Saturday, March 13, 2010
The good news is that I got my 12 minute TM run in with NO pain yesterday. Wahoo! I am taking a cue from a Spark Buddy (thanks Mike!) and training smart, not pushing too hard too fast. I warmed up for about nine minutes (two songs from my play list) and I think that really helps. Gets all the kinks out.
The bad news is that I really had to suck it up and slog through the whole 12 minutes. There was no pain, but boy, were my legs feeling like they weighed a ton! I forgot what that feeling was like. But, I did it. My mind pulled me through.
This morning I thought about doing a little swim before my stretching class, but I just was not feeling it. My lesson for this week is that end of week workouts (Fri and Sat) need to be light - I am good to go for hours on Tues, Wed, and Thurs, but by the end of the week, my body is starting to wind down. At first I felt a little defeated by not going for a swim, but then I remembered that rest and recovery time is just as important as hard work. No more guilt.
I've already been productive this morning - a load of laundry is in the dryer, teeth are getting whitened, drank a big glass of water already (I MUST drink enough water today), and I listened to a class lecture. Which brings me to my 2nd weekly goal - it was "Do classwork every night." Which in theory is a good goal, but some nights I just don't *have* classwork to do. This week is light on the work, so I didn't really have stuff to do every night. And I am good about getting my work done anyway, so I may replace this goal next week.
Last night was dinner with my best bud. We went to Applebee's, which is not the healthiest of choices. But my goal last night was to enjoy dinner and not get too hung up on the nutrition. I had a chicken wrap (grilled chicken, not fried - good choice!) with some fries (bad choice - the fries were only ok, but I ate them anyway. Bleh), and for dessert I had a "shooter" of strawberry cheesecake (good choice - I LOVE that there are little desserts, which are probably what a serving actually should be). I didn't feel crazy full, and I didn't feel guilty.
The only thing that bothered me a little bit (but I got over it) was that my bud, who is doing Weight Watchers, got one of the WW points meals from the menu - she kept talking about it like I did something horrible by getting this wrap - things like "I stuck to my points, got lots of broccoli..." and I think there was a "haha" in there somewhere. I *know* that she has struggled with losing weight for a while so I tried not to take it *too* personally, but secretly, in my head, I was thinking "Well I went to the gym six times this week and went running right before I met you for dinner, so I don't feel bad about my wrap, either." But I would never say it out loud. Sigh... she did say something nice later, though, when we were shopping. I was picking out some clothes to try on, and she said "you are my motivation for doing this - picking out clothes is so much fun."
So anyway, I'm off to plan some workouts for next week and get ready for my stretch class. It's just what I need on this rainy Saturday morning.
Friday, March 12, 2010
I set some new goals for myself this week, and I think I did well with them. I got lots of school work done, I limited my sweets, and I didn't miss a workout. Yippee! Looks like I'll be getting those new headphones this weekend.
This morning I felt super productive. I usually spend too much time sitting at the computer, looking at random stuff, but this morning I felt inspired to get some to-dos crossed off my list. I have the bath mat in the washer right now - it needed a good washing and today I decided to just take care of it this morning. Honey will have a nice clean mat when he wakes up.
Instead of throwing together a PB&J (although I love those), I made some tuna for my sandwich. I already had PB for breakfast, and I want to keep that fat in check. Tuna will be some great protein for me, anyway.
I filled up the dishwasher - cleaned up my breakfast stuff *now* instead of waiting until I got home. I love a clean counter.
Tonight I am going shopping and to dinner with my best bud, who I haven't seen in a while. I have a shirt to return, and I'm going to look for some new pants. Tonight is going to be an experiment with dinner; I plan on finding something not *too* horrible from the menu, but I'm not going to go crazy trying to find the lowest calorie thing out there. Most times I try to do that, I end up disappointed. Who says I have to eat the whole thing? I can even ask for no cheese or sauce on the side. Tonight I am going to *enjoy* my dinner.
It's rainy, bleh, but it's Friday. I think the Friday thing outweighs the rainy thing.
