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Friday, October 16, 2009

Pickups, for anyone like me who didn't know what they are, means going @ 85-90% max. speed 50 - 100 metres (light post to light post as example) followed by same distance very slow jog. I have never done pickups before, so today was all new to me. I was following my training schedule, today called for 7K pickups with a 3K warm up and cool down. I planned my route, got all excited about it and went on my merry way. I started with the pickups as scheduled, and continued to do so for 14 minutes, when my left calf decided that it had had enough. So, I stopped. Against every best desire in my brain, I stopped. I am totally not ready for this level of intensity with this type of speed work. So, I turned around, and headed home. It took me over an hour to get home, because my route took me so far from home, and I was walking by now. I did manage to eek out another 9 minutes of jogging, but my calf was telling me to be very very careful unless I want to be sidelined for a while. I came home feeling beaten down and disappointed. I called my best friend, and she gave me the reality check I so desperately needed. Thanks friend! I need to ease my way into this kind of speed work, if I even decide to follow through with these particular kind of run. So, next time I try this week (week 3 in my 30K training program), will be November 1-7. There are a few reasons for this. I think I really pushed myself to my limits today, and I need to give my body some time to recover. Also, I am participating in my first 10K RACE on October 25. The Terry Fox Run is not considered a race because there is no times recorded etc. In order to be in my best shape for this race, I need to let my calf recover from what could develop into a bad injury if I don't take care of it. So, this coming week, I will do Week 4 as planned, because there are no pickups, and the Friday before the race will actually be a 7K slow instead of an 8K mid pace. It will keep me on track for my training as I had planned, and still give me a chance to "rest" for the race on Sunday. After the race, I will have that week be week 2, and then start on Week 3 the next week, with a different approach to pickups. Instead of going all out and trying to complete the entire 7K as pickups, I will do a 7K run, and after I complete the 7K, I will do some pickups, with 1 interval of 85 - 90% followed by 5 intervals of light jogging. It will let me complete the required distance for the day to burn the calories I need to so I can continue to lose weight, and it will also give me a chance to get used to pickups to decide if they are something I will include in my training at all. Thanks so much FEBRUARYROSE for this suggestion, I think it will work much better than what I tried to do today.

Wow, that was a long bunch of typing, I hope it makes sense! There are a couple of things I have learned from this training run. When trying new things, start small. Let obstacles become learning opportunities. Focus on the things I HAVE accomplished. Listen to my body.

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CRYSBROWN1 10/17/2009 6:54PM

    I think that you have a good plan modification to meet your needs.& your sticking with it & that's what's important! Can't wait to hear all about your upcoming 10K!!

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DEUSMACHINA 10/16/2009 7:12PM

    Great plan, great attitude! I love that you turned it around to work for you. You are really owning your training and making it yours. Fantastic stuff! You are rocking it!


PS: Hope you iced the calf!

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Home organization and family time

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

These are two things I need to start making more of a focus in my day. I have made new daily goals, one is to spend a minimum of 30 minutes on home organization on top of my required work like dishes and laundry. The second new goal is to spend quality time with my family every day, even if it is just a little bit, every little bit counts.

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GOEGIRL 10/16/2009 11:01PM

    Sounds like you and I are on the same page these days. It seems like every little thing is a struggle. All kinds of things that I thought for SURE had become habits - poof! All gone. Day one all over again. I like your strategy of 'back to basics' - it's easier to stay on track when home is organized... and I don't have to search for clean workout wear! One day at a time, sistah! Heck, 15 minutes at a time!!! Slow and steady wins, right???
Down with perfectionism, go do-the-best-I-can-ism!

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CODEMAULER 10/16/2009 11:41AM

    Grad school definitely impacts my ability to organize the house. Thanks for the idea, I think I'll start "finding" time to get my house in order, too!

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BEFIT014 10/14/2009 8:17PM

    Home organization. I need a Spark Team for that. My house is one big dis-organized mess! BUT, if you ask me where something is I know EXACTLY where to look!

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DEUSMACHINA 10/14/2009 6:58PM

    Great goals! And both of them can be broken down, too. Ten minutes here and there: it all adds up. Go you good thing!

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AWOLF24 10/14/2009 11:41AM

    That's great! I'm a little nutso when it comes to organization. My home isn't all ordered or anything like that, but I feel out of sorts if things are too chaotic.

And nothing is better or more valuable for making time for your family. Just last night, I decided that reading a few books with my son before he went to bed was way more important than doing some things to get the kitchen back together (we re-painted).

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Two week boot camp failure

Monday, October 12, 2009

Okay, so my plan for the last two weeks was to really work hard in my training, and eat spot on my calorie range for a big result in two weeks. HA! I should have learned by now that staying away from the scale always backfires, and instead of losing 6 pounds, I gained almost 4! It is not really a surprise to be honest, I have really overeaten in the last week, and indulged every single craving resulting from my TOM. I didn't track my food at all, once again falling into an all or nothing attitude. On the other hand though, I did continue to exercise, I got in every single training run I scheduled, AND I completed my thrice weekly strength training commitment to myself. I started tracking my food again on Saturday by planning my Sunday food. Today, I ate a healthy breakfast and I am ready to do what I need to again, and stop trying to take drastic measures. Every day has to be emoticon, and I can't deprive myself of small indulgences and much needed calories to fuel my running machine. I have picked up the pieces, and I am putting my puzzle back together AGAIN! No matter how many times I fall, I will always get back up again. I will reach my goal weight, eventually!

