Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I felt so good when I woke up this morning -- just one of those days when I wake up and my body feels RIGHT. Got a good night of sleep.
Weighed in -- and I'm right back at the sweet spot in the middle of my maintenance range. :P HAHAHA
SO YAY for getting good night sleep!! :)
Last night I was so tired when I got home -- I was totally devastated because I was planning on us having sandwiches and chips -- easy and quick. And then I realize WE HAVE NO BREAD. So I was like wah wah wah I have to cook what to do??? We had tacos -- so all I really had to do was brown some meat. It was perfect. They were like... soft tacos w/ corn tortillas, slaw mix instead of lettuce, a bit of cheese and FF sour cream and salsa and VOILA. DINNER.
Also last night was day 29 of MTC, and this morning was day 30. DONE DONE DONE. :D I get to cross another goal off of my 101 in 1001 days! :D WOOHOO!!! I also think I had this as a goal on my SparkPage... I DID IT! YAY!!! :D hahaha. It was tough, and I'm ready for some more relaxed moments at the gym, but man, it felt good to do it.
I also got in a little run today. I'm looking forward to being able to shift focus more to my running, but I'm also trying to take it easy leading up to the 8K since it'll be the most I've done in a while, so prior to the Convention I'm not gonna stress it out. I think I'll actually wait to really start a new PROGRAM until post Convention anyway because I won't be able to continue with any serious lifting while I'm gone either. (Not that I consider myself a super serious lifter, but that's the kind of program I'm aiming to start and I would need a lot more than some resistance bands. :) hehe).
Monday, April 20, 2009
OK so I just wrote the most amazing entry and I clicked connect to facebook and it disappeared. It was probably too long anyway so I guess I'll try to sum it up.
Weighed this morning -- top of maintenance range, 3lbs lower than entering the weekend. WOOOOT. I lost over the weekend! Granted TOM is now over and sleep had a lot to do with it, but I'm glad to see myself officially back in range. I also took my measurements and they are the same as last time I measured (which was at a lower weight) so that's good stuff.
Been reading a "The Non-Runners Marathon Guide for Women". Very amusing, I suggest it!!
Um... what else... Tonight and tomorrow morning are the last two days of this MTC cycle. SCORE! :D I am so close to reaching that goal!
It also means I adjusted my potential calorie burn down significantly to compensate for less super crazy buttkicking madness. I'm not sure if it will really be where I adjusted it to, considering I'm also adding an extra run this week, and will be doing other Strength Training still, but I don't want to over estimate. So I've currently got it at 4000, it's now at 2500.
I didn't meet my goal last week either -- only a 250 short (not counting anything I may have burned doing laser tag or the reformer pilates intro class, both of which I forgot to turn on my HRM during). I went to that intro class and since it went over, I was in the position of being 15min late for yopa, and over an hour early for pilates. So I went home instead. BUT!
I'm still glad I went to the Reformer Pilates Intro class. It's still too expensive, but it was really cool to see how the reformers worked and to get to try a couple things on them. I also got some very valuable feedback from the teacher.
So -- confession, I always thought I had a massively huge ribcage for some reason. Whenever I laid down and turned and looked in the mirror my rib cage was sticking up/out like crazy compared to everyone else's. I was like, man, what gives -- my rib cage is HUGE. I'm deformed! WAH!
Turns out you can actually change the way your rib cage lays inside your body using some as of yet undefined muscle. I really don't quite comprehend how the change is made, but by the adjustments the teacher gave me, I was able to shift my body in a way that when I turned and looked -- HOLY CRAP I LOOK NORMAL!!! It feels INSANE, but I LOOK normal. HAHAHAHA. So the teacher was like, you will need to really focus on that at first, maybe in your mat classes, or your first few reformed classes, to get used to that, and then focus on the hip position. (every time I tried to close my rib cage, I curled my hips up, too. I was able to slowly manipulate myself into the right position -- shoulders down and back, rib cage closed and pressed down, hips in neutral position so there is still a small curve in the lower back -- but um, it was challenging!) So she recommended I focus on the ribs more at first and then adjust the hips. Anyway -- I'm glad I was able to get that instruction!!!
It made me wish even more that I could take her class, but alas -- way too expensive right now. I hope it gets cheaper.
Also! I have a potential new running partner!!! I was kinda uncertain about it at first when she was like WE SHOULD RUN TOGETHER!!! but then I was like... yeah that's probably a good thing for me, let's do it. So I hope to try it out this Saturday morning maybe.
A little background -- I don't really know this lady, BUT, I remember last year when I ran my best 5K time to date, she was like... 7 months pregnant and running in that race. She passed me a few times and I was like AWRIHAOIRTHAOISDRHAOISE?!?!?! I'M SO SLOW!!! I finally passed her at one point - um when she was WALKING by the way, not when she was running, and didn't see her again. I told her about this and she said that she hadn't been running and her husband made a comment about her putting on weight being pregnant and she was like, "WHATEVER I'm gonna RUN THIS 5K!" She said she was sick the whole day afterward!!! AWW! :( hahahahaha. But anyway... now she's NOT pregnant, so I'm guessing she will be a speedy one. We'll see.
