Monday, August 10, 2009
I feel SO out of the loop and wacko.
I ran and did ST one day this weekend - which is good.
I should have had another run.
The big meals came at lunchtime and then no real dinner - just munching on random stuff -- meant my food was kinda weird... I stuck to pretty good breakfasts, though.
Just feel totally out of sorts.
Lost $30 that I don't understand how I lost it... it was in a pants pocket. I looked at it AT HOME to make sure where it was. Now I can't find it. UGH.
This weekend I did have some very fun times -- game night w/ the in-laws is always mega-fun.
Meeting my sis-inlaw's boyfriend was cool... I'm still semi-undecided about him. I really liked him at first but then on the last day we were there he REALLY got on my nerves... so as a whole I kinda got left with a bad taste in my mouth but when I think back I don't think it was a fair overall impression to just remember that part... so??? I dunno. He's not awful. That's for sure. So that's good!
I went to a running store on the last day -- they didn't have the running fuel belt I wanted but I think the visit and looking at similar items and items from the same companies I was thinking about helped me make a decision. I picked up some nuun to try as well since no place here sells it.
I ALSO got my gait analyzed again. I still overpronate -- but it's not as bad as when I first had my gait analyzed back in the day. Because I've lost so much weight, I don't need as much support apparently? But anyway. I think I'll still get a stability shoe when I eventually get one. I tried on a bunch of shoes and one of them felt like it was MADE for my foot (Brooks Infiniti) but I'm not buying yet (I still want to read more about THAT SHOE since I never have and maybe it's just a comfy shoe that won't do what I need in the long run) -- still it was nice to talk to a knowledgeable running salesperson and go through that whole thing. I kept going outside to run up and down the sidewalk. hehehe. My legs looked so skinny and cool running on the running gait analysis video. I feel like I know enough now to feel more confident about maybe ordering my running shoes online later on, same with some other stuff like the fuel belt. So STUFF wise - not so productive. Knowledge and research wise - I feel like it was worth going.
Due to my actions of overeating at lunch while I was away and eating kind of crap the rest of the day -- I feel all wonky and fat. I also had some serious allergy issues there, too! And I'm not allergic to DOGS so I dunno. I wonder if I'm allergic to one of their dogs that has longer softer hair more like a cat? Seriously, that dog's hair feels like cat fur. Hmmm anyway. That contributed to my wonky feeling all weekend, too.
I just can't wait to really feel back on track and while I will make my best efforts this week, I'm having a hard time being optimistic about how my weekend will go this time around as well since I'll be visiting my family again. I will try, though! I really will.
I found out the rowing lineup for the fall -- I'm in the Women's Racing 8+ in seat 3!
This means I'm in the bow of the boat and I kind of did NOT like rowing that spot the ONE time I rowed it -- it was harder to focus with so much going on in front of me. Also it felt more difficult to stabilize? Maybe I should take this as a compliment because it felt more difficult to me yet I'm being put there? I dunno, but in any case -- I'm excited to start working together with those who I'll be racing with and really kicking the rowing up to the next level. I'm also happy because the girl I liked to row behind in 7 seat (with her as stroke) is rowing 4 seat! :D YAY! So I'll be rowing behind my favorite person to row behind which is awesome. I think it's just going to take some time to get used to being in the bow 4 since I've only ever done that once since I started rowing. Unfortunately I will have to miss our second practice together but at least it's only the second one as well -- instead of being well into the season. But this also means that I may only be rowing once a week unless I also row on Sunday's or can get to row on Fridays -- which is a bummer. I'm gonna have to work on that and see what else I can do rowing wise -- BUT! It's also kind of a plus because I'm gonna be doing my marathon training as well and I have to worry less about rowing taking up all my time cause of it being competitive I guess??????
Lots of unknowns. August feels like such an overwhelming month so far. I just can't wait until this weekend is over.
