Friday, December 29, 2017

My Week in Workouts

Editor's note: I wrote this last Friday, but never got around to uploading the photos. So I just added on for this week.

Here's the truth. I have been so busy this week. That's pretty normal this time of year. But here are two things I am proud of: I still got in all my workouts -- SIX! And I got eight hours of sleep every night but one. And I still made a craft for my mom, managed to work most days and stay in the Christmas spirit.

I am killing it this year!

But my weight is up because I have managed to say no to the cookies or cared about what I am eating.

So there's that.

Saturday I started out like all good weeks do: Kickboxing class. If I could schedule more I would. They are meditative to me. Some people yoga, some people drink, I just like to punch stuff.

Sunday I got a great workout in. I wanted to do a run. But there was freezing rain in the morning. So I did it indoors. It wasn't fast. But I did it on the treadmill and I am just proud of myself for not giving up. Then I stayed and did my stronglifts program. Things are feeling good again. I feel strong.

Monday I had the day off and I ran outside. It wasn't warm, but it was somewhere in the 40s. Decent. And I told myself no presure, but I ran the 8/2 pattern. After the first mile I was averaging about 11 minute miles and I got really hopeful that this could be the day I break that record. So I pushed myself. And I DID IT! But it was so hard. I felt like puking most of the time. I had a stabbing pain in my rib that didn't really go away. It was awful. It was hard to enjoy the glory. Mostly, I am just happy I have that crossed off my list. I am looking forward to just running for... fun?

Tuesday I dragged myself to the gym late. It's hard when I have projects to do, I am tired, but... I am just going to sit on the couch. I knew I could get back in an hour and be glad I did. Just stronglifts tonight. And that's enough. It doesn't have to be epic.

Wednesday, I was able to get off work at 4. And I ran 5k number 9 on the trail by the library (that I was at for a meeting). I don't love that trail. There were creepy people on it. It was cold and miserable. But it was better than running indoors. I started with a 3/2 pattern, but let myself walk a few hills I wasn't loving. Remember, it's just for fun now.

Thursday was Stronglifts again. I felt incredibly weak. Everything was too heavy and I didn't have perfect form. So even though I hit the 5x5 on some of them, I am going to redo those weights another week.

Friday I finally took a rest day.

Then the next week came... and I wasn't quite as hard core. But it was Christmas and I deserve a few days off from the gym.

Saturday I got to go to a BodyCombat class. So that was good. Because I ate so much sugar on Friday. It didn't energize me. I felt sluggish and crappy. But it was good to sweat it out.

Sunday was Christmas Eve, and I had planned to go to the gym before all the festivities started. But there was quite a bit of snow outside, and I wanted the world to scoop itself before I trodded out. Plus we had lunch plans at 11. Though it could have been doable, I opted for a rest day. And I am still sort of mad at myself.

Monday was Christmas and I had hoped that Dan and I would walk a 5k in the morning. But it was about 5 degrees that morning. And neither of us were excited about that idea.

Tuesday I was supposed to go to my Dad's for Christmas but we ended up postponing becuase of snow and wind chills. So I thought it was finally my opprounity to make it to the gym. I was torn between needing to get my 5ks in and getting my weights done. But running on a treadmill sounded dreadful to me, so I opted for weights. My mom called about 3/4 of the way through to say we were having lunch (my uncle is in town, remember!) So I rushed through. 

And then when I got home, she called to say, nevermind, my uncle was going to take a nap!

I was so frustrated by that day of changed plans and waiting around my house and hurrying to be done at the gym. That I bundled up and did my 10th 5k of December. It felt like ZERO degrees outside. But it felt good to push myself. I just walked. That's too cold for me to have any idea how to dress, plus the sidewalks were half covered in snow still. But two long laps around my neighborhood and I had a big thing crossed off my list and felt better about the day. 

Wednesday I headed back to work, but had the evening free for gym time. I did another 5k on the treadmill (number 11!) and it was as awful as I always think it will be. But there's 500 calories of Christmas cookies burned away.

