Thursday, June 04, 2009
Not because I am doing extraordinarily well (even thought I'm doing pretty darn good, if I do say so myself), but because my computer is on the fritz. The printer is not getting recognized when we try to use it, and the shift button on the left decides when it does and doesn't want to work. We were aiming for a new computer in the fall, but if this keeps up, we may be a little early on the schedule. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it decides to work for a few months yet; we don't want to spend the money yet for it.
A mom in the car line commented on my weight loss this week. I let kids out of the car in the morning, and one girl's mom noticed. wahoo!
Last night I went to a meeting and then out for a drink to visit my fiance and I wore my new size 8 jeans!!! I was SOOOO excited. Now I know what it's like to wear a really good-fitting pair of jeans that doesn't have to hide anything. One of the most exciting body changes I've seen is that I am getting pretty good hamstrings. I can see them when i wear my running gear. I like having those muscles on the back of my legs.
Put on a skirt today, probably for the last time. It is really big - last year when I bought it, it was tight. I will wear it one last time today so I get a little use out of it, and then it goes into "The Pile." Someone who wears my old size is going to be very excited to see that pile of clothes. I think I'll try to give them to a friend and then my mom before I give them to Goodwill. I put a shirt in The Pile today as well. It was SOOOO unflattering when I put it on. Last night I put on a shirt that used to be tight, and the top part where the shoulders and chest are was really loose. the shoulder seams were not on my shoulders, and it was all bunchy. A little sad, because i really liked the shirt. But off to smaller and better things, I suppose. Possessions are fleeting.
Today is my last full day of school for the year. Wahoo!
I think I'm going to the gym right after school today to do some running and maybe some light lower body work. We'll see how busy it gets and then I'll decide.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Don't have too much to report today. I am going to sign off soon and start working on my June goals. Grab my calendar, look at my schedule, and start going. I am having two moles removed on June 17th (Ugh... but better safe than sorry) so I'll have to stay out of the pool for a while (SOOO sad!!!) and take it easy on the running for a little bit. But I think that might not be a totally bad thing.
School ends next week and I'll have more time to get some long runs in during the week. I am looking forward to training for some longer runs, or maybe just running longer distances so that my 5Ks get easier as the summer goes on.
I have not been tracking my calories for quite some time now. however, i don't feel as if I am overeating or going crazy. When that happens, I will go back to entering my food religiously. Right now, I've only been entering food for which i don't know the calorie count.
Off to work on some goals!
Monday, June 01, 2009
Just now I went back to one of the "Action Steps" for this diet stage I'm in. It was to reward myself for 12 weeks of hard work (it's been over 12 weeks now). I realized that I still haven't *really* rewarded myself for this. Sure, I bought some new clothes, but that was because I can't have my pants falling down at school. It's been more of necessity than a true reward. Yesterday during my 5K I decided what my reward was going to be. I spent most of my run yesterday singing silly songs from school to keep my feet moving. There is only so much "Down By the Bay" I can stand! Decided that my reward is going to be an mp3 player and some running headphones. I have been hearing so many people talk about how much it helps to have a distraction when they run, something to concentrate on instead of the actual running. I'm going to do some research, and i think next week when I get paid I'll go out and get an mp3 player. Wahoo!
Yesterday I went to brunch with my family. I don't think they really get that I *can* run! I told my brother that I am going to run a 4.5 mile trail run on Saturday, and the first thing he said was "can you run that far?" Not a congratulations or a good luck, just doubt. It's frustrating when my family doesn't think I am serious about running and my lifestyle change. I think it's because it is so different from their lifestyles. My family has never been active (on my mom's side, who i see more) or eaten really healthy. Going out to eat and eating quick convenience meals is the norm. But it's not that way for me anymore, and it seems like they are having a hard time accepting it. I just don't want to have the medical problems that side of the family has had as I grow older. Most of the problems could be gone if there was better diet and more movement.
So anyway, it's June, there are 8 more days of school, and I'm feeling good. I lost 2.4 pounds in May, so I now have to make my June goals. I think I'll post those later.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Yesterday morning I ran a 5K and last night I did a 2 mile walk in Philly for Crohn's research. This morning I woke up at 6:00 and decided to do another 5K near my mom's house. I knew it wasn't going to be for speed, but more for a workout. There were some positives to today:
- I was able to run the whole thing today. My legs were tired, but I did it! I was so psyched that I was physically able to run two 5Ks in two days. Tomorrow is definitely a rest day. I paid attention to my body yesterday and today, and when I woke up today, I felt really good. I knew I'd be able to do it.
- I passed some people again today. I didn't run fast today AT ALL, but I did run steady. My miles were all about the same (slow) time, but I didn't peter out at the end. I think my endurance is getting better. I had to sing some silly songs along the way to keep my feet going, and it worked. I think I'll treat myself to a very small iPod and new running headphones.
- I feel really good. I am happy I decided to run this morning. It was a great workout, and the trail was just beautiful. A little shady, through the woods, and just a little hilly.
Negative - there was no more bottled water when I finished. (I guess I need to start finishing faster!) How can a race run out of bottled water??? Luckily, I had some water in my car that was still cold. A little annoyed at that.
Today is brunch with my family and then back home. Tonight is a senior music awards banquet. Should be fun! Happy Sunday!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Well I had two goals for today.
1) to finish in a better time today than my last 5K
2) to not finish last (yeah, a superficial goal, but it kept me moving.)
I met both goals. Wahoo! My time today was 31:57 - beat my last time by 22 seconds. I think my interval training this week really helped. I was able to sprint towards the end. (And I actually passed 4 people today!)
The temperature was perfect, and the trail was really pretty. Generally flat, with only a few very short hills. I kept an eye on another runner to pace myself, ended up passing her at the turnaround, and picked another runner. I felt really good about it today. I paced myself better and I didn't feel like I was petering out at the end.
Tonight is walking in Philly, so I'm off to get ready for that. Happy Weekend!
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