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May Goals

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Taking a page from a few of my pals (the one coming to mind right now is BRUIN2 but I know some others of you do this, too), I'm setting some goals for the month of May!

1. Swim at LEAST 2 times a week, bike 2 times a week, run 2 times a week.

I GOTTA get this routine going so I can really work towards my tri-potential. I give the swimming at LEAST 2 times because really, I'm sure I could benefit from more swim practice.

2. Swim the length of the pool properly without stopping. If I achieve this goal before the end of May, work towards one full lap.

I've been working towards the first half of that goal, and hopefully once I achieve one length it means my body's got the mechanics down as well as the breath power. We'll see.

3. Restrict to one cheat MEAL per week. Track all calories each day IN SPARKS. Even if it means entering dinner the next day at work -- calories will be TRACKED. Ensure ratios of carbs/fat/protein in good balance.

I want to make sure I'm not straying just because my focus in this game is shifting, I am still trying to lose weight even if the rate at which this happens is not so important to me at the moment -- so I need to make sure I'm watching my portions but also my PROPORTIONS. I think my lax tracking has let me down LESS in calories as it has in getting enough protein, etc.

4. Increase my time spent each time I run and bike incrementally by 10% each week. (At least.) This means making the time and commitment to giving myself enough time at the gym to do this.

In April, I found myself saying a lot -- I had just enough time to do 15min on the bike before having to get to work... well. The truth is if I had gotten to the gym a little earlier instead of larking about at home, I would have had more time to work on the biking. SO! Less excuses.

5. Do the 30 Day Shred! :D

It should be in the mailbox at home today from Netflix, so I'm thinking I can do this in the month of May. :D

  
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MARLIE13 5/1/2008 8:30PM

    See...I'm just sitting back and watching you girls write your May goals and in the process, you're writing mine for me. lol! Lazy, I know....I loved Juli's...Bruin has her's up? I'll have to go check it out. Anyway, your's look great and I know you'll have great success with them. You provide so much motivation for me!

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SKYFYRE 5/1/2008 5:26PM

    Woo Hoo!! You are becoming quite the Jockette! I love being a Jockette, and I hope you do to!

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JIBBIE49 4/30/2008 9:46PM

    You will get those done, Hon, I just know. Add some "wind sprints" to that. emoticon

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BRUIN2 4/30/2008 8:52PM

    Go TRIGIRL Go!!

You are such an inspiration. Yeah, that's right. You rock!

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HOPERY 4/30/2008 8:39PM

    Great plan, and great job on pushing yourself through your run yesterday!

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Rough Run

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I ran today for 2 miles, I've run the route once before and it involves a GIGANTIC hill at the end. :D Really brilliant, right?

Well, I was all geared up to go, and ended up waiting to go run because my MP3 player needed charging and that's part of what I was looking forward to in my run was listening to this particular music (The Dirtbombs - We Have You Surrounded - EXCELLENT). ANYWAY -- so I waited for like 30 minutes and dusted, and I dunno if it was the dusting, or the waiting, or the fact that I didn't drink enough water this morning... but I was just NOT FEELING this run. Almost as soon as I left I wanted to turn around and come back.

But no, I pushed through it up until the hill. I could feel myself getting slower and slower going up that hill and I just kept thinking to myself "Don'tstopDanaDon'tstop!" but.... ALMOST to the top of the hill I just had to walk a little bit. So finished the hill and turned around walking -- slowly I might add -- and then ran the rest of the way.

I look at my time and just by estimating I know I haven't beat an 11min mile. So I'm feeling like total crap.

Then I enter it in and realize my route was actually a tiny bit LONGER than I thought it was and I only BARELY missed being below 11min miles, and that's with a huge hill and walking a bit. SO! I definitely did it faster than last time I ran the same route, and considering there's a giant hill combined with my total lack of interest in running today, 11min miles is ok with me for today.

I still hope I do better at the 5K on Saturday -- I will eat the good stuff on Friday night -- gimme those CARBS -- get plenty of sleep, and be there warmed and stretched. (Plus I don't think there are any major hills in this course but to be honest I have no idea where it will take me... hahahaha.)

I managed to resist a HUGE temptation last night -- I was waiting to eat until my DH came home because I didn't want to fall asleep too early since I had to work till 10PM tonight -- trying to readjust my sleep schedule a bit for the rest of the week. ANYWAY.

