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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Weigh In Day!!

So today I was expecting a gain of about 3 pounds since I had gained about 4 over the Memorial Day weekend and according to the Wii had only taken about a pound back off. Well my official weigh in has me up 1.6 pounds - I'm good with that!

I rode my bike into weight watchers again - it was a harder ride this time because the whole way down I was riding into the wind. I still got there in the same time, but my body was working way harder! I know without the wind I would have gotten there in a faster time!

So to sum up my morning - a weigh in of 186.0 and 5 activity points earned!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mark Twain was a very wise man...

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."

Mark Twain

a wise man indeed.....

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The all mighty Wii....

So the Wii says I'm up another .7 this morning for a total gain from the weekend at 4 pounds. I know it will come back off - I will not let it stay with me, the question is how long will this extra baggage be with me? I just need to get by butt back in gear. I stopped by the grocery store on the way home so now we have food in the house and I can make a healthy lunch (yesterday since we had no food I had to grab lunch and ended up at McDonalds (made a good choice while there - but could have went somewhere else and made a better choice). I'm thinking it is also time to tweak my workout schedule - I ususally run after work, but the temps here have been approaching 100 and I'm worried about the heat. I may have to put my treadmill to use more which I don't mind so much, I just prefer to run outside.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Stop putting off the post will you??

So we came home from the Jazz fest late Monday afternoon and I have started this post several times, but never hit "publish". Things did not go exactly how I had planned them - and I kept telling my self "no guilt" but I have yet to convince myself of that...

First I didn't run at all - we did sooo much walking though - hubby was wearing a pedometer and here are the mileage counts if 2000 steps = one mile

10 miles on Friday
8 miles on Saturday
6.5 miles on Sunday
6 miles on Monday

Secondly my food choices were horrible - we ate fried, cheesy, chocolaty and even walked 2.4 miles round trip to go to a place late one night that had nothing but desserts....

My breakfast bread I took with me? Well there was no microwave and cold pumpkin bread with peanut butter on it tasted horrible. We did pretty much only stick to two meals, but of course that left my metabolism doing lord knows what and my water intake was almost non-existent due to downtown's ban on any sports bottles I couldn't carry my water bottle with me (cracking down on alcohol laws).

So the Wii says I'm up around 3 pounds and I know I can take it off, I just don't know how quickly I can take it off. I think some of it should come off pretty quickly as soon as I balance out the water and get rid of the extra salt I'm holding onto.

So again I'm sitting here telling myself - no guilt - you make the decision to have a great time, enjoy yourself and not worry about it. Now to just make myself believe it and get my butt back in gear and get the extra back off!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Running Quote...

I got this in my email this morning...

"Running is a statement to society. It is saying 'no' to always being on call, to sacrificing our daily runs for others' needs. When we run we are doing something for ourselves."
Phoebe Jones, runner

The word "Running" could be replaced with so many things and this quote is still true.

taking care of your self
working out
eating right
pampering yourself

We all really need to do more for ourselves - we are worth it, we deserve it, we want it and we will do it!!

So this Memorial Day weekend do something for yourself - I am taking my running gear and I'm going to get at least one run in maybe two (depending on how much other activity I get) from our hotel room at the Sacramento Jazz festival! We will be right by the capital and the rose garden and I think it will be a lovely place to recharge my batteries!

Trust me on this one, it will feel great! Do something for yourself and let me know what you did! I would love to hear all about it!!

See you all on Tuesday!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weigh in Day!

So today I woke up early (like I always do now - I'm just a morning person now I guess!). I was sitting here on the computer and I thought to my self - "Self - you could totally ride your bike to Weight Watchers this morning!" So I check out map my ride and see how far it is and it is just over 6 miles and I'm thinking I can totally do this. I need to eat a little something though and it is already HOT here so I know I have to drink water on the way - but I already know I'm going to have a gain, so what better day to do it?? I wake up hubby and tell him of my plan and he checks out my bike and makes sure the tires are good and off I go! It ends up being a little over 6.5 miles and takes me just a little over half an hour - I wasn't nervous about riding the distance - I was worried about the traffic, but that time of the morning it isn't bad. My wonderful hubby picked me up after the meeting since I thought 12+ miles would have been too ambitious and the traffic is worse after the meeting and it had only gotten hotter while I was in the meeting!

So my weigh in? I'm up .4 - I'm so totally OK with that - consider the fact that I tracked every point I ate this week and the dinner we had on Wednesday used all my remaining flex points AND all my earned activity points and I had a big fat RED negative number for the week and didn't get rid of the negative number until after my run on Saturday and on Thursday I was up over 3 pounds. I think this is the first gain I have ever had that I was 100% OK with and I know the reason for it and I'm not looking back - I'm looking forward!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday Summary!

So today I had a wonderful run - 5 miles - and it was the first first run since the parkway half that has felt good! I don't think I gave my body enough time to recover and then of course I did that strength training class on top of that so the past few runs have felt "awkward and not quite right" I don't know how else to explain it. I have new shoes and new insoles and I felt great today - I think my old shoes still have miles left in them, but the insoles don't.

I put on my new Nike shirt and shorts today and had hubby take a picture of me - you can see it on my sidebar over there -----> I love those shirts, they are super soft and the new one is the most amazing shade of purple and the matching shorts are so comfy and the don't ride up! It is my very first matching running outfit!

We stopped at the grocery store on the way home from the trail and picked up the ingredients for the zucchini lasagna that Angie had on her blog - we cooked it up and it will be my dinner tomorrow night as well as my lunches for the rest of the work week! I can't wait to try it!

