Sunday, October 28, 2012

Proof....

That I'm working out....and still trying...more to come this week. Not sure what...but I really want to start writing more again!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Clean Eating

Recently, I think I may have developed an addiction to sugar.  I'm trying to wean myself off, but after every meal, I've developed this NEED to have something sweet....and I don't want a piece of fruit (which used to satisfy me).  I know once I rid myself of it, I'll stop craving it....but I've been keeping the ice cream companies in business lately (I at least buy low fat or low sugar)!

I've been reading so much on clean eating lately.  I want to do it....I really do....but man, that just requires so much dedication.  So I thought about doing it maybe 75% of the time....maybe just during the week, then letting myself eat some other things on the weekend?  I suspect it would be like starting over each week....trying to cleanse your body of the trash you put in it over the weekend...so I don't think that would work out so well.

I like my processed chips.  I like my ice cream.  I like my Skinny Cow candy bars.

But I also like fruit and veggies and meat....I just don't know that I could eat it 100% of the time.

Do you eat clean or know anyone who does? 

How long did it take to start feeling the positive effects?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Scale - Friend or Foe?

When I am in the weight loss mode, I hate the scale.  The stupid thing never seems to move when I think it should, nor does it EVER move as much as I think it should!

But in the maintenance mode, I have to say the scale is my best friend.

I weigh myself daily.

Yes, daily.

I know you aren't "suppose" to weigh daily, as I know women fluctuate a lot (and I am queen of water retention sometimes), but I still do it.

It keeps me accountable.

I don't freak out if it's up 1-2 pounds one morning.  I just move along, do what I do, and expect that the next day it will be back down.  Now, if that 1-2 pounds remains for 3-4-5 days in a row, then we might have a little problem.  And if that 1-2 pounds starts turning into 3-4 pounds, then....that's just weight gain.  If the scale is up day after day and never goes back down, it's not water weight.

So for maintenance, I think the scale is a good thing.  Since I tend to gain weight all over my body, I could easily gain 5-8 pounds before I noticed in my clothes, but if I weigh daily, I'll would notice that gain much sooner.

I hear marathon and half-marathon training can bring on weight gain.  I'm curious to see how that plays out in the coming months! 


SIDE NOTE:  Lunch today was a tomato, avocado and cucumber "salad" with a little lime juice.  SOOO good.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Discipline...or lack thereof

Well, I seem to be back on track for the most part.

YAY!

I worked out 4 days last week (not great, but light years ahead of the previous weeks).  I'm on track for 4-5 days this week as well.  When it comes to food, well....I am working on it.  I tell myself that I'm going to be super strict for just a month and see what happens....then 1 1/2 days later, I'll eat a cookie or something.  Sigh. Don't get me wrong...I'm not going crazy.  I eat healthy for breakfast and lunch and usually dinner.  For the most part, I do what I need to do.  But, I am all for moderation.  That's how I lost the majority of my weight. If I want a cookie, I eat a cookie (just not 10).  If I want a burger, I eat a burger, but not daily.  

That being said, I know that I need to really limit that moderation if I am going to finish the job and get the last pounds off.  They say the last few are the hardest, and I sure believe it!  I know I can't have a daily "cheat".  Maybe I need to limit it to a weekly cheat...if any at all!  But for some reason, I won't do it.  I won't suck it up and be strong for even a full week.  Hey, I'm not gaining, so that's good.  But I'm also not losing fat either.  I've been virtually the same weight since about March/April.  Expert maintainer here :) 

I guess my lack of discipline is because I'm comfortable where I am.  I'm not 100% happy with my body.  There are things I want to improve on...but I also don't think I look terrible (clothed) anymore either, so I guess I'm just in a "comfortable" place.  Now, when it came to having to wear swimsuits this summer, that's another story!  Remember....I said I didn't feel terrible clothed! lol.  I'm hoping by next summer, I won't feel terrible in a swimsuit! :)

So.....I guess for now, I'll just keep working out and hope I build enough muscle to burn the remaining fat off! lol.  And hopefully soon, I'll commit when it comes to food and be able to lose what I want to lose. 

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I'm back!!!! (I hope)

Yes, I'm still alive and kickin'.

I was recently advised that I am "letting down my readers".  LOL.  Just glad to  know I have (had) some!

I'm not going to promise to write daily.  I've recently learned that after I'm done with my work day, I just don't want to sit on the computer!  So I am making no commitments here...but I do hope to at least get back to posting on a semi-regular basis!

The past month or so has been pretty rough...for several reasons.

1.  I had an upper respiratory infection/virus/something that kept me down for a few days.

2.  I had company (my mom) that stayed with me for a week and helped me paint and decorate my dining room & office.  We moved a lot that week...but workouts were non-existent.

3.  Last week, I had a stomach flu, which kept me down a couple of days.

4.  I've been battling a lot of anxiety about my new job.  It's very stressful for me.  I *hate* feeling like I'm lost all the time.  I just really want to do a good job, and it is hard feeling like you are doing a good job when you feel like you are a total and complete idiot the majority of the time!  I had a review with my boss.  She was very complementary and felt like I was doing a good job.  That helped some, but I know deep down I'm still kinda lost!  I think most of it is one particular project I'm working on.  It's a BIG one.  When my boss assigned it to me, she wasn't aware it was going to be as big as it is.  There are way too many big wigs and executives involved and I just want it to go away!!!! LOL Don't get me wrong....I don't regret my decision to switch jobs.  I just know it's going to take time.  Apparently lots and lots of time.  And maybe I just wanted to vent a minute! :)

So...maybe these are just all excuses....and I guess they are (with the exception of being sick...that was real. lol).  In the past month (until this week), I think I've had only 4-5 workouts.  UGH.  Makes me so mad at myself.  Luckily I haven't gained any weight.  I'm actually down about 2 pounds. I'm just counting on that muscle memory and hoping to bounce back quickly cause I'm missing the leg muscles I was starting to finally develop!

I'm on track this week.  I ran a couple of miles Monday, ran 2 miles and weights on Tuesday, ran today....I plan on one more running day and one more weight day this week.  I know if I just suck it up for a couple of weeks that I'll get back to where it's just natural to do it.  After all, I know I feel better when I work out.  I know it relieves stress.  I know it has more benefits than I could ever begin to list here.....so that's what I'm doing. I am just going to do it.  Just do it, right?

So, to my reader(s), I hope you will forgive me for my absence.

Hopefully it won't happen again!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Guess I'm a slacker...