So I'm kinda extra hungry, I've planned dinner to suit my calorie alotment for the day, and DH comes home with a TUB OF COOKIES! Wahhhhh!!! I am such a sweet tooth girl!!!! Before I would eat the chips and fries and whatnot, and eat massive amounts of sweets. Now I'm not so interested in the salty almost at all, but still have a weak spot for sweets.

I was like, WHAT?!? Anyway. I resisted. Those suckers were 130 calories EACH!!!!!!!!!!! And they weren't even that big! I know the Kashi cookies are around that, but they have like... fiber and whatnot. And are bigger. YEAH.

I'm so proud of myself for not giving in to those cookies.

And this morning I saw the empty tub in the trash. I always get conflicted when my lack of eating things leads to DH eating more/all of the stuff... but I have to admit I'm glad the temptation is gone.

I don't want him to hide food because I need to train my willpower... but I don't think there's any shame in admitting it's EASIER when it's not there. :) hahaha. (obviously)

SO! Tomorrow bike, Friday swim.

  
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MARLIE13 5/1/2008 8:34PM

    I don't think it means your willpower stinks if you can't have a certain kind of cookie in the house. Right? Please say right! I mean...you still have legs and a vehicle...it takes willpower not to drive to the store and get the stuff. lol! I'm going to settle with that. Certain foods are to me like alcohol is to an AA member. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

A rough run is better than no run too, dontcha think? I think you're a superstar!

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SKYFYRE 5/1/2008 5:23PM

    Dana, Great job on that run! I try to avoid hills at the end of my run, but I have hills all over where I live and I know how if you let them get into your brain they can destroy you! I have gotten to the point where I won't run w/out my iPOD (packed full of upbeat, get your butt going music) just for special little challenges like pesky hills!

Also, the fact that you are decreasing your time is something to be SO proud of, you have really put some hard work in here, Keep it Up! Cookies don't even taste as good as you think they're going to, I just bought a ton of pinapple for moments like those! Ha!

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LANC92 5/1/2008 8:44AM

    Hey all runners have bad runs sometimes... see the blog I wrote this morning HAHAHAHAHA! Good for you for pushing through. Over the years I've been running I've actually had a handful of times when I did stop and walk back home. It happens, don't worry about it.

I'm racing on Saturday too. Back to the very first road race I ever did, a 3 1/2 miler. Of course it's cold here (30 degrees on my run this am) though it's supposed to "warm up" to 50 by Saturday, and the forecast is for maybe some sprinkles of rain. Sigh.

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BRUIN2 4/30/2008 7:10PM

    Ahhh, you totally hit the nail on the head!! It would be nice to have will-power of steel, but alas, often it is just easier if it's out of house/out of belly!

Way to go on your run - like JM says on Shred "when it's the hardest, that's when it counts the most". Ok, that's not exactly what she says, but that's the gist of it!

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** I'M A WINNER!! **

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

:D I just spun the sparkpoints login wheel and won an excercise DVD! :D

I won a bumper sticker before and it came, so I'm kind of excited about this!!!! I wonder what it will be??? It said it should come in 3-4 weeks. :D WOOHOO!!!

  
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KIMCATUS 4/30/2008 1:34PM

    Sweet!! You're a weener!!! lol Sorry my Psych teacher used to say that ALL the time and now I of course say it ALL the time...congrats on the DVD!!!

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TRECECOOKS 4/30/2008 12:43PM

    Congrats!! How exciting for you!

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LOBO1978_2000 4/30/2008 11:18AM

    Lucky!!

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CATIATM 4/29/2008 9:11PM

    Wow! How exciting!

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MARLIE13 4/29/2008 2:16PM

    YAY you! I didn't know either that we could win stuff. How stinkin' cool!

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KELLZIE 4/29/2008 1:48PM

    Awesome! I won a bumper sticker once, but it never came. A DVD is much better!!!

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HOPERY 4/29/2008 1:22PM

    Wow! I didn't know you could win real stuff either. I think I'll go spin that wheel now. Can I buy a vowel?

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LILBITFIT 4/29/2008 11:27AM

    That's GREAT! Congratulations!

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BRUIN2 4/29/2008 9:40AM

    Now that's very cool.

I had no idea you could actually *win* stuff!

Go Fishie Go!!

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FISHIE FISHIE!!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

I went swimming today and it's cute -- my DH calls me his fishie now that I've started swimming and today for a few moments I ACTUALLY FELT SOMEWHAT FISHIE-LIKE! :D YAY!!! I think I am making some strides towards this swimming thing.

