Thursday, February 23, 2012
I got a gift certificate off of the spark point wheel and I thought cool I will order a spark shirt and spread the spark until it was going to charge me $9.10, shipping for a T-shirt, I could have a bowling ball delivered cheaper I think. So the $10 gift certificate is basically going to pay my shipping. My gift certificate is going to waste because I'm not paying that kind of shipping on something that I wasn't hell bent on getting in the first place. I mean seriously $9.10 does Chris drive it to my house personally and autograph it. Rant over now.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Marion, Iowa. Freeze Fest 5k, although not so much of a freeze this year.
Went into this race not expecting a lot was shooting for 36 flat since I would be running after getting off night shift and I was still fairly sore from snowboarding. Got to the race early and was still not feeling spunky, stretching it seemed to make it more evident that my back was not happy about all the falling when snowboarding. I definitely was going to be elated with a 36 if I could even pull that off. The race started at a quick pace, I usually don't get caught up in the rush of a start but today I did, I was running around 9 minute miles for the first quarter mile, at that point I looked at the Garmin and fell into a bit more comfortable pace running right around 11 minute miles. At about the half mile marker I was feeling like I was going to fast but decided in order to get faster I should run faster, at least for as long as I could. Around 3/4 of a mile a hint of a side stitch started to make itself know so I adjusted myself to a more relaxed stride and it seemed to have gone away. Then it just seemed like I got stronger I kept my pace even sped it up and around 2 mile marker I started to pass a fair number of people and didn't look back. With about a half mile left my boyfriend (who finished 2nd) came back to jog in with me, he cheered me on to a final surge at the end where I passed a decent sized pack of people and managed to pass one last person right at the finish. I completed the race in 33:56 destroying my old PR of 36:29. The nice thing about this PR is I know I have more in me, my muscles felt good, no soreness after the race, and my gas tank has more for sure, I was not breathing super heavy in fact I was even chatting with some "virgin" 5k racers around the 2 mile marker and chatted with my boyfriend to the finish. Maybe I should be disappointed knowing that I could have done better but I am still happy and look forward to more PR's this racing season. Today I reached into my pocket and found a note I wrote Friday night to myself
I guess I did my better goal.
Friday, February 17, 2012
This past weekend I went snowboarding for the first time, okay a lot of falling really . It was a great experience for a couple reasons, the first being that I would not have had the courage to do this a couple years ago when (drumroll please cause I know all of you have these statements) I was heavy....I wanted to snowboard or ski, but I was too heavy, I didn't want to look even more foolish than I already felt (any of this ringing true for others). The other thing that was neat about snowboarding is, it's a metaphor for life/weightloss, you fall down a lot but you have to choose either get back up and keep trying or give up and never know the joy of living. Yeah my butt has been sore all week, bumps bruises, I even tweaked my knee (I did call it a day after that to avoid risk of further injury) but in spite of all that I kept trying and even managed some success and guess what I'm willing to go break my butt a few more times, because it was fun, painful, but fun. When I get frustrated from now on I just need to think, get back up on that snowboard and get going I may only get a few feet before I fall again but if I choose to get back up I will eventually get better.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
I am having a lot of success I am unofficially down 19lbs (unofficial because this is the first day at this weight) since November. I want to share what has helped this success. First I exercise and burn a lot of calories, sorry there is no way that I can tell you to lose weight, keep it off, without exercising and besides exercise feels so good!! I weigh almost daily, (this works for me for some it may drive you crazy, so this isn't gospel, it's my thing) having thyroid issues I like to keep track of my weight patterns etc. I count calories using my smartphone/computer and probably the biggest thing I do pertaining to calories is I cycle (for lack of better term) 2-3 days at 1200-15/1600 and then I do a day that is essentially a calorie bomb (some call it a cheat day). I would consider mine more of a cheat meal I have picked chicken wings and a beer the last 2 times (its my favorite), the rest of the day I eat my normal foods but allow for either larger portion or an additional indulgence. This has really kept me sane, keeps diet craziness at bay. The trick is to pick the meal that you absolutely cannot under no circumstances live without, have your portion of it and then eat healthy the rest of the day and the following day you pick back up at your 1200-15/1600 range. By allowing yourself to do this you take away the "perfect" mentality. The "perfect" mentality has caused me to gain back weight time and again, by taking perfectionism out of it I have gotten down to my lightest weight in 7 years and I'm still going, and since it is truly a lifestyle change that allows me to still enjoy beer and chicken wings I am feeling sane instead of "diet drained". I'm hoping this will help those that struggle with cravings and "starvation" while eating healthy.
Friday, February 03, 2012
I just got mine on Wednesday and so far I am loving it. I love the "health flower" I don't like when it shrinks so I get up and get moving in an effort to keep it healthy and big. I like the sleep feature, it is interesting to see my sleep/wake cycle, so far in my first 2 days I have found I consistenly wake about 13 times. I have zero problem getting in 10000 steps. I enjoy that it connects to my other weight loss website MFP that makes it so much easier to track the day to day calorie burn. You can still log your actual activity over the steps and it will do an adjustment for the calories burned. It gives a nice readout of your activity level. If you can't get to the computer to sync your data it allows you to do it the following days (apparently it will store 7 days of data) the battery life seems good, I throw it on the charger when I am at the computer, but it is supposed to last 3 days off of a full charge. The only thing that seems a little wonky is sometimes it reads that I went up a flight of stairs when I haven't. As for the flower thing, it is a bit of a nag, walked 4 miles the other day then did a bunch of errands, sat down for a half hour and my flower began to shrink, are you serious?! It doesn't like any sedentary time whatsoever!!
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