Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Today I went for my first run in over a week...I'm really trying to take it easy on my knee and fully recover from one run before I do the next. I would have loved to go somewhere more scenic but it was almost 5 P.M. when I started, so I did my usual 4.2 mile loop that starts and ends at home sweet home. No surprise, having lost 5 pounds made a noticeable positive difference - my knee doesn't hurt! :) I won't be running again until it doesn't feel twinge-y at all, but it feels much better than it did 5+ pounds ago. I was thinking about the book _Born to Run_ while I ran, and trying to keep it light and easy. And that seemed like it worked. Unfortunately it wasn't a fantastic run because I was sort of hungry and thirsty, but cardiovascularly I felt very strong.
Anyway, toward the end of my run I started hearing noise. I see very few other runners on this route, so I was surprised when I saw a woman trot past me, yelling out comments the whole time. I think she was saying, "Come on, girl!" to me, or something along those lines, but I had my music going so I'm not sure. She stopped to walk up a hill so I passed her, and she was literally dancing as she walked. As I passed, she said to me, "I just came from downtown. I'm tired!" I commented on how much energy she has. Then I realized she didn't mean the downtown part of our neighborhood a few minutes further down the street, she meant downtown BOSTON. Which is miles away.
She caught up with me again when I stopped to wait to cross an intersection, and then we were both walking up the street my house is on. I asked her if she was my neighbor, and she took off her headphones to hear me. I asked again, "Are you my neighbor? Do you live on ___ Street?" It turns out that she lives diagonally across the street from me! Her name is Lisa, she's 45, and she's training for her 10th and last Boston Marathon. We had a chat about the importance of good sneakers (she told me to go to Marathon Sports and they'll watch how I walk and recommend a shoe, and then I can go to an outlet store and buy it cheaper), about how she spent $800 for orthopedics that totally cured her plantar fascilitis, and a few other running-related topics. She told me if I ever wanted to run together I could knock on her door and she'd train me ("for free!"), and she'd go at my pace because I said I couldn't keep up with her. Now she and I are not exactly the same type - she is only 11 years older but already has an adult son, and she told me she just started living with a man (boyfriend) for the first time in her life. But it might be nice to have a role model runner living right across the street! Oh, random, she asked me if I was a nurse because she thought I looked like a nurse! What does a nurse look like? Haha.
I don't know why - I am FAR from PMS - but I am feeling kind of weepy tonight. It started when I read HOT4TEACHER2010's blog post about giving birth to her son (congratulations!), and then continued when I watched this link to a 60 Minutes story on YouTube about a musical savant: www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Ak2jxm
hCH1M&feature=player_embedded and then when I email from my mother-in-law that her brother is healthy and no longer needs chemo, I just had to go and find Jess and sit on his lap and hug and cry happy tears. And he teared up a little bit too. Which is gorgeous, on a handsome man.
Saturday, March 03, 2012
On February 18, 2012 I started a six-week plan to jump-start the process of getting myself back on track with my weight. I have only one rule: eat 2,400 calories or less per day. Today marks two weeks completed!
Start weight (2/18/12): 170.0
End of week 1 (2/25/12): 166.8, -3.2lbs
End of week 2 (3/03/12): 165.2
I am down 1.6 pounds for the week, and 4.8 pounds total. Yay!
I have said this before, but my weekend/non-work weigh-ins tend to be much lower than my weekday weigh-ins. That's because on weekday mornings I weigh myself much earlier in the morning (around 6 A.M.) than I do on weekends (anywhere from 7:30-10:00 A.M.). So, all week this week my weight was hovering around 167 and I didn't think I was losing any weight, but then this morning (today being Saturday of course) I finally saw the drop I'd been waiting for. Yay! (Plus TOM started Wednesday after what seemed like an extra-long bout of PMS, and that can always play tricks on my weight.)
