Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Last night was my first night of First Strides, a running program designed for beginner to intermediate runners. One of the guys at the local running store seemed to think that I was beyond this (wahoo!), but I decided to sign up anyway. Last summer I seriously over-trained and did a nasty number on my IT band, and I thought a beginning running program would help me ease back into running outside. Since fall I have been visiting the chiropractor/movement doc to do some physical therapy. I have also been confined to the treadmill - doc wanted me to stay on an even surface for a while.
I was super excited to get out - I hadn't run outside since early fall! And while I knew I had been healing myself and working hard to strengthen the muscles in my legs, I still felt nervous. "What if my IT band goes crazy? What if it hurts again? What if all this carefulness was for nothing?"
There were LOTS of ladies at the meeting spot. Runners and walkers of all shapes and sizes. I was so excited to see that so many people wanted to run. It's a nice feeling to be among like-minded people. My gym buddy signed up for the program, too, so we hung out for a while before the program started.
When everyone was there, we did a little warm up - some easy squats and light stretching to get the body moving. I followed along, did my squats with a little more movement and my stretches VERY lightly. The whistle blew, and we started with a 5 minute warm up. We walked around a really nice path - by the middle school, on some grass...
The plan was 4 minutes of easy, 2 of hard. At first I thought "well I can do an easy run for my easy." But then my brain took over and it said "but wait, this is the first time you're running outside in a while; the first time you're running on an uneven surface in a while. Take the 'easy' as a walk, and run during the 'hard' parts." So that's what I did. I stuck to walking, but when the next whistle blew, I started to run. And it was MARVELOUS. My legs felt good, my new shoes felt good, my lungs felt good...
When we went back to easy, no knee pain! I made it through the two minutes without my knee freaking out. I continued to walk/run, and I think it was a smart decision on my part. There are going to be plenty of opportunities for me to run this spring and summer - I don't want to ruin it now by trying to be Superman.
My gym buddy and I worked out a nice schedule to get all of our weekly runs in - we are going to go running after school on Thursdays, and on Saturday mornings. She was worried that she would "hold me back," but I told her that I was more than happy to run with her. It's kind of my way of paying back the help I got from runners when I was starting out.
It's very exciting to think about how adding outside runs again is going to affect my goals. There were some hills last night, and today I feel them in my glutes and calves. I can't wait to see if this new addition to my workout pushes my weight-loss along a little quicker than it's been going. How is my body going to respond to this? I'm excited to find out!
Last night I planned all my meals for today and packed my lunch. I'm going into school a little early to get some stuff done, which is one of my goals for April.
Drink water - YES. LOTS.
Eating plan - YES. It felt good to be in control. And I actually changed it a little bit and ate less for dinner than I had planned. I didn't want to eat too much before bed, and I really wasn't that hungry. Stayed well within my calorie range and met nutrition goals.
Compliment - YES
Take one thing at a time - YES. I have been way more productive because I am learning to do one thing at a time and finish it.
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Plan tomorrow's meals and pack lunch
Give someone a compliment
T-minus 2 days until Spring Break!!!
Monday, March 29, 2010
It's a three-day school week. This is putting me in a really good mood. I like my job, but I also like to have breaks.
I had such a nice weekend. Despite spending too much of it writing papers I should have done during the week, I got a lot of cleaning done, I made April goals, I came to some important realizations, and I got to enjoy some quality honey time.
Last night was grilled chicken and white asparagus, homemade pasta with marinara (marinara made by yours truly), and for dessert, some banana walnut brownies (also made by me).
I'm feeling super organized today - I have my meals entered in the tracker, I already drank one Sigg of water (my daily goal is 4), lunch is packed, afternoon and evening are planned, and my pants are fitting extraordinarily well. It's going to be a good day.
Tonight is First Strides (my running club), and the weather looks like it's going to be better than the last time the club met. Last Monday was a downpour so I didn't go running. Today looks to be quite a bit clearer. This will be my first run outside since the fall, and I'm just a little nervous about my knee. I've been really careful and rehabbing it slowly, but there's that little question "what if it starts to hurt again?" I just have to remember to take it slow and go at my own pace.
Off to finish getting ready and head out. Today is the first day of my new experiment - going into school early to get some grad work done. No distractions at school; it should allow me to get a lot done this morning.
Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Stick to my eating plan
Give someone a compliment
Take one thing at time
Sunday, March 28, 2010
It is a rare day, indeed, when I can truly relax. As I am typing this blog, there are no thoughts of "huh, I should really do some laundry." I spent a lot of time cleaning the house yesterday, and today I am getting to enjoy my day. I have a new plan to go into school early during the week to work on my class work - no more spending my Friday nights and weekends putting together a paper that should have been easy to do during the week.
