Tuesday, September 01, 2009
So - we're doing good.
I kinda broke one of the rules today -- I went to get groceries. BUT! I also took a nap. So I compromised a bit because we really needed some things and otherwise my lunch was going to be tough to come up with today.
Stayed within cal range again last night -- woohoo! 2 day streak now, and today is looking good so far.
I already know when my cheat meal will be this week - we're going over to a friend's house for FOOTBALL watching and there will be cooking out and whatnot. I don't anticipate eating unhealthily -- the hostess is trying to eat healthy herself -- but I also don't want to have to think about calories in things that other people prepared, ya know? So anyway. That's the plan thus far this week.
This morning I had a really good row!!! The boat I'm rowing with for the next few weeks is essentially the MEN and me and another chick. This girl is my favorite to row behind and someone I really like in the club, so it was really fun. It was kinda weird because I was in the BOW seat -- meaning at the very end of the boat, the "front" directionally, but the back as far as how we're facing. Apparently it's harder to balance out there, and another challenge is that when rowing you have to follow the stroke seat -- who is all the way in the stern of the boat, AKA complete opposite end from bow -- so being in that seat means you have to pay WAY more attention due to the possibility of everyone in between you not really paying as good of attention to stroke to make sure there's not some ripple effect causing phasing in the stroke down the boat. ANYWAY.
It was fun!! :D We rowed all 8 for quite some time today and it was actually better than I've experienced, even though we were in the heavy unweildy boat with the heavier wooden oars. We also couldn't help but smoke the other boat (which was all women) on every single thing. Sorry, ladies! ;) HAHAHAHAHA.
I was actually a little bit chilly this morning! I wore a long sleeved T over my normal T-Shirt and lost it halfway through the row, and then partway through my run I got chilly again and just powered through.
My run was AWESOME. 3 miles -- felt soooooo short. I was listening to The Pixies and just having a great time. I ran without a care to my HR today, just running as hard as I felt like it and came in JUST under 11min miles. It only felt like I was running hard toward the end because the end is mostly uphill. The rest just felt free and easy and speedy. :) hehe.
Tomorrow is 4 miles, Thursday 5.... Saturday 10. WOOT.
Oh and my package is on time scheduled for delivery on Thursday - YAY.
Monday, August 31, 2009
So -- first the revision. I am thinking I will do two full body ST days a week instead of my previous plan -- Monday and Thursday. This will allow me not to have to do anything post longrun besides a possible row, and still give me one FULL off day the day before my long run. I think this is the best plan! WOOT. :)
I started this morning. Not as crazy intense as I used to prefer to do ST -- but I hit the basic areas. Lower Body - Deadlifts and Sumo Squats, Abs - Reverse Crunches and Weighted Crunches, Upper Body - combination bicep curl + overhead press, lateral shoulder raises, single arm rows, lying single arm tricep extensions, and chest flies. WOOT. Thursday's will be even better because I kind of threw this together on the fly.
My run Saturday went GREAT. I took a nap in the afternoon to help recharge. I ate smart and healthy and not too much all day to help me feel fueled, but not heavy. The ONE bad thing about the run -- I really should have had more water with me.
I tried a new on the go fuel, nothing intended to be used that way, but these Florida's Natural Fruit Stiks. :) Blueberry, strawberry, and orange. They're really good -- but they stick to the wrapper a bit, so not super easy to open, but once they're open they're pretty good, don't stick to the teeth, all that good stuff. Will still be trying sportz beans and gu in the future, but for now I had to get something to have and there we have it.
As for the water -- I finally ordered my running stuff today!
I went to The Athlete's Foot on Saturday and saw that wow, they DO carry like a full line of Brooks running shoes!!! (And Asics, and Saucony's, etc., and have them shelved by type of support...) I was actually really surprised that the feel in the store was unlike any other Athlete's Foot I've ever been in. Usually I go into an Athlete's Foot and feel like it's a store geared towards those guys looking for the latest kicks and basketball shoes, people looking to be cute. This store felt like a RUNNING STORE. They had gu! Nathan Hydration Packs! Lots of running shorts and socks and it was just really interesting...
