I went to a new salon down the road from me this morning for a cut and highlights. I have a little bit of grey mostly at my temples and wanted to camouflage things a bit. She did a nice job, cut about 2 inches off, and put in some highlights that are actually very close to my color. So me...just a little bit brighter. She also blew out my hair which I can NEVER be bothered to do! The difference is dramatic just with the blow out...
This is the before picture:
And..this is after:
Really not very different except that it is transiently gorgeously smooth. I love my thick curly hair....but this is pretty fun too. It looks a bit better in person--loads of shine and movement.
Today is F-20....doing good so far but forgot to put my bugg on until late morning. Not a super huge deal but it does make it harder to reach my goal targets! Did great yesterday...one day at a time!
Random question...anyone out there with any sourdough experience? I ordered a starter from KAF and have it burbling away. Working on making some things today with the extra that I have after the initial feed/water steps...tips/tricks out there?
Off to the kitchen....and eventually to the recumbent bike. I'm loathe to screw up my pretty blown out hair too much before Justin sees it! :)
"F" you ask? Yes, F. For fitting. Wedding dress fitting to be more specific!
The dress is actually a little big so there are no major worries in terms of letting it out---but I want to be a little smaller before meeting with the seamstress who is going to take it in! I ordered some spanx to wear---but will send it back. Waaaaaaaaay to tight to be comfortable all day. My goal is for some gentle smoothing. NOT industrial strength can-barely-squeeze-into it smoothing. I want to be able to breath never mind eat and drink! I was skeptical...but I ordered the smoother in my size (according to their charts).....the resulting object that came in the mail is way smaller than anticipated and in no way comfortable. So...back it goes.
Yesterday was a successful day. YAY me! I did jog/walk intervals for a total of 3.3 miles with an average pace of 4pmh. Not bad. It was crazy hot and humid outside which limited me a bit--I just got too overheated to do more. Slower than my 5K race time but also 20 degrees hotter. Not too bad considering I've completely slacked off the running in the last 4 weeks.
I also hit my target of >10k steps and >60 min activity. Also, I didn't go over my allotted calories. I even heard from a friend I've been worried about---turns out that worry was pretty appropriate but she seems to be doing ok now which is awesome news! Life can be a funny thing with unexpected twists and turns.
Today's goals are pretty much the same as yesterday. Eat well and get some exercise. Make the bugg happy! (It beeps at me once I've completed each goal).
Back to consistency for a sec....the F - 21 is a useful visual reminder for me. 21 more days in this first round of goal setting. I can do this!
warning....boring alert....I'm trying to refocus myself yet AGAIN...
I've been in such a rut lately and am having trouble climbing out. No real reason...just kind of "meh". Lately being a couple months. I was so close to my next goal of weighing under 200lbs in March...and then I zoomed back up. I sat at 210 for a while, down to 206, back up to 208. I need to get this weight loss ball rolling back downhill. But...how to do this. Sigh. That is always the tricky part.
I've been thinking a lot about this in the last few days and, for me, it really comes down to consistency. OK, not exactly an earth shattering revelation. Add some motivation to that....sustained motivation and consistency.
I need to stop thinking / planning and just freaking DO IT!
I have a new interval training app---USE IT
I have a gym membership with classes--USE IT
I've been exercising almost daily--but not always really pushing myself. The recumbent bike is great for adding up miles for the 2012 challenge but I also need to pick up the intensity. I have a body bugg and I have it all charged up and on my arm (key!). I need to use this tool to help get me moving.
It is the first few steps / first couple minutes that I have such a hard time overcoming. Once I'm moving I do great. But...WOW...do I have trouble getting started. Maybe this will change with time but I'm definitely not there yet!
I'm setting the bar high for this first month as I have a couple important events!
20th High School Reunion is June 16th
Wedding Dress Fitting is June 22nd
I want to be under 200 by the dress fitting....will be hard but I want to really focus on this goal as it means a lot mentally/emotionally. Such a silly thing to be so attached to a number....but this is something I've been fighting with for a while so I'm going to focus right on that number and make it happen.
