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Wahoo! New shoes!

Friday, May 08, 2009

I have a really ancient pair of ASICS and a pair that I bought back in January. Today I decided to retire my ancient pair and add a second "good" pair to my closet. I went to the local running store and bought a pair of Brooks Defyance. I immediately put some more quarters in the parking meter and ran three miles. The new shoes are wonderful. I really like them. It was nice to have someone give some suggestions for shoes. However, I did feel better when the sales guy said that the ASICS were the right shoes for me anyway. The Brooks are a different feel... they are a bit lighter and I feel like there is less shoe around my foot. It will be nice to have two very nice and different pairs to run in.
I almost bought a "Runner Girl" sticker for my car, but I think I will wait and have that be my reward for finishing my first 5K, which is next Sunday! I am SO excited. Tonight's run was a bit easier than it was last week, and tomorrow morning we run the route again, so I am hoping that it will be even easier tomorrow.
Tonight I will go to the gym and do some upper body stuff. It's getting warm... sleeveless season is almost here.
Happy Friday!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 5/10/2009 4:41PM

    I love new shoes!

Here's a tip for you... you might want to keep track of how many miles you put on a pair of shoes... there are various recommendations about how many miles are okay before you retire them. (I tend to be a slacker about this, and it's part of the reason why I finally started logging my miles--yes, to keep from overusing my shoes and injuring my feet.) Runner's World (online) probably has some recs... 300 mi rings a bell, but everyone's different.

Another tip... if you find a model of shoe that you *really* love, think about watching for sales on it and buying a pair (or 2) to keep in reserve. Sometimes, the models change in bad ways, and when you go in to get the "new and improved" version, the toe break is different or something else is different and you're back to square 1.

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Ye olde soccer jersey

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Today is ACES day at school, which means "All Children Exercise Simultaneously." All the schools in the district will have the students outside doing exercise at the same time. We were allowed to wear warm-up pants and jerseys to school today, and our sneakers. My fiance went to Goodwill a while back and bought a high school soccer jersey don't ask why, I have no idea) that I decided to wear today. As I put it on, I thought to how it might have looked a few months ago: very unlikely that it was ever *my* soccer jersey. But now, I can actually imagine having worn this jersey. I can run now, I look quite a bit fitter, and there are no rolls peeking out from this jersey. I actually kind of look like a soccer player! And since I am already decked out in my work-out clothes, I think I may stay in town after school and get in a short little run downtown. We'll see how I feel, although it's sounding good right now.
Went to Adidas last night and got a CUTE new running skirt. It's technically a golf skirt, but it's super cute and has little shorts under it; perfect for running. I think I'll wear it on the run this Saturday. Or maybe it will be my 5K gear...? Speaking of 5Ks, I found a "clothing optional" 5K around here. I will NOT be entering that, but it made me giggle when I thought about all the jiggling parts going down the street.
Yesterday's PTA lunch was SO good. They had lots of Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo. Had a small vegetarian burrito and a piece of Mexican lasagna. YUM. I entered everything into the nutrition tracker, and I managed to stay within my ranges! Wahoo! It is getting somewhat easier to stay within my ranges since my calorie goal is so high. All this running and swimming! I like being able to eat a peanut butter and apple snack after my run and know that it will not affect my nutrition goals, even with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. My new-found knowledge of food rocks. It really helped me figure out the good choices yesterday for the PTA lunch.
This has gone on long enough. Have a Happy Hump Day!

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EATNBOOGERS 5/6/2009 8:38AM

    ACES sounds like fun! My boys *love* soccer jerseys... my younger one has one (with matching shorts) which my dad got him, and he'd wear it 24/7 if he could. They have a bigger one in their dress-up box, and they love that, too (I think because it's a little shiny). :-O

A clothing optional 5K makes me giggle. Um... what about jog bras?

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A lifetime of fat

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Last night I was talking with my fiance who has been so incredibly supportive of me on SparkPeople. He's been cooking wonderful healthy meals for me, and getting really excited about my running and other workouts. Our conversation somehow got onto the topic of my upcoming 5K, and we were joking about my time, and he said something along the lines of "Don't worry, I won't laugh when you cross the finish line." It was a joke and I *know* this; we had been joking around about my time and everything. But something about that comment just brought back these horrible memories of when I was younger. I was never *fat* fat, but I was overweight enough that I couldn't run as fast as everyone else, I couldn't wear the hand-me-downs that everyone else could, I wasn't playing sports in high school, etc etc. Last night really made me realize how much being overweight was kind of a part of me. Before I started really changing my lifestyle, all those feelings kind of got pushed back.
I remember (very clearly) dieting when I was in middle school, feeling horrible when I went shopping with my friend (in 2nd grade!) and a 7th comment from someone who is now a very good friend of mine - something about "at least I don't have a roll." Now that my lifestyle is SO different than it was, I really have thought about some of those comments and experiences. Being overweight was a horrible experience for me.

But on a happy note, I ran last night. I did a treadmill 5K! I ran 1 mile, and thought "Well I'll just keep going." So I ran 2 miles, and then I thought "Well I might as well go for the 5K." And I did it. I am so excited that I can actually run. One of the girls at school said I was "wasting away to nothing," which I think is not really the best choice of words, but oh well. I'll take it over "you are really growing into something big!" Tonight will be a swimming night at the gym, I think. My tootsies need some time off from running. The PTA is providing lunch for the teachers today for Appreciation Week at school, but I am going to take a lunch anyway. I'll check out the spread and decide whether or not I need to eat *my* lunch or if I can manage to find something from the PTA.
It's about that time to head off to school. Have a Sparky Day!

