Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Day 79: Another Absence and More Poor Eating

Hello one and all! Sorry I dropped off again. I can't really remember how Thursday went in terms of eating, although I know I skipped my run because my legs and butt were still sore. Then we went to Vancouver for the weekend for the memorial service of a family friend. So before I carry on...

Goodbye, Marilyn, and rest in peace. I'll never forget your kindness during our summer trips to Sheridan Lake. You were such an inspiration, a great example of how to live life to the very fullest. You were so optimistic and brave, even when you knew things wre not going well for you. I hope that you're at peace now.

Alright. So while in Vancouver, I didn't exercise, and I didn't eat right. Story of my life for the past couple weeks. I think I'm going to allow myself to not only get it right out of my system, but also let myself start feeling bad again. Worse, because even just what I'm doing now, being bad at dinner, is making me feel lethargic and gross again. And I'm not sleeping as well. So I'm using the rest of this week to figure out how I'm going to proceed with my eating. Get a real plan of attack. Then rededicate myself to working out and running. I'm going to be 100% in this. Just be patient with me, guys.

Have a great night, folks.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Day 73: Hey, I Remembered!

Hello one and all! I just finished my run, so I'm having breakfast all sweaty now. Delicious imagery, no? I discovered I was wrong about soreness today from that new thigh work yesterday. My thighs and glutes definitely feel it today! Which is good, I like knowing I worked hard. Although my run was a little rough, admittedly. Worth it! I hope I get good results from this thigh work so I can share it with you guys! I know I owe you a results post, but there's really nothing new. I don't thik I've lost any weight, nor any inches. Bummer! I hit a plateau faster than I had originally anticipated, so I've got to train harder and eat better. More on that later, haha, I've been so moody lately and my cravings are out of control.

Happy Wednesday, folks!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Day 72: I'm Starting To See a Pattern Emerging Here...

Hello one and all! Yes, I'm a terrible person. I forgot again. I need to stick up reminders or something. I'm sorry!

I tried a new workout to help slim my thunder thighs down. At first, I was very unimpressed. "My legs don't even feel tired!" Now, a couple hours later, they sure do! Good stuff. It probably won't translate into soreness for my run tomorrow, which is good. Trying to remember to do my abs too. I just did 3 30 second planks. I might do side plank ups before bed. I absolutely loathe working my abs. They're so weak, I feel like I'll never have any kind of enviable abs. That's where abs work comes in, right? Blah.

I'll try harder, I promise! Have a good one, folks.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Day 68: Losing Gains and Staying Sane

Hello one and all! So sorry I forgot again. I guess I have a lot on my mind. I'm discovering that in this stage of my running "career," any gains are really easily lost. I couldn't make it two miles straight, but I did make it one and three quarter miles. Kind of sucks. Even missing one run makes a big impact on the rest of my runs for the week.

My dad just made a great point about blogging. Through this journey, what's been keeping me sane is blogging. Even though I still don't know how many people are reading and how often they're reading, knowing that someone, somewhere might be watching my progress keeps me about accountable. Not that I don't slip up! No one is perfect, and I'm not even close. But I'm doing the best I can (most of the time) and that's all I can do.

So thank you, Internet and blog readers, for keeping me sane. Even though I've never had contact with any of you, you're what's keeping me going!

Have a great night!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Day 66: Laziness, No Motivation, and Finding Inspiration

Hello one and all! I'm having an insanely lazy day. I have zero energy to do anything. It's noon, and I still haven't even had breakfast. I'm supposed to run today. And I probably will later, but I think I'm going to drag myself out of bed now and do my arm work. On days when I really don't want to run, I find that making myself do something makes me feel a bit less bummed about running.

I have been feeling so unmotivated lately. So I've been thinking about it, and I decided that in addition to my goals of being healthy and strong and capable, I should add some shallow goals in there too. Pure vanity goals. So here are some, off the top of my head:
1. Look good in a bikini. I want to wear one without worrying about how much my butt is jiggling and how visible my stretch marks are.
2. Have legs that look toned and sexy in heels. Plus I'll look taller!
3. Have arms that scream "I'm strong, deal with it!"

