Friday, January 31, 2014

Attack of the Chocolate Mousse

Today was a really nice day for a run, however, no run for me today.  I had to pay bills and run some errands before getting ready for work.  Tomorrow will be just as nice as today and I have decided that I will either do just the Bob Harper yoga DVD or a quick 2 mile run plus the yoga. 
Sunday is going to be a FABULOUS day to do my nice long run in the afternoon!  I had originally planned to do a 10.5 mile run on Sunday, but when I mapped out my route this morning before getting ready for work, I ended up with an 11.25 mile route.  That’s cool.  That’s just .75 more than originally planned, that’s not that big of a difference.  And then, the following Sunday will me just 6-ish miles. 
Well, I guess I need to think about my workout schedule for next week now.  So, here we go:
• Sunday – run 11.25 mile
• Monday – trainer workout
• Tuesday – run
• Wednesday – no workout, worked a double shift Tuesday
• Thursday – run
• Friday - no workout, worked a double shift Thursday
• Saturday – quick 2 mile run with gym or yoga
After next week, I have no overtime scheduled for work.  I’m a little bummed about that, but I’m also not bummed about it.  Why the conflicting emotions about it?  Well, obviously, I want the extra money that I get from working the overtime and I’m going to have to stick to a budget pretty strictly without it.  On the other hand, I’m glad because that means more sleep and more opportunity and time to fit in exercise.
So…I think I’m going to abandon that little “lose 5.6 lbs by the end of February” mini-goal I made for myself.  I weighed myself this morning to see where I was at and, well, I’m up from what I was on Sunday.  Ugh.  Of course I haven’t (TMI in 3…2…1…) pooed since Sunday either.  So frustrating.  I have no idea why I’m not pooing regularly.  It’s not like I’m in pain from constipation or anything either.  I’m just no pooing.  But I know I’m eating and I’m eating foods that have fiber in them, so I SHOULD be pooing.  I just don’t understand it.  So, I’m just going to focus on inches and body fat %.  While I’ve always liked the idea of getting down to 160 lbs, I also understand that my body just plain may not let me get that low…and I’m fine with that so long as I’m healthy and fit.  Anyway, I’m still going to weigh myself every week like I have been, but I’m not going to focus on the number. 
I decided to start mixing in some “cheat” foods here and there.  To kick that off, haha, I ate a Cinnabon that I’ve been craving for the past 3 or so days while I was out and about.  It was delicious and it satisfied me.  And it instantly killed my craving for one.  Anyway, tonight was my co-worker’s retirement party and I had the Frito pie, as I said I would...but I also had a piece of chocolate mousse cake.  Delish!  And then, on Sunday, after I complete my run, I’m going to get something to eat…either a burger and fries from my favorite burger place or a pizza.  I haven’t decided yet.  We’ll see what I feel like when Sunday rolls around. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

♫ ♪ Do A Little Run ♪ ♫

This is my second post today, but in my defense, my earlier post was SUPPOSED to be posted last night, but I had already shut down my computer and went to bed when I remembered I had meant to post it last night.  I went to turn on the computer and post it, but then remembered I needed to take a picture to post with the blog, so I just said I’d change the todays to yesterdays and tomorrows to todays, etc and post it this morning when I got up…and after I took the necessary picture, of course.

So, on to today…I slept GREAT last night.  I woke up feeling fully rested and ready to take on the day.  I rolled out of bed a little after 10am.  I didn’t eat when I got up, just drank a cup of coffee and then chugged a 16 oz bottle of water and headed out for my run.  I was running my 3 mile loop, so there is part of the run where there is no sidewalk so I have to run in the street (against traffic, of course).  When I do this route I always try to make sure I’m wearing a very bright running top.  I have a safety orange and a neon yellow pullover that I wear in the cooler weather, like this morning was.  I wore the yellow one today.  Anyway, I set out for my run and about ¼ mile into it, I just had to say (yes, I talk to myself while I run and I do it out loud too) “I feel great!”  As I ran, I just felt really good with how I was running.  I could hear the beeps from my Garmin as I hit each mile, but refrained from checking to see what times I was clocking in at each mile.  I just continued to run by feel.  The last third of a mile, I was running south, and there was a south wind, so guess what I was running into?  Yep, a headwind.  I know it slowed me down even though I was feeling strong.  I hit the 3 mile mark and stopped my Garmin…then I checked my times.  Overall time of 30:25 with mile splits of 10:03, 10:23 and 9:59.  WOW!  I really was feeling great this morning!  And it showed! 