I'm gonna be trying to learn to drive stick shift! We've been using my sister's car to have two cars while she's been gone and now she's back so I've got to give her her car back but with DH's schedule having one car was going to be AWFUL. So my dad offerred for us to borrow the truck they got that they don't really use until we are able to get another car (just SO not in our budget right now), but neither of us drive stick and since I'm the one going on this visit the plan is for me to learn while I'm there and drive it back! We'll see.
OK I think I've got enough out. *phwew* Wish me a good week!
Thursday, August 06, 2009
I feel like I had a positive and productive morning -- although I was a tiny bit late to work!
Last night I did NOT make any of the rice -- DH talked me into doing something quicker instead since we had the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE finale performance show to watch.
So we did Kim & Scott's Stuffed Pizza Pretzels. Those things are SO GOOD and as far as a frozen meal goes, not too shabby nutritionally speaking. I mean, it's a frozen stuffed pretzel, so it's not like it's health food, but relatively speaking it's good.
I even had enough room to eat some chocolate. YAY. I came to exactly my cal max. :P hahaha I'm not thrilled with being at my max twice, but at least I stayed in and I'm tracking again.
Tonight is a big question mark because I'm going straight to a party after work. I will have to be very mindful and smart! I intend to track EVERYTHING I EAT TONIGHT. No freebies because I am NOT counting this party as my "cheat meal" this week. I will be having enough of that while I'm away, I'm sure. I will have my gum on hand to cut myself off. Luckily the party thrower is a Sparker so I'm hoping there will be some healthy options available.
ANYWAY - this morning!
I ran - 2 miles, EASY pace. I didn't want to push myself after my brief pain yesterday (which felt like the IT band knee pain I experienced before) even though the pain went away very quickly I just figured tomorrow is an off running day and so I could just take it easy today, off tomorrow, and then get back at it this weekend. I am trying to be VERY careful because to finish my marathon, I've got to make it to the starting line fit and healthy. :)
So then I came back - showered, started laundry, did some strength training, ate some food, folded laundry for an eternity. Then hurriedly got ready for work, packed a lunch, etc.
*PHWEW* I wish I could've done a bit more before I left but I really crammed it all in there and the laundry HAD to be done before this weekend so what can you do. I may be sparking a bit this weekend, but if I don't talk to anyone - HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
... and I also said TOM was due today?
HAHAHA What was I thinking??? Anyway.
Got up -- did a speedy run with Ms. Speedy -- sooooo hard today. It was like... 2.28 miles in 24 min or something like that - and we walked JUST a bit right at the beginning, too. The big mistake was going straight into the car with almost no cooldown/stretching to follow her to the gas station to make sure she didn't run out of gas. When I got out at home my knee was hurting. BLAST!
I was feeling kinda beat and cramps started kicking in so I just took a shower and went back to bed instead of doing my abwork.
When I woke up - YAY no more pain! :) I didn't hurt at all WHILE running, so I guess it just needed some time to loosen up I dunno, either way, I'm happy, and no more skipping my cooldowns/etc.
SO! Tomorrow - run and then ST at the Aquatic Center. Upper Body and Abs! WILL GET DONE.
I was like... 12 calores below my range yesterday. HAHAHA :) I went a little over on fat and carbs, but again those are my prescribed NARROW ranges so I'm not too worried about it. YAY for tracking and being within range again! :D haha.
So far today I'm in a little better shape than yesterday caloriewise, and somehow even more protein and less carbs! So I'm thining I'll be carbing it up tonight, we'll see what I come up with. I don't feel like planning anything in particular, but I did get some really cool varieties of rice at Target the other day cause they were on clearance.
I had been LUSTING after them for a while but always said - nope, too expensive. So yay patience!
I got the bamboo rice shown in this blog:
The Thai Red Rice shown here:
Some teeny tiny baby jasmine rice that I can't find a picture of, a wild rice blend, and a seven grain rice blend. :) I'm excited to try ALL of them, so maybe I can get that started tonight...
