I don't ALWAYS have such crappy PMS weeks, but this one certainly has been, so the scale is trying to unnerve me. I can feel it. We've never been super best friends, but today it's just trying to get me to do something crazy. I just know it. What game is it playing??
Anyhow, as long as I continue to fluctuate in that range, I'm fine with it. I just found today's change confusing.
Guess I'll take it for what it is though and hope that the coming week is better in relation to exercise and eating. Yikes!
Friday, January 27, 2012
So I received a $50 Amazon card for Christmas and finally decided on what I wanted to buy with it earlier this week. I ended up getting the Sparkpeople cookbook, along with two canning/preserving books (we're gardening again this year!), a canning kit (apparently salad tongs are NOT the way to get those cans out of the hot water...), and chicken nipples!
Chicken nipples you say? Yes, chicken nipples.
Ok honestly they're just called nipples, but they are FOR the chickens, hence my need to call them chicken nipples. Plus I really enjoy the look people give me when I tell them I bought chicken nipples online.
They actually screw into the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket and allow the chickens to drink out of them (think rabbit waterer) without POOPING in their water. Which I have learned is something that my chickens do. A lot. It's really very gross... But I digress about the chicken nipples. Let's get back to the Sparkpeople cook book!
I started reading it last night. Ok, I barely even got to the recipes for all the information there was to go through before you even get to those! But I did browse a few recipes as well and I am really looking forward to trying some of them out! I think what I will do at this point is plan to make at least one new recipe from the book every month, and then repeat my favorites more often. I'll definitely be batch cooking since time is limited during the week and I find the best way to eat healthy for me is to cook on the weekend and separate the food into individual servings and stick them in the fridge or freezer to take with me either for lunch or to re-heat for dinner. So I will definitely continue that trend.
On another note, my knee is still quite unhappy with me, so I called and made an appointment with the Ortho doc yesterday. They can't see me til Tuesday, so I'm skipping my run tonight and may skip Sunday's as well, but we'll see how I feel Sunday. Right now it hurts. A lot. It probably doesn't help that I used it quite a lot last night in the self defense class. I really did my best to take it easy on my knee, but as I have to stand on it, it's not possible to rest it completely, and I feel like this class is more important for my well being than resting my knee. I'll rest it the week I'm in WI if necessary. Yikes for that only being a week away!
Anyhow, I will be back with reviews as I try some of the recipes in the cookbook. Hoping for great results! There's so many to choose from that I am not sure where to start!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I think it's PMS, but I am SO not motivated this week!!
I didn't work out Monday - or well I got in 10 minutes (let's face it, that's not much of anything), and though I did get a good workout in on Tuesday, I haven't since then. Yesterday we took the dogs for a 30 min walk, but again, not real good cardio for me and no weights. Today I was supposed to get up and do a circuit training workout followed by a walk, but just couldn't get my butt out of bed. Part of it is my knee has been irritating me, but most of it I think is PMS. I am feeling bloated and icky. I haven't had bad PMS for quite a long time, so maybe because it's been so long I am struggling with it more than I used to?? Or maybe I used to struggle with it and just don't remember because I've been on the pill for so long?? I don't know. Anyhow, I'm just frustrated with myself. And while I've stayed within my calories (trending towards the higher end this week), I haven't done the exercise to maintain my weight at those calories. Granted, I'm not going over by a ton over-all. Less than 100 calories per day over my BMR. But still it's frustrating.
I can't workout tonight because I have the self defense class, and while that is somewhat physical, it's NOT a workout. There's a lot of standing around while other people in the class take their turns to beat on the instructors. So I definitely can't count that as a workout, and I won't have time after work since I will barely have time to get home, get everything done (feed the dogs, take them out, change, eat dinner, etc) before I have to be there. So...... another day without a workout. I do have a run scheduled for tomorrow after work, but if my knee doesn't stop throbbing I'm not sure that's a grand idea either. I'm just so frustrated with that too. I don't know why it hurts so much, even after so many days of resting it and really being careful. I've had it x-rayed twice in the last 4 months with no problems showing, and the only other thing they suggest is the CT, which I don't have $$ for. I don't want to stop running, and to be honest the pain I'm feeling now is different than what I was feeling before, and I don't think that whatever it is right now has anything to do with running. It's actually pain above my knee - above the knee-cap itself. And I have no idea what would cause that. It almost feels like a huge bruise, but there's no bruise there.
I don't know if I should go back to the doc again or what. I feel like I've been there too much already since they haven't found anything. And I'm not sure a brace or whatever would help with whatever is causing this pain. I guess if it still hurts in a week I'll make an appointment and go back in. But hopefully that isn't the case.
Now to figure out how to get back to being motivated!! Hopefully it's just the PMS thing and I can get that overwith soon.
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