I was told yesterday that I was slacking on the blog.

Sorry about that.

Things have been really hectic and after 5pm, I just don't want to devote my time to the World Wide Web.  I have just needed some breathing room and have been taking time to enjoy my family and just relax (ok, pretend to relax...cause it never truly happens).

I have a family blog as well, and it's been neglected for about 3 weeks...but I'm not going to feel bad about it.  I'm spending time with my family, and that's what matters most.

I'm currently doing a "cleanse" or "detox" or something....so I'll tell you about my results soon and whether or not I actually lost any water weight.  I also made my first pie yesterday...a "healthy" pie.  I'm still running and logging my miles (see right sidebar).  I have changed my workout schedule a bit and am doing strength MWF & cardio T, Th & Sat/Sun.  That being said, I ran 3 miles before my strength workout yesterday, so I guess I'm flexible with the whole cardio part!  A little extra never hurt ANYONE!

I'll be back shortly...perhaps later this week.

Until then...






Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Boot Camp

Today was bittersweet.

I gave myself one really tough hour long workout that consisted of sprints (2 miles), lunges, traveling burpees (ugh), squats, lots of weights and TONS of sweat.

It was a Janna-type of workout.

Oh, you don't know Janna? 

Think Jillian Michaels but totally more lovable.

Janna was one of the trainers at my old gym.  She doesn't let up.  She keeps on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.  The girl never seems to run out of it.  She'll be pouring sweat....drenched...working just as hard (eh, harder) than the rest of us, yet she never seems to get tired...and never expected us to either!!! Oh, and her favorite exercise of all....BURPEES.  UGH. 

Janna came on board at my old gym right around the time I decided to really get serious and lose weight.  I signed up for a boot camp class that she led...knowing that people would probably just look at me and think I didn't belong...but I decided I didn't care.  I was going to give it my all....and I did....and so did everyone else.  It was essentially the same people every class, and naturally, there were a few of us that formed a little family.  For the next year and a half, we supported, challenged and pushed each other.

As I was working out today (probably harder than I have since I last took one of Janna's classes), I thought of her and my other friends at my old gym.  I am so very grateful to her for making me believe in myself and seeing potential in me that I didn't see in myself.  I sure do miss them though!!!


Now, the non-sappy Tessa speaks up:
This same family is suppose to be running the half marathon with me in February, but only 2 have signed up......I may be disowning some of that family soon....and Janna..... that includes you!!!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Up and running....literally.

Today:  5.15 treadmill miles

Word of advise:  if you want to do high intensity interval training, do it at the BEGINNING of your workout, not the END like I did today.  I don't know WHAT made me think doing HIIT was a good idea after already running for 30 minutes.....but I did it, and I'm still alive.

I haven't had Internet service since mid-day Friday (big shout out to AT&T for that).  I finally got them here and got it fixed yesterday afternoon....good thing since I work from home and Internet service is pretty much a job requirement.

I took Saturday, Sunday AND Monday off from working out.  I have a lot going on personally and have been super stressed out.  I decided to take a few days off and try to relax and get a little extra sleep in the mornings.  I'm not sure if it has helped or not!  My husband would probably still say I'm a crazy person...and I probably am!

I have every intention of working out the remainder of the week.  After all, it builds natural endorphins and just makes you feel good!

Won't you join me?!



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Learning to eat new things

Today's Workout:  3.3 outdoor miles

I woke up yesterday fairly sore from my previous day's strength workout.  I knew I should probably go run and just work it out, but we had to be somewhere at 9am and I just didn't have time.  So I thought I might make it to the gym later...and well, that didn't happen either.  Since it was the 4th of July, I decided mid-day that I'd just let it be my rest day this week.  As the day progressed, my legs became increasingly sore.  By the time I went to bed last night, I could barely sit without grunting with pain.  I'm still sore today,  but I went ahead, sucked it up and went for an early morning run anyway.


Food Co-Op Update
I got this as my basket last weekend:
The regular basket ($15) consisted of grapes, bananas, canteloupe, mangos, butternut squash, grape tomatoes, celery, onions, cherries, lettuce.

I did the Mexican veggie add-on for $10 (I think), which included avocados, zucchini, green onions, bell peppers (yuck), more onions, jalepeno peppers, cilantro, poblano peppers, garlic, some long green peppers that I'm not sure we ever identified....and maybe some other stuff...it's been a few days, so I've forgotten!

Anyway, I'm so happy with everything!  I love how the majority of it is "normal" stuff, but there is always a few things that I've never had before.  It's forcing us to try new things.

I've learned that I'm not an enourmous fan of butternut squash.  It was "ok".  Tasted a lot like a sweet potato, and I'm not so much a fan of those either.

We tried this recipe for the poblano peppers.  Neither of us had ever ordered a chile rellano at Mexican restaurant, so we had no idea whether or not we would like it.

Turns out, this was pretty tasty!  I made a few changes to the recipe (omitted the mushrooms & salt, added chili powder, cumin, black pepper, used low fat cheese...and probably too much of it!).  I used fresh tomatoes in the stuffing, but several reviews said they used Rotel or canned diced tomatoes. I also served it on top of cilantro lime brown rice.  Would definitely make this again!




I find myself reaching for fruit for snacks because I hate to let all of this produce go to waste.  Jason has even started to eat a little fruit, which is a miracle.

One thing I always do when I have a lot of produce is to take the time to wash it all and prep it before sticking it in the fridge.  That way, it's ready when I am and I won't be tempted to grab some processed snack instead!

I like to fill the sink with a water/vinegar mix (obviously make sure your sink is clean first!), let my fruit sit for a while, then wash it off, dry it and it's ready to eat whenever!

The ice is added because it's so stinking hot in Texas that the cold water isn't even really what I consider to be cold anymore!  The pipes are too hot and we seem to only get warm water, so I add ice and make my own cold water.

Washing berries in vinegar is suppose to help them stay fresh longer too....not sure if it's true, but might as well try it!


If you do not have a salad spinner, I highly recommend purchasing one.  I finally bought a more expensive one from Pampered Chef, as I'd gone thru 2 cheaper ones in the past 6 years.  I'm hoping this one holds up better!  I not only use it to get the water off my lettuces, but also for fruit and berries. 



So, if this post were to have any points (and I'm not sure it does)....
1.  Wash fruits/veggies before storing to have ready-to-go snacks
2.  Buy a salad spinner to save hours drying with paper towels, which in return, saves our planet

Life-changing stuff right there.