Thursday evening, I again had plans with my relatives. Which got cancelled and we ended up just going to dinner. Had I known that was the plan, I would have had my gym clothes with me to head there later. But my family... So much frustration.

Friday was another rest day. I should have gotten up early and lifted weights. But it is so frigid here, that I can't think about anything but lying under the covers. Hopefully next week I will be a little more motivated.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Weigh-In Wednesday

Current Weight: 12.6

I have basically eaten whatever I wanted for about the last two weeks. And my scale has shown it. Though, I stopped stepping on it during the height of chaos. Once I saw it get up to 16+ pounds from my goal, I just quit looking.

But after a few days of eating ALL. THE. SUGAR. I realized I needed a detox. And now I have had two good days of eating and trying to drink lots of water. And when I got on this I was back down to 12 pounds.

Which is not at all where I want to be.

But much more reasonable. So I probably gained 2 pounds over the holidays. Since I was pretty much stuck at 10.2 all fall.

Not that the holidays are over. I still have New Years Eve, Christmas with my Dad, my birthday. The celebrations never end. But I feel like I have more control over one day here and there. Than the four days of eating everything in sight.

If I go into the New Year needing to lose 13 pounds, I will be okay with it. I am ready to slash my calories and to start seeing the scale move downward. It's been fun eating all the food... but I really want my pants to be loser instead!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Things Got Crazy

Ack, I have been gone for so long. I am sorry. Thing got busy with the holidays and I was off for several days from work. And then I came back and was so busy trying to get everything planned for January, because Suprise! December is basically over now.

But we did have a good Christmas.

I have been trying to start new "family" traditions with Dan. It's hard when you don't have kids. People think your schedule is free to do whatever they want. And we get in the same pattern -- not doing special holiday things because we don't have "people" to do them with. But we have each other. And we need to remember that's special.

So on Friday before Christmas we drove around to look at Christmas lights, and then we ended up a my favorite tradition of all: Margaritas!

I wanted to watch Christmas movies, but first Dan wanted to do something on his wish list: teach me how to play Magic. He's really good. And not a good teacher. And of course I lost. But he thought it was hilarious, so I guess I win!

Saturday we continued my favorite holiday tradition: Christmas cookies with the McGhees! 

Even the little one stayed up for the fun this year. Thanks to a three-hour afternoon nap!

And they turned out wonderful!

Sunday, Christmas Eve, we woke up to a wonderful snowstorm. We went to lunch with Dan's parents and then to a movie. We're also trying to start new traditions with them. Dan refuses to just sit around their house. So this was a nice compromise. 

On Christmas we went to my mom's house. Everyone was there, including my uncle who came back from California. 

We had a fine time eating. Opening some presents and playing games. 

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Busy Christmas Weekends

I had a great three day weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were filled up with festive holiday activities and then I took Monday as a vacation day to get some things finished up for the year. And I put every minute of it to good use.

Friday night there was some Holiday in the Haymarket thing going on. It was pretty good weather and I've really been wanting to do more Christmas activities, so I made Dan go with me. He talked me out of it last weekend, but realized it was that important to me, so we went.

It was pretty busy, so we didn't wait in line to ride the horse carriage. But we enjoyed a choir singing carols and some cloggers. We tried a new restaurant (so-so) and we looked at pretty lights. It was nice.

Saturday I had a gathering with some work friends. It was planned as a holiday dinner, but when the Lady Huskers made it into the volleyball championship, it turned into a viewing party! It was so exciting that they won!

Sunday, after an epic workout, we spent the afternoon at my mom's making cookies. 

And all those holiday goodies, helped me set a PR on my Monday run... I'll have to fill you in on that some time soon. But it is so busy around here, I don't know when I will sit down again!

Friday, December 15, 2017

My Week in Workouts

It has been a stressful week. Mostly at work. But also in my gym life. A small chain gym bought my large local gym. So they're all moving over, changing things around and leaving everything in flux. At least I got to punch things in BodyCombat this morning! Class was full and I am not looking forward to what these changes mean.

