Friday, May 02, 2008
Last night we did go to Iron Man at midnight -- and to be honest I drifted at a few different moments... BUT!!! It was AWESOME. I already know I want to have it when it comes out (DH agrees).
BUT, it was 3AM already byt the time I got to bed and so my mind was a little loopy when I set my alarm, and I didn't set it at the right time to allow me enough time at the gym. WAH. Also I forgot I need to pick up my race packet today!!!
SO. I had a dilemma -- I COULD just go get my race packet and take my time and just go to work....
BUT! What I CHOSE to do is go to the gym, got in at least 15 minutes of swimming (usually I go for 20-25 min in the pool, this time I got about 17-18 minutes in the pool so YAY not THAT much different), and I'm gonna pick up my race packet on my lunch break.
I needed to get in the pool again this week -- got those goals driving me. So I am very proud of that choice. Also, went back and tracked my calories for last night this morning -- didn't eat the most amazing stuff. Convenience food. BUT!!! I got a good balance yesterday (maybe a bit high on fat, but it was from the peanut butter and mixed nuts mostly), AND stayed under calories. YAY.
Also I realized I need to renew my DL!!! It expires on like... Tuesday. YEAH. So I've got to figure out what to do for that today.
SO! Today's plan is - get race packet, carb it up tonight, get plenty of sleep.
Tomorrow is - 5K and Free Comic Book Day! :D
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
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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