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Salads & Salad Dressing

A lot of people turn to salads when trying to lose weight.  When ordering in restaurants, it's important to remember to tell them to hold the croutons, cheese & bacon and always get the dressing on the side. When you start piling that all on a salad, you start to ruin the health factor and add all kinds of calories/fat.

Luckily, I'm not a huge salad dressing person.  I like it, but I don't need much of it.  In a restaurant, I always order it on the side and put on as little as possible (just dip your fork in and sprinkle it on top...add more as necessary).  At home, I do things a little differently.

I typically buy "light" salad dressings.  I do not like fat free dressings at all.  I would much rather have less of the real thing.  Besides calories/fat, bottled salad dressings also have quite a bit of sodium, so one more thing to watch for!

One suggestion I have for bottled ranch dressing (as it's a staple here in Texas):  add water to the bottle.  It thins out the dressing, which will spread easier on your salad without actually having to put more dressing on it.  Does that make sense?  Also, one reason I like restaurant ranch is that it is usually thin, as opposed to the thick dressings in a bottle.  It's just my own preference. 

Lately, I've been making my own salsa and put it on the salad.  I chop tomatoes, a little onion, jalepenos, cilantro & lime juice....put it in a container and it's ready for the week. 



In the past, I've also used the juice from cherry tomatoes as well as pepperochini juice (lot of sodium there too).  It helps the salad not be so dry, but without the calories/fat of the dressing.

I've been having to add a protein bar or shake in the afternoons because my salads have definitely not contained enough and I am starving an hour or two after I eat them.  This week I purchased Jennie O turkey burgers and have topped my salads with them.  It's pretty tasty!  Adding the turkey burger does add about 200 calories to my salad but also nearly 30 grams of protein....and it keeps me full longer so I am not snacking within an hour. 



So hopefully you now have a couple of alternatives to keep your salads healthy ones!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Goals & Maintenance

Today's Workout:  20 minutes HIIT, then 40 min weight training
Yesterday's Workout:  5.2 treadmill miles

I think I said I was shooting for 80 miles in June.....wow, did I really fall short of that goal!  The fact that I was out of town for 6 days and without a treadmill didn't help.  Even if I hadn't been on vacation, I am sure I would have still fallen short!  So I'm going to have to re-think this month's mileage goal.  I think I'll just try to increase last month's....even if it's just by 5-10 miles and I'll work for more lofty goals when this dreadful Texas heat subsides!

I did end up getting in 14 runs and 8 cross-training workouts in June. That's a total of 22 workouts.  Not bad.  This month, I'm just keeping track of my mileage.  Trying to keep up with the other stuff is too much...and really kind of pointless.  :)

I was talking to my husband last night about wanting to get rid of my final pounds....I've always heard those last 10-15 are the hardest.  For me, I'm sure I could lose it if I set my mind to it.  I think it's the hardest because you are somewhat comfortable and the sense of urgency to lose it has deminished.  For instance, when you still have 50 pounds to lose, you know you have to keep pushing forward as hard as possible or else you would never get there.  When you are only left with 10, it's like "oh, I'll lose it soon enough...".

In reality, I'm in maintenance mode.  I have been for the past few months.  Probably why the scale has stayed exactly the same!  I weigh myself (almost daily).  If I notice a couple of pounds increase, I usually blame it on water weight, I watch sodium for a couple of days and increase my water intake, and then I'll be right back where I was.  I really have no doubt that I will be able to maintain the majority of the weight I've lost.  So far, it seems pretty easy for me to maintain.  And I'm not depriving myself.  If I want something, I have it, but I don't go overboard.  The vast majority of the time, I don't even WANT to eat the stuff I used to eat.  People say they don't want to be deprived.  I've said it before and I'll say it again....once you stop putting crap in your body, you stop craving it!  I still crave sweets on occassion, but I rarely, if ever, crave anything fast food.....and believe me when I say I used to eat my fair share of Sonic and Whataburger!

Moderation. 

It's how I lost 60 pounds and it's how I plan to keep it off, but I'm not sure moderation is going to work for my last few pounds.  I have a feeling it is going to require more commitment than I've ever had to have before....and to be honest, I'm just not sure I'm ready for it!!!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Alive and well....

Don't think just because I've been MIA for a few days means I've fallen off the wagon!

I've actually been doing pretty good food-wise this week (we're ignoring the 10pm Whataburger dinner last night.  We had an event at church that ran late and we were desperate for food! ha).

I have a few random things floating in my head that I want to write about, but I'm heading off now to take a nap!

Later! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stupid Texas Heat

Today's Workout:  2.87 miles...then I gave up.

IT. IS. HOT.

I was going to run really early this morning, but when my alarm went off, I turned it off and stayed in bed!  My full body is sore from class yesterday.  I increased some of my weight, put forth more effort, and I can really feel it today in my back, glutes and legs.

So I headed out the door at 9:30am.  I had a couple of hours with no meetings, so I decided to take advantage of it.  I took the dogs with me and they managed to crank out a 12:09 min mile.  Yay puppies!  Of course since we have gotten home, they've done nothing but lay on the tile trying to recover. I'm going to whip them into shape yet.

I brought them home and went back out.  I had to make up some of the slow time from taking them....but I still ended with a 11:30 min/mile overall.  I walked too (gasp).  It's just too stinking hot!

Oh....and I had a revelation....you know I've been complaining that I'm running slower outside than I normally run....and it's really irritating me.  I looked back at my log on my phone and realized I ran fastest in March/April....before it got so hot.  Obviously the heat HAS to play a role there.  Especially for someone who HATES the heat.  So I'm going to give myself a break until the fall....then we're going to work on speed again!

But...it's June...almost July...and I ran outside!

That alone (for me) is a miracle!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Attempting to Raise a Healthy Child

Today's Workout:  BodyPump (1 hour)
1.5 mile run after class (first mile was 9:20...yay!)

I'm not sure if this post is going to offend anyone or not.  I'll tell you now...it is not my intention to do so.
I am NOT judging the way you raise your children or the food choices you give them.  This is my view and what I try to do with MY child, and just maybe it will inspire another family to live a healthier lifestyle.  Or maybe it won't! :) People constantly judge me and make fun of me for not giving my daughter a free for all with sweets and grease, but I do my best not to do the same in return.   I know we are doing what we think is best for her, and that's all we can do as parents.

So.....

