Tuesday, June 29, 2010

it just figures...

I go to the grocery store on Sundays usually. After church, before dinner and jazz with my neighbors. I usually feel like I look pretty cute, since I'm still kind of dressed up from church. I only ever see families and older couples.

Today I went to the grocery store after my workout with Janel. And the grocery store? FULL of guys. I am so serious right now. It's like every attractive male decided to go shopping tonight. And I am still in my ridiculously sweaty workout clothes. UGH. Hahaha. Just thought that was a funny story.

Truly, I don't care what anyone thinks about how I look after a workout. I mean, I feel awesome, and that's all that matters. Also, I especially don't care about guys at the grocery store... (Read: I might kind of care what one of neighbor boys thinks... but SHH!)

Anyway... my workout with Janel was insane today. I really felt like I was going to throw up a couple times, but I didn't, thank God! Here is what we did:

20 low jumping jacks
6 down-dog push-ups
30 mountain climbers
10 low plank leg lifts (10 per leg, btw.)
20 "supermans"
20 crunch style toe touches
10 leg lifts
20 crunch style toe touches
20 "supermans"
10 low plank leg lifts
30 mountain climbers
6 down-dog push ups
20 low jumping jacks

Even ONE cycle of this was so hard. We did FOUR. I was literally dripping sweat onto the mat after just one cycle. By the end of the hour, I was totally soaked. It was awesome. But Janel said next time we are doing it as a time trial... hopefully not til towards the end of my training. Apparently some people can do 4 cycles in like, 20 minutes. I am really thinking about doing this again, though, on my own. I mean, it was a great workout, and I can do everything without any equipment. It is a perfect "portable" workout... I think I'll try it next week when I am traveling for a wedding I'm in. Plus, the more practice I can get in on it, the better I'll do on my time trial, whenever that may be...

Well, despite the fact that I'm running in the morning, I am still going to shower tonight. I'm a sweaty sticky mess! (I know you really wanted to know!) I'm just going to rinse off though. Shampooing and the like can wait til after my morning run.

Happy Tuesday evening, everyone!!!

p.s. I feel SO happy right now! What a great mood! Thanks, endorphins!!!



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I am a busy bee!

I really am. It seems that my calendar is just getting more and more filled with wonderful things. Between work, personal training, and marathon training, there isn't a whole lot of room for other things. Yet I have also managed to squeeze in babysitting, dinner with a church friend, church, picking up my bridesmaid's dress and a Saturday field trip to Fort Collins. And that is just this week!

So I did something on Tuesday. I promised Janel (my personal trainer) that I would write down everything I ate for the next week. I am not keeping track of calories, though. That's just too much for me right now. But I am writing down what I am eating and when I am eating it. Even just knowing that Janel expects me to do this is keeping me on track.

Marathon training is going smoothly. I am training to finish, not for any sort of time goal, so it isn't very intense yet. I ran 5 miles on Sunday, and 3 yesterday. Tomorrow is 4, Saturday 3, and Sunday 6. Then I get a rest day on Monday before killing it at the gym with Janel on Tuesday. Training is really helping. I can literally feel myself getting stronger. I am going to have rock hard muscles in no time!

You might have noticed that I didn't do a weigh in post on Friday. Here are my reasons:

1. I was running late. (This is true, I was, I swear!)
2. I was up 5 pounds. 5 POUNDS!

There is no way that was real weight, and sure enough, the next day I was back down again.

I am just so tired of fighting myself. Fighting to get out the door to run. Fighting to choose healthy foods and appropriate amounts of them to eat. So, so, so tired of fighting. And the scale is not helping. I am finding that I am putting far too much emphasis on what it says. What I should be doing is focusing on how great I feel after completing an hour with Janel or a long run. On how muscles all over my body are just the slightest bit sore, even two days after training. I should be caring about what food I am fixing for myself, and celebrating when I make good choices.

I'm not going to post Friday weigh ins for awhile. Not until I can stop freaking out about what the scale says. Until then, I will still update on Friday (and sporadically throughout the week as well), but I will update with all the positive things I have done during the week.

I am very slowly climbing off this plateau that I have been stuck on for the last 2 months. And it is painfully slow, but I'm getting there.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

just thinking

I am really loving Jillian's new show, Losing It. I watched the most recent episode this morning on Hulu, and it's had me thinking all day. If I really loved myself, I would be taking better care of my body. I would be eating healthier and exercising more. But as you all know, I've really been struggling with that lately, although I do think I'm on the right track to regaining the momentum I had before this ridiculously long plateau.

Personal training today was awesome. My limbs feel like jello. And I really love Janel, my trainer. She is so easy to talk to, and she really pushes me. Which is what I'm paying for, haha. I'm going to be sad when this round of training is over if I can't afford more. Maybe I will be able to, maybe not, who knows. But I am loving it so far. It's another thing that has me thinking though... I am paying for training to be stronger, and help me lose weight. And anything I do contrary to that, like putting junk in my body, is basically screwing myself over. Going to training is making me really think about my nutrition priorities, I must say.

If I'm going to do this... personal training, as well as marathon training... I need to do it right.

Monday, June 14, 2010

happy!

