Friday, October 19, 2012
We tend to blog and vent more about all weíve done wrong this, day, week or month and less about what we did right. So today, although not record breaking these are my little things this week that will add up!
- I batch-cooked on Sunday. Although I plan meals, cook and take my own lunch to work every day I never really did the batch cooking thing. So I did it and what a timesaver it was during the week! Duh! Why hadnít I done it before!
- I pushed through a work out on Tuesday. Got home a bit late, kid was being whiny, hubby getting ready for work and there I was pushing. Nothing was going to stop me. I did it Ė even more than I had planned. Beast!
- I accepted a treat from someone, but did not eat it! Victory!
- Went to a fundraising sale. One table sold trinkets and stuff (bought some), another table had loads of baked goods (passed it), another had homemade fruit salad (bingo!).
- Prepped and brought in good snacks to work. Hunger and cravings successfully diverted!
- Been cutting down on coffee. Creamer is GONE. Still working on the sugar, although I did cut it in half though! This is major! Iím working on taking it blackÖÖ
- 5 workout days in the books this week. And 5 days of mindful, clean eats!
I have a family gathering this SundayÖÖ Sunday is also my weigh in. Thatíll keep in me check no matter what the scale says. I will have plan and I will be ready. Because I got this!
Monday, October 15, 2012
So far, Sept and Oct have been good on the work out front. Consistent running 3 days a week (two 3-4 milers and 1 long 5-6 miles or more) and 2, maybe 3 days of circuit/strength training a-la-Zuzka Light or others. I love my workouts. I WORK IT till sweat stings my eyes. My major downfall is nutrition, food, eating. Especially since summer. Itís getting the best of me and sabotaging my workout efforts cause weíve heard it a million times: YOU CANíT OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET. Last month I lost 4 lbs in the 2 weeks I tracked. The moment I stopped, it came back. When I was losing, I tracked diligently for the 4 months. And it is 100% how I lost 25 lbs. After 2 years in maintenance and not tracking, itís VERY hard to go back to counting every bite and calorie. Thereís gotta be a better way for these stupid last 10 pounds. I HAVE to do something different. Something I havenít tried. How else do you know if something works if you donít TRY? So I am attempting a 28 day food challenge. A low-carb, modified Paleo/Primal plan if you will. Modified for me. I am going to give up dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese) and grains (oatmeal, cornmeal and all the white carbs like rice, pasta, bread, flour stuff, tortillas, pastries, etc). My only source of carbs will be fruits and veggies. Lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, nuts, eggs, and legumes (beans). The only sugar allowed will be the 2 tsp in my coffee- no creamer! Hey- it used to be more!! Nothing out of box, processed junk, etc. Clean eats. Healthy snacks always on hand (I let this go big time which lead to bad grazing). This means serious planning and batch cooking, which I did last night. Last week I was testing it out and I already lost 1 lb. This is totally doable for me. Sure I will allow a cheat meal- eventually. I just havenít determined when. And depending how it goes this may be a lifestyle for me. If not I will slowly incorporate some of those things back. Weíll see. But first- I am doing this and I am excited and positive.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Coming back from my summer slump I have done three 10Kís.
The first 1 was awful. I hadnít been running consistently and gained several pounds over vacation. End of July- it was so freakin hot!!! Then my MP3 died half-way. I felt so sluggish and heavy but mostly discouraged, beat, defeated. Of course, all this is mostly in my head but soon enough my body got the message. I stopped to walk twice. I NEVER walk! Of course, not my best time but I didnít care- I just wanted it to be over.
The following 10K, I had MP3 issues again, but got over it early on. It was hot too, direct sunlight hitting me a good portion of the way but then clouds thankfully. A long steady hill almost killed me at 8K but I pushed through and didnít stop at all throughout the course. My time was not impressive but I felt much better with my effort than the previous race, although I still struggled with negative thoughts at times. Why do I torture myself like this?
Now yesterdayís race with all its obstacles reminded me that itís all in our head. The race took place at my momís hometown about 1.5 hour drive away from my house. I stayed with her during the weekend, and it wasnít until 30 minutes before the race start (she lives like 2 minutes from the start) that I realized I had left my running shoes at home. After getting mad then sad then mad again, I decided to use my momís- one whole size and a half smaller. Oh yes. I am crazy. My poor toes!!! I took it in stride- literally- and went for it. Whatís the worst that could happen? If I hurt too much, Iíll stop. So in the midst of my shoe ordeal- it started raining, I mean POURING. We warmed up and lined up in pouring cold rain. A nice refreshing shower is one thing and a DOWNPOUR is another! So off I went, soaking wet in the pouring rain, in tiny shoes, without my usual MP3/music. At first I was kind of freaking out; all I could think about was having to pee and my sore feet. The heavy rain kept on for at least 2K, then gradually stopped. I found my stride and was in the zone. Forgot about everything. I was enjoying the crisp cool weather, the energetic and supportive crowds, the beautiful scenery. I even appreciated the several hills that brought variety and mini-challenges to the route. I didnít feel the need or desire to stop. Most importantly, I felt good. Proud. Strong. I felt that running JOY that I had lost for a while. When I crossed that finish line I proved to myself that we are the only ones who can put limits on ourselves and we are the only ones who can break them. Obstacles make victory that much sweeter! And what do you know? I placed 2nd in my age group! Imagine had I worn my size 8 1/2 s!!!
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Hillary, Sir Edmund
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way. Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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