Monday, June 15, 2009
It's the end of the school year. As the special educator, I've stopped seeing students for the most part, and instead I'm swamped with end-of-year paperwork. Long hours of boring paperwork gives me the worst case of the munchies. Put that together with the fact that I often get the munchies on Mondays because I'm tired after my alarm clock's rude 6 a.m. wakening, and I'm really in a state right now! However, I am proud to report I have no intentions of succumbing to any kind of snack hunt, and I'm going to list the many reasons why not:
Susan's Reasons Why She's Not Having a Major Chowdown Right Now:
*Instead of letting it fester, I'm blogging about it!
*Gum and pomegranate seltzer.
*I am on a roll, motivation-wise...I've been on track ten weeks! Once the momentum builds up, I tend to find it easy to continue going with the flow.
*I recognize the reasons why I am tempted to snack, and I know that they are not based on hunger, and that the urge is temporary and will go away soon.
*I've eaten my typical 550-calorie breakfast, 450-calorie lunch, and I had 600 calories' worth of snacks this morning. I know that I have another 150-250 calories' worth of healthy snacks in my cooler if I need them (will most likely stick to the lower number and eat around 1-2 p.m.), and then will have a small, 200-300 calorie dinner when I get home. All of these calories come from nutritious sources.
*Along those same lines, junky snack foods just aren't readily available. Sure, in the past I've seen that as a challenge - a snack hunt! But those types of behaviors usually only hit me when I'm weight-gaining funks.
Okay, writing it out really did help. Now, back to writing Individualized Education Programs. Just a half-hour to go until it's 1 p.m. and I can have some yogurt with fresh raspberries!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Week 1 -1lb
Week 2 -2lb
Week 3 -1lb
Week 4 -0.4lb
Week 5 -2lb
Week 6 -1lb
Week 7 -lb
Week 8 -2lb
Week 9 -1lb
Week 10 -1lb
And now, a few random thoughts:
*Even though I went for an 88-minute bike ride and did strength training at the gym for 25 minutes, I still felt guilty yesterday because I didn't go for a run.
*It's raining. :( How am I supposed to play (run, bike) outside today???
*The day after my boyfriend's sister's wedding in early July, they're having a big barbecue party. I have a dress I bought for a casual backyard wedding two summers ago when I was much skinnier than I am now - it's size 4 - and I tried it on yesterday, and it fit! I'll just have to suck in my stomach the whole time. :) I still have to buy a dress for the actual wedding though - might shop today.
*I had a really wonderful dinner last night at Wagamama, which is a new Asian restaurant at Fanueil Hall. We sat outside, shared two bottles of wine, and I had a chicken spinach salad. The weather was really nice and I enjoyed the time with my friends very much!!
*My cold needs to go away. Now.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I don't know if this is a new feature, but I just found it for the first time today! (There was a link from the start page.) I used it to find out that my bike ride this morning was almost 10 miles. I did encounter a couple glitches though. One, once I had saved the route I couldn't figure out how to get back to the stats to see how many calories it said I'd burned, and second, when I tried the button to add the ride to my fitness tracker, a blank window popped open and nothing happened. The same thing is happening right now with trying to add the address as a link to this blog entry.
(Also, I'm not too concerned with estimates of calories burned anyway, because different methods of calculating calories burned seem to give very different numbers.)
Anyway, today's the first sunny day we've had here since last weekend (nice timing, huh?) and it was a beautiful bike ride through residential areas, downtown, country roads, and trails!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Today I weighed in at 152.8, which means that I have now lost 12.2 pounds and have 12.8 more pounds to go! I am being optimistic and thinking that this weekend, after sleeping in late, my weight will be down even more, so today is the day that I'm celebrating being halfway to my goal, even though I'm off by a few tenths of a pound. :)
By the way, it took me 9 weeks and 5 days to lose the first half of the weight. That is about 1.25 pounds per week. If I keep up this pace, I will be at goal (140 pounds) by August 21, 2009. :) :) :)
Also, as the math nerd that I am, I just did some calculating that I'd like to share, though I admit this is mostly for my own future reference more than for the makings of an interesting blog. A few weeks ago I wrote about my formula for determining 5K average speed based on total time: 186 divided by total time. (Example: 186 divided by 24 equals 7.75. This means that in order to finish a 5K in 24 minutes, you would need to run an average speed of 7.75 mph.) The number 186 came from 60 minutes times 3.1 miles (5 kilometers is approximately 3.1 miles).
Today I turned the formula around to figure out what the total 5K time would be based on average speed. This formula is: 186 divided by average mph. Record the number before the decimal for total minutes, then subtract it out to get left with just the decimal, and multiply that by 60 to get the seconds. (Example: 186 divided by 7.2 equals 25.8333333. Do 25.8333333 minus 25 equals 0.8333333. Multiply 0.8333333 times 60 which equals about 50. This means that an average speed of 7.2 mph would mean that the total 5K time would be 25:50.)
Here's what I came up with:
7.0 mph - 26:34
7.1 mph - 26:12
7.2 mph - 25:50
7.3 mph - 25:29
7.4 mph - 25:08
7.5 mph - 24:48
7.6 mph - 24:28
7.7 mph - 24:09
7.8 mph - 23:51
My probably-way-too-ambitious goal that I dreamt up a few weeks back was to finish my upcoming race in 24 minutes and that meant I'd have to run an average of 7.75 mph. As you can see in yesterday's blog, I have not been able to get even close to that yet, even though I'm training on a treadmill which is easier than running outside. The fastest I've been able to go lately is 25:45. If I want to beat that in my next pace training run, I should shoot for an average speed of 7.3 mph. I can do that!! Once I'm over this darn cold, and I'm well rested, well fed, and I've had my coffee, I can do that! Then the next time I can try for 7.4 mph and work my way up to 7.7 or 7.8 if I can get there in time - my race is only 16 days away and I only pace train once a week or so. Even if I don't have time to work my way up to that speed, I can still PR because my fastest official 5K RACE time was somewhere between 28-29 minutes (can't recall precisely). I will be happy with any PR at all, but I would be very proud of a sub 27 or 26 minute time, and my dream goal is 24 minutes.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I've decided to record all of my fastest 5K training times together in one place - here! So far, these have all been done on a treadmill. I know I have gone faster than this in the past, but it would take quite a bit of searching through old blogs to find my old best times. So these are just my best times since I started training for my 6/28/09 New Charles River Run 5K race.
I'm not sure if I can attain this kind of speed outside. Usually my tough runs are on the treadmill and my very long or easy runs are outside. I will have to try doing some speed or pace work outside! I also need to sometimes do speed work on the weekend, when I'm fully rested and caffeinated. I'm sure I could be faster than after a long day at school, which is when most of my pace workouts happen.
Also, a couple days ago I did my first hill intervals on the treadmill. I only had 12 minutes before I had to leave, so it was very quick and easy. I stayed at 6.0 mph most of the time, but I bumped it up to 7.0 at the end. I alternated between 0% incline and 4% incline, and each interval was four minutes. Afterwards, my knees hurt a bit, but that could have been a coincidence. Next time, I will try something similar, but with more speed.
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