My husband and I have a 3 year old.  We do our best to teach her about living a healthy lifestyle (I'm also still trying to teach the hubs...HA).  She knows I exercise at the gym.  She sees me go for runs and likes to stretch with me when I get home (it's adorable).

When it comes to food, I try to create a healthy balance.  She may have pancakes for breakfast, but for balance, we use sugar free or low sugar syrup and lots of fruit and yogurt.  She may eat super processed Cheerios but we balance with adding bananas and blueberries, and as always, as side of yogurt.  I'm not super restrictive.  I'd actually LIKE for her to eat healthier, but I'm still working on broadening her love for various foods (i.e. those strange things called eggs)!

Contrary to popular belief, my child DOES have sugar...probably on a daily basis.  It's not my preference, but I do not totally eliminate sweets.  I will, however, purchase low-sugar fruit snacks or sugar-free popsicles.  She can have one Hershey kiss as her dessert but not five.  We limit milk (foreign concept to most, I know) and we never ever drink juice.  It's milk & water only at our house, and she is totally ok with it. I don't feel like I'm depriving her (as it's nothing she needs) and better yet, she doesn't feel deprived.  I see no reason to introduce bad habits at such a young age.

She eats all-natural peanut butter and almond butter.  She would rather come home and eat an almond butter sandwich than a Happy Meal (the girl doesn't even like chicken nuggets...crazy).She enjoys her green smoothies in the mornings.  At a restaurant last weekend, she CHOSE grilled chicken over chicken strips, water over milk or juice and apples over french fries.  It was a true proud mom moment!

 It's about healthier choices and moderation....the same as it should be for us adults.

We discuss healthy food choices.  I do tell her if something has "too much sugar" or "is bad for her" and also try to teach her about the healthy things she eats.  Obviously I'm not going to tell her that certain foods will make her fat....it's not all about that....it's about being healthy (although I do hope by learning to eat right, she will be able to avoid any future weight issues).  I get so tired of hearing "Poor baby. Just let her have it...she's a kid!".  I'm not going to feel guilty for telling my daughter that she can't have donuts or pop tarts or chocolate bars every day. 

I am going to teach her to be healthy...hope that she will live a long, healthy life...and in return, teach her children to do the same.

After all, isn't that really what we all want for our children?  To live happy, healthy lives?  It starts at home...and it starts young.  We have to teach them the way to live.  Children need guidance (whether they think they do or not).  And let's face it...there is a childhood obesity problem in our country.  Fast foods, processed foods, TV and lack of exercise all contribute to that. 

I hope one day Olivia will thank me for raising her on healthier foods rather than on chicken nuggests or hot dogs for every meal.  And if not, then I can at least say I did my best and I tried!  

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6
Surely it applys to our health as well, right?! :)
 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Back at It!

Workout:  3.7 miles

I didn't run Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  I just decided my body & maybe my mind needed the break since I struggled so much last week.

I woke up this morning ready to hit the pavement....and so were my dogs.  As I was lacing up my shoes, they both sat at my feet, wagging their tails...like they just knew they were going to go with me.   So I grabbed their leashes and off we went.

We looped back to the house after 1 mile, where I dropped them off to go out on my own.

I wish I had re-set my GPS since that first mile was a 13 min mile.  By the time I finished, I averaged 11:02.  I spent a lot of time trying to make up for that initial slow mile!  Most of the time, when I looked down to check, I was running a sub 10:00 mile....usually closer to 9:30-40.  So while my overall pace wasn't great, I know for the miles I ran alone, I did push myself more than I did last week....and it felt good.


On a different note, for those of you who drink my current FAVORITE breakfast (click here for recipe), then you may want to try a couple of things to make it even better!

1.  I've been adding 2-3 cubes of ice to it to make it colder.  This is a pretty simple concept, but I'm loving drinking this really cold!  My blender, on the other hand, isn't a huge fan of the ice.  I really really really want a good blender....maybe one of these.  I hear they're pretty good.

2.  The other "change" I've made to this recipe is I've been adding cinnammon.  It's SO YUMMY!  My 3 year old has been devouring them since I've made this change!

Do you have a nice blender you could recommend? 
I just have like a $25-35 cheap one from Target....and with daily use, it would sure be nice to have a high powered one!


Friday, June 22, 2012

LaZy...or TiReD...

The verdict is still out on whether or not I'm being lazy this week and making excuses or if I really am just physically tired and need some rest.

Regardless, when my alarm went off at 4:40am, I hit snooze.  When it went off again, I hit the "off" button.  I just could not make myself do it this morning.  My husband had to be at work really early today, which means I needed to be at the gym absolutely no later than 5:30am to get in a decent workout....and well, it just didn't happen.

So...I  plan to take it easy the next couple of days and hope that cures me!

Today's plan is to do some free weights at home, some pushups, maybe some abs....spend 30 minutes just doing some strength training (my fav).  Then I may just take tomorrow and Sunday completely off.  Since I've pretty much had to force myself out the door to go run, maybe I just need the break.  I thought my vacation would have been break enough, but I'm pretty certain I came back more tired.  Moms of 3 year olds don't exactly get to relax on vacation!

When it comes to food, I've been right on track this week.  I honestly don't think I've had anything I wasn't "suppose" to have.  I was starving yesterday and ate a lot more than normal, but I stuck with healthy foods.  Today won't be quite as easy, as I will be eating out....but we're all allowed a cheat day, right?!

I did weigh...and I'm right about the same weight I've been for 3 months.  I'm afraid my body has found its "happy weight" and well....I'm not quite ready yet!  I still feel another 10 pounds or so would be ideal.  I have a couple of trouble spots I'd really like to be gone!  But as I've said before, it's all my fault....I've not exactly tried that hard the last couple of months and haven't been as dedicated in the food category as I need to be.

80% diet & 20% exercise

How badly I wish it was the opposite!!!!!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Just not feeling it...

Today's Workout:  4.08 pavement miles
Slow miles....11:04 min/miles

I'm really in a "I don't wanna workout" zone this week....but I'm doing it anyway!  Sometimes you just have to suck it up, right?!

I almost talked myself out of running this morning.  My legs just feel tired and heavy.  I battled with myself for a good 10 minutes trying to figure out whether to go to the gym or get back in bed (I was already up with coffee poured).  I ended up not doing either and ran outside.

