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Day 237: Head cold and Eight Miles

Monday, February 11, 2013

Welcome to Monday.

A monday where I woke up an hour and a half before my alarm due to sinus pressure. That's right, I have a nasty headcold. It started yesterday with the nasty feeling that's in that weird spot between the back of my throat / under my nose. Now it's pretty much all through my sinuses. The thing that sucks is that when I get sinus pressure my teeth hurt. I don't know why, it's just the hand I've been dealt.

Yesterday, however, was the best run I've had to date. I skipped out on Saturday's group run because it was in the blackhole of my Pittsburgh knowlege (Oakland) and it was going to be freezing. With a forecast of 22 degrees for Saturday and 45+ on Sunday - well, my choice was an easy one. I had intended to do six miles, per my training plan and I guestimated my distance. When I finished I checked my Garmin and found that I'd really done 7.74 miles! The best part? I felt STRONG. I'm also not sore today. At 93 minutes that puts me on pace for about a 2:30 half-marathon pace. I'm stoked.

In terms of weight I've stalled out. I sit currently at 185 and I know what I'm doing wrong. Let's start with Chipotle. Then add in copious candy from the jar at work. Then don't track anything for three days. Yeah, I know. I don't eat badly ALL The time - but, when I do it I apparently do it really well. I will say it's kind of disheartening to think that 1800 calories and a run mileage around 20 in a week is enough to keep me sitting at 186-188.

For the first time I'm actually doubting that I have what it takes to get down to 160.
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    You and I are in a really similar rut right now with food problems. A few days of doing really great.. a few days of doing really badly! It comes down to the desire to want to eat... whatever... is currently stronger than the desire to stay in calorie ranges and lose weight. It's a hard truth, and I'm working on accepting it right now and getting over my current desire to eat fun stuff.

    I think part of it has come down to thoughts like.. "Why not have a donut? You know.. This is the start of month 12. That means I haven't eaten a donut in like a year! Wow! Maybe it IS time for a donut!"

    When a few months ago, my thought process was more like..

    "Donut.. wow. That's a lot of calories. I don't think I want that. It's not worth it to have the donut and then have to skip some other food somewhere else. I could eat SO MUCH MORE of something healthy and still stay in ranges."

    But now I'm all like "DONUT DONUT DONUT. Oh crap. I'm out of calories. Well, I can't just skip dinner. Whatevs!"

    I don't know why I've gotten to this point. It sucks! We both know exactly what we need to do, food-wise. We both know exactly WHY we aren't progressing quite as quickly. I think part of it is burn-out, too. After so long of eating healthily, it makes all our bad habits seem not that bad after all this time.

    I dont' have a magic solution, but when I find one, I'll let you know :P I just ate a handful of mike& ike's that my brother left on the counter while thinking.. "Yeah, I should probably get on the bike"


    As for your teeth hurting.. All the stuff in our faces is crammed pretty close together. Maybe inflammation from the sinus infection is pressing on some cranio-facial nerves? I'd try an alieve or some other anti-inflammatory, and see if it helps. Can't hurt!
    1806 days ago
    You can do it, just get back to it. I'm planning to start running in the spring. I signed up for my first 5K in April, plan to walk/jog the event. I feel your pain with the sinus problems, I have the same issues.
    1806 days ago
    Forgive yourself for a couple of indiscretions. You will be back on track in no time. Think how far you have come. emoticon
    1807 days ago
    You have what it takes, just take it one step at a time. The menu modifications and shifts in snacking behavior don't take hold overnight. Never Give Up!
    1807 days ago
    Don't doubt yourself, you have made remarkable progress! I have a loooooooonnnnggg way to go to get down to 160 but I still aspire to it and I do see it as possible just not immediate. emoticon
    1807 days ago
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