Sunday I had to take advantage of gorgeous weather (57°) but I could not talk myself into a run. I get too wrapped up in beating my last time/distance/interval. So I told myself I could have a nice easy run and walk when I wanted too. Which was often! Still counts as 5k number 5 for December.

Monday I worked in the evening and I was lucky that Tracy was able to meet me at 8:30 for a run. I never would make myself get up and do alone. Not when it's 30 degrees. And I am sleepy. We tried 4/2 intervals. I thought they were great. She's got so much more energy since finishing the Whole 30, but still hated it a little. This was 5k number 6. I am already half done with my goal -- early!

Tuesday I forgot to pack my clothes, I had a Christmas project I really wanted to get started. But I went home, changed and made myself hit the gym. I was a little excited to get started on my new weight-lifting plan. But I also knew that I had Thursday and Friday planned as Rest Days. And I don't need three a week. I got to the gym around 8:30. I was hoping all those new-gym people would have left by then. But it was busy. In good news, they have more than doubled our weight-lifting area, and brought in some new things. I need to take the time to look around. But not tonight. Tonight I got on the treadmill and did 15 minutes of HIIT sprints and then started on my StrongLifts program. I actually thought it would be quicker than it was. Maybe if it hadn't been so busy, I could have done more than one thing at a time. 

Wednesday Tracy was supposed to meet me after work to run, but she texted at 4:00 to say she wasn't feeling very well. So then I am stuck. I can't run alone. It's dark. And probably only a little dangerous, but I don't want to risk it. And the only clothes I have packed are cold weather gear. Plus, I can't go and do weights because I just did those the night before. And I am so sore I can hardly walk, so even that isn't going to be a good workout. So instead, I got some errands done and considered it a night to cross some things off my list. 

Thursday I took a planned rest day. Dan wanted to see StarWars on opening night. And I am a good wife like that. 

Friday I made myself proud. It was the only day I had to get my second weight lifting session in (Saturdays are for Combat and Sundays are for Running.) so I either had to go in the evening or the morning by myself. And I didn't want to sacrifice the chance to do fun Christmas things in the evening. So I got out of bed, still extremely sore from Tuesday, with nobody meeting me, and I do Day B of StrongLifts. The squats were much better this time. And I took this opportunity to look around and try out some of the new equipment. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Five Inches Gone

I cut off five inches off my hair last night. Not that you'd notice. Or be able to tell. I wish that was five inches off my waist. Or my entire body actually.

Which takes me to my fitness point. I never do measurements. And I should. I know my body has changed shape. I wear smaller jeans now than I did two years ago, even though I weigh the same thing. That's what's important. Not the weight on the scale. But it's hard to remember to do it. And hard to be consistent.

I started a new lifting program on Tuesday. My entire body is sore. But it's another reminder that I am sculpting the body I want. I should take measurements now! To see how much this lifting helps.

In the new year I am going to be better. It's going to be one of my monthly goals. I bought a new planner, and it has a spot to write them all down. I am not going to leave that planner disappointed!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Weigh-In Wednesday

Current Weight: 12.0 pounds
Average Weight: 11.0 pounds

This week has not been good. Or I should say, it has not been consistent. We had a holiday breakfast at work on Friday and really, ever since then, I have pretty much eaten whatever I want. It's a slippery slope when you're "allowed" to eat more calories. Soon you feel like you can just eat whatever. And then you are eating whatever.

Friday I ate this heavy breakfast, which I never eat. Then I felt a bit ill. And didn't eat much lunch. But our break room was full of sugary treats. Which I kind of grazed on throughout the day. Friday night came and I wanted to go to this Holiday horse-carriage ride thing, but it was really cold and Dan talked me out of it with Mexican food, margaritas and Christmas movies. Saturday was my branch Christmas party, and again too much food. Sunday things were better, but Monday at work I ended up eating five cookies (how does that happen) and felt a bit sick. I vowed to turn it around on Tuesday. No sugar for me.

And the scale has shown the results of that.

Which is exactly what I do not want to happen this holiday season.