Also YAY only one more work day for me this week -- tomorrow is my Friday since I'm visiting the in-laws. :) Will be very vigilant this weekend about actually sticking to my phenomenal vacation meal plan of two healthy in plan meals and one free meal. I devised that ages ago and I still think it's awesome, I just haven't actually STUCK to it lately. If I can track everything, I will. If we go out to eat somewhere, I'll make that my free meal. Everything else will be healthy and fit! And I will run! And do Strength Training!
P.S. -- the Skinny Cow Skinny Dippers are good -- they're like ice cream popsicles dipped in a thin shell of chocolate most of the way down the pop. I got the mint and vanilla variety pack. :)
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
So honestly, I really didn't think the recent events would affect me much emotionally in regard to eating -- but I forgot how much of a stress/anxiety eater I am!!!!! BOY HOWDY!
I was not tracking for a while... anyway.
I'm not far from where I like to be while maintaining (like I said last week before I left), but I feel soooo freaking fat today.
I know those of you who are at the beginning of your journeys are probably pooh pooh ing me, and I know mentally that I'm not fat, but dangit I still feel fat sometimes. And I think it's more than a lifetime skinny chick's "fat day" too. Because I actually feel my mental image of my body shifting back to my BEFORE days -- I know what fat is and I used to be there and while I rationally know I'm not there right now, I have been feeling that feeling of BEFORE-ness and I don't like it.
That's what comes of eating too much ice cream and cookies and candy and doing no strength training for a while. I feel mushy.
I'm lucky to have those pictures from Sunday's row to show me that I'm nutso and give me that objective look at where I really am -- but I also have to be honest with myself and objectively look at my ACTIONS as of late:
Lots of sugar.
No strength training (or veryvery little) for a QUITE A WHILE.
This week I am focusing on TRACKING TRACKING TRACKING and STRENGTH TRAINING.
This morning I ate 44.6% of my day's calories before I left for work. OOPS. Luckily my plan for the rest of the day still allows 516 calories (up to my cal max however) for dinner. And since I'm near my goal on protein and farther from carbs I figure grilled cheese and soup is in order. (We need to use the bread anyway...) That'll put me around 410 cal for dinner and even leave room for a little treat if I feel like I'll go bonkers without one. (a frozen applesauce for 50 cal or a Skinny Cow Dipper Pop for 80 - just got those today cause I had a coupon, I will let you know how they are later...)
This morning I had a TOUGH run -- My pace was between 12-13 min miles average (including my 5min walking warmup) and it was almost 4 miles in distance. It was SO FREAKING HOT. I didn't get started until about 9AM and forgot to put on sunblock also -- ugh. Bad business. BUT! I DID IT. I got out of the house and ran the distance I wanted to run today and then I went to the Aquatic Center and did an upper body Strength Workout. Tomorrow I should be running w/ my running buddy (if not I'll be running the same route on my own) and then I'll work my core and if my legs are feeling good I'll do lower body.
I'm not really stressing the lower body ST because honestly, my legs feel SO WORKED OUT these days from all the running and rowing... but I REALLY need to work on my upper body and core. My core is getting some work from rowing, and a bit on upper body, but not as much. If my legs feel good I'll hit lower body very simply, but I'm not going to put a major emphasis on it like I am with the rest of my body. Besides I'm a pear. I need upper body muscles to balance me out, right? :) hehe.
OH I also forgot to mention that TOM should arrive tomorrow so I'm sure that is also playing a factor in the fluffiness and the fat feelings that are brewing, and I'm not forgetting that. I'm trying not to address my feelings as much as my actions because those are quantifiable and can DEFINITELY be improved. I'm not making changes because "O - M - G I'm FAT!!!!" I'm making changes because yes... I feel a little off, and when I look at my routine, I can see areas that I have been very lax in and can improve.
Here's to having a very ON POINT week!!!!! :D
(Oh and I'm purposefully avoiding the scale until at least next Wednesday!)
Monday, August 03, 2009
For now. haha.
But at least the next two weekends won't be as long AND I will have some internet access.
