Thursday, May 27, 2010
So - this morning I had what is likely to be my last row with the Black Warrior Rowing Club. :( I am confident I will be able to join another rowing club someday in the future, but not sure when that day will be and we are almost certainly not returning HERE so that's that! Maybe I can row on a visit sometime or something!
The girl who is currently the amazing scheduling coordinator is also leaving - either about the same time or shortly after I am. The club is going to take a hard hit this summer! I really hope it survives - at the same time I'm glad I don't have to help it work through that and that I don't have to depend on this particular local rowing club for my future rowing possibilities. I love the people and the rowing, but the organization is hard to keep moving in a positive direction as I've experienced on the Board. Maybe true for other organizations as well -- I don't think I'll be volunteering to do much more than be a very active and supportive participant in something like this for a LONG TIME. :) hehe.
This morning's row was REALLY GOOD. It was tough -- but good. We had a very brief warmup - only did pick and reverse pick drills. Then it was on to rotating through 6's, then rotating between 8's and 6's. Then we spun the boat and rowed all 8's the entire way back, doing pressure pieces (intervals) on the way. I have all these great new rowing blisters that will not be hardened into useful rowing calluses anymore. I also got a new rowing wound -- when getting out of the boat one of the exposed bolts on the outside of the shell that hold the oar riggers on the boat dug into and scraped along my arm. YEAH. I was pretty much trapped against it until I could get up. So I have a nice... cm long? ... gouge in my arm that has a bruise under/around it. FABULOUS! haha.
I also had only about 4 hrs of sleep last night (not surprising) and my quads were definitely sore from yesterday's hilly arboretum adventure! I started running and then decided to take a different turn after covering 3/4 of a mile of my usual route -- I found aNOTHER great new place to run (as long as it's not too sunny/hot cause there's NO shade) along the river on the road that leads to the dam and a landing dock. Totally flat and great view! :) Not even any camber to the road and zero traffic. So... wonderful. :) Unfortunately it's about 1.83 miles out and back added to the trail I was originally started on, so I came short of my 4 miles goal today (totalled 3.33 when I mapped it). I knew I hadn't gone 4 miles - given how I was feeling and the duration - but considering how I felt when I got back to my car I was happy with my run and called it a day.
TRYING SO HARD NOT TO BE INJURED!!!!! I went home and entered my workout, took a shower, ate and then did some foam rolling while watching Bones. And then back to bed to try to get some sleep before time to get ready for work.
I have a BIG weekend coming up! :) Friday night is a concert of a local band my DH and I LOVE (Baak Gwai), Saturday night is the rowing club's send off party for our assistant coach AND ME which is SO NICE! He's graduated w/ his Master's in Engineering but actually got a job as a Rowing Coach in... New Hampshire? Someplace in that general area of the country. haha. So I'm very excited for him. So since we're both leaving they kinda combined it -- I guess no one knew about Scheduling Girl leaving when they planned the party yet... although I think she plans to row and schedule until she leaves so maybe they'll do something separately for her. Then SUNDAY night a good friend of ours (LAFTERSFREE *AHEM*) is putting together a little going away party for us as well! :)
And to top it all off - I get Monday off from work! We haven't been closed on Memorial Day like... since I started working here 4 years ago. So that is nice. Next week will be a short and sweet 3 day workweek for me. Sister's coming next weekend to visit! :D
Anyway -- about my heart being uplifted. I've felt very positive lately about my healthy actions and all. BTW the scale was back down this morning. haha. But that's not really it -- I really love the mindset I'm getting into about everything and I hope it is not just a transient thing. I hope if my mind lets any negativity seep in I'm able to recognize it, acknowledge it, and debunk it and kick it OUT.
I'm probably going to change my little SparkStatus soon -- it's been reading Women Food and God for ages now. But really, that book helped flip some important switches in my brain I think. She gets a little loopy on the God part in my opinion -- as someone who is religious in a Christian faith, reading her talking about how God is inside us or any of her other little statements about what she thinks God is (which totally doesn't jive with my faith) I have to kinda roll my eyes a bit, but really when I think about the principles of what she was saying - how we can connect to God through loving ourselves or whatever the heck... it really makes sense. I believe that we are children of God and that we have a divine nature in our being. Our bodies have been called temples. By treating ourselves well, we are treating our temples well and opening ourselves to spiritual growth and realizing our divine nature. It's really beautiful!
Yes - I do get a little eye-rolly at the kind of open ended generic spiritualism the way it's talked about in that book - but that's really the only part I wasn't into. There's a great section in there called "It's not about the weight, but it IS about the weight, too." Or something like that. Basically covering the fact that while the deep down issues we are correcting in trying to turn to a healthy relationship with food and our bodies is NOT about losing weight. BUT - if we continue to gain weight and degrade our physical health, we will not be able to live to enjoy a healthy relationship with our bodies. We become trapped in the excess weight. But losing weight is simply focusing on a symptom and not the source.
