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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Blogging Hiatus

I was sick the week of March 20th and on my cruise for the week of March 27th. Plus I've taken on a new project at work that's eaten up my downtime I usually have. So for now I'll post when I'm able but won't be able to get back on here regularly until some of work on this new project has died down.

I still have my 5k this weekend but after a 2 week break (because really - who gets around to exercising regularly on an open bar cruise?) I've resigned myself to a walk/run 5k. The weather looks perfect right now for Saturday though so even a 5k walk would be lovely.

At some point I hope that a photo montage from the cruise shows up below (it's not at the time of posting but I think it may still be processing) and I'm not sure how great the quality will be - whenever I upload a video the pixels take a hit. I'm sure there are better ways to do this but frankly - whatever... ;)


Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekly Results: 3/6-12

Alternate Title: Are mashed potatoes quite possibly the world's most perfect food?


Just finished a good Kettle class in which I ran a mile before and after the class. Thus I was starving and the leftover mashed potatoes that I had with a chicken breast for my lunch were amazing. I've always had a love affair with mashed potatoes but my husband is more of a rice guy so I don't make them too often at home. That might need to change....

Anyway, moving on...

Exercise:

  • Monday: Kettle - with a different instructor (thanks to Spring break) who thought speed was all important. I missed the regular guy and agitated a nerve.
  • Tuesday: Had planned to go to a class but ended up being busy over lunch due to identity theft stuff
  • Wednesday: Step class and Zumba
  • Thursday: 3 mile walk on the hilly trail
  • Friday: Boot camp class
  • Saturday: Nothing! And it freakin' snowed... Stupid stupid inconsistent spring.
  • Sunday: Oh look! Nothing again! Well, I did clean my house so a few calories were burnt.
So much for my plans to run....

Diet/Weight:
Abject Failure. While some of it is just self control I think I'm dealing with some hormonal stuff that's making me pissy and a little depressed. I seriously could just eat until I'm sick and then eat again. I don't like this feeling at all. Especially when there are swimsuits to fit into. I'm looking into a different kind of natural thyroid (NDT) medicine but I'll have to see if my GP will approve it. If not, I'll have to find a doctor that will. It's hard to find the motivation to do this however when all you want to do is sit and wallow...

Lots of Pitbull songs in Zumba class...

This Week:

  • Monday: Kettle with 1 mile tempo run pre and post class (ST)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (missed this class SOOOOO much last week - especially with my agitated nerve issues). Maybe I'll do something else as well since the weekend will be a bust...
  • Wednesday: Personal trainer and Zumba (ST)
  • Thursday: 3 mile run/walk
  • Friday: Boot camp with 2 mile run/easy (ST)
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday: ? not sure - I'm on my own with the kids this weekend so we'll see what I can do but there still is that matter of fitting into a swimsuit soon....

Friday, March 10, 2017

I'm still around and still exercising....

Just don't ask about my diet.

Cause that ain't happening.

It's been a busy'ish week - what with locking down our credit report and such. Aah the annoying realities of living in a world where someone can get all of your information electronically in about 4 seconds. But it's not as bad as it could be.

I do have things to talk about though so let's catch up.

First

Awesome give away at Marcia's blog. Bluetooth headphones?! Sign me up!

Second

There's a new trail in town. It's been open for 3 or 4 months but last weekend was the first time we went to it. It's actually easier for me to get to than other parts of the Greenway but it isn't as long (about 1.3 miles) and has a lot of steep hills. So for walks or if I ever want to do hill repeats this is a great option. And it's gorgeous. The first time we went I ran the downhills and the relatively flat spots. The second time we just walked.

Stats from the first time on the trail.

Here are some pics I took.




Third

I have a new flare up of an old problem. I think it's nerve damage or aggravation. I've had issues with sciatica before but my best guess for this is that it's the pudendal nerve because my while hip is sore the real pain flares into my groin area and not down into my leg. This was a huge issue in my second pregnancy from about month 3 through the end. Not to be crude but it's like someone is stabbing you with a knife in the "who-ha" all day long. It hasn't impacted me as far as not being able to exercise but I think the class I did on Monday was what made it angry and flare up again. The exercises we did weren't hard but the pace was super quick and I probably sacrificed correct form somewhere along the way.

Fourth

Hooray for cheap Chinese goods! Well, kind of hooray.