So, I mentioned that Samy has been telling me to do some yoga.  I also mentioned that I was still a little up in the air about my Saturday workout for this week.  I was trying to decide between just a run or a quick run plus the gym or just the gym.  However, I’m thinking that I will do my Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior DVD instead.  If I wake up in time, I’ll hit the trails for 2 miles as fast as I can before the DVD.  I like this plan of action.  If I do the little run, then it’ll be my 4th run for the week!  Nice! 

So, while I didn’t feel snacky today, I did feel hungry.  Ugh.  But that’s okay.  I can deal with hungry.  Snacky drives me nuts, though, because it can’t really be satisfied.  Even though I was able to knock it out at the very end of the day with that extra rice cake with pb after dinner last night.  It’s really nice that just a little extra of something good for me will do the trick for me and make me feel satisfied and/or satiated.  I’m also very sure that my stomach is much smaller now than it was when I first started sticking to the Shred Diet since the 1st.   

Also, I registered for the Biggest Loser Half Marathon that is happening in Austin at the end of March.  So excited!  It will be my 3rd ever half marathon and my 2nd for 2014.

The Last Couple Days

So I read an article the other day that was posted by Michelle about the scale and people’s relationships with it.  In this article, it said that people that weighed themselves daily lost 13 pounds over the course of some period of time that they never specified and the people that weighed once a week lost nothing.  My grandmother weighs herself and writes down the number every day and has for years.  I currently only weigh myself once a week because I do not want to obsess over the number that it gives me.  Now, after reading this article and what Michelle said, I feel that once I reach maintenance, I might weigh myself every day or maybe every other day just to sort of keep myself in check and make sure I maintain my maintenance.  But, I can see how weighing yourself daily during a weight loss effort could be helpful, but I think that me personally, that I would obsess over the number.  I mean, I have a history of eating disorder/disordered eating (depending on who you talk to is what category I fall into), and I’ve been known to engage in the use of laxatives and diuretics to affect what the scale says (and that, my dear friends, is classic eating disorder behavior).  Now, what I did this weekend when I used a laxative to affect the scale, I did it only because I had not pooed in a couple days and, let me tell you (TMI in 3…2…1…) what came out did not smell good, so it had definitely been sitting in there for a few days, just stewing away.  So, even though it was an eating disorder behavior, it was only once and it did serve a purpose other than affecting the number on the scale.  I mean, come on, I weighed in almost 3 pounds lighter on Monday than I did on Sunday…there was definitely an issue there.  Don’t be afraid for me that this is something I’m going to start doing on a regular basis.  For that to happen, I would have to change my weigh in day to Monday because I am NOT taking a laxative at work on Saturday and trying to work at the same time as running to the bathroom every 30 minutes to evacuate my bowels.

Anyway, enough of all that.

Yesterday I had a 3.3 mile loop planned to run.  However…another cold front blew in on Monday and around midnight the sleet began.  So, I sort of knew that I would be doing that 3.3 miles on the treadmill.  When I woke up yesterday morning and turned on the TV there was a “special news report” interrupting the program that was scheduled to be on at that time and it was about the icy winter weather conditions.  That just confirmed it.  I was pretty sure the sidewalks were all iced over, so, after drinking my coffee and taking my morning vitamins and such, I got dressed and then headed up to the front of my apartments to slug it out on the ‘mill.  I did better with logging the laps on my Garmin except for one lap where I accidentally hit the pause button at the same time as the lap button.  D’oh!  Anyway, I did 3.3 miles in 34:10.  I set the pace to start off at 5.8mph (10:20 min/mi).  About 2/3 of the way through the run, I bumped it down to 5.7mph (10:31 min/mi).  I was comfortable the whole run except for the whole being on a treadmill part and the fact that it was boring, but I did okay and, unlike last Friday when I ran on the ‘mill as well, I didn’t have the urge to grab the handles this time toward the end of the run.  When I was setting the ‘mill up for my run it had an option to preprogram the distance I wanted to run, so I did and then it did a countdown from 3.3 miles to 0.0.  I didn’t like it at the end when it displayed my results…it displayed them one at a time.  Of course, I really don’t like this treadmill anyway, but when I either don’t have time or it’s not safe to drive to the gym to use their nicer treadmills with TVs in front of them, it’s what I’ve got to use and while I do complain, I can’t do anything about it.  When I buy a house, I do plan to buy a 4-bedroom home so I can have my master bedroom, a guest bedroom, a cat/office room, and a workout room…where I will install a treadmill and a TV with a DVD (that you can load multiple DVDs into to play one after another…LOTR marathon while running a marathon anyone?  Hahahaha!). 

