Monday, October 17, 2016

Take a Break, Run Away With Us for the Summer

In the past two months I:

*Got a promotion at work
*Trained for the promotion
*Busted my ass at my new job
*Injured myself
*Recovered(ing) from injury

I haven't blogged much. Too much to do, too little time I suppose. I started writing again so what time I have left my brain nags at me until I get the voices in my head down on paper (or typed on the computer).

I am taking a break from running until I start my marathon training in December. I have a nagging glute/hip pain after I run any sort of distance. Plan is to rest the crap out of it and work on my weight lifting instead. Build up the muscles in that area to keep myself injury free.

Until then, until the book is finished, just until...I probably won't blog much. I do still like to read everyone's posts, that's for sure. So you keep writing, I'll keep reading, maybe comment when I can. And eventually we'll all meet again real soon!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lazy Sunday Wake Up in the Late Afternoon

Saturday was still  bloody humid 'round here so we played inside.
Pretty sure I am the blanket fort master.

At some point in the night on Saturday, I wouldn't know when since I was asleep by ten, the humidity broke. It was nothing but cool breezes and cool temps come Sunday morning. You know what that meant?


I am getting used to the treadmill but nothing beats a great outdoor run. I left for my run about 8:30AM and was home just after 10:00AM. When I ran in the sun it was a little warm, but there was a great breeze and I live in a super shady neighborhood. It was awesome!
The first mile was a little jacked up because my timer and my music both had a hard time working together. Plus I got a text message from my mom who was coming over, asking about what kind of bagels we wanted. Since I had three kids (my own plus a nephew who spent the night) who wanted bagels, I had to stop and respond to her.

It was supposed to be an easy run, which I did great at for the first three miles. Then I needed to speed up just to get home and I also wanted to get some negative splits. Looks like I accomplished that goal.

A friend is running a diet bet, not an online one, but one she herself created. It's ten bucks and the top three biggest losers all win money. We had to take a full body shot.
I blame the weird angle on my husband
A couple of things: I don't actually hate the way I look in this. This is pretty much right after my run, which explains the flushed cheeks and crazy hair. But bodywise, I'm actually OK with this pic. And this is the BEFORE photo!

I finished my MFP logging in last night and saw this:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday's Grey and Wednesday Too

Yesterday, I didn't finish my dinner.

I know it sounds like a weird thing to talk about or to even be proud of, but hear me out.

My husband made spaghetti for dinner last night. It was really good and I was hungry, a good hungry. I had eaten my planned snack at about 3:30 so when I got home from work I was ready for dinner. I followed all the little tricks I know: I drank water before I ate, I used a smaller plate, I set my fork down as I ate.

I finished my spaghetti and thought about a second serving. I was still hungry. And at no point in my weight loss journey do I plan on being miserable and hungry. I dished up a second serving, had a few bites, then stopped. Because I was full. I could have kept eating it. Normally, I would have done just that simply because it was in front of me. But, I recognized I was full, knew if I ate anymore I would move past full to uncomfortabe- I had a three mile run on the books and wanted to do some speed work- and I did not have time to be miserable.

I stopped eating because I was full. It seems like such a small, inconsequential thing. To me, it is huge. Such a step in the right direction.

My day of awesomeness didn't stop there. My goal for my three mile run yesterday was to go fast. Not a very complicated training approach, but I figured why not give it a try. I ended up on the treadmill because of the rain around here.

I crushed my fastest 5K time AND I ran a sub-10 minute mile. Sure, I was pretty sure I died about three quarters of the way through that mile, but holy balls I did it. Not a bad way to start my week!

Monday, August 15, 2016

My Buddy and Me

I got my first long run of this half marathon training cycle (oops) in on Saturday. It was a five mile treadmill run interrupted by the occasional stop to keep my children from beating each other up referee. When I was done running, A. stood on the treadmill, then asked me to make it go. So we walked on it at a setting of 0.5. Funny thing, anyone else who runs on their treadmill are you super paranoid about the kids being around it? I yelled "don't get too close" so often, the boys started saying, "We're not too close!" as they came down the basement stairs.
The miserable hot heat passed just the tiniest of bits on Sunday. The boys rode their trikes up to the park. There's a track right next to the park I like to use for speed work It was too hot to run outside, plus a rest day for me, but A. really wanted to race.
He won.

I ran three times last week and lifted weights twice. This week my goal is four days of running and three days of lifting. Completely doable, plus if the weather is nicer (as in not 98% humidity) I should be able to run outside woot woot!

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

You Make a Garbage Man Scream

We have had donuts offered everyday this week at work. Plus, lunch has been catered. It makes it difficult to track calories- I like to log my food for the day into MFP first thing in the morning- but I find a way. It helps a lot of the catered food is meat heavy and not interesting to me. I have gone with loading up at least half my plate with veggies and splurging on enjoying the hell out of a roll.

I don't like donuts, but sometimes I eat them because they look good. They never taste as good as they look and I usually regret the wasted calories.

This morning I had a lovely peach to go with my oatmeal.
Weird thing about me: I don't like eating peaches whole, but when I slice them up I enjoy them. I think it's because it breaks up the furry skin so I don't get a mouthful of peach fuzz with every bite. I'm weird.

This is what it is all about. Finding ways to be healthy without feeling like I am torturing myself. Any successful weight loss comes from doing stuff you will be happy doing for the rest of your life. I'm never going to give up carbs. But, a peach instead of a donut? Sounds good to me!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Night Swimming Deserves a Quiet Night

What is it about the treadmill that makes me run so much slower? Is it just me? Because I feel like I am hauling ass but then run a thirteen minute mile. Sheesh. I don't know how I'm going to train for a marathon on that thing...

The good news, I got to watch a lot of the Olympics while running four miles last night. Then, since I was still so into the Olympics, I walked for an hour. It's funny, during some of the swimming events I found myself trying to walk faster, especially if the race was a tight one.

Watching the swimming has also made me want to get in the dang pool. It was a little cool these past few days, but another heat wave is coming, so I'm thinking some lap swimming Wednesday and Thursday. Gotta get into merry murderous shape. In case you don't get that, Chicago: The Musical auditions are at the end of October.

I feel like my eating has been on point this week. Looking forward to a good weigh-in tomorrow!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Every Breath You Take, I'll Be Watching You

Things I Am Currently Obsessed With

Stranger Things
If you have not watched this on Netflix, I highly recommend you start. Do you love all things 80s? Do you love awesome child actors? Do you want to see Winona Ryder doing something other than get busted shoplifting? Watch this. It's sci-fi with a bit of scare to it, some jumping out stuff. I hate horror movies and I like it.

My Fitbit and Fitbit Challenges
There is nothing like getting that little notice: It's time for a walk, you're only 864 steps behind Bob to really get me off my ass.

I don't love a peach, sometimes the furry flesh skeeves me out. But I will take a nectarine any day of the week. I also am an odd duck and like them slightly under ripe. I like things firm. Which sounds dirty.

Wow, I thought this list would be longer.

Ah well, it's Friday. I'm allowed to have mush brain.

Enjoy your weekend! Any plans?