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Reflections and Regrouping

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The scale is moving in the wrong direction. It was up 1 lb today. I am hoping it was a result of too many high carbs yesterday and that it will correct itself. I know what I need to do. I have not been eating all of my vegetable servings and yesterday we had a lot of candy pushers at work and then dinner was bangers and mash ( my first attempt at making it) and then my DD made her first pumpkin pie from scratch. Oh, and we had gone out to eat for lunch yesterday as well. So I don't usually buy into the scale when all of those things are fall into place.
This week was really hard in tracking, work and home life has been crazy busy. We had pizza on Thursday. It has not been a good week for eating. Since today is Saturday and shopping day I can plan my meals out and hopefully get back on track. I do best when I plan everything out.
I was really bringing it to my workouts this week so seeing a gain was a little disappointing but that is to be expected when evaluating my food choices.
Yesterday, I ran 3 miles in 32 mins. That is huge for me. My best time ever was 33 mins. I am starting to think I need to add extra mileage but I need to make sure and give myself enough time to do this. The weather is getting colder and it is more difficult to run outside in the early morning. I really need to invest in a long sleeve running shirt. I usually just grab a light jacket but I know a running shirt would make a huge difference in comfort for me.
Also, since I walk several miles a day, I have noticed my feet have really been hurting me. I think this is due to not having a proper pair of walking shoes. I really need to invest some money in myself and get a good pair so I can continue to exercise. It is starting to effect my abilities in other areas of exercise.

I don't blog much about my personal life but this is something that effects me as a person on so many levels. I had my work eval this week. For the first time ever, I received Extraordinary Contributor. I have been doing my current job for the last year without any monetary compensation or recognition. It is a new position that I was piloting with many extra responsibilities. During my evaluation my boss told me she really wanted to recognize all that I had been doing and the extra effort I had been putting in. It was nice to know that all of my efforts had finally paid off. She assured me that the rating of Extraordinary would give me a nice compensation. I am the only one in my company with this particular job title. My former boss used me as a model to create the position and this week my current boss told me that the position, after a year, had been approved by HR and that she would go over the details with me more in depth when she had a chance to look at the job description. I felt really good about that. I love my job. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful work environment and most of my coworkers are pleasant to be around. I am truly blessed.
So why can't I be happy with all of this? I woke up this morning feeling stressed. Maybe it was all the bad food I ate yesterday. I need to look at that. I usually feel the bet when I have eaten healthy.
So, how am I going to turn this boat around? Back to basics once again. I also need to mention that my current weight has been a big hurdle for me in the past. 160 seems to be a plateau area for me. At least, it has been in the past.
First things first, evaluate my eating and get back to eating more fruits and vegetables. It is harder to get them in with the colder weather so I am switching from salads to soups.
Make sure to get in all of my exercise. This one has proven to be a challenge when things are busy. I typically walk about three miles a day outside of my morning workout. Several times this week I have had to skip one or two due to other activities. I usually try hard to get them in even with a busy schedule. In the past, I haven't tracked those on my exercise tracker but I have started to do this. I hope it will help me focus.
Do better on the Food Tracker. It seems to be a magic pill and this last week I havent been very good at tracking. I really need to focus on this and do it diligently. The weight seems to just fall off when I am diligent with this.
Ok, I've rambled enough. I hope this week proves to be good for all of you!

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  • CHEEKY1000
    Wow, so glad I stumbled on this one--albeit a bit late.

    First: Yay on your PB of 32! That's fantastic! emoticon

    This is one of those things I needed to read. I've been beating myself up that I haven't achieved my goal of 9 miles outside. LOL I can barely run 5 miles outside. BUT a year and a half ago, I'd have thought 3 miles would be the farthest I could ever run. My time's aren't great, but I run the whole way. I also noticed that since January, I've cut down the number of my workouts and my running isn't going smoothly. In January, I was regularly running 5 miles and it wasn't nearly as difficult as now. I"m sure there's a link between the dearth of cross training workouts.

