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Keeping the love avalanche rolling

Monday, August 23, 2010

So I am going to look at this like a tiny snowball rolling down the mountain getting bigger and bigger. :)

Yesterday I started pretty great. I had a nice healthy breakfast full of foods I love after my LR. Then I had a great lunch of pasta w/ meat sauce and salad and a SLIVER (the tiniest angle I could possibly slice) of the leftover grooms cake. I sensible snack.

And then candy for dinner.

Oops. No love for Dana at dinner time -- I didn't eat any real food just candy. On the one hand -- I definitely consciously decided I'm going to eat this INSTEAD of dinner. I didn't do double duty with real food PLUS a candy bonanza. But at the same time -- I don't think 1 candy meal to balance 2 self love meals is REALLLLLLY what I was looking for in terms of balance.

But -- in the theme of self love into success, I'm going to accept my choice as not a super wise one and move on. I could have made a better decision, but at least I didn't eat mindlessly -- I selected a splurge, chose it and didn't go overboard with total calories for the day. I will have no candy meals for the rest of the week that is for sure!!! Striving for a better balance in the week to come.

Took this morning off from running according to plan and will be hitting up the gym. Hubby does volleyball now on Monday nights, so Zumba and Hoop Fitness are calling my name. I think I might ditch Zumba, though for some weights. OR at least leave Zumba early. My body wants strength training PRONTO!! And I'm doing a TRX Class on Wednesday, which I know will be full body, so I want to plan for not being able to do ST Tuesday. Tomorrow will be 3 mile run, Wed 4 I think... then Friday at midnight 4ish, Sat 11:35am ish another 4 ish (I need to look up those leg details again) -- and then Sunday 11 miles. YEP. This weekend will be runtastic.

Also thinking I'll swing by the grocery store tonight after the gym to make sure I'm stocked for my clean eating goals. :)

  
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SEEHOLZ 8/24/2010 9:46AM

    Enjoy your runtastic week-end!

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RDARLING 8/24/2010 8:46AM

    I did the same thing yesterday with cookies. I'm over it now. It's a new day.

Best wishes to you for your new day and clean eating grocery shopping!

It will be a RUNTASTIC weekend, indeed!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/24/2010 7:44AM

    I find that when the pantry/fridge is at it's lowest is when I eat the worst.

You're going to wear out those running shoes with that mileage.

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TRACYZABELLE 8/24/2010 5:40AM

    If i have it around me I will eat it so I do not give in and buy it!

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MARLIE13 8/23/2010 9:07PM

    I'm curious as to what type of candy? Was it chocolates? Or hard candy? Or what?! Curious minds......

After you answer me, then you can move on. I like the sound of that anyway.

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YOOVIE 8/23/2010 3:43PM

    LOVE THIS!!!!!!

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KASHMIR 8/23/2010 3:26PM

    Oh, and our legs are actually 3.52 miles and 4.2 miles. WOO HOO!!!!
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JOPAPGH 8/23/2010 2:56PM

    I got me some runs this weekend too! 7ish Friday night, same Saturday morning then 4+ Saturday late afternoon. Probably some recovery biking Sunday.

If its any consolation, it was cookie night at our house last night...

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KASHMIR 8/23/2010 2:04PM

    You aren't alone. I did a "candy" dinner on Saturday...Auzzie Licorice. But, like you I didn't do double duty...the candy satisfied me, and that was the end of that.

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/23/2010 1:56PM

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i made a snow man with your avalanche debris! go dana go!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/23/2010 1:54PM

    A midnight run and then another one 11.5 hours later? You're hardcore!:)

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DDHEART 8/23/2010 12:36PM

    I think that moving on after the candy meal is an act of self love too....just not the same as the clean eating...as has been said....baby steps...

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MBSHAZZER 8/23/2010 12:27PM

    Baby steps, Dana! It's great that you are not beating yourself up over the candy dinner. It's way more productive to note that it wasn't the best you could do for yourself and MOVE ON!

Enjoy the gym this evening!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 8/23/2010 12:22PM

    I feel ya there!! I had ice cream instead of dinner! :-( And it was VANILLA - soooo NOT my favorite so I don't know what I was thinking. Another lesson learned, huh!?

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/23/2010 12:20PM

    I love that you chose the candy meal. I don't feel well when I do that. So for me I have to have the regular meal and small candy. But you are so thoughtful about it. I have thinner friends who do stuff like that with no guilt. I think it is something we have to learn. Have a super week.