I wasn't happy being at 10 pounds from my goal, but I had accepted maintaining that weight and starting a cut in the new year there. But gaining is not an option.

So I had to put a stop to it. And I did. For now. But more holiday parties are coming. More cookies are going to be tempting me. And I need to realize I can have one. But that's enough.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Another Round of StrongLifts

I really enjoyed my StrongLifts program when I did it a couple of years ago. I mean, I love all the set programs I have done. But there were several things I liked about it that I think would fit with my current lifestyle.
  • It's only three days a week.
  • It very short.
  • You can gain a lot of strength from it. 
So I am going to start that again. I hope to do six weeks of it. Taking me somewhere to the end of January. In case you don't remember anything about it, because why would you memorize all my lifting plans? I told you about if here. And I recapped my experience with it here.

Here was my chart when I was all finished.

I am planning on running this program exactly as written. Except I am going to use the cable machine for rows (not a barbell) and last time we did seated Over Head Press and I am planning on doing standing presses this time around. I think it's better for my back. And I can use the smith machine. 

I am excited. And that's something I haven't said about weights in a while. Plus, I am well ahead of my 5k goal for December. So I can settle down on that a little. I like that Tracy wants to do two runs a week, and I like that I do one run a week to push myself alone. But this plan allows me to complete the weights in 30ish minutes. So I can tack it on to a run or bodycombat or even make it a quick in-and-out session. I do have Christmas things to get done!

Monday, December 11, 2017

My Week in Workouts

Ack! I am behind in my blog posting. I haven't been at a computer in days. And it really eats in to my time. But better late than never. Here is last week's workouts. I just don't make time for weight lifting and I think I am intimidated by leg day and the idea that I am going to be so sore afterward that I won't be able to run. Plus four days is too much to commit to. Even if I was spreading them out. But if four days takes me two weeks, how am I going to progress. So I am planning to switch gears next week. More on that later though.

Saturday I had to work, so it was my rest day for the week. One of them!

Sunday something big happened.  I have been chasing a 12:00 minute pace since I started running intervals. Today I made it. I tried a .25miles/90second intervals and it was just about perfect. I think I could take my walk times down to 70 seconds and see how that helps my overall pace. This was 5k number 2 for December! 

Monday I took another rest day.

Tuesday I ran with Tracy in the evening. It was dark and cold and she was on her last day of Whole 30. And I spent the entire time convincing her she could keep going. This was 5k number 3 for December.

Wednesday I finally made myself to do leg day. But my gym is under a remodel - also more on that later. And we were down to two squat bars. I just did the leg press machine instead. I get stressed out this time of year. There's so much to do and so little time. I need to remember that I don't need to spend hours at the gym. Five minute cardio warm up and legs. Done.

Thursday, I got off around 3:00 and even though it was really cold, I wanted to take advantage of the daylight to run alone. I tried something new: 8/2 intervals. And I really pushed myself. I came in just 35 seconds short of my all-time fastest. I am proud of those run speeds (remember; I haven't done eight straight minutes of running in a long time!) But look at those walk speeds. I must have been crawling along after pushing myself. (Side note: I had to run around someone during my second walk break, which makes it look not so bad!) I am so close I can taste it. 5k number 4!

Friday was my third rest day of the week. I had to work a 9 hour day and that about took it out of me.

But I am working on getting my 8 hours of sleep every night. And getting everything ready for Christmas. And trying to actually enjoy Christmas. So four workouts was satisfactory for me this week. Even if only one was weights. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weigh-in Wednesday

Average Weight: 10.2

Though my weight did dip down to 9.6 this week, my average was still holding strong at that 10.2.

I am going to increase my calories for the next two weeks. Then maybe again for the next two weeks. Then I will plan to cut down again around the first of the year, when everyone is in a healthy eating mode.

But I might as well be eating as much as possible during this stressful time. So my new numbers will look like this:

2100 calories = 155p / 244c / 56f

I have been having quite a bit of trouble not going over my fat limit lately. I know I keep saying it, but I need to get my pantry stocked with fruit. I am never going to make it to that many carbs without exceeding my fats.

