Friday, March 20, 2009
I got all the running books and started looking through them and I have a plan.
I'm not sure I'll be able to see it from A to Z as outlined, I'm prepared for deviations or complete disruptions or complete retooling, or getting stuck on a particular week for longer than I expect... BUT!
I started putting some of the training plans next to each other and it had me in THEORY running a marathon in like... SEPTEMBER.
YEAH. I tweaked and stretched, along with my own personal plan to build up some base mileage before starting ANY of these plans, AND looked up a marathon that is actually where my in-law's live in December.......... so........
I currently have a running plan that will build me up to a marathon distance by the end of this year!!!!!!
I always said, I'm pretty sure I'll never even WANT to run a marathon... but the more I keep thinking about it the more I want to. The original goal was to get up to half-marathon distance by the end of 09. SO! If I'm still able to reach THAT goal, I will be VERY happy.
But I'm not one to just do the bare minimum. At least not anymore. :) Not since I took control of my life and turned my body and mind around and got healthy and fit. SO! I'm aiming a little higher to see what I can really do this year and I have to admit -- I'm a little excited about it. :)
Also -- inspired by the lovely S318830, I looked up for a local CSA today (Community Supported Agriculture group) and although the LAST time I did this, I thought I found nothing, this time -- VOILA! I'm very excited about this prospect!!!! Check out www.localharvest.org to search for a group near you. Basically community members buy "shares" to a local farm and get a box full of the results each week. The one in my area even offers home delivery for a small extra charge! I'm thinking it wouldn't be a problem for me to go pick ours up at their delivery drop off point in town, so why not. I need to get their information, though, so I'm waiting on an email back with how to actually DO THIS THING since they did not have an application or anything of that nature ON their site.
Anyway. That's about it for now. Was tired and sore this morning so I rested more and did not do Pilates as planned. The plan now is to run and do pushups etc tomorrow, and on Sunday hopefully I will be able to make it to the Pilates class at the gym that evening after healthy meal night w/ my good gym buddy. If not I will do it at home. WOOT.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So I went on my baby run today, it was actually a tiny bit longer than I thought it was going to be when I checked mapmyrun, but I did 1.4 miles and felt good the whole time. YAY!
THEN I did my pushups challenge, and I almost stopped after that, but I decided not to be a wussy.
So I did some squats w/ my heavier dumbbells (12lbers), triceps extensions, lunges w/ the heavies, deadlifts w/ the heavies, and some calf raise/bicep curl/shoulder press combination I saw in a magazine one day with my lighter ones (8lbs). YAY for getting in more ST!!! :D I should have done some rows or something, or more for my shoulders now that I think about it, but I'm happy that I got some more done and please with the calorie burn.
I stayed away from core focused stuff because I'm gonna be burning my core out tomorrow morning w/ Pilates. YAY.
I'm also super excited because I requested 4 running books from the library and they are all ready for me to pickup in my library trip tomorrow during lunch. :D
The idea is to select/create a running program to get my mileage worked back up again and also figure out what ST program I'm going to use for the next two months -- starting a new challenge with the Bun Buddy Brigade. :) So far I think I'll do a program from the latest Oxygen for the first month and a round of MTC the second month... but we'll see. Maybe I should flip those since I'll theoretically be running MORE in that second month and MTC is so hardcore and the Oxygen program is more about a shorter split program.
Either way! Excited to be devising a new plan. :)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
It's gorgeous outside again! I hope it stays that way till my lunch break and I'm sooo going on a walk if it does. :) Too pretty to stay inside.
I NEVER FELT THAT WAY BEFORE IN LIFE. I have to confess. I would stay indoors as much as possible. Being outside meant most likely getting too hot, sweating, feeling uncomfortable, being embarrassed because I'm sweating and overweight and it'll make me look fatter and more out of shape... yeah. I had kind of an UNlove for the outdoors -- I won't say hatred. I thought it was nice in pictures but did not want to BE there.
Now I don't think about those things AT ALL.
Anyway -- Did my pushups last night. It was tough to motivate myself into doing them at home but I did it while food was cooking and it was perfect. I think I waited a little too long between sets because I would go talk to my DH in between and see what he was looking at online etc., but... I completed all reps without feeling like I was dying!!! The lowest rep set was TEN. I have to admit I was quite proud of myself.
Plan for the rest of the week -- run again tomorrow, do pushups, maybe some other ST and cardio, Friday morning - do my pilates video at home, Saturday - run again. (THESE TWO RUNS WILL BE SHORT SHORT SHORT -- I'm talkin a mile long. Just to start building the habit again.) Sunday I think I'm gonna go to the gym -- there's a yoga and a pilates class on Sunday evening and I think they're starting up again after Spring Break on SUNDAY.
Also I don't have band rehearsals for the next couple of weeks apparently, so I'm going to take the opportunity to do a dance class at the gym I think. I'm excited about that as well. :)
Saturday we're going to see a Led Zeppelin cover band, will be going out to eat before hand. A lot to look forward to!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
So today's been alright...