One of the errands I ran on Monday was the quest for a new bag/lunch bag for work combo.  I needed a new and larger lunch cooler for my food because with it all portioned out, the containers take up LOADS of space in the backpack I was using and half the time I didn’t have space for my drinks to fit in there and had to carry them in a reusable bag.  Also, if I was working a double shift, I definitely had to carry a reusable bag with not only 2 of my bottles of sparkly water but half of my food in it.  I didn’t want to do this anymore.  So, I found a 24-can cooler and then I went on a mission to find a bag that it would fit into.  I was still holding out hopes for a backpack style bag, so I went to some military surplus stores.  I did find a smaller ruck sack at $50, but it was too small for the cooler I had bought.  And the next size up was the primitive camping/hiking size and waaaaaaay too big and ridiculous to be carrying to work.  So, I was thinking I could just carry the lunch cooler by itself (it has a shoulder strap) and then get a nice tote to carry my drinks and other things in.  I went to Walmart and looked at their backpacks and, before I settled on doing the tote idea, I went to the luggage area to see if they had a small duffel that would work for me.  They have a few different sizes of duffels and I selected the 21” one and measured it’s length and width and it seemed like it would work to carry the lunch cooler in and, best part, it was only $12!!! 

So, I get home with it and put the lunch cooler in…perfect fit with just enough room inside it to put two 1-liter bottles of sparkly water and my coffee cup in it and my magazines and such can go on the side of the cooler and then all my other items can go in the end pocket.  Oh and ALL my food for an entire day fits in the new cooler with enough room to put an ice pack on the top to keep everything nice and cool!!!  WOOHOO!!!  No more lukewarm food!

Samy wants has mentioned to me the last couple weeks that he thinks yoga would be a good idea for me.  I have a yoga workout that I really LOVE…the Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior workout DVD.  It’s an hour long workout and it makes you sweat and I feel really good at the end of it.  So, I need to figure out how to fit this workout into my busy schedule once weekly.  Maybe I could do it Sundays after my long run?  Or maybe I can do it Monday evenings when I get home after working out with Samy?  Those are the 2 BEST days for me to fit it in, so I’m sure I can get one of them to work for me.  Or it can be my Saturday morning workout…so long as I don’t have a run to “make up” from during the week that I postponed due to weather or for need of sleep…unless I have enough time to do a short 2 or 3 mile run and then the yoga workout post run…that could work too.  But, then, sometimes I work overtime Friday night and can’t do any workout Saturday morning.  So, I still think I need to make it work on Sunday or Monday.

While I was out and about on Monday to buy the new cooler and bag for work, I managed to find 2 shirts I’ve been wanting. 

How cool are these tanks?  They’re totally awesome!  I’ve wanted them for ages…since I first saw them earlier last year sometime.  The Keep Calm And Run On one is the one I’ve been hot under the collar to find and buy.  These tanks will be really nice to wear to warm weather races.

I didn’t sleep well Monday night; I woke up numerous times and I just don’t think I got any quality sleep at all.  So, I was up by about 9:30 am yesterday, then I was awake until I got home at about 6:15 yesterday morning and was in bed within 15 minutes of that.  I figured that I would sleep well yesterday in the 5 hours I had that I could sleep…I was wrong.  Seriously wrong.  I probably got about 3.5 hours of sleep.  It was horrible.  So, I felt snacky all day yesterday.  I hate it when I feel that way.  I mean, overeating isn’t going to solve the problem of not getting enough sleep.  I was in such a bad mood at work.  So tired and craving things.  All I have to say right now is that if I’m still having food cravings come the retirement party on Friday night, I WILL be ordering some sort of food at the restaurant…probably no beer though.  It will have been an entire month of being “on diet” so that’ll be a nice little streak for me.  I might go ahead and institute a once weekly “cheat” meal.  I’m not sure yet.  But if after a few weeks of being “on diet” without a slip up I have non-stop cravings to look forward to, it’s not worth it to not have a little allowance for a “cheat” meal once a week or every other week.

