Saturday, June 26, 2010
Well, I got some awesome results from daily planning and results blogs in the past, so I am going to use this tool again. Here we go!
Plan for Sunday:
Work in the yard to clean up mulch and finish pool garden weeding.
Run 1 mile.
Workout with running buddy.
Eat lots of fruits and veggies, minimum 10.
Get 8 hours sleep.
Clean up dishes, laundry and computer desk.
Plan Monday's food ahead of time.
Lofty list, but we are having a pool party on Monday for my youngest kidlets class, I need to get a lot done to be ready, but I will not give up my exercise!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
So, my kids class trips were on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, yesterday and today. Being so close to our return from camping, I have no groceries to speak of. Yesterday I had Mott's Garden Cocktail for lunch and ate big time in the evening which left me feeling bloated and grose. Today, I was not going without lunch again, especially considering the much more active outing involved. I breezed into and out of our local Real Canadian Superstore this morning and grabbed two pre packed chicken caesar salad, split em up between four containers, and voila, somewhat healthy lunch option! I chose a lite dressing, and skipped the croutons. I probably could have chosen a healthier salad option with no bacon and parmesan, but I really wanted the protein, this was the only salad with chicken available. Honestly, I can't always do everything right, but, I can do my best and try to find balance somehow. We had Chinese buffet for supper, and I tried to make good choices, lots of cold shrimp, fresh veggies and some fresh fruit. I did have some hot buffet options, so I imagine my sodium is sky high again today. I am just hoping that I can be down even a pound this week! Maybe once school is out I can settle into a more normal routine again and see some better results. This lack of planning is really wrecking my success!
Monday, June 21, 2010
So, my family and I, along with a large group of my husbands extended family, went for a weekend away camping. I was frantic leading up to the trip what with the planning and the packing and the laundry to get ready to go. I did however make sure that I took the time to plan out my food for the entire trip and wrote it in my healthy lifestyle journal. My husband was ultra supportive of my plans, and really helpful over the weekend with helping me stick to my plan. I ate right on my plan, except for a few quirks here and there that I was able to work around. Being prepared was a huge life saver for me this weekend. I even had snacks planned for smores time, because I love smores, but I am staying sugar free (43 consecutive sugar junk free days) to really make my push to reach my goal weight succeed. I got my runs in over the weekend too(44 days in a row of running 1 mile or more), but they were not the longest runs I have ever had, just get it done kinda runs. I will weigh myself in the morning, and hopefully see a drop in the number. I'll status it in the morning! I was in Spark withdrawal all weekend too!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
So, today was race day for 3/4 of my family. We arrived at the event at about 9:30, because I believed the start time for the kids' fun run was 10am. Well, we came to discover that the start for the kids was 10:30, and the big event at 11:00. No biggie, we just sat around and waited. The kids lined up on the starting line together, and when the horn went off, they were off! My oldest started the race in the front, really flying. Continued to really haul until we lost sight. My youngest just took it slow and steady, keeping a maintainable pace for the 1.4K course. The leader of the race came in way ahead of everyone else, and my kids were nowhere in sight! 4 or 5 more of the 12-15 kids who participated were finished before my oldest came into sight...... walking. Major cramp in the side really deflated the running, and there was nothing left in the tank to even finish running to the finish line. But, the course was completed, and Daddy and I were very proud. Koolaid jammers will soothe any disappointment too! We waited for kidlet # 2 to appear from the vineyard (the race was through a local vineyard, beautiful route), and we waited, and we waited, and the organizers asked if there was anyone whose children hadn't returned yet? There was our youngest, and another family with 2 kids. We waited, and waited, and waited. I suggested I go out and look for the little one, but lo and behold, from within the grapes emerged my child with the Dad of the other two and his kids. Having gotten lost.... and walked quite a bit, the tank was full, and a full sprint was possible to complete the course. "Mommy, I got my gold medal, because I finished sprinting!" I encouraged having different goals for the event, so that there could be no disappointment. Gold medal goal was to finish sprinting, and by golly, the gold medal was won! It was so exciting to see my kids taking part in a sport I have grown to love so much. We were very proud of their efforts, and they both got beautiful medals as a souvenir. So exciting!
Now that the kids fun run was done, it was time for the main event! The course consisted of a 2.3 KM lap, and you had 3 options for the day. 2.3K, 4.6K or 9.2K. I had originally found the event because a friend wanted a cheap(less than $20) event to participate in. She was unable to attend, and another friend who had said she might attend had her plans changed at the last minute. So, with my friends in mind, I had been planning to run the 4.6K, which is the shortest race I have participated in. Was I ever glad I chose this distance! The only thing I kept thinking when I started out was "Why didn't I sign up for the 2.3?!" It took me a long time to find my rhythm, but once I found it, I was flying! Then, I hit a wall, and I really slowed down. My fastest speed was 8.1 mph, but my average speed was 5.5 mph(11 mm). When I hit that top speed, I was feeling great, and when I wasn't able to keep it up, it was discouraging. What was I thinking? Going that fast? No need for that! Will I ever learn? Once I slowed down, I was really dragging, until I met up with a lady who lives around the corner from me, and we ran the rest of the race together, pushing each other to do better, and we crossed the finish line together, going as fast as we could. After we crossed, we went our own ways. I had to sit down, but that wasn't a good idea, because I just felt really wrong. So, I got up and moved towards my family, and we walked around a bit together, then I hit the bathroom. When I came back, I sat down with my youngest kidlet and we snuggled a bit, and I wiped my sweat on my kids shirt, because mine was soaked! I have some awesome pics of my kidlets and I after the race, we are all smiling and revelling in the after rush! I look forward to having my kids participate in other events, but most of all, I love that my family comes out to my races to support me and cheer me on, they make it even more fun and more inspiring.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I have identified this pattern before, but it has never been 4 weeks in a row of consistent weight loss before.
I tend to do well for about 2 weeks, lose good numbers, have no problem with my eating, and always get in my cardio. Then, I rebound, eat tons of food, rest lots and gain back all of the weight I have lost. This week, was the rebound week. Thank goodness I had 4 weeks of losses to precede it, so I am still on track to reach my goal if I really rein in my food choices and get my cardio and Strength training in as scheduled. I think what has happened is that life has gotten too busy and I have not been planning my food. Also, I have gotten "lazy" with my food choices. No more, it's time to treat my body right again, hopefully I can get a streak going again and push through that 4 week limit. I get stronger all the time, also, I really feel like I held the rebound back for days longer than I have in the past. Gotta find the positive in my struggles so I can make each attempt more successful than the last!
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