Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1, Here We Go Again

169.6. . .Oops!  Not oops, really.  I knew what I was doing and set September 1st as my end date.  I have not run since July 19th and I have been on vacation for the last two weeks so I have been carefree.  Starting today it I time to care again.

It's hard though.   Since I've been back from my trip I have been feeling my tired-achy-self again. We visited my sister, her husband, and their new babies in Vancouver.  While I was there I got up early, washed baby bottles, made breakfast, prepared dinner in the slow cooker a few times, and took my kids out for a while during the day; and I felt good.  Since I've been back I am back to horrible sleeps, not wanting to get up, and sore achy joints again.  And the dread of returning to work tomorrow.  (As I'm sure everyone wishes, I wish I didn't have to work!)
The first solution to this is to buy a new bed.  Hopefully this will alleviate the horrible sleeps and some of the achy joints.  The second solution has to be to get moving again!  I had far less trouble with my achy hips when I was running.  I am hoping the return to behaving myself will not be too difficult as I feel like I am in the right mind-set right now.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lazy Mode

Still lazy. Well, mostly I'm tired. Always tired.  I even made a concious effort to bring my vitamins to work only to forget to take them.  Maybe if I start taking vitamins again it will help the energy level.  I don't know.

I was really good all week with food and self control. . .until Friday.  We went out for dinner and I ordered the best option for dinner, but I did share an appetizer and desert.  It wasn't a horrible day but I did go over my calorie intake.  I went over again on Saturday when we went out for poutine.  It was totally worth it though.
So then I decided.  It IS maintenance now.  I have been there for a long while now and losing 65 pounds is impressive in my own mind.  I am happy with that and not willing to make a larger effort to lose any more.
I do want to run again, if I ever get my ass in gear.  However, although I haven't quite made it down to 160, I'm okay with that, because it seems this is where my body is supposed to be.
That doesn't mean you have seen the last of me.  I still plan to pop in from time to time.  I do have holidays coming up in a couple of weeks, so you know damage will be done.  I will certainly need to come back to fix that mess!!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Color Me R. . .Bad

Oh my! I've been bad.  Not only have I not visited to tell my stories, but I really have been bad.  I haven't even told you about Rad!

I never did make it to 5K.  The furthest I made it was to 1.75 miles.  That was five days before Rad.  

Rad arrived and thankfully a few of the people in the group I was in planned to run too.  (My partner had not trained and decided to walk with an injured group member.)  We ran where we could (the color stations bottle necked a bit so there were brief walking periods) and then, just before the 1/2 way point, I caught up to a co-worker who was walking with her daughter.  I walked a little with her then we ran, walked, and ran again. At the end, one person that had run with me said that I inspired her to run because if I was running she figured she should be too. :)

It's been downhill since then.

The whole week after I didn't exercise and I ate crap.  All those bad things that I may normally have in moderation, were not in moderation.  All those bad foods, yup, ate them too.  Pizza, wings, burgers, fries, nacos; that's what I did to myself.

And guess what?  Eating crappy leads to feeling crappy.  

I began to behave again yesterday.  I still felt bloated and icky this morning.  I ate well today and thought about running tonight but I was tired and fell asleep after supper.  I really need to go run soon though, but it's hard to motivate myself now that there isn't an end goal in sight.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

104ºF: A Problem and a Solution

They say there are two seasons where I live:  Winter and Construction.  Winter brings snow and minus forty wind-chills (sadly minus forty is the same in Celsius and Fahrenheit).  Construction season brings rain and/or 40ºC (104ºF) temperatures.  And mosquitos, don't forget the mosquitos!

Today there was actually a heat advisory due to the temperature and humidity (along with a very short lived tornado warning).  How is one to run outdoors in these conditions?  I have two weeks before Color Me Rad and I need to be able to run outside for longer than five minutes.  I don't want to run on the treadmill because I can already run 5k on the treadmill.  I want to run on the pavement to get ready.
Then the solution came to me.  An indoor track!  So I found one at a recreation centre that is not too far away.  They charge for admission by day and you don't have to be a member.  Perfect!  Plus it has a pool so I was able to take my daughter and her friend and they went swimming while I went for a run.  After my run I quickly showered then went into the pool for a short while.  I am actually looking forward to going there again sometime!  12 laps equal one mile so I was able to better measure my distance.  I did two 3/4 mile runs (jogs) in place of the two eight-minute runs (jogs) as per the Couch to 5k app.  And it was great!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Where Have They Gone?

I didn't realize that it has been a week since I last posted.  I weighed myself this morning and I'm finally back to 164.  Of coarse, I will have ruined that today by eating too much pizza!

Since my last post I have done the shred DVD twice.  The push ups are hard but I've never been good at those.  There is a two-minute cardio circuit that I haven't made it all the way through yet either.  It consists of 30-seconds of jumping jacks, 30-seconds of jump rope, repeat.  I figure if I ever get through the whole workout without stopping that is when I will move to level two.  It's probably going to be a while.

