Sunday, August 21, 2011
How many times have you used this statement, "I'll start tomorrow" as an excuse to eat an unhealthy meal? I know that I did too many times only to realize that tomorrow never comes.
This month I started a challenge with my daughter and son in law, they would stop smoking and I would stop eating candy bars. Well, if I count the Tootsie Rolls, I missed my challenge three times. However, after I ate them I wondered why I ate them because they really did nothing to satisfy my craving for sweet despite the large amount I ate. After the third time, I realized that candy offered me no satisfaction whatsoever and the only thing it did for me was cause me to want to eat more and more until they were gone. I started over at that moment. I did not wait til tomorrow.
My daughter and son in law are still puffing away and tell me they'll start over next Saturday. They even told me that since they are smoking they'll give me a candy bar. Is this what is meant by 'misery loves company"? I failed, so let me help you fail in your goal also?
This past week has been great for me in saying no to temptations. I think the best thing for me was after the race yesterday, the town had opened the museum and some of the members were were offering cookies and Root Beer for the runners afterwards. When one offered some to me, I replied with "No, thank you. I don't want to eat any." Instead I went for the apple the race coordinators offered and really enjoyed eating that apple and felt satisfied afterwards.
A couple of weeks ago, I am sure I would have grab a cookie or two and then craved more. But now, I realize I do not need to wait til tomorrow. I can make healthy choices any day at any time.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
This morning was my first last minute 5k, meaning I did not register ahead of time. It was a 5k for a local cross country team. As I crossed the one mile mark - new PB 9'17", then as I crossed the finish line I heard 29:30 being called out.
29:30 WOW! but then I looked at my garmin and saw it was only 3miles. I felt cheated out of a good time. It was advertised as a 5k. So, After I checked in with the person taking down the names and times, I took off running down the road to finish out the 5k distance. NEW personal best for my 5k is now 30:48.
I entered the race with the goal of doing a sub31 5k.
I did talk to someone about the distance and I was told it was set for 3 miles on purpose because of some state regulation for the cross country team, so I figured they were doing some sort of timed run and figured they make a fundraiser out of it. I am glad to have supported them and now I walk away with a pb for a 3 mile run also.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Yesterday was w1d6 of the 30 Day Fastest 5k program and it was the long run (run 40-60 minutes). I set out with the thought that I wanted to go 5-6 miles. The weather was comfortable so off I went.
I used Podrunner Interval Freeway to 10k week 8 for my music: warmup, 14 minute run followed by 1 minute walk x 4. It was the wrong podcast because it turns out I hated the music, especially on the third run. Music does make a difference, I found myself with a slow pace and tensed up during this run.
I use my nano with my Nike+ sensor and switching music when I use a podcast means I have to start over. I was too far into my run to do that so I suffered through the music which I found very annoying.
The next interval had more tolerable music and I did better. Other than that third interval, my run went well. The total distance I went was 7 miles and my time at 6.22 miles was 68'53" - that is 6 minutes faster than the last time I ran that distance.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
My daughter is on a "I gotta have bagels" thingie right now and purchased some flavored bagels. She puts them in the toaster and it smells like someone is burning jam.
It smells so artificial; it is almost sickening.
Ever since my time on my runs has improved this past month and I have a goal to do a sub30 5k, I have decided to get serious about my eating for fuel. Now, it seems like certain foods smell so disgusting. I hope that means I am changing my palate and will not desire certain foods.
I know since I started my weight loss journey a few years back and started to not eaat as many processed foods, I no longer enjoy certain candy bars and won't even buy or taste them anymore. Even my favorite brownie recipe does not taste as good anymore.
I am so looking forward to the day when the rest of the people in my household will say, "Really? Is that what you made? It tastes soooooo good."
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I have had a goal to do a sub30 5k for over 1 year now. This spring and early summer I was beginning to think that maybe I am too old to accomplish that goal. But then my daughter and son in law wanted to quit smoking and I said if they do I would quit eating candy bars.
Well, they are smoking and I ate some tootsie rolls. But I did not want to stop my challenge so I declined candy bars from my daughters that they were offering me as a thank you for doing something for them and said, "I am giving up candy". I even told that to the nice lady handing out samples in the store and when I said that there was a chorus "You're giving up candy? I could never do that." from every one who was in earshot.
Anyway, today I am on week 1 day 4 of the 30 Day Fastest 5k program and it was an endurance run for about 30 minutes or so. It was basically running for a stretch of time followed by a jog. It was such a good run for me. I managed to run for the whole time I was supposed and when the last run was done, I looked at my garmin and saw that I only had 1k to go before I reached 5k. The next thing to do was cooldown - slow jog for 5 minutes. I was a little over 1 1/2 mile from home, so instead of the cool down, I ran and ran and ran. NEW personal best time for me 31'22". And then I walked that last 1+ mile home. I felt so good.
As I was doing that last 1k, I began to see how eating all those sweets have been affecting my performance and I thought "Did all those candy bars slow me down?" I am thinking yes, they did. There is little micronutrients, if any at all, in candy bars. Since candy consists mainly of sugar and fat I am now seeing there is no benefit to my performance eating candy.
I am focusing on eating better so that I can acheive my goal of a sub 30. I entered a race in September and I should be graduated from the program by then. Even if I don't make the sub 30 (a sub31 will make me happy) I am so happy with the improvements I am seeing in my endurance and strength. If I can run that race hard beginning to end I will be satisfied with my fitness improvement.
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