Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I've been thinking alot lately about all the numbers in my life. I always advise people to stay away from the scale, it's just a number and I mostly practice what I preach, so I've been thinking about other ways we use numbers. Perhaps we should shift our focus. I've listed below other numbers we can focus on. We can measure our progress in so many ways.
1. Counting calories - staying within a certain number for the day
2. Inches - measuring inches lost
3. Exercise - how many fitness minutes we are racking up and how many calories we are burning.
4. Running - how far and how fast we are going
5. Money - how much we save, how much we spend
6. Sleep - how many hours of quality sleep are we getting
Just some random "food for thought" - and it really is.... all about the numbers. How are your numbers looking?
Monday, March 28, 2011
I am happy to report that our 5K went pretty well, considering....
1. I was still in pain and not feeling too hot
2. 35 degrees
3. 20 mph wind
4. Race was held on boardwalk at Oceanfront, no shelter from the wind.
Sis came within 36 seconds of her goal, she got a cramp in her calf around 2.5 miles and finished in agony, but sooooo close to her goal. Sis !!!
Dad did really well. He hadn't trained a lick. I decided I was going to stick with Dad the whole time, regardless. We walked a little and jogged a little, overall time was not too bad - YEAH Dad, WOW I was impressed. He ran 1.5 miles before he took a walk break, not to shabby considering he hasn't run in years. I was proud of me for sticking with Dad and just finishing. It was soooo cold and windy, like running into a hurricane. We were all so glad to be finished and get warmed up. I'll post pics later, they are on my sister's camera, so I have to download to my computer.
On way back from race, I stopped at my fav shop, since it was on the way.
I got this sweet new backpack, Vera's are my weakness and I've been really wanting a backpack, I needed one. I had saved up some "vera points" and ended up getting it for a great price. Nothing like a new Vera to perk up the mood.
Since it was a cold and dreary day, I decided I was going to spend the afternoon in the kitchen whipping up something yummy. I decided to step outside the box and try something new. My Sparkbuddy Judy posted a recipe last week for vegan brownies. Here they are.... Whooda thunk that brownies made out of black beans could be sooooo yummy. Thanks Judy. They turned out awesome. I served to my dinner guests yesterday, some liked them, some didn't, but the overall verdict was.... Yummy and I thought they were to die for.
Didn't to to the Harley Garage Party yesterday, wasn't feeling up to doing much, so I just bummed around, did a few loads of laundy, took a nap and DH helped with dinner since I was just feeling pretty blah. Great family dinner while watching the Kentucky/UNC game.
We had to go out late last night and rescue my daughter with a broken down vehicle. We think her car has officially DIED but we won't know until later today. We managed to get it to the repair garage, but the outlook is grim. So a teenager with no car = miserable parents. Damage is probably more than the car is worth, so not sure what we are going to do. We're in a pickle, but things will all work out.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wrapping up the work week, thank goodness. Can't wait for two days off, prob wont get much done around house, but who cares I'm sure the dust bunnies wont mind hanging around til I get around to it. Picking up race packet tonight and having dinner out, yeah, no cooking.
Gonna make some vegan brownies tomorrow after the race. sunday is the women's only garage party at the Harley Dealer, hoping to score some sexy harley clothes for summer, they always have great deals and they are serving a free lunch while I drool over all the hot motorcycles, lol. Wish I was rich and could by hubby and I a matching set of road kings - someday perhaps.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. Love to all.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
My dad has arrived for a weeklong visit from NY. He came down just to run a 5K with Sis and I. Dad was the star of his high school track team. He used to be an elite runner back in the 80's. He was forever running races everywhere - 5K, 10K, Marathons, and a 250-mile mountain massacre race. I grew up going to races with him, I even volunteered at a few, handing out water, etc. He even carried the torch in the US Police Games. He was an incredible athlete.
Since sis and I have taken up running, he has been our biggest cheerleader. I feel so great knowing I'm making him proud, not that I have to "try" because I know he loves me no matter what. I know I will never be able to fill his shoes as far as running is concerned, but I am filling my own, a little at the time, setting goals and standards for myself. Each run gets better and better with my sights set on a half marathon, but that will have to be put on hold for a bit until after my surgery.
He suggested we run a 5K together, so we signed up for one this weekend at the beach. Now that the weekend is fastly approaching, I find myself slowly, dragging myself through runs all week so far, I am soooo not on my "A" game with all my health issues. I am hoping just to be able to run next to Dad the whole time, this is a very big deal for me. An opportunity like this doesn't present itself very often. I really wanted to be able to show him "my stuff", meaning how good of a runner I'm becoming. I know he sees my motivation and ambition, but I really wanted to be able to show him first hand what I'm made of. So I am hoping just to be able to take it slow.
I've told my sis in no uncertain terms that she is to run her personal best, no hanging back with the slow ole me, I'm crossing my fingers she will run her heart out and set a new record for herself, She works so hard at it. Hoping the rain holds out, forecasted to be cold and rainy on Saturday, wouldn't that just be lovely (extreme sarcasm).
No matter how the race turns out on Saturday, I know I am a winner in every sense of the word.... I have a great dad, a super sis, a supportive family and the best SPARK friends in the world. I never have to prove anything to anyone but myself, sometimes those are the biggest shoes to fill - YOUR OWN shoes.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I'm having lunch today with a friend at Atlanta Bread. I've done my HOMEWORK on everything on the menu. I know the calories, fat, protein, etc. I decided that today I will SPLURGE and have the chicken salad sandwich (only 440 calories) and probably won't be able to eat it all anyway since my wonderful gall bladder is giving me a fit. It's great knowing ahead of time that I won't ruin my calories for the day, although I will be forfeiting my afternoon snack to stay in range, but I'm sure I will be full from lunch or I can just nibble on the leftover sandwich all afternoon.
I am waiting on doctor to call with a date for gall bladder removal surgery. Doctor says I'm not going to get better unless I have it removed. So I guess the writing is on the wall - GET IT DONE !!!
Squeezed in a 2 mile run last night before dinner, then had to go to a parent meeting at daughter's school, she's going on trip to NY City for 3 days with her fashion marketing class. I would soooo love to be going with her, but it's time to let her fly from the nest for a little while on her own.
I have a 10-minute trainer workout with Tony tonight, gonna give the AB routine a whirl, since it's a rest day from running. My daughter is even going to do it with me. Still not feeling great, but I'm at least "getting thru" my workouts. Notice I said "getting thru" - I can't wait to feel better so I can be back to looking forward to my workouts and having fun.
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