Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Last night was one of those nights where I felt like I had an endless supply of energy, that I would never get tired and that I could run forever... I enjoyed an excellent 6-mile run, totally fantastic - True runner's bliss. I thought about the movie Forrest Gump while I was running, I could hear Forrest say....I just kept running, and running, and running.
While I was running...I thought about my accomplishments during the month of April - and I bid it a farewell, finishing it up with a bang.
I had 22 smiley faces on the calendar out of 30 - not too shabby. I felt good about what I had done during the entire month of April. I stayed within calorie range and did at least 30 minutes of exercise on those 22 days.
I thought about May... what would it have in store for me, what do I really want to focus on and what goals do I want to accomplish.
Here's a quote from Forrest Gump that describes my approach to the month of May.
"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road, and when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. Now, thinking since I'd run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. No particular reason. I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured since I'd gone this far, might as well turn around, just keep on going. And when I got to another ocean, I figured since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back and keep right on going."
I'm guessing that I probably won't run across Virginia or the US anytime soon, but Forrest approached his running one destination at a time. Little milestones, one accomplishment at a time = the end of the road, across the county, then across the state. That's exactly what I am going to do....Focus on my running one milestone at a time. This week I'll run 20 miles, next week it will be 21 miles, etc., etc. - Really push myself, I need a good challenge. Run SKINNYPOWELL1 Run.
for the month of May... I am gonna do it, no IF, AND's or BUT's about it.
1. Driving onward and upward - adding weekly mileage and distance - I believe I have caught a glimpse of a MARATHON in my future
2. No dessert or snacking after dinner - PERIOD.
3. No sugar - holy ham this is a big one.
4. Continue my boycott of the scale for the entire month of May
5. I am going to get 31 smiley faces on my calendar - smileys mark a date of staying in calorie range, exercising and no sweets
Ta da....drum roll please.....The crowning moment I've been waiting for.....
Who needs a scale to measure progress? Not me. This says it all, I bought this yesterday, a LBS [little black skirt]
....my smallest size since high school.
Getting Buff No Excuses
Images from google.
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.
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