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KEAKMAN 8/23/2010 11:28AM

    Dana, sounds very sane and logical to me. If you chose to eat candy, then so be it. Not the best choice, but better than mindless eating. And while not a manifestation of passionate love, not a message of self-loathing either! emoticon

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Recommitting to loving myself

Sunday, August 22, 2010

So, this past week got a little outta control -- Sis-in law got married Saturday and the week was building up in many food related events at which I sometimes was controlled (nice salad at the BBQ place) sometimes ridiculously out of control (OK how many servings of ice cream did I have at the night before? How much cake the night of? And then there were 2 milkshakes in one week when I NEVER EVER EVER HAVE MILKSHAKES EVER IN LIFE!!)

Now after getting in my 10.3 mile run this morning, I just want to treat my body better. More kindly. My body does not appreciate the unpredictable nonsense of light beautiful meals and massive loads of junk. OK so I think I did choose high quality selections for splurging, just splurged in too large a quantity, too frequently...

This week will be all about clean eating in balance with small (YES SMALL) treats. Not boring, restrictive, punishment. NO NO NO. Whole, healthy, nourishing, delicious, beautiful food that is not full of processed garbage.

There is a mountain of leftover wedding cake. I will probably eat some of it. I'm not going to lie. Also a little bag of candy I got from the wedding. But I will keep those to teeny tiny teeny tiny servings IF I choose to indulge in that -- because that is not clean, but I think it will be unavoidable and I will feel better if I just do a little than not at all. That will feel like punishment. Eating a little will feel like a treat without feeling like a poison to my body like overdoing it does.

I mean I could come here and say I'm not going to eat any. Then maybe I have some and I feel horrible about myself and eat more because who cares I lied to the Sparkisphere. So yeah. Total honesty is what it's about here.

I need to use this week to regain balance.

This week's running plan should help since it's full of shorter runs -- which means I can balance each day with a short run in the morning, some gym time after work (even if it's just a quick weights session) and then time with my DH in the evening. :)

There you have it! My goal and plans for the week!


Random picture from the wedding, I have no idea what I'm doing...

ALSO HOOD TO COAST THIS WEEKEND!!! :D So I will be running around midnight on Friday night and 11:30am ish on Saturday! :D hehe.

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/23/2010 1:26PM

    I wouldn't fathom a guess at what you are doing in the picture except that it looks like you are having fun.

Don't beat up on yourself for the weekend too much. Just write it off, take a week of good foods and lots of water to clean out the junk and build from there.



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MBSHAZZER 8/23/2010 12:25PM

    You look great! And like you're dancing to some music that no one else can hear!

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SEEHOLZ 8/23/2010 9:25AM

    Always love yourself!!!

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MARLIE13 8/22/2010 6:18PM

    Sounds perfect. It's all about the balance and being realistic and honest. Love it!

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KEAKMAN 8/22/2010 3:52PM

    Ahhhh yes, loving yourself/loving myself. GREAT blog! Thanks for sharing, and for being so honest with us!

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KASHMIR 8/22/2010 3:33PM

    I need to get you stored into my phone this week!!! SO Excited that you will be running with me Friday and Saturday!!! Keep in mind GO SLOW. LOL!

Sounds like a wonderful plan for your week...denial just tends to turn into regret, but planning and being mindful really works wonders!

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CLOVERR1 8/22/2010 2:53PM

    Good post. And let me know if you want some company on your weekend runs!

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KNH771 8/22/2010 2:35PM

    I need to re-focus on eating clean too. Farmer's Market just started here so that helps. I've gone from eating almost no veggies to eating piles of veggies! Enjoy your run!

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AINTSKEERD 8/22/2010 1:40PM

    Thanks for some common-sense motivation, Dana!

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BRUIN2 8/22/2010 12:02PM

    Good plan Dana!


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DDOORN 8/22/2010 11:50AM

    Real food all the way!

Great job catching yourself and getting back to what you know works for you!

Don

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AMUNET_RA 8/22/2010 11:04AM

    You're so wise, Dana! Sensible and balanced...what we all need to strive for!
P.S. it looks like you're dancing and HAPPY! :-)
~~Bonnie

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MABTE52 8/22/2010 10:57AM

    I think you are on the right track. Enjoy the journey and have fun while you are doing it.