A little after dinner snack last night was scheduled to be 2 rice cakes with a little peanut butter on them.  So, since I sometimes tweak the serving sizes of some of my snacks (a small sweet potato instead of half of a regular one, a whole small avocado instead of a half of one, etc), I decided having a 3rd rice cake with pb on it wouldn't be any different than that and that's what I did.  Afterward, the snacky feeling went away and I felt satisfied food-wise.

Today I’ll be running 3 miles, which means I can sleep in until 10am…YAY!  I’ll run my little 3 mile loop that I like.  It’s easy and a fast run for me.  Then tomorrow morning I’ll run my errands and pay bills before work.  Saturday I’ll either just run (most likely since I’ll be staying out past midnight for the party on Friday night) 2 or 3 miles or I’ll run a quick 2 miles and do a gym workout…or just a gym workout (as I will have already hit 3 runs for the week with tomorrow morning’s 3 miler).  We’ll see how I feel and at what time I wake up Saturday.  Maybe I’ll just go get my nails done and not workout at all.  Hahaha!

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Little Mish Mash

Okay, as I said yesterday, I was scheduled to do a re-weigh in today.  And, let me tell you, this one went MUCH better than yesterday’s original weigh in.  Regardless to what the scale said when I stepped on it this morning, I was going to just accept it and move on.  But, as luck would have it, the scale was nice to me today….
That’s a 1.2 lb loss for a total of 10.4 lbs in 4 weeks!  Woohoo!  So, I can now continue on with my week with a smile of satisfaction on my face!  YAY!

I knew my weight loss would start slowing down, especially after I hit that 4.4 lb loss last week.  But I’m totally fine with just a pound a week.  If I can’t hit a pound a week every week thru the end of February, then I can reach my final mini goal concerning weight…to hit 172 on the scale again.

Today is a workout with Samy…a workout that I originally wasn’t going to be able to get because I was supposed to work overtime this afternoon, but I got an email from my supervisor last week telling me they didn’t need me to work after all.  While I’m sad that I lost out on the overtime money, I am happy that I get my workout with Samy.  The workout went really well.  The weights we did were for the back muscles.  I’m sure those will be very sore tomorrow…and that’s a good thing!

Tomorrow is a run day.  I’m thinking just 3.3 miles again.  However, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do it outside because of this
There’s supposed to be flurries and icy conditions tomorrow morning.  When I wake up we’ll see if I’m running outside (fingers crossed that I am) or running on the treadmill…again.

So, there’s this gadget that recently came out called the Run-and-Read.  You clip it to your headband or the collar of your shirt and it syncs with your ereader (there’s a Run-and-Read app that you must download to your ereader) and it makes the text bounce with your movement as you run so that the text appears to be static so that you can read while you run!  Now I just need an ereader or a tablet.

The Austin Marathon people posted the pics of the half marathon and full marathon medals today.  I mean, they sent out an email to people that were registered about a month ago that had pictures of the medals in them.  I don’t like one part of them.  They have Willie Nelson on them.  Ugh.  Stevie Ray Vaughn is the Austin icon, not Willie!!!  Other than that part though, I really like it.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Long Run Sunday

Today was weigh in day…however…I was not happy with what the scale said.  Either last week was a fluke or today was some sort water retention/needing to poop thing…because the scale showed I was up from last week.  I took some laxatives because (TMI in 3…2…1…) I actually haven’t pooped in a couple days and figured that would help a little.  Anyway, I’m going to weigh in again tomorrow morning after that’s had a chance to work AND today I ran 8.5 miles.  Oh, another thing that makes me not get too upset about the scale today is that 2 weeks ago, my waist was 35.5 and now it’s 33.  So, I *KNOW* I’ve lost inches and, frankly, that’s the more important numbers for me to pay attention to.  Also, I need to get to the gym and have one of the trainers do my body fat and see where I’m at there.  I mean, yea, I’ve got the widget on the left-hand side of my blog, but I want to have it done with calipers and be as actually accurate as possible (and then I’ll plug in the measurements to the widget and compare the two…if they’re super close, then I won’t bother with the caliper measurements and will just use the widget).

But, long story short, I may have to abandon my mini goal of hitting 172 by the end of February if the scale doesn’t show a loss tomorrow and still shows a gain, or maybe the same as last week’s weigh in.  Either way, tomorrow I will post my scale pic…no matter what it says.

The fact that I showed a slight gain from last week made me have urges…urges to just throw in the towel and call it a wash.  But I was able to keep the larger picture in the forefront of my mind and resisted the urge to binge (it would have been on the healthy food that’s in my house, but you can still have too much of a good thing).  Also, I reminded myself of the re-weigh in I want to do tomorrow morning…I don’t want to screw that up by bingeing today, do I?  No, I don’t.

So, I was going to sleep in until about 10am today because, well, it’s the first day of my weekend.  However, my body had other ideas and I was wide awake well before 8am.  Ugh.  I tried laying there and dozing for a bit, but that was utterly unsuccessful, so I just got up and started some coffee.  Last night I had done up my food selections for the next 7 days of my meal plans for the Shred Diet and had written a shopping list.  So, I went to the store and bought everything on my list and now my shelves, fridge and freezer are all fully stocked!  Woohoo!  I do need to adjust just one of my snacks for the week…I picked the 4 pot stickers snack on one day and when I went to buy the pot stickers from the sushi bar inside the grocery store, I noticed that they come in a pack of 8 and not 6 like I thought they did…so, I don’t want to throw away 4 of them, so I’m going to change one of my snacks elsewhere during the week so I can eat them a second time and not waste them.

I bet you’re wondering how my run went today.  Well, it went GREAT!  It was an awesome run.  I had a fast mile of 10:36 and a slow mile of 11:18, other than that all my miles were within 24 seconds of each other between the slowest and fastest of that group.  I hit an 11 min/mi average on the nose. 

kinda looks like a hoodie...hahaha

Nailed it!  On an 8.5 mile run, right now, I’m very happy with that pace.  I’m happy with it because I’m running by feel and not obsessing about my pace anymore.  Sure, I run about 45 seconds slower per mile on average, but I’m a happier runner than I was before when I was obsessed with my pacing.  I do, however, plan to buy a paceband to wear during my half marathons this year to attempt to pace out for a 2:37:30 half marathon.  My goal for this year with the half is to run one in 2:41 or less.  So…no port-a-potty stops this time…hahaha.  I am picking the 2:37:30 paceband because they have that one or a 2:45 one…I’d rather shoot for slightly faster than my half goal for the year than slower. 
Anyway, this company sells 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon pacebands in all different colors.  I wish they had a 15K paceband.  I’ll have to google that and see what I can find.  Maybe I’ll have to take the idea to someone that makes custom rubber bracelets and order them that way.  Of course, I wouldn’t be able to get just one most likely, which sucks.  But I can try, right?

Oh, back to my run today.  Since I was doing 8.5 miles and I like to wear my calf compression sleeves when I run anything 8.5 miles or longer, I was wearing my sleeves.  As I was running, I was mulling over the fact that I was wearing them and that this was my longest run since I started running again regularly...also this is my first run that I've worn them for since the RNR half in November!  I felt very proud of myself in that moment.  

So, my dinner tonight (per the Shred Diet) was a 4x2x1 inch serving of lasagna.  Oh my god…I just wanted to get a second serving!  Good thing the other two servings are frozen!  Oh and there’s the whole re-weigh in I’m doing tomorrow that I don’t want to screw up for myself to keep myself from thawing out of the servings in the freezer.  Hahaha.

Out of curiosity, with the whole showing a gain on the scale this morning thing still weighing on my mind, I decided to take my measurements and plug them into the widget I have on the left that is supposed to determine your body fat %.  When I first put it on there a couple weeks ago, my measurements through the widget determined I was 36% body fat.  Well, I just plugged them in and this is what I got:
that's what a 2.5 inch off your waist and about .5 off your hips will do

