Thursday, June 17, 2010
So in no particular order, because I'm in a good mood, here are the good things from today.
- I stuck to my eating plan.
- I drank TONS of water.
- Flight and accommodations are booked for my July trip to Portland! Yahoo!
- Went for a group run tonight and had a really great time.
- Picked ten pounds of strawberries.
- Made the most wonderful smoothie - fruit juice, Stonyfield Farms vanilla frozen yogurt (which is my new favorite thing), mango, and fresh strawberries. I think I could have one of these every day and be happy as a clam.
- Ordered a new swim suit. The one I have now is ready to fall apart any day.
- Ate lunch with my honey.
- Got a good swim in this morning.
- Took a nap.
- Took another nap.
Off to bag up some frozen berries and keep the couch warm until honey gets home from work.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Yesterday was the last teacher day of the year. Honey and I celebrated by eating some delicious Alaskan salmon, warm potato salad, sugar peas, and a delish strawberry dessert. We also had a bottle of bubbly. Ouch. I *did* drink a lot of water, though, so all was not lost on the bubbly.
I didn't set my alarm today and I slept in until 7:45. Yahoo! I don't want to be doing it all summer - I want to get to the gym early - but it was a nice way to celebrate my first summer day! Did some early Sparking, made some garlic scape pesto (can't wait to try it!), ate lunch with honey (tuna melt - yum!), and paid some bills. I'm working on some summer goals and I'm planning some great workouts.
I'd like to lose about 10 pounds before I go back to school. This is about a pound a week; I need to up the fitness minutes, up the water, and limit my eating out and unhealthy desserts. There are so many delicious fruits during the summer and so many low-calorie sorbets, so there is no excuse. Ciao Bella makes a wonderful blood orange sorbet - I will definitely be getting some of that along with Haagen Dazs mango sorbet. YUM.
Didn't think I was going on a trip this summer, but I'm planning a July trip to Portland. Honey has to work, but I'm going to scope out the scene - would it be somewhere we could see ourselves living? I'm super excited!
I think I'm going to take a nap this afternoon just because I can.
For the rest of the day I will:
Keep my Sigg full of water (I've been doing really well so far today)
Measure and track my dinner calories (I am kind of dreading going back to tracking, but I think it will really help to get me to my goal)
Stretch and use the foam roller (my leg muscles are hurting today!)
Iron and put away clean laundry
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Woke up early, went strawberry picking with honey. We got 10 pounds of strawberries that are just delicious. I froze a sheet tray full of them for later, and there is some strawberry jam cooking on the stove (it's a refrigerator jam - I don't have canning supplies, and I don't feel like going to buy them). I put some yogurt in the freezer for a strawberry smoothie at some point, and honey and I are going to have some French toast with strawberries this week.
I am writing this blog as the jam is cooking - it's taking much longer than the recipe stated! Hm...
This afternoon I went to the gym for some biking, ST, and a short 10-minute TM run. It felt really good - I'm looking forward to lots more gym sessions like this over the summer. Today was going to be my 2-week Spark checkup for "Pitfall Prevention," but since I was at the gym in the afternoon and usually weigh myself in the morning, it's going to have to wait until tomorrow morning. After that, I am going to adjust my goal trackers to my summer goals.
The weather is a bit funny today - really dark right now; there are some storms on the radar. Good day to stay in and be pretty lazy, which I will be as soon as this jam finishes cooking. [Goes to check jam]
Bleh - it's just not thickening like I thought it would. Oh well, I have all evening to be patient.
Dilemma for tomorrow - one of the families at school is providing lunch for the teachers from their pizza shop. It's very generous of them, but it's also very cheesy (literally cheesy) and full of not-so-healthy choices (i.e. garlic knots, Italian salad with dressing already on, ziti...). I am thinking about packing my own lunch for tomorrow. I would normally just indulge and eat the provided food, but I went out to eat a LOT last week and I need to take a break from that kind of food. This summer I want to be selfish and think about ME and what is best for ME.
The rest of tonight I will:
Keep sucking down the water (I *easily* had 10 glasses today)
Enter the cereal I ate into the tracker
Pack a lunch for tomorrow (in this case I have to be selfish!)
Make a pizza for dinner - only eat what I am hungry for!
Get my swimming gear ready for tomorrow morning
Saturday, June 12, 2010
This morning I woke up with butterflies in my stomach. It's been a long time since I got nervous for a race! Ate some breakfast, drank some water, and was ready to go.
Got to the race and there were tons of women wearing yellow t-shirts from the running program! It was so neat to see women of all shapes, sizes, and ages getting ready to run the race. For most of them, it was their first race.
I was feeling good - temperature was about 67 degrees and it was overcast. Just about perfect. Nothing like the 90 degree weather of my last race!
We took off, and I concentrated on lengthening my stride. I have been upping my speed on the TM, and when I take bigger strides I can go faster than if I do my regular short, "quick" strides. First mile - 9:20. Wow! Holy moly that was fast for me. I knew I couldn't keep it up - this is where I thought a Garmin would really be nice. If I could stay at around 9:45-10:00 at the beginning, I think my times would improve. Maybe in the near future...
Still feeling good, but the next split showed me that I went out too fast.
I was able to push myself the last little bit of the race, but I need to work on starting out at a slower pace that I can keep up for three miles. Yahoo - something to work on!
After I finished, I stood around the end and cheered for all the ladies that were still coming in. I actually cried a little bit because the looks on their faces were just amazing - they ran their first 5K! Some were red-faced, some were grinning from ear to ear, and some had such determined looks... it was really awesome to watch.
My time ended up being 32:06 - faster than my Memorial Day 5K, but a little slower than I had hoped. I'm going to work on pacing myself out of the start.
This afternoon is some rest, laundry, and cleaning. I'm going to work on my summer workout and nutrition plan - I have more time to devote to Sparking and tracking, so I'm going to take advantage of it.
Off to get some water and fold some laundry!
Friday, June 11, 2010
For some reason, I am very tired this morning. I am usually ready to get out of bed, but not so much today. And it's a good day today - the last day of school! So I'm tired, but in a good mood.
Last night I spent the evening making curried apple soup for a baby shower (the soup is SO good. I made a double batch and kept a little out for honey and me). Wrapped the gift and sat up with honey a little bit when he came home from work.
Didn't get enough water yesterday - maybe that's why I'm so tired today. Bleh.
Drink tons of water
Pick up my CSA veggies this afternoon
Make smart, healthy dinner choices tonight
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