In early February my friend (who's going on the cruise with me) told me about a website she found with cheap but cute swimsuits. She ordered 3 or 4 thinking that even if they were also cheaply made it wasn't a big loss of money. So I went on the site as well and was amazed at the designs and options. And they were cheap - like $15-25 each. So I found two and ordered them as well:
Both are tankinis

And then I waited. And waited. And waited. The website was happy to take my order and my money but then the order sat there for a month. I was to the point of thinking it was a scam site and it was only after about 2-3 weeks that I looked closely at the website and discovered everything was coming from China. And online reviews for this site were awful. Which is why I'm not promoting the actual site on my blog. Even if I didn't like them and opted to return for a refund it would cost more to return it than I ever paid for it in the first place. I got really close to canceling my order but even that would have still cost me $6). My friend and then a coworker assured me that they received their orders so I kept waiting. And finally, one month later, I got my suits this week. They both fit and looked to be in good condition but had a weird packaging smell. Thankfully the smell went away after a run through the washer but on the black suit above one of the straps came apart from poor stitching. It was easy enough to sew it back together and I do really, really love the top purple and yellow suit. So overall it was a good purchase for the amount of money I spent. I just hope they hold up long enough to get through this summer at least. But I'm not telling you to run out and use this website too - don't be like me, read other reviews before trying a new clothing outlet. :)

Fifth
It was in the mid 70's yesterday and now they're calling for light snow this weekend. I hate spring so much. And since it's spring break for the university the rec center will be closed this weekend. So not much running for me. I'll try to get to Zumba at least if I can wake up enough on Saturday morning. Sunday may end up being a crap shoot for exercising.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Weekly Results: 2/27-3/5

Identity theft was better as a movie than it is as a real life situation.

So that's why this post is a day late and will be short and sweet. I'm dealing with the aftermath of someone filing a tax return in our name. They tried to get $4000. They didn't - thank God for small favors.

My advice? File your taxes early so the IRS can see if someone else is using your info.

Ugh.

Exercise:

  • Monday - Kettle Fit
  • Tuesday - Yoga
  • Wednesday- Zumba
  • Thursday - Nothing
  • Friday - Boot camp
  • Saturday - 3 miles with 3/2 intervals
  • Sunday - 3 miles - more walking than running but lots of major hills
Diet/Weight:
Diet is still a train wreck but the last couple of days have been better. Haven't checked my weight.

This Week:
  • Monday - Kettle Fit 
  • Tuesday - not sure, maybe nothing
  • Wednesday - Step and Zumba
  • Thursday - 3+ miles as intervals
  • Friday - Boot Camp and I hope to run some too
  • Saturday - Zumba
  • Sunday - outside running if the weather is nice

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Giraffes and Tornadoes


While at work I'm keeping an eye on the giraffe cam (and probably will have to for another month at this rate...) and storm warnings as they roll through middle Tennessee.



I had to drop my son off early at school for a practice and as we rolled out of the house around 6:45 a.m. this morning I looked up to the skies and thought, "hmmm - that doesn't good." About 15 minutes later we were under a tornado warning.

Aaah spring time in Tennessee.

All is well for my neck of the woods but it was another fun morning of watching the live weather forecasts and the radar screens with intense scrutiny. When we first moved to Tennessee it drove me crazy because I didn't know the names of all 300 billion counties here (quite a culture shock coming from Arizona with 15 counties) and I didn't know if we had anything to be worried about or not. I didn't even realize tornadoes were something I had to be worried about in Tennessee. But now it's gotten to the point where we look at the line of storms is and only worry if they are projected to actually come through our part of town. Levels of alert go something like this:

  1. Thunderstorm warning: well I guess I shouldn't plan an outdoor picnic
  2. Tornado watch: yep, picnic definitely cancelled
  3. Tornado warning: ok - what part of the county? Oh that's the northern part - picnic back on!
  4. Town mentioned in warning: turn on the tv and watch closely but don't move to any "safe rooms"
  5. Sirens starting: definitely think about moving to safe room if the line is predicted to go across our part of town
  6. Our part of town: put on your bike helmets and huddle up in our small half bath and wait for the all clear to be given
I joke about this but a few years ago we did go through a F4 tornado in our town that killed a mother and her baby along with damaging/destroying a good number of homes so I do get more nervous whenever the actual warnings start (I still don't worry myself over thunderstorm warnings or even tornado watches). I was a bit anxious this morning dropping my kids off at school without knowing where the storm exactly was. But once I know where the storm is heading I'm fine.

In actual exercise news: my personal trainer cancelled on me today so I'm going to run (indoors obviously) and go to Zumba. I'll miss out on strength training but it works better to space out my run days so I'm fine with it.

And that darn giraffe still hasn't had her baby.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Good lord, what is she wearing?!?

So on Sunday, I escaped my house first with thoughts of going to the gym and doing some cardio and weights. But my left bicep still really hurt so I knew I needed to wait another day on arm weights and the day was too nice not to run outside - upper 50's with little wind and sunny = fantastic running weather. I headed out to a portion of our local greenway and tried to get excited about running.

