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May recap

Saturday, June 01, 2013

May is over, now is a chance for the month in review and the year so far. It is months like these that I need to remember to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative. May was not a great month for my SP goals, but despite a few set backs, things are still OK. Here is the review:

1) weight: Weighed in at 184 today, up 1 lb since last month, up 3 lbs since 1 Jan. I weigh daily and my range for the month was 181-186, making this the first month that I did not spend a fraction of the time in the 170 something range.

2) fitness: With graduation, I lost access to the pool and gym, so I was getting most of my exercise running. I had a great start but then irritated my Achilles and have not really been able to run since. It will be a while before I can get back to 15-20 mile weeks. May mileage: 68. Year to date: 480. Proper recovery and rehab trumps my mileage target of 1,000 miles this year.

3) Food: I have not been as thorough about tracking as I should. I have been indulging in a few too many treats/snacks/adult beverages. We have gone out to dinner more often. The end result has been a subtle weight creep upwards. Nothing alarming at this point, but something I should stop. As others before me have said, I know what I need to do, I just need to do it.

4) Races: I signed up for a Memorial Day Weekend 10k and thought I had a legitimate shot at a really good time (for me). Somewhere in the 45 min range would have been nice. Instead, due to my Achilles, I had a DNS. Oh well. Probably a wise decision not to run. At least it was not an expensive race ($20). It wasn't a race, but at the beginning of the month when I was still healthy, I ran my semi-annual Army Physical Fitness Test and did the 2 mi run in 13:55. I have not run 2 miles under 14 in about 10+ years, so I was super pleased with that result.

5) Moving: Our move is now 3 weeks away. I have a load to take to the dump this morning and a few more things to sort through. In addition to all the other challenges of moving, I am a little concerned that moving will cause disruption in my plan. If I can stay on track eating and get some exercise in during the process, I will be fine. Hopefully it won't cause a break in my login streak, which is at just over 300 days now!

Keep calm and Spark on!

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  • DAWN14163
    I'm SO impressed with your sub 14minute 2 miler - WOW! Huge congrats. I hope your ankle lets you get back to your proper fitness routine really soon.
    1749 days ago
    Go guy, go!
    1751 days ago
    You know where you are and you know where you want to go, you know you can do it too! Good luck with the moving, ope it's not too stressful.
    1751 days ago
    Moving is a tremendous challenge and you are doing AWESOME with your maintenance despite that! Woo hoo!

    1751 days ago
  • CARI2012
    You are doing awesome! Even if you've slipped up a *tiny* bit this month, you are constantly checking and keeping track of where you're at. I know you won't let anything get out of control, and your life will return to "normal" before you know it!
    1751 days ago
    I like that you weigh yourself daily and then do a range for the month. I think you're handling your life events as best you can. Changes to normal schedule (especially moving!) really challenge us to stay on track, and you seem to be handling it well. I hope you have a speedy recovery with your heel :)
    1751 days ago
    I think you had a great month considering all you had going on. You've been mindful and that is key.

    I hope the next three weeks go smooth for you.
    1752 days ago
    You've done well and I'm proud of you. You've gotten a ton done this month and you are listening to your body. Congrats!
    1752 days ago
    Well said, friend. Rest up and get ready to get those miles in:)

    1752 days ago
    Wowsa... you have quite a SP log on streak going there! Sorry May wasn't a stellar month for you but give yourself a chance to heal and you will be back on track in no time. I wasn't injured and my May mileage was 68.25 so beat you... ha ha. Have a great week-end.

    1753 days ago
    It was a difficult month with the injury but you managed to keep on track... Maybe being extra careful will help and you'll get back to your low range. My month finished badly, because it was my birthday and I ate out a lot. I'm sure there is gonna be a gain but I don't care. I enjoyed myself and now I'm back on track!

    1753 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    Sorry your injury kept you from your race! :(
    1753 days ago
    Foot injuries are annoying. They make me cut my calorie intake to avoid gaining weight, and I have to test a bit to see exactly how much to cut. That's why it's important to track food when things are going well; if I don't know what I'm eating, I don't know how big the changes are when I need to respond to Life Happens events like a foot injury.

    Yeah, I know. Knowing and doing are two different things. I wish you well in figuring out what works for you, and in actually doing it.
    1753 days ago
    I think once you move, things will get back to Sparking-shape. Your achilles will get better since you are taking care of it and you'll be back to running soon.
    1753 days ago
    Sure,the injury is bit of a downer, but on balance, you seem to be in a great place. You've got a great family, a good job, a PhD on your wall, a defined moral compass, and a recovering Achilles. It should be easy to knock off the three 2013 lb's during your move and then keep on course to where you want to be.
    1753 days ago
    I like the way you look at your weight as a range....your running will come back - just be pre-warned...once you have Achilles issues they have the tendency you show up again.
    1753 days ago
    emoticon on your 2 mile run! So awesome to beat your pastime personal best time! emoticon

    Happy Moving ~ Laura emoticon
    1753 days ago
    May was not good for me either. 2 miles in 13:55!!?? Holy cow! Good luck on your move. I know moving is stressful. Take care of yourself!
    1753 days ago
    You have a plan and once that happens it's easier to follow. I know emoticon

    I think you did well, overall this month. You've stayed within your goal weight, even if it's not your "ideal" weight, you stayed in it! Your time on the 2 mile is emoticon and one that I'll need to set for a goal!!! You have an injury that has sidelined the running, but you're not sitting on the couch, either! You've got a good handle on your move.

    I think you're doing pretty darn good, if you ask me! Keep it up and good luck with the injury and the move.
    1753 days ago
    You have stayed mindful of everything you're doing - can look at what's happening objectively - and you don't sound like anything has put you over the edge. I wonder what would happen if you had to give May a color or an emotion. Just thinking about bringing a different kind of observation to what you do. I like to play "color my world..." because it sometimes opens doors to new ways of thinking and evaluating.

    So never mind my unasked for advice - you have things well in hand!!
    1753 days ago
    You are objectively self-observant and do a good job of planning. You can put together an approach of regular exercise that does not harm your ankle, and a plan for food selection despite the move that fits your needs. No guarantee that this next month will be a weight loss spectacular, but you can also be observant enough to do a credible job of keeping disruption from being damaging.

    Take care
    1753 days ago
    Good luck....let your foot heel before you push it!
    1753 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Hope your injury feels better and your move goes well. Good for you Sparking every day and staying positive and calm. We all go through periods with up pounds that you need to work on, but just are not ready to work on them. You are doing a great job of maintaining a good attitude.

    1753 days ago
    Moving can definitely be disruptive. At least you're going into the move know that it can be a problem. Good luck!
    1753 days ago
    I really like how you weigh yourself daily and then have a weight range for the month. I'm going to have to start doing this.

    That is good that you did not try to run the race while recovering from your injury. It is hard not to run a race you already signed up for but will definitely be better in the long run!
    1753 days ago
    I admire how well you have handled this injury. You will get your miles back up. And the weight back down!
    Good luck with the move.
    1753 days ago
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