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.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I've been back from vacation for over 10 days and I'm just now getting around to a blog. Life has been really crazy since we got back - busy at work, my husband lost his best friend unexpectedly to a heart attack, my daughters college enrollment/orientation and working on my father's rental house, sheesh - I need a vacation from the past ten days.
Our cruise was fabulous. I ate within range, sticking with the plan of only sampling the desserts and I worked out daily, but I also did a heck of a lot of sun worshipping with fruitty umbrella drinks.
Sampling of delicious goodness :)
I worked out at the hotel gym as well as logging in a few miles jogging on the top deck of the ship, and lots and lots and lots of walking.
This was taken on our rooms balcony.
Our first stop was Nassau Bahamas, we enjoyed spending the day at the Atlantis Resort and got to swim with the dolphins. Such a fun day, I just loved the dolphins, they are such friendly, lovable animals.
I waited to get everyone souveniers from the Harley Shop and was so mad. They did not have a selection of any touristy things, only 3XL t-shirts, so I left empty handed :(
This is my daughter Katie and I at the Captains dinner. The photographer said to me "scoot over next to your sister" and that's why I had a huge smile on my face, he thought my daughter was my sister. And then DD has to ruin it and say... "Mom, he says that to everybody" - darn it, but I thought the pic turned out great anyway.
Next stop was Half Moon Cay - private island owned by Holland America and they share it with Carnival cruise lines, we had to take a tender to the island. Nothing but pristine white sandy beaches and lots of island fun. We went on the horseback adventure. Did a trail ride to the tallest point on the island, and WOW what a beautiful view and then they saddled up the horses for a water ride. It was so fun riding a running horse in the water, totally exhilerating, everyone needs to do that once in their lives.
Most of the time we were on the ship I enjoyed many hours of pure relaxation, enjoying the hot sunny weather.
(Yes, the tattoo is fake, I want a real one someday, but definitely not on my back, no one can see it there).
This is, by far, the best vacation ever. I felt so confident in myself. I knew I wasn't going to over eat, I was getting plenty of exercise and I felt great in a bikini. I didn't have to hide from the camera like I used to when I was overweight. I am happy to put on a cheesy smile anytime someone took out the camera. We had a blast, just sorry that it had to end, but certainly looking forward to another great cruise vacation in the near future.
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