Saturday, July 07, 2012
I am currently doing Running Mate Media's Faster 5k program and this week for my long run I decided to enter a 10k race just so I could get an official time. That is, an official time to beat...
I registered for the run on the last day and set a goal of finishing in 75 minutes.
Well, I beat that by 5 minutes and 40 seconds. I hit the lap button on my Garmin at each mile marker and saw that although my pace slowed during the second mile, I consistently sped up during the last 4. That is something I have not done before. So, I am excited that I may be able to get some of my speed back this summer.
According to my Garmin, my average pace was 11:14/mi. I feel so good about this because my training run pace has been averaging about 12:00/mi.
Monday, July 02, 2012
I admit it, I ate what I shouldn't have yesterday. Why? Because it was in the house. I know I never should have let it get that far. As a matter of fact, it should have never been put in the shopping cart. But I put it there because I choose to do it.
It seems that after I do something like that, I spend the next 24 hours chastising myself and asking myself why I did it. I almost always come up with the same answer to the "why and itt is because "I chose to do so."
If I think about it, no matter what I eat, (healthy item or not), it always starts with a choice. For instance, the other day when I was at the mall, I entered the candy store. I stood there looking at all the so-called "goodies" for quite sometime. It was only when the clerk finally spoke up and asked me if she could help me find something that I realized I was having a dialogue going on in my head: " I want this" 'Oh, this looks good." "I wonder how many additives are in this." "Cancer Food", "But, I am craving this and if I don't buy it now, I'll regret it later." "I don't need this." "This is not good for me."
Thankfully, that clerk's voice snapped me out of it and I told her I was just looking and walked out the store without buying anything. So, then, why is when I was a the other store I put that junk in my cart? The answer is simple, I choose to do it.
Choices, every day, every moment I make a choice to do or not to do something. Today is a new day. A day for new choices.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Today, I am listening to a debate called, "Should Meat be Off the Menu?"
I think that both sides present a case against factory-farm raised animals for meat. However, Adrian Richardson gave an example healthy - get rid of the processed foods.
While talking with certain people in my life, I find that the term "healthy" is often viewed as being subjective and every one has a different definition as to what healthy is. My view is that a healthy diet is one that consists of foods that are close to it natural state as possible and not full of chemicals and addictives. Also, if a food is healthy, then it will be health supporting.
Just yesterday, my daughter and I were at the store and we sarted to read the ingredient list of so-called healthy protein bars. Even the ones that were claiming to be organic were full of things - I am not sure exactly what becuase even organic foods add things to products.
Comparing those "healthy" protein bars to a Larabar - what a difference in ingredients. At least with the Larabars it is easy to know AND understand what the ingredients are. In my opinion, the Larabar is a healthier choice.
My challenge for myself this week is to focus on what eating healthy - that is foods as close to its natural state as possible with limited addictives.
How about your definition of healthy?
Friday, June 22, 2012
I weighed myself this morning and realized that I am down 2.8 pounds this month. I joined a lose 5% challenge by labor day. That is about the amount I gained this spring when I just had to have those Peanut Buster Parfaits from the Dairy Queen. It has been awhile since I last had one and if I recall the last one I had did not taste near as good as I thought they did in the spring.
Right now, I am focusing on serving size and really want to become more intent on when I am starting to feel full. I find myself often eating more than I really need to at meal time and snack when I am not really hungry. Limiting junk food and focusing more on low-energy high-nutrient foods makes such a difference in how I feel after I eat.
I have noticed when I eat junk foods, i.e. potato chips, candy bars, cake etc., I really do not feel satisfied even though I have just consumed a lot of calories. But, on the other hand, when I eat a hefty mixed green salad topped with lots of veggies I sometimes imagine my body sighing relief and telling me, "Thanks, I needed that."
That is what I need to focus on, giving my body what it needs to function properly. When I mentioned to my hubby that I joined that challenge, he told me I did not need to lose weight and 5% was too much. But I disagree, losing that 5% will put me back to where I was last summer and I felt great then.
One thing I remember him tell me when I lost the bulk of those 40 pounds I put on a few years back was that he noticed I seemed to have a lighter step when I walked. Sometimes, when I pick up chicken feed for our chickens (50 pound bag) I think of how much extra weight I was carrying around on a daily basis. Yeah, once some of that weight came off, I was walking with a lighter step because it was so much easier to walk.
I have lost only a couple of pounds so far and I am sure that it will go up and down a bit but it feels good. I have a lot of tweaking to do with my diet though...
Saturday, June 16, 2012
There is a local 5k fun run coming up in July. I thought what a great way to get the grandkids involved in a fitness routine. So, I am going to start training with my granddaughter to run a 5k. She keeps asking, "What if I am the only kid to win?" I keep telling her that there will be other children running and it does not matter if she takes first place, what matters is that she crosses the finnish line. The last race we did as a family, the prizes were given out by drawing, so she has a memory that she won a prize.
There is a 1k fun run at the race event I am doing next week, I am trying to get my daughter to sign up the 2 year old because he loves to run down to the tower and back with me and that is almost the same distance and we run up a hill on the way back. So, I think he can do it, but he might get a little shy because of the crowd.
I love watching him run and seeing how his form is naturally developing. And my granddaughter, age 10, has a desire to leave me behind in the dust because every time we talk about doing a race, she asks me, "What if I pass you?" I tell her to make sure she follows the race route and wait for me at the finish line.
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