Monday, April 30, 2012
My grandson spent the entire weekend with me this past weekend. I did manage to get an early morning run in on Friday before he woke up, but after that I was totally captivated by the little munchkin. So precious and sweet, such a great baby. Only one little meltdown when he was overtired but all in all it was a very successful weekend. You ready for cuteness overload??????
After I took him back home on Sunday, DH and I had to head to the grocery store to pick up a few items for the week (fresh fruit and veggies) but of course the DH put an unauthorized item in the cart, but I let him keep them...
I'm guessing the DH will not run out of cheese balls for quite a while, lol.
Gonna be a crazy busy week again with baseball games, track meets, etc., but I've got plenty of time to get all my workouts in the for the week and I have already planned a really looooonnngg run for the weekend with my sis.
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Would you be able to drive 100 miles if your tank was empty? how about 200 miles? You'd probably head directly to the gas station before going anywhere. It would be pointless to try to drive with your gas gauge on "E"
Last night I was so excited to get to go on a run afterwork. No dinner to cook, no family committments, just me and my running shoes - with no set time limits. I was going to run til I got tired, I was thinking maybe 7 miles or more. It started out fantastic for the first two miles, then I felt like I was dragging, it was hard to just put one foot in front of the other. I kept asking myself, what the heck is wrong here, running is usually never really difficult for me, so why did I feel like I was wearing concrete shoes? Why did it feel like I was burning up so much energy and going nowhere? I was running into the wind, which tends to slow me down and require a little more exertion, but surely that wasn't the reason I was dragging.
Then it occured to me... I didn't properly "fuel" up before my run. Usually I have a snack (banana, protein shake, etc.) before my run, but I was in such a hurry to hit the road that I totally forgot about being properly fueled. Well it definitely showed in my performance. It was a struggle to make it home after 4 miles, but I managed to keep kicking a little while longer and got in one hour of running. But all workouts are not created equal, just like calories. When you expect to get a super workout, you have to give in return. You have to give your body what it needs to complete the job - FUEL, to create the required 1.21 gigawatts. Of course I know all of these things, but I was just over anxious to get out there and it cost me. I still had a good calorie burn, but I certainly didn't feel the super endorphin rush or the extra energy I usually get from a run - my body was running sluggish, spitting and a sputtering - duh, the fuel tank was empty.
Tip of the Day: Remember to FUEL up before your workouts. LOL, I know this is elementary, but sometimes we forget and need a lil reminder.
After last night's so-so run, I did manage to get up at 0430 this morning to do a round of Kenpo. I wasn't happy with that performance either, just kinda went thru the motions, but I did it. Dragging like crazy this morning, perhaps I need to examine the fype of fuel I gassed up with yesterday - I'm guessing there was a little excess sugar in the tank.
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I put my scale in a safe hiding spot because I was so tired of being disappointed. Seems like I work my butt off and eat healthy only for the scale to reflect - NOTHING. It affected my moods daily, and it was very negative. Funny that I just put my scale away about two weeks ago and I am running across all kinds of information to support my decision, positive affirmations that I did the right thing by hiding it.
Here's the article:
How I am following the 5 steps outlined in the article...
1. Store the scale out of sight: It is safely hidden under a bunch of stuff in my closet, I will have to move a bunch of stuff before I can get to it, I did that on purpose, it's more trouble to dig it out than to just let it safely stay there.
2. Positive ritual: I've replaced my morning weigh in by looking in the mirror and asking myself... how do you feel? rather than fixating on a number. Most days I feel great, I'm happy with what I'm doing, the way I'm eating, so why let a number ruin that.
3. Measure other healthy accomplishments: I'm giving myself a smiley face on my calendar for every day that I stay within calories and do a workout. I'm doing it by the week so I don't have to wait so long to celebrate a victory. Hey whatever works.
4. End your day with a pat on the back: I reflect before I go to bed on the things I've done RIGHT during the day, not on what I may have done wrong.
5. Weigh in after a month: next date with the scale is May 1st, but I am very tempted to just skip it all together, we shall see.
I can't tell you how much better I feel without having my day ruined by a stupid number. It's the best thing I've done for me a long time - how bout it? you ready to put your scale away and shift your focus? You won't regret it.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Saturday morning was supposed to start with a 6.6 mile run to our local IHOP for pancakes but sis and I changed the plans a little. We talked about it Friday night and decided we wanted to run both there and back (13.2 miles) and then have breakfast at home, we were going to give it our best try. Sis has never run over 9 miles before and had to bail out on our first half-marathon last November due to some pretty serious back issues, but she's been up and running a lot here lately and wanted to spread her wings. I haven't pushed myself lately, still kinda babying the hip thing, but so far so good. So we decided to give it a shot, worst case we would have to call the DH to pick us up.
Proud to say we ran 13.2 miles in what we are calling the PANCAKE 2000 - Pancakes (for our original plan) and the 2000 is for the calories I burned on that super fantastic run. AWESOME.
A Big WOO HOO to my sis (GR8CGRM) for running her first half-marathon. I always knew you could do it.
And a yeah for me (my second half-marathon), now I know my leg is strong enough to handle the mileage so I'm wondering what I can start doing now, hmmmm more half-marathons I'm sure.
I told Sis wish I would have known sooner she wanted to run a half, we could have signed up and at least got some bling out of the deal, but we were treated to something better...we got home and the boys had made us breakfast, which taste way better than any IHOP dish, a breakfast of champions even.
I spent a lazy afternoon working on my tan, relaxing in my lawn chair after my morning run and grass mowing, sheesh I was tired.
Sunday was pouring rain here, ugghhh, enjoyed a lovely day indoors watching tv, cooking, started a new arts & craft project, and napping with my precious four-legged babies.
Ate within calories everyday, average daily calories 1400
Completed weekly fitness goal - 300 minutes
Reached my weekly calorie burn goal = 3000 calories
ran 22 miles last week
I think this has been one of the best week's for me as far as reaching all my goals, shooting for a perfect week again this week. I've got a crazy schedule of baseball, track and babysitting this week, so I'm going to have to do some serious planning today.
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
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