The rest of the weekend will be busy packing for the Jazz festival next weekend and making sure I have snacks and everything I will need to make it a fun trip, but not stressful food wise. I don't mind splurging a bit, but not at every meal, so we have requested a fridge for the hotel room and plan on bringing snacks, breakfast (hubby's famous pumpkin bread with Better than PB) and 100 calorie bottles of chocolate milk for after my two runs I plan on getting in while there! Jazz fest is a big deal for us - hubby is a musician with Ophir Prison Band and it is a great holiday weekend for us every year!

I will update tomorrow morning with my weigh in (which I am expecting to be up and I'm OK with that since I splurged on Wednesday and dug myself a very big hole hat I didn't get out of until after the run today) - but there will be no weigh in next weekend. I will have the laptop though and might update after my runs - I will see how things go!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Strength Training? Really??

So the last week or so I have really been thinking about strength training - a lot! I ran by my parents house to give my mom her mothers day present this morning and my dad brought it up out of the blue and the lo and behold the topic of the meeting today was metabolism and how strength training can help speed it up. OK I get it - I only have to be hit in the head with an idea so many times before I get the hint...

Like everything else with weight watchers I have done one thing for a while until I'm confident I have set a routine that is stable and then I add in another - I did the food part of WW a long time before I added in water and then I stayed with that before I added any exercise, and now I have been doing the cardio part of the exercise for a while I think it is time to add in some weights.

Have I mentioned I hate weights? I have tried free weights, I have tried the big bulky machines and that lasts for about week (or maybe less...) and I hate it. I like the way it makes me feel stronger, but I hate weights...

I'm going to try a group strength training class at my gym - I'm excited, but also a little nervous. The receptionist at Weight Watchers does one on Monday mornings that I can probably get to and still get to work in time and she is a fellow runner and one of the people who got me interested in running. There is also one on Wednesday night at the gym by my work. So my grand plan at this point is to do the class twice a week and the running 4 days a week according to sacfit's schedule.

I'm also nervous because my weight loss is going so well right now and every time I do something different my body overreacts and holds on to weight and my losses slow down, but I know it is something I need to do, I know it will be good for me and make me a toner, stronger, fitter person and will also help me stay injury free and hopefully speed up my metabolism!

We will see how it all goes!

Weigh in Day!

I'm down 1.1 pounds this week - for a grand total of 78.5 pounds down total! I was a tad worried because I has used more flex points than I usually do and I only got two runs in this week since we are in recovery mode and being "In season" with Sacfit really keeps me accountable and we don't start back until June 6th - but I have a couple of runs coming up so I do need to keep at it!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I got some blog love!!!

This award was given to me by Heather - thewwchick and can I just say - she is awesome!! I am just inspired by her story and her recipes and tips - I just wish I lived closer - I would totally go to her meetings! She seems like the type of person I would click with. It also seems like we share the same tastes in music! Just last night we made the individual cakes that she had on her site in video form and they were a keeper!! I'm so honored to get this award from her! If you don't know about her - go check her out - she has so many way of helping you along on your journey!!

I'm passing this on to Jinxxygirl , Spunkysuzi, and Cindie - these are three people who encourage and inspire me along with so many others....

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Picture of Hubby and I at the finish!

So this is not the best picture of me, but an excellent one of hubby! I had only finished about 6 minutes before this was taken and my legs were hurting and I was soaking wet! Hubby had already finished (walkers started an hour before us) gone to the car and gotten out of some of his wet clothes - that why he looks dry and I still looked soaked. I was also trying to hang on to him to keep from falling over. And of course our medals are around our necks! We are both still very sore - this morning I felt pretty good, but that didn't last long.

Weigh In Day!!

So I was a little nervous because I never know what my body is going to do after a long run, but I lost 1.2 pounds this week! I'm now down a total of 77.4 pounds and a little closer to my goal!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

American River Parkway Half!

So let me first start by saying my previous time to beat was 3:22:59 and I came in at 3:05:10!! A new personal record!!

Then I should go on to say - it was HARD! - I tried to pace myself and not go out too fast which I did a fairly good job at - but that was hard to do,you just get caught up in the race atmosphere and want to run faster and sometimes it doesn't even seem like you are running as fast as you are, then you look down at your Garmin and opps, too fast....

I had several thing happen that I had never had happen, I had some chafing, I had a pain in my shin that hurt like crazy when I ran (we ended up walking about 3 miles at the fastest pace I had ever walked in my life!) and I also had calorie consumption issues, I felt run down and hungry the whole time.

I ran with Lina, Natasha and Rebecca for around 7 miles and then I finally get my second wind and was able to pick up the pace - Rebecca pushed, encouraged, prodded, bitched and guided me to the finish in a time that would beat my old PR. She is in a faster pace group and has more experience than I do, so she decided that she would help me get my PR and I am eternally grateful to her. I also got the pleasure of watching Natasha come in the finish of her first half marathon - she looked great!!

On another note hubby completed his first Half marathon today - I was so proud of him for not giving up this season when the aches and pains were getting the best of him and sticking it out. He did very well and since the walkers started an hour before we did, he was able to see me come in.

The finish line was a blur - I do know my parents and both my boys were there- I remember crossing the line and hugging Rebecca and crying and then getting my medal (which again is the prettiest medal of all the ones they had) oh and did I mention it was raining? Yup - It started raining just as we lined up for the start and didn't stop the whole time we ran.

The aftermath of pushing yourself to get a new PR is leg cramps, my very first blister on my foot due to a small rock in my shoe (yeah I could have stopped and taken it out but that would have taken time...), and a slight headache and tummy ache - but it's all good because I have a new PR and a new found respect for what my body will do for me if I treat it right!