I saw another tarantula today.  I'm really not a fan of nature.  That sort of thing would never happen on the treadmill!  I really can't decide if I like outdoor running or treadmill running best.  They both have benefits.  My mind wanders more when I run outside, which is good, but it usually means I run slower.  And I have NO EXCUSE for running 11 min/miles.....I should be easily keeping a 9:30 pace by now...definitely nothing over a 10:00 pace!  I don't know what's going on with me the last couple of weeks and why I am running so much slower.  *Sigh*

Tomorrow is strength today, so I'll probably just do a 1-2 mile warm-up before hitting the weights.  Then maybe I'll take Sat/Sun off.  We shall see.

On another note, we had spaghetti squash for dinner again last night with our leftover meat sauce.  I cooked it longer this time and it was much better and not nearly as crunchy!  I even liked it plain.  I think my husband is on board with this being a "keeper" as well.


So, nothing newsworthy to report (the usual for my blog).

So....I'll end with this....

Happy Thursday!
I can't believe it's almost the weekend again.  Yay!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Not-So-Athletic Dogs

Today's Workout:  I planned to take today off.  I woke up with lower back pain and figured it would be best.  I ended up taking my dogs for a SLOW 2 mile jog/walk.  We averaged just under 14 min miles and burned about 250 calories.

They were so hot and tired.  I basically had to drag them back to the house.

They are so pitiful and out of shape.  Kind of like me 2 years ago I guess! :)

One thing I don't get is WHY they are so out of shape.

I mean, don't these looks like super active & athletic dogs to you?!?!?!?

 



The life of luxury.

Must be nice!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spaghetti Squash

Today's workout:  BodyPump
(1 hour, around 500 calories burned)

It's been nice eating healthy the last couple of days.

I've had very healthy and fresh lunches.


I told you yesterday I was going to try out spaghetti squash for dinner.


I wanted to try something different but decided it would be best to stick to a traditional meat sauce in order to even get my husband to try it.


When I served it, he said "Oh, huh....those aren't noodles.  Is this suppose to be like your cauliflower mashed potatoes?".

The verdict:  This is a keeper!

I cooked the spaghetti squash whole at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes (poke holes in it so it doesn't explode).  Then you cut in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, get a fork and tear out the squash.  The "noodles" were a little on the crunchy side.  I think another 5-10 minutes in the oven would have been better.
 
Jason said he'd eat it again.  He just said "it's different".  They really didn't taste much.  It was much more filling than I expected it to be as well. 

We will most definitely be having spaghetti squash again!  We will probably still eat whole wheat pasta on occassion...but I'll substitute this often for sure!



Fewer calories and WAY fewer carbs....go ahead, give it a try!

SERVING SIZE: 1 cup (cooked)

TRADITIONAL PASTA
Calories 300
Sodium 183 mg Total Fat 1 g Potassium 0 mg Total Carbs 43 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g Sugars 1 g Protein 8 g Cholesterol 0 mg

WHEAT PASTA
Calories 174
Sodium 4 mg Total Fat 1 g Potassium 62 mg Total Carbs 37 g
Dietary Fiber 6 g Sugars 1 g Protein 7 g Cholesterol 0 mg

SPAGHETTI SQUASH
Calories 42
Sodium 28 mg Total Fat 0 g Potassium 181 mg
Total Carbs 10 g Dietary Fiber 2 g Sugars 4 g Protein 1 g Cholesterol 0 mg






Monday, June 18, 2012

Longest Run Yet

Today's Workout:  7.1 treadmill miles

When I turned off my watch after stretching, 1018 calories burned.

Averaged 11 min. miles which is slower than I like, but I know that when I run longer, I have to run slower.  It just makes sense.

I struggled.

I hadn't ran in 1 week (other than 2 miles on the beach), so I was having a tough time in my mind. I hate it when I can't zone out and constantly check my watch or the screen.  It makes for a pretty miserable run.  My goal was 6.5 miles but by the end, I got another burst of energy, FINALLY got in a zone and just kept going.

I love meeting new personal goals!

Now....here's to hoping my legs function properly tomorrow and shin splints stay away!


Food Co-Ops

I recently learned of a local food co-op from a girl at church.  She posted her steals on facebook and I knew I needed in on it!  This was my first week to do it, and I'm so excited about it.  Pickups are on Saturdays, and since we were out of town, she picked mine up for me.  I stopped by her house on our way home from the beach yesterday and I'm so happy I signed up to do it!

All of this....for $15!
($25 if you wanted all organic)


The baskets are approximately 1/2 veggies & 1/2 fruit.  You don't know what you are going to get until you get there, but from the pictures I've seen from prior baskets, it's pretty normal stuff.  It seems like there are always one or two "odd" things, which I'm excited about because it will make me try things I wouldn't ordinarily purchase!

 
This weeks basket included:  potatoes (which I never cook, but guess we will soon), a small watermelon, 2 spaghetti squash (SO excited to try this), plums, apricots, mushrooms, grapes, lettuce & a pineapple.

There are add-ons you can do each week, but since it was my first week, I just went with the plain basket.  I might do more this next week.  Ashley gifted me a loaf of bread that is pretty tasty!

Have you ever participated in a co-op?  Love it?  Not for you?
I'm going to give it a try for at least a few weeks and see how it goes.  It's going to force me to eat more fresh foods, which is good for us all!

Seriously....one shouldn't be this excited about fruits/veggies, but I can't wait to see what is in store for next week's basket!

So Long Vacation & Sweets

I've been at the beach since last Tuesday.  Vacations are great, but for a homebody like me, it's always nice to be back in the comfort of my own home! 

Vacation & Food

We went with my husband's family and stayed at a beach house, which means we were able to avoid eating out the entire time.   When it comes to meals, I really didn't eat that bad.  I at a lot of almond butter sandwiches for breakfast and lunches, even when others were eating cinnamon rolls and sausage and pulled pork sandwiches.

What I learned during this trip is that my mindset regarding food really has changed.  I don't even want that stuff anymore....not every day anyway.  Don't get me wrong...I don't eat 100% healthy 100% of the time (I will always devour Mexican food and have occassional treats), but the thought of cinammon rolls for breakfast isn't appealing AT ALL. Two years ago I wouldn't have thought twice about it....and two days ago, I didn't even think about it at all.  I didn't even have an internal battle about "eat it or don't eat it".  I just didn't even want it.  It was that way with a lot of meals.  I just naturally opted for something healthier without thinking about it.

