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Day 150 - Schedulin'

Friday, November 16, 2012

Good morning, Sparklers!

Welcome to Friday! YAY!

I hope everyone can see the end - it's near!

So, this weekend I have plans to do my first 4 mile race with the Steel City Road Runners Club. These are real runners. I hope they don't judge me too much! They're having a 'low key' race on a trail this weekend. So, I'm excited just to try. I know I can do the distance, I'm just going to pace myself and take my time.

In other news I bit the bullet yesterday and I joined the Y. Yes, I squirmed the entire time. Yes, I will squirm for the duration of my membership. But, I really do like the facility and I'll really be ready when it comes time to start triathalon training. (That's a long, long way away, folks!)

So, today's plan is to spend an hour with my BFF the stationary bike. Then I want to do some quick interval training and some strength. Nothing too big, just enough to get a little fatigue in my gut and my arms which seem to be worked out the least from all this running I do.

In other news, yesterday was not my day for running. Honestly, this hasn't been my week for much. I'd get right into my stride, be there for five minutes and then somehow bargain myself into walking. Huh? I wasn't even short of breath or in pain. WTF. Man, I need to cultivate some mental toughness over here or I'm never going to make it through the 13.1!

Work has been insane (and I foresee it continuing to be that way until December.) The only thing that makes it suck is that 1) my dog likes to pee and 2) I go home and all I want to do is eat. It's terrible.

So, I have a couple of hurdles and behaviors to work on going into the winter months; but nothing that I think will keep me from taking off the remaining 30 lbs!

I had hoped to be down around 180 for the start of the new year. As I sit right now my scale claims I'm 194. I don't know that 14lbs is do-able (in fact, I'm pretty sure it's not.) Still, I'll be happy to crack the 180's generally, and that is do-able.

Do you guys set year end goals? I'm not really a 'new year's resolution' kind of girl; but, for some reason I do find things that I want to do before the end of the year. Maybe that speaks to my inner procrastinator?

So, outside of 'scheduling' my remaining goals I also have my remaining schedule for the FKC. We're going to monthly meetings in two weeks. Which is insane. I don't know if I'm ready for the training wheels to come off yet! For the curious, I go to weekly meetings where we talk about strategies, goals, and habits related to weight loss. Some of the meetings have been pretty 'no-duh' kind of things (like portion control); but, last week's meeting about eating slowly was a real eye opener.

I had no idea how much I love cheese, hate saltines, and LOVE chocolate. The exercise was to spend like two minuntes on a miniscule portion of food. Really taste it. Really examine it. Really think about it. I mean, intentional eating - probably the third thing I need to work on at this point! Who doesn't just hoover what's in front of them? (I have an answer to this: My Mother. She is the slowest eater I've ever known.)

Well, guys, only seven hours between me and the weekend!
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    The curse of 194? It keeps sucking me back too! I have been hovering around there for about a month XD

    I'm a hoover. I try to measure everything out carefully ahead of time, because if it's in front of me, it's getting eat! (not eaten. EAT. For srs eating)

    Good luck with your run! I'd probably be super paranoid, but those runners will probably all turn out to be really nice :D (I hope!)

    Ocassionally, I move a certain way that makes certain running parts remember that they're still kinda sore from last weekend. Then I just think.. "Running? WTF was I thinking??" lol
    1951 days ago
    Hoping you break the 180s soon! 4lbs totally doable. Right now I'm going for 3lbs so right there with you!
    1952 days ago
    Intentional eating is a great idea. I always marvel at how long it takes a small child to eat one cookie. How do we manage to lose that patience and gulp everything down practically whole? Hopefully, you will slow down and in that be conscious and present of all you consume. Good advice and planning for us all. emoticon
    1952 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/16/2012 10:54:10 AM
    I eat too quickly, also. My husband (very brave) will sometimes put my hand on my arm, look deep into my eyes and say "Hon, no one's going to take it away from you...". He kills me as he chews everything about 30 times! emoticon
    1952 days ago
    I need to learn intentional eating too. I've started by working on desserts. Yesterday I had a slice of chocolate layer cake that took me 5 whole minutes to eat. It might not seem like a long time, but for me it is. And I realized it was really, really sweet and not very chocolaty! WTH bakery. I can bake a chocolaty-er cake than that. ;)

    Have a great time at your race!!!
    1952 days ago
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