Saturday, January 26, 2013
In 2012 I only had two Weight Watcher weigh-ins below 130 pounds, so at 130.2 today I weighed the least I have since September 2012. The other lower weigh-in was in January 2012. (At home, on the other hand, undressed and unfed, I had many weigh-ins with a middle 2.) So that is just another indication that 2013 is off to a good start. Still would like to stick around 126 at home and 129 at WW. Time will tell if I can do it!
Today I got up at 4 am to meet my running group at 5am. There were 5 of us at the beginning, but one other runner, a mid-50's ex-military woman, and I were going faster and the other 3 told us to go on, so we did. We covered 10.41 miles in 2 hours and 2 minutesat run 2 minutes/walk 1 minute, and that included a warm up and cool down. It was 51 degrees at the beginning of our run and I felt pretty comfortable in shorts and short sleeves throughout, although when I tried to turn my flashlight on and off while running I was aware that my hands were cold. We finished after sunrise around 7am. I would rather run at 6am or even 7 during the winter months, but the people running my pace like earlier, so I'll adapt.
I took along corn cushions, as I've developed a hard corn on my second toe. It didn't bother me as much as I feared it would and I managed without stopping for a cushion. I'm thinking after my 5K this Friday I'll try a corn pad to remove it and see if it works. I'm afraid I'm going to make my toe a whole lot sorer before it gets better. Anyone ever treated a corn? Anyone think it would be smarter to go to a podiatrist than treat it myself?? Any advice you can give is appreciated!
My nephew wanted to walk the lake, so even though I didn't need the exercise today, I walked with him and my niece, his sister, the 2.84 miles plus another .8 to get to the restroom and back to the lake. He's going to run his second 5K on Friday with me. She is leaving to visit her mom (my sister) in Tucson this week. We'll see how he does running without her to pace him. I do plan to race, so I'll undoubtedly be ahead of him, but will root him on to the finish! I'm glad I walked the lake because when I ran it was dark, but walking I appreciated the peace and beauty in the daylight. One day I'll take my camera to the lake.
Hoping everyone is having a super healthy and happy day!
Friday, January 25, 2013
I finished the 4 week Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge here on SP and got my trophy. I do feel really good about my 2 weeks of cutting back especially on the artificial sweetener I was overusing, and then two weeks of abstinence from intense sweets, resetting my sweet threshold. I'm delighted that now I detect sweetness in almonds and bananas and things that didn't taste sweet to me before. Black coffee and plain tea taste okay to me now. I'm not sure my cravings have gone away, though. Seems like they've just changed. Now I'm craving salty crackers, but I know the more I resist, the more I'll be able to resist!
New Exercise Experience:
Today when I got to the Y, Gwen and I saw Cyndi water jogging. I had been threatening to join her one day, so I did!! We water jogged 50 minutes together - I think she'd already done 30 minutes or more before I got there. I have read in the Galloway running literature that water jogging is the only cross training you can do that actually improves your running form. So I was glad to have an experienced water jogger show me the ropes. To end my workout I swam 7 twenty five yard laps: 4 breaststroke, 2 backstroke, and 1 freestyle. It all felt great!!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
My second personal training session is set for Wednesday the 30th. You may remember that my trainer had a family emergency and missed this second appointment a couple weeks ago. Then, about the time he was available, the dog and I collided and I had a week of a sore knee. Although I didn't cut out cardio, I did cut back, and I quit strength training on my legs for about 10 days. So, now he's back and I'm well and we'll try again.
I had a good strength training session on my own yesterday and awoke with just the right amount of soreness where I knew I had done a good workout, but the soreness wouldn't keep me from doing anything today. I swear my core felt noticeably tighter. I was really up for more strength training today, but I did what I'm suppose to and waited. I know the days in between the strength training sessions are really when your strength improves.
I can't wait for the challenge of my PT session and I'm approaching it with full force. Definitely don't want to postpone it again. I have just a touch of trepidation, though. I'm running my next 5K, the Rotary Twilight 5K, at 7pm on Friday, Feb. 1st, just two days after the PT session. So I'm hoping I'm not too sore to run. Oh, heck, I'll run sore if I have to. We'll see.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Delighted that I had 2 delicious meals with my friend yesterday and still weighed 127.8 this morning! So I'm down several pounds over the last couple months.
It has been over a year since I was truly trying to maintain, that is, not lose or gain. There were months I didn't actively try to lose, especially when my focus was on building endurance to run the half marathon. But now I'm just 1.8 pounds til I'm back to my happy weight again. I'm thinking, though, I should probably lose two more just to have a cushion. Might take me 4-8 weeks, but probably would be worth it. Losing it slowly helps me avoid binging and helps me get into place the behaviors I need to maintain. We'll see how it goes. I'm not 100% certain that 126 really is a maintainable weight for me. (Judith Beck PhD of Beck Diet Solution writes about achievable vs. maintainable weight.) I know it is achievable because I did it in 2011. I won't know if is is maintainable or not unless I try.
I walked for a half hour early this morning and then ran and walked for 1.5 hours this morning at the gym. I accidentally hit the stop button on the treadmill twice and lost my data, so don't know exactly how far I went. I am not going to call myself a klutz, but if someone else did, I wouldn't dispute it -- and I wouldn't feel bad, either. I could not stand being a fat klutz, but being a slender klutz is okay with me. Go figure. I did some good strength training and tried a new machine, too. Okay. How about a strong slender klutz??
Enough for now. Perhaps I should wait to write again when I have something more significant to say! (Not promising.)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
This morning I was into my music and into my elliptical workout when suddenly I was aware of a round wrinkled face with bright white hair, mouth moving, in what I considered my personal space. I slipped the left earpiece out and he repeated, "Are you trying to commit suicide?"
I was stunned and uncertain. Then he smiled. I assured the frail man, who had to be 85 years old, that on the contrary, I was working to live a long, healthy life. In fact, I bragged, I'm a runner and this is an easy workout for me. Satisfied, he wandered off.
He came back, though, when I was finished to check out my workout statistics on the machine. I guess I should be honored. Acknowledgement comes in a lot of different forms.
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