Friday, September 04, 2009
Well, for the school year, anyway. This school year I am focusing in my procrastination problem. I LOVE to make lists. Even more, I love to cross things off my lists. So I will write things on my lists like "wash the dishes, laundry, vacuum..."; easy things that I can cross off in a matter of minutes. What I have trouble getting to are the tasks on my lists like "write term paper, write journal review, finish this week's classwork..." Tonight was a big step in getting over my problem. I have a paper due at midnight tonight. I had all day and all night to work on it. My first instinct at 1:00 this afternoon was to put it on a list and write it *after* I went to the gym, *after* I made dinner, *after * I did _____. But instead of writing it on a list, I just did it. I sat down at my computer, clicked out of Spark and Facebook (WAAAAAY too distracting) and chugged out an article review. Got all my stuff done! It feels so good. I wish I could bottle up this feeling and come back to it every time I want to put off my school work.
The rest of the night is going to wonderful! I am headed to the gym in a bit (have to get to the pool after 7:00, when Family Swim is over), coming home to some delicious dinner I have planned, and some wine that I picked up this morning.
I am going to think of this feeling whenever I don't feel like doing my work. I can actually relax and enjoy my Friday evening.
This is a big step for me... I am especially excited because I am now learning how to meet fitness goals AND non-fitness goals. It's a new me! Happy New Year!
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
The first two days of school went really well! The weather has been lovely, starting to feel like fall. The kids seem ready to be back, and the new kindergarten kids seem well-prepared to be in school.
I am back to packing my lunch and eating on a schedule. My lunch is the same every day; salad, yogurt with Kashi cereal for crunch, and some kind of fruit. It's a good lunch and it usually comes out to about 500-600 calories. My dinners are relatively light. Last night I managed to get to the pool after school but tonight I was beat. I had to stop at the store on the way home, so I got home later than I would have liked. Ate some dinner (tilapia over linguine - yum!), took a nap, then did some dishes and packed my lunch for tomorrow. Tonight looks like it was my rest night!
Our neighbor brought over some fresh cucumbers - looks like cucumber sandwiches for lunch soon!
Last night I was SOOO tired after the first day of school. Neither of us felt like cooking, and I was seriously craving some comfort food. We went out for Chinese. I have not gone out for Chinese in MONTHS!!! It actually tasted not-too-bad, but it reminded me exactly why I haven't gone out for Chinese in months. Entered it in my nutrition tracker, and it was not too horrible, except for the fat. That pesky fat gets me every time!
Part of my new routine is getting my weekly wardrobe ready on Sunday night. I tried it this past Sunday, and getting ready yesterday and today was about 374892378 times easier than it used to be. I even picked out shoes and jewelry! I may even be able to sleep in a little later once I get into the year a little bit more.
So here's the rest of my night:
1) Hot bath
2) Stretch stretch stretch
Sunday, August 30, 2009
So today was my first race since the beginning of July. I was feeling good this morning; a little nervous about my ITB, since it has been giving me trouble.
Had a bit of a muffin and some coffee on the way to the race, got there nice and early. Unfortunately, the guy who had the racing bibs overslept so registration didn't get started until 15 minutes before the race. So much for getting there early!
Got my number, stretched a little bit, and was ready to go. The starting line was up a little hill - got my iPod ready to go, set my watch, and jumped around a bit. The start was a bit hurried - didn't really know it was actually starting, but ok.
The first mile was uphill. The entire first mile. Ick. But I remembered my training - small steps up the hill and pick little goals. I made it up the hill, excited that I'd be going downhill! As nice as it was to go downhill, I think it bothered my IT band - started to twinge, but nothing bad. I slowed down a bit and it felt a little better. We ran by some running caribou - the course was beautiful!
Got back into the zoo, and I saw a bunch of people. Thought it was the finish line, so I sprinted up the last hill. After said hill, was told that there was a 1/4 mile loop around the zoo before the finish line. Damn it. So I got around the zoo, crossed the finish line with a smile, and forgot to look at my time. I'm always forgetting to turn off my watch and check the giant clock.
It was not my best time, but there was a mile long hill. I think that adding miles during the week really helped me today.
ITB hurt after the race - blah. Did a bunch of icing and stretching today... still twitching. Ordered a leg band and a foam roller from Amazon. I think I need to get some more leg strength training in, and more swimming, fewer running miles. Blah. I have been reading a lot about the ITB, and it seems like I need to get my hip flexors more flexible. I will be working on that this week!
I am off to bed - kiddos come back for their first day tomorrow!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Well it's Friday.
I had some Mexican food tonight that tasted like it should have been really unhealthy, but it wasn't. In fact, my whole meal had fewer than 500 calories. Wahoo!
Tried to go swimming tonight, but the pool was full and I couldn't get in. I am going tomorrow morning as a warm-up to Pilates.
Did some upper body work tonight... Felt pretty good. Ever since I actually noticed that my arms were getting smaller, I have been working on getting them in tip-top shape for next summer.
My new goal is to lose 20 pounds by June 3, 2010. That's .5 pounds a week. Totally do-able. However, I have been at a plateau since the beginning of July! I lost .4 pounds since July 3. Blah. It's very frustrating... it's actually starting to take my motivation away.
Joined the Emotional Eaters team today. Today I found myself eating (twice!) because I was bored, not because I was hungry. I already acknowledged this, so I am hoping that joining a new team will help me get in control of that.
Time for some football... I have my glass of bubbly (it's my Friday night treat) and the couch is calling.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
So as I've been posting about, a muscle in my leg has been bugging me. The guilt I feel for not running as much is driving me nuts! I feel like not running because of a bum muscle is an "excuse" and that I should just suck it up, even though I truly know that I need to rest it in order for it to heal. I packed my running stuff today, just in case my leg felt better, but I made the decision this afternoon not to go to running club. I felt a little twinge in my knee all day. Even with stretching it, the twinge was still there. Swimming was the cardio of choice tonight.
So the willpower. A teaching friend was going to join me at running club tonight - he's very much faster than I am, but he doesn't mind (or at least he says he doesn't mind) running slowly with me every once in a great while. So I told him about my leg, and he kept saying "well we could at least go and you could see how it feels; if it hurts, you can walk." It was very tempting to do just that - go and see how it felt, but a) I think by the time it hurt enough to walk, it would have set the healing back; and b) I didn't want to get "stuck" three miles out and then have to walk back those same three miles on a hurting knee. So this was the first instance EVER where I had to use my willpower NOT to exercise! I know I made the right decision. My knee will be in great shape for Sunday - I'll do some swimming tomorrow and then maybe some light swimming and running on Saturday morning. We'll see.
GOD I am so excited to get back into a routine! I didn't really gain any weight back over the summer, but boy did my weight loss stall. I know deep down that the scale is not the end all, but it sure would be nice to see it move down a bit.
I think there is going to be a bit of an adjustment period for my body, getting used to going back to school. My eating schedule is going to be very different, and so is my workout schedule. I'm really really hoping that once I get back into it, the weight will start coming off again, even if it's 1/2 a pound a week (which is my goal, anyway).
Off to watch some football and have a big glass of water!
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