Saturday, December 15, 2012
I ended up running today with my old group, with a run:walk ratio of 1 min:1 min. Even though my back is not 100% I would have preferred more running and faster. We went right about 5 miles in 70 minutes. A couple times I ran an exta loop when they were walking although I didn't want to appear obnoxious. I appreciated the company both during the run and afterwards, celebrating a birthday of a member.
Many of the faster groups, including the one I ran with 2 weeks ago, are training for full marathons. Quite a few people ran half marathons in October and November as preliminaries to running a full marathon in the spring. I honestly think a half marathon is enough for me, so I may have trouble finding just the right group of runners for me. But I'll keep trying. And I do two shorter runs per week and can use them for speed work.
Friday, December 14, 2012
I am stronger than Double Stuff Oreos!
I am stronger than Berry Newtons!
I am stronger than Milano cookies!
I am stronger than Banana Pudding Ice Cream!
I am stronger than cheese filled crackers!
I am stronger than peanut butter filled crackers!
I am stronger than fudge filled crackers!
I am stronger than BBQ potato chips!
I am stronger than Pop Tarts!
I am stronger than Honey Nut Cheerios!
I am stronger than cherry pie!
I am stronger than peach pie!
I am stronger than cheeseburgers!
I am stronger than fries!
I am stronger than Nestle Bliss!
I am stronger than any food temptation!!!
Today I celebrate a middle 2! It was 129.6 as of this morning!!
(Wouldn't mind going down another pound or four, but for today, I'm celebrating.)
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Hey, I'm liking these Post It warning signs on hubby's junk food so much that I'm expanding this effort. I'm putting "Portion Control" reminders on the peanut butter, almonds, raisins, and Cheerios. Won't hurt!
Hubby wants car this morning, so I'm not going to the gym. He just might be going Chrismas shopping, so it may be in my best interest not to discourage him! Think I'll go run the trail not far from my house. Although I'd prefer a running buddy, I can do this by myself. The weather looks too nice to run the treadmill.
My back is feeling better, but I'm still going to take it a bit easy today. Hope to feel well and confident enough to run with my new group on Saturday. The scale was 130.4 this morn, so going the right direction. Just .5 til I see that middle two!!
Wishing you joy in activity and in facing temptations or challenges and winning!
Edit: I said the weather was too good, but as I made my way to the trail there were - boohoo - raindrops. I went home and ran our street, including the hill, for 55 minutes in the mist before it got so wet outside that I had to come in. Got my solid hour in with a good indoor cool down. Feels great!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Based on a SparkFriend's comment (thanks, Aquagirl) I took a pack of Post It notes in various colors. I wrote, "Calorie Minefield," "Watch Out!", "Alert: Junk," "Not Worth It," or a simple "Calories" and labeled most of the junk food found throughout our house. (Refer to 12/10/12 blog.)
My daughter giggled over all my notes. I'm not sure hubby would have noticed had it not been for the giggling. I mentioned the SparkFriend. Later I was sitting down with my laptop and he asked, "Are you writing me up again?" I just laughed.
If there was a touch of resentment toward all his junk food, I think it dissipated in that laugh!!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Well, I still don't have a middle two on the scale, but I do have another day of eating on program (within calorie range) in my streak. I do not have to eat the junk just because it is in my house. I appreciated all the commiseration, wisdom and support from my SparkFriends on my blog about all the junk food in my kitchen yesterday. I particularly liked JOHNMARTINMILES' concise statement: "Even the most dangerous minefield can be crossed with caution and knowledge of the location of the mines." I do know where those calorie mines are located all right!! And I intend to proceed with caution, especially when I'm tired or stressed or hungry.
This house-full-of-junk is just about as challenging as my half marathon was. I trained 5 months for the half. But I've been living with the consistent intention to eat healthy now for 4 years and 11 days, so with that much training, I am prepared!! Realistically it may take 3 or 4 weeks of eating right to get the scale back to where I want to be. I can do it!
Today I did an hour on the treadmill at the gym, going 4.4 miles. I ran some one minute and some two minute and a three minute interval. I only ran about 18 of the minutes. It was my first time running in a week and 7 days after I tweaked my back -- again. I enjoyed the workout a great deal, but I could tell my back in not 100%. I'm going to wait until all the soreness is gone to get back to strength training and then I think I may try to get a personal trainer. Although I feel certain that picking up Gwen (34 pound two year old) is the biggest strain on my back, I suspect my own attempts to strengthen my back with exercise have been off the mark. I don't need a PT to stand over me for motivation, but I may need one to help me select exercises and assure my form is correct.
It is 79 degrees here today and just beautiful with bits of blue peeking out from between the clouds. When Gwen wakes up from nap we'll be spending our afternoon outside. When I was working I did not appreciate this time of year. It was cool and you had to wear a jacket in the morning, gets dark early and you had to wear a jacket home often. But the middle of the day is the treat! Wishing you a glorious day as well!!
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