I went back Sunday w/ my socks to try some stuff on. Decided I love the feel of the Brooks Adrenaline 9 and that'll be my baby. I also got measured again -- when I got measured at another store recently when visiting my inlaws the measurements came back about a full size SMALLER than I thought I was... it was bizarre, but I watched the measuring and that's what the tool said! (I know think his tool was WRONG) because I got measured again and came back as what I THOUGHT I was. Plus that guy at the other store had to immeditaely go back and get bigger shoes because his size from the measurements was too small. :P So anyway -- I'm not down a size in shoes! That was a REALLY important thing for me to know before making any decisions about what to buy.
The sales associate was very knowledgeable and helpful so I feel kinda bad that I'm not buying from their store... but oh well. Gotta do what I gotta do. I could buy the shoe for almost $40 cheaper online and they didn't even have the right width in the store right then anway. SOooooooooo -- I placed my order today for:
The Adrenaline shoe
Adidas running tights (WHEE!!!)
Amphipod Runlite 4 bottle thingie
2 extra modules w/ 10.5oz bottles
So I can either replace two of the standard 8oz bottles w/ the 10.5 oz bottles OR if I get REALLY CRAZY I can run with 6 bottles. :D HAHAHAHA When I tried on the Nathan in the store I got sold on the amphipod because it can be adjusted and custom configured. The Nathan had the awkwardly placed bottles I read about in the online reviews. I'm sure I could get used to it, but why bother?
So the best part -- free 2 day air shipping. OH YEAH. So I should have these babies around Wednesday! WOOHOO!
I ordered from runningwarehouse, btw.
So my weight is still the same today (an unknown number that I am not sharing for the time being), but my waist is down some in measurement and I forgot to consider last week during freakout session that this week is TOM and I'm usually up 4-5lbs prior to TOM. Not saying that is the case necessarily right now, BUT there is a possibility it may go down after this week more than a lb or so. So that is somewhat encouraging as well.
The Athlete's Foot didn't open for an hour after I arrived at the shopping complex, so I did some clothes trying on at Old Navy and another clothing store I've never tried - very cute boutique-y feel but kinda large (Az well?) Anyway. I tried on some stuff, still fit into the sizes I'd normally fit into, felt pretty good about that. So it wasn't depressing at all, which is good -- I was like Dana, do you really want to do this right now??? And it turned out to be a little bit of a confidence booster. You didn't BLOW UP OVERNIGHT!!! You're up a little and it's OKAY! :)
Not to mention the major accomplishment of my run on Saturday! :D I didn't get to bask in accomplishment as much as I would have liked because I made us late to go to our friend's house and it was rush rush, hurry hurry, make a salad, oh you made us late. HAHAHA. So my run was getting kind of a bad rep -- but I was supposed to run 8 miles and actually went about 8.5!!!!!!! HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!! :D This Saturday's long run is to be 10miles. :) I added a new path and part of town to my running repertoire and I really enjoyed it, so it's good to know a new place I can string on to my "favorite run". It added about 2.5 miles! So that's cool.
I definitely started to feel my body getting tired and a bit sore toward the end of my run, but no sharp pains or anything bad like that, so that's good. I stayed within ranges on Sunday -- definitely went a little over on Saturday night, but I'm actually quite alright with that because I burned a ton of calories on my run. (ended up being over my cal's burned for the week by like... 800? or something?) I tracked it to what I could eat to stay within range easily prior to going over, but then I ate a bit more than that in actuality, but nothing crazy. I didn't make myself overfull. I think I actually just listened to my body and ate more in a smart way so I feel very positive and proud of my actions.
In general, I'm feeling much calmer and happier about where my body is right now and my plans for the future.
OH!!!!!!!!! AND ROWING!!!! The line-ups were redrawn again and as it stands I will be racing in a women's boat and a mixed boat in the more local race that I made top priority, and pending fundraising opportunities there is a chance I could race in another one as well but we'll see. I'm just excited because I never considered the possibility of racing on the same day in two different boats -- I hope I read the lineups right! HA :D
So here's to a great week!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
so..... really good day followed by really crappy day.
I'm really feeling discouraged today.
The lbs I put on while travelling during August have NOT just fallen back off...
It's still August. I know I'm being REALLY hard on myself, but I just can't seem to stop it.
Yesterday was kind of an all day cheat day... I ate healthy food during the day, but too much of it overall, and then we went out to eat and I ate my food AND some of someone else's... ugh.
This morning I feel so bloated and huge. I know that I'm still a healthy weight. I know that I need food to fuel my workouts, but yesterday was ridiculous.