I finally got my emails down to a more reasonable number... (70 something from 180 something) -- but all of the remaining ones are blog subscription notifications!!!!! So much easier when only so many people blog a day and I read them all that day... so sorry to all those who I normally read your blogs, it might be a while till I get back to that!
The trip was... stressful. That led to lots of stress eating. We did go grocery shopping though and bought nice healthy options, so I was mostly eating pretty good for you foods... just more than I should have... and then there was the ice cream, and the bag of licorice mix my hubby bought me before I left.... yeah. But other than that it was ok.
Just sooo much stuff. so much stuff. It was constantly overwhelming. I photographed every mug and beanie baby for sale purposes and there are like... I think over 300 mugs. My forearms were so sore the night after packing all that stuff from crinkling the wrapping paper around things that I woke up in pain and couldn't sleep. hahah.
The good stuff? Well, there was some fun looking through my grandma's jewelry and trying on old clothes. I actually claimed a top from a pantsuit that my grandma wore AND my mother wore. There are pictures, but they're all at home. I will post some later!
I got to see my brother off at the airport to his flight to Utah for the Missionary Training Center and now he'll be gone about 2 years before I see him again, so it was really neat to be able to see him off right at the gate since we were flying, too, we were past security. :) Then after seeing him off we went to our flight.
I also got to run with my brother twice and once my whole family went out. I can't remember if my dad is following Couch to 5K still or a variation, but he was on 3 min run intervals and sometimes I was running with him, my mom was walking, and my brother that usually ran with me was walking with her -- we'd cross a street to a block and I'd run to the end and back and walk with them to the next block, repeat.
My brother doesn't run as long as I do, but he's definitely faster -- I mean, I definitely expected that since he's like 21-22 and a GUY... but still. :P No fair! hahahaha the first day I was running almost as fast as I do with running buddy -- so slightly faster than regular easy run tempo, but not as fast as a tempo run really... and it was a little slow for him. The last day I tried to make sure I stayed under the 160's HR wise and it was obvious he wanted to go faster but he stuck with me anyway. (The neighborhood was not really good so he had to come with me! FORCED together exercise time HAHA) Anyway. The first day I initiated a sprint to the finish and at first he was behind me but when he figured out what was going on he easily overtook me. :P But let me tell you -- it was soooooo weird and awesome to be exercising with my family. That is not something that we ever did together, so it's kinda weird that we're doing it now that we're all adults, but it's really cool.
The first time when me and Christopher (brother) went running, we did some lunges and squats and pushups and crunches when we got back. I've been seriously neglecting strength training lately and I felt it! I think that's something I've really been missing and has just fallen by the wayside so my focus this week will be to really hit the weights.
This week is a Learn to Row camp and I didn't reply soon enough to get into the lineup for filling in with the newbies on the water this week, so there won't be any rowing for me -- so running and strength training it is! So tomorrow I intend to get in a nice longer run and then hit the weight room. And GO BUY GROCERIES.
My hubby stocked the kitchen with junk in my absence so my return to good clean eating is taking a little longer than anticipated, but boy am I ready for it!
Anyway... I'm looking forward to this being a short week, and having a more relaxing and fun weekend this time!
And now -- for ROWING PICTURES!!!!! :D One of my coaches took these and so I figured I'd run you through a typical rowing day kinda...
First we carry the boat down -- mostly we carry it at the shoulders, but when we get close to the water we go overhead. I
The things the shoes are attached to in the boat are called foot stretchers and they are on these rails with notches and little wingnuts so they are adjustable depending on your height -- a reallllly tiny girl rowed in the spot I was assigned last time the boat was out so I had some adjusting to do.
Once we're all in the boat we have to push the boat off the dock so we can get going!
This is actually the tiny chick who was sitting in my seat last time! :D SARAHISKIDA, a fellow sparker! Isn't she so cute? She's the reason I found out about this and we went to the Learn to Row camp together!
I LOOK SO BEAT in this picture! HAHA :D
I dunno what I'm waiting on here...
ANYWAY. There are tons more pictures but I didn't want to steal all of them. :) hahahaha.
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