I've been doing this long enough now that I can use my weekly calorie report to give some averages. I can't choose what days of the week the calorie report uses, so here's what it has:
2/12-2/18: average intake of 2,168 calories per day
2/19-2/25: average intake of 2,110 calories per day
2/26-3/3: average intake of 2,168 calories per day
What else? Let's see...this week I worked out every day. After running Sunday and then using the elliptical Monday with knee pain, I've been carefully avoiding any exercise that hurts my knee. I agree I need to see a doctor/chiro (my husband thinks I'm supposed to see my primary care doctor first and get a referral to a chiro...is that how it works?) but I haven't gotten around to finding a new doctor yet. It's been an extremely busy week at work (which is good in a way - I'm too busy to eat, haha). However, I seem to do fine as long as I avoid certain types of movements. Although, after using the stair climbing machine yesterday now my left ankle is a little tiny bit funny, and I wonder if that's related. Ugh. I'm happiest these days on a strength training day (which I do 3x/wk) so I don't have to worry about hurting myself with cardio.
My husband keeps telling me I look skinnier now, which gives me a little thrill each time I hear it. :) And when he says "skinny" he doesn't mean it with any of the negative connotations people have about that word, by the way. From him, it's just a compliment.
I've been hungry only at night after dinner, if even that...some days I haven't been hungry at all. I mean, every time I finish dinner I wish I could have a second helping, but I remind myself that I'm doing this for six weeks. Not sure how I'll control myself after the six weeks because telling myself that this is temporary right now is the only way I'm able to convince myself to do it, but...well...that's a decision to make later. But for the most part I've been feeling great - not hungry at all. I'm even eating regular dinners with Jess rather than stuff I've batch-cooked over the weekend. In the past when I've lost weight I've had to eat totally different dinners from him, and I like this better. It's usually been fish or chicken and then I eat a ton of veggies on the side and have a mug of decaf tea. I have told Jess that I can't be responsible for his side dishes, because it would take too much willpower to make something like pasta or whatever and then not get to eat it. He even knows not to offer me a glass of wine. But, as long as I watch my portions I can eat "normal" dinners - last night we even split a pizza. All good!
I really should take some new pictures of my house for you guys. It's getting closer and closer to looking done. My FIL has been restaining the floors because he realized how to do it in a better way than he did it before, so now we have all these gleaming gorgeous hardwood floors!! We're still very much lacking in the furnishing/decorative department, but most of the basics (walls, ceilings, floors) are done and looking beautiful! Hopefully the house will be mostly ready for the big reveal at our open house/birthday party on March 31, and hopefully I will be looking fit then too, when my six-week plan ends.
Monday, February 27, 2012
For the past couple of months or so I've experienced some knee pain (and sometimes hip too) especially on the left side when I run. It started when I was using treadmill jogging exclusively for my cardio, doing an hour on that thing several times per week. Once I realized I was hurting myself I took a break from the treadmill, but still jog now and then, and I pretty much experience knee pain every time, but then it goes away after a few days.
I ran outside just 20 minutes yesterday and got the pain. Then today, before I was recovered, I got the pain again on the elliptical! I finally got off after 35 minutes when my plan was to be on there for 60. I then used an exercise bike but found that so annoying (it somehow felt hard but also I couldn't get my heart rate over 110??) that I stopped after 5 minutes. Then I stretched. Then I felt so guilty for not doing my full hour of cardio (especially since I took two days off from cardio this past week) that I decided to finish up with treadmill walking on an incline. That actually made my legs feel better...I think you use your joints in a whole different way for incline walking vs. running. It almost felt like I was stretching as I took each step, in a good way.
My hubby thinks that maybe I need to take a bit of a break from cardio. I'm scared to do this because it's so ingrained in me that I need to in order to burn off some calories, but I think he may be right. I've been doing about an hour of cardio per day, several days a week, for years now without any extended breaks, and I think I may have overused something. Plus I'm reading Flip the Switch, recommended to me by CARILOUIE (thanks lady!), in which it is recommended that cardio should be kept to 15 minutes per session or less, and that any more makes you prone to injury. (It also recommends you avoid muscle conditioning classes - which I take regularly - because you do too many reps in those classes, and again this could set you up for injury.)
I also think that if this pain persists I'm going to need to suck it up and see a doctor. My doctor is an hour away, near where I grew up, and I don't really know how to go about finding a new one in my new area so I haven't done it. But I should, and this might prompt me to finally do that. I feel like I'm too young for joint issues! Both my parents have arthritis and I really just want to be able to exercise and not be hurt.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
What a disaster Body Pump was this morning - or, at least, the first 10 minutes of it. (The rest was OK.)