Played my concert and it went well -- it was cool cause my DH has never seen me play in a proper concert before. :D He said he was proud of me. :)

And now I'm going to go be a bad and eat some bad food. :P I'm having a bad couple of days here but I'm going to get on track tomorrow I PROMISE. I NEED TO.

I can't let myself start sliding into bad habits just because I'm less driven in the WEIGHTLOSS category, I'm still working on this fitness and health thing and it's IMPORTANT to me. I have to remember that so that I never go back to the person I was. (I don't think I ever will, but I want to SMACK myself in the face when I make bad choices so I will remember this is a MOMENTARY INDULGENCE for a RARE OCCASION, NOT an everyday lifestyle thing.)

  
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KELLZIE 4/29/2008 8:21AM

    Swimming is so much fun! Did you use Gillyweed? LOL

I bet you sounded amazing at the concert. I enjoyed my son's All-Star Band concert so much and they were just Junior High kids. It is wonderful your DH could share that with you.

If you don't treat yourself every once in a while, you will probably fall off the deep end and way overindulge. As long as you have that great attitude you should be fine.

Keep it up!

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CATIATM 4/29/2008 7:24AM

    I think we've moved beyond needing face smacking, little fishie. (Can fins reach fishie faces?) You're right to practice CONSTANT VIGILANCE (hee hee), but indulging here and there isn't a problem. Also, you're not eating to maintain more than lose, so yo don't need to create deficits anymore - just overall balance.

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SKYFYRE 4/29/2008 4:18AM

    You sound under control, and no face smaking please you don't have any padding there anymore :)

You are aloud to have some treats, I just went through this last week where I lost my mind and ate cake, like 4 out of 7 days in addition to thai food, a breakfast buffet, and dinner out at a fancy restaurant with mushed buttery potatoes and then dessert!!! Now I'm back to focusing on putting good nutritious foods in my system! But I think I will not wait 3 months before my next treat as it sent me off the deepend ! Ha!

Great reflection!

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Eh Weekend...

Monday, April 28, 2008

So... Saturday wasn't too bad. I came to work, went to the gym, swam for a good 18-20min (was in the pool for about 25-27, but you know I gotta stop and rest TOO often to count all that time. HAHAHA :D ) So anyway, then I biked for 25 minutes. Then I also went downstairs and did some back stuff for ST -- blogged about this already. I FORGOT. SO ANYWAY! :D

The thing is -- I was SOOOOOOOO hungry all day Saturday. I didn't get enough sleep Friday night -- had to be at work at 6:30AM so ya know... *sigh* I can't STAND that "didn't-get-enough-sleep-super-hungry-all-
day" feeling. It's annoying. But I tracked and did good and stayed in calories, didn't even get to the highest part of my range -- stayed somewhere in the middle. *CHECK*

Got up on Sunday morning to go to church and planned to go grocery shopping on the way home, get to my car and it won't start. :(

I don't remember if I blogged this or not, but my battery went dead sometime last week and I had to get a jump from AAA, but it was working fine since then... until yesterday. :P So anyway. I tell DH, he was kinda tired so at first he was like, let's wait and take it to Autozone or wherever... cause they probably aren't open now... but then he was thinking about it and realized they probably were open (as he was waking up more I'm thinking) so we go out to jump it. (This is the car I've got from my sister while she's on her mission to Mongolia, and we have another car that we had before.) SO ANYWAY!!!! We're going to jump one car with the other but unfortunately, our batteries are on opposite sides of the car, and the side that would let us get closer is filled with someone else's car. WAH!

So we figure out, ok so we have to put it in neutral and push it so that we can get it in place. The problem is our parking lot is on a slope and I'm parked at the bottom side of the slope. WAH. But it's what we have to do.

Then we can't figure out how to get it in neutral -- no matter what position the key's in it won't move. The car's got this "Shiftlock Release" thingie that I have to stick my key in to move it. Weird. Anyway -- so I do that but I forget to brake beforehand and my car rolls forward at first until I brake it -- causing it to be reallllly close to getting lodged on the sidewalk.

BUT HURRAY! It's not. But by this point my DH is getting more and more frustrated with my retardedness. Anyway. So we finally start to push it up the hill and it's practically impossible!!!! I'm straining all I can and I feel like I'm making no difference. But somehow it starts rolling uphill. I swear I feel like I'm not helping, but when I stop pushing the car stops/rolls backward slightly, so I'm helping at least SOMEWHAT.