One place where I wasn't strong at all was desserts....brownies, cookies, ice cream...it was all there, and I ate it pretty much after every meal.  I'm pretty sure sugar has a very close relation to crack.  Once you get a taste, it's so hard to give it up.  I'm so beyond ready to cleanse myself of that sweet addiction this week!  By Friday, my stomach really began to hurt constantly.  My body doesn't like that much junk food anymore.  And I'm SO happy about that.  It gives me more hope that I've made a permanent change for the better.


Vacation & Exercise

We got there Tuesday evening, so I knew I wouldn't want to get up and run Wednesday.  My plan was to run Thursday and Saturday.  I did get up and run on the beach Thursday.  My 2 miles felt like 4...great for the legs!  Then I did lunges, squats & pushups.  My plans for Saturday fell thru.  It rained nearly all day, and by the time it cleared, we decided to take my daughter down to the beach.  I did get a lot of upper body work building sandcastles while we were there.  Does that count at all as a workout?!?!?!


I avoided the scale today.  I'm going to give my body a few days to adjust before I get too depressed. :)


I plan to go to the gym and run this afternoon.  We're having spaghetti for dinner with spaghetti squash as our "noodles".  I'm so excited to try it (and I am not a fan of spaghetti)! 

Have you ever used spaghetti squash as a noodle replacement? 
I hear it's pretty good!  I'll let you know how it goes!



Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nutella - a health food?

I *heart* nut butters.

I pretty much eat almond butter or peanut butter on a daily basis.  A lot of days, I have both, but there is one phenomenon I will never understand....and maybe you know something I don't, and if so, please share!

NUTELLA.

I have only had it one time (at a hotel breakfast) and knew instantly it would be too addictive to ever purchase and keep in my home. 

Shortly after consuming it a couple of years ago, I found it on the grocery store shelf and decided to take a look at the label.  Just maybe I could take it home with me!  Afterall, it's pretty much advertised as a health food, right?

After reading this label, I returned the jar to the shelf and have never picked up another one.



Click to enlarge
thanks random internet picture as I don't own a jar to take my own pic!


Here are my thoughts....my non-expert opinion:

200 cals per serving - ok, that's equivalent to peanut butter
18% saturated fat is kind of high (my almond butter only has 5% and PB 12%)
Protein - little low but I can get protein other places
Sugars:  21g.  WHAT?  My rule of thumb is to avoid anything with more than 7-8g of sugar per serving..usually less (unless I'm just outright eating a cookie or cake or something).

Ok, then I moved on to the ingredient list.

The #1 ingredient in this "nut butter" is NOT nuts.  It's SUGAR!  The first ingredient is sugar folks (which means it's the main ingredient.  Just in case you are new to label reading, the ingredients are listed in order from what is used the most to least....you don't want to see sugar as #1 unless you are eating a lollipop or a sugar cube).

#2 ingredient:  Modified palm oil.  I'm not positive here, but I don't think we're suppose to eat much "modified" anything....much less modified oil.  That just sounds weird.

#3 ingredient - finally, the nut appears.

Just to give you a comparrison:  the almond butter I eat has ONE ingredient:  Almonds.
The peanut butter I eat has TWO ingredients:  Peanuts.  Less than 1% salt.

It honestly baffles me how they can portray Nutella as a health food.

Don't get me wrong, the stuff tastes good!  But no wonder...it's chocolate sugar!

If you must eat it, then I think this should be an indulgence....something to have on special occassions, but not something that should be part of a regular diet.  I actually had someone tell me one day how they have tricked their kids at into having nutella sandwiches for breakfast and how they don't know that they're having something healthy.   I smiled and kept my mouth shut.  It wasn't someone I was very close to, so I'm not going to bust their bubble.....but man, I wish people would educate themselves a little more!

I purchased chocolate almond butter HOPING it would taste like Nutella.  It didn't.  Of course, I think it only had 9g of sugar that came from evaporated cane juice, but hey, it wasn't bad.  My daughter liked it, but I'm not likely to purchase again.

So.......if you know something I don't, feel free to dispute any of this!  I'd love to hear it....cause I WANT to eat this stuff....I just can't bring myself to do it!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dreadful Shins....still...

Today's Workout:
2 miles on the treadmill (20 min) and BodyPump (1 hour)

So...I told you I bought new shoes about a week ago because my shins had suddenly started hurting.  Well, my shins aren't really any better.  Maybe I just need to adjust to the new shoes?  Or maybe it's natural since I'm running slightly more than normal?

Lately, as I've been running, I've been focusing on form....making sure I'm not heel striking and that my hips are in alignment and all that jazz.  Maybe my form was better before I actually started trying to have good form?!?! 
Really, I'm just at a loss.

I guess the good thing is that after about mile 1-2, my shins get better, but I'll probably regret fighting thru it when they are super sore tomorrow :(

Any ideas?  Anyone?!


Monday, June 11, 2012

It's Monday...blah.

Today's workout: 
5.15 treadmill miles

I did intervals for the first 30 minutes (jogged 5.5mph for 3 minutes, sprinted 8.5mph for 1 minute, repeat...and repeat...and repeat....).  For the reminder, I tried to keep it close to 6.0, but I'd go down to 5.8 or up to 6.5.  I don't know why I have such an issue with keeping a steady pace!  I always want to go faster....but then I get tired, so I have to back off a little....and it's just a neverending cycle!  All said and done, I ended up with about a 10:00/mile pace.  Sigh.

For the first time ever, I've been keeping track of my mileage (on the right over there....).  I wanted to hit at least 20 miles each week/approx 80 per month and gradually increase.  I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen this month, particularly with vacation coming up soon.  I refuse to give up a couple of days of weight lifting.....so that lowers my mileage too.  Oh well!  Will keep trying! 

I don't really have much to say today....and yet, this is a wordy post. Shocker! :)

I'll try to get my thoughts together and post something later that is at least slightly interesting.

Until then....

Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Diet Coke Freedom

Today's Workout:  3.48 miles in the heat
I wasn't watching the time or the mileage.  I just decided at some point to head back home and call it quits.  The heat and the sun were just too much.  I knew I should have gone to the gym today instead!  I hate summer!

Today also marks 5 months clean from Diet Coke (or any soda).  If it is possible to be addicted to diet soda, then I think I was.  I might as well have just injected it straight into my bloodstream everyday.  I always drank a lot of water (so I justified the diet coke), but I drank a ton of diet coke. 

One day, I decided to eliminate it once and for all back in January.

Why?

