FINALLY FRIDAY, WHOOOOOP!
I would have gotten up at my normal time this morning, but my fiance grumpily told me that after being woken up three times by the dog last night to go outside, he on a mission to sleep in.
And I, being the very concerned and considerate fiance, decided to get back into bed so not to disturb his sleep with my morning business.
I've been sleeping so much more lately. In addition to sleeping in twice this week, I started taking 20-minute naps in the afternoon (except for today, only because I got too busy). I feel so much better! It is also helping me to endure some of the stress I have going on. Sooo much better than shoving caffeine into my system.
Anyway, when I finally got up at 7:30 am (YIKES!), I poured my morning cup of joe and sipped it in broad daylight - something that doesn't happen as much anymore.
Spot the cat!
Is it possible for muscles to be more sore on Day 2 than Day 1??? Because - oh my thighs! For a few minutes I considered whether or not to workout today, but remembering how amazing it feels after a workout, I overcame my objections, grabbed Bruno and walked out the door...
And walked smack into air so humid and thick, you would have thought you stepped into the biggest steam room in the world.
On the fitness agenda today:
By some miracle, Bruno and I ROCKED it - even though the humidity! The five minutes didn't feel like five long minutes anymore (save for the last 30 seconds), my breathing recovered quickly after each interval and we had plenty of energy leftover afterwards (of course this could be because I'm training Bruno not to sprint uphill). We even tacked on an extra two minute interval of running at the end! But best of all, by the time we were done, my sore muscles felt so much better. I was high as a kite from all those beautiful endorphins running through my system.
Can I tell you a quick funny story that happened today? Since Bruno and I use the same beginning route for our workouts for both runs and walks, I noticed that there is a certain intersection when he sort of halts and looks up at me for direction. What he is waiting for is for me to tap my Garmin so that it would BEEP-BEEP-BEEP and then off we would run. On days we just walk, my Garmin doesn't make a sound and just continue our way.
Well, today, the Garmin had just started its first beep when Bruno got completely excited and sprinted away - without me being ready! You can just imagine what we looked like - an 85 pound dog suddenly taken off dragging me behind him. And of course this had to happen at the busiest intersection in my neighborhood at a time when everyone is leaving for work or coming back from dropping their kids off at school... Oh my ego!
Post-workout, I found my muscles warm and flexible, but definitely not as pliable as they were on Wednesday (ah, DOMS). For instance, remember my little news about finally being able to touch the floor with my toes in the plow pose? Pffffft not today! Getting the bottoms of my fingers on the floor took some work and I really had to push to get my left heel down on the floor in the down dog pose. All I can do though is keep working at it and wait out the DOMS. Makes me appreciate my progress so much more now!
A new spin on an old breakfast:
Kashi waffles topped with sweetened peanut butter Greek yogurt and topped with half a banana. BEST EVER!!!!
Into the yogurt mix: 3 oz plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp Better n Peanut Butter, 1 tsp sweetener. (Next time, I will add a splash of vanilla and shake some cinnamon into the mix)
After breakfast, I quickly got ready for a hair appointment.
In my dreams, I am filthy rich with a hairdresser available to do my hair every day. Wishing I had a talent for doing hair...
Er ... it looks like I can only tell you what I had for lunch today because I totally forgot to take a pic! I was really stressed out when I came back from my hair appointment and was paying only half attention to prepping my food. Before I knew it, I was halfway done when I remembered about snapping a pic. Oops.
Today's lunch: a boxed salad topped with scrambled egg and salsa. Easy and filling!
Whew, what a busy day! Before we knew it, dinner was upon us and with the Dodger game on, we were reluctant to leave the house. Answer? Delivery!
I ordered a Cajun grilled salmon, but pulled together the side dishes from food that was already in my fridge: cauliflower rice (seasoned with S+P, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika), steamed green beans and roasted brussels sprouts. I also took a few bites out of some toasted French bread and my fiance's pizza... all soooooo good.
A Few Words About Indulging
As I mentioned, last weekend was a pretty indulgent one for me. Eating whatever I wanted (except sugar - I learned my lesson with that stuff!), skipping workouts, and sleeping 14 hours a day was so much fun, but on Wednesday, I was so over the calorie and was quite eager to get back on the healthy living wagon. I probably should feel guilty and regretful, but you know what? I don't feel any of those things right now.
It took the last few days for me to realize that sometimes taking a day or two, a weekend, or even a whole week is good for my sanity. As you already know, losing weight can be so taxing on the mind and stamina. Sometimes, I think I just need some time "off" to remind myself how much better I feel eating mostly healthy rather than eating burgers every night. Sometimes, "falling off the wagon" as we put it, inserts the passion right back into healthy living. It's almost like living a glimpse of my old life to motivate me to continue with my new path. I don't schedule these times to happen, but it seems to happen regularly and I'm learning to allow myself to have breaks when I feel "burnt out" by dieting.
So from here on out, I pledge to not feel guilty about splurging - food is to be enjoyed after all! When I splurge, I will enjoy every bite but trust myself that I will get back to eating healthy instead of feeling terrible about it and eating a salad as punishment. The only thing, of course, that I can't touch is sugar because once that sweet stuff touches my lips, I am done for. But a-ok for everything else.:)
Scenes From Today
On the agenda tomorrow: hike with the dog, a healthy breakfast, a nap in the afternoon, and catching up on SP blogs. I'm ready!
I hope you had a great Friday. See ya tomorrow!