We finally get it in place, jump it, go to Advanced Auto Parts, the dude tests it and then we get a new battery and it's no big deal, he puts it in for us and everything and won't even let us tip him!

So anyway, to sum up. DH was super mad, I felt dumb and acted defensive, then realized I was really being dumb and apologized, and things got kinda better... plus the fact we actually got it taken care of soothed. But on the way home DH wants to stop and

***WARNING BAD FOOD MENTIONS AHEAD!!!!***

get food at Guthrie's. Now, anyone who has never heard of a Guthrie's -- they sell basically fried chicken fingers and fries with a special sauce (kinda similar to what some regions of the country call "fry sauce"). ANYWAY. Since we had such a rough morning, I simply can't say no and don't want to make any waves anyway so I say sure. We pull up to the menu and I see that they ACTUALLY have some new options!!! Grilled chicken this and that, and some salads! But... DH wants to split a BUCKET of those fingers...... and again, I'm feeling bad and just can't bear to say no to him cause he has had such a rough morning anyway.

SO!!!! To sum up -- I can't say no to my hubby. :D hahahaha not all the time anyway. I say no sometimes, but if he's upset or whatever....... it's just too hard.

So we get a bucket, some fries, and a slice of butterfinger cheesecake!

I eat... probably 8 of the fingers... too many. Half of the side of fries we ordered (not TOO bad). But really I should have only had like 4 or 5 of the fingers. I felt pretty stuffed when I was through. I had a very small portion of the slice of cheesecake, nothing crazy. Maybe the equivalent of like 2 normal bites? I definitely milked it, though. HAHAHA (It was actually quite small to begin with -- I was surprised.) But I really felt physically kinda bad after eating all that food. Just overly full -- I knew I didn't need to eat that much of it, but I did anyway.

THEN!!! I went grocery shopping. It was quite easy not to buy anything I shouldn't when I was shopping with that overly full feeling... and also toward the end of my trip I started getting that "I've-gotta-run-to-a-bathroom" feeling... I think it was brought on by all the grease. YEAH. So I hurried on out of there and home......................

Then that NIGHT. We had a kung fu party, and very unauthentically (kung fu=chinese) I made sushi! (sushi=Japanese) It took FOREVER to make... as to be expected. Cooking the rice, cutting up fillings, ASSEMBLY... But it was awesome. I love sushi, and it's fun to make, it's just time consuming.

So ate a bunch of homemade sushi -- fillings included bag tuna (like.. canned but not in a can? it's drier that way so better for not falling apart in fillings) mixed with a couple drops of sesame oil and soy sauce, smoked salmon, cucumber, carrot, green onion, imitation crab, and fat free cream cheese. So all good stuff! And of course, I've got the pickled ginger, wasasbi paste and soy sauce to go with it. And chopsticks. And I also picked up some Pocky.

But yeah -- sushi, except for the potential high carb white rice side of it, is quite a healthy treat. So that was good. Our guests brought those amazing two-bite brownies though. Anyone familiar with them??? They are the devil. I definitely partook of too many of those. And so I was feeling basically FULL all day. I'm not used to that feeling, and it was actually kind of uncomfortable. I'm glad to be going back to healthy foods and portion sizes this week.

*****END FOOD DISCUSSION*****

So the plan was to go swimming after work today -- my arms are SO SORE. I don't know if it's from swimming on Saturday or pushing the car yesterday -- it's like... the muscles to raise my arms that are sore. I'm thinking maybe swimming will help work the soreness out, but make sure I'm not pushing past my limit. Don't want to miss the swimming workout.

Band concert tonight. :D

  
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MARLIE13 4/28/2008 7:52PM

    What a weekend, girl! loL! Two bite brownies? You just reminded me that I'll be in town this weekend and I can go get my brownie treat on Saturday.

Standing lat pull downs...I read a swimming article and thought of you. That was one of the "dry land" exercises that they said was good for swimmers since it mimics the same movements. You probably already knew that, but the point of me TELLING you that was that swimmer=Dana. Oh...and now I have to figure out how to make your sushi...love the stuff but no one ever wants to eat it with me.

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BRUIN2 4/28/2008 6:24PM

    WOW.

That is all.

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LANC92 4/28/2008 3:43PM

    Dana, you just crack me up sometimes :-)

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