Sunday, June 07, 2009
Week 1 -1lb
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Week 4 -0.4lb
Week 5 -2lb
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Week 9 -1lb
Yesterday evening I went on a FANTASTIC run. It must have been the perfect combination of ideal weather, being very well-rested, having had lots of caffeine (three cups of coffee - er - that's two more than I have most days!), and being well-fed. Before I went out, I told my boyfriend the route I planned to take and asked him to please give me an hour before picking me up. I ended up going about 5.5 miles, which felt nice and easy with some walking whenever I needed to use my phone. :) After I got picked up on the side of the road, I actually changed into a different outfit IN THE CAR, ha, because we were about to meet a friend for dinner. (I had originally imagined I'd have time to shower and all before dinner, but nope - don't tell anyone!) It was such a nice night to eat on an outdoor patio. I had just a garden salad with no croutons and half of the dressing (I asked for citrus viniagrette but got honey mustard, oh well), plus two glasses of pinot noir. I really wanted to go out for ice cream afterwards because there's a place near that restaurant that has fat-free soft serve peanut butter, but neither my boyfriend nor our friend wanted to, so instead we went to Starbucks and I had a small decaf skinny latte which was also quite the yum.
This morning it hurt to talk - I seem to only be sick overnight and when I first wake up, and then I feel fine the rest of the day. I am now at 153.4 and suddenly the 140s seems oh-so-close. Can't wait!!! :) :) :)
Saturday, June 06, 2009
154.0 pounds this morning - that's a BMI of 24.9 - I am no longer "overweight!" Now, I have celebrated this exact fact multiple times in the past only to eventually become overweight yet again - no more!! This time I am being moderate, flexible, fitting it in with my life much better, losing only a pound a week most weeks, focusing on goals other than weight loss (like PRing in my 5K), and I have a reasonable goal weight that I will achieve and then STOP trying to lose weight. Eleven pounds down, fourteen to go!!!!!!!!!!
I was not feeling well last night - I had a sore throat and was exhausted. Several of my coworkers have also had sore throats and/or lingering colds lately. But I am trying to nurse myself back to health before it turns into a full-blown illness by taking very good care of myself - mainly by getting TONS of sleep last night and drinking a lot of water. Plus I'm eating healthy as normal, and doing light-to-moderate exercise.
Happy Saturday all!! :)
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Yesterday afternoon I was feeling rather tired, but had an "easy run" to do. (I see "easy run" and I think it means "easy but longer than normal," which I just wasn't up to yesterday!) Run_Lift_Eat suggested that I try running the route of my upcoming 5K, and I was all set to do that, but the clouds were looking ominous so I decided to do the run in the center of the town where I live and just get it over with. Turns out that running up and down the busy streets in the center of my town is quite boring and even though it was just a 30-minute "easy" run, I really did not enjoy myself one bit and couldn't wait for it to be over. Blah.
Then last night I didn't sleep well and this morning I woke up with a raging sore throat. Luckily it's gone now, but I hope I don't catch the cold that's been going around my school. I'm pretty sure that being tired and/or coming down with something was part of the reason I didn't enjoy my run yesterday... but I'm also wondering if I was still tired from doing pace work on Tuesday.
This evening I'm supposed to do interval training - I haven't decided yet whether it's going to be speed intervals or hill intervals - or if I'll just drop it and do something easier instead. I haven't done any hill training yet other than just running up and down the hills I've come across during my recent outdoor runs - nothing formal. I also haven't looked into where the nearest track is to practice speed work like a pro. (Seeholz suggested I run on a track, and then I read an article in Runner's World about track workouts for newbies that got me a little excited about the idea. I really ought to get a subscription to that magazine.) The hill work I could see myself attempting on a treadmill, but Bruin suggested doing it on some hill outside and I can't figure out where a good place to do that might be.
Maybe it's just how my week is going, but I'm wondering if it really is a good idea to run three days in a row Tues-Wed-Thurs (which is what the training plan I'm loosely following suggests). I'm wondering if in the next few weeks leading up to my 5K I should cross-train on Wednesdays so I'm fresher for a tough run on Thursdays.
I'm feeling pretty burnt out with school right now and just can't wait for it to be over - 14 days to go. But then I have just one week off until summer school starts...the thing about summer school is that the prep work is always very stressful, but once we get going it's fine - just 14 hours per week! I get three-day weekends every week and we always go on short trips - this summer we'll do TWO trips to Welfleet on the Cape (one might even be a whole week after summer school ends!), we might go back to Martha's Vineyard (we had a great biking weekend there last August), and we've also talked about doing one plane trip - Jess is suggesting Chicago (just because neither of us have been there) but considering my brother and his wife are moving to Sacramento/Davis, I'm wondering whether we should go there instead.
One last thing - due to Bruin's suggestion I tried almond milk - Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla. I'm still undecided. It's much lower in calories than unsweetened soy milk, but it's also much more watery and I kind of miss the creaminess. Also, I'm used to soy milk that has no added sodium and Almond Breeze does have added salt, which I'm not crazy about. Not sure whether I'll buy it again.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Today was the scary pace training day - the day where I see how fast I can possibly run 5K on the treadmill. The result? 25:45. Not my fastest ever, but not bad!
A few notes:
*I had a mug of half-caf, and dinner, beforehand, but I think I waited long enough after eating.
*My warm-up consisted of a 4 minute walk and then 2 minutes at 5 mph, then a quick stretch.
*I started the pace workout at 8.5 mph (which I couldn't maintain for long!) and hit my first mile in 7:39.
*I slowly made my way down to about 6.6 mph, but bumped it back up to 8.5 and then 7.0 at the end.
*It took just over 2 minutes of walking at 3mph afterwards to get my heart rate back under 120. It was down to about 109 by minute 30.
*Strength training (chest) was tougher than usual after such hard cardio. That's OK. Sometimes my focus is on strength, but right now it's on speed. (My ab work wasn't affected.)
*My legs are sore!
Yesterday was cross-training. I very much enjoyed popping in and out of the gym in just 30 minutes - did back and shoulders. (During that time I saw a guy doing pushups with both hands on medicine balls and both feet on a balance ball - WOW! I love how seeing others/knowing others are seeing me at the gym pushes me to work harder.) Then I met my hottieboy for a 20-minute walk on some trails in Jamaica Plain. I would have enjoyed a longer walk, but he had to get home for a condo association meeting. The nice thing was that I didn't feel guilty for such a short/easy workout, because I know that with my incredibly hard (for me!) workouts on other days, my body really really needs the rest/recovery days.
Also yesterday a student gave me an ice cream sandwich (kids bring in treats on their birthdays) and I gave it away.
Also this happened quite prematurely, considering I am still overweight, but today I caught a glimpse of my rear view in the mirror at the gym and at first thought it wasn't my own reflection I was seeing because it was thinner than I thought I am. That has happened to me before with mirrors when I've lost weight, but usually not until I'm much thinner than I am right now. Maybe I'm just accepting myself at a higher weight now, I don't know.
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