Thursday, August 07, 2008
So I got up early and did my long run like I did last week -- I think I LIKE this early morning midweek long run. Most people I guess do theirs on weekends, but for me that was not really working so YAY for trying new things!
It was so tough to get up last week, and same was true this morning, but I mentally did not allow any alternatives.
I got to my running spot and pulled out my MP3 player that I plugged up to charge last night (oh how smart of me! I remembered to charge it, yay!) annnd... it was dead. I dunno what happened, I didn't really check to see it say charging so maybe the cable was not quite connected *shrug*. BLAST!!!
So.... I RAN ANYWAY. YES. I braved a LONG RUN with NO MUSIC. This is very unlike me because I LOVE music so much and it is what I cling to sometimes while running to ge tme through. But -- I ended up with a better time AGAIN for this route of 5.15 miles. :) MWAHAHA!
Then I went in the gym and hit my Upper Body again for some ST, showered, and went home. And then sat around cuddling myself in my hoodie until it was time to get ready for work. HAHAHA I was not feeling so hot. But I ate, I drank water, I feel better now. Been having some slight congestion lately, on top of TOM etc... so I think that's all it was. And post run come down. I went to the library before I came home so that was all while I was still feeling the good stuff :D HAHAHA.
Got a new book to read called "Hot Point Fitness". No idea what it's about, but I like reading about different fitness ideas so I'll let you know if it's any good. Also got some good fiction to read -- Orson Scott Card "Homebody" and Chuck Pahlaniuk "Haunted". Still haven't read Fight Club, but they didn't have that. This is the only other one I haven't read (I'm pretty sure) so I'm still pretty psyched about that. I actually put the first few books of the Twilight series on request. :) But I have to wait for someone to check them back in first. So I'm set for the meantime.
I guess that's about it for now. I'm happy about my run. My plan is to run again on Saturday morning before work since I'll be working -- I liked doing that before and that'll get it out of the way for my weekend. :)
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
I guess days like yesterday exist to balance days like today.
Woke up way too early. And then the CRAMPS kicked in. OH HELLO, TOM. WELCOME. WAHhhhhhh.
Then I couldn't get back to sleep. So started reading. Read and ATE all morning. Yeah. I ate way too much food for what would be considered a "breakfast" it was like an all morning buffet. Healthy stuff, really. But just too much food. I WILL be within range today. But. I was feeling totally chaotic this morning -- a bit out of control. And so tired. *sigh*
NO excercise either. My legs are sore from sprinting, my upper body and core are recovering from yesterday. I would have pushed my lower body to do some ST but... TOM plus Long Run tomorrow = bad idea. So today will be a 100% off day, which is totally fine with me.
Just not the best day.
Oh and I come to work and learn that I get to arrange for a pizza lunch reward tomorrow and a management dinner this weekend. And I got that done so, *PHWEW*. :D That was a relief. But it also means there's pizza tomorrow, a going away dinner at a bar (so the food as ALL fried stuff), and another dinner out the next day. WHAT A FAB ending to the week, yes??? And all at the perfect time -- TOM when I'm totally ravenous! SUPER. HAHAHA. I will plan for the pizza, bar will be a splurge day, and dinner out will be a planned extravagance. I've looked up the menu for where we're going and think it will definitely be manageable to find something reasonably healthy. Pizza I can fit into my ranges because I KNOW I won't eat too much (if I did I'd be stealing food from co-workers ;) haha) and I'll bring a salad or something to supplement it. And the bar -- it's gonna be disastrous. I will try to manage HOW MUCH I eat, but I am fairly confident a healthy choice is not going to be an option.
I feel good about my plan to tackle these obstacles. :) And not deprived either. :D YAY.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
So I did my sprints this morning -- HURRAH! :D
What a fun/torturous event speed work is -- I love it at times and hate it at times, and all within the same workout or thinking about the same workout. There are some moments when I'm sprinting that I'm like WEEEEEEEEEEEE FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Feel the air rushing past!!! And other moment that I'm thinking about *HUFF*HUFF*HUFF* RUNNING FAST IS FOR THE BIRDS. *OW* Am I DONE YET?!?
Eh. HAHA I really do love it in the end.
Also did upper body and core ST.
Food is good. Except for the Red Hots. But otherwise, doing well. :) Looking forward to making that awesome rice tonight to have with some tilapia. WOOHOO! :D
Really feeling ready to keep the ST at a higher level -- no more ST slackerism!!!
Monday, August 04, 2008
I'VE DONE IT! hahaha for one week. WOOHOO! :D
I weighed this morning and it was actually slightly lower than last Monday's 167.2 weigh-in, still within my maintenance range and going strong. :)
I have to admit I've been a bundle of nerves this week -- this maintenance thing is SCARY for me. I was able to kind of examine my thoughts and admit it to my husband yesterday that I was having a hard time relaxing and feeling fidgety and whatnot... I think it really was because I was afraid of gaining weight. It's so hard to trust in the system, even though I was able to trust in it while losing. It worked the way it was supposed to then, so why shouldn't it work the way it's intended to now?