Is it really turning to formaldehyde in our bodies and making us all die slow tragic deaths?  I don't know.  Maybe.
Is it giving us cancer?  I don't know.  Maybe.
Is it making us fat?  I don't know.  Maybe.
There actually is quite a bit of convincing research that states diet sodas do prohibit weight loss by tricking your body into thinking it has had suger and yada yada yada.

But I do know that there is nothing natural about it.

I do know that it is just a bunch of chemicals, and that can't be good for anyone.

There are those who say I've just replaced my diet coke addiction with coffee.  Yes and no.  I only drink coffee in the mornings, not all day like I did diet coke.  I don't put ANYTHING in my coffee...no artificial sweeteners that are in diet coke.  No chemicals.  No calories.  And studies show a little caffeine is actually beneficial.  Coffee is also naturally grown, so it's GOT to be a better choice, right?!

I'm sure a diet of 100% water all day would be ideal....and maybe one day I will get there, but for now, I'm still proud that I've managed to conquer diet coke!  That alone was a very large battle for me!


Friday, June 8, 2012

Paranoia? Self doubt?

Today's Workout:  I warmed up on the treadmill with HIIT.

I finished off with about 40 min of weight training/abs/stretching.

If you are a member of a gym, then you know there are plenty of people that go and put in their time, but they don't necessarily put forth the effort that is truly required to make a change.

I can't tell you the number of people I see leaving the gym who barely break a sweat, if they broke one at all.  Or the people who leisurely walk or ride a stationary bike while reading their favorite novel.  Of course, there are instances where this is appropriate.  Maybe you're recovering from an injury or a surgery, but for me, if I'm not dripping sweat when I leave, then I don't feel like the "workout" was worth it.  In my opinion, if I go and burn 125 calories in a 30 minute leisurely bike ride, well, I'd just assume stay home.  Harsh?  Maybe.  But I think in general, people just don't push themselves hard enough.  I can't figure out why.  I dont' know if it's self-doubt or what, but for me, I get a lot of satisfaction from knowing I pushed as hard as I could push and did the best I could do.

I've seen the owner of my gym watching me on more than one occasion (or the man I've at least deemed as the owner...someone has given me his description, and I think this guy fits the bill)...he has a very serious demeanor....a big, serious guy.  It makes me paranoid....like he must be thinking "she doesn't belong here"....or "she's totally doing that wrong".  Well, this morning, he came up to me and asked me my name.  I was thinking "Oh, no, what'd I do?".  I told him my name, and he high-fived me and said "Good job Tessa.  I like seeing someone working hard.  Keep it up".  Guess he is tired of seeing people reading their magazines too.

That made my day. 

Maybe I'm NOT doing it all wrong after all!  Lol.

Funny how we can doubt ourselves when we really have no reason to.  I've been working out now for a couple of years.  I'm not really clueless.  I know I'm queen of doubt and need to work on that!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Only a few more days until we go to the beach....and I'm afraid my body looks just like it did six weeks ago! Oh well!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tired

Today's Workout:  NONE!
I'm taking the day off!

When my alarm went off this morning, I realized just how tired my legs felt.  I usually take a weekend day off, but I decided to let it be today instead.  Besides, it's rainy and dreary outside, so it made sleeping in until 7am pretty nice!

I didn't want to say anything in case it wasn't "for real", but for 3 days in a row, I'm down a little more than a pound!  Now, I know it's just a pound, but hey - it's the first pound I've lost since I've been working from home (since mid-April)!   I've not been actively pursuing weight loss lately and haven't really anticipated the scale moving when I step on it (I'm queen of maintenance I think), although I need to buckle down and finish the job....but it was still nice to see a small change.  I'm pretty certain I have been building more muscle since I have been home.  I've noticed my shoulders and arms seem to be more defined, and my thighs are for sure becoming more muscular (thanks to running).....if only I could lose those aweful inner thighs!  As a woman, I know I'll probably have to deal with that forever, but surely a few more pounds of fat loss would help!

Tomorrow's Plan:  some early morning treadmill running (maybe HIIT) and definitely strength training.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To run....or not to run

It's a holiday!

What? You didn't know?

It's National Running Day!
(I wouldn't have known either except that I'm a fan of The Cowtown Marathon page and they've been posting about a celebratory run this morning for the past week or so!)



To celebrate, I ran 4.7 miserable miles on the treadmill (at a slower pace than normal...I averaged about 10:30/mile today). They were tough miles today.  I fought and fought my way thru it.  But....I'm so happy I did!  I feel better now for sure! 



I've taken it upon myself to give you a few inspirational running pics.

You're welcome! :)






I honestly don't expect everyone to run!  I understand why people don't want to or THINK they can't!  But most of us are capable. 

A year ago I "couldn't" run a mile...and to be honest, I didn't want to. I had ZERO desire to run.

I worked out.  I worked out a lot.  And I worked out hard with awesome instructors and trainers that pushed me beyond what I thought I could do (miss you Janna!).  But run?  NO WAY. 

This past December, we did a pyramid contest in our gym.  Everyday you added one exercise to the one you did before.  Well, I was doing the advanced level on all exercises.  The first exercise was to run 1/2 mile (each level had 1/2 mile, but the advanced level had to run it instead of walking or jogging).  Every day, that 1/2 mile at a run instead of a slow jog was my most dreaded part of the workout....not the boy pushups, not the dips, not the step ups, not the jumping lunges....it was that little HALF MILE!

But I did it.  And every day, I got stronger.

All of that to say....now, I consistently run 4-6 miles at a time.  Six months ago, I didn't want to run 1/2 mile.   And you know what?  I think I even like it now!!! *gasp* 

When you run, you go into this zone where your mind can wander....sometimes I let it wander, sometimes I pray, sometimes I just listen and sing (in my head...you're welcome again)....and sometimes I can't get into that zone and I fight my way thru the entire run, like today.  It's just my time.  I also love it because it's an easy way to set measureable goals!

If I can do it, so can you...if you want to! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

New Running Shoes

For the first time, I went to a specialty running store (Luke's Locker) and purchased a pair of decent shoes.  In the past, I'd always picked shoes pretty much by the way they looked....and by price.  This experience was much different than that!

The salesperson had me take off my shoes and walk around.  He said I had a pretty high arch, which means that I don't necessarily need a lot of cushion, as my arch can absorb much of the shock.  I thought that was interesting.  So you flat-footed people....get some decent padding in those shoes! :)

I did my best to NOT purchase based upon how the shoe looked but rather on how it felt.  The pair I picked are lighter than what I have had in the past.  They aren't a totally minimalist shoe, but they are a little more lightweight.

