Thursday, August 31, 2017

Staycation

Staycations are my absolute favorite way to spend vacation time. I know it's good to travel and see the world and get away. But staycations are better for my soul.

  • There is relatively little stress. No travel. No real plan making. 
  • It costs a lot less to stay in your own bed. Which leaves more money to do the fun things. 
  • This allows you to take one or two a year.
  • When I travel, I always miss the silliest things about home. 
With the advent of Facebook, the term FOMO (fear of missing out) was invented. You see all the amazing things people are doing and you feel like your life is lacking. I never experience this. Except when I leave home. I seriously have FOMO for my life. We try coffee shops on vacation, and I just miss my regular baristas. We walk through parks and I wish I was on the Lincoln Trails. Sure there are cool things about other cities. But as Dan told my during our last vacation "how lucky for you that you live a life you miss so much."

So staycations are the way to go!
  • There are tons of restaurants to try in your own home.
  • There are probably tourist things you have never done.
  • It's still time away from work.
  • And it is 1/4 the price. 
Here was out 2017 Summer Staycation:

Since I was still in town, I could get up early and run with Tracy. That's a great part of staycations, you don't get out of your workout routine. In fact, you have more free time to workout.


We tried out several "new to us" restaurants. One was the Piedmont Bistro. We had lunch there and I'd give it a thumbs up. My chicken salad sandwich was delicious. I'd skip the chips next go, but the smoked gouda dip was amazing! Dan got the Bison Burger, which is always a favorite of his.


I took Samantha to her first (that she remembers) Saltdogs baseball game. We took her when she was 10 months old. But apparently memory doesn't work like that. She knows nothing about baseball and after about one inning had no interest in watching anymore. But we ate hotdogs and peanuts and snow cones. We sang Take me out to the Ball Game. We tried to catch t-shirts when they threw them out between innings (a nice man gave her one he caught and it totally made her day!) We played on the playground, she ran around the bases, and there were fireworks afterward. She was very excited to go back soon. Unfortunately the season is over for the year. Hopefully we'll get back before another five years go by.


Dan and I had donuts for breakfast next to this beautiful lake/fountain.


We tried out small-town BBQ. Average.


We went up to Columbus to see my aunts and Dad. We hung out at the horse races and gambled all our money away.


Real vacations always include Margaritas. This was the only drink I had. But since I never drink alcohol any more, I could totally feel this one.


We walked down to these beautiful falls.


We had Dan's favorite coffee and crepes.


It was wonderful and relaxing and five days off feels like such a luxury. I was ready to come back to work. But I am looking forward to our next vacation, which is only three weeks away. We're going to Quebec for our fifth anniversary. Hopefully I will find some good things about leaving town as well.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Weigh-In Wednesday

Weight: 13.2 pounds

You wanna know how to get your scale to stop reading 9.2 pounds every single day for one whole week? Eat whatever you want for five straight days!

That will get it to move!

Also the battery completely died. So I am hoping it's more accurate than ever before.

Though I am completely ashamed of that number, I expected it. I took a five day staycation and didn't track once during it. I ate whatever I wanted, though I tried to stop when I was full. And some days I ate a doughnut, a margarita and nachos. Probably not over 1900 calories. But no nutrients.

I still worked out. And I had a really nice and refreshing time. More on my wonderful staycation tomorrow.

But now it is time to buckle down.

I am contemplating doing three weeks (that's how long I have before my next vacation!) of something drastic: no sugar. Yes, it's too daunting. Maybe in October. So maybe for now, I cut calories a little bit. I stop carb-cycling, and just do higher carb, lower fat. Those days I have the most success. But am I only surviving the low fat days because I know I can have a delicious fatty treat in a few days? I want to get myself eating more fruit. And the only way I can do that is by increasing my carb requirements. But I don't want to make it so difficult on myself that I give up and just eat candy.

I am hopeful (as I always am) that this is just some bloat from additional carbs and salt over the weekend. I am hoping for a big loss by next week. I just have to get back to the grind. I can do this.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 3

Starting Weight: 12.2
Week 1 Average: 9.1
Week. 3 Average: 9.3
Week 3 Lowest: 9.2

This was the strangest week. My weight is up again. For the second week in a row. That might be expected since I finished my 14 straight days of hitting my macros and then I took the weekend off.

So you might expect that it would jump up a little and then maybe head back down while I got things back in line. But nope, that’s not what happened. I started the week (last Thursday) at 9.2 and that’s where it stayed. Every. Single. Day. Well except that one day when it jumped to 9.6. But then back to 9.2. It didn’t matter what I ate. High carbs. Low carbs. Lots of water. Chinese food. Nineteen-hundred calories. Thirteen-hundred calories. It didn’t matter. That scale said 9.2 pounds. 

I even wondered at one point if my scale was broken. My battery fell out once and maybe it’s not back in right. But then, why is it showing anything at all. I grabbed some heavy shampoo bottles and got on with them. It did climb up. And went right back to the 9.2 when I put them down. So that is where I am at.

I am not happy about it. If it was going to be stuck at some random weight, I wish it would be a 3 or 4. Every morning I tell myself this will the day it makes a big wave downward. But it never happens.

I don't know if I should try something different or not. I am pretty certain this is what works for me. But why am I so stuck right now? 

Right now I am preparing for a great staycation this weekend. I have five days off of work. I am going to keep exercising, and watching what I eat. But I also plan to indulge a little. I have some new restaurants I want to try. And I want to enjoy my vacation. But I also don't want to see a ten on that scale. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Things!

