Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Well I celebrated the 4th of July on the 3rd and the 5th, but not the actual 4th. Weird. It was amazing how different the two celebrations were. On the 3rd, my dad and his wife came up to our house. We made tomato soup and grilled chicken salad. We had a relatively healthy dessert. Delish! On Sunday, my mom and brother came up and we had burgers, potato salad, and ice cream with fruit and angel food cake. What a difference! After those burgers, I felt so horrible the rest of the day. They were so yummy, but I was full for the entire rest of the day. Ugh.
There are extra burgers in the fridge, and I think we're just going to throw them out. We don't really eat ground beef anymore - there are so many foods out there that taste so much better.
So anyway, I thought for sure that the burgers did me in. Yesterday we hiked for about 1.5 hours and I went swimming last night before dinner. According to the fitness tracker, I burned over 1000 calories yesterday. Wahoo!
On Friday I am leaving for San Francisco and China; I am not going to get my regular workouts in (but I am taking my running shoes!), so I'm trying to burn as many calories as I can before I go. The girl going with me is coming over this afternoon so we can go over some last minute stuff and figure out how we want to spend our time in S.F.
OK off to get some trip stuff ready. Have a Sparky Tuesday!
Addition: So my friend going with me just came over. We talked about how we're going to get around SF and she said "well we're both pretty fit, so we can hoof it a lot." AAAHHHH!!! If she would have known me this well 6 months ago, she would never have said that. I have NEVER been in the "we're both pretty fit" category. WAHOO!!!!!!
Saturday, July 04, 2009
So after two weeks of no running, I decided to enter a 5K today. I was a little nervous; I ran a bit on Thursday, but only a bit over a mile. Today I had to walk some of the route but I finished. And my time was not my slowest time ever! It felt really good. I forgot how much I love to run!
I got home and had a bean burger and some homemade tomato soup. Yum! But before that, I napped for two hours. Yes, two hours. I plopped myself down on the couch at 1:00, and when I woke up it was 3:00. Time to get my rear in gear.
Happy 4th of July!
Friday, July 03, 2009
Tonight was the first time in over two weeks that I have been swimming. With the stitches in, I was not allowed to go in public water. Bleh. I had a nice little routine of going swimming on Friday night; kind of like a little break before a race on Saturday morning. I wasn't running either (the stitches in my leg pulled - ouch!) so I was kind of slacking in the fitness department. Tonight's swim was so wonderful. I remembered why it was such an important part of my lifestyle change - a really fun way to get cardio in and a way to kind of zone out and do some thinking. And I did some thinking tonight. Mostly about my goals and how my actions are or are not fitting into those goals.
Action Example from today: My dad and his wife came up for lunch today. I made tomato soup (it tasted like it should be really bad for you, but it was SO healthy) and had some bread. I entered the bread in the calorie tracker, and it was over 250 calories. Ugh! A perfectly healthy lunch sabotaged by bread. So what did I have for dinner? Tomato soup. And a piece of the bread. Not any smaller, the same 250+ calories.
But while I was swimming, I really thought about how I consciously made that choice to eat the bread. I could have chosen not to eat it. I need to get back in control. I don't really think I'm *that* out of control, but I feel like I am far off from where I was a month or so ago.
Tomorrow is a new day. There is a 4-mile run at a nearby park, and I think I'll do that. Even though I haven't been running and will probably have to walk a bit of it, at least it will get me out there and moving and back into a routine. There are some 5Ks coming up that sound really fun; I think I'll find some to sign up for so I have a goal to work toward.
I think it's time for some decaf and a good book... The calories I have left are few, so I'll have to settle for coffee instead of wine.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Here's what happened today.
I tracked all my food. I drank all my water. I went to the gym and had a great workout. I feel much better!!!
Just got back from the gym, took my shower, and now I'm going to eat a little something. It's like Europe in my house - we eat dinner pretty late around here.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
It's weird that this was the prompt for this week, because I was just thinking about this last night. Yesterday we went to the Philly Zoo and spent the afternoon and evening in Philadelphia. Very fun! BUT I did not think about what I ate AT ALL. I had lo mein for lunch, pizza for dinner, cake for dessert... you get the idea. Last night when I got home I was so upset for letting myself get out of control like that. I worked so hard to get where I am and I still have a way to go; eating like I did the last two days isn't going to help me get there. So yes, I am afraid of gaining it back. I got lazy about eating, and while I am still going to the gym regularly, it certainly isn't burning off the extra hundreds of calories I've been consuming. If I keep eating like I don't care, then I *will* gain it back.
So what am I going to do? I'm going to be vigilant about entering my calories - that's what helped me in the first place, and I am going to go back to it. I don't see it as failing, I see it as being smart about my choices and knowing what works for me. I see it as pro-active - I am nipping it in the bud before it gets out of control. Tackling an extra two pounds is easier than tackling an extra 10 pounds.
I'm going to re-assess my goals and maybe join some new Spark teams to help me reach those goals. It's early and I'm awake, so I'm going to hit the gym. I started Sparking on January 1st - today is like another New Year for me.
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