I will take your advice and begin loving myself! emoticon

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Another Week Going By...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So last week was my 4th week on my new job, so I've been here over 30 days now. So that's nice. HAHA :D Not much else to say about that, but I think I'm doing well with it. It can be stressful at times, the flow of work is sometimes very slow and sometimes frantic. Right now things are pretty well contained, hence - blogging.

So since the last blog:

Friday: 4 hot miles after work!
Saturday: ROWING in the AM - a bit of sweep, then I learned SCULLING which was AWESOME. Then yoga.
Sunday: LR - 9.24 miles - good stuff. Ran into CLOVERR1 for a few minutes right at the end - she was just getting started, so she turned and ran back to herstart/myfinish with me and pushed my pace darnit. haha :D And by darnit I mean YAY.
Monday: ZUMBA
Tuesday: 5.7 miles (supposed to be 5, oops - almost late to work)
Wednesday: slept in, ran 3 in the HEAT after work (100ish degrees, plus whatever heat index...)
Thursday so far: Up at 5 on time, ran 4 w/ 2 at HMP (which for me is about 11 min mile)

So as you can see, I've been out there working it. Something that's been lacking is my strength training -- Last Thursday I was moving furniture/etc. so I counted that, Saturday I was lifting and carrying boats at the boathouse (Not just my own! Being tall is a valuable asset! haha). But I haven't done any real Strength training since Pilates last Wednesday.

(I'm sure KEAKMAN my Defined Arms competitor is gloating to hear this...)

Tonight I will be heading to the gym w/ my BIL and going to Bellydancing -- which honestly is a KILLER workout for the SHOULDERS. Bellydance stance requires arms out at parallel to the floor pretty much forever. Which reallllly gets a burn going after a while -- add to that shoulder isolations for building an upperbody shimmy and my shoulders are always killing me after class. Hopefully we are able to get there early enough that I can work some other areas of upper body as well.

Food is going ok. I'm still not tracking 100%, but I'm also feeling very in control and conscious of my choices. I do not feel bingey or anything and I'm being mindful of my food. Someday maybe I will get a good groove to track my food post work, but so far I'm feeling better about what I am eating anyway.

Excited for the SYTYCD finale tonight. I'm happy with the final three and don't mind who wins so that's fun.

GROSS OUT LAST NIGHT. I had bought these chicken rollup things and cooked them so they wouldn't go bad. We reheated to eat last night and turns out - HEY RAW CHICKEN INSIDE. So... gross. We had each already taken a bite ( that I think was cooked at least from mine). Part of the outside chicken was thicker than the other side, when I checked done-ness I apparently cut the thinnest part of the chicken. :P BOO! So we had to throw those out and the thing is - the bite we each had tasted SO GOOD. We were both so bummed!!!!

  
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SEPPIESUSAN 8/16/2010 11:49AM

    Ewww...ever since an incident in college I freak out so hard over raw chicken. I went to a party where the same knife was used to prepare a fruit salad that had been used earlier to cut chicken. So many of us got incredibly sick. Ugh.

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CATIATM 8/15/2010 1:13AM

    Bummer about the chicken, but the workouts sound awesome! What do you think of zumba? I zumba-ed so hard last week that I actually threw up! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/13/2010 8:58PM

    Keeping commited is great. Yuck on the chicken. But could you make your own like it? I hope all goes well for you.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/13/2010 9:31AM

    I've gotten behind and lost track of you. How are things since the move?

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SKYFYRE 8/12/2010 11:47PM

    You totally grossed me out at the end of your blag, today! RAW CHICKEN???? EEEWWWW! But, Girlie, you are stacking up miles like old newspapers, fast, fast, FAST!! I despise running in hot weather, wa to get it done!

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KASHMIR 8/12/2010 3:59PM

    EWWW...on the half cooked chicken...I love my meat thermometer!

Glad the new job is going good!

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KEAKMAN 8/12/2010 2:48PM

    Dana, fear not, I am not doing so great on my arms right now with my neck injury. Pushups are a no-no as are most things involving using my shoulder, so I am going to have to really crank it up when I get the all clear.

