Friday, May 15, 2009
Both yesterday & today you got so lightheaded on the second half of your run that you had to stop & put your head down. And the rest of the way home you needed to do more walking than running.
If you eat something salty before you leave home, this probably won't happen. I know you don't keep salty snacks on hand (good for you!), but a piece of cheese should do it.
Also, PUT YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IN YOUR CAMELBAK POCKET. What if you got hit by a car crossing the street or had another kind of injury? It would take ages for people to figure out who you are & where you live.
Just use your brain, please.
Now go enjoy the rest of your day--& be grateful that you're healthy.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Each day I'm running in early morning & later doing the short assigned strength-training video routine. I love the videos! It's great that Nicole shows us how to adapt each exercise to make it personally doable but challenging.
Each day this week my weight has nudged down another smidgen. I like having a digital scale that allows me to see even the 0.2-lb losses.
Today, just a week & a half into the bootcamp (I started a day late), I measured myself & found that I've trimmed down these areas: neck, upper arm, torso, waist, hips, & thigh. Just a little, of course--increments of 0.25-0.5 inch mostly, though in my thigh it's 1.25 inches. Soon I'll be seeing the difference in the way my clothes fit.
All very satisfying!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Despite little setbacks, I'm sticking with it! And my weight has inched down a bit more. I've gotten a handle on the eating & am sticking with protein, veggies, high fiber carbs, appropriate portions, etc.
Monday morning I had to get to the post office before work, & it's not open early enough for me to have incorporated that errand into my run. So I got up early but didn't run, got ready for work, walked fast to the PO, & then proceeded to the train. It worked just fine as that day's cardio.
Tuesday morning I did my usual run.
Wednesday, today, I did NOT run. My husband got home from a trip last night, & as he was looking through his e-mail he needed my help with a Colombia mailing. That kept me up an hour or more past my bedtime. But I can make it up Saturday, when the bootcamp schedules no cardio.
Yesterday the day got away from me before I got in the strength-training session, so I just made that up today alongside Wednesday's assignment. We've been told it's fine to flex that way.
Eighteen more days! But then I want to continue bootcamping during June.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I can still smell the lilacs.
This afternoon, as requested, I drove out to the western suburbs to meet up with my kids. All I knew was that we would be "out in nature" somewhere & picnicking, so I should wear clothes comfy for that. Before heading out that way, I swung by a plant nursery to get a hanging plant for my daughter-in-law K, who has weathered some very trying times as a mom & had to take E, her teenage daughter (previous marriage), to a residential program in another state last fall--so Mother's Day was going to be a little sad for her. (E is doing fabulously, but of course it's hard to have her far away.)
K & my son, G, had a big picnic basket packed, & my daughter C brought a jug of Crystal Lite. It turned out that our destination was Lilacia Park--a lovely park in the middle of Elmhurst, filled with lilacs & tulips of many colors, & daffodils & jonquils & other blooms too. Lilac is one of my favorite scents; it reminds me of my maternal grandmother, who had huge lilac bushes flanking the steps leading into her front yard.
We had a nice little vegetarian picnic, & then we wandered through the park admiring all the color combinations & taking whiffs of the varieties of lilac. Just heavenly. There's something about wonderful smells that induces ecstasy--or at least a very deep sense of well-being.
Then we went back to G & K's & had root beer floats. I hadn't had one for many many many years. Oh, & we listened to some Bob Dylan & Simon & Garfunkel--K & G are now collecting old LPs. It was fun to listen to music from my youth.
My present from G & K was--a hanging pot of impatiens in a pink-plum color! K loved the one I had chosen for her. And C, who works hard but still doesn't make quite enough to live on, gave me one red rose. So the day was filled with flowers.
Happy Mother's Day to all my Sparkfriends, whether you're a biological mom or not!
Saturday, May 09, 2009
All the exercise is catching up with me. Of course that's partly because though today no cardio was assigned for the bootcamp I did it anyway--I just love running on Saturdays, & the weather was cool & perfect. I split it into two runs, one to CVS to pick up multivitamins & a couple of other things, & later one to a grocery store about a half-mile away, because I was making gumbo & realized I had forgotten to replenish our worcestershire sauce.
Now my legs are sore & a bit stiff. Other than running, I have spent the day running errands, doing laundry, & cooking. I just took peanut bread out of the oven! It's a recipe I noticed in my bread cookbook & had to try. Later I'll have a small slice with some honey--yum. I have dragged all the clean laundry upstairs & spread it out on our bed, which is not made because I was washing the sheets. So I will have to diligently fold & put away everything in order to be able to get IN bed & give my poor body some rest.
Purely physical days like this--even with aching muscles--are SO good for me, since most of my days are spent mostly in my head, wrestling with words on the computer.
Tomorrow my kids are hosting me for Mother's Day--I'll blog about that afterward. My daughter is very sweet to plan ways to make the day special for me. I wish my mom were still alive to celebrate with.
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