Monday, December 4, 2017

December 2017 Goals

My goals for the month of December fall into the same categories my goals always fall into: make good eating decisions, kick ass in the gym.

1. I am currently eating 2000 calories. And it is glorious. For a brief day my weight fell to 9.4 pounds but as of most of this week, it's been in the 10.2-10.4 area. I am going to give these numbers another week, and if I am still hovering around ten, I will bump them up again. Might as well be eating lots of food for December.

2. My running goal for December is Twelve 5k's of Christmas. That's twelve 5ks I need to run. My New Years resolution was a 35 minute 5k. That's probably not going to happen. But with twelve practice runs before the end of the year, you never know!

3. I have a weight program I am supposed to be doing. It's not going to lift itself.

4. I also really want to work on getting eight hours of sleep per night. I already failed on this last night. On the days I am not running in the morning, this should not be that hard. My alarm goes off at 7:15. That means I need to have my lights out by 11:00 and be asleep by 11:15 to get eight straight hours. That's not even early! That's my goal.

It's not a secret that December stresses me out. Growing up the holidays were awful and I would always end up depressed, crying and then get sick. But in years past, I have made my health a priority during December (both mental and physical) and it has definitely paid off.

Nothing would make for a better December than waking up well rested, eating all the food, and setting running records!

Well, besides world peace, less family drama, and people being kind to each other!

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Week in Workouts

I finished out this month strong. I already mentioned that I hit my fifty miles and now I even did an extra run after that. I didn't do a lot of weights this week, that's how I have it set up: to space it out however I need to. But I only got one weight session in. And with the way my work week is, that puts an entire week between Day A and Day B. I'll be better at this. I did too much running this week.

Saturday I started the weekend out with a BodyCombat class and then finished up with Shoulders. My whole body was so sore last week from doing four days of weights. I needed a few days off. Probably not seven. But some.

Sunday I did my last five mile run. And I set a PR and was feeling really good about it. I am torn between trying to run five more in the month of December. Or taking it back to 3.1 and just work on getting faster. 

Monday I had the day off and used it to run my last 3.1 miles taking me up to 50 for the month . I pushed myself pretty hard, trying to hit some arbitrary 12:20 pace. I was disappointed I didn't hit that. Inner, but looking back, this is the fasted three miles I've gone in intervals. I did it a bit faster last April, when I ran the whole thing. And it's not at al close to the 35:00 goal I set for 2017. But it's something. 

I needed a rest day on Tuesday. My body was tired and I hadn't rested for a week. 

Then Tracy wanted to run on Wednesday evening. I wish I could count that run for my December goals. She is 24 days in to the Whole 30. She still has no energy and I had to push her through the whole cold run. 

I meant to hit the gym Thursday night, but I had too many Christmas things to do. I refuse to get stressed out by both Christmas and workout obligations. So I took the night off to run some errands and get some things crossed off of my list. 

Friday morning Tracy and I met up to run again. I've been wanting to make the transition from timed intervals to distance intervals (this rewards you for running faster!) We used my Tracy's app to try .25/.10 intervals. She hated it. I told her we'd try again when she's allowed to eat chocolate. I didn't mind it and would like to do it again, but my app doesn't program like that, so I'd have to hold my phone!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fifty Mile November

I made a lofty goal to run fifty miles in the month of November. I had run 40 in October, so that was quite a jump. Especially, since the time change happened during the first weekend in November (the 5th) and suddenly it was dark every minute I wasn't at work. So I made the one caveat that I could count miles I ran in the gym. Which seems obviously looking back, because honestly, the treadmill miles are so much harder than the outdoor miles.

And I killed my goal!

I ran 53.1 miles. I mean, maybe that's not the definition of killing. But I ran more than I needed to. And I had a several days to spare (that I could have run ever more if I needed) and I was able to hit a lofty goal that I was scared of at the beginning of the month.