I'm not going to track it all because I don't want to discourage myself even more but I will try to remember everything I ate and share it with you...
Clif Kids Organic Fruit Twists... 3?
1oz raw almonds
2oz beef jerky
2 bowls of cereal w/ unsweetened soymilk
1 salad w/ grilled chicken (like a ton of hearts of romaine w/ 1.33 ish servings of grilled chicken? and one serving of a balsamic garlic vinaigrette)
stonyfield probiotic yogurt (I think just one but maybe two... ??!?!?! see how bad this is?)
PB and pretzel sticks
another serving of pretzel sticks
hard boiled egg
I think that's it for what I ate while at home.......we went to a Greek Place and I got the PLATE instead of just a sandwich -- ate falafel, rice, salad, hummus, pitas, two orange slices, and the leftovers of someone elses gyro meat, tzatziki and pita bread. Some tortilla chips and salsa at my friend's house, too.
CONFESSION DONE. See???? I might have been a good example earlier in the week but now you can see what happens to Dana when she completely derails. I couldn't help but estimate for the at home eating just now... about 1945 or a little more. So if I had STOPPED THERE I would have been ok, but then add the rest of it and I'm sure I'm over 1000cal over.
I KNOW that one day does not a failure make, I KNOW I can get back on this. I think I might have to not allow any cheat meals next week. Or maybe a couple of weeks. Just to get back on track? ORRRRRRRRRR just ensure that I REALLY only have one cheat meal and that everything else gets tracked BEFORE it goes into my mouth? I think maybe the second one is better... not too restrictive so I end up flaking out I think.
There were definitely good things I did yesterday -- I went rowing and burned 600 calories there, then when I went to my friend's house I went to the pool and actually swam a bit there. Nothing super major but I got my face in the water and swam across the pool every now and again. It felt good to know I can do that!!! Maybe not for long, and I don't open my eyes w/out goggles so I had no idea where I was going except to aim and reach out when I thought I was close to a wall... but still. I was a little proud of myself.
But then this morning I put on my "size too big" jeans cause I wanted to be comfy today and they fit. UGGGHHHHHHHHH I'm hoping some of this is bloating from the tragic day yesterday and lack of sleep. Also I DO think they are freshly laundered... but still. No more excuses.
I REALLY think the lack of sleep is getting me. I should have napped yesterday instead of eating. I need to honor my body by giving it the rest that it needs. I just want to DO EVERYTHING. I need to realize my limitations.
Goals for today and onward - eat at set intervals of time. DO NOT CONTINUALLY GRAZE WHILE AT HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (THIS is the BIGGIE.) My schedule varies so eating at specific times of the day will not work for me, but if I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks during the day, I KNOW I will be able to eat enough food. I know I can eat at 2-3 hour intervals. I know I don't need the amount of calories I have been eating -- I need fuel but I have been putting away STORAGE and I don't need to STORE EXTRA FUEL -- it doesn't work like that!
I need a specific strength training plan as well. It has NOT been happening and no more excuses. I know that not working on my muscle has led to me being wider and I do not appreciate it.
I'm having a hard time figuring out when it's ok/realistic to strength train based on my busy schedule. I want to get it 3 times a week, I don't think a split rotation will really work with my schedule right now, but I also want to make sure I'm not giving myself too much to do in a day, that I'm getting a full day of rest before my long run day (which I did not do this week due to rowing unless I run on Sunday... we'll see...)... stuff like that.
Right now it's Mon - OFF, Tue - Row and Run, Wed - Run, Thu - Run, Fri - OFF, Sat- Long Run, Sunday - Row?
So I can see that ST on Thurstay and Sunday will work, but I don't want to do ST on Tuesday because I row AND run and that's just too much going on. Mon is back to back to Sunday... Wed is back to back to Thursday and so on and so forth. Maybe I can do a split rotation on Mon-Thu and then a full body session on Sunday???
OOH. I like that idea. ok. So Tue - Core. Wed - Lower Body. Thur- Upper Body. Sun - FULL BODY.
No more wussing out on lower body ST because I'm afraid of aggravating my IT Band. There are THINGS I CAN DO. And just DO IT already. Avoiding squats is good IF IT'S AGGRAVATED -- but not doing squats will not prevent it from getting aggravated. THERE.
Corporate Lawyer Trainer has debunked my secret fear that has been allowing me to avoid Lower Body ST. NO MORE.