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JOSEPHINE1231 5/5/2009 10:09PM

    Be proud. YOu have done wonderful. Interesting, I just posted on my team on a book I was reading, and shared some personal memories of me and being young. I wasn't exactly "fat", but I sure wasn't as thin as the rest of my classmates. I remember that when I was 16 my mother went to the doctor and got diet pills for herself and then gave them to me. I got my weight down to 126 pounds. Fifty years later, and I remember that number. I married Kenny, had a two babies one year apart, and never have seen that number again.

So good for you, do make the healthy changes at a young age.

Jo

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EATNBOOGERS 5/5/2009 12:28PM

    Big hugs.... that sounds awful (the comments and experiences growing up).

One thing I like about running is the "Wow, I can't believe I actually *ran* x distance!"

All your swimming reminds me that I really need to get off my butt and start working that into my routine.



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_CORTNIE 5/5/2009 9:54AM

    My life has been fatty, as well. I don't remember myself ever being 'thin'. Thin for me is a size 12, and I'm happy with that to be honest. I can't WAIT to be that again and be out of these 26s. But when I was that, I wasn't eating anything ever. Take the comments in the most positive light. Waste away girl, you just waste away! I can't wait to waste away to nothing! emoticon

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RUBYSNANA 5/5/2009 8:39AM

    I am sorry that you were hurt old memories. It is not always easy to let go of our old "body images" and past hurtful remarks, but somehow we need to learn to do just that. We have to remind ourselves that who we are now, on this day, at this time is what is important. We have to leave behind the past because we can't change that, and we need to recognize our new selves-happy, healthy, and active role models for those around us. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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Hooray for May!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

So I ran the entire distance of a 5K this morning with my running group. Unfortunately, I didn't have a watch on so I didn't know what my time was. This week's plan is to get a sport watch/ heart rate monitor so I can start working towards some running goals. When I got back to the starting point after the whole distance, I was just amazed that i actually did it. Today is a strong-feeling day.
My fiance's parents are coming to visit tomorrow so I have been cleaning like crazy. Thought it would be a good time to get some spring cleaning done. I got a good workout doing it, since I moved a chair upstairs and switched beds in two rooms.
I am signing up for two more 5Ks at the end of the month. My brother is going to run in one with me, and I think a friend from school is running in the other one. I *still* can't believe how much I enjoy this running thing.
Happy Saturday!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 5/2/2009 4:58PM

    I'm back to my old habit of using my analog watch to time myself (since I returned the HRM). I think a cheap digital watch would probably do the trick for me (I'm not into the last second and *laps*, just overall splits and progress). I have to say, though, that paying attention to the time *does* help push toward moving faster. I also like doing intervals.... I pick up the pace for a minute (or 1:15 or the killer 1:30--I can't even contemplate 2 minute intervals at this point) and then slow to a slow jog when it's over (I think I'd walk after the 2 minute ones). I think for these you're supposed to be aiming for 70% or 80% or something like that of your *maximum* effort (max effort = sprinting, I'd say), but basically I just try to run as fast as I can keep up for a minute (or a minute and a half). ;-)

I'm feeling kind of weak today. I was weeding, and my hands can barely move now. And I couldn't help my husband get the aerator back into the back of our Forester, so we had to get a neighbor to help (it was SO heavy).

I love running, too. I realize that I'm not a fast runner, but you're right--there's something about it that makes *me* feel strong, too. :-)

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Attack of the Jax

Thursday, April 30, 2009

So I went grocery shopping tonight and I am usually very very good at resisting the snack aisle. But tonight for some reason I was really craving a salty snack with absolutely NO nutritional value. So I went for the cheese curls. I got home and could not control myself. I ended up eating about 1/2 the bag. ARGH. I wasn't going to enter it into the nutrition tracker, but I did anyway. Ends up that I stayed within my range of stuff today, but I still feel like crap. I don't know what got into me (other than 1/2 a bag of Jax). So I promptly went to the gym and ran a mile, did a lot of upper body and core stuff, and biked hard for 15 minutes. Damn Jax.
I have been at a weight-loss plateau for a few weeks now. I am getting a little frustrated. Why is it so much easier to tell *other* people that a plateau is normal, but when it comes to telling myself it is just so hard to believe it? I am able to run longer and lift more, so I know that I am still progressing... these numbers are just so defining even though I know that the scale number is not the end-all. Maybe I will try a little experiment that I read about in E.B.'s blog... maybe I'll wait until the end of the month to weigh-in and see what happens. Tomorrow *is* the 1st, so it may be a good time to make a goal for the month and see what happens.
Off to fold some laundry and hop in the shower before bed.
Happy last day of April!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 4/30/2009 10:55PM

    Well... half the bag ain't the whole bag. ;-P

The thing that I have found about situations like these is that post-SP, the crappy snax just don't taste as good as they did pre-SP. (Darn you, Spark People! Though they probably didn't taste that great before, either.)

The thing about the plateau--you *have* to keep going on the exercise, eating right, etc. You *will* have a breakthrough, but you definitely won't get a breakthrough if you throw in the towel.

I'm planning on posting my goals for May tomorrow. I'll probably sneak on the scale mid-month at some point, but I'm hoping that biting off a month instead of a week (too short) or the whole darned year will help me focus *and* make it more manageable.

Remember, you're the Queen of the Pants! (And skirts!) You're making great progress! You're running--and you're making *super* progress there. Have you thought about a non-scale goal? Maybe something to do with pants, or a 5K, or some other fitness goal?

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