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?

Thursday, August 4, 2016

I Hurt Myself Today to See if I Still Feel

What do you do when your brush up rehearsal ends early enough you're home before ten? Go for a run outside! It was a little humid but running on the treadmill seems to bother my leg more than running on pavement so it was time to suck it up, buttercup and run outside.

Unfortunately, I have a feeling my hip issue isn't just a treadmill thing. Although if I analyze the pain it seems to radiate from my hip down the side of my leg, but not quite the side, sorta the side/back. Anyone know what muscle that is?

Good news: After the first mile it felt great.

Bad news: I had to suffer through the first mile where I almost had to walk the entire thing.

More bad news: Probably going to have to take a break from running for a bit.

That's the thing with injuries. The only way to make them better is to rest. Ah, bull crap to that.

I'm going to see if I can cross train without the muscle bothering me. Might ride my bike or swim. We shall see.

I did have a good run once my leg stopped hurting so there is that...
Pretty fountain on one of my neighborhood streets

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I Wonder Who, Who Wrote the Book of Love

Much like riding a bike, things are slowly coming back to me. Oh I remember you lifestyle change. Things like drinking more water, planning healthy snacks, deciding what I am going to get from a restaurant before I even go there, the usual tricks of the trade.

It's other things, too. Focusing on whether or not I am hungry or just bored. Avoiding fast food, and trigger foods in general. Did I mention the whole "not eating just because I am bored" thing?

It's not hard. Yet it is hard. The little changes are easy enough, it's implementing them, keeping up with them that gets hard. It gets hard when some days I am tired and drained and just want to eat carbs and veg.

This morning I had refried black beans from Trader Joe's for breakfast. It doesn't look like much, but it fills me up and I love the way it tastes. I forget how much I dislike breakfast food which is why I often stop at fast food places on my way to work. At least McDonald's hashbrowns taste good! Breakfast doesn't mean one has to eat breakfast food. I can eat whatever I want as long as it keeps me nice and full until lunch.

Which is how I ended up eating refried black beans for breakfast.
My big inspiration for this, on top of many things, is I am planning on auditioning for Chicago: The Musical in November. The theatre company I am with is very size-inclusive so I don't think I won't get a part because of how I look. However, if I did get a part the costumes for Chicago tend to lean towards the skimpy side. I want to feel comfortable while performing in a show I love. Add to that, I start marathon training in November and everyone knows it is far easier to run with less weight!

Those are the two things that are my big push right now: Chicago and marathon training.

How about you? Any tips for someone getting back into the swing of weight loss?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Doctor, Doctor Gimme the News

A selfie a day keeps the doctor away.

Wait, no, that's not it.

I'm doing a new thing along with some women in my fitness group. We're going to take daily selfies to help with our weight loss. I slacked over July, just let the heat, the stress from rehearsal, etc get to me. But, not this month. August, you are mine!

I crushed it last night. I ran two miles on the treadmill. Ended up with some hip pain so stopped running but kept walking until I ended up with over 21,000 steps last night. It helped I was super invested in the Great British Bake Off episode I was watching. And then continued to be into Walk Tall with Dwayne The Rock Johnson who was about half his current size in that movie. Man, I love me a crappy action flick.

I got a little notebook, as well as other fun prizes, when I won a reading contest at our local library. I decided to use the notebook to jot down feelings I have about things going on in my life that I maybe don't want to share with the internet.
Tonight I will walk on the treadmill once the boys are in bed and get up early tomorrow morning to go for a run outdoors. Hopefully the hip issues just stem from running on the treadmill and are not an actual issue. Fingers crossed!

Monday, August 1, 2016

If You're Going Through Hell Keep on Moving

Last week was Tech Week, AKA Hell Week. I left my house at seven each morning and didn't get home until after eleven at night. I was exhausted, made poor food choices, but had a blast when we  actually performed our show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Tech week is done. We have one more weekend of shows, but tonight, for the first time in over a week, I will get to go home after work. I'll have dinner with my family.

And I will go for a run.

I run the Chicago Half Marathon in two months. Since I am running this to help my friend finish her first half I want to make sure I am in great shape to get her over the finish line without worrying about myself.  The heat has broken here, at least for now, so I will run outside tonight.

Let me repeat: I will run tonight!

Before I go, here's a fun picture of me in one of my wigs from my s how: