Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I'm being a little obsessive I suppose trying to avoid illness and injury in the last 11 days before my first half marathon.
Little Gwen (2 years old) climbs up into a chair and helps me put her in the crib. When she is feeling cooperative she'll get into the stroller, the high chair, the car seat, and changing area with very little help. I'm being extra patient, encouraging, and not just grabbing her up when I want to go somewhere. I am trying to spare my back.
My hubby has pneumonia. I kiss him on top of the head when he's sitting or laying down. I carry around hand sanitizer. I'm am trying hard to stay well.
I must admit I've slacked off on strength training to avoid soreness and potential for injury. I promise I'll get back to it with intensity after I have this HM in the bag. I've been extra careful to stretch just a little and not push any stretches.
Today I went 5.11 miles walking for 75 minutes on the gym treadmill. Felt good. Not at all tiring. Ran yesterday about 3 miles. Will run tomorrow, maybe 2 miles and walk about 2. Saturday I'll run with a slow group 4-6 miles. Next week I'll do 2 slow short runs to prepare. Got to start nailing down what I'm going to pack.
I've been training since June 4, 2012, specifically for this half marathon. That puts an awful lot of pressure on this one event. However, I'm feeling pretty confident and prepared.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Recently a good friend asked me a whole series of questions about how I lost weight and how I am keeping it off. I talked about portion control, increasing exercise, healthiest food choices, and the commitment to quit quitting - no matter what. I mentioned the importance of sleep and water and controlling sodium. Of course, I told her about SparkPeople and how SP helped me get all the way to goal. I gave Weight Watchers credit for getting me started and the YMCA for helping me learn to love exercise. You know, the usual, the kind of things I read over and over in success stories.
But I heard me say one thing that was so true for me and I have never read in any other success story. And that was the importance of grieving. There came a point when I hadn't lost weight for several weeks. I thought about chalking it up to age and genetics and being happy with what I had accomplished. And then I looked at my food trackers -- really looked. Reality stared me in the face. If I was going to continue munching in front of the TV in the evenings, I would weigh more than I wanted. I knew I had already drastically changed what and how much I munched in the evening, but I saw it was still my primary overeating issue.
I decided to give up the evening munching and to substitute a small, planned evening snack if I had enough calories left. It was a hard choice. And here comes the grieving process. I'm not kidding. I felt like I had lost a great friend. My chest hurt right during the time I would have been eating; I truly felt heartbroken. I searched for new activities to keep me busy in the evenings and focused on other things, from computer games to pilates. I found herbal tea and bubble baths and talking to real friends as alternative forms of comfort. I learned that sometimes I just need to go to bed rather than eat.
So in addition to all the usual things, for me I would add grieving the loss of food as a friend as a crucial step on my way to a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
For breakfast I had cooked fresh pumpkin, applesauce, and wheat germ this morning. With a cup of tea, absolutely yummy!! I roasted the pumpkin seeds yesterday afternoon and ate them in between trick or treaters. After 9 o'clock I turned off the porch light and cut up the jack 'o lantern. I just microwaved large pieces for 12 minutes or so until soft. It tasted good just plain. When you eat it plain it's like squash, not like pumpkin in pie. It takes the spices and sweetening to make it taste like the pumpkin of my youth, but actually it is good both ways.
Natalie was Belle and Gwen was a darling bee. They stopped by with their parents after Trunk or Treat at their church and we visited neighbors we know. Such fun!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's all arranged. And it's certainly better than nothing, but not perfect. The Galloway program director set up my 14 mile long run for Saturday starting at 5 am. (You may remember my pacegroup leader thought the 13.5 mile run I did on 10-20 was sufficient, but I wanted another long run before my first half marathon on Nov 18th, St Pete Women's HM.) This schedule also means I'll be able to attend the nutrition for runners seminar at 8:45. I believe it is based on the book Eat to Live. I'll find out.
My disappointment is that I got assigned to an even slower group than my usual slow one. They run 30 seconds and walk 1 minute; so we'll repeat that for 14 miles. Galloway says that slow long runs are not a problem; that you still gain the stamina. I honestly was hoping to be in a 2 min run/1 min walk group. Oh, well. I'll just make it work. Officially Galloway puts every first time half marathoner in training "to finish"without a time goal. But I really was hoping not to be too slow. I'm running with Barb (ONEKIDSMOM) and I know she is really fit, however, she's really kind, too, and has assured me we'll find a pace that works for both of us.
I'm still living in a house full of sick people. Gwen is getting better. Hubby is still suffering. I have just a touch of scratchy throat and nasal congestion, but seem to be shaking it off. I ran Monday. Took it easy yesterday and going to take today a little easy, too. Plan to run tomorrow, although it may be early in the neighborhood or Gwen's nap time on my TM as Gwen isn't well enough to go to the Y nursery.
Maybe since I'm taxing my immunities I may be just as well off with the slow long run. I just can't wait to finish my first half marathon!!
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