Wednesday, August 03, 2011
If you wannna be a runner, you have to look the part. Dress for success, that's my moto. Walked to Walmart on my lunch hour to buy a pair of danskin shorts, I just love these for running, but I ended up getting a couple of much needed items and some that were not so necessary. I hardly ever hit the jackpot when I go shopping, so today was my lucky day, everything was on the clearance rack and they had my size, so that was definitely a sign I needed to purchase.
Got my fav shorts, in grey, black and navy. I bought mediums, but I did get one pair in a size "S" - hooray for "S" as in SMALL !!!!!!!!!!!!
Thought this was a cute outfit, the shorts are mesh and fit kinda loose, never had a pair like that so I will have to try them out to see if I like them and the shirt was too die for - it came with matching headbands. I should definitely look the part in that.
The rest are just super, super deals. They are bringing in the fall stuff so they let these tanks and cotton tops go for a measly $3, couldn't resist.
The black floral one is my absolute favorite, it has a ruffle on the bottom. Can't wait to wear it this weekend to visit some friends who haven't seen me in a quite a while.
Can't wait to get home and wash all my purchases so I can wear the new shorts for tomorrow morning workout. Hope everyone is celebrating the small things in life today.... like a super clearance sale or a size "S", which stands for Smaller.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
100 days until the Freedom Half Marathon. Last night marked the start of my training. NO, I don't really have a plan per say, just kinda winging it. I am still doing the P90X so running is like an added bonus. I got home from work yesterday and did the P90X chest/shoulders/bicep workout, then ate dinner. I was so bored and antsy after dinner I decided I go for a walk for about an hour.
I had intended to walk since it was still rather hot outside, but something about having on the running shoes and the ipod make we wanna run, so I started out slow. Last night was the first time I've really seriously run since May and boy, was it hot. I have been putting off running because it is so hot, but last night I couldn't take being cooped up in the house any longer. I was like a charging bull being let out into the arena - lots of bottled up energy.
I gradually picked up speed to a comfortable pace, as I was steadily eyeballing my heart rate monitor to see how much extra strain the heat was putting on me, but I found a great pace and ended up running three miles and cooling down on mile four, I would have kept going but I had told DH that I wouldn't be gone long and I knew their might be a chance that I could over do it. ME, OVER DO IT?????
So for a first night out, I am extremely happy of how it turned out. I think my body adjusted pretty well to the heat. Going for a repeat this evening. I am trying to talk DH into riding the bicycle along side me while I run, for safety (wink, wink). I am trying to sneak in some exercise on him, but last night he didn't want to go, but I'm not giving up. I am going to ask everyday.
Here's a little tidbit I ran across in SHAPE magazine this month that I wanted to share.....
"3:23 PM - is the time of day when dieters are most likely to give in to temptation". Be mindful and have a healthy snack available. Knowing is half the battle right? So when the clock strikes 3:23 today, we know what to do.
Have a healthy, spark filled day.
Monday, August 01, 2011
(photo from google)
Yeah, last night was the start of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. It has been an annual tradition in our household for many years, I watched it with my son (who is now 23 y/o) and have been watching it with my grandson also. I was so surprised that my grandson wanted to come over and watch it with me, he's14 y/o, but he still loves doing certain things with me, like watching shark week, and I'm his "go to person" for doing wild and crazy stuff. This year I decided to add a little something extra to celebrate shark week. All the kids were over for our shark week celebration.
Dinner Menu - Had to have a fish dinner in honor of Shark Week
Broiled Tilapia with onion and lemon pepper
Grilled Zucchini with parmesan cheese
Fresh Yellow Corn - fresh from the farm
For dessert a little something corny:
Some shark cupcakes complete with a bucket of red koolaid chum
I was really disappointed with the program that started Shark Week, thought it would be exciting, but really rather dull and boring, but I think we all enjoyed a great evening of family fun.
I have to give a shout out to my grandson - he completed the Flagship Military Challenge this weekend in 95 degree heat - great job dude!!!!! (See DGIBSON02 for more on the military challenge, I'm sure he will posting later - good job to you both). I really wanted to do it with them, but I know my limitations and 95 degree weather is NOT my friend. I will be joining my grandson and granddaughter for the Neptune Festival 5K race, a little warm-up race before the half-marathon in November. I better get to running, it will be here before I know it.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
And the correct answer is NOT to snack, in front of the TV that is.
I was reading my favorite magazine (yes, it's Runner's World) and I ran across an article about snacking while watching TV. We all know this is bad for us because we don't pay attention how much we are really eating and can down an entire bag of chips or other unhealthy snacks. So instead of sitting down with a bag of chips, try having premeasured snacks. Put your snacks in a ziplock baggie, premeasured. Three cups of popcorn or a cup of pretzels or eat something you have to work for, like shelling pistachios or other nuts, you'll eat less.
To quit snacking in front of the TV entirely, deem your couch or favorite chair a "NO-EATING ZONE" for one day this week, then next week make it two days until the habit is broken or do something else while you watch TV, like giving yourself a manicure or fold laundry.
Sounds silly, but it is effective. I only sit down to watch TV two nights a week. I make a bag of microwave popcorn and divide it in half, one for each TV night and this has been very helpful in controlling the mindless TV eating. It works people, give it a try. If it was in Runner's World magazine, then it's pretty much gospel, lol. I just love that magazine.
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