On an entirely different note, I want you to know that I think of you at least twice every day. You see when I drive in to the office I pass an art gallery. Named CIRCADIA (close to ZIRCADIA, I think you would agree) And if that wasn't enough, the front lawn is decorated with a GIANT dragon boat head in full color. So I see rowing and your (almost) name as I drive there and back. It always makes me smile, which is great since I get stuck at that light half the time and it's always an EXCEEDINGLY long red light!

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SEEHOLZ 8/12/2010 1:42PM

    Yikes on the chicken- it has happened to me with a stuffed pork cutlet once. I cooked it so nicely in the oven and the stuffin inside looked so good and then I served it to DH with awesome potatoes and green beans and he took a few bites before he noticed. Appearantly, the done stuffing was deceiving and I cooked it for awhile, just not long enough.

What about the TRX? You were doing quite well with that, right?

Remember that you can always squeeze in some planks and bicepts while watching SYTYCD... tricept and shoulders work good, as well.

Glad life is good for you and proud of you for being in charge of the food! You rock!!!

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MBSHAZZER 8/12/2010 12:47PM

    Hiya, Dana! Glad to hear things are going well!

As far as the ST goes... well, there is ebb and flow in all things. It sounds like you are getting in very well rounded workouts, so don't sweat it too much (and no, KEAKMAN didn't bribe me to write that! HA!). Sometimes giving the muscles a little break is just what they need.

EWWWW on the chicken! Undercooked meat freaks me out so I always overcook it. Which is kind of funny b/c I don't even eat it.. I overcook it for Larry. Of course, that has its own reward... he usually ends up cooking it himself to avoid the shoe leather! HA!

Have an awesome weekend!

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RUNSWITHDEER 8/12/2010 12:46PM

    You got one heck of a crazy schedule there. I really like the variety of Xtraining-rowing, yoga, and bellydancing. How cool!!

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Need better planning!

Friday, August 06, 2010

I didn't cook up a batch protein this week, nor batch rice. I HAD been taking a package of noodles + coleslaw mix + protein for my lunch and a piece of fruit. Super filling, great mix of calorie types. Problem? I was using the flavor packet in these noodles which is full of sodium and MSG. But uh, other than that good stuff. :P Well a couple of days I forgot to grab the noodles so I ended up with cabbage and chicken. yayyy.... hahaha. Now I'm out of precooked meat and yesteryday I did a madras lentils package w/ coleslaw mix and it was good, but turned out to be lower in calorie than I planned. Today I thought I grabbed more calories than I did when I was packing this morning. Come to work, log, and find out oops - I have over 1000 calories left for dinner. If I hadn't had so much extra yesterday, my overeating at dinner would have been even WORSE.

Instead I was over 600 cal -- which in the scheme of how many calories I've been burning through exercise is actually not a massive amount, but since I'm only trying to cut .5-1lb a week (3500-7000 cal), that's still a big loss to the deficit. I'm hoping I have enough energy still to run this evening and that I don't overeat tonight due to eating so little during the day comparitively.

Last night I stayed up way too late again -- I came home, planning to hit the gym with BIL and go to bellydancing class, he was up for it, then after I get ready for the gym and come upstairs I find he's gotten a call to help move the SIL&her fiance's stuff. SO! I decided moving would be a good workout and did that instead. We didn't stop until close to 10pm actually because I know pizza got ordered around 10:30.... and I partook of the pizza. Although earlier at 8 I took a break to eat some PB banana and pretzels (YAY!). 3 slices of pizza and a crust later, and also some lemon snap cookies and chocolate covered ginger... (why??? I don't know! I blame sleep deprivation for the sweets part!) I ended up after tracking this morning around 600 cal over. I'm lucky it wasn't more I think.

But I'm determined today not to let the same kind of thing happen to me just because I didn't bring "enough" food to work. I can do this!!! My calorie range is pretty high so it's not like I'm starving today, just eating more someone aiming to lose a lot more in a week or something. And I will get to eat more food later. Just in a more healthy way than last night.

  
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TRACYZABELLE 8/12/2010 4:31AM

    Have you tried quinoa? High protein grain that I think is delicious!

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CATIATM 8/9/2010 1:19AM

    As always, planning and consistency are keys to why you're so successful. I admire you, Dana, as those are things I struggle with.

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KENSINGTONC 8/8/2010 7:05PM

    Moving IS a good workout! I totally get how workouts are interrupted by real-life stuff...

