Monday, September 13, 2010
I can't believe we're in the teens of September already...
- drink tons of water
- stick to the eating plan
- work hard and smart at the gym
- make phone calls I need to make
- take pants to drycleaners to be shortened
- waffles with fruit, egg
- spaghetti and tomato sauce, yogurt, melon
- not sure yet; I'll think about it today and decide. Probably leftover mashed potatoes, green beans, and some kind of protein... maybe I'll roast the chicken tonight.
It's a gym morning. Today at the gym - 10 minute warm up, 20 minute strength training. For now, 30 minutes in the morning works for me. As I get more comfortable with the year's schedule, I may increase that time to 45 minutes. But I really love my morning time to sit and drink my coffee... we'll see.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I have been really slacking on the running. I still call myself a runner, but I haven't been getting the mileage in that I need to in order to improve. I haven't run a 5K since early summer, and I don't know that I've run anything longer than two miles since then, either. Bleh. Over the summer, though, this didn't bother me. I was content to do what I was doing... which included not running, eating ice cream whenever I wanted to, and basically just doing what I had to do to maintain my weight and fitness level.
This morning I went for an outside run - the first in WEEKS. The weather was just perfect - sunny, in the mid-50s, no humidity, no breeze... it was just wonderful to be out in the air. My legs don't move very fast - my run looks more like a jog, I think, but I enjoyed every minute of being out there. I went for 25 minutes. Holy moly running outside is SOOOOO much different than a TM, and I forgot that. I live in a very hilly area, and it's rare to run a route without any hills. I went up to the local school district campus to run. It's a great place - there are other people there (mostly HS athletes), and I feel safe running alone on a school campus.
Finished up my run, then drove down to the gym for my morning stretch class. I had a breakthrough on Thursday and can really see an improvement in my flexibility. It must be the consistent Yoga and stretch classes. Yahoo!
I wanted to get a new pair of shoes for kickboxing - the old running shoes just didn't cut it. Found a pair (on sale!) along with some cute new gym gear. I had a little lunch at noon today, and then went out shopping. I didn't take a snack along with me, which was a bad idea. I was RAVENOUS when I got home. So ravenous, in fact, that I stopped for chips (ugh) and soy-milk ice cream (less ugh, but still ugh) on the way home. The problem with this is that since I have a retainer, I can't eat with it in. So I couldn't eat anything in the car, anyway. (Which is not a bad thing - I really dislike eating in the car.) Got home, tore into the chips, even though I had dinner planned, ate about half of my dinner, and had a few spoonfuls of ice cream. I am not feeling so good. I am upset with myself because I let myself get so hungry, and I am upset with myself because I had such a great workout this morning, and my eating basically negated it.
But since it's important to learn from mistakes, this is what I learned.
- take retainer container in purse when I go out for a long time so I can have a snack if I need it.
- take a snack along so I don't devour an entire bag of chips.
- Take water bottle into stores so i can refill in the water fountain (it would have been very easy for me to do this at Target)
- Don't stop at the grocery store when I'm hungry. I will not die if I am hungry for a little bit and drive straight home.
Positive thing I took away from today:
- I got inspired to make a goal (hence the title of my blog)! Over the summer I worked toward weight goals, never met them, and got seriously bummed out. My morning run inspired me to look for a fall race to train for. I found one! It's on October 9th, a 5K, and it's a course I've run before. I planned out a little training regimen up until then... it's nothing special, but I think it will work for me.
MWF - morning gym, either a swim or elliptical/bike and ST
Tuesday - after school Yoga and kickboxing/"Intensity." Two mile TM run at gym before class.
Thursday - after school gym. Two mile TM run before stretch class.
Saturday - morning run. next week will be a 35 minute run, and I'll increase each week by 5 minutes until race week. 9:00 am class at gym. (I am SO excited that there are good Saturday classes this month!)
Sunday - rest day
It's exciting to have a goal. A goal that is not scale-related.
Nutrition goal - I think next week my goal will be to make every day a healthy day and not allow myself a cheat day. I have been slacking on the nutrition, and I don't know why. I LOVE apples as snacks - there is no reason I should be eating crap for snacks. It's really easy for me to throw together a healthy dinner, there is no reason I should be eating random stuff. I have been making too many excuses for my poor eating - "it's the first week of school." "It's the last week of summer." "I'm going to visit my mom." "I had an exhausting week." And while I haven't gone back to eating Chinese take-out and fast food all the time, my choices are not as healthy as they could be.
I also need to get back to being more active on Spark - sharing my good days and my bad days - not doing this alone. I love reading about everyone's successes and cheering you all on. It helps me with my own goals.
Friday, September 10, 2010
There are few things more wonderful than coming home from school on Friday, throwing on a pair of sweatpants, and making the couch my home for the night. This was the first Friday of the school year - last week was the Labor Day holiday, so I didn't get to enjoy a *true* school Friday. But tonight? Hoo-boy... When I got home, I ran up those steps, man, didn't stop for ANYthing. Kept going until I was wearing my sweats, t-shirt, and some fuzzy socks (Fall!!!!).
The only thing I could even imagine "making" for dinner was a bowl of cereal. And that cereal tasted delicious. I just woke up from a little snooze (yes, I am such a good napper that I can nap at 6:00 pm) and I'm feeling good. I'm trying to catch up on some Sparking...
I am really happy with the way school is going so far. I feel relaxed about this year, and I'm really making an effort to be positive with my colleagues and with the kiddos. It seems to be working - I have had more hugs from kindergarten kids in the last two weeks than I know what to do with! Really, one of the best parts of my job.
Back to the couch... Friday night during the school year is one night of the week where I allow myself to be as lazy as I want to - I don't have to do ANYTHING if I don't want to. But don't worry, I *did* go to the gym this morning for my Friday a.m. swim. It makes it much easier to get up with that 5:00 alarm, knowing that in just a little while I'll be able to be lazy to my heart's content.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Tuesday night was an insane gym session. I took kickboxing for the first time, and it really kicked my butt. I apparently have muscles in my rear that I didn't even know about. I am looking forward to more next Tuesday.
I wasn't sure if I was going to get to the gym Wednesday morning, but I did. I went for a little 20 minute swim - it was great. I think it loosened up my muscles a little bit from kickboxing.
Tonight is a little ST after school and then a stretch class. Yahoo! I love me some stretch class. And then, I AM SO EXCITED, honey and I are going to dinner. He actually as a night off (keep your fingers crossed!) so we are going out for sushi. I can't wait!!!
Gym schedule, lunch-packing schedule are working out nicely. I'm getting into the groove, and I'm feeling good.
- drink tons of water
- get in a good ST session
- be positive
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