Happy 1st day of marathon training, everyone! Or, okay, maybe I'm just saying that to myself. =)

Today is the first day of marathon training. I ran a measly 3 miles on the treadmill, but I felt awesome. Somehow, today, I feel like a marathoner. I mean, I really feel different! I don't know why this is, but I like it! I desperately want to shower, but I am doing 4 miles in the morning tomorrow. It would kind of be a waste of water to shower tonight and also in the morning. Instead, I'm going to give myself a pedicure. My feet could use a little TLC, I think.

Confession: whenever I haven't gotten mail in a long time, I usually go to Amazon and buy something. It's almost always a book, and it is also always a book that I end up keeping. Today I really wanted to buy books about marathoning. But be proud of me: instead, I whipped out my library card and ordered NINE books to be delivered to my library. For free. Probably most of them I would not want to keep but if there is one or two that are really super useful, maybe I will buy them in the future. I am pretty sure I will have cleaned out the library of marathoning books for a couple weeks at least, hahaha.

Last but not least! Have you checked out the daily 3 yet? If you haven't, come check it out! (And then send me an email to join! everydaygrace.blog@gmail.com) Basically, it's a community where we all post 3 goals every day and then offer support to everyone else. So far, there are really only 2 of us posting, and we have a small band of followers. I am pretty sure if you want to join the community though, you don't even need to be a follower - the blog will show up on your dashboard and you can get to it that way! So come on over! I have found it very helpful so far, and I'm enjoying starting to think of new ways to challenge myself with my goals.

Friday, June 11, 2010

the daily 3

I realized I have a few more minutes before I need to go to work. So I started a new blog... and I want you to write for me! (And don't worry, this blog isn't going anywhere!)

The new blog is called The Daily 3. The purpose? For members to post 3 goals, every day. (Or as many days a week as you want, when you get the chance.) Once you have done a post, the next day, if you want to, you can give a quick recap of how you did with the previous days goals before posting your new goals. Also, your goals don't have to change day to day - if you are still working on something, go ahead and tackle that goal every day for as long as you need to!

So much of this weight loss/management journey is about reaching goals - whether they are weight related, general health related, exercise related. And it really does help to have people asking you... how did you do today? I would hope that members would comment on the entries of the other people posting... not all of them, obviously, but when you can. I want us to be a team.

Interested in joining? Leave a comment with your email address, or shoot me an email at everydaygrace.blog@gmail.com. I'll invite people until Blogger tells me I can't. (So, I can have 99 more people, at this point.)

Here's the link to the new blog: http://thedaily3team.blogspot.com/

Have a great day! =)

turning it around

Last week: 203.4
This Week: 203.2 (-.2)

Well, at this rate, I will reach my goal in like, 3 years. NO thanks! Instead of focusing on how lame it is that I am only down .2, let's focus on the good things I have been doing.

1. I have been getting a lot more water these past few days.

2. I have been packing my lunch for work. And eating a lot less crap at work.

3. I went to the gym... but only yesterday. I am going tonight though, for my session with Janel. And I'm long running on Sunday. Official marathon training for October starts Monday. I'm super excited, and also insanely nervous.

That's it guys. Sorry so short, but I have to go to work! Long day with lots of stuff to do before training. But here are my goals for today... I'll report when I get back tonight, with a write up of my training session.

Goals:
1. Drink at least 5 glasses of water at work.
2. No soda. (Backslid much on this one...)
3. No chocolate or snacks other than popcorn at work, unless they are snacks I bring from home.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

a few things to say

1. I am completely in love with the new Blogger templates and layouts and such. I am taking a break from black and pink for this nice summery background. I really like it a lot!

2. I have a training session with Janel tomorrow. I might die. I can't wait!

3. At my gym, they have bikes that are practically video games. You have to steer, and you have a screen that shows the path you are doing. They also have a game. You ride your bike, and steer around to pick up coins. Once you have a coin of a certain color, then you have to go catch a dragon of the same color. Some dragons are at the tops of hills, or are really fast, so you get more points for catching those ones. These dang dragons are going to make me enjoy riding the bike.

4. Have you checked out the pages at the top of my blog? I have one called "50 Pounds" which consists of photos of items that are around 50 pounds. My mom helped me take them at Target. The other is progress pics... and I just added a new one! It's a terribly lighted self picture I took with the help of a mirror, but nonetheless, it is the first of my "during" pictures. In this photo, I actually have a waistline. How exciting!

5. Off to open my windows and enjoy the sounds and smells of the thunderstorm!

Friday, June 4, 2010

quick update

Last Week: 204

This Week: 203.4 (-.6)

Half a pound. Better than nothing, and a move in the right direction, but still, SO frustrating. I will admit that this week has been crazy hectic though. One of our biggest fundraisers of the year for work starts this morning, and the last two days have been set-up and prep for it. Today is going to be insane. It's a book sale, and on the first day is when all the bookdealers come, and just tons of people in general so they can have first pick. (Too bad for them I took all the good books already, haha! Okay, well, I took 16 of the good books... out of 95,000.)

Also we have had people cooking for us and all our volunteers, so I've been eating the provided food instead of my own, which I am sure contributes to the small loss.

Well, I have a lot to do today! I have to be at the sale by 7:45, but I also have to stop at the grocery store for supplies, and at Starbucks for a coffee, or I will not make it through the morning. I'm not one for drinking caffeine, and I will be glad when I can stop again next week, but it is going to be pretty dang necessary for the next few days.