I was being silly. I KNOW that I'm still excercising and working hard in that area. I'm still eating mostly healthy and still trying to keep tabs on that even with my daily mini splurges that I nearly always have. I'm still working to eat fruits and vegetables. I'm still drinking my water. I'm maintaining all my healthy habits. AND I'm still weighing myself at least once a week.
So nothing is going to SHOCK me. I'm not going to wake up one day and be 20lbs heavier. I'm MANAGING my weight -- even in maintenance. It's not that I'm "DONE" doing anything just because I'm done LOSING weight.
I have to get used to these ideas and keep reassuring myself until I get used to this. I think the longer I'm able to continue maintaining is going to build my confidence. SO! ONE WEEK DOWN!
I've reduced my average calorie burn estimate per week to 2000 calories -- I'm not really swimming much anymore and although I would like to change that, I need to make sure my estimate is realistic. So my calorie ranges have changed VERY SLIGHTLY from what I posted last week and they're updated on my page.
I was very proud of myself for resisting temptation at a bookstore Starbucks this weekend. My DH wanted to go get a cupcake. So we went, bought a book, bought an Oxygen mag for me to check out, and headed to the Starbucks. I decided not to get anything. The treats looked good -- but they looked so HUGE!!!! I knew that getting one meant I'd eat all of it and I really just didn't want to. So I took a bite of sample cookie on the counter, and a couple bites of his cupcake and felt good. :D Then we got one of their new Vivanno thingies. SO GOOD, folks!!! And not too shabby in the nutrition department either. It's in my tracker for Saturday if you're curious -- I entered .5 serving for me since we shared it. Description for the kind we got (Banana Chocolate Blend) - semi-sweet chocolate, banana, whey protein and milk. 21g of protein for one serving. Anyway -- it was good. And a smart choice I think.
I also did part of the Project Mayhem! challenge. I didn't make it to a 1 rep circuit -- I had to quit halfway through the 15 rep circuit. Here's the thing about Project Mayhem.... the excercises are almost always the same. And I cannot do that many pushups and dips. I have problems with my wrists. And I get really sick of the other excercises which are less challenging for me. I could do modifications... but I'm thinking instead I'm going to forgo any challenges that don't look exciting or interesting, or just do them every once in a while. I mean pushups, dips, lunges, squats, scissor kicks... I can only take so much. I LIKE VARIETY!!! And interesting moves! Simple is still challenging, especially the way the challenges are designed... but I just don't think it's a good fit for me.
So I mentioned getting that Oxygen mag -- I think I'm gonna become a subscriber one of these days. :) Once one of my current subscriptions runs out or for Christmas or something. Whatever comes first. I HATE ALL THE ADS. But the content seems good enough to make up for it. Definitely a little more hardcore than the stuff I'm getting now, I think. So that's exciting.
I got a run in yesterday, too. Not as long as I wanted -- only about 2 miles... but I headed out later than usual and my DH got a bad feeling and came and got me. I don't mind trusting his bad feelings. I'd rather never find out what that bad feeling might have been about and be safe than chance it and be sorry. But I got 2 miles so I'm happy. :) And I was making good time, too.
THIS MORNING'S WORKOUT -- SO FUN. If you've been with my blog a LONG TIME, you might remember me talking about doing a Masala Bhangra workout back in the day. :D Well I FINALLY got Volume 2 and did it this morning. :D I can't tell you how much I love doing this Indian dance stuff. I think it's one of those workouts that could be less challenging if you don't get into it, but if you really throw your whole body into the moves it's definitely heart-rate-raising. :D You're supposed to bump your shoulders up and down almost all the time, which helps. Lots of kind of jumping around and stuff, too. I really like the instructor as well. I RECOMMEND IT. :D
I also have another Ellie Krieger recipe recommendation -- I made the Aromatic Noodles with Lime-Peanut Sauce. SO GOOD. I substituted more sugar snap peas since we had no snow peas available... and we were out of lime juice so that was out. Also it calls for .5 cup of natural PB, but we only had about .25 left -- so I used .25 of cashew butter as well. :D Anyway -- it turned out amazing and I am SO looking forward to eating leftovers at lunch. For those who don't have the book -- it's basically whole wheat spaghetti with steamed broccoli and Snap peas/Snow peas, and then you make this sauce using PB, soy sauce, Rice wine vinegar, lime juice, grated ginger, scallion, rep pepper flakes, brown sugar, and some water. Serve with some crushed toasted peanuts on top.
Well. I think I covered everything. I know it's a long blog but that's what I get for not blogging since Thursday. ;)
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Just had to announce -- that apparently we can now have up to 50 photos. I just added a BUNCH of before photos, previously unseen on Sparks, and some new afters as well.
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