After school I'm going to the gym for a little run (12 minutes with no pain - here I come!). When I talked to my friend last night about our plans, the words "well I am going to the gym for a little bit after school so I can be at your house at 6:15ish" just rolled out of my mouth. I know it's been a while, but this whole commitment to the gym thing still amazes me. When I meet my good friend for coffee after school, he knows that I have to go to my Yoga class at the gym and I can't stay too long. I even scheduled my first workout with my trainer for an evening *after* a class! I am really excited to be working with her to reach my goals.
Sometimes I get really bummed because my honey works nights (as a chef), but actually, this allows me to take nights for myself; I don't feel guilty for spending all night at the gym. If I want to be there for three hours, then I can be.
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Have a good time at dinner and shopping and not let the menu decision become my whole evening
Give someone a compliment
Thursday, March 11, 2010
In today's morning blog I wrote about how I had to be an adult about an incident at school. Bleh. After much consideration and conversation with a couple colleagues, I have decided to bring up the incident with my student very generically - about acting professional at all times (especially when you're a teacher) because you're always in the public eye and someone is bound to recognize you when you're in the community. Phew. I am glad I finally figured out what to do.
Pilates and stretching was great. Next Thursday night is my first trainer appointment. Wahoo! Off to have some dinner.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This is my 4th year teaching, and this week gave me confirmation that I am a real teacher. I have a student coming in to do field work. Yippee! But now not only do I have to be a real teacher, I have to be a real adult. There was an incident yesterday my secretary shared with me. Apparently, my field work student (in his car) made an unfortunate gesture to one of my colleagues when he was leaving for the day. My colleague recognized him, even though he didn't recognize her. Sigh... Now I have to figure out how to address this. He is supposed to come in tomorrow morning for his last day; my colleague asked me on Facebook "Is he planning on coming back?" So today I have to make some decisions. I am disappointed by this on many levels... I'm embarrassed because he was working in *my* room. He is a student at my alma mater, and I *know* that the professors would be really disappointed to see that someone was representing them like that. I am angry that he put me in this position with my colleagues. I'm going to talk to some other teachers today and decide how to address this with him. Bleh.
But now the happy stuff. Honey surprised me by slicing up the banana bread and freezing it in 2-slice packs ("I did it in two slices, so we could each have one."). The thoughtfulness of this little action almost made me tear up (Carrie, you're such a sap).
I have been doing really really well with my goal of limiting myself to one sweet a day. Having this concrete goal is SO good for me... Instead of trying to justify sweets at lunch *and* dinner as a "healthy choice," I look at my goal and decide if I want a sweet now or later. It's usually "later," as I like to enjoy my sweet sitting in my sweatpants.
Today is after-school coffee with a friend, then some stretching and Pilates. The scheduled workout goal is going really well, too. I'm looking forward to this week's reward!
My new (size 4!) skirt came yesterday. I tried it on, and it is a lot shorter than any other skirt I've ever owned. BUT! I looked in the mirror, and by god, I saw some leg muscles. I thought "wow, my legs actually look really good in this." This might be the summer I invest in a few mini skirts. I'm so excited how my body is *still* changing. And even though the scale hasn't really moved, I'm not concerned about that too much. My gym buddy told me on Tuesday night that I looked really thin - we were at Yoga and we were doing a little stretching on the ball before class. I still love getting compliments - I really need to make an effort to give out more.
Did I meet yesterday's goals?
Water - YES
Vacuum - YES
Dining room table - YES
School work - YES
Gym time - YES
One sweet - YES
Today's goals (in addition to my weekly goals):
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Read chapter two in my textbook
Clean up my clothes in the closet room
Make a list of Spring clothes I want to get (yeah, I know a list of this is a little weird, but I need to have some direction when I go shopping so I don't end up with *another* black shirt)
It's a little overcast right now and the forecast is rain, but I'm sure it will be a good day anyway. I'm feeling it...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Did I meet goals from yesterday?
Vacuum - No. The banana bread took longer than I thought, and by the time I was done with dinner and my school work, I just didn't have time.
Banana bread - YES. And it is just delicious. I think I found a winning recipe.
Water - I think so. I drank a bunch in the morning and during the day but I forgot to keep track. Bleh.
I made my lunch last night, so I slept in (ha!) until 6:00 today. It's still early enough for me to be a little lazy in the morning, enjoy my coffee, and do some Sparking before school.
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Clean off the dining room table
I'm looking forward to my after school swim.
Happy Hump Day!
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