In that month:

  • I ran five miles three times. I got faster every time. And hit a new Five Mile PR of: 1:04:21. A 12:57 pace per mile. 
  • I ran with Tracy 7 times, for a total of 22.6 miles
  • I ran 9.3 miles on the treadmill. Most of the time, I ran one mile at a time. I've tried to use those treadmill runs to work on speed. I hated them a lot.
  • I ran two 5ks by myself. My fastest one was 38:53, which isn't super speed of anything. But pretty fast for me at this point. 
I am pretty proud of this goal. Fifty miles seemed like so many when I started. I am excited that I can just go out and do five miles on Sunday. I am excited that Tracy is willing to do evening runs with me. I even sort of like the treadmill to work on my pace. It seems a lot harder, but it's good to see how fast I am actually going. 

Every month I think, that's it, now I am going to take a little break from running. Just the other day, I looked up when it gets light enough after work that I can run outside on my own: Mid-March. But now, I am thinking I should try some other lofty goal. Maybe The 12 5ks of Christmas.  Could I run twelve 5ks in the next 25 days? Hmmm.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Weigh-In Wednesday

Current Weight: 10.0

This was a crazy week, and I really only had two days (last Wednesday and yesterday) where I was eating on plan. After the Thanksgiving weekend, my weight was up to 12 pounds. That was a little scary, but I knew it was the added carbs.

And this morning, I was back down to 10 pounds from my goal. Which is actually a little lower than I have been the entire month of November.

I am excited that a little bit more food (especially carbs) will give me some added energy and start my metabolism revving again. And maybe, just maybe, I can end the month in the single digits again.

I am going to stick with my step one plan, which was: 2000 calories: 147p/233c/53f. It is hard to eat that many calories with that few of fat grams. But it has forced me to fill my calories with fruit. I love that, because I should have been eating that way all along. However, I run out of bananas after a few days and then need to go back to the store. I guess I will need to stock up on more berries and such. Or even frozen fruit!

I would say I am proud to have made it through Thanksgiving week and actually lose .2 pounds. I think it helps that I am used to eating (metabolizing) so much food right now.

I need to start taking some averages of my weight though. I haven't been writing it down, because it has been so constant. But hopefully that isn't the case for long.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend

I had the longest five-day weekend for Thanksgiving. I didn't have that many plans, but the days flew by and I never even got a nap. The weather was downright beautiful (60s and even one day of 70!) and I soaked up every minute of what remains of fall.

We spent our actual Thanksgiving in Columbus with my dad. We love to eat at the Truck Stop. They have food everybody loves and we can each order our own thing. None of us miss the traditional turkey. I did have mashed potatoes because that's the only thing I really like about home-cooking.

It was nice to spend some time with him. He felt special because we actually came and saw him on a holiday, instead of making him last priority. I just wish I could get him to come to visit me instead.

We listened to Christmas music the entire drive. It made my little Grinchy-heart so happy.

Then we stopped in at my mom's after dinner to look through the black Friday ads and plan our shopping adventures. My mom got a new laptop late Thursday night. And I did all my shopping on the Internet. It's a glorious thing.

Steve invites Dan and I along to his families' Thanksgiving dinner, which he always celebrates on Saturday. So we get our turkey fix, even if we weren't missing it.

Sunday I spent some quality time with Sammie and Sadie. Sadie still doesn't miss me, but she enjoys me when I am around enough. She wants to participate in whatever the "big kids" are doing. We did a bunch of jumping on the trampoline. Some exploring. Some game playing. And eating. And taking selfies. Obvs.

Monday I had the day off. I used it to do a lot of Christmas shopping. Plus some yard work. It was 70 degrees. A record for late November. I ran outside. And still got no nap. I also bought a lot of things for myself. Merry Christmas!

I did not stick to my eating plan at all this weekend. I tried to track loosely, but I ate most of my meals away from home. I stayed close to my calorie limit, but was often over on fat and carbs, and never came close to my protein. It helps to know eating too much fat will lead to belly pain. It is not comfortable. Even after watching what I ate at Steve's celebration, I was in a bit of pain. I just don't know how much fat is in a serving of stuffing or green bean casserole. Lesson learned. Just eat rolls!