Sunday, November 23, 2014
My second run after blood donation (day 7) was uneventful.
I paid attention not to push myself uphill, but I ended up with my usual pace (9:48 min/mile).
My Anti-Evening-Overeating Plan is working very well, I managed to follow 6 times out of 7. That one night was a high risk one: got home late after long and boring work day, after skipping my after noon snack, had little time before going to the cinema with family, so skipped meditation, and ate a small plate of pasta while preparing my dinner. Nothing horrible.
I count weeks from Saturdays, because that's the day I log my weight for the Maintenance Challenge.
And so I already have my first unsuccessful day, because this Saturday was the year end dinner party at work - of course I could not follow my routine. But eating went OK, and I only had one small drink.
I enjoyed the party very much, in my own introverted way.
I had nice (ie. deep and long) conversations with 3 colleagues, otherwise I leaned back and listened to others speaking, and watched colleagues dancing (some of the girls are as cute as models and they can dance!). I enjoyed just being there, together.
I didn't feel overwhelmed or bored, and my inability to join in small talk or circulate didn't bother me.
When I felt my attention was declining I went home. So I was there from 7 to 11.
When I was young I was terrified when I had to attend parties, especially the kind where you are supposed to be circulate, have small talk with as many people as possible, and stay late and dance. I'd rather had a root canal then this kind of event!
I went anyway but I felt I was a failure because I didn't enjoy the party like everybody else.
It was a relief when I learned about my personality type and found out I'm a perfectly normal introvert, and my preferences are just as valid as those of the extrovert half of the population.
Now I know I have the right to not go if I don't want to, and if I choose to go I can enjoy being there my own way.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Due to work schedule I had to cancel my Wednesday and Friday runs, and run today, on Thursday instead.
This is a work at home day, so I drove to up the hill, dropping off DD at work at 7:00.
Weather was lovely, 6 oC / 42 oF, sunshine, muddy path and moderate to strong wind howling over me in the trees.
The path is up and down, more down on the way out and more up on the way back.
Halfway back there is a long uphill segment with a very steep part which is always hard to run up but I always do it.
Not today. Halfway up the steep part I wanted to slow down to walking, but dismissed the idea at first. But it persisted and I felt strangely weak, so slowed down to walk. I didn't breathe heavily but my heart was racing.
Walking, I was thinking why?
First sign of some viral infection? Possible, the 2-3 times I had to cut my run short was because of that.
Did anything unusual happen to me? And then it clicked: this was my first run after first blood donation! I am missing those red blood cells, as I just donated almost 10% of my blood.
Then I stopped my pedometer, and walked / jogged back to the car.
This means I must be more careful and choose a bit slower pace during the next few runs.
This article says it may take up to 3 weeks to be back to the baseline performance level - no problem for me, as I don't attend to races and I don't push myself to be faster.
Monday, November 17, 2014
My Plan to Avoid Evening Overeating is working well.
On work-at-home days it is usually not 100%, but I don't mind as those days are low risk anyway.
Today I weighed 63.6 kg - closest to my center weight in 10 weeks.
There is blood donation in our office building every few months, and I wanted to do it the last time, but I was turned down because I only had a copy of my social security ID (the original was lost about 20 years ago).
I requested a new original and with it I proudly went to donate blood today.
It was very well organized, and all my tests were OK: heart rate 77, blood pressure 135/75 mmHg, and to my surprise my hemoglobin level was 150 g/L which is around the upper normal limit for women. And I'm not taking any vitamins / supplements.
In pre-SPark times my skin used to be so pale people often thought I was anemic and told me so.
Now the only comment I receive about my complexion is that I look nice and healthy : )
The blood donation went well, in the next hour I felt a bit lightheaded and forgetful, after that it all went back to normal.
Getting home from work I followed my plan: drank water on the way home, made fruit tea, meditated 10 minutes, then ate a nice plate of broccoli, rice any curry chicken made by my son.
I ate it mindfully, no reading, focusing on food, and finished with a square of dark chocolate. Now I'm off to brush my teeth and this is the end of eating today.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I have been in a rut of evening overeating in the past few weeks.
This really bothers me, because I know better, and I'm not hungry at all to start with.
Then I get home, walk into the kitchen, grab whatever I like and return for more, in addition forget to drink.
My brain seems to be switched off.
On Tuesday, when I was on a business trip and I ate my packed sandwiches, I didn't even think of eating more, despite walking 1 hour before and swimming 45 minutes after dinner.
This is my plan to get rid of this harmful behavior:
when I get home
1. drink a glass of water
2. prepare fruit tea
3. sitting meditation 10 minutes
4. plan, prepare and eat dinner mindfully, a meal that makes me feel good
5. brush teeth and avoid kitchen
Easier said and done, even if I decidedly did not include any restrictions on the portion size.
To help make it work, I create a Spark Streak of this, and also share my success rate on the new Maintenance Challenge thread.
Also placed a visual reminder on my desk.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
I have 736 miles in my old winter running shoes, and 580 in the newer summer shoes.
On Tuesday I worked next to the Nike outlet store and checked if there are any shoes good for running outside, with water resistant upper material, and fit for the Nike+ sensor.
And yes, the had Nike Pegasus Trail 28!
This is exactly the same as my old winter shoe, and I searched for this model everywhere last fall and it was nowhere to be found.
Two Good Runs
Today and on Friday I ran the forest trail on the hills, I love that place. Weather is exceptionally mild, 13 oC / 55 oF, I ran in short sleeves and capris.
Fall colors are beautiful, the dominant color is golden yellow, with some brown and very little red. And lots of sunshine.
I ran faster than I usually do, 9:40 min/mile, very close my personal best race pace which was 9:29.
I have no idea why.
Some Foot Pain
Today when I walked down the stairs in socks I felt a mild pain in the sole of my left foot. Sat down, looked, saw nothing, pressed the place with my thumb, it hurt.
Hm. Should I cancel my run, in case this is first sign of plantar fasciitis?
Put on my shoes, walked a bit and didn't feel any pain, so off I went. No problem at all during and after the run.
I eat all my breakfasts mindfully, focusing on the food and on the eating process itself, and 1-2 other meals too.
Thanks to the exceptional warm weather, this week we could do yoga outside, on the terrace with my husband. The two evening workouts under full moon, the two morning workouts in bright sunshine. It was a pleasure every time.
My husband seems to be hooked, he does yoga almost every day, and he is very happy with the strength, flexibility and good mood he gained.
Also this is a good quality time together.
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