Saturday, March 30, 2013
Yesterday I tried out my new swim goggles. I could not believe what a difference they made! I could see very well in the water even though they are not prescription goggles. It made me feel much more comfortable swimming the crawl stroke. Unfortunately, at the time I wanted to swim the Y was testing lifeguards and there was not a lane open for lap swimming. I swam a dozen laps in the open pool area, but it was less than ideal. So I did 10 minutes easy elliptical and 10 minutes easy stationary bike, after drying off and changing, to finish out my workout. The new swim cap and goggles were a good purchase!
The compression leg sleeves I'm not so certain about. I used them on my easy treadmill workout last Tuesday of 3.5 miles in 30 minutes. For that kind of run the black calf-huggers just made me hot. I thought maybe, though, that on a long run they would be helpful. After my half marathon in November I had terrible calf cramps. I know that often means the runner is dehydrated, but I swear I hydrated the day before and drank lots of water and gatorade during the race. So this morning when I started my group run at 6am it was just 52 degrees. The compression sleeves were a help with the temperature. We watched the sun rise and when we finished before 9am, having run 13.1 miles, it had to be in the 60's. I think the compression sleeves were a bit of a help for my calves, but primarily they are warm. I can't see wearing them in the summer. And we have a lot of summer here in central Florida.
So, win some, lose some when it comes to choosing fitness paraphernalia. But whether we are running, walking, swimming, cycling, or doing whatever our favorite activities are, we are all winning!!
Friday, March 29, 2013
Yesterday I ran according to my training plan. After a half mile walk and an easy warm up mile run, I was to run at 9 minute per mile pace, three one-mile repeats. I made the first mile in 8:47 which is probably my fastest ever; definitely the fastest mile I ever timed. The next mile I came in at 8:59 and the mile after that it was 9:01, so I was very close to accomplishing the assignment. Then I ran an easy mile (10:45 pace) home followed by a little more walk, some stretching, and the foam roller. Think I'm making progress!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
My hubby and I went to senior dancing this morning on this gorgeous sunny day. Dancing always reminds me of all the hours I spent at dances in my teens, embarrassed and disappointed that no one asked me to dance. My hubby was known as an incredible dancer in high school, whereas I got almost no experience and always thought of myself as clumsy and awkward. Of course at senior dancing age 63 makes me one of the younger participants. But nonetheless it is fun now being one of the few really fit people there.
Today a man from Canada was talking to my husband. The man asked Gary, loud enough that I could hear him, if he had found me in Kansas City. My husband looked confused. The man clarified. Isn't Kansas City where the pretty little women are from?
Now is the time to banish the insecurities and embrace the fit and healthy person I am today. And that's a compliment I am going to enjoy and savor!!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Thinking over the last 4 years, there have been quite a few surprises in this maintenance journey. That I would learn to love exercise is a surprise. That I would become a runner, and a competitive one at that, was totally unanticipated. That I would still be tracking my food almost every day all these years later is not what I expected. In one way I'm surprised I've kept 80 pounds off; in another I can't believe that I'm still trying to lose a couple more ounces.
But by far my biggest surprise is that four years after achieving a healthy BMI I am still working hard to improve my eating habits and behavior. I have come a long way; I intend to go even further.
Monday, March 25, 2013
I love it! I love it!! I went to Anthony's Health Hut here in Lakeland FL and bought 2 one pound bags of steel cut oats (at $1.50 per pound. I'll have to compare the price elsewhere.) I cooked 1 cup of oats, using 3:1:: water:oats, brought it to a boil on top of the stove and then simmered for 30 minutes. It was tender-crunchy and very filling. The whole batch weighed 24.4 ounces on my electronic scale, so I know my serving size is 6.1 ounces at least on this batch. Could vary depending on amount of water evaporated. This time I ate it totally plain, with no milk, sweetener, fruit or spice. I have 3 more servings in the refrigerator. Now I know I like it plain I'll start playing with adding stuff. I saw the Crockpot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats recipe on SparkRecipes and think I'll try that one as soon as I get to the store to buy the pumpkin.
Yes, this was part of my rewards for 4 years at or below my initial goal weight of 155 as of 3/21/09 and three years below 132 (here at home; below 135 at Weight Watchers) since 3/20/10. I also bought unsalted organic pine nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and PB2. Smile. Today I also bought a swim cap and swim goggles to help my swimming and compression leg sleeves and a foam roller to help my running. Oh, yeah, I also splurged and bought a new running outfit (actually 2 shirts -- one sleeveless and one short sleeved) that looks good with my newest running shoes that are primarily a teal color. I think all these rewards will help keep me happy and motivated!!
If you eat steel cut oats, how do you like it best? If you reward yourself, how often and how much?? Thanks for your input!
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