I think that covers all of it. :P Here's to a hopefully awesome week!!!
9 Days, 7 Workdays till I LEAVE for SPARKCON!!! :)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I had FUN. I had a tiny little bit of Funnel cake, the doughnut in my tracker was actually a "pistolette" really not sure how to track it, but it was fried dough with some kind of crawfish paste inside? I only ate half of one, but I figured overestimation was better than under. I also am not sure I got a lb of crawfish to start with, but I'm gonna go with that. A lot of work for a little meat but it was DELICIOUS.
The best find of the day was this woman who made AMAZING homemade jams and jellies. She let us taste some on crackers which is where that part on my tracker comes in -- we got the Pear Honey. SO GOOD. After I had my bit of funnel cake I was full so I popped in that gum. I got offered powder sugar, more jam tasting, and what all else afterward and said no. I also said no to a cookie BEFORE all that happened. (But I did take a small bite of my hubby's that I forgot to add to the tracker, will go do that now...)
But overall - PROUD of my restraint, PROUD of my recognizing my fullness, and PROUD of implementing the gum method!
I'm also very proud of my fitness accomplishment today, ran a little over 4 miles! :D The longest run to date this year. I took a brief stretch break at the halfway point because my left hammie was feeling funky, but the rest of it was SMOOTH SAILING and all felt good and wonderful.
It was actually lightly raining when I headed out, but I was like, this little drizzle won't stop me!! LET'S GO! :) It stopped when I was about halfway through. I subtracted about 5 min total from my running time because I started my watch while still walking in the parking lot across and down the street a bit from where I started running, plus the stretching break -- it MIGHT have been a tiny bit more or less than that, but the average I got from that calculation was just under an 11min mile which I'm very happy with for that distance and everything. This definitely made me feel more confident about my upcoming 8K in San Diego.
THE TRIP IS SO SOON. :D EXCITED!
OH and the mechanical bull cost money that I did NOT want to spend, plus it was set up basically on a concrete lot with verrrry little padding. So spending money to potentially get thrown and jack up my body that I plan to run all over the place in San Diego soon??? NOT HAPPENING. I was expecting like... piles of hay or something at least. But it was like a small airfilled mat. My DH was like, I'd rather you not... especially at that price. Apparently in previous years the mechanical bull at this event was free. I was still kinda torn.... but decided against it. ONE DAY I WILL RIDE A MECHANICAL BULL. Now that I've gotten the idea in my head, it's my mission.
WELL! Off to spend the rest of my evening relaxing at home. :)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I kinda wanna practice so I can get better. Now that I'm a goal making machine, being bad at something just makes me want to take it on as a challenge and kick it in the butt.
But to give you an idea -- I was in last place. First place was like 2200pts. Then there were some folk in the 1000's, 750,700,500... oh and then me... with FIFTY POINTS. I kinda half believe my equipment may have been malfunctioning?? Um, but anyway. Not good. :) BUT! I did have fun.
I am however disappointed in myself because... there was free food. And I overindulged. Why I'm disappointed? NOT because I ate the food, but because I again ate after I was full and to the point that it hurt. I have GOT to find a way to push that OFF button when I'm out eating and I'm feeling bored and just KEEP GOING. *frustration OVER*
That aside I'm not letting it derail me or get me down -- I've got a run planned after work today and I'm going to go longer than I initially planned. I also have a plan to help me conquer today at the crawfish boil (which WAS supposed to be my splurge meal, but... yeah). I'm declaring last night my splurge, I'm NOT GOING TO TRACK IT (as suggested by many at my last freakout), and I'm going to be very mindful of my eating today. There will be funnel cake today - NOT GETTING ONE. I'm allowing myself a bite of my hubby's and that's it. (Sorry hubby, gotta help em out!) I'm also going to make SURE I have my GUM on me and when I'm full, a piece of gum is GOING IN MY MOUTH to STOP the mindless eating.
SO! I think this plan will really help make me feel on track and it will be another test run of the "gum-to-stop-mindless-eating-when-eating-o
ut" plan. I did this once before and it worked, but for some reason I forgot about it. And last night I wasn't even expecting food, so I was definitely not prepared for that. Sometimes I think the mental preparation is one of the most important parts for me in resisting temptation. If I didn't know I was going to be presented with the opportunity to eat XYZ, then I like have some kind of malfunction and go back to the old me that would say, "OOH FREE FOOD, BETTER take FULL advantage of this!!!" "OOOH I didn't know I'd get to EAT THAT!!!"" *nomnomnom* ???? This is weird. But anyway.
In the ongoing quest to understand the triggers behind my eating behaviors I'm still going to look at these things, even though I DO feel confident in my abilities to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle overall, I still feel that if I can understand these things better it will make that effort a little easier.
:) So don't worry friends, this is not a freakout, just a full disclosure of how I went off plan, but have changed my plan to MAKE IT WORK, and all is well.
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