Thursday, June 12, 2014
I was in a major league funk this morning. It seemed as thought the weight of the world was suddenly all dumped on my shoulders and I was quaking under the load. Better now, but thinking about it, I haven't been my happy-go-lucky self recently. Lots of self loathing going around as I struggle with my weight. I packed on an extra 15 lbs over the winter, and it is stubbornly refusing to leave. I can string together a day or two of eating within my calorie range, then I blow it out of the water. I'm finally able to run after 9 weeks nursing a bad knee but am limited to 15 minutes right now. Yesterday, I hurt my heel while biking. What, you say? How in the heck do you hurt your heel while biking?!? I have clip in pedals and while having difficulty unclipping, drove my heel in to my bike chain at 15 mph. Tried to put the running shoes on this morning but just wasn't up to the pain. Hmm, could be the reason for the morning funk!
I guess it all comes down to…what do you do when you hate the person looking back at you from the mirror?
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The 2nd running of a local half and full marathon was this morning. It sprinkled, cleared, then poured. The route took the race just a few blocks from my house, so I grabbed a chair and some ankle bells and headed over. I've always been the runner, so it was a change for me. I thought about all of the terrific strangers who have cheered me on in the past as I shook the bells and called out encouragement. It was an absolute joy, and I felt so blessed. I've been feeling sorry for myself as I've been recovering from IT band issues and not running. This morning I learned that there is a time to run, and a time to encourage. I got a hug from a friend of my son and DIL who was running, then a man behind her said in a disappointed tone, "I thought you were giving out hugs." So, of course, I gave him one too! Because of the weather, not many spectators were out. They missed out.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Have you ever read something you wrote and thought, OMG, I'm an idiot? Well, that's me today! With a gentle reminder from a Spark teammate, I realized that my initial nutrition plan was way off base. Yes, I am trying to lose weight, but far more than that, I'm trying to strengthen my body and progress with my running. Plus start training for an almost 500 mile bike ride. I can't do that on severely limited calories.
When thinking, really thinking, about my eating habits the last few months, I see that I've done some things very well. I always eat breakfast. It's a ritual with me. During the week, I alternate between greek yogurt with a variety of toppings, eggs, or toast with peanut butter. These are all great breakfasts. Good job, Stacie! During the week, I also eat a nutritious lunch. This week has been tuna mixed with hummus on whole grain crackers with baby carrots and an apple. Other weeks it may be low sodium deli turkey and cheese with those same crackers and sides. Good job, Stacie! I eat a midmorning snack of almonds with a piece of fruit nearly every day. Good job, Stacie!
I've also failed miserably in some aspects. I neglect my afternoon snack in my rush to run or work out. Thus I am absolutely starving by supper time. While our evening meals, when we cook at home, are nutritious and moderate calorie wise, we chose to eat out far too often. When we do eat at home, I've fallen in the habit of drinking wine and having dessert which can boost that evening meal by 500-2000 calories. Yowza! So, this is what I need to fix and where I will focus the next 8 weeks.
-Since I don't like to eat right before a run, I will make myself a post run protein smoothie with extra to share with the BF as he is always hungry when he gets home from work.
-I will work on planning healthy snack options for non running days.
-I will substitute fresh fruit for dessert. I love pineapple and mango chunks sprinkled with coconut!
-I will drink unsweetened ice tea instead of wine most of the time.
-Portion size will rule each meal!
There, that's much better!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
This is the part I've really been struggling with! I do great all day long until supper time. No portion control, wine with the meal (and before and after!), then dessert. Yikes! I don't want to diet, I want a lifestyle that I can sustain. So…
1500 calories divided in to 5 - 300 calorie meals eaten about 3 hours apart on Monday through Thursday.
2000 calories on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Run 3x's per week following my half marathon training schedule. Two 45 minutes runs during the week and alternate 800M intervals with long runs on the weekend. This is not anything new, just life.
IronStrength from Runner's World once a week adding reps/sets as I can. Heavy lifting once a week focusing either on shoulders or chest.
Add in spin or biking outside two times a week. I NEED TO CROSS TRAIN!!! Start with 30 minute spin sessions and work up to 45.
I want to begin starting or ending each day with a short walk or yoga routine. I'll start the challenge with 1 day a week and add 1 day each week.
My goal at the end of 8 weeks is to look fabulous in my zippy new Brooks running shorts!
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