I wasn't all that psyched to go run. I knew an outdoor run was going to take a lot more effort and wouldn't come close to measuring up to my great "warm-up" run on Friday. I wanted to do a whole 5k distance since I would be outside and not bored with going around in circles or running on the treadmill but I knew I wouldn't be able to run the whole thing straight off. So I programmed my interval timer to 4/1 and hit the trails.

And it was hard. And there were lots of small white bugs flying around. And I did way too much mouth breathing because of allergies and a stuffy nose so I know I inhaled my fair share of those bugs.

But right at the beginning of my run I came up upon another lady on the trail who was wearing these:

What?!?

This was me:

All I could think of was that she was going to end up with a plethora of foot and calf problems after wearing those for a while.

Since I did an out and back for the 5k and she appeared to do about a 2 mile out and back walk, run, hop? I don't know what to call that.... I saw her a few more times. Once she passed me (boing! boing!) after I had ran up a hill and needed to catch my breath.

I almost took a picture of her while I was out but I thought it might be rude. So instead I googled "blade shoes" when I came back and found out that there's this whole exercise world that revolves around these shoes. Here's a fun little YouTube link: https://youtu.be/qXDnkiYzgRE . They're called Kangoo Jump Shoes and they'll cost you about $60 for a pair. 

But why would you buy them? Seriously. Why? I hope to God it's a fad that passes quickly. Like so many ones we've seen before...


Anyway, I ended my 5k run with an 11:12 pace which is far more like my abilities than the 9:22 mile of Friday. I do hope to shave some time off of that in the next month as I prep for the actual 5k race but it will require more outdoor runs with hills and elements. The inside track lures me into thinking I'm a racing super star. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekly Results 2/20-26

Exercise:

  • Monday: Nothing - way busy at work
  • Tuesday: Yoga & Benadryl
  • Wednesday: 2 mile intervals, Personal Trainer, and Zumba (ST)
  • Thursday: Rest day and migraine
  • Friday: 2 mile run and Boot Camp (ST)
  • Saturday: Zumba
  • Sunday: 5k interval run (run 4, walk 1 minute)
I forgot that Monday was an extra rest day because all week I thought I had done strength training stuff 3 times. Maybe it was just because this week pushed me further. I hurt something in my left bicep after Friday's class. It finally feels almost normal again this morning. I'll talk more about my 5k run on Sunday later this week.

Diet/Weight:
No changes here. I tried to be better about eating but there was still a lot of snacking going on. No change in weight.

This week:
  • Monday: Kettle and Elliptical (ST)
  • Tuesday: Yoga/Rest
  • Wednesday: Trainer and Zumba (ST)
  • Thursday: 2-3 mile easy run
  • Friday: 2 mile run and Boot Camp (ST)
  • Saturday: Zumba
  • Sunday: 4 mile run (4/1 intervals)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hey what do you know!?

I can still run! In spite of taking a couple weeks off. Honestly, in my brain I was back to square one thinking dang it, I'm going to have to run 60 and walk 90 (seconds) for a while to get back up to speed.

But as I realized earlier this week - I'm still signed up for a 5k in early April so I better incorporate some runs into my weekly workouts again. So I did a warm up run on the indoor track before the boot camp class (more on that fresh hell in a bit) and I paced myself to take it easy. Thinking that I was running 11-12 minute miles. I even walked the first lap (of 6.5) so imagine my shock when I hit the first mile at 9:22. What the what?!


I did slow down a bit for the second mile but still finished right at 20 minutes. Serious runner's high going on. Pure glee on that run.

Feeling full of myself and astounded at my amazing Kenyan like abilities I sauntered into boot camp and was quickly brought back down to earth.

I'm being overly dramatic because it was a great class but it was super hard. Especially because I took on some heavier weights. They have these bags in the room we use for boot camp:


They're tricksy little bags because the weight listed on them is in kilograms. Turns out that "10" on the bag was 10 kilograms which really means 22 pounds. And the first bag I used which was 15 kilos was actually 33 pounds. Yeah, my muscles weren't ready for that with some of the exercises.

But it was fun, in a "I'm dying a little" kind of way and I've enjoyed going to this class this semester. This is one that I first didn't want to do at first because I prejudged it as being something I wouldn't enjoy. Lesson to myself - "just try it out for pete's sake. You don't know it all."

But coming back to work after that class?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

No guilt rest day

As mentioned earlier this week in my planned workouts, Thursday (today) was iffy to get something in. Due to work commitments, I'm not able to work out at lunch and I know from past experience that waiting until the end of the day usually means I'll feel too tired and unmotivated to fit something in.

So rather than spend the day feeling guilty that I'm not "pushing" myself to get out and workout I just did extra exercise yesterday and am calling today a good rest day.

Wednesday's workouts...


  • 2 miles of interval walk/jog. Took about 25'ish minutes overall. I jogged slow because I was going from this to my trainer and didn't want to wear myself out before meeting with him.
  • 40'ish minutes with my trainer. We lost some time at the beginning because he's working with an intern and they did an intake questionnaire with me. But no worries - what we did was enough. I did have a "spell" at the end when my heart rate got too high again and I felt nauseated for a minute. It didn't last long but as always was annoying, especially since I haven't had any of those spells so far this year and thought I was doing better with that. The irritating thing about this is that the exercise I was doing at the time should not have been something that accelerated my heart rate to that degree. I was doing tricep pushdowns (25 lb weight) and felt like throwing up on the 3rd set. What the hell? So far Dr. Google has not been useful in diagnosing my issues.
  • Zumba. I don't know that I'll always pair up Zumba and trainer days but since both happen on Wednesdays and I love doing both we'll just have to play it by ear. But it was at this point last night that I decided - "Well, taking tomorrow off sounds like a solid plan."
Facing the real world again
I got on the scale this morning and as expected I'm up from my 2 weeks of sugar mania. Girl Scout cookie delivery on top of Valentines day is a dangerous combo. But I have put my brain back in place and am treating my body better again. Cutting the sugar, cutting the caffeine, drinking lots of water, and just trying to detox overall from pretending that I can eat whatever I like and still feel amazing. Somehow that doesn't work...

Me too Andean bear, me too...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chill A.F.

My allergies attacked me full force on Monday afternoon. I have no idea what suddenly bloomed in my area but it was so bad that two Benadryl pills barely touched the symptoms. 

Tuesday morning I went ahead and took one Benadryl before coming into work since I knew whatever was out there was still waiting to attack me. But before work I went to yoga which is my favorite weekly exercise class. I've mentioned before that this is just a relaxed class more about stretching and breathing than contorting yourself into strange and impossible positions. Tuesday's class did not disappoint.

After yoga I was feeling super chill. I just wandered back down to my car, enjoying the summer like temps, thinking that an iced soy latte sounded amaze-balls and was like "man, yoga sure is amazing!"

Then I remembered the Benadryl. 

So yoga or OTC drugs? Either way not much bothered me for a while.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Weekly Results: 2/13-19 (the Benadryl edition)

Thanks to 70 degree days in February. 

Exercise:

  • Monday - Kettle Fit
  • Tuesday - Yoga
  • Wednesday - Step and Tone
  • Thursday - medical thing
  • Friday - Boot camp
  • Saturday - nothing
  • Sunday - nothing
No miles at all last week. I suddenly remembered I signed up for a 5k in April - I should run some miles this week... ;)

Diet/Weight:
Still haven't stepped on the scale because I live in a world of make-believe and avoidance. Diet had some good days last week but more bad.  Sugar is the devil.

This Week:

  • Monday - Nothing - super busy day at work
  • Tuesday - Yoga
  • Wednesday - Trainer day! Maybe a couple of miles too
  • Thursday - ??? (this is another busy day and I probably won't fit some exercise in)
  • Friday - Boot camp and 2 miles
  • Saturday - Zumba
  • Sunday - 4 miles

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday, we meet again.

Currently debating on whether I should go to the boot camp style class at lunch today. Because this...


Had a little procedure done yesterday - no biggie but the gal below is not too happy at the moment.  

Also, there's this feeling going on.


Good news is that the V-day chocolate and GS Cookies are about wiped out so maybe I can get the diet back on track next week. I also start meeting with my trainer again next week. Every time I take his kettle class on Mondays I think, "hmmm do I really want to do this one on one again..." 

And as a follow-up to Wednesday's post: the reward for taking care of little annoying things is finding more annoying things that need to be taken care of.

I might need to find some more GS cookies after all.

Post Lunch Edit: I went to the class. Everything was fine. I whine too much.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I Cannot Knot

So I feel a little like I'm climbing out of a hole. I walked by some chocolate just out there for anybody to snack on (full disclosure: it wasn't really a sacrifice since I know I have my big ol' Valentines chocolate heart at home to snack on later). I logged my food thus far for today. I read some other blogs - which I'll often avoid when I'm in my own slump. I plan to go to a step class in a little bit. And I've worked on annoying little tasks for the other parts of my life that I want to avoid handling (like filing taxes and calling a plumber).

This is not to say that all is well and on-track again but it is better than last week.

A few years back I got the newest Winnie the Pooh movie on DVD for the kids - I think it was a Valentines present but maybe it was an Easter present - in any case I was on my own with the kids for 5 months while my husband was out of the country on a work thing and some days were pure agony to get through.

