Thursday, March 18, 2010
Today was an especially good day for my organization skills. I had a 6:00 appointment with my trainer, then school, then a coffee meeting, then a short TM run, and then a class - "Butts and Guts." Phew! I had a lot to pack today! Clothes for school, shower stuff, clothes for the gym *after* school... When I scheduled my appointment for this morning, I wasn't sure how I was going to like the craziness. But it turns out that I had a really good day! I had plenty of time to shower and get ready for school, and I got to the gym tonight for a great workout. I think I'll stick with the Thursday morning trainer schedule. I felt great today and had lots of energy.
There are some parts of today that I will have to change for next time, though. I have to get up a little earlier (gasp - maybe like 4:00!) so I can eat a proper breakfast (a good carb-y one) before my workout. It was CRAZY intense, and I could feel my body losing energy - all I had before I went was a banana and a handful of cereal. Lesson learned. I also realized that I have enough time to come home to shower and eat some egg(s). I wasn't sure how my timing would work out, so I grabbed breakfast on the run - a Dunkin Donuts blueberry waffle sandwich. Good in a pinch, but I don't want to be eating that once a week. Bleh. One day a week of a 4:00 wake up time is not going to kill me - I have to keep my goals in mind. There is a super cute skirt hanging in my closet just *waiting* to be worn when it gets a bit warmer.
My eating was not all that great today; for my coffee meeting I had a raspberry mocha and a little baklava. The positive part is that it's only a once-a-week meeting, so it's like a little treat for me. Since I am pretty good most of the time, I am not going to get too bent out of shape over this.
I'm considering an early-morning swim tomorrow. I'm all hepped-up from my super workout day today and it might do me good to carry some energy into the weekend. Between starting with my trainer and the beautiful weather, I have a lot more energy and a lot better grasp on my goals. Tomorrow after school is a visit with my chiro. I'm so excited to tell him about my good runs! Wahoo!
My honey called me on the way home from the gym to say that he had made some soup for me. It was spicy and delicious. He also took some banana bread out of the freezer so I got to enjoy a little bit. I'm winding down tonight with some water.
It's supposed to be another beautiful day tomorrow - I busted out a dress today and I'm busting out a skirt tomorrow. I'm SO loving the warmth and the sun.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
St. Patrick's Day at an elementary school is fun. We have one kindergarten teacher who has his kids wear hats with their names "Irish-ised" like "O'Vanessa," "McSerenity..." it's very fun and I always get a kick out of it.
Last night was some Power Yoga - boy did I need that! Also managed a 10 minute run with no pain. Wahoo! This afternoon is some swimming, but I think I'm going to get some ST in there as well. I have been slacking on the ST and I can tell. If I'm going to fit in my pants in a month, I better get some weights in my workouts somewhere!
Trainer meeting is tomorrow morning. We switched it from the evening; it's going to be a crazy day! I'm going right from the gym to school, and then for coffee, and then back to the gym for a Pilates class. One day isn't going to kill me, though.
I was up WAY too late last night. I finally got Skype on my computer, so I was up talking to my brother and my mom for about 2 hours.
Today I will:
Drink more than enough water
Pack my bag for tomorrow's crazy day
Do some strength training at the gym, even though that means I have to pack a few extra clothes today
Met all goals from yesterday.
Monday, March 15, 2010
I had this as a blog title before, but it's so appropriate.
This weekend was just full of going out to eat! Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and then again last night with honey. We went to this little (I mean, really little - only 20 seats) local restaurant and it was some of the best food I ever had. Veal cheeks (the face cheeks!), polenta, spinach and gorgonzola timbales, homemade tomato pasta with poached scallops, and tiramisu for dessert. The restaurant makes their own bread and their own marscapone cheese for the tiramisu. Because of that, we *had* to get dessert. Who makes their own marscapone??? SO delish.
I enjoyed my weekend, but now it's time to get back into working hard. I went shopping on Saturday and picked up some cute stuff. It's just a wee bit tight (not obnoxiously so, but I am going to wait to wear it) so I made a goal of fitting into it perfectly in one month. This takes the pressure off of me weighing myself, and I have something very concrete to visualize if I ever feel like eating an entire tub of ice cream.
Decided to do three 10-minute runs this week. I'll do them on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I am excited for a little momentum from re-introducing running into my fitness routine. This along with my personal trainer (I start on Thursday - wahoo!) will hopefully get me into those clothes in a month!
Off to do a little school work - don't have to pack my lunch, I have some leftover veal cheeks (the faculty room is going to smell so good) - and get a big glass of water. I MUST drink enough to flush out all the restaurant food I had this weekend!
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Take my on-line quiz
Pick out outfits for the rest of the week
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.
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