ANYWAY! Enough of that. I will try not to ramble about that book too much more because I swear, I'm not getting paid to advertise it. ;) HAHAHA!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Makes me wish I had taken this advice looonnngg before I have only like a month left to enjoy it.
Hit up the local University's Arboretum today - and it was AWESOME. Tons of paved paths criss crossing all over that place. Pretty plantlife, water... lots of people with there big sweet doggies. :) haha. Ok not LOTS of people, but seriously the only people I saw there had dogs. Oh except one man who was running into the entrance as I was leaving -- he was clearly a Runner. Yes, Runner with a capital R! little split shorts and singlet, he was serious. And not a young man either! I wanted to be like WOOHOO GO RUNNER DUDE! But if it were me running I'd feel very awkward about that... are they mocking me? haha. So I always hold those things in.
I ran about 54 min, which would be a really slow 4 miles for me so I just tracked it as 4 miles to be on the conservative side. My HR average was 152!!!!!!!!!! ONE FIFTY TWO, people! :D hahahaha. My last run I think my average was in the 150's as well. I'm starting to get excited about actually improving in that area. WOOT. I'm 100% positive the cooler temperatures and the shade from trees at times contributed to that today, but I've been noticing a downward trend in the HR numbers recently anyway so that is very cool.
I then went grocery shopping, got gas, came home -- unloaded and put everything away. Ate. Watched a couple episodes of Bones on Netflix Instant (love that). Showered and then was slipping into bed to try to get a powernap when I started thinking about the lovely greek yogurt w/ chocolate on the bottom I got to try and HOLY CRAP I DON'T REMEMBER PUTTING THAT IN THE FRIDGE!
I went down to the car and there was a bag hiddin under the massive block of toilet paper I had also purchased today and left in the car since I couldn't carry it up AND all the groceries. :P Well -- everything was still nice and cool to the touch so I'm calling it ok. I ate one of the yogurts and it was fine so... *shrug* just glad I didn't forget it COMPLETELY.
But of course now with more time passed and that jolt I definitely am not getting a nap and while I feel ok right NOW I'm hoping not to crash and burn too horribly later. At least I shouldn't have any problems getting to bed early enough to wake up for rowing tomorrow not totally exhausted.
In other news the scale jumped up dramatically this morning, but that was somewhat expected as I had little sleep and when I don't sleep enough that is what happens. :P So no worries - I am liking getting back into daily weighing because it really helps me to be comfortable and know where those fluctuations come from and know if it's a serious trend one way or the other or just a blip. I know it is negative for some people, but I always liked it and I'm glad I'm reinstating it! :)
So! Here's to a great rest of the day - I hope. :P I counted the days left of work and I have like 15/16 actual work days left. I might use some more time off even... haha. WOOT.
Monday, May 24, 2010
I dunno if it's just the fact that I was finally able to give my notice at work on Friday or what! :)
But that was nice... hahaha. My last day here at work will be 6/18. YEP! WOOT!
Now to get in some apps at the places I mentioned before (Fleet Feet, that gym). Yeah.
This weekend was JAM PACKED. I did a little mindless eating but I was very self-aware of it at the same time. I consciously did not eat at the table a couple of times and could tell it made a difference in consumption. All part of the learning process I guess.
Overall though, not a bad eating weekend -- a splurge meal out to a BBQ place that we both agreed was good but not worth the randomly high prices compared to other BBQ places we both love. This was after a day that had:
1. 4 mile run
2. Rowing exhibition -- some paddling around, then rowing up and down the river a few times past this designated area were people were supposedly going to be watching us (but in actuality I saw like... 4-6 people up there and at least 2 of those were club members...) It was KIND of cool because there were rowers there from another club in the state that brought their sculling shells and in fact, this one double challenged my little 4+ boat to a race! :D They totally beat us, but um... they had 3 less bodies to move! And a lighter boat I'm sure. HAHA. But it was still fun. BUT HOT!!!!!
HOLY COW was this day hot. And humid. I was 100% soaked from my run and row.
Then home to shower and rest before later going to the Hot Air Balloon Race and BBQ Festival. It was soooooooo hot still. We were dying. dripping. really! Did NOT want to eat any food at that place. HAHAHA but we had our hearts set on BBQ so we decided to try the place that sponsored the BBQ fest and the results mentioned above. Eventually though, the sun started going down and it got comfortable and the balloons were so pretty - still glad we went.
Sunday morning I ran - the plan was 7.1 miles but probably around the 6.5 mark I had to take a walk break due to the awful heat and once I started walking it was more walking from there on out -- I noticed a couple of blisters on my right foot and after that I couldn't UN-notice them. Plus the heat was just killing me. My beverages were so hot - I drank them anyway. I needed it. But it was not really helping as much as it could have if they were cooler.