They were 4 and 6 at the time and we laughed our heads off at this movie and enjoyed multiple viewings of it. There's a scene where they fall into a trap they've set for the imaginary monster called the "Backson" - they think the Backson has kidnapped Christopher Robins. For whatever reason this scene came to my mind today as I was feeling like I was starting to climb out of my own trap. I feel like Owl sometimes and I particularly like the Dutch subtitles.... :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Weekly Results: 2/6-12 (Zombie Week)


Exercise:

  • Monday - Kettle Fit and Elliptical
  • Tuesday - Yoga
  • Wednesday through Sunday - Zombie life
So not a good week for exercise and diet. It was a busier week at work and I battled a sinus infection and I plain just didn't want to do anything. Such is life.

Diet/Weight:

Remember my issues with Girl Scout cookies? Yep. I still have them. Haven't even tried out my scale in the last few days.

This Week:

God I don't know. I've started off okay with my typical Kettle and Yoga for the first two days of the week. But I'm still not feeling the mojo. So we'll see how the week ends up. If it's quiet on here it probably means I'm not doing a whole heck of a lot.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekly Review: Jan. 30- Feb. 5 (the cookie edition)


How I felt rolling into work today with 4 cartons of cookies...
Exercise
  • Monday: Kettle and 30 min of Elliptical (ST)
  • Tuesday: 2 miles of interval running and Yoga
  • Wednesday: Step class and Zumba
  • Thursday: Nothing
  • Friday: 2 miles slow run (no intervals) and Boot Camp (ST)
  • Saturday: Nothing again (there's a saga to be told later this week)
  • Sunday: 3 miles slow run (two walking breaks) and weights (arms/legs) (ST)
Miles: less than 10 but I did get 3 running days in
Minutes: 320
(ST) - Strength Training: 3 times

Notes: The slow run on Friday was great. I probably was just doing at an 11:30-12:00 pace so it really was slow but it felt really good and was a great warm up for boot camp. That's the longest solid run (meaning no intervals) that I've done thus far in this rotation of building back up endurance. Saturday was a mix of a lot of things which I'll talk about more in detail later but the biggest was that it was just a bad thyroid day. I wanted to spend the entire day in bed but I'm not down on myself about it since I know those days come and go.


Diet/Weight
We got Girl Scout cookies this week - if you couldn't tell by all my memes... So... yeah... about that diet....

2 pounds up - hopefully just a temporary thing.

On the good side though I've had some very yummy shakes and am now addicted to Matcha tea powder thanks to this post from Wendy about good anti-inflamatories. Matcha powder is a bit expensive but I really like it and feel better drinking it rather than a second cup of coffee.

Why I don't stress out about meeting our "troop goal"...

This Week

  • Monday: Kettle and Elliptical (ST)
  • Tuesday: Yoga, maybe a short run again if I can get there in enough time before yoga
  • Wednesday: Elliptical and Zumba
  • Thursday: Run and Row
  • Friday: 2 miles and weights (ST)
  • Saturday: Zumba 
  • Sunday: Probably 3 mile run and weights (ST)

Friday, February 3, 2017

On a roll! Off the cliff!

February 1st, Wednesday, found me in two exercise classes: step and Zumba. Tracking like a boss. And down another pound on the scale.

But just in case you have been tricked into thinking that I'm amazing wonder-fit gal over here I would like to introduce you to my life on Thursday. Stupid Groundhog's day...

True Confessionals...

Thursday was a half day for both my kids at school. For my son in junior high that meant he either had to stay home alone all afternoon or he could hang out with one of us at work. My daughter could stay at the after school program at her school but she hates it so I decided to be nice mom and I took some vacation hours and left work early and made all of our lives easier.

The plan:  Eat healthy! Do my interval run around the neighborhood! Do my ultimate sculpt video (since Wednesdays classes ended up not having much strength training wise)!!

The reality: Starving when I went home. Already had planned for higher calories but blew that out of the water. Started off semi healthy but went downhill fast: a trail mix, a cheese snack, then cookie dough, then a few actually baked cookies, then two glasses of wine. Never felt like running or doing other exercise even though I changed into my exercise clothes.

And so I probably ended the day with at least 2800 calories and no exercise. But lots of cookies!

I didn't bother weighing in this morning.

Thankfully, unlike poor Phil, today starts a new day.




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Review


Several bloggers that I've started following participated in a link-up in which they graded or evaluated their fitness/diet efforts for the month of January. Here are a couple of those posts (their main blogs are also now linked on my sidebar).
I had already pre-written my post for January 31st so I'll come late to the party and add my thoughts on January as of February 1st. Much of this is covered in my weekly results but I really enjoy looking back at "summary" types of posts once I get far away enough from this moment and look back on previous posts (yes, I go back and read a lot of my old stuff fairly regularly - it's a great motivational tool for me).

I'm not going to grade my efforts but rather talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each section.