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Finishing Up A Good Week

Today, I had planned to run 4 miles, however, I wasn’t feeling a run that long so what did I do?  Ran 3 miles instead.  And it was a pretty good run too.  First mile was 10:16, second was 10:39 and the third was 10:15.  Very nice splits.  If only that second mile could have been a little faster…like 15 or 20 seconds faster…haha.  But, it’s okay because I didn’t want to wear my legs out because tomorrow starts the new week and, as I said yesterday, I’ve got 8.5 miles for a late afternoon long run planned.  As far as the rest of the week, the weather looks like this

So, my exercise schedule, as far as I am planning right now, looks like this:

• Sunday – 8.5 mile run
• Monday – trainer workout
• Tuesday – run
• Wednesday – rest (will have worked a double shift on Tuesday)
• Thursday – run or rest, depending on how I’m feeling
• Friday – 2 mile run w/the gym
• Saturday – rest

I only have the one shift of overtime for next week, so that means I can definitely get in my 4 workouts next week, or even 5 workouts if I’m feeling up to it…but that would just be a bonus workout.  I actually had a chance for a 5th workout this week as well thanks to how my overtime shifts were scheduled, but opted to sleep in on Wednesday morning and then missed my run on Thursday due to weather…so I ran on Friday which had originally been a rest day.

Tomorrow is weigh in day…YAY!  I’m very curious and excited to see what the scale says when I step on it tomorrow.  So long as I lose a pound a week between now and the end of February I will meet my goal to get back down to 172 by the end of February.  And then, at that point, I will start allowing myself a “cheat” meal like every couple weeks.

I have now made it 25 days “on diet” and I couldn’t be happier with myself because of this.  I’ve kept up with my goals to exercise 3-4 times a week AND remain “on diet.”  2014 is starting off quite nicely for me. 

Today one of my snacks was “Mediterranean salad.”  That consists of a medium tomato, a medium cucumber, ½ of an onion (preferably a red onion…but I used a yellow sweet onion because that’s what I had) and crumbled feta cheese.  You dice up the veggies and then crumble the feta on top.  It was delicious and, since it was a volumetrics kind of food, it was a lot of food for very little calories.  And I just plain love feta cheese on just about anything.

Oh and someone left a bag…like one of those reusable shopping bags…FULL of candy at work today.  It had lollipops, butterfingers and other “fun size” candies.  Not only did I resist delving into and blowing my diet…just like that first time when I was faced with my favorite donuts in the world, I didn’t even want any!  Score!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Ice Day Treadmill

Read something in a blog the other day that sparked my interest.  She asked “if I never binge again, what will I look forward to?”  WOW.  This makes me think of my own eating disorder/disordered eating as an emotional binge eater.  For the last almost 4 weeks I have abstained from eating anything “off diet,” which in turn means I have also abstained from any binge eating behavior.  Now, I want to ask myself the same question she asked…if I never binge again, what will I look forward to?  Well, let me try to answer that.  First, I will look forward to knowing that I am enjoying my food without overindulging to the point of feeling sick or becoming fat again.  I will look forward to not feeling guilt over my eating habits.  I will look forward to eating the healthy (and very tasty) foods that are good for me and help my body function the way it’s supposed to.  I will look forward to the little indulgences that I allow myself every now and then that much more because they will actually be a treat and not a daily occurrence like it was in the past.  I will look forward to wearing whatever clothes I want to and actually looking good in them (without lying to myself or being in denial about what I actually look like).  I will look forward to having an athletic body that will do just about anything I want it to because I’m not weighing it down with excessive amounts of fatty and otherwise bad for me foods.  I will look forward to LIVING LIFE…plain and simple…cut and dry.

Now I want to talk a little about the diet I’m doing.  It’s is strictly portion controlled.  I do bend the rules a little bit with certain things.  For instance, if it says to have half of a baked sweet potato here and there.  Instead, I just eat an entire small-ish one.  Also, when I choose the half of an avocado sprinkled with sea salt for my snack, I just buy a regular sized avocado and eat the whole thing.  If I didn’t eat the whole thing, I would throw away the other half because it would turn brown and aesthetically, I wouldn’t be able to eat it…just like a brown banana…just gross to me. 

