Thursday, October 28, 2010

Speed Bump

I was doing so well, and then hit a little speed bump. All of a sudden my knee swelled up and I couldn't bend it. It also felt very unstable because of the swelling so I couldn't really run... BUT thanks to my Chiropractor friend... I am all better!! OK, not quite all better since I haven't actually seen him yet, but damn close!

That means that I will definitely be all set to run the 5K on Sunday :) I am soo excited!! Did you know that issues in your back can actually cause symptoms in your extremities (ie... legs, arms, hands, and feet)?? Well, I have to be honest... I did know this, but not to this extent.

I wasn't having ANY actual pain anywhere... not even in my knee where it was swollen. But he told me to stretch out and ice my low back (won't get into specific areas or directions) and seriously, almost instantly after applying some trigger point pressure on a spasm... knee effusion - GONE!!

It was like a freaking magic trick!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Brian!! I so owe you... see you tomorrow morning for my adjustment :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Getting There

Yesterday I did not feel like going to the gym... all this workout after pretty much being a slug for 4 months, is kicking my ass! But thankfully I have my workout partner now. I was supposed to meet her at the gym, so I HAD to go. Well, on my way back from dropping off the kids at school, I got a call saying she was going to have to wait til her hubby got back before she could go cuz the baby had a cold and can't go into Child Care... bummer :(

I had to make a choice. We're training for a 1/2 marathon and we are motivating each other, right? So if I stayed at home and text her and told her that I wasn't going in, does that give her a pass? maybe, right? I mean, at the end of the day with a sick baby do you want to leave when hubby comes home? Let me rephrase that... do you want to leave and go workout? probably not... now head over to Target, that sounds awesome (especially cuz we have a Starbucks in it... hehe)

Anyway, I headed over and I needed to make it count. I got on the treadmill and set the weight (yuck), the program, the level, the time... then I had to do the speed. I decided right then and there I was just running. No matter what. So 30 mins later I ran a little more than 2.5 miles. Longer than I've ever run before. I was soo excited!! And I gotta tell you, it's because my partner :) I am sooo glad that she asked if I minded having a training partner!

On the other side of things, I've been eating sooo much better this week. Back on Weight Watchers and hoping to get down to the goal weight this time. I am 29 lbs over goal, but heck I've already dropped 61 so its about time to just do it. I have to say that I am in LOVE with PB 2
For the past 2 workouts, I've come home to a ginormous bowl of oatmeal which I learned how to make by Hungry Girl. Here's the basic from HG and I'll tell you what I've done to it...

It's a serving of oats (1/2 cup) prepared with twice the recommended amount of liquid (1 cup water and 1 cup UVAB -Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze) and cooked on the stove for at least twice the suggested time (10 minutes or more). A packet or two of no-calorie sweetener, a dash of salt, and a drop of vanilla extract join this duo on a pretty regular basis

Now, what I've been doing since I need more flavor is I take the oatmeal, water, and almond breeze and cook it up, but I through in a Tbsp of PB2 chocolate peanut butter mixture and a tsp of sliced almonds and OMFG... it rocks!! Then yesterday, I decided to do the regular PB2 peanut butter and shopped apples. I am seriously in heaven!! Oh, did I mention this recipe yields 2 full cups of oatmeal?? Yes, so you aren't sitting there looking at 3/4 cup of oatmeal saying, oh yeah, this is a meal :(

Well, that's my new addiction... that and the egg white omlets filled with veggies and a hashbrown warmed without oil! Getting a filling breakfast for virtually no points... it's awesome :)

OK... heading out now... gotta go make breakfast!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Easier with Company

So this morning was crazy. I had to get the kids dressed, fed and out the door, pack up clothes for the Big Brother Big Sister pick up, finish signing all of the paperwork for Take Home Tuesday from the kids school, make and pack lunches, and get to the gym. I know I did it to myself because half of that list could have been done last night, but I didnt feel like it.

I've been lazy lately. I don't want to do anything. I just want to lay in bed and sleep and ignore everything else. But since we know I can't do that, I decided to train for a 1/2 marathon. Yes, I keep bringing it up! I am driven by this right now. I am going to get to my goal weight. I am going to do this race. I am going to succeed, DAMN IT!!!

Anyway, this morning I didn't feel like going. I wanted to drop the kids off and come home and go to bed. BUT - I have workout partner and I couldn't let her down, right? Funny thing was... she didn't want to workout either! Today was just a bad day. We didn't leave though. We wanted to and discussed the possibility, but it was never really an option. So we worked out.

Today was a cross training day so I didn't have to run... Thank GOD! We did 30 mins on the stairstepper at Level 5 and then the 30 mins on the elliptical at Level 4, I think. I burned a bunch of calories and can't wait to start dropping weight! I decided this morning to weigh myself. It's only been 2 days but I figured that I've been staying on track with my points, working out hard, and just overall feeling good... NOT a good idea!! I gained!!