Running
Strengths -  I started again. That's a biggie. While my overall endurance and speed have suffered by several months off, it's been a joy to build back up again. I started off with C25K and then switched to 3/2 intervals. My paces in the intervals have increased back to the 9:30'ish range. I'm happy with 3-4 mile runs and will stick with intervals until I'm really ready to take a crack at getting back to sub-30 minute 5k's again. I've signed up for a 5k in early April and plan to do a few more over the course of this year. I might do a 10k at some point too.
Weaknesses -  I started off the month by running 4 times a week and ended with 2. Some of this is because I decided to try out other cardio options or didn't have enough time to fit in a run. There were also several days where it's been nice enough to run outside but I still choose the more comfortable inside runs.  I could push myself to do more with my running but for some reason I'm not.



Other Cardio and Strength Training
Strengths - My exercise is pretty diverse. While my running miles may be low I always get some type of cardio in: elliptical, Zumba, step, or rowing. So there were only two days of doing absolutely nothing exercise wise in the past month. And to be frank, those were rest days that my body probably desperately needed. Though I posted calories burned above, I keep more focus on overall minutes and types of exercise rather than calories burned since I can't trust those numbers. The peaks in the chart above show my higher intensity days if nothing else.
Weaknesses -  I'm really proud of my month but if there are areas to improve it would be in strength training. The last two weeks were better but only because I participated in classes that included strength training. When left on my own it's very hard to motivate myself to do anything with weights. I still also need my ego to know that a day off exercising is not a day in which I've failed.

Seriously, track your food if you're trying to lose weight. www.myfooddiary.com

Food Tracking and diet
Strengths - Pretty consistent with tracking and generally hitting my caloric needs. I've really tried to focus on getting adequate calories every day since I usually will screw up my net calories and thus put my body into a stall as it tries to hold onto all of its stored energy. I also have allowed occasional indulgences and while there have been higher calorie days they weren't all out binges which is a huge win after the past few months. Tracking also helps me keep an eye on carbs and protein percentages which helps in the overall effort as well. Also, I joke about my love of alcohol but I really did cut it back a lot this month as I don't want to become dependent upon it. I didn't have any at all for the first 2-3 weeks and after that it was only a glass or two of red wine on the weekends.
Weaknesses - Five total days where I didn't complete a food tracking entry. I usually would start off fine and then have some excesses that I either felt guilty about or it was too bothersome to figure out calories for a particular meal. I also can't guarantee that each day includes everything I ate. I do sometimes forget to add something on - or will close out a day and then eat a snack and not add it. And while I made the effort there were some days when I should have eaten more calories but didn't because I would feel guilty about a previous high calorie day.



Weight Loss
Strengths and weaknesses doesn't really apply to this category. Weight loss is what it is and the other efforts are what to focus on. I started the month at 209 pounds and have ended at 201. It's painful to type that as it wiped out several months of progress (I haven't been over 200 since September 2015 and my low weight in June 2016 was 182.6 pounds). While I know a few of those pounds were just bloat it's been more difficult than I anticipated to get to 201. I was pretty damn confident that I would be in the mid 190's by the end of this month. I was wrong. That being said, I'm grateful for any loss and stay motivated to continue on rather than feeling frustrated.

Mood/Attitude
Overall Reflection: I think I do a pretty job in general of keeping things in perspective. Of course I have my bad days but I usually deal with it with some sarcasm, humor, or internet meme and move on with my life. But sometimes my moods seem out of my control. I truly believe that hormones and my thyroid issues control a lot of this. My meds for thyroid seem to be in a good place right now and that has helped tremendously this month. If my TSH levels are low then I feel like I'm constantly dealing with PMS and am hungry all the damn time; if they're too high I feel depressed and lethargic. Neither is conducive to fitness and weight loss. I'm not often in the magic "all is well" zone and I'm truly appreciative of the days when I am.

But it's not all outside of my control either. Diet and fitness are also important to keeping my mood even. Too much sugar and caffeine will make me go just as crazy as too little TSH. And if I feel low energy but manage to exercise at least a little my energy levels will improve - if I give in to sitting on the couch because I don't feel "it" then I'll feel even more lethargic. Some days the hardest part is just getting off the couch or out from behind my desk. 

I'm proud of my January and am looking forward to an excellent February as well. This has been my anthem:


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It's okay to hate me a little

Way back in November we found out about some great travel deals on flights to Europe. My husband took advantage of it and bought two tickets for him and his brother to go to Spain this year. My husband and I have been to Spain before but this would be his brother's first trip and someplace he has always wanted to go. I was super cool about them going at first but after a while (and probably after a stressful day) I began to think - "What about me? What exotic location am I going to?"

We had been thinking about going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer - my husband had a chance to go to a conference down there and have some of the travel covered through work. But even with that coverage the total cost was around $4-5k and we just don't have that kind of money to spend on a trip at this point in our lives. So Rio was out...

