Friday, November 05, 2010
I warned you!
About three months ago I stopped getting my beloved Depo-Provera shot (for birth control) because my doctor was concerned about bone loss. I started Lo-Seasonique... on this pill, it's only supposed to be "that time of the month" once every three months. Coming off over five years of *never* having "that time of the month," I was a little nervous about what to expect.
Since Sunday, I have been totally craving carbs. Yesterday I ate an entire bag of mini-rice cakes (they were so delish), I had a big bowl of popcorn after dinner, and tonight I ate a bagel with my soup for dinner, and then a BIG bowl of cereal for dessert. I brought this up to a friend, and she asked about my TOM. Told her that it was about that time, and she said it made sense that I wanted so many carbs. AAARGH. So I guess this is what I've been "missing out on"?
I read all your blogs (well, not everyone's!) about their TOM and how it can make your bodies out of whack and the weigh-in not so fun. So it's been a help reading them, because I kind of knew what to expect. But on the other hand, since it's been so long, I'm nervous that my body won't go back to "normal." When will I stop craving carbs? *will* I stop craving carbs? Will I gain two pounds? Five pounds?
It's a little scary when something happens to your body that you aren't used to. I have to wonder if it's normal. I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor in about two weeks - they want to make sure my body is adjusting normally. I don't think anything is weird, I have the "normal" symptoms (from what I remember! aaahhh!)...
One good thing is that I haven't stopped my workout routine, I've just been eating more than I really need to be eating. But it's like I'm totally ravenous and can't stop. Even though I have motivational notes all over my kitchen, I look right at them, laugh in their face, and pour another bowl of cereal. I am about ready to call my honey and ask him to bring home some chunky ice cream when he comes home...
I am seriously enjoying my wine tonight. I got a cheap bottle (Red Truck California Red) for me, and a more expensive one (not really, only $20 on sale) of some other red that, according to my super-fun new wine app, is a great year. That one is to share.
Tomorrow is No Alarm Day. I am going to a wine tasting/hike in the afternoon, which I am counting as my workout. Ha! But it should be a good time.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
My new haircut! Brad actually said to me "I kind of wish it was a little shorter." Ha! Maybe next time... but I like it. I had a nice head rub, a glass of wine, some good convo with my girl... what a good night.
I am losing a little steam for this 10-10-10 challenge... this is typically a problem for me during long challenges. I get easily bored/tired of it, and I seriously slack on it. The first two weeks were great, but now here I am at the end of week four and even though I'm being much more conscious about what I eat, I'm not as diligent as I had been. Hm...
Tonight is some Spartan 300 training and stretch class. I seriously need stretch class tonight.
Drink more than enough water. I've been struggling to get enough water every day.
Put in my braces right after lunch so I don't eat after lunch.
Practice jumping down from the box in the box jumps.
Do 20 box jumps in a row without a break.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Oh how I love getting my hair cut. I love it when someone else shampoos my hair and rubs my head. I have a great stylist and I love my salon. It's a little pricey, but I love it anyway.
I love to look through hair pictures and pick out something new. It's not often that I keep the same hairstyle... I found a cute one for tonight. I hope it will work!
This week has been full of tracking and working out. I feel good. I have a twinge of a headache, though... might be a little cold coming on. Water water water!
I'm getting good at my box jumps. Last night I did 30 of them - I'm getting quicker and they are seriously good for my lower body. Woot!
After school I am going for some coffee with a friend/colleague. I have to kill some time in between school and my appointment - some library time will be in there, I'm sure.
- eat a snack with the coffee to tide me over until I get home (it will be almost 8:00 when I get to eat dinner)
- be positive!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
So here I am again, early in the morning, getting ready to head out the door to the gym. I wake up super early - I think of it as "me time," but lately I've been getting a little bored sitting around in the morning. Well, not bored, just "bleh." So I decided to take about 45 minutes out of my morning and go for a swim. I might as well... I'm awake and why not burn a few extra calories?
But I guess I'm a little weird, because tonight is yoga and kickboxing at the gym. So in less than 12 hours, I will be back there taking two classes. Oh well, I have the drive right now, so why not take advantage of it?
I know my body well enough at this point to know that this is not over-training it. Swimming comes naturally to me, and while it burns a lot of calories, for me, it's an "easy workout."
Today's Penguin Personal Daily Goal is to stick to the eating plan at lunch. I had forgotten that we were ordering pizza at today's in-service! I am sticking to ONE SLICE today. I won't get into yesterday (cereal, ahem), but I *will* say that today I have to stand my ground.
"I will feel more awake after my swim. I will feel more awake after my swim..."
Monday, November 01, 2010
Which is the title of a Bone Thugs n' Harmony song, but I like the first of the month for a different reason. It's a chance to make some new goals, to get back into the swing of things, and to clear the slate if need be.
Someone once told me "what you do on January 1st is what you do the rest of the year." I also think it's true for each month. Start off on the right foot, and anything is possible!
So this morning I woke up bright and early (5am!) and got to the gym for a 2 mile run. I did some sprints in there and now I feel terrific! Meals are planned for today - shrimp is thawing in the fridge, and I'm feeling slim. I checked myself out in the mirror while I was running (yes, I'm vain at the gym) and I saw some great leg muscles as I ran along. One of my new favorite songs is "Vanity" by Christina Aguilera. There is a part - "Mirror mirror, on the wall, they tell me I'm stuck up, but I'm not at all. Never mind, I am. It's not my fault I'm the sh*t. Yeah, I am. And I'm a bad-a$$ b*tch" - that I LOVE.
At the gym is one place that I allow myself to be totally vain, and I love it. "Checking form" is often code for "woohoo for sexy muscles!" I mean, don't get me wrong, I have great form (thanks to my chiropractor/physical therapist!), but checking out muscles is a great thing, too.
- pick out clothes for tomorrow
- buy a hair magazine for Wednesday's haircut (chop it off!!!)
- buy some boxing gloves and weight-lifting hooks for the gym
- be positive!
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