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2BERRYS 10/13/2009 10:58PM

  This is so true. I find the same results when I'm not on top of both exercise and tracking food. I was doing so well but it happens and it's good to see I'm not alone. We can all do this!

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DEUSMACHINA 10/13/2009 12:50AM

    Great attitude, and great insight. You can see where it went wrong, so you won't make those mistakes again! It's all about learning what works, isn't it? Good to hear you did so well with your workouts! WOOHOO!


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AWOLF24 10/12/2009 9:36PM

    Awesome attitude! You'll do it - just keep tracking. emoticon

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CINDYTW 10/12/2009 8:32PM

  I stopped tracking for a while and it spelled disaster for me too! I know I can't track all my food forever, but I need to right now apparrently! Good luck getting back on track!

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SORGIN 10/12/2009 12:05PM

    I think you've hit on the secret to success. Fall down nine times, get up 10. Every day is Day One. I am struggling with this myself and appreciate your blog. I start with great plans, go off track, get frustrated with myself but the reality is I am still here and I always get back on the Spark wagon. That didn't happen until I signed on to Spark nearly two years ago. Before Sparkpeople, I'd give up and gain weight. With Sparkpeople, I've been able to maintain a 30 lb. loss. It's not where I want to be; I still have a ways to go and your blog helped remind me to think of every day as DAY ONE! I'll get there. It might be slow going but it means this healthy living will stay with me as long as I treat every day as DAY ONE! I have no doubt you will get there either. You have a great attitude!

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AGINGDAISIES 10/12/2009 10:43AM

    I hate staying away from the scale, so easy to slip and then you don't see the consequence & that makes it so much easier to slip again!

The tracking is on! ;) I will even be on vacation but I am determined to track!

We are going to make our January 2010 goals!

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BEFIT014 10/12/2009 10:33AM

    We're alike in SO many ways!

I didn't track well, ate ALL the wrong foods. My workouts were consistent but can't make up bad eating with exercise! LOL!

I like what you said "Every day must be treated as emoticon"

Good luck to us both!

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Back to tracking

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Okay, so, since last Saturday I have been off of the tracking wagon, just trying to get used to what my body thinks of all this running. I have been PMSing big time too, so my eating has been HORRENDOUS, with all of the chocolate and sugar, and carbs, it has been awful. Now, thanks to a big nudge from my emoticon on the October Daily Goals challenge, I planned out my food for tomorrow. I took her nudge and ran with it. I set myself up with 2000 calories, that seems like SOOOOOOOOO much, but when I consider the 600+ daily chocolate calories I have been eating, it sounds okay considering it is all good stuff. I weigh in on Monday for the first time in two weeks, expecting an increase with that due to all of the bad eating and TOM arriving. Then, I am going to start weighing daily again. It is what always works. I can see the impact my calorie range is having on the scale, but this time I will be paying more attention to my body signals than the scale. It is on! I look forward to seeing us both tracking again and having some impact on our October 5 pound challenge!

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DEUSMACHINA 10/10/2009 7:27PM

    Good stuff. I've had a pretty ordinary week, but I've still lost a bit of weight. So this week: I'm sticking to my plan for seven day straight. We can do it together!!

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BEFIT014 10/10/2009 4:32PM

    TOM!! Can't STAND it! I'm on it now and I ALWAYS crave salt-specifically Salt & Vinegar chips.

I weigh every couple of days. Like you I began weighing once a week and the pounds just got away from me. Weighing every day or so I can better keep up and attack as soon as that needle creeps up!

Good luck to us both! emoticon

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Calorie deprivation on the weekend

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I think part of the reason I was so cold is because 1400 calories is not enough for my body when I am running 5 days a week. I need to tweak my range a bit, and maybe shoot for between 1550 and 1700 instead. I haven't tracked my food for a few days now, but I will get back to it, probably tonight for tomorrow's food. I almost weighed myself on Monday just to get a gauge of how I'm doing so that I can figure out my calories better. Then, I realized that no matter what Sparkpeople says, if I feel physically ill eating too little, it doesn't matter what the scale says! I need to listen to my body, and do what I need to so I can function in my day. Hopefully the weight will still come off, we'll see what next Monday brings. I will still be running 5 days a week, but I am eating more according to my body signals right now to try and recover from the way I felt on the weekend from not eating enough.

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2BERRYS 10/13/2009 11:00PM

  I'm not sure how tall you are but I am working with a wellness coach at work and he told me that 1200-1500 was a little low for me and my goals. I can handle being more in the 1500-1700 range as long as I'm working out. I'm about 5'8"-5'9".

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DEUSMACHINA 10/6/2009 6:13PM

    Yeah, good work. I don't function well on too few calories, either.

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AUBURNSELKIE 10/6/2009 3:41PM

    Yeah, listen to your body - it knows way more about you than the numbers do!

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AGINGDAISIES 10/6/2009 10:47AM

    I completely agree! The first week I added cycling to my schedule, I was ravenous for days! and had to make sure I ate enough before that workout.

Have you ever heard of the Zone Diet? to me it is actually a way to eat always that helps you feel full longer.... anyway I love it! I don't follow it to the t but balancing my meals helps me a ton! :)

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