Sunday, April 19, 2009
I have been playing in a musical, and this was the performance weekend. There is one more show today, and then it's over! It has been a lot of work, but a lot of fun. I am not going to miss the time commitment, but I might miss getting to play the piano all the time (for a purpose, anyway). I think I'm going to really get back into playing the piano; this musical made me remember how much I love to play. And besides, the piano tuner was just up so my piano sounds really great right now.
My dad and his wife are coming to the show this afternoon. I haven't seen them since Christmas, so I'm excited to see how they'll react to the 20+ pounds I have gotten rid of. I told my dad that I was training for a 5K and eating better, and he was impressed with the running.
Yesterday was SOOOOO beautiful. The training run at my gym was 2.5 miles, and I ran the WHOLE WAY. Wahoo! That was even with three gigantic hills. I just know that if it would have been all flat, I could have run the rest of the 5K distance with no problem. Usually I have a buddy who comes, and we run together. It's nice to have someone running with me so we can push each other. Yesterday she wasn't there so I ran alone. Eventually, one of the trainers came up and ran with me and I think that really pushed me even more. We did some tempo training on the flat places, and she kicked my ass going up the hills. We chatted almost the whole time and I felt so good after my run. I definitely need to find a running buddy for all the time.
On an exciting note, I went to Target yesterday and I found this cute warm-up jacket on sale. I have been looking for one so I can wear it in the morning and to the pool. The only size they had was a small, and I thought "what the hell, I might as well try it." I tried it, and (tada!) it fit! I don't look like a sausage in it, and it's super cute. I wish I could wear it every day, only because it's a small.
Now I know that being so concerned about size labels is kind of shallow, but I think it comes from shopping when I was younger. I remember going shopping and feeling bad when I had to buy the (seemingly) giant sizes when everyone else was buying "regular" sizes (I remember this from when my friends were wearing size 6x, so it's been a part of my life for a LOOOONG time). My mom was always on a diet, and she talked about sizes all the time. I am slowly trying to get over being so concerned about *any* number, whether it be size or weight, but it's really hard not to be excited fitting into my first size 8 or my first small (EVER!). I think in high school I blew by the size 8s and 10s and went right into the 14's. There is not a memory in my adult mind of a time when I didn't wear a size 12 (barely) or a size 14.
Well I think it's about time to finish my coffee and get going to the pool. I LOVE to swim on my non-running days. I can swim 1/2 an hour without a break and I think the measured breathing is helping my breathing when I run, too. Yesterday I think my lungs could have handled another hour of running.
Have a Sparky Day!
Friday, April 17, 2009
This week has been nuts; I am playing piano in a musical - Crazy For You - this weekend, and rehearsals have been running all night this week. I wasn't able to get to the store for my salad stuff, and I ate a reuben on Monday night and soy lattes the last two nights. I think my body hates it. I have been so good about eating real food that this week with all the salt and processed food (my "emergency lunches" at school are microwave Thai soup bowls. Good, but lots of sodium.). My stomach hasn't been right, and I just feel blah. So last night I went to the store and got my salad stuff for today's lunch. Real food! Yay! Veggies! Fruit! All-natural yogurt! Hurrah!
I started reading the book In Defense of Food. It's a very good book and it's been very eye-opening for me.
The weather is beautiful today. I decided to wear a dress and sandals to school. Last night I got my hair cut (again). the girls at the salon were laughing because every time I get my hair cut, it gets shorter and shorter. It's pretty short right now, and I love it. It makes me think of spring and summer. I guess as the pounds come off I feel better about having less hair to cover my face. Hm.
There was no musical rehearsal last night, so I got to the gym. Wahoo! I did two miles running (without stopping!) and some upper body stuff. I really noticed that I haven't been on schedule with my strength-training; either that, or all the processed foods I ate this week have taken a toll on my body. Either way, it was nice to get into the gym and get moving.
Tonight's opening night - wish me luck!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This week is full of dress rehearsals for the high school musical. My schedule is all out of whack and I'm feeling tired. I managed to get a workout in on Sunday and Monday, but yesterday and tonight are not going to happen. I'm about ready to take a quick nap and then do a little practicing before I go.
It's been *so* crazy that I actually stopped at Starbucks last night for a soy latte and may do it again tonight. It's been really difficult for me to admit that a few days of not being in a routine will not kill me and will not cause me to gain all the weight back.
On a positive note, though, one of the girls at school said that I am getting "so tiny!" Teehee! I love it. I wish I had more pants in my current size than just this one pair, but I am trying to be patient and wait until goal to really re-stock my wardrobe.
Off to nap and practice.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Well the good news is that I made it through Easter without eating a single piece of nasty candy. I only had one AMAZING home made peanut butter egg at school on Wednesday. My mom brought some beautiful red tulips for me. Yay!
Had a little Easter brunch today - a crepe filled with jelly, breakfast casserole with sausage, egg, cheese and waffles (YUM) and some fruit salad with shredded coconut and walnuts. After I entered everything in, I discovered that because I kept my portion sizes small, I didn't totally blow my calories for today. Fat grams, now that's a different story. Between the sausage and cheese, that was pretty much out the window at 11:00 this morning.
But I did get some new "progress pictures" today. I made my mom take pictures to post so I could see how far I've come since I started Sparking. When I looked at the new pictures, I could see a collarbone. Wahoo! I am glad I have these new pics because I wasn't seeing a huge difference, even though I feel a million times better.
Running has really been good for me. I went this afternoon for a little run, 1.5 miles. It's getting a lot easier to run 1.5 miles. Maybe when the wind dies down a little bit it will get even easier. I think I'll actually be able to run the whole 5K in May! My legs feel better even though I've only been running for about a month. I'm looking forward to what they are going to feel and look like in a few more weeks! Running shorts, perhaps?
Tomorrow morning is swimming time. I have an extra-long musical rehearsal tomorrow, so I have to do my workout in the morning.
Off to veg on the couch for a bit. I think tonight is going to be an early night to bed. I upped my running this weekend and am feeling tired, but in a good way.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
For the longest time, I always wondered how people could call any kind of run a "fun run." Today I think I figured it out. I did my two miles this morning with my running group, and just a bit ago, I was feeling a little down and a little bored. My mind was racing and I wanted to eat a giant bowl of General Tso's Chicken. Instead, I laced up my shoes and went up to the state park (I'm lucky it was open today!). I parked the car, and started to jog. I didn't know how far I'd get, but I made it all the way around the driving loop in about 17 minutes (I'm calculating about a 1.5 mile loop). It was actually *fun*! I cleared my head, and I knew to take it easy and I was paying attention to my body so I knew what was ok. I had a real hankering to run. Huh.
I got over my sickness much faster than I thought I would. I credit my nutrition and fitness habits for helping my body to recuperate pretty quickly. I think I'll make some bow tie pasta for dinner and reward a running week with a glass of wine. Last night I didn't have the wine as planned, so I can have one glass tonight. My fiance and I both noticed that I have been laying off the wine lately. Not like I was a wine-o before, but since I found out how many calories are in wine, I just don't feel like entering the calories into my tracker. Huh, again.
Have a Sparky Easter/ Sparky Weekend!
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