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...
Friday, August 14, 2009
a muscle in my leg!
Tonight I went for an easy run at the gym - two miles. Sometimes I look over in the big mirror to see what I look like when I run (a little weird, but it's good to know). There was a muscle in my leg! I saw it! And when I got home and looked in the mirror, I saw it again! This is just the boost I needed. It's like this fitness thing is all new to me again. My jeans went on more easily today. This is so exciting.
Went to lunch with a friend today. We went to Olive Garden. It was pretty yummy, and I even checked the menu online to see what would be ok for me to eat and how much damage a breadstick and soup would do. Well I stuck with 1/2 a breadstick, and the Pasta e Fagioli soup actually is not that un-healthy (relatively speaking). I ate 1/2 my pasta dish, and we split a dessert. The dessert was totally worth it, too. These delicious little fried dough pillows with chocolate sauce. I didn't plan on those, but I entered them into the nutrition tracker and now I am having a light dinner - my leftover pasta with some scallops added for protein.
I have the start of a goal - I'd like to lose another 20 pounds by next summer. I broke it up into smaller goals, though. I think the thought of losing another 20 pounds was a little daunting to me. Eight pounds by Thanksgiving I can do.
This new routine I'm in - I'm loving it! Running club on Tues, Thurs, and Sat. Yoga on Thursday morning. Swimming and/or running and/or bike on other days. One rest day a week. This week I took two (ugh, Wednesday was SO lazy for me) so now I have to reconfigure my schedule for this coming week.
Tomorrow morning is a longer run with the club and perhaps some lower body stuff at the gym in the afternoon.
Off to finish making dinner!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I had a craving last night. Not just a little one, a huge craving for something carbohydrate-y. My fiance went out and got some chips for us. I'm paying for it today. My stomach is sending me a message, loud and clear, that I should not have eaten the chips. If I *have* to find a silver lining, it's that eating like that only once reminds me how I must have felt when I ate like that all the time, but with even *more* grease and nastiness.
So today I am back on track. I am going to a yoga class at 10:00. I will drink more than enough water today. I will go to the store and buy some fruits and veggies (and eat them). I will do something other than sit on the couch and watch bad afternoon TV.
Despite yesterday, I have overall been feeling much better. My clothes are fitting ever-so-slightly better, and when I went to buy pants the other day I thought "hell, I'll just *try* a size 6 and see what happens." And... they closed! I'm not going to say they "fit," but they did indeed close. That little visual was just the kick I needed to remind me why I am Sparking. Thought about buying a cheap end of season bikini in my goal size for next summer and hanging it in my closet. Next summer is a long way away and I don't want to lose sight of where I'd like to be.
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