So I'm not going to weigh myself til next week. I'm going to get past this point and continue doing what I am doing. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On my way

I made it to the gym today :) I think that in itself is an accomplishment so I'm giving myself a few gold stars today. Yesterday, I stayed on track as far as points and that's without even using any of my activity points. I know I could have made some better decisions, like having some healthier snacks, but hey I'm just getting back into the swing.

Today I ran on the treadmill for 2miles... without stopping! For me, this is a huge success because I have an amazing way of talking myself out of doing things. I actually would have been able to run almost 3 miles but I decided to up the speed and then I started sucking wind. Not a good thing. I realized that I need to look at the whole running thing differently.

I was envisioning the pounds melting away and listening to the songs on my MP3 player. I remember someone on a talk show saying that he would workout to a certain number of songs each day and just up the number by 1 more song whenever he felt strong enough... I think that's how I will be conquering my running thing. I can't walk until I get to a certain song. Today it just so happened to be "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel.

I spent about 4-5 hrs on Sunday building 2 playlists for running and I think I need to tweak them a little to be totally set. I gotta tell you though, Eminem and Lady Gaga... good workout music!! lmao.

OK... I keep forgetting to weigh myself in the morning BEFORE I eat, and I have a fear of weighing in after I eat anything, so I think I might actually just hold off til next week and keep my fingers crossed that I will finally be back under 160. Yep, that freaking number again!! I have issues!! lmao

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 1 - Training!!

So I decided that I will, in fact, be running the local 1/2 marathon! The kids at the high school I work at think I am completely insane, but it's all good. I've been looking into training programs and even got a friend of mine to commit to doing this with me! Yay :)

Here's what I've found...

There are some crazy workouts... ok, maybe they aren't the crazy ones, but seriously, the Beginners in this are supposed to be running 15-25 miles per week! Apparently, I am not ready for the Cool Running 3 month program... lol! I realize most people think that I'm crazy to try to do this with only 5months to go from nothing to 13.1 miles, but I honestly believe I can do!

So this is the program I will be using to get me prepared to run to this damn thing! I will be using the next couple of months to actually work up to the 8-10miles per week start distance that they recommend. So far, I have 1 whopping mile under my belt. Yes, 1! I ran that one mile today and thought that my lungs were going to pop out of my chest.

I've decided that I need to take this time to work on my strength and endurance. I will be working on my breathing and my mental toughness. BTW - I talk myself out of the damn 5Ks so I can only imagine how I'm going to be feeling at mile 8 :) I am so ready for this! This is my everest!!

I have 1 mile done for this week. I spent 28 minutes on the treadmill (11:15 of that running and then the rest was a very brisk walk - all with HILLS!!) followed by another 25minutes on the elliptical and some free weights. Day one is complete... now day 2 I'm coming for you!! hehe

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Motivation

Motivation is a funny thing, isn't it?

Dictionary.com defines it as:

mo·ti·va·tion –noun
1. the act or an instance of motivating.
2. the state or condition of being motivated.
3. something that motivates; inducement; incentive.

Well, I haven't been very motivated in the past few months. I've been off the wagon as far as eating, haven't been exercising, and even avoided this place because I didn't want to admit it publicly... not that this is very public. lol

Over the past 6 months I've participated in three 5K road races. The first 2 I actually ran (at least most of it) and the most recent, only a few weeks ago I walked. I walked for a couple of reasons... because I hurt my foot and it hurts more when I jog, because I wanted to walk with my hubby and kids, and mostly because I couldn't run the whole thing. Heck, I would've been lucky if I made it the first mile without walking... and I didn't want to admit that either.

So, I've admitted it. Now, I am going to conquer it! I am going to motivate myself and maybe even a few other people to do something. I am signing up for a local half marathon that takes place on March 20th. I'm thinking of having people sponsor me to help the local food pantry and keep me going. Seriously, how do I back out on race day when people are actually paying me to run???!?! I can't!!

There are a few other reasons I'm doing it. Some are... to show my kids that anything is possible, to prove to MYSELF that I can do anything, so help a charity that I seriously believe in, to get back into shape and feel good when I get dressed in the morning... and maybe even when I'm not dressed with my hubby ;)... oh and... so I can still have those little treats that I can't seem to avoid.

Anyway, I'm motivated. I created a playlist for my training runs. I set up some running paths on Running Maps even though I think I will be doing a lot of my running on the treadmill with a LOT of additional cardio on the elliptical and stairstepper... and after a few weeks of proving that I will seriously stick with this, I might even buy myself some nice new running shoes :) Wish me luck!