Friday, October 03, 2008
Today I was at 143.0......the pattern seems to be that I see my lowest weight on the weekend and then gradually gain through the week, and then drop more the next weekend. I sure hope that happens again this weekend!!!
School was fun today. I have GREAT students and they kept telling me how fun the lessons were. Learning about compound subjects and proper nouns is fun? Love that enthusiasm, kiddos!
Because I'm doing at least five hours of cardio tomorrow hiking a mountain, I decided I wouldn't do much cardio today...I'd do lots of strength training instead. I used to do the stairmaster fit test as my warmup when I'd do an hour of whole-body strength training, so I thought I'd try that again this evening. It was my first time on the fit test in a loooooooong time and it was always a bit of a blow to the ego. A year ago or so when I used to use it regularly, I'd score "low", then I graduated to "fair", and every once in a while when I was doing REALLY well I'd get up to "average." So today I was emotionally prepared for something around "fair".... so, man was I excited when I saw "above average"!!!!!!!!!!!! I have NEVER scored that high before. Yay!
I had hoped to do strength training for all my muscle groups, but got tired and didn't quite make it. I did legs, stretching, abs, chest, and shoulders... that means I left out back and arms. Confession - when I go to the gym late in the evening I tend to be one of the only women there and I like to imagine that I'm looking all hot and impressive to the guys there. Hahaha, I'm sure they aren't even noticing me - they certainly don't talk to me or anything - but I like to use my imagination. :) :) :)
Then I decided I'd have some more to eat - mini "carbo loading" for the big mountain hike. I had some cereal with yogurt. Then my boyfriend came home with a bottle of wine so I'm having a glass right now. My alcohol tolerance has gone way down....I'm buzzed off half a glass!! My calories are a bit high today, but I'll burn it off tomorrow.
I decided I'll skip the gym entirely tomorrow....so I can leave early and save my energy for the hike. I tried to figure out what my SP calorie range would be for five hours of cardio, but they don't let you go any higher than four. So four hours of cardio gave me a range around 2,900-3,300!! I have a plan for about 2,500 calories for tomorrow... but if I end up not eating some of it and going out for dinner instead or whatever, then so be it. As long as I make controlled healthy choices it'll be all good. :)
I was wearing my new size 4 jeans today (casual Friday) and they're almost slightly too big now. They are so not TRUE size fours....it's just vanity sizing. They're probably more like true eights. But that doesn't mean I don't sometimes sneak a peak at the tag just to feel that happy high. :)
GO RED SOX!! Jason Bay just scored a three-run home run in the first inning!!!!!!!
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Today's run stats:
5.55 total miles, 1:02 total time
Avg. pace: 11:10 min/mi
Avg. speed: 5.37 mph
Granted I was just doing a casual run on a day when I was feeling rather tired, but my race is in 11 days.......I have to go so much faster than that to meet my goal!
Yesterday I was 142.2, today 142.6.
Yesterday's workout started with a 20-minute speed drill on the treadmill. For the first 10 minutes I alternated between 6.2 mph and 8.0 mph. For the last 10 minutes I alternated between 6.0 mph and 8.0 mph (I needed more significant breaks by then). Then I did Body Pump and Body Combat. Once again I was totally exhausted by the time I went to Body Combat. I prefer more repetitive movements I can lose myself in for my cardio over the jarring Body Combat kicks and punches.......it's really not my favorite workout.
This morning a parent at school gave me a great compliment. We were talking about a woman who just had a baby, and the parent asked me if I had met the woman before she was pregnant. I said no, and in an effort to describe how thin this woman was before pregnancy, the parent said, "She was like you!" Now, I've met this woman we were talking about, and I'm SURE she was a LOT thinner than me, but it was very flattering anyway. :)
I was hungry today......I had been between 1,900-2,000 calories per day since Sunday and it was catching up with me. Plus I was tired...we ATTEMPTED to watch the Red Sox game last night that STARTED at 10 p.m., but we only made it until a bit after 11:00. Stupid time zones!! (The game was in California.) So I ate all my food before 2 p.m. and at that point I was kinda desperate for a coffee and my keep-at-school coffee maker wasn't working. So I snuck down the street for an iced coffee (half decaf) with skim milk and that got me through until I could leave at 4. Then I had a decaf with soy milk at home and some cereal, so total calories today are a bit over 2,100. I don't think I could have run for an hour this evening without the extra snacks!!
It was actually a really nice run with cool, dry air and more pretty foliage. I really like running in areas that have stuff going on. I was in an area with well-lit sidewalks and lots of stores, but with more cars going by than pedestrians. A few other runners went by and as usual I was slower than both runners who were going the same directions as me.
Time for the vice presidential candidates to battle it out. If I didn't already have a costume, I could so easily do Sarah Palin for Halloween...but that probably wouldn't be too original, would it! :)
This weekend we might hike Mount Monadnock. We can't go Sunday because - gasp - we couldn't possibly be away from a TV when the Patriots AND Red Sox are playing. So we could go Saturday, but then I'd miss not only my usual fabulous Saturday morning lineup of classes at the gym, but this Saturday is a special "launch" (new choreography, I guess) of some of the classes and they've been making a big deal about it. Maybe it'll be super-duper crowded and I'm better off missing it? I could see hiking a mountain after Zumba (which was moved up to 8:30 a.m. to make room for the launch later), but not after taking all those other classes and being exhausted. Plus, I think we'd need a whole day to get there, up the mountain, and back!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
...and this one is today.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wow, that picture is way too small. I can't figure out how to fix that, so I'm just going to post both pictures separately. This one is May 5.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sorry for the quality of this picture....I'm not that tech savvy, and I took the pictures myself. The photo on the left was taken May 5, 2008 when I weighed 160. The picture on the right was taken a few minutes ago...so September 30, 2008, and I weigh 141.8. I'm thrilled at the progress I can see, and I can't wait until I've made enough more progress for the next picture!
PS - I used mapmyrun to search for a run in Wellesley. I ended up running around Waban Pond and the Wellesley College campus for 45 minutes. Gorgeous foliage!!
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