Monday, October 13, 2008
I have been trying all evening to post pictures to my gallery without much luck. It's incredibly late so I will have to do that tomorrow. I haven't even finished my meal plan for tomorrow yet, yikes.
Anyway, IF the photo ends up attaching properly to this blog, you will be able to see me crossing the finishing line of the Tufts 10K today. (I'm in pink and black.) I was sooo incredibly emotional by the end when I realized I was going to meet my goal, I just couldn't hold it in. I realize I look like a nut. :)
Total Place (out of about 7,000): 1,941
Place for my division (females aged 30-39): 602 (out of 1,545)
Guntime: 58:33 (time since the starting gun)
Nettime: 58:12 (my actual time - when the chip in my shoe crossed the starting line to finish line)
Pace: 9:22 minutes/mile (that's about 6.4mph)
A few comments:
*I saw a Sparker!! Smurfette was standing just where she said she'd be, cheering from the sidelines, and I recognized her! That was awesome and I really needed those cheers. She is as gorgeous in real life as she is in her Spark pics. :)
*I crossed by her at the three-mile mark just when I said I would...27 minutes. Well, and 10 seconds. Actually, because the race loops back around, I crossed by her twice. :)
*I was going to meet another Sparker/racer, Terriangel, but neither of us had our phones with us and we couldn't find each other. :( She TOTALLY rocked the race in 49 minutes...I am just in awe.
*I also saw a couple other people I know...one from when I was growing up, she was running pregnant! And another was a coworker.
*I couldn't believe it when I saw the Mile 1 mark when I'd only been running for 8:12. That is SUPERDUPER fast for me!! That's...over 7.3 mph!!
*For about three seconds after I crossed the finish line and stopped running, I had trouble breathing. It wasn't like asthma...it was worse. I was gasping and freaked out. But then it went away. I'd been sprinting the last little bit. Is that normal??
*I HATE porta-potties. My biggest fear was needing to go during the race, so I used one, but YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*It seems like everyone on SparkPeople has been in a race this weekend and as usual, I'm the slowest one. I cannot believe how fit and fast everybody else is!
So tomorrow I will need to do some make-up food planning and post the rest of my pictures from the race and from karaoke on Sat. night. Until then, nighty night!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wow, I haven't blogged since Thursday. This might end up being long. :)
Thursday evening's workout started with the stair climber...the one that looks like an escalator. I was on level 8 for 40 minutes and it was such a good workout that even my HANDS were sweating. After that I did Body Pump and then Zumba, so in all it was a two hour and forty minute workout!!
I'm doing Body Pump almost exclusively for my strength training these days. I like it because it gets all the muscle groups out of the way in one shot and the next day I can focus exclusively on cardio.
Thurs. night Zumba was OK, but that's one of those classes where who you have as an instructor makes a huge difference. I like the Thurs. night instructor, but my body doesn't seem to move the way hers does so I feel really awkward in her class compared with my favorite Saturday morning Zumba instructor. Oh well, it was still alright.
On Friday morning I really wasn't surprised to see my weight back up to 140.8. There are always lots of ups and downs.
That night at the gym I had the WORST workout. :( I went for the stair climber again, but my iPod flaked out on me and didn't work. I hate exercising with no music!!!!!! It felt so hard even though my heart rate was only in the 130s. I could only stand it for a little over a half hour, and then I switched to the StairMaster, which I could only stand for 15 minutes, and then I just did some easy recumbant biking for 15 minutes. I was really hungry/tired...my body has a hard time distinguishing between the two.
On the walk home, I told Jess that I was going to have some more to eat when we got home even though I'd already had all my planned food for the day. I was thinking along the lines of an apple or yogurt or one serving of cereal. He suggested we walk down to the Chinese restaurant down the street and watch the Red Sox. I'm not one to say no when Jess offers to go for any kind of walk! So we went, and I had tea and ordered a sashimi combo that we'd share. Sounds light, but they gave us these delicious seaweed salads on the house, who knows how much oil was in that...and then the sashimi plate came with six avocado rolls and I "had" to eat them all because Jess hates avocado (and I couldn't possibly just let them go to waste). I also had one medium-sized taste of his pork lo mein. Thank goodness he wouldn't let me have another taste!!
My very rough guesstimation of the calories I consumed on Friday was about 2,500.
Saturday morning I wasn't surprised to see my weight back to 142.0, but I was NOT happy. I did follow what is now my Saturday morning routine, though, which means that I went to the gym for Zumba, Body Pump, and Body Combat. I had strong energy throughout and actually ENJOYED Body Combat for a change. Maybe it was the extra energy from all that Japanese food??
The rest of the day was an absolute whirlwind. When you set me loose in a Target you may not get me back for hours. I got my friend a birthday card and a long-sleeved black T-shirt, and I looked for T-shirt tranfer paper. Don't tell her, but I am going to make her a shirt that has a picture of a silver lab on it, using The Black Dog's icon and just making it silver, and then in Black Dog font I'm going to have on the back: "The Silver Lab. No, he's not a Weimaraner." She has a silver lab puppy and gets asked ALL the time whether he's a Weimaraner, and we've always joked that she should just put it on a shirt. Plus she went to Martha's Vineyard this summer and bought all this Black Dog stuff, so I know she loves that too. I'm all proud of myself for coming up with this idea. The only problem is that we celebrated her birthday last night and her real birthday was October 4, so I'm going to be really late with this gift. I wanted to have it ready to give to her last night, but better late than rushed and messed up, and I've never made a T shirt before.