Glad to see your hubby is back, and that overall you're doing well with realistic weight loss goals. xo Liz

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MBSHAZZER 8/7/2010 5:43PM

    Mmmm, chocolate covered ginger! WOWZA!

I feel ya on the calories thing.. my boss was out last week so I brought my lunch every day (usually he orders lunch for us). Not even close to enough calories.

Anyway, you'll get it sorted out! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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SKYFYRE 8/7/2010 5:06AM

    So hard, this stuff at times! Hope things settle and you can get your routine down!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/7/2010 12:21AM

    I am wondering if you could use canned beans or sliced deli meat for the protein. I know homemade is better and cheaper but, in a pinch.

It sounds like you are making good progress.

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GRACEFULTURTLES 8/6/2010 3:52PM

    Aaaaahhh! That is so me!!! Failing to plan is planning to fail!!! Especially when I am tired. But today is another day, and I planned it all out, how 'bout you??

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SEEHOLZ 8/6/2010 1:39PM

    I think that you are onto something regarding undereating during the day and overcompensating at night- it happens to me sometimes, too and I really hate that feeling... more so than when I make bad choices just because... it's harder to control the ones when I'm exhausted or super hungry!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/6/2010 11:55AM

    That's actually something I worry about - bringing food with me and logging it later to find out I didn't have enough. Do you have time to log before you go??

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KEAKMAN 8/6/2010 11:43AM

    Dana, you know how to plan....and it's okay to somedays make mistakes...as long as you see and recognize them...which you did, so it's okay

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KNH771 8/6/2010 10:53AM

    Lately my pre-planning has been a little lax too. Thank God we always have new weeks to start over! emoticon

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Not tracking 100%

Thursday, August 05, 2010

So I'm still not getting everything into the tracker quite yet, but I'm getting closer every day. So far today - 100% on!

A little low in the calories dept but still.

HUBBY IS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! Stayed up too late last night because I was waiting for him and I was so happy to do it. As a result, I'm switching my schedule up a bit so I still get in my running miles and whatnot since I skipped my run this morning. Still planning on Bellydance class tonight. Hopefully my BIL will be game to go to the gym with me so I don't have to drive my stupid car back to the gym after going home -- it's been our routine to do this while everyone's been gone but I don't know how everyone being back is going to affect things...

That's about it for now! TOM is killing me. But other than that everything is pretty good! :)

  
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GRACEFULTURTLES 8/6/2010 4:01PM

    Happy Days!!! Welcome home DH!!!

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SEEHOLZ 8/6/2010 9:36AM

    Strangly the week after TOM turned out to be much more difficult in containing my appetite... which is strange...

Glad your hubby is home!

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CATIATM 8/6/2010 4:23AM

    I'm super impressed that you have TOM and UNDERate. I .... kind struggle with the opposite -- and strong cravings for starchy foods. Hormones are crazy little devils. I'm glad DH is home! Enjoy!

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SKYFYRE 8/6/2010 12:39AM

    I hope BIL will still be game for the workouts now that the family is back! You have been doing so great! Glad to hear you are food concious!

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/5/2010 6:57PM

    i am happy henry is home for you! you are doing better with the tracking then me. i am so inconsistent. inconsistent would be good actually. i think i tracked 1 time last week. just not motivated to do it right now.

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MBSHAZZER 8/5/2010 4:15PM

    Awesome news, Dana! Enjoy the weekend with your hubby! Show him what you've learned in Bellydancing class, LOL! :D

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PERFECTVELVET 8/5/2010 3:41PM

    So glad your husband is home! Enjoy your belly dancing class!

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KEAKMAN 8/5/2010 2:45PM

    HOORAY for your sweetie being home again - WHERE HE BELONGS! Hope you can get your run in today, but if you decide to spend the time with him, who can argue?!?!

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KSIGMA1222 8/5/2010 2:45PM

    I am still on a break from tracking myself and doing pretty good. I have the same problem and get calorie low when I dont track but am maintaining within 5 pounds now without tracking since before May! Still on the site daily but just am going to use the tracker as a spot check from time to time or if i run into issues.

Being flexible with your workout schedule is great and not feeling guilty or worrying you will not do it is a huge relief to now for me. I know i will do it because i want too and just have to take the good workouts with the not so complete ones. I am spending more time with my daughters now and not trying to stay in marathon shape anymore, what was the point never had time to actually run one, lol.

As usual i am writing my own blog based on yours, lol somethings never change!

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