Some stressful bits at work but it was actually nice to have something to ENGAGE myself with rather than the endless slog of normal day to day garbage. Ya know?
It was BEAUTIFUL outside today!!! I was going to the gym but on my way out to the car (bag packed, lunch with me, all that good stuff) I was like WOW, it's gorgeous, I NEED to go run today. So I got to the gym, put my stuff in my locker, and headed out for a run around campus. JUST under 2 miles, it was nice. SO gorgeous -- we're talking sunny, mild breeze, birds tweeting, blue skies. :)
Last night's Healthy Meal night was delicious -- made a recipe from the Best Life Diet Cookbook -- Cottage Pie
For the Potatoes - 2 Potatoes, 2 tsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp of salt.
For the rest - 1lb 95% lean ground beef, 2 carrots chopped fine, 1 onion chopped fine, 4 cups of Spinach (about 4 oz)... and I'm pretty sure that's IT.
It might have benefited from a bit more seasoning, I added a bit of white pepper to the meat/veggies, and added a touch of salt afterward, also added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese before cooking but BASICALLY.
You boil the potatoes till tender, maybe 20-30min. While those cook, you cook the onion and carrots in nonstick spray till they get somewhat tender, then add the ground beef and crumble and brown it all up. Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach. Then you put that in a 9inch pan.
Drain the potatoes, mash em up with the oil and salt. Cover the beef mixture with the potatoes and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes -- then broil for 5 minutes (this is when I added the parm) to brown the potatoes a bit and get a nice crust on top.
SO GOOD PEOPLE!!! This is my first attempt at cooking anything like this and I REALLY liked the Spinach in it! That was an unexpected twist for me and I loved that I had something green in there, not to mention it tasted good.
Scale at the gym said 166 so I know I'm right in the ballpark of where my weighins have been recently on that oh most accurate of super fancy schmancy brand new digital scales. :D haha.
Also had a nice bowl of the homemade granola today -- got that recipe from the "Food Matters" book and it is very good. :)
MUST DO PUSHUPS TONIGHT. Did not do yesterday. Grr!
Monday, March 16, 2009
SO! Scale back Alabama is over, and this morning at home I weighed 167 (I KIND of trust that scale) and at work, dressed, I weighed 164. HAHAHA :D
So anyway -- according to my "official" starting weighin that was a loss of 17.2 lbs in 10 weeks, BUT... my week 2 weighin was 169.4, so you can really kind of tell that that first weighin was VERY misleading. It was more like 5.4lbs lost. Which makes more sense with the change in my body which was smaller, but I feel more like me again these days.
THE JERK CHICKEN! :D SO GOOD! I actually was less thrilled with the chicken itself and more thrilled with the accompanying veggies -- they really soaked up the jerk seasoning!
Here's how to make the jerk rub:
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 jalapeno - seeded, de-ribbed, minced up
3 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 Tbsp Ground all spice
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
You cook up the jalapeno and garlic in the olive oil till the garlic gets golden, then add the spices till it gets super fragrant.
THEN! cool a bit and into the blender.
Add 2 scallions, chopped up
1/2 tsp ground ginger I think...
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 Tbsp dried thyme I think...
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/6 cup of lime juice
(I think that's right... vinegar and lime juice might be switched in measurement...)
BLEND IT UP!!! Rub half all under the skin of a chicken and add some fresh thyme in there. ALSO -- a head of garlic with the papery skin removed and 1/3 cut off the top is stuffed in the chicken's cavity.
For the veggies we have chopped up into 1 inch cubes 2 yukon gold potatoes, 1 sweet potato, 1 onion, 1 parsnip AND ALSO 1 pear (also listed in recipe 1 quince, which I couldn't find, and decided not to add an extra pear since I don't LOVE LOVE LOVE fruit with savory stuff and figured one pear would be enough for that flavor)
SO! Oven's at 350 -- put all the veggies in the roasting pan tossed in the rest of the jerk rub mixture. Leave the pear out!
Place the chicken on a roasting rack over the veggies.
Roast for 45 minutes.
Add the pear (and quince if you got it!).
Roast for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is DONE.
Also made a yogurt dip -- basically you make yogurt cheese and then do a similar start to the jerk rub, only with minced ginger and less garlic, then you add cumin and coriander instead of the other spices. You blend the yogurt cheese and the oil/ginger/jalapeno/garlic/spice mixure together and then fold in parsley and cilantro minced up. (did without the parsley and cilantro)
SO GOOD with the chicken.
The veggies were AMAZING.
I have leftovers for lunch today.
Haven't changed my tracker settings yet but will be doing that shortly.
Since the work scale said 164 and home scale 167 I have no qualms about moving my little ticker back to 165 like I had before when OFFICIALLY in maintenance. I set my calories to maintain at that weight so it works.
Tonight is a healthy meal night, will be making "Cottage Pie" which I guess is like Shepherd's Pie? I'm excited. I think I'll do day one of Week 4 Pushups Challenge today since I will have to retest my max this week before next week and if I wait it will give me less time to recover to do that. SO!
All good things.
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