So this morning, as I mentioned yesterday, I had planned to go for a 3.3 mile outdoor run, but after my treacherous drive home on patchy ice, I opted to shoot for the treadmill instead as I was sure the sidewalks and paved park trails would all be icy and unsafe to run on.  When I got up this morning, I had intended to drive to the gym and use their nice treadmills with the TV’s that you can see because they’re in front of you.  However, I was foiled by patchy ice and determined that it wasn’t safe to drive if I didn’t HAVE to.  So, I braved the icy walk from my apartment to the front of the complex where the fitness closet (it’s so small that’s the best way to describe it…seriously) is located.  I walk in and a lady and her young daughter were just leaving.  She saw my “will run for Boston” headband and said she really liked it, and then scooted out the door, leaving me all alone in the closet.

I take off my outer layer of clothing and hop on the treadmill.  After about a third of a mile, I realize it’s going to get quite warm and needed to turn on the ceiling fan…also, maybe I should go ahead and turn on the TV even though I had no plans to take off my earphones and stop listening to my music…also despite the fact that the TV was not in front of me.  The treadmills in the closet are up against the wall and the TV is up in the corner and to the right.  So, I can see it out of the corner of my eye.  Anyway, I had set my Garmin for me to manually mark the “laps” (aka-miles) as I hit them.  Instead of pausing my Garmin when I paused the treadmill to turn on the fan and the TV, I instead hit the lap button.  Dammit.  So I just marked the time and reset my Garmin and then reset the treadmill to start over.  I had gone a third of a mile…so, if I did another 3 miles on the treadmill, I will have gotten in the 3.3 miles I was originally going to run outside.  Cool!  As I ran the 3 miles, I epically failed at hitting the lap button at the correct times…twice.  Ugh.  So, I just used it for my overall time and added the time from the first third of a mile I did and got a total of 34:33 minutes for 3.3-ish miles.  Also, I set it to a 1.5% incline.  I started at 6.0mph (10 min/mi pace) and ended it going at 5.5mph (10:54 min/mi pace).  Honestly, I should have set the treadmill for a 10:20 pace and just went with that.  At the end of the run, I desperately wanted to grab the handles, but managed to resist the urges.  Also, as I was running, I’m guessing it was a combination of the cold and dry air plus my clothes rubbing together, but every time my fingers brushed the hand bar in front of me, I got a little shock. 

Tomorrow is supposed to be nicer…up into the 60’s.  The good news is that, at the very least, the ice will be melted off the sidewalks and it will be safe for me to run outside for the 4 miles I want to do tomorrow.  Then, Sunday, I will run 8.5…I’ll be running in the late afternoon as I’m going to go paint shopping around noon with my friend Amanda.  I prefer this for a few reasons…1) I don’t have to wake up early to run before meeting Amanda, 2) I will have run the two days prior and running later in the day to give my legs a little bit more rest will be beneficial, and 3) I like running my longer runs in the late afternoon/early evening anyway.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Today, I was watching The View before work...and in place of my planned 3.3 mile run.  You see, a cold front was blowing in this morning and, while I have no problem whatsoever of running in the cold, I *DO* have a problem with running in cold wind.  And it wasn't just a little wind, no it was over 20mph winds.  The temperature was around 40, so as far as running goes, it wasn't really cold.  It was quite comfortable a temperature to go running in, but that wind.  Ugh. tomorrow!!!  Anyway, back to my original statement...I was watching The View this morning.  One of their distinguished guests today was Jennifer Holliday.  Back in the 80s and 90s she was a very popular R&B and soul singer.  She was also a Broadway actress.  Then, she lost 200 lbs and found herself completely out of work.  Seriously.  No one wanted the new her.  They wanted the large woman that she used to be.  Appalling!  This is one reason people have such a difficult time losing weight...they get NO support or respect for their efforts.  Their friends and family (and even employers it seems) are more than content to keep them as they are.  I just think it's ridiculous that she made the best decision for herself and her life and her health and she was punished for it when no one wanted to hire her. 

So, back to the weather.  The past few days it has been quite nice here in central Texas.  Like tank top and shorts nice.  But, like I said, a cold front blew in this morning. 
And boy did it blow in!  Crazy winds made it colder than the air temperature, which, for me, made it too cold to make for a comfortable run.  So I didn't run today as I had planned and as I had itched to do.  But, like I've said before, I'm not going to stress over a missed run.  And, really, I'm no longer in the "business" of making up for lost or missed miles.  But, I still have 2 days to this week and I still want to get in 3 runs this week if I can.  So, while I had originally planned to run 3.3 this morning and 4 on Saturday, I will now run 3 on the treadmill tomorrow (I had held out hopes of doing a 3.3 mile loop outside tomorrow but it's been sleeting all afternoon and evening and all the sidewalks and streets are it wouldn't be safe to run outside tomorrow...but I still want to run!!) and, weather permitting, I'll run 3.3 or 4 on Saturday...then my 8.5 mile long run on Sunday. 

