Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Got in a workout

Felt up to doing the treadmill tonight and I just finished 2.5 miles of run/walking on the treadmill. I feel good now and hope it helps me to wake up less achy in the morning!

2.5 miles
Saucony shoes - 121.5 miles

It's Tuesday

I hate picking out titles sometimes!

I have been tracking my foods at fitday. I have to say I'm feeling pretty good about things. I am not depriving myself by any means, but eating the things that I know are good for me. So that is going well, but the exercise part is not. I have been experiencing a LOT of pain lately (car accident related) and wake up so sore in the morning. The last two days I have not worked out as I was too sore to start and don't want to injure myself. I am going to go for a walk tonight if I feel up to it. Could it be that I was dancing until 11:30 at the NKOTB concert Friday night? I've been so dependent on ibuprofen lately and I hate it. I know that losing more weight and improving my core strength will help if not stop it all together but I am debating going to the doctor to see if I can get on something in the meantime. I've heard there are some non narcotic drugs that can be used for people with severe joint pain that are meant to be used long term, as opposed to using something like ibuprofen every day.

It is so apparent to me how important this health thing is to me. Any advice or tips is greatly appreciated!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Setting new short goals ...

So, I've been getting back into the groove with exercise, but have not given myself a definite plan to work on. And my eating has been horrendous! In the past the holidays have been a tough time (aren't they for everyone?) I decided that I am going to stick to my plan through the holidays, making an exception for the special days. I am not setting a goal for weight loss, but would like to stick to my workout and nutrition plan for 90% of the time.

I went shopping today and got tons of fresh, healthy foods. The funny thing is I only went down like two aisles and the rest of the shopping was on the outskirts. Here's a few things I got that I am excited for:
  • Mountain Dairy vanilla yogurt ... eat plain or stir in some Harmon's flax seed with blueberry granola (YUMMY!)
  • Whole wheat pizza, the homemade kind ... It's so easy and yummy, why don't I always have the ingredients?!?
  • Manicotti made with skim milk cheeses, almost as good as the full fat version
  • Grilled turkey, provolone and avocado sandwiches (my all time fav)
  • 100% applesauce w/ cinnamon.
  • Grilled pork chops
  • Lots of fresh fruits and veggies ... I took them all out of the bags and then into the drawer. Now I can actually see what I have!
  • Tilapia ... I have a yummy (and easy) recipe for tin foil tilapia (tomatoes, lime, lemon, cilantro, dash of feta cheese)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Lots of stir fry fixin's
Now, I'm not trying to make you hungry or jealous, but I want to remember that I have lots of good choices for when those cravings come on. Eating healthy doesn't have to mean deprivation after all. I bought a big box of mixed greens and my goal is to not let it go bad (this happens here ALL the time). So that means I have to start eating salad. I wish I was one of those who could eat salad with a little lemon juice, but I just can't ... GAG! So I got some asiago cheese dressing, that is made with fresh products and is low fat. I'm hoping it's as yummy as it sounds.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fun day

So I got up this morning to go run outside, but it was raining so I slept in a little more and got my 2 miles in on the treadmill. I did combo of running and walking at a steep incline. Overall I felt good, although I was counting down the whole time.

Then, tonight ... we went to Jump On It in Lindon, which is a series of trampolines (10,000 sq. ft. according to their website). I have to tell you ... that was the funnest workout I have had in a LONG time! I've always had fun on a tramp, but this was amazing. If you haven't been before, you should totally go. They have a smaller area for the little ones, as well as a few of the inflatable slides and tramps. We did an hour and a half of jumping. I hope they build one up here, because if they do, I would totally get a pass and do my "workouts" there a few days a week!

10/6/08 - 2 miles
Saucony shoes - 129 miles

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Feeling great!

So last night was a late night for me as I didn't get home until 11 and then it took a while to wind down. When I scheduled my workouts this week, I made the choice of when to workout and told myself there were no exceptions. Last night when it came time to get ready for bed, I noticed those familiar thoughts come in (like, just sleep in and do in later in the day ...) and I simply thought, "No, you already decided."

This morning when the alarm went off, I thought, "Oh I'll just sleep in." But then I remembered again and said, "Nope I can sleep later." So, it might not sound like much, but for these last three months I have been letting myself be ruled by my procrastination and reasons and I'm feeling victorious today for coming out on top!

There was a discussion on a message board I visit on how to get used to exercising in the morning. There's a woman on there who shared how she has done it for the past 20 years ... consistently. She said she made the choice in 1987 to workout unless she was deathly ill and to schedule it into her week. She said she sets the alarm clock and does not allow for any of those thoughts to come. She does not use snooze on the alarm clock. She said that just one time you choose to sleep in or one time you hit the snooze, it makes it that much easier to do it the next time. I was so impressed by her determination and thought, I can totally do that.

So, today was a major battle for me in winning this war!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Snow Day!

So I got up this morning to go run with Robin, but she called at 5:45 to say, "Did you look outside?!?" Yup there was snow. We actually have run in the snow before (and hail and rain) but Robin's current shoes have holes in them. So we decided to forgo today until she gets new shoes. I sleep until 6:30 and then got up to do my workout on the treadmill. I was going for 45 minutes, but I stopped at 30 minutes, because I was having a lot of back pain.

I've been pretty achy in my lower back where I broke my pelvic bone and they inserted a big screw. When the weather changes, it gets more achy. So I was glad we didn't go down to the track and that I could listen to my body. And I DID get in a good 30 minutes!

10/6/08 - 1.75 miles
Saucony shoes - 127 miles

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Going Strong

So, I think that mornings really work the best for me. As much as I hate getting up in the morning, when I do it ... everything just works out so much better! There are too many distractions during the day to deter me from working out. So I got up this morning at 6:30 (which is actually sleeping in compared to when I get up to run ... that's more like 5:40!). I did my favorite FIRM MBS, which is 45 minutes all body strength with a teeny bit of cardio thrown in the keep your heart rate up in the working zone. I can tell me muscles feel worked.

I scheduled my workouts into my google calendar. I've heard from a few different people that unless they schedule it in, they won't do it, so I'm trying it out. Not that I ever have any other plans at 6:30 in the morning besides sleep! ;)

I'm still thinking of my next goal, but I think time frame it will go to the end of the year. It will be a not just surviving the holidays but excelling through the holidays. In that past this three month period has not been kind to my figure. So, I determined to make this year different. I'm living into the future, not my past ... baby!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Starting fresh!

Okay, so I had my 30th birthday and while I did not meet my goal of 30 lbs. lost, I did lose 14 lbs.!!! I totally got it's not about meeting the goals, it's the journey. And I have learned a lot. For a while I thought I wouldn't set another goal that was so visible so I wouldn't have to fail again (wouldn't want to look bad to you all after all!). But then I got, that is rubbish. By setting a huge goal for myself (30 by 30) I played big and lost more than I would have with no goals. 14 lbs. is nothing to balk at! So I am aiming for the stars! I may land on a cloud instead, but isn't that so much better than burying my head in the sand?!?! I have not determined my new goals yet, but am working on that this week.

This morning I got up and went running with Robin. We did a total of 2.5 miles, run/walking. It has been a while since either of us have run so we wanted to ease into things. Overall it went really well. I feel good now (great actually) and am ready to work harder!

10/6/08 - 2.5 miles
Saucony shoes - 125 miles (I keep forgetting to add mileage here, so I am estimating)