Friday, December 02, 2011
Ok, Spark-runners, big confession here.... I am REALLY not motivated to run lately. REALLY not. I just don't WANNA!
Great thing is that I set a yearly goal of 1,200 miles, & in the past week, have passed that!! I am now at 1,208 miles for 2011!! Plus, I have been really regular about running, even though my mileage is much lower than before my marathon in October.
It's just that it lacks pizazz. I am constantly fighting with myself, fighting that voice in my head that just doesn't want to go, fighting that urge to make every excuse in the world why I just can't get that run in.
I think a lot of it is that we are going through a very difficult time right now. Very difficult. Financially and emotionally, mostly. Christmas is going to be very slim this year, which I am really ok with. But my husband's job change hit us harder financially than we anticipated (we were already having a tough time), and THEN we had several large unexpected bills hit us. Plus, I am super homesick. I am so ready to come back to the States. I really enjoyed my time living here in Germany, but I am just done with it. And then there is the stress of trying to sell the house. And there are days I really have a difficult time dealing with being here....
Anyway, I am not meaning to complain, but I feel like these difficult times are dampering my desire to run. It's weird - it should be the other way around. The difficult times should make me WANNA get out there and blow off some steam, relieve some stress, boost my mood.
I have a 10K in about a week, and after that, I have no racing plans... partly because I don't know what we are going to be doing in the next few months (given that we are trying to move), and partly because we are so broke, I have cut out racing a lot. But I think I should just find a small cheap race, like a half marathon, to train for. Maybe that would give me a boost...
Of course, it would be SOOOO much better to have SOMEONE to run it with!! Can't wait until we are in the States, when I can hook up with some of you other runners!!!
Anyway, just needed to vent a little today.... Any words of encouragement would be great. Thanks, Spark Peeps.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Here's some VERY MOTIVATIONAL truth for you all this week:
It WILL be worth it!!
Sorry, ya'll, I just didn't get around to take pics over the weekend, so I will wait until later this week when I post Wk 5.
However, that doesn't mean that I am not ON A ROLL!! 4 weeks ago today, I weighed in at 136.2 lbs. Yesterday? 131.2 lbs. Hey, it's not super fast, but it's a definite improvement, and I am feeling more and more "on track" as I go!! Slow & steady is the key.
I have really gotten on the ball with the food tracking this week. It hasn't been easy. Sometimes, I eat and forget to weigh or measure my food. It takes a lot of thought and effort to get back into the habit, but the RESULTS are definitely worth the extra effort.
My exercise is going good. I am feeling really unmotivated to run. Sadly, it's true. I love running, but my mind is on so many other things right now, and I have been a bit down in spirits about some things, & that seems to damper my desire to run. But I just keep getting out there even though sometimes I really don't want to. I have a 10 K race in a week and a half or so, but I need to be thinking about a goal for the early part of next year, just to give me something to work toward. Maybe a half marathon with other Germans here..... I will try to round up some friends to do something with.
But my strength training is picking up!! I have done ST twice a week for the last 4 weeks solid, and am feeling almost back to my old self!! Been packing on the weight, and LOVING my ST sessions again!!
This week, I am going to keep focusing on getting those good tracking habits back, and keeping those calories down.
So that is my Shrinking update!! I'm looking forward to seeing some serious RESULTS this week, and getting those pictures up!! WOOOOOHOOOOO!!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Can someone lose weight during Thanksgiving week?? Is that even possible?? Why yes, someone can, and someone did!! THIS GIRL did!! Monday, I weighed in at 133, and today I weighed 131.2!!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOO!! SWEEET! Been watching those calories, tracking that food, and keeping my regular exercise routine.... It WORKS, people, it really WORKS!
Today was the first house showing!!! I managed to whip my house into shape really nicely, and was super pleased with how all the prep went. I was REALLY panicking on Wednesday, because I thought I wouldn't be able to do it by myself! But I managed, and it wasn't so stressful. The people really liked the house, but didn't say one way or the other whether they were THAT serious. But they said they would call us next week.
After they left, I got a SECOND call on the house! Someone wants to come see it Sunday afternoon!! WOOOHOOOO! For it only being up for 3 days, I think that is AWESOME!
Well, gotta run! Gotta keep this one short, and go hang out with my family!! Happy Black Friday, everyone! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I just got the house THIS MORNING listed on the internet. THIS MORNING, people. And some lady called me this evening! I am shocked off my rocker. She is coming with her husband to look at the house on Friday afternoon.
I'm totally NOT READY, but I don't care. I was NOT expecting anyone to call that quickly. We had the house up for sale for 3 months or so earlier this year with a stupid real estate agent, and didn't get a SINGLE LOOKER!! I knew he was a dud. He didn't do CRAP for us, and was horrible to reach every time we tried to call him. He kept telling us no one wanted to look at the house because it was too far away.
So, we are going it alone this time, no real estate agent. We talked to some friends of ours who sold their house that way, and they sort of know the process. Plus it saves the buyer a chunk of money, since they normally pay the agent's commission here.
Anyway, YAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY!! I was so excited about having someone come look at the house, I totally ROCKED IT OUT at BodyPump tonight!! I packed on that weight, and PUMPED HARD! LOL It felt AWESOME!!!
Here's my house:
Just in case someone might be interested in a house here in Germany! =)
Spark on, Spark People!!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This week is just starting out GREAT!! Eating better, tracking my food, got some healthy YUMMY recipes planned for the next few days, and I am even FEELING slimmer in my clothes! Love that feeling! Of course, feelings can be a little deceiving at times, so we will see come my weigh-in and photo time. Looking forward to seeing some CHANGES!
I know most of my goals this week were really no-brainers when it comes to weightloss, but they are certainly things I have lost my grip on within the last couple of months. Baby steps, just taking baby steps. Gonna get those good habits back! My salad topped with grilled chicken today tasted AWESOME! Eating healthy really does feel good!
Also, I thought of another non-scale -
I've been staying away from the Torte and cake @ work on Sundays!! Earlier this year, I started working at a little cafe in my German village here just on Sunday afternoons - not exactly the best thing for my waistline! They always urge us to eat a slice of Torte (creamy layered dessert that looks like cake) during our break. Not to mention, take home anything that is leftover. At first, I had a hard time resisting, but I have been really sticking to saying "NO, thanks" lately! I was pretty proud of myself making it through this last Sunday without eating any cake whatsoever!! Instead, I had a slice of whole grain bread with cheese for my snack during break... Funny that eating that makes me feel much better physically afterwards than eating cake or Torte does. Gotta keep building up that resistance!!
That's all for today, Spark Folks!! Keep fighting for those healthy habits, Sparkers!!
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