What's the weather like where you are?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Past Couple Days

So, Monday and yesterday I worked overtime on the night shift, hence the no blog posts from me until tonight.  Sunday night I stayed up until about 3am with chores and food prep for the week.  I woke up early afternoon on Monday and finished up with the food prep and then got ready to head to my trainer session.  As I was getting ready, I noticed the battery icon was up on my heart rate monitor.  Good thing I had enough time to stop at the electronics store on the way and get a new battery.  After I put in the new battery, I had to redo my settings.  It had saved all my personal info like birthday, height and weight.  Let’s just say I needed to update my weight with it…it said 188, which is what I weighed when I first bought it a year and a half ago.  So, I plugged in my new weight: 177. 

I got to my trainer session and it kicked butt.  It was legs day, so I knew he was going to make me work for it.  Started it as usual with the jump rope, then medicine ball slams.  Then he had me do squats with a weight vest and a kettlebell, then it was lunges and farmer’s walk with kettlebells, then we moved on to doing what I’m going to call a squat-walk (you use the cable machine with the cable all the way at the top with the tricep rope thing, then you squat down and walk in short steps all the way back and then walk back to the machine…oooo did it burn!  I’ll be doing this exercise on my own in the gym for sure!).  Four sets of that, then 2 sets of suicide sprints and forward-backward bear crawls.  Then we went on to some kickboxing and ended with abs.  Burned almost 650 cals!

I had a thought while driving to work Monday night.  I was thinking about how well I’m doing with sticking to the Shred and I love the portion control and meal planning.  Then I thought about the retirement party for my coworker that is happening on the 31st.  I have said that now that I’ve hit the little mini goal I set for myself, to lose 7 lbs by the party, that I would allow myself to partake at the party.  However, now I’m thinking I don’t really want to do that.  I mean, I’ll still go to the party, I just don’t know that I’ll eat anything or drink anything there…besides unsweet tea, of course.  But, we’ll see how I feel on the 31st.  I might change my mind back to partaking.  Haha.

I was a little miffed to find out that the overtime shift I was scheduled to work next week is canceled.  The only good to come out of this is that I will be able to make my session with my  trainer.  YAY!  Also, I can exercise any and all days I want to next week as a result of having not one shift of overtime.  So, what I think I’ll do is this

• Sunday – run 8.5 miles
• Monday – trainer workout
• Tuesday – run
• Wednesday – rest
• Thursday – gym
• Friday – run
• Saturday – rest

We’ll see if that’s what happens or not when next week rolls around.  I just put “run” because I’m just going to run what I feel like running that day.  I do want to do the 2 quick miles run, but then I was thinking of doing that this Saturday before a trip to the gym…IF I wake up in time to do both, of course.

The other day I was watching something, Mankind something on H2.  They were talking about the role sugar plays in our history as a species.  Then they rattled off an interesting and disgusting factoid.  We ingest HALF of our body weight in sugar EVERY YEAR!!!  I’m pretty sure I don’t because I try my hardest to keep my sugar consumption to a minimum, but the fact that the average person eats THAT MUCH sugar…it’s mind boggling.  No wonder Americans are so prone to obesity.

Shortly after my shift began today, my supervisor called me and asked if I wanted to work overtime tonight on the night shift.  I had to decline because I was so tired.  I didn’t sleep well today.  Plus, I’m itching to run so I really want to do that tomorrow morning.  We’ll see how I feel when I wake up if I’ll run 3 or 4 miles.  And, actually, I’ll run either 3.3 or 4 miles.  That way either way I’ll be doing a loop instead of an out-and-back route…which I prefer.

My friend and coworker, Kim, told me today that last week, when I resisted those donuts that I became her hero.  Hahaha!  That means a lot, it really does.

Well, good news!  My supervisor sent out the schedule for February and I got the vacation day I asked for so I can go to the expo for the Austin Marathon AND get a full night’s sleep the night before the race!  Awesome!  That makes my day, it really does.

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