First, I left a little too late and seemed to be behind slow drivers and hitting red lights the whole way.
Second, when I arrived, there was no gym staff available at the front desk and I could see in the studio that the class had ALREADY STARTED - usually the instructors give at least a couple minutes at the beginning to give people time to set up but not this time - so I ran over and got into the studio.
Third, I immediately realized there was almost no available space for me to set up. But I started to weave through the crowds to get my equipment.
Fourth, the guy teaching was that jerk I mentioned a few weeks ago...he is apparently going to be doing the Sunday teaching for the near future, and that's typically the only day I can go. :( As I was hussling to get set up, he started harrassing me about my ticket. I belong to Work Out World and they require tickets for classes because only Platinum members can take classes, so the tickets ensure that the lower-class citizen members aren't illegally sneaking into classes. However, most instructors forget to collect the tickets, and most of them recognize their regulars and don't have to worry about whether we're Platinum members or not. Well, this guy showed no recognition of me. He wouldn't let me stay in the studio until I came back with a ticket! So I went and grabbed one (the guy at the desk handed me one without any words exchanged - this scenario must have happened before), and then went in and got my stuff. It takes a few minutes to set up for a Body Pump class and by the time I was set up the warmup track was over. While I was getting my weights I thought I heard a woman whisper something about pulling up my pants but that concept didn't register in my head until I was already starting in on my squats and suddenly realized that my "whale tail" was sticking out and showing to the entire room behind me! (and I was in the front of the room - the only place there was space). With two heavy plates, one medium, and one light on each side I stopped and tried to adjust my top, pants, and underwear, but the embarrassment damage had been done. UGH.
Anyway, after that things kind of settled in, except the jerk instructor spent the entire class making negative comments about how people weren't using enough weight, people weren't using good form, people should vary their workouts and try other things, blah blah. A few weeks ago I commented that he says this stuff because he's just trying to help, but at this point I just think he likes to be negative. And he's the fitness director of the gym, so it's not even like I can complain to the fitness director because that's him! And nobody else who works there on a daily basis seems to have much of a clue about anything. OK, now I'm being negative, but I've often asked questions at the front desk and not been able to get answers. Oh well, you get what you pay for, and WOW is cheap.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Just a quick one while I finish breakfast. In a few minutes I'm off to Body Pump, and then I'm meeting my mom for lunch at a little bakery in Brookline Village. I can't believe it's the last day of February vacation already!
Yesterday I just couldn't wait to try that darn coconut milk, so I made up another pot of coffee. I don't know if it was the extra coffee (though I makeonly two cups per pot and it's not that uncommon for me to make two pots on the weekends), the coconut milk, or PMS, but I was NOT feeling very good yesterday and spent most of the day in bed. I popped two Tylenol to get rid of the cramps. I assumed it was the very end of PMS, but..well..now I know it wasn't if you know what I mean, so I don't know. I'm giving the coconut milk a second try this morning, and if I cramp up again I will assume that's the culprit (I hope not). I have read that the saturated fat in coconut milk isn't bad for you, but still seeing that each serving has 5 grams of fat and that all of this fat is saturated freaks me out a little. Plus it tastes different from the soy milk I am used to, and change is hard. :)
Didn't go to the gym yesterday and appetite was minimal...I only had 1,860 calories which sounds like a ton to most normal people but that's super low for me.
Oh, here's a stupid little vent I've been meaning to write about for a while... does anyone here ever make "Chef Meg" recipes from Spark recipes? I do often, because I figure the chef recipes might be better than the ones that random Sparkers post. Well, a few weeks ago I made Chef Meg's Slow Cooker Spanish Chicken and thought it was OK. So, I went back to the recipe and rated it as "OK," which is actually one of the rating choices, and posted my comments about why I thought so (didn't particularly like the peas in it, the flavor was meh, etc.). At the time my rating was the only one, so the average rating was a 2 of 5 (2=OK). And then I somehow realized that they deleted my comment! Since then other people have rated it as a 5 of 5 and those comments were saved, but mine was not. And even comments that really say almost nothing were saved, when my comment had specific feedback. Is someone too insecure to allow a Spark employee's recipe to have an OK rating? OK isn't BAD, it's just OK! And like I said, this is a stupid gripe, but I wanted to share.
Have a great Sunday everyone!
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