Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I have a bruise on the top of my foot. I'm not sure how it got there, but it's there. And it hurts a little bit.
Usually I am very stubborn and the earlier, less body-aware version of me would ignore it and hope it went away. But I decided to follow RICE for my foot. And by god, it is working! It feels much much better.
This afternoon is a swimming day. I need to rest my foot.
Have a Sparky Tuesday!
Saturday, May 09, 2009
My first 5K is on May 17th. I am SO excited. This morning we did a trial run through the course. I kept pace with one of the trainers; she is going to be my pacer at the race. She doesn't have any clients that are running, so she told me that she would run with me. Yay!
I finished today in 25:50. Huh. It *is* a fast course, I suppose!
I think the top of my foot is bruised a little bit. This week I'm going to try icing it and also I'll look for some sort of compression band. RICE.
Not weighing myself every week has been good for me. It's helping me focus on getting my 5K time down and also getting the miles in. I even saw a little shadow on my tummy today, like an indentation, and that made me really happy. So if I see that shadow, I guess it doesn't matter whether it is at a certain weight number or not. I'll check in on the scale in about a week or so, just to see where I am, but I'm not going to obsess over it. Feels so liberating!
Today is going to be a wonderful day!
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!
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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