It was a sad day for me on Friday. . .I bought a few new bra's. . .B-cups.  Seriously?!?  I have previously mentioned the loss in this area but it was the first time I had to buy a smaller cup.  I have so much that can go away from around the mid-section, why must my boobs go away instead?!?  I will target that mid-section by continuing the 30-Day Shred as long as my get up and go doesn't get up and leave. 
Oh, I have also been running outside.  Yesterday I started Couch-to-5K week four, but I think I may just skip on over to week five on my next run, it's not much of a difference.  The Colour Me Rad 5K is in 18 days!
Lastly, I should say, Happy Canada Day!  I will likely take a walk later to watch the fireworks!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jell-o Legs and Pain

Starting the Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred on my day off from running was definitely an irrational idea.  How hard can it be?  20 minutes, no problem. . .(I now know why people throw up on the Biggest Loser).

That Jillian Micheals, she's a sadistic bitch, I tell you!  (Okay, without the degrading part of the definition of sadistic...and I'm sure I'll come to appreciate her.)  I thought my legs were in pretty good shape from running.  WRONG!!!  My legs are Jell-O now!  And my arms! Those five-pound weights felt more like twenty by the end. (Mental note: go buy three pound dumbbells tomorrow.)  How am I going to run tomorrow?!?  I must stick with it!  These last few pounds just don't want to go so it's time to scare them away with Jillian!
And now it's tomorrow. . .

All day I could feel the pain!  My thighs and my shoulders progressively stiffening up through the day. . .Getting harder to stand up and sit down.  What do I do?  Go for a run!

Running on pavement instead of a treadmill is definitely different.  I can run 5k on the treadmill, but throw me outside and I'm dying after 90 seconds.  (Thankfully Color Me Rad is not a serious 5k but I still want to work my way up.)  My legs were okay but. . .

Oh sh!t!  I can't get into the sitting position, then once I do, I can barely stand back up.  Never mind going down the stairs.  Pain!  I have to pee, but how do I place my a$$ on the toilet seat?  Holy crap, I keep telling myself it will be better in the morning.  If it's not, there may be a break from any activity tomorrow.
P.S.  I bought the three-pound dumbbells today.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Let's Do This

Week 2, Day 1. . .166.8
Father's Day. . .uh oh!!!  We went to Five Guys (minus the kids who are both allergic to peanuts).  I was tempted to get my burger without a bun, but went ahead and had the bun since it was only my second time there (I wanted to enjoy it in its fullest).  Also, we shared a regular fry.  That was a 900 calorie lunch but I was really well behaved for the rest of the day.  I did forget to wear my Fitbit for a few hours so the calorie count may be off a little but the deficit was 71 calories.

Day 2
I did pretty good for food.  I even squeezed some cheese in as a snack (I love cheese).  I went for a run but only lasted 15 minutes.  As always, I say, even a bad run is better then no run at all.  This thought can be used for any exercise really. If a full workout is not within reason that day, just do a little bit, it's still better than nothing.   I also ended the day with a 350 calorie deficit so I am happy.

Day 3
Good food day again.  I even had room for chocolate!  Again, I repeat something I have said a hundred times in this journey. . .everything in moderation!  While watching Extreme Weight Loss tonight, I ran to the kitchen to clean during the commercials, and I did some 5-pound weights and squats while the show was on.   A little is better than zero.  (Oh, I'm so cheesy!)  I ended with a 350 calorie deficit again which is good because tomorrow I plan for bad!

Day 4
So, not only did I have pre-planned badness today, but I ate all of my food at work by 11:30 am (breakfast, lunch, snacks) and ended up getting lunch again with a co-worker (it was Pita Pit, so not the worst thing I could choose).  Then it was off to Boston Pizza to meet up with an old friend for dinner.  I ate the whole (individual) pizza when I only planned to eat half.  Ugh!  This has to be my bad day for the week. . .I must be good through Sunday. . .not going to happen. (Shhhh, don't tell anyone, 350 over for the day.)

Day 5
Today was great.  I resisted the sweet desserts offered at an office meeting (I'm telling you, it looked so damn good and there was such a variety).  AND I resisted the fabulous cookies offered at yet another meeting.  I wasn't snacky, I had Subway for lunch, and breakfast for dinner (it was awesome).  I delayed my run until a bit later tonight and nailed another 5K finally!  I had some cheese for a snack and that was it.  I need more days like today!!!  800 calorie deficit!!!

Day 6
Decent day, although I ate that damn cookie from yesterday!  We had pizza for dinner which probably wasn't the best idea (okay, I know it wasn't the best idea), but it was good.  I finally did a short run outside.  Actually, I did a day of Couch to 5K week 1.  Next time I will do a day of Week 2.  It helped burn those pizza calories and ended the day 150 calories under.

Day 7
It's Saturday and extra calories are easy to come by.  Today I did laundry (usually done on Sunday) and decided that I wanted to climb 50 flights of stairs so I could earn my next Fitbit badge.  See, it is motivational!  In terms of food, I didn't do great but still burned a few more calories then I ate, but not much.

Conclusion. . .166.4
I managed to have only one "bad day" this stretch.  Technically there were extra calories on a couple of other days, but I always burned extra calories so that I ended with a deficit, no matter how small.  It seems I must go for bigger deficits though by sticking to 1700 calories (or less).  I am also approaching that bloaty time so hopefully that's the reason I only lost 0.4 pounds.  I must also remind myself that my legs are getting some nice muscles from running and muscle weighs more than fat.

Rather than boring you with a day by day summary at the end of next week, I really need to get back into updating on a more regular basis.  I'm not sure how I will publish next week, but I promise I will write something.