Are there any more excuses or secret fears that I need to confront?
I think my anxiety about today's long run helped me keep returning to the kitchen yesterday as well... YOU CAN DO THIS, DANA!!!!!!!!
I've been thinking about this all morning - what advice would I give to someone else?
OH! AND ANOTHER THING. NO MORE GROCERY SHOPPING ON TUESDAY MORNINGS. It might seem like I have plenty of time because I'm already up so early from rowing, but after rowing and running and then shopping and coming home and prepping proteins for the week... I run out of time to nap and I NEED it on a rowing in the morning day. SO!
Another goal to help myself succeed and to feel more in control is to go back to doing Grocery Shopping on the weekend. I won't make myself say Saturday or Sunday as a specific, either day will be fine I think. And prepping proteins or batch cooking a meal if necessary on Sunday for the week. I have time on those days and especially for the prepwork, I'm usually hanging out at home and can easily have that going on while I do other things.
Now a personal pep talk to myself:
Eating healthy makes you feel good.
Strength training makes you feel STRONG.
Working your core will help with running stamina AND rowing form.
Giving yourself sleep is not taking away from what you can do during the day -- you will be more productive, have more energy, and just FEEL BETTER during the waking hours if you spend enough on the sleeping hours.
If you feel munchy at home, remind yourself that you can eat something again in 2-3 hours -- then drink some water and or chew some gum.
I feel like I've been a wreck lately and I thought I had myself BACK until yesterday and it just scared me. I DO NOT want to let these extra lbs stay on. I WILL NOT let them. I need them gone. I need to make sure I do not regain the weight I lost. I have been feeling very uncomfortable in my skin again lately and it reminds me of how I felt before I started to lose any weight. I know that physically I'm not there again but mentally and emotionally I HAVE BEEN IN THAT PLACE lately and it SUCKS. No more!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
So today I was running and at the beginning of my second out and back for this particular part of my route I saw this doggie kinda looking at me and shyly following a bit. I didn't stop and looked back and couldn't see her anymore.
I said if she's still there on my way back I'll stop (I'd almost be at the end of my run anyway) and I prayed that if the dog needed my help, to help me see her on my way back.
Well I get back there and there she is! SOOOOooooOOoo shy. I had to kind of play a slow patient game to get her to come close enough for me to pet her. And then I had no leash or treats or anything! But it was so adorable once I pet her she seemed to be like, OK! We're friends now! Let's play!
She looks like a beagle mix, too, so my heart was right out to her immediately!
Anyway -- I get her to follow me home and get some treats and talk to DH about it right outside our door and he is obviously torn between wanting to take her in and take her to the shelter. (The heart says - oh she's so pretty and sweet and cute and the head says we have no time or money to take care of a doggie!)
I really do think she may be someone's lost dog (or possibly recently abandoned). She seemed slightly underweight, but not too bad off, and she had a fur indent where a collar used to be. So I HOPE that by taking her to the shelter her owners can find her if she is lost.
So anyway as you can probably tell by that last sentence, we decided to be smart about it and take her to the shelter. I drove her over quickly while DH was getting ready for us to leave for school/work -- I left our place to go to the shelter a little over 30min before we'd have to leave again!!!!!!!
Luckily it's not TOO far away. Dropped her off, rushed back home, 5 min shower, throw a ton of food in a bag, and get going! I hadn't eaten anything yet today! EEK! Starving! So I ate as soon as I got to work (don't clock in for an hour still even now, yay for being dropped off at work super early...).
ANYWAY. I intended to do some ST today, did a few pushups in this office hahaha will do some more and maybe some ab work before clocking in instead of the trombone/Japanese practice today. PHWEW.
Slept as long as possible last night, BTW. Started nodding off around 11:30-11:45 last night and got up at like... 8:15. Still feel kinda tired though -- I know you can't instantly recover from little sleep in one night, though.
Food has been on track so far this week, so WOOT for that.
Tonight we're going to a concert after I get off of work -- The Enemy Lovers! :D I'm excited for that. Glad I brought so much food (just threw a bunch of components in a bag instead of a prepared lunch) so I have extras to eat something before I leave work cause we're going straight to the concert.
Tomorrow: 4 mile run (Today was supposed to be 3, it's about a 3.25 route... but I did use the end of it to attract the doggie along with me. hahaha)
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