Saturday, February 28, 2015

Successful Business Trip

This week I had to go to DC on business and I was bound and determined to stay on program and not come back with a gain.  I did really well and actually ended up losing 2#!!  I took cheese sticks, nuts, and protein bars with me to have for breakfast and I made a commitment to have salads for my lunches.  For dinners I made sure I ordered things that fit within my program and even tried out a gluten free pizza one night.  All my meals were really tasty and I never really felt like I was missing anything.  The exception to that was the birthday cake that a co-worker was presented with.  It smelled amazing but I just kept thinking about the goals I have and how I really want to be successful at this endeavor.

Unfortunately I did not get any C25K training done while I was gone so I think I'm going to have to repeat week 1 before going on to week 2.  I just wish the weather would clear up so I could get back to the track.  I really prefer running there for several reasons.  One is that it doesn't seem to hurt my legs quite so much to run on the dirt but probably the main reason is that I don't feel that self conscious when I'm running there.  I know I shouldn't worry so much what people think of me running but anything that makes it easier for me to get out there and do it I consider a good thing!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

C25K Day 2 and Weigh in

I did not lose anything this week!!  I hate weeks like this.  I feel like I did everything right but I'm going to go back and look at what I ate and try to figure out what was wrong.  I know it's better than a gain but just barely better.  I've been telling myself all day that it's just one week and that slow and steady will win this race.  But, gosh darnit already, I want to win today!! ;-)

With regard to 2 is done!  It was hard..I dare say just as hard as day 1 but I did it.  DH helped me along by coaching my breathing and reminding me to lift my head.  He had me breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth.  I think it helped but now my nose is runny and hurts!  Also I'm not 100% sold on my shoes.  I retied the laces but it seems like my feet keep scootching forward and then my toes are all cramped up in front.  I'd like to visit the running store to get fitted with good shoes but I'm still afraid I'm going to quit and then I'll have wasted a bunch of money on shoes.  I know this is not a very healthy way to think and believe me I'm trying to change my attitude.

My next running day would be Saturday but we are forecast for a really bad snowstorm so I'm not sure what is going to happen.  If possible, it might be a good idea to lay down $4.25 and go over to the rec center and use their indoor track.  Next week I am on a business trip so my hope is that I can find the time at least twice to go into the workout room at the hotel and use the treadmill to train.  Next week we increase our run time intervals by another 30 seconds and I don't want to take a week off and then try to do that!  I'm expecting we will be working long days so running outside is not the best idea since it will be dark and I'm going to a very large urban city with a noticeable crime rate.

I went back to Curves on Monday and had problems with my key tag so I had to reprogram a new one and half way through my workout it freaked out again.  I really think that once my year is up on this membership I am not going to renew.  It costs just as much as a family membership at the rec center and at least with that membership DH could come with me if he wanted to.  He's not a big fan of the place because it's usually filled with obnoxious teenagers and over crowded. least if I'm paying this amount of money he could come if he wanted to.  I could also go back to taking my Zumba classes that I actually liked (not loved...because, well, it's still exercise.)  Maybe someday I'll be one of those people who likes exercise!  Gosh...I sure hope I come back and read this in a year and laugh at myself!!

I was looking at quotes today to try to keep my motivation going and help my confidence problem.  I found this really good one that I'll close this post out with.

It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.  George Sheehan

Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Meal Planner

Today I posted a project on my crafty blog that bleeds over into this blog - can't imagine that will happen often!  Here's a link if you want to see the details about this meal planner I made and where I got my printables:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

C25K Week 1 Day 1

DH and I had a really good discussion today about my fears of failure and not meeting goals. He's so wonderful!  He understands me and promises to be there to help. That really means so much!!!

As a start he went with me today to start the couch to 5K program. It was 37 degrees with a pretty good wind and I quickly figured out I need more warmth on my legs. I completed the program but that last run segment was very difficult and in addition to be feeling very tight and sore muscles I was also feeling that horrible tingling you get when the cold is starting to invade. 

We used the gravel track at the middle school and I could really tell the difference when we got back on the asphalt walking home. I don't think I would like running on that surface!  I did have my new Reeboks on and they felt pretty good. I need to fix the lacing but I think they will work well for me. 

When we got home I ordered some Under Armour ColdGear compression leggings and a ColdGear shirt. They should be here later in the week. Hopefully they will help me stay warmer.  I also need some better gloves but I have these freakishly long fingers so I'll go over to the sporting goods store for those so I can try them on. 

My next run should be on Wednesday. I will get over to Curves before then. I think a good plan will be to do C25K 3 days a week and then go to Curves the alternating 3 days and have one day off per week. I really want to stick with this and have some completed goals that I  can look back on to motivate me to go further and feel confident in myself. Good start so far!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Back from Vacation

Well...we made it back safely from our cruise.  When I weighed in the morning after we got home I was up 9.5#!!!!  I didn't think I'd had that much fun but I did notice that my ankles were very swollen and I felt bloated so I hoped it was water weight that would come off fast.  Luckily within a few days 6.5# of that was gone and I was left with a true 3# gain for a 10 day vacation which I don't feel too bad about.  I did phase 1 for the last week and then today I added in one serving of fruit.  We are going out to dinner tomorrow night for V-Day but I've scoped out what I'm having and it's all phase 1.  My goal for weigh in on Thursday is to get back to where I was when we left for vacation.

DH has been doing great and has really stepped up his exercise.  I haven't been walking with him because I feel like I slow him down too much and when I do try to keep up I'm completely miserable and feel like crying the whole time.  I downloaded some Couch to 5K podcasts that I'm going to work with on my own.  Hopefully in the next couple months I'll be able to work up to being able to walk at his pace and we can go together.

It's so easy for me to put exercise on the back burner because I really hate it!  I know it's good for me and that it will definitely help me reach my weight loss goals but I'd much rather play on the computer or do some crafty type thing.  Also...I've been paying almost $40 a month for a Curves membership and haven't been going there either.  I've really got to kick myself into gear!

Current Success:
02/12/2015 - 23# down

Upcoming Goal:
St. Patrick's Day - 41# down