Tuesday, March 02, 2010
So I have a SERIOUS case of Spring Fever. In a good way, but Spring Fever nonetheless. On Sunday when I drove home from the gym, I was thinking about how wonderful it was going to be to be able to throw on a pair of shorts and a tee over my swim suit, to wear my sandals to and from the pool.
I have been on my favorite stores' websites about a million times in the last week, looking at shorts and skirts and dresses. I WILL wear shorts this summer. I WILL buy a little dress.
The grill is out on the porch tempting me. This summer is going to be full of grilled fish, veggies, and grilled desserts. I WILL spend lots of time on the deck on our nice furniture.
Bought my reward last night - three new songs for my iPod. I bought some Kate Bush, Ani DiFranco, and Ludacris. I like the slower songs for my strength training, they keep my reps slow and controlled and make for a better workout for me. The Ludacris is for my running play list. It was nice to think "I am buying these songs because I earned them. I stuck to my goals and this is my reward."
Tonight is Power Yoga and Butts & Guts at the gym. And I have a gym buddy! One of the other teachers is joining the gym I go to, so we will be able to go to the gym together. This will be the first time in a very long time that I'll have a gym buddy... I am excited, although I do enjoy going by myself. This will be good for me, though. I really do need to start branching out and spending time with more people. And to do that, I'm also signing up for the local running store's program First Strides. Even though it's an introductory course, I figure it can't hurt to get some good tips. It will get me out there meeting new people, too; people who have the same interests as I do.
T-minus 18 days until Spring!!!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
This February has just drrrraaaaaagggggged on. Maybe it was all the snow, maybe it was the lack of sunshine... it's just been very bleh.
The good part is, though, that I think I discovered a new commitment to my body and my mind. I set some new kinds of goals for myself; goals that got away from the same old goals I've been setting for over a year now. Instead of tracking my calories for the last week of February, I was committed to making healthy choices and really listening to my body. Today is weigh-in day so I will see how my little experiment worked out.
I made a goal to get to all my scheduled workouts. When I worked toward minutes, I found myself doing a lot at the end of the week to make up for lost time. I may not be burning as many calories, but I *am* working out more consistently.
I have renewed my commitment to strength training. I got a new little notebook for the gym and I am taking the time to study my notes to keep getting stronger. Maybe it's fewer reps of a higher weight, doing exercises in a different order each time, or adding a new exercise... I'm not doing as many days of ST in a week but what I do is more effective (I can tell because I'm starting to see some new muscles and I get that great post-workout soreness that I was missing for a while).
I have sucked up my pride and started at the very beginning for my running. I really admire all the Rookie Runners who are able to train methodically and smart; I am in awe of everyone who started running when I did and now running 10Ks and HMs. Those people inspire me to take my time getting back into this running thing. Thank you!
Since I am not tracking my calories for a while, I am making sure that what I *do* eat is a good choice. I bought some Ezekiel English muffins to try out. When I read the ingredient list, I was really happy to see that there was no added sugars or sweeteners. This week I haven't gone bread-crazy, even though it would have been very easy for me to do so, being at home so much. Even though the muffins are a bit expensive, I think the benefits are worth the cost.
I got better at setting goals. There is a saying that reflects what I was falling into - "can't see the forest for the trees." I was so worried about each day's calories in and out, my daily goals, that I forgot to look at the big picture. I forgot about how I really wanted to live my life. I cleared out a little area in my closet room (yes, I have a bedroom that was converted into a closet - not because *I* have a lot of clothes, but the man who lived here before us had more clothes than I've ever seen) for my Sparking. I don't know what I was waiting for! I hung up my 5K bibs, my March goals, a fun mirror, and my Vision Collage. It's not filled up, but I will be adding to it as I find more images of what inspires me. (I posted a pic on my Spark Page if you are interested.)
So today I will be celebrating the last day of February with a swim. My weigh-in today will be my starting point for my March goal of getting to and maintaining a BMI in the Healthy Range (I am s close I can SMELL it). In March I will do all my scheduled workouts. I will train toward being able to run for 20 minutes with no pain in my knee (slow and steady!).
My reward? A bikini. Or some jewelry. Hell, maybe a bikini AND some jewelry.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
I am having a serious case of cabin fever. We had snow days on Wed., Thurs., and Friday. So it's like a 5-day weekend. There's only so much cleaning, rearranging and organizing I can do! Yesterday I spent some time getting some important tasks done - I registered for my comp exams (April 10th - eek!), sent in my graduation application (I'll be a Master soon! Wahoo!), submitted an assignment for my class, and hung a picture. Phew!
Today is going to be much more Me Time, I think. I'd like to head on down to the library, and maybe I'll take a small little road trip. We'll see. I need some time away from the house, though.
Last night I went out with honey - one of his co-workers had a birthday party at a local club. It was a good time, but it was SO late when we got home. (1:00am - I go to bed between 9-9:30!) I stuck to gin and tonic; I only had two (and they were small) but this morning I really feel it. I had two bottles of water before I left last night, but I feel so dehydrated and bleh this morning. It's hard for me to imagine myself only a few years ago, knocking them back like nobody's business.
I already drank about half of today's water, trying to get rid of this icky feeling. I am going to Pilates this morning to get back to feeling good.
Drink LOTS and LOTS of water
Put away random things lying around the house (this shouldn't take long)
Take the afternoon for myself - library, little trip...
Be kind to people.
Off to clean up breakfast...
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