Saturday, July 07, 2012
I have been really frustrated this last month or so. I have been trying to get back in the hang of tracking my workouts and food because I keep gaining weight although I feel like I've been eating better than usual and being much more active. Tracking food is still hit or miss, but I haven't missed posting a single workout, which is good because it has been keeping me jogging regularly.
I remember when I first started jogging 3 or 4 years ago, it really hurt but I always felt great afterward. It gave me lots of energy so it was easy to want to go in the morning. Then, for whatever reason, I stopped jogging until this last academic year since I've tried making it part of my routine again. I have only really been consistent for the last month - since the second week of June - but I don't ever feel good after a jog. I know I'm pushing myself, too, because it's really hard and I try to go a little further every other jog. I want to get back up to 3 miles every day like I used to. There is definite progress in distance and I feel like I'm getting faster, but just now this 1.5 miles was a real struggle and I really feel awful.
Another quite personal reason I have been wanting to get back into running, besides the obvious benefits and wanting to do another 5k+, I have been super, super irregular for several months. I remember it really helped to keep my system running smoothly. But even now that I have been jogging several times a week for the last month, I'm still totally backed up. Honestly, sometimes I really have to just kick my butt out the door because most of the time when I'm nearing about a mile, I start getting very sharp pains in my lower abdomen, like I have to go to the bathroom *urgently*. I stay near the bathroom at the park or plan it so I can be back at my apartment after about a mile. But unless I get to the toilet at the peak of the cramps, nothing happens. It pushes me to tears and I have no clue how to make the pain pass, so I just wait it out. I have been using Metamucil since around Christmastime, and it helped for awhile, but now it doesn't seem to have any effect on my system. So I started taking Swiss Kriss laxative tablets every now and then, but they only work not even half the time.
Jake thinks maybe I'm not drinking enough water, so for the last week especially I have been very mindful to drink lots and lots of water. I have a flavored seltzer water sometimes and seldomly drink soda or alcohol. My diet is not particularly high in salt or sodium. I guess I ought to really pay attention to what I'm eating, though.
I am open to any comments or advice.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
I haven't written in just over a month, for shame!
I've been struggling big time to get out of the 160s for the last month or two. IT IS RIDICULOUS. I've been eating particularly well over the last two weeks, and am finally feeling that Want to go on a jog first thing in the morning. I'm not kicking my own butt to get going, it's an urge from within! But I just can't get out of the 160's!!! I think I need to up the challenge of my jog. I've been changing it up by switching between the treadmill and my favorite trail, but I think I'm going to explore some new routes. Excellent time to start since the weather is so BEAUTIFUL these days. And maybe I've been changing it up too much. I think my focus will be exercising around the same time every day. That has been particularly challenging because Jimmy John's (my job) has been changing the schedule literally every other week. (Almost as ridiculous as this plateau). But, it's possible, and I'm an early morning person anyway! I GOT THIS!
Also, I need new running shoes! There are ads galore, so any Sparkers out there have any direct recommendations for me?
Oh, and Happy Mother's Day! I registered for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in the Quad Cities for my Grandma! I have exactly 5 weeks to get my 3.1 miles down to under 30 minutes. My best time so far is juuuust under 34 minutes. Wish me luck :)
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
I just saw an infomercial for a workout program called Turbo Fire. It looks SUPER fun. There are lots of reviews out there, and a few Spark Teams, and sounds like it's pretty successful. I watched the whole infomercial and just pictured my crazy cousin and myself having a ball doing a workout like that together.
My brothers and I visited my cousin *the crazy one :)* and aunt *she's crazy, too!* in Kansas City this weekend. It was so needed, and refreshing! They are super healthy and spiritual and I love being with them. My brothers and I feel so connected with them... I love my family in Iowa, but they have different views on life and we just don't flow! It was really nice to spend a few days with family that totally gets me. Plus my brothers hadn't seen them in years, so it was extra meaningful. My aunt gave me her juicer! She wanted to upgrade, and I want to start. It's a Breville, excellent starter set. Joel - my bro - and Jake are PUMPED for all the juice we're going to start making!
ALSO, I just jogged 3.0 miles nonstop in 34 minutes! My March goal was to get up to 3.0 miles nonstop, so I'm just a couple days late. But I kick butt, and I can't wait to get my time down. Feels DARN good!
Time for a snack, an episode of Dexter (I'm obsessed), and then... BED! Good night, Blog!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
It has been a rough week, but I am staying positive.
Jake and I did not get the house. We are now setting our sights on an artists' haven called the Gaslight Village. Kurt Vonnegut and Gene Wilder are former residents. Very cool.
I am not pushing myself at the gym, and I have plateaued. Easy fix.
Lastly, and devastatingly... Rosy's pregnancy ended about a week ago. I have only spoken with my dad. They are not calling it a miscarriage. He said they are staying positive and are looking forward to trying again. They are looking at it as a "test run" for her body to get used to having a baby growing inside of it. She is such a good person, I don't want this to be a difficult journey for her. However, all I can do is send my positive thoughts and energy their way.
Wish my family well. Peace and love, Blog.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Jake and I applied to rent a house in Iowa City. The landlord likes us and apparently he is trying to decide between us and one other couple. We are going to meet with him on Saturday afternoon, and I can't wait to learn whether we get it or not! I really, really hope he chooses us. Wish us luck!
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