    You've given me much food for thought (including remembering that what I eat has a direct impact on how I feel). I think I've been suffering from food hangovers lately. lol

    Thanks for sharing!

    CONGRATS on being Extraordinary (but we already knew that about you).

    2056 days ago
  • CARLA-216
    Congratulations on your work evaluation! That is so awesome!

    2070 days ago
    Congrats on killing the workouts. That rocks! Epsom salt works magic on my feet - and it's cheap. I think I can get a huge bag for 2 bucks.

    Isn't work tricky? I just don't know what to say about it - I wish it didn't have so much power to impact "real" life.

    An extraordinary rating is amazing - like you. I am sure it was well-deserved.

    Sending big hugs. Your hard work is evident. You go girl!!

    2071 days ago
    Really interesting blog: it all connects, doesn't it (work, fitness, nutrition, well-being). Like you, I've got to track everything I eat or I do fall off the rails!!.

    Totally agree about getting the right shoes for your workouts: injury has the potential to sideline everything (and doing more without the right equipment . . . I really did a number on my knees/hips running too much!).

    Congrats on the very positive work evaluation: so nice to be appreciated.
    2071 days ago
  • LESLIE871948
    I have noticed that there are several "resting" places in my trips down the scale too. Slow and steady wins the race :). Great feedback on your performance. I don't know if it applies to you, but when someone praises my performance I usually feel stress to live up to the praise? I cannot explain this well, especially here, but I know good changes effect me as well as bad ones, in the stress area. My body does not seem to know the difference and will usually hold water when I have any kind of stress. The thing with me is, if I keep my journal and don't overfeed it, it gives up and goes away :)!!
    2071 days ago
  • MIZINA730
    Wow, you can run three miles straight? Then you must be in great shape. There is no doubt that you will overcome whatever obstacles come your way. The carbs could have resulted in water weight. At any rate, I'm sure the 1-pound gain is short-lived. Your plans for your diet - kudos. Sounds great.

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    2072 days ago
    Ahh... That nasty little beast that we call our conscience! The bit that tells us that we can't feel good about ourselves, no matter what we've achieved, because we're not worthy, emoticon because we've fallen down on some self set ideal of eating or drinking, because we're not 'perfect'! That pound gain could be water, muscle, hormones, any one of a dozen different things, but no, we think it has to be fat, because of our less than perfect choices! You feel best when you've been eating healthily, not because of any intrinsic value in the food, but because youre nearer to your ideal, 'perfection'! Take a long look at this. Your evaluation is not merely 'excellent' but extraordinary! You are obviously a major member of the team, valued for your hard work and dedication. Give yourself a break! You're exercising, you're eating well, and life is for living and enjoying. Don't waste it, chastising yourself for faults that are really in your imagination. Enjoy your victories and triumphs, and accept that nobody is ever perfect.
    2073 days ago
    You know what to do. We can do this!
    2073 days ago
    Congratulations on the excellent performance evaluation!

    For walking around the city, have a look at Merrell Pace Gloves. I have these (in black) and they're great for my walking commute: black works for NYC, they're super-comfortable, and light enough and small enough to throw in a bag. Most importantly, I feel like I don't pound the ground as much as I used to when I wore shoes with a thicker sole, and yet they have just enough cushioning and structure so that your feet aren't too exposed to hard city streets.


    2073 days ago
    emoticon on the job evaluation!!! emoticon Don't beat yourself up for a 1 pound gain, U run and walk a lot so I am sure u will drop that in NO time!!! I do think u should invest in a better pair of running shoes of your feet hurt girl. I am going out to dinner tonight and I know I will fall off the wagon, but I will eat better after that! have a wonderful weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2073 days ago
    Congratulations on your job evaluation!! That is fantastic. I am sure you deserved every bit of that recognition.
    Yes, you definately need to invest in a good pair of walking shoes. I have has issues with my knees because of poor support in my shoes. Be sure to have a good fitting and get a really good pair - you are worth it!!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a great week!!
    2073 days ago
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