Friday, March 16, 2012
There has been both good and bad this week. The bad is mainly that I will only get two runs in this week. I know, that is something I really need to work on. I know that part of it is the unseasonable warmth that's going on. I am not a warm weather girl. There is a reason I live in a place with seasons, and that is to have them. I don't like running in the sun. When it is hot, I feel like I am bacon. Combine those two, and it's not pretty. So, it is easy to talk myself into staying in the cool apartment. The other factor is that on my run day, I came home, checked my e-mail, and lay down for a nap. I could not keep my eyes open, so I thought taking a quick nap would get me ready to run. Instead, I slept until morning. I know that was my body telling me I needed rest, but I prefer to be up and at 'em.
So, that is an area I need to work on. I know I can run three days a week. I know that I can even get three other workouts in around that. I've done it. I just need to get back to that. I know that part of it is that when I started running before, I was nearly ten pounds lighter. It made it a lot easier on the body, that's for sure. It's not an excuse, but a reminder that the more focused I am, the more weight I lose and the easier it gets to maintain the healthy habits. It's a little circular, but all true.
The other not-so-good thing is that today was a cheat day. I already planned to eat some of the once-a-year Saint Patrick's cake a co-worker brings in. It's amazing. So, so amazing. I also planned to have some margarita and nacho action after work. I did not plan to forget my lunch today, though and be at the mercy of the cafeteria. I did mostly well at lunch, but there were a couple of unavoidable white carbs in there. So, I had two cheat meals instead of one. I'm supposed to have one per week. I did at least stop myself from eating the chips and salsa that they leave on the table for mindless pre-meal snacking. I also left a lot of chips on my nacho plate, which I tend not to do. So, I am getting better at controlling myself with the things I enjoy, at least.
On to the good! I realized that my elevator rides are free time just waiting to be used! I do a squat per floor on the way down. The elevator makes a handy beep at each floor, and it's perfect for squats, with my bag of daily necessities as weight. 13 bonus squats, at least five days a week! Also, I hit a new low today! I am back on track! I weighed myself this morning, and down three pounds! Yeah! I know that my perfectly balanced, perfectly counted diet up until this morning was 100% responsible. I know that three pounds every week isn't realistic, but it got me back where I need to be for my timeline. One pound a week will be great from here on out, but I know that continuing with my eating plan and getting only one cheat meal a week will be the key. If I can follow it for two more full weeks I know that it will help a lot. I am hoping it will help with my ridiculous hunger that is still trying to hang around from my steroid injections. It has eased already, but I just want to go back to more of my normal.
Points for the last three days:
Wednesday: 6 points (no treats to resist!! I also didn't make it to an hour of exercise as I had hoped)
Thursday: 5 points (still no treats to resist! I also slept a lot!)
Today: 4 points
Huh, opposite of the trend I wanted. I still need to get that pedometer, since that would help rack up some points. I am pretty positive that I get those 10000 steps in, but I don't want to guess. I will also get more points as I get more exercise in.
Goals for the weekend: One run, one cross train session (bike-riding or roller-blading), one strength session, stay within my meal plan both days. Lots of water. Perhaps I will take in the St. Pat's parade for my celebratory fix, since it won't affect my intake. I would love to go out, but I think I will be around too much pressure to cheat. I know my limits.
Happy Saint Patrick's day!!!