Some more motivation stuff, regarding nutrition and my messed up eating lately: when I eat better, I feel so much better. I need to stop thinking about food as a treat. You know, "I worked out today so I can have that ice cream." The working out should be reward enough, knowing you're doing something amazing for yourself. And I want to retrain how I think about my workout time. It's the time of the day where I focus on me. It's my own time, I should look forward to it, not dread it!

So there's a little blurb on that fun stuff. I'm off to do weights!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Day 65: I Forgot Again and I'm Sick Again!

Hello one and all! I fail at blogging. The fast yesterday went well. I wasn't starving, yay! Although my blood sugar did crash once. So I had a piece of sugar free gum. I didn't make it through my run though. Courtesy of my blood sugar, grr! But that's okay. I'm glad I stopped. I was home alone. And what if something had happened? That would not have been good.

So I decided to split up my legs and arms weight routines. I'll do glute, thighs, calves and abs on non running days, and shoulders, biceps, triceps and back on running days. I think it'll be a better way to go for me. I'll run in the morning if I can and do weights at night.

So today I did my lower body and ab stuff, and my legs and butt are feeling a bit like jelly! My abs are okay is. I got a good stretch in. I hope this new routine is good! I want my butt to be smaller, but better shaped and less... Saggy, really. So there we go, it's all about goals, people!

All for me! Have a great night!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Day 63: Back Home, Vacation Badness, and No Results

Hello one and all! Dan and I got back from Calgary today. We had a great time! We mostly just explored (and also dragged Amber to the zoo). It was fun, but the first night was rough. I get really car sick, so we got to the hotel and I was just not at all doing well. I had a terrible headache originating in my neck, I was insanely congested, and I was nauseous. So Dan was my hero and found a London Drugs to get me some Advil while I stayed in our room with all the lights off and the curtains shut. So that was rough. I had a nap after I took my Advil, and felt much better. So we went exploring! We ended up getting dinner at a little drive-thru called Peter's Drive-In. Best milkshake ever. So thick! I was tempted to do the Dairy Queen blizzard test on it...

Related note, confession: we didn't eat nearly as well as I had hoped. I was thinking we'd have breakfast, lunch and snacks all clean, and dinners would be "off." Definitely not the case! We were so excited to explore (okay, I was) that I kept forgetting to bring food for us for lunch and snacks! I'd grab a bottle of water and grapes. Not real food. And then we'd end up having a burger or something, and you know what?

I had a great time.

I think what made me okay with it was knowing that nobody is perfect all the time. And let's face it, I didn't want to be! Calgary was a city I'd never been to before, I was dying to try some of Dan's favourite places. I think I also felt okay because I've decided to try the 24 hour fast thing I mentioned (I might have). Eat Stop Eat? Familiar? Well, if not, look it up! My mom told me about it, and after I did my research, I decided to give it a shot. So my first fast is actually in progress right now! Finished dessert at 7:15, so I eat again the same time tomorrow. I don't work, so it'll be good to just give it a shot and see how it goes. If it goes well, I'll start another one Tuesday night, because I don't work Wednesday either!

So, the reason for no results is evident above. I haven't been extra stringent about my eating lately. I've been striving for 80/20. I'll post results on Monday next week, as my menstrual cycle has just incredible timing again... I'll try and remember to keep notes of my progress! Through the fast. Sorry, I'm all over the place right now. I'll also do a picture post. We really didn't take many pictures. Took a couple on the way through Banff, tried to take a cute one of us our first full day in Calgary, and the rest are zoo pictures. Because I'm a five year old, and I seriously love going to the zoo.

Anyways, I guess that makes us all caught up now! I did do one day of weights, Friday. And I'm off to do leg weights now. I'm supposed to try to do a weight training session tomorrow near the end of the fast. So I'm going to do legs tonight, do a short interval run tomorrow, and do my arms in the evening. Hopefully it all works out!

Have a great night, and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to my momba, and to all the moms out here reading this!