Friday, February 8, 2013

Good Intentions

The road to hell is paved with...

You got it.

So I started off the morning with perfect intentions.  I got dressed in my running stuff, walked the girls to school and hopped on the treadmill.  I was feeling pretty good.  My legs were burning but breathing was holding pretty steady. **Side Note:  I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this but I cover the distance and time while I'm running so that I don't stare at it wishing it were over.  When I stop to walk, I look to make sure that I'm not walking for more than 60 seconds at a time...***  So I'm going at it for a little while and the phone rings.  I mute the iphone and listen and it's work.  Damn.

So I get off the treadmill, answer the phone and take care of business.  Well, by the time I was done, the treadmill had reset so I had no idea how long I had run or how far!  Ugh!!!  I got back on and ran for another 15 minutes.  (I'm aiming for 30 minutes of actually running...not quite back there yet).  I have no idea if that was enough but I was DUN by then.  The mid-run call just totally threw me off.  However, I felt REALLY good that I got back on.

I did weigh in yesterday as promised.  No change.

Weight Last Week:  164.5
Weight This Week: 164.5
Change: 0

I know I'm holding on to some water with returning to wogging so I'm not surprised by this and I pigged out Sunday so all's well.  :)

No big plans for the weekend.  My mom is coming out for a visit on 2/17 so must get my house in order for that.  We may also do a little car shopping if Hubby's up for it.

I leave you with a Friday Funny:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Forgot to Weigh In

But I will tomorrow.

So a small personal victory this morning.  Since I didn't run Monday, I ran Tuesday morning (the plan is Mon, Wed & Fri and active on Saturday).  I woke up this morning and my back was tweaked a bit.  I had decided to wait until this evening and hope my back worked itself out.  On my walk home from dropping off the kiddos at school, I did some stretches and the back felt better.  "Good," I thought, "I'll run when I get home."  I walk into my house with the phone ringing...already someone from work needing something.  *SIGH*  OK...So I sat down and dealt with that.  Hold on...I'm getting to the point...stay with me.  Then I checked my calendar, saw I had a break this morning so I got up and did my run.  Do you realize how many opportunities that was this morning to NOT do my run (because we all know I wouldn't do it after work)?  So I felt good that I did my run at all.

I did exactly 2 miles in 30 minutes.  15 minute pace with a low incline.  Not too shabby for not feeling it at all.  :)

Tomorrow's a rest day, thank goodness.  Eventually I'll use those "off days" to do some cross training but not this week.  I don't want to overwhelm myself and end up giving up on it all together.  Food is also going fairly well so far this week.  Limited snacking and when I do, it's on healthy stuff.  I'd be surprised to see a loss tomorrow as I pigged out Sunday.

Hump Day Happy Thought:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

And So It Begins...

My training...that is.  I wogged this morning.  *sigh*  I almost died...but I didn't so here I am, alive to tell the tale.  I have decided to walk/run for 30 minutes until I can run for the entire time...I used to be able to do this...long ago in a galaxy far away.  So how'd I fare?  1.91 miles.  That's a pace of 15:42.  Yes...that's below the required 16 but it wasn't pretty folks and it was for less than 2 miles.  A few thoughts:

  1. Have you thought "I'll run until this song ends," and then you think "Holy crap on a cracker!  These Backstreet Boys (don't judge) go on and on and on...this is the longest song EVER!"  No?  Just me?  OK...moving on.
  2. I haven't wogged since November so I'm actually pretty happy with this first attempt back.
  3. It's amazing how much fitness you lose in a few cardio SUCKS.
  4. Not only have I not wogged, I haven't really worked out at all so this was good.
  5. I think there's some adjustment to be made given the environment as well.  I'm using my treadmill at home  until I can a) FIND my gym and b) work it into the schedule somehow.  Also, the humidity out here is messing with me, I think.  Even inside, it feels harder to breathe.  Oh?  That's the cardio, you say?  Hmmm...interesting.
  6. It felt AWESOME to be active and formally exercising again!  While I'm a firm believer that an active lifestyle certainly doesn't need to include gym/treadmill time, for's a MUST and it felt good to be at it again.
I admit, when I was done, I was wobbly.  I decided I must eat (hadn't had breakfast  yet) and so I turned to this for breakfast.  
Great start to a good day.  :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

New Ideas

It's a new month, a new Monday, a new beginning...a new chance to start fresh.  Do I need it?  Not really...actually feeling pretty good about things but I've also got a new idea...

So we all use those tricks, right?  The ones that keep us motivated...for some of us, it's stickers in our planners, check marks on a goal list, minutes on a treadmill, miles on a bike, etc.  For me, it's historically been a physical challenge.  I find I can stay motivated and on plan as long as I can see a goal long as I know I'm working TOWARDS something new and exciting.  It started with the 3 Day and then a 5K and then the Warrior Dash.  Now, my BFF has inspired me to reach beyond anything I ever REALLY thought I could accomplish...the Disney Half Marathon.

It's not that original...other bloggers have done it.  My BFF is thinking of registering for the one in Disneyland.  I'm still trying to talk her into doing the one in Orlando with me but I digress.  For whatever reason, I'm really drawn to this idea.  A couple things with this one though.

  • The race requires a 16 minute/mile pace.  For a runner like Leigh or Chelle, that's easy peasy but for a wogger such as myself (Wogger = one who jogs so slowly that power walkers pass them), that's intimidating.
  • The registration fee is $150.  That's freakin' expensive to pay for RUNNING! are these obstacles insurmountable.  Of course not.  I can afford the $150.  And I can train my butt off to run 13 miles at that pace...I THINK.  I'll be honest...I'm not sure.  But training is a must...serious training.  No slacking on this one so am I motivated and committed enough to get it done?  Not sure.   So I'm making this deal with myself...Starting this week, if I run (well, train to run) 4 days a week EVERY week leading up to registration in April, I'll register.  If I don't...well, then I won't.

So there you have it.  Training begins today.  Let's do this!
What are you working towards right now?

And Monday DEMotivation: