Friday, October 02, 2009
I am finding it very hard to stay warm these days. Yesterday, I was wearing a tank top, a long sleeve shirt, a fleece sweater and a cardigan! I just could not get warm. I was even tempted to put on a touque! If I keep moving, I am okay, but when I sit down to chill out, I literally chill out! BRRRRRRRRRRRR...........
Thursday, October 01, 2009
So, I haven't weighed myself since Monday, and I put my scale in the closet to prevent autopilot weigh ins. A few times I have gone to move the scale and weigh in, but thank goodness it isn't there to "tempt" me. I can't believe how much I crave weighing in! On a good note, without the feedback, I know I just need to keep doing what I am doing, so I am staying very focused and determined. Nothing is going to stop me now!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I tried 3 weeks ago today to run some hill repeats on the hill I like to refer to as the Hill of Death. I didn't even complete one up. My arms got all tingly and I could not get my breath. Not enough oxygen. Since then, I have started to incorporate belly breathing into my runs. At first, the belly breathing made me nauseous and I could only do it for a couple of breaths. As I did it more, the belly breathing made me feel better when I was working super hard. Today, I did 2 downs and 2 ups on the Hill Of Death, and used the belly breathing along with quick, forceful exhales and long deep inhales. I sounded like a mack truck going up that hill, and it probably would have been a little embarassing if I could have had the spare breath to care with! The sense of accomplishment I got from completing not just 1, but 2 down and ups, made me forget about anything else! I also had a really good 3K run just leading up to the hill, and my time was awesome, started off feeling like the wind going downhill. Taking a rest day really made me run hungry and gave me a huge energy boost. Who knew!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I usually only blog once a day, but tonight I wanted to share some of the hard times with everyone, and talk about some of the techniques I am using to deal with it.
I have gotten my calorie intake down to 1550 ( I think I am over by about 50 calories today) for the last two days. I am SO totally struggling with this reduction and "restriction". I used to be at this level no problem, so I know my body can function with this range. But, because I have been so totally unrestrained in my food choices of late, it doesn't believe me that this is enough! I know that with a few days at this level, my body will adjust and it will get easier. In the meantime, I have to work really hard to distract myself. Here are some things I am doing to accomplish the distraction.
Drinking green tea.
Drinking extra water.
I ate 5 olives, which is 20 calories, and high sodium, but I had room today for the sodium.
Chewing gum ( sugar free, woulda thought it's a good choice, but 5 calories a piece, and I chewed all 9 in the pack in two goes, a gum binge!)
Visualizing myself at my goal weight.
Picturing myself running.
Focusing on my daily goals.
Watching weight loss shows.
Going to bed finally, because it could just be that I'm tired, not hungry!
I don't know if this is helpful to anyone, to read about how I am handling my struggles in the moment, but it sure has helped me to refocus, and get myself to bed! Good night and good luck everyone!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. "Henry David Thoreau
This morning, I was thinking about who I was before I got married, and had my children. I was very self absorbed, and boring, not really realizing the gold mine of joy and wonder I had inside of myself. In the last ten years I have really learned a lot about how I can make my life as good or bad as I like. That is what I feel this quote embodies. We really do have wealth when we can appreciate and enjoy all of the incredible things this life has to offer. Every day I wake up and have to decide how to utilize my time, and I am so much happier now that I have discovered how strong my body is, and my mind too! This strength really makes every day better for me!
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