I ran about 3.5 miles yesterday and a little over 6 miles today in them....so far, so good. I'm sure I'm suppose to ease into a new pair of shoes.....but I like to just jump right on in!


When my husband saw them for the first time he said "oh, um, your new shoes....they're um, bright".

I informed him that they serve a purpose.  They will get my legs where they need to go and I'm not running in any fashion shows anytime in the near future.  I don't wear running shoes for anything other than exercise....ever, so I don't really care what they look like.  And I didn't think they were THAT bad!

I'm just happy the salesman didn't make me try on this pair, as it would have been difficult for me to be indifferent:



Apparently, they can't keep these bad boys in stock
No offense if you own these....I'm just pretty conservative when it comes to clothing...you know, blacks, browns, grays...the occassional green or blue or pink, but never ever something this bright!  With weight loss comes more confidence....so maybe next time!  LOL

So the salesman told me with the mileage I'm currently running, I will need new shoes every 4-5 months!  What?!  These things cost more than twice what I would normally pay!  UGH! 

So...whoever wants to start contributing to my running shoe fund, feel free.  I'm not too proud!  Oh, I'm kidding.......kind of.


The Perfect Chip Alternative?

I've seen various pins on Pinterest (shocker) of zucchini chips & yellow squash chips.

Could this be the perfect solution to my chip addiction?  Could it possibly be replaced with veggies??? 

I was at least willing to give it a try.


Who wants to donate a mandoline to my kitchen?  Would make this task so much easier!





Luckily, I had a super cute helper!


The finished product:



Ok, so I knew they would shrink.  I knew this was a dehydrating process and shrinkage would occur.  They went from about half dollar size to dime & penny size!  These were the smallest "chips" you've ever seen.  TOTALLY not salsa-worthy!

TASTE:   They tasted about like I expected that they would...kind of like fried squash, but not fried.  I seasoned with Mrs. Dash table blend. 

WOULD I MAKE THEM AGAIN?   Um, this is probably a big negative.  It's not like they tasted bad.  They were actually good.  But they were SO TINY and TOOK SO LONG TO MAKE.  Granted, you didn't have to do anything, but these guys were in the oven about 1 1/2 hours.  It's just a lot of energy for very little product!

Do you have a mandoline?  Do you love it or do you find yourself slicing things with a knife more than actually pulling it out and using it?



Sunday, June 3, 2012

What's for Lunch?

I've been needing a change for my lunches.

So, for the first time in months, I purchased a frozen entree. It's been in my freezer over a week, so I decided to go ahead and eat it for lunch today.  GAG.

When I first began my weight loss attempts, frozen entrees were a staple in my house.  I would buy 10 at a time....perfect for 2 weeks of work lunches.  Smart Ones were my favorite, but there were a couple of  Lean Cuisines I enjoyed as well.   I probably ate them for about a year.  At some point, many months ago, I decided to quit eating them. 
  1. I was sick of them.  You eat something daily for a year....you get pretty sick of it.
  2. I wanted to eliminate the sodium...most of them have crazy amounts of sodium...and I retain water better than anyone on the planet.
  3. I wanted to begin eating fewer processed foods (never mind my daily chip intake....but every bit helps, right?!)
For a while, I traded the frozen entrees for salads.  I would make the salads at night.  I let juices from tomatoes and banana peppers serve as my dressing (I'm not a HUGE salad dressing person anyway).

I also would prep food on Sunday afternoon.  I would cook several chicken breasts and use them for salads during the week.  I would also cook pasta & veggies, add in chicken and have fresh meals for my lunches.

I did all of this for a while.

Then at some point, I traded those things for peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.  EVERY DAY.  Then I decided to share some days with tuna sandwiches.....but again, the sodium in canned tuna is crazy high and I found I was retaining enormous amounts of water.  So I went back to PB&J daily.

Since I'm now working from home, you would think that it would be easy to change up my lunches, but I'm basically still eating sandwiches every day....just almond butter instead of peanut butter!

FYI - LOVE almond butter....and as a bonus, it's got a lot less saturated fat than peanut butter. We all know almonds are a healthier option than peanuts, so it makes sense that almond butter would be better for you.  My 3 year old loves it as well.  Ingredients:  Almonds. Period.  Can't beat that, right?!

I'm thinking about going back to salads. I want to eat "cleaner".  I think I felt better when I ate less processed, although I know I'll never completely eliminate processed foods.  I wish I was that committed!

All of this to say....I'm thankful for the frozen entree.  It served its purpose in my life at one time, and I know it has helped a lot of people lose weight; however, after choking down my lunch today and throwing away the "meat" that was in it,  I realized why I quit eating them and have committed to saying good-bye to them again.  :)

If anyone has any great lunch ideas, feel free to share! 

If you eat salads, what protein do you use?  Do you cook it once for the entire week for ease?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Another Weekend "Off"

It's looking like it's going to be another weekend free from hard workouts.

My husband is out of town, and the gym has very limited daycare on Saturday and none on Sunday.  I'm thinking maybe a long walk later with the stroller; however, I'm due for some strength training.  Maybe I'll work my upper body with pushups, weights and some abs.  Either way, I'm determined to do SOMETHING today.

Since I won't be running, I am going to try to be pretty mindful of what I put in my body.  They say it's 80% food, 20% working out.....sure do wish it was the other way around!!!!

Oh, I DO plan to get new running shoes today, so that's exciting.  I've been getting shin splits the last couple of weeks....and rumor has it, the reason is because I need new shoes.  Hope they work!

Hope you all have a heatlhy and fun weekend!

It's going to be pretty uneventful here!



Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rain Rain Go Away!

I woke up at 4:30am to a thunderstorm.  Ugh...not again!

When my alarm went off at 5:30, it didn't sound like it was raining anymore.  Yay!

And when I actually got my hiney out of bed at 6:00am, it was almost clearing.  Even better!

So I put my running shoes on and hit the pavement.

I hoped to run 6+ miles.

Until I rounded a corner and saw this:


At this point, I look at my GPS and I was only at 3.4 miles.

So, my not-so-normal brain thought
"Hmmmm....well, I've never ran in the rain before.  It could be fun"

Then it began lightening.  Big lightening.  Lots of big lightening.

I decided I'd go ahead and head home.

I ended at 4.06 miles and about 5 minutes before the rain.



Guess I'll have to run in the rain another day!