I bought a new car. I love it. Her name is Rosie. Because she's like a cute little elephant. And my favorite elephant is Rosie from Water for Elephants. Then I had to take my car back to get a few things done (which I had negotiated from the start) but it was still sad. I didn't even know I'd have to leave her overnight and I ended up being without her for six days.


Samantha started Kindergarten last week. Apparently she loves it. Though I haven't gotten to talk to her about it. I really wanted to start some sort of back-to-school tradition. We chose S'mores. I wonder if it will still be S'mores the night before her Senior Year of High School.


My Aunt Sandy came back for a visit. This is the first time she's been here in five years - since my wedding. Dan and I went up to Columbus on Friday and we all went to the horse races. I think we ended up losing like $10. Which isn't too bad. And it was good to see my aunts.


I had 14 days of good macros. And then I let myself eat a little more recklessly on Friday and Saturday, though definitely not over the top. On both Sunday and Monday, I ate well below my calories (1300-1500) and every single day my scale has said 9.2. Maybe it's stuck there?

Yesterday, we had a total solar eclipse. This was like a super-big deal. Lincoln was in the "path of totality" where the moon would completely cover the sun. People came from all around, hotels were booked months in advance. Library patrons ruined the experience for me with all their calls and questions. But I had the day off and we celebrated with my family with a picnic and lake time out at Wagon Train Lake.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-in: Week 2

Starting Weight: 12.2
Week 1 Average: 9.1
Week. 2 Average: 8.4
Week 2 Lowest: 7.2

This has been a weird week. My weight's been very steady in the 7-9 range. So it still shows a lost from last week's average, but the low isn't as low as last week.

I'm just happy to never see that 10 spot again.

I have stuck to my numbers well this week. Or I should say, I have stayed under my numbers well this week. And I am wondering if that's why it's a bit higher. I haven't always hit my carbs or proteins, and I just settle for being under. I don't know if actually hitting my protein every day helps, but staying consistent is probably important.

I've been doing okay with my workouts. I did buy a car. Which was a stressful part of my weekend. Then Samantha started Kindergarten, which was a stressful part of my Monday. Then my back has been hurting off and on. But I have gotten in some good workouts.

I have a four day weekend this week and a five day weekend last week. And I am super-looking forward to those.

Plus my first goal was to make it two 14 days of macros, and I am on thirteen and feeling good. I thought I might not make it through the weekend (with a family-reunion type thing) but it has turned out to only be one family meal together, and I am pretty sure I can make that fit!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-In: Week 1

Starting Weight: 12.2
Average Week 1 Weight: 9.1
Lowest Week 1 Weight: 6.8

My weight steadily fell this week. After sky-rocketing to 13 pounds from my goal weight, it started heading back down rapidly 11,9.6,8.2,7.8,7.2, and this morning 6.8.

I am very happy with this. Part of my hopes that it just keeps plummeting. But I am pretty sure this is where it will stall for a while. That's okay.  I was very happy to see that six back on the scale. If I could get back to 3 or 4, I would be back to my low before the chaos of Summer Reading ensued.

I am back to my workout schedule too. Having both food and workouts on track, really helps keep my life in order. I am excited about working out, since I have new things to work on. That's exciting too. Somehow, I need to make sure my weights don't fall by the way-side during this 8 weeks of running. I still have pull-ups I need to do.

I also need to buy a car. I am in a little bit of a limbo, but it's going to happen soon. Hopefully. I know what kind I want now, and I just need to decide how much I am willing to spend. And find one that passes all the tests. And wait until Steve can take a look at it for me.

I am also doing well on my more sleep plan. Though I currently feel like ALL I do is work, workout, eat and sleep. But I definitely feel better when I get more sleep. And sometimes I wake up just a minute before my alarm goes off, which is awesome.

I am finishing up seven days of macros today and planning on 15 straight before I head to Columbus for a family reunion of sorts.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Five Days in a Row

I finally have my eating back on track. Last Wednesday, I told you that I had to get it together. And I didn't. I spent the day with Samantha, and we ate out and ate french fries and it wasn't good.

Then my weight was up to 13.2 pounds on Thursday.

Basically, I was gaining one pound a day, and it was a bad direction.

So Thursday I got it together.

And I had a healthy Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

We ate out a couple of times, but I logged it all. I stayed at or below my macros. We had a picnic, and packed healthy meals. We went grocery shopping, and I actually got things I need. I did some meal prepping, so I have plenty of chicken for lunches this week.

And my weight steadily fell. Until this morning, it was back to the 7 pounds it likes to stay around. Without trying to hard.

Which makes me feel much better.

Like I am going in the right direction, and like I can do this.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Four Miles was Hard

I made up my own eight week running plan. It looks like this:

I am still not sure if there's a reason to do the 6 mile race. Though having Sammie watch me complete a race is appealing. Though she already thinks I am so strong I could be the next America Ninja Warrior. So I guess I have nothing to prove to her. Do I have anything to prove to myself?

For now, I just need a plan and I want to run more. You know I love a chart. And "take another Combat class" doesn't really need a log. So I am going to try this. I completed Week 1 last week:

I skipped my weight lifting day and I took a Combat class instead of running the first three miles (but I thought that was a good "heavy cardio" replacement!) So I am already slacking. Other than that, I got my 5k with Tracy done on Friday. We did 3/2 intervals and my phone totally acted up and said we ran 6 miles. Luckily, we know where our path turns around and ends, so we knew we'd done 3.1 miles, and that was the approximate time.


On Sunday I was excited (yes, excited!) to run 4 miles. I wanted to see how easy it was. I added two more intervals to my run plan (taking me up to