So while I was in my bitter "what about me!?!" mood, and having imbibed a couple of cocktails one night, and scrolling through Facebook and seeing pictures from a distant cousin's recent cruise to the western Caribbean I ended up texting my BFF and proclaiming that we needed to go on a cruise together.

She took me at my tipsy word and for the past couple of months we've looked at options that would fit both time and budget. Neither of us have ever gone a cruise before so it's been a pain in the a$$ entertaining to try and figure out the billion options available to us.

Now we have booked our own cruise to the Bahamas this spring. And it's an open bar cruise. We have our priorities.

But look at this fitness room! Well, this is some random Google images fitness room that I found but it's similar enough (I couldn't find the picture I found before for the one on our ship):


That makes me WANT to spend time on a treadmill.... There's also an outdoor track. My friend is not a fitness friend but we've agreed that we're not going to spend 24/7 with each other. While I do plan to work out there will be far more time just spent on some lounge chair soaking in the sun and ordering another round.

It's still a couple months away but I'm looking forward to sharing stories with you all.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Weekly Results: 1/23-1/29

Exercise

  • Monday: Kettle Fit and Elliptical (3 miles)
  • Tuesday: Yoga/Rest Day
  • Wednesday: Step/Tone and Zumba
  • Thursday: Interval Run - 30 minutes, about 2.5 miles
  • Friday: Boot Camp and Elliptical (2 miles)
  • Saturday: Lots of housework and cooking
  • Sunday: Interval Run - 30 minutes, about 2.5 miles, Row 2000 meters, and Elliptical for 300 calories (which is a little over 2 miles)
Mileage: Roughly 12 miles
Minutes: 360

Saturday's meal - wine not pictured... :)
Ok, so Saturday wasn't real exercise but I was on my feet for the majority of the day so we can agree to call it an active rest day. Sunday was in danger of becoming a slothful day but I eventually got my butt out of the house and into the gym. Of course, I was glad that I did. As mentioned earlier, it was a good week for strength training and cardio in general even if my mileage was lower. My intervals are getting faster, both on Thursday and Sunday my run portions were in the 9 minute range for pace.

Diet/Weight
Great week. I didn't track on Saturday and probably went over but we had a guest over for dinner and I made some dishes that would have been a pain to track. I ate reasonably and the food in itself was pretty healthy so I'm not worried about it.  Sunday was a blueberry pancakes and McDonald's day. I did track and definitely went over and didn't feel good about it but I added on extra cardio to try and mitigate the damage.

An important lesson was my reaction to drinking a large Coke Zero from McD's. This has been one of my favorite beverages but I've really cut my diet soda habit over the past month (only having a glass or two on the weekends when we went out to eat) . Having a large diet soda made me feel like crap on Sunday. I hope it's enough to dissuade me from having more and being able to finally kick this habit but we'll see what happens. In good news, La Croix was on sale at Publix so I got a carton for 1/2 off. And I like the cran/raspberry flavor more than the other flavors I tried previously.

One pound lost last week, so 7.2 pounds overall since January 1st. My weight stayed exactly the same (to the ounce) from Friday-Monday morning. It always makes me question the scale when I see that happen...

This Week

  • Monday: Kettle Fit and Elliptical (3 miles) (ST)
  • Tuesday: Yoga and Interval Run 
  • Wednesday: Step/Tone and Zumba (ST)
  • Thursday: Interval Run 
  • Friday: Boot Camp and Elliptical (3 miles) (ST)
  • Saturday: Interval Run - 4 miles
  • Sunday: Walk/Elliptical - Active Rest Day
I'm now going to use (ST) to designate any strength training days.

I'm not really sure when I can get the run in on Tuesday but I'm putting it on the schedule none-the-less. I can still do the various classes this week - next week will be more limited with my work schedule. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Finally a post in which I do not complain or whine (mostly)

It's actually been a great week despite some of my protestations on here lately. Maybe this change in attitude is because I've lost another pound off my back/arse over the course of this week. I haven't gotten as many running miles in but it's been a fantastic week for cardio and strength training. Though, I'm not sure how well I'll get up and down from sitting tomorrow once the DOMS set in...

I complained a couple posts back about the changes to the group classes being held at lunch and I'm woman enough to admit that I might have just been whining about nothing. I tried out two of those classes this week and actually really enjoyed them.  The first was a step class which turned out to be a step and tone class. So we only spent 15 minutes doing the step portion and then another 15 minutes with toning - mostly arms but a couple of leg exercises were thrown in too. Since the step portion only lasted 15 minutes it was long enough to get super sweaty and winded but not to feel like I was going to hurl because my HR was up to 180 BPM. And I threw it in as extra cardio on my normal Zumba day and it didn't turn out to affect me badly at all. I was just super hungry on Thursday to make up for it.