Went for a swim this morning (that I think totally wiped me out - I just woke up from a wonderful nap), then some grocery shopping with honey, and now I get to make some tomato sauce for the freezer.
Figuring out this school-work thing has been a big step for me. I wish I would have figured it out at the *beginning* of my degree, instead of this close to the end, but it's better than not figuring it out at all. I am in control of my food choices. I am in control of my workouts - they are my priority; even with papers' due dates looming, I still make sure I get to the gym for my workouts. It helps me to focus on my work instead of thinking "I really should have gone to the gym this morning." I am in control of my finances.
It's time to make some sauce.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
When I was in high school and college, I was a serious night owl. I could stay up 'til all hours of the night. I left the house at 11pm to go out, often staying out until the sun came up. Didn't matter what night of the week it was, could have been a school night.
But no more. I have NO idea what happened... maybe it started when I became a teacher. I am now in bed by 9:00 most nights; 10:30 is super-late for me. I look forward to weekends because I don't set my alarm, but I'm still awake by 6 or 7:00 anyway. Last night after I wrote my paper, I was on the couch by 7:00, asleep by 7:30, and then up to bed at 10:00.
This week has tested me. I had a nasty cold (which I'm still fighting), the kids are nuts (maybe it's the full moon coming, or Spring Break approaching), and I really procrastinated on a paper that was due last night. I didn't make goals for the week, my eating was not mindful - I couldn't tell you anything I ate this week other than the pizza and ice cream last night, and I didn't drink nearly enough water.
Last night I had to bust out my paper. Came home, sat down right at the computer, and got to work. I wrote and wrote and wrote. Paper finished. It's amazing what a little time at the computer can do. I have been desperately trying to get over this procrastination problem I have, but it's so hard. It's hard for me to work at home when I see dishes to be washed, clothes to be folded, vacuuming to be done, etc. etc.
Yesterday I went into school early to work on my paper, and I got so much done. It was amazing. No distractions, a quiet room... my new plan is to go into school early 2-3 times a week and work on school work. I'm awake early anyway, so it's either attempt to get stuff done at home (which rarely works) or leave home a bit early and actually *do* the work. Next week I am going to try this idea - it's a three day week for Spring Break, so I'm sure I can get into work early those three days.
This morning is a 15 minute TM run (the third one of the week - I am a real runner again!) and some circuit training. I love what my trainer has me doing. I'm only going to her every two weeks at this point - I can't afford to do it more often than that - but I'm doing the same workout 2 or 3 times a week. It's a really intense workout and I love it.
I haven't gotten on the scale in a while. Which is a good thing. I will check in again at the end of the month. My goals for April are starting to shape up. Don't know if I'm going to meet all of March's goals - one was getting to a healthy BMI, one was to run 20 minutes pain-free. Doc is keeping me at 15 minutes, and I trust him, so ix-nay on the 20 minute run goal. I have been focusing on strength-training and building muscle, so I don't know what the scale is going to look like. And frankly, I'm not really concerned.
So April is starting to look like a lot of fitness goals (i.e. push-up numbers), getting body fat % down, and another goal yet to be determined.
Off to brush my teeth and get ready to hit the gym. I need some new songs on my play list!
Friday, March 26, 2010
I know I can always count on you guys to make me feel like I know what I'm doing. I appreciate all the comments on my blog yesterday about my sick day.
This week I haven't been Sparking as much (I don't know why, I just haven't) and I can really tell. I feel like my eating has been random (not horrible, just not in control), my school work has been pushed aside, and I had no direction for the week. usually on a Friday night I spend time coming up with the next week's workout plan and goals. I didn't do that last week.
Therefore, I had no goals for the week. This obviously did not work out well for me. So tonight, instead of relaxing on the couch, I have to write a paper for a class. I'm pretty good at writing papers, so it shouldn't take all night, but still... lesson learned (hopefully).
I am going to have to set up some goals for next week. I think I'm also going to have to map out my class assignments and figure out exactly what I need to do on each day to keep on top of my classes. I have done so well so far and I don't want to throw these last two classes away.
So my goals for today are:
Drink more than enough water
Suck it up when I get home, buckle down, and bust out this paper
Plan out next week - including school work, workouts, meals
Stay calm and take one thing at a time
Give someone a compliment - this one is going to be super important. Last night, my gym buddy said to me "you're such a skinny-mini!" It was so nice to get a compliment. I really need to make this part of every day.
Off to throw together a lunch. It's going to be light, but that's ok. For tonight's dinner I'm already anticipating a frozen pizza and some coffee (just like the old college days) to get me through writing this paper.
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