Rawr. That is how I feel right now....and I need to figure out a way within me to keep this motivation. Rawr.......
For those who have missed the threads....JennSwims and I decided to do a gym based sprint distance triathlon. I raised the option as more of a hahahaha....maybe? type of comment...and somehow things devolved into us doing one of these babies this morning.
It was actually pretty awesome. We did them in different order and just counted only the times for the exercise...not "transition" times and such. That seemed silly in a gym--and turned out good for me since I had to wait ages for a lane in the pool!
So, what is a sprint triathlon you ask... For one thing...there is no sprinting. I think if you were a "real" triathlete then maybe you could sprint this....for me...not so much.
750 meter swim = 0.5 mile
20K bike = 12.4 miles
5K run/jog/walk/whatever... = 3.1 miles
this is 16.1 miles of awesomeness.
With pool issues, I ended up running first. Well..I say running. I jogged. Most of it. I walked a bit too. Avg speed was about 4mph on a 2% incline to approximate the outside real world! My previous best time was just under 48 minutes and today topped that by ending at just under 47 minutes (46:55 to be exact)
Then I tackled the upright bike. I haven't done a lot of biking at the gym so I wasn't sure what to set the resistance at. I ended up on level 5--which was probably a bit low. I had to push the pedals a bit---but not with much effort. So this was probably the equivalent of a flat course. I have a recumbent bike at home and I do 12 miles in about an hour most of the time. Today I did 12.4 miles in 49:41...which tells me I should probably upgrade my efforts at home!
Then...the swim... I'm not sure when I last swam any distance. Decades ago. I splash around pools, float in the lake at the summer place...but I don't really swim. ON top of that I forgot my goggles. So my swim was a bit on the meandering side--but I was also getting tired. I did 20 laps in my gym pool in 25 minutes. It was all sidestroke and kicking while holding a board....so huge amounts of room to improve there!
Afterwards....a celebratory manicure. I'm tired...a bit dehydrated (working on that)...and I think I'll be a little creaky tomorrow. But...all in all....it was awesome.
As I exercise each day and keep up with my slightly - pre - New Year's resolution of exercising just a little bit each day....I say "Happy New Year" to myself. New beginnings are always nice and I think we all are susceptible to the "marketing" in the world at large that says we can always re-invent ourselves and begin anew. Whether it is a date on the calendar, a personal event, or just a random Tuesday....we all have the capacity to embrace change.
At least for a little while....it is sustaining that motivation that gets hard and that is where I get stuck. and stuck. and stuck again.... Perhaps this time will be different. Maybe I won't get stuck (pretty sure that isn't going to happen!). Maybe it will be longer before I get stuck. But...whatever...I will likely eventually get stuck/demotivated/distracted and have to "renew" my commitment to this weight loss/health improvement journey of mine. I'm actually OK with that...I just need to work harder to stop making excuses for my lapses and maybe, just maybe, have fewer lapses in the first place. That would be good!
Today hasn't been too productive. I've been fighting with my ipod which has suddenly decided that it is not going to synch properly with the mothership. Or maybe the mothership is rejecting the iPod. Either way it is annoying as the new workout music I've downloaded is now in playlist limbo. I tried to avoid it..but had to completely reload the whole stinking thing. This is taking AGES but the end is finally in sight....only 100+ songs left to go! (this reminds me, I really should upload the rest of my CD collection...sigh) As a second option I've finally uploaded all of my iTunes library to Google music. A back up. The new exercise playlist is there....ages before the iPod. If it is on the iPod. I'm just going to keep my fingers crossed on that...
I saw a funny picture on Facebook today....it is a visual for a song that is on my exercise playlist. I had to giggle because I've I have thought the same thing. It's good to know I'm not completely crazy! :)
The song is Taio Cruz / Dinomite
So, with New Year's resolve and visions of Lego's singing in my head.... I'm off to exercise and build a new me!
Bonus...as I sat here typing...the iPod finished reloading and my music is intact. Yippee!