Today (Friday) was a new class which was described as a Boot Camp type of class. It was easier than most Boot Camps I've done but has definite potential to build up to a really solid, challenging workout (this was the first time this guy has taught the class). Today's class had a lot of hamstring/glute work so that's why I worry about my ability to get up and down tomorrow. There was one move that was kind of like a Turkish Get-Up that completely kicked my tail.


Diet has been solid all week long. Even with the extra hunger on Thursday I ate extra protein rather than carbs. I've avoided pastries, cake, and donuts that have been available this week to me at work without feeling like I'm missing out on anything. I wish that I could bottle this kind of feeling about not needing to eat everything I see. I swear it's all hormonal since some days I seem to be absolutely fine with will power and other days there's no hope for me at all.

In other musings, I stopped by our local whole foods type market - Sprouts - on Wednesday night because I needed a couple of things and had fun wandering through the aisles looking at their products. I picked up some awesome olives, wasabi pistachios (yum), and fruit and then grossed myself out by looking at some other things. The one that got me was in their "raw" section. They had something called "chewable juice" and I was so disgusted by the name that I didn't even look further at it. I would love to know if someone out there is a big fan of this juice and can justify its name. 


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just give me the shirt...

I had no idea this was an option!


Forget racing - just get the shirt and trick people into thinking that you're totally into fitness. And why are they discriminating against 100 year olds?

This is the registration form for the early April race I have in mind.  For about 2 minutes I debated whether or not I wanted to do the 15k - knowing it would be a slow 15k. While I have no doubt in my ability to finish a slow 15k, I thankfully remembered that it would require a lot more running time in my training schedule - going from 30 minute runs to 90+ minute runs (during late winter when I don't go outside much). So instead I'll focus on a faster pace for the 5k (which was my original plan anyway I was just distracted by the shiny 15k lights that beckoned me closer with their siren like glare).

I'm pretty sure I've used the graphic before on this blog but I love it.
Going to a step class and Zumba later today. I'm not a huge fan of step but it's a good cardio burn and it hits different leg muscles. The main issue I have is if my HR gets too high. So there's often marching in place going on when I try step classes. But I'll have to see if the cardio combo (Step and Zumba) kills me for tomorrow. 

I'm a bit pissed off at my scale and its progress right now, or rather lack of progress. I thought - "well maybe the scale isn't moving but my measurements are!?" Nope, that theory failed me too. I want instant gratification darn it. So I've adjusted my hopes for this month's weight loss from 15 lbs to 7 lbs - I've already lost a little over 6 of those 7 if my scale doesn't go back up again. It's still good forward movement but to me the 7 pounds feels like water weight not a real loss (since the 6 lbs initially came off in the first week I got back on track). It will be fine. I'm just taking a minute for my little  pity party. I'll refocus and be fine. I wish I could use the "Just give me the shirt" option for diet and weight loss....

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Grumble, grumble, stupid change, grumble....

I always planned to get set up with my personal trainer again as soon as the semester started. Even though we met weekly last semester I wasn't really feeling it exercise wise. Probably why I ended up gaining 10 pounds over the course of 4 months... But with the start of the New Year and feeling a new energy and focus I was excited to work with him again and show him my true beast-mode potential.

Then I discovered that they changed everything up. I've bragged on here before about the great deal I get at my university for personal training sessions. Before I would get 1x/week, 60 minute personal trainer sessions, over the course of 14-15 weeks plus a group exercise pass for about $225. Amazing bargain. This semester there's no pass included and you have to decide on how many sessions you want and the price has increased. It's still a good price in comparison to other personal trainer sessions at a gym or whatnot. But I wasn't pleased. Then I couldn't tell if my trainer from last semester was even going to be available and I did not want to pay more for some 20 year old who was still finishing up their exercise science major. For a while I didn't know if I was even going to pursue it.

But finally this Monday I worked things out with my trainer and decided how many sessions I wanted to pay for. I thought I was going to do 15 sessions but once I looked at potential conflicts in my schedule it ends up that 10 will work best. So it's different than I'm used to but it doesn't necessarily mean it's worse. I am not happy with the majority of the group classes they're offering this semester. So far there are only two I really want to do that also work with my schedule. Some of my favorites are now done after work which I'm sure was planned because that works better for students but it doesn't work with my personal life - getting a class in at lunch works much better for me.

On a weekly basis here's a rough schedule of what I hope to do (barring any work/personal conflicts):

  • Monday: Kettle Fit and Cardio: either a run or elliptical
  • Tuesday: Yoga (technically my rest day)
  • Wednesday: Training sessions and Zumba (Zumba will be a 2nd priority depending on how tired I am from the session)
  • Thursday: Elliptical and Row
  • Friday: Run
  • Saturday: Zumba or Run/Elliptical and Weights
  • Sunday: Run and Weights