Thursday, August 20, 2009
Went to running club tonight. It was hot. REALLY hot. And humid. It felt like I was running through soup. Boy was I glad when we were finished! Short 3.5 mile run tonight - never thought I'd be saying that 3.5 miles is "short!" Really shows how far I've come.
So this week and last week I've really been doing a lot of cardio. Which is good. But, I think I am going to take an easy weekend. I need to rest my knee a bit; swimming will be good for me. I think it will also be a good chance for me to recharge a bit before school starts. The start of school just kind of snuck up on me this year! Can't believe next Wednesday is the first day back for teachers already. Lesson plan thoughts need to start getting in my head.
I've been reading blogs and articles lately about how what we do with our bodies is our own choice, the consequences and/or rewards are because of our choices. I've been thinking twice about stopping for that ice cream on the way home, sleeping in instead of going to the gym "just this once," or putting that extra cheese on my baked potato. It's nobody's fault but mine (Led Zeppelin, anyone?) if I go over in fat for the day because of the extra cheese. On the positive side, though, it's also *my* doing when I can more easily swim or when i can push myself through that last half mile when all I want to do is fall over.
Football is on, so I have to go put on some decaf and get comfortable on the couch. I forgot how much I enjoy football season!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I have been patiently waiting since the beginning of July so I could officially enter that 25th pound lost. I've been .4 pounds away since July 3rd. Tonight I weighed myself and WAHOO it's a full 25 pounds since I started Sparking! What a great feeling. Even though it's less than 1/2 a pound, it's better than nothing, and it's certainly better than gaining. It's also just the little bump I needed to reassure me that I'm progressing toward my goals. (I know that weight is not the most important thing, but it's so much easier to tell that to other people than to keep it in mind for myself!)
Tonight I went to the pool and did 1/2 an hour of easy laps. It was a good time for me to do some thinking and burn some calories. My knee has been bothering me, too, so it was a good chance to rest it from running. Running club is tomorrow night, so I'm going to really pay attention to my knee and see if it feels any better. I may have to take few days off from running so it can get better. (My penguin running buddy is going to be on vacation next week anyway, and I'm a little nervous about going without him. I'm afraid that I will be holding someone back! It would be a perfect time to rest my knee while he's away. We'll see.)
This morning we had bacon and blueberry pancakes. Yum! But SO not healthy. I did, however, compensate the rest of the day and ate kind of light. Tonight I made some Mexican-style soup with some things we had in the fridge. It was SO good. A little hot for soup, but it's so low-calorie and delicious that I didn't really mind standing over the hot stove. And now I have lunch for tomorrow.
This part might be a little long, but I have to put it out here.
My mom started Jenny Craig. For about the 100th time. I wish I could support it more, but I think that eating all those salty boxed foods are just not good for her. She called me tonight to tell me she lost 11 pounds so far. I congratulated her on the loss, and I brought up something about making sure she can do what she's doing for the rest of her life. It's a pattern I've seen a lot over the years while growing up; she goes on some "quick fix" diet and loses 20 pounds or so, and then soon it creeps back up. The Jenny Craig food would come back into the house, or the Weight Watchers material would show up on the counter, and then the cycle would start all over again. I've tried the Grapefruit Diet, the Soup Diet, and a million other diets with her. So I guess the point of this may be that i wish I could be happier for her, but I have seen this cycle so many times that I can't tell if this is going to stick or not. Does that make me a bad daughter?
Well, off to think and have a little sweet and decaf.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Well it was bound to happen... the enthusiasm I had when I started Sparking in January has returned. I set new goals for myself, and I've been meeting those goals! One of the big differences, however, is that I'm not so concerned about my weight. The fitness and nutrition goals are more important to me.
My running has improved, my arms are finally getting smaller, and my energy is up again.
Tonight was a "short" 4.6 mile run. It was hot and humid, but I did it. And I actually felt good! My breathing felt even and my pace felt a little quicker and smoother than it did 2 or 3 weeks ago. I'm actually looking forward to my 5K at the end of the month!
I took some time this weekend to re-assess my commitment to living more simply. I feel like I was getting caught up in buying new things to fit my new body that I lost sight of what is truly important to me. Today I thought that instead of buying another running shirt, I would buy a new pair of running shoes (which i *really* need more than another shirt). I'll just have to do laundry more often - not the end of the world. It's really amazing to me how much less "stuff" I need now that I have more self-confidence. All the stuff was just hiding how I felt about myself. I'm now proud of ME and not the junk I have.
This is getting a little deep. Time to retire to the couch with some ice for my knee, a glass of water, and some blueberries in milk.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Last night we had a nice dinner at home... which included some steak, wine, and Ben and Jerry's. I know that I went a little crazy, but I entered in my food anyway. Yikes. Today was going to be my total rest day, but I knew that sitting around was not going to work with how I ate last night. So I went swimming this morning. Nothing strenuous, but just a light workout of laps. I am SO glad I went!
Today I've been B&J detoxing with lots of water and fresh fruit and veg. I made the decision to eat what I did yesterday, so now I have to live with that decision and balance it out today.
Today when I put on my shirt, I thought "hm, do my arms look smaller?" I measure, and lo and behold, they *are* smaller! Wahoo! I have been doing so much swimming and upper body stuff; I was wondering when the heck I would notice a difference. It was just all of sudden, too. Not like "well, my arms look .1 of an inch smaller today." Weird how that happens.
Got some stuff done around the house today... moved the birdfeeder, changed the outside light by the basement that has been out since we moved in last August, bought some hedge clippers to cut the obnoxious bush in the front of the house... It's really hot outside, though, so I think the cutting will have to wait until later.
Tonight is Mexican night - some chicken mole in roasted red peppers. YUM. Blueberries for dessert.
I think it might be time for a nap...
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