Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I am having a bit of a difficult go it at lately. So many factors working against me have made me very unsatisfied with my progress. I could call it a plateau, but that would not be fair to the people that actually try hard and plateau. While I am glad the scale is not rocketing up, I am seeing clothes get tighter and feeling just lumpy in general. I have fallen off my exercise regiment for a good 10 days (restarted yesterday) and the worst is late night eating. I know I am the key to my own weight loss and healthy lifestyle solution, but I think the key is broken... or lost, maybe just temporarily misplaced. I have to find it, but I don't quite know where I felt it apparently. So maybe a bit of blogging will help me today. If not today then for the next few hours or minutes. Something is better than nothing.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
After 2+ years of maternity leave, I have returned to work. I unfortunately did not reach my goal weight by the time I went back to work after my 3rd baby as I had after 1 and 2, but I am still hoping to get there. If I thought running with a stroller was tough on maternity leave, getting in excessive while working and commuting is near impossible. Basically I have to give up time with my kids after work to go run or after they sleep or before they get up. So now my solution seems to be a 5am wake up to go run while everyone else sleeps. I have done this once. (Once since yesterday when I implemented this crazy morning run). Today the alarm went off and it was a fail. Today is another chance, it is just really cold, really dark and really early!! To make up for my morning lack of motivation, I just did Day 3 and 4 of the 28 day bootcamp videos so that I have at least something. I need to build up my supplies so that on days like this I can at least take a 20-30 min jog during lunch. I will work it out because I need to. I have not worked hard to get to where I am just to put on an office butt and hips, which inevitably come from being back at a desk. How do the rest of you get in the exercise? last week I took the stairs vs. sending emails/calling around the building. With 5 floors at my work place, that helps a bit. I also find I am ravenously hungry at work, which was not such an issue at home. All change has its challenges, but it just takes a while to figure it all out.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I think I am experiencing one of those weird weight loss conundrums of shrinking, but the scale says otherwise. My weight has been climbing a bit recently, but the other day my pants fell off. This is a pair of pants that usually are loose, but snug around the waist. Hmm. While I am not thrilled by the scale, it is some consolation that pants are falling off. I really can't blame it on packing on the muscle although I am happily in the middle of the 28 day SP Bootcamp. I have probably run a bit more since receiving my GPS running watch and blogging about my running at: http://1000kmayear.blogspot.com, but really I can't imagine why my waist would be smaller. I even had a moment this morning where I thought... "Maybe I can get by without a surgical correction of my misshapen post-3-pregnancies waistline." Either way, today is a good day. I weigh myself on wednesdays, so we will see what tomorrow brings. Maybe one of those rare big weight loss weeks. Oops. I hope I did not jinx it!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Today started out like any other day. I talked myself into running and had decided on a new route- run 5km in a new direction and back. I had had some lingering joint pain recently that I attributed to my over worn running shoes, but I did not think about it too much. I went outside, "located satellites" (I love that part of turning on my GPS running watch. I feel so high-tech), and started down the road, but OUCH!! My hip and knee hurt so much that I debated first, walking (Gasp!) or just turning around.
Before I did either, I thought of an article on barefoot running that I coincidentally read this morning. The article mentioned that many people who had joint pain due to running experienced a certain amount of relief when switching to barefoot running. To start the transition to barefoot running it was recommended to first to "experiment with a forefoot strike on your regular runs using your usual footwear." Well, I tried that and voila! pain gone. Nice. So I ran like that for 10 minutes and switched back to regular running heel-toe and I felt fine. I happily completed my 10km.
Upon reaching 5km, suddenly realised that duh, I do not have to run exactly back the way I came from. I have my fabulous PS watch which will tell me when 10km are up, so I don't have to run to 5 and back like I used to pre-GPS days when I measured most distances with time or the car odometer. This lead me to a beautiful area where with the adrenaline pumping in my blood and the sun shining in my eyes and reflecting off a dazzling blue lake, surrounded by lush green moss and pine trees, I could almost imagine it was 5am on a brisk summer morning rather than 11am on a rare sunny day in November. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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