I have gained some new strategies involving more refrigeration and partial freezing of take-along hydration. YES. Also trying to actually get my butt up early to avoid the heat... *sigh* I keep saying I'm gonna do that... but I mostly don't. "early" to me really is 9am. hahaha. but that just doesn't cut it in this AL heat and humidity - especially if you're gonna be out there for 1.5hrs+ like I am if I'm gonna run 7 miles. BUT! Other than the heat and the little blisters it was a nice run! I was wearing the new Mizuno's and my sock on the right foot just wasn't high enough in the back so I got one on my heel and I also had a little pinky toe one in the usual place I get pinky toe blisters so I dunno what's up with that crap. :P I haven't had any in a while but I did not like the socks I was wearing and hope that makes a difference. Next to try: toe socks, silicone toe caps.
It's really mostly kind of between the pinky and next toe -- I think maybe my socks were a little small, squishing them together. I got the Mizuno's thinking a wider toe box would also help no squishing but obviously if the sock isn't roomy enough that isn't going to help. Now I'm thinking if I ever get that same spot blister while wearing my balegas I am moving to the other methods to try! :P I do NOT want a repeat of my first marathon w/ a blister on each pinky toe already raging around halfway! :P
The hip/butt is good. I tried a myofascial release w/ a foam roller on Sunday (Saturday?) that I saw on YouTube and it felt insane - and I think helpful as well.
I need to get my ST in - I didn't do anything today. :P I'm thinking tomorrow will be better. I'm not rowing tomorrow - I can go out for 4+Freestyle Trainer. Woot!
Friday, May 21, 2010
This eating mindfully thing is a challenge, but it's going well so far I think!
**BASICALLY LOTS OF FOOD TALK AHEAD- BE FOREWARNED!**
Last night I took home a couple servings of a home made strawberry shortcake that a lady made from my work. DH ate one and I ate part of one and gave him the rest. I sat at the table (after the first bite or two in the kitchen when I was like - HEY! GO SIT DOWN!) and sitting there I focused on the taste and how I felt and after I had enjoyed some I gave the rest to DH. Felt really good about that!
Dinner was Chicken Parmesan w/ whole wheat pasta and sauce. I make this chicken parmesan which is soooooo easy to be healthy and the sauce is made from a can of crushed tomatoes seasoned. Ronzoni Healthy Harvest thin spaghetti and BAM! DINNER! The Chicken Parm is just bread crumbs (I use panko) mixed w/ some Garlid & herb Mrs. Dash (AWESOME) and some grated parmesan. So no sodium like in pre-seasoned bread crumbs! (WELL except for from what's in the cheese, but vs. using seasoned breadcrumbs+cheese) :) I seasoned the crushed tomatoes w/ the Mrs.Dash also. Cooked the noodles. Cook the coated chicken in a drizzle of olive oil. BAM! DINNER! DH really enjoyed it. :) As did I! Hahaha. I've tracked this before and know it's a reasonable healthy meal, I did not measure anything because I know that the amount of breadcrumbs/parm that will actually stick to the chicken is very minimal and not going to be too hihg calorically. I did measure the oz of noodles before cooking, and of course the sauce from a can. But yeah. Good stuff.
Later on I did have some hot chocolate as well - probably could've done without that. But overall I felt really good about my choices yesterday.
This morning I sat at the table and ate my breakfast.
I AM SO SAD. The yogurt I brought to work today for my first snack had MOLD in it. The date on the container was 6/4/10. I hope maybe the foil top had a break in the seal or something because I have like 2-3 more containers at home that I really need not to have spoiled because that would be so lame. I'm trying this Chobani (?) vanilla greek yogurt - too much sugar for me. I won't be buying it again. But it was much cheaper than the Fage so I thought I'd give it a try. I just don't want to have bought something I like less w/ more sugar to save money and have half of it go to waste so I really could have bought less of the kind I like more! :D (Of course I didn't know that for sure before I bought it but still!)
So I ate my apple (that was supposed to be part of my lunch) instead. Luckily I brought for lunch a LOT of spinach for a salad w/ feta and chicken and I brought the container of feta and salad dressing, too so I can expand my salad easily to compensate! :P
**FOOD TALK OVER!!**
So today is a rest day for me generally, but I plan on doing some ST tonight/throughout the day as well. Nothing lower body - but core and upper body. I already did a set of tricep dips from my desk.
Tomorrow there will be a rowing exhibition as part of this town heritage festival thing so I'm going to go row in that - but I don't have to show up to that until 10:30 which is nice because I'm planning on getting my long run in early tomorrow before that. I'm aiming for 7 miles tomorrow, but we will see. I just want to make sure I don't get injured and my first goal is to actually run for 5 days total for this week - I figure once I get the routine in place, I can work on bumping up a day here and there. But I DO want to get my long runs in a good place as well - so I'm still going to aim for 7 tomorrow, but Sunday's scheduled 4 might be shorter if need be.
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