Anyway, I also bought an adorable hot pink iPod to replace my stupid old one that flaked out on me and made my workout suck. They were out of armbands, so I hope to pick one up at City Sports this afternoon when I go there to pick up my Tufts 10K race materials!!
I also got a pink short-sleeved exercise top...I need sleeves when I run long distances or my armpits chafe! And I got two pairs of black and pink workout pants. One of them is yoga-style with a wide pink fold-over part at the top. The other one is more for running or biking...or even skiing??...they're tight all the way to to ankle (good for not getting caught in bike wheels) and have a zipper pocket for holding your stuff when you run.
I also got some really cute boots...they're not black like I wanted, but they're this neutral grayish color I can wear instead of black. I wore them last night - really comfy. I don't do heels much anymore. These are more of a wedge, much more comfortable. (The boots were my reward for hitting my mini-goal of 140.)
Anyway, Target didn't sell the transfer paper so I sent Jess into a craft store to get it and I ran into the shoe store next door and got brand new running sneakers with pink in them to match everything else I got. They're exactly like my old running sneakers except for the color...the old ones had red in them. I got them right before the Tufts 10K LAST year so I definitely think it's time for new ones. I almost forgot how COMFY brand new sneakers are!!
So by this point Jess was totally sick of shopping and we had to get ready to go out for the evening. There were six of us - three couples, and first we went to a restaurant. I had just a tossed salad with pesto dressing on the side (though I used all of it). What really got me, of course, were the drinks. I guesstimated I had about 2,600 calories yesterday, and most of the extra was from wine and SHOTS!! Yikes. I didn't want to drink because I didn't want a hangover the day before my race, but lucky for me, surprisingly, I'm not hungover today. I ended up drinking because that's what we always do when we go out, and I can't really say I regret it. We had sooo much fun... even though the Red Sox lost... we went to our favorite karaoke bar, which is a guaranteed awesome time. I attempted to sing "Rehab" only to realize I don't really know the song well enough, and all these other girls took over. But later I sang a real dancy song that I love to listen to when I work out...I think it's called "Something"...and I blasted that one. :) I will post pictures soon.
I woke up this morning around 8:30, only six hours after I'd gone to bed, with my mind racing (pun intended) about tomorrow. I am so excited about my race. I know I trained as best I could and I'm very proud about that. I'm in the best cardiovascular condition I could have gotten myself in with the ten weeks I had to train, and now it's time to show what I worked for. Ooh I got butterflies in my stomach writing that sentence. I'm just gonna GO as hard as I can and PRAY that I beat an hour. If I don't, well fine, I'll know I gave it my all anyway, but if I do...um hello....PARTY!!! Heheehe.
I forced myself to go back to sleep and stay asleep as late as I possibly could, because I want to be well-rested tomorrow. When I finally did get up I weighed in at 139.6. Lowest yet. Yeehaw!!
Now I need to decide on next week's menu so I can go shopping and cook later, and of course, get ready for my race!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Guess what, peeps... the scale read 139.8 this morning!!!!!!!!!! Holy $%@&!*!!!!!!!!
A couple facts I got from my weight report:
*The last time my weight was this low was 9/23/07.
*Since I changed my program on Aug. 19, 2008, I have lost an average of 1.3 pounds per week (9 pounds in 7 weeks). (Funny that just a few blog entries ago I was worried about a plateau!! The weight's been falling off daily ever since I wrote that one.)
I'm nervous because I never was able to STAY in the 130s before. I'd hit a wall, I'd get too hungry, my body would scream at me because I was so very far away from the weight it was used to. Please cross your fingers for me in the hopes that this time, I can make it permanent.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I had a pretty good outdoor run this evening. I seemed to hit my stride after a while, and it actually got better the longer I went. It was too slow, though.
And I got a honk, hehe.
I did something really dumb last night - I forgot to pack pants to take to Jess'. I thought I did...I knew which pants I had in mind...but this morning when I looked in my overnight bag (which is also my gym bag), there were no pants. I almost had to wear my workout pants to school today, but Jess said he might have some I could wear. The first pair I tried on was laughably big, but the second pair fit! The tag said 32/32, but that couldn't have been very accurate...the length alone should have made them unwearable if they were really 32s. Jess said he couldn't wear them anymore because they're too small for him now. Wow, what a reversal. When he and I met four years ago, he weighed 150 on a good day and I was over 180. Now he's around 165-170 (he GAINS weight when he goes to the gym regularly) and I weigh over 20 pounds less than him. Our new weights suit us both much better, I think. :)
Yom Kippur started at sundown this evening. You're supposed to fast until sundown tomorrow - even water isn't allowed. I'm not observant, so I don't do it, but a coworker jokingly told me I look like I've been fasting lately. I told her I've actually been eating a lot, but just really healthy foods that agree with my system.
I wonder, was I lying? I'm eating "a lot" by dieting standards, probably, but I'm still eating far less than a) I used to when I was overweight and b) the general public (a few months ago someone's blog (or maybe an article I read?) quoted a statistic that the average American eats 3,600 calories per day, the average Japanese eats 2,600, and the average African eats 2,000).
I was hungry today. I ate everything I had left for the day at lunch and had to subside for the rest of the day on coffee and fumes. But the difference is that now even when I do get hungry, it's never unbearable...
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Yes, I hit 140.6 today. I couldn't believe it, but the scale told me so all three times I stepped up. YAY.
One of my students gave me a birthday cookie just now. It was one of those big sugar cookies shaped like a pumpkin and covered in big orange sugar crystals (and green ones for the stem). I thanked him, waited until he left my room, and then poured liquid soap on it and threw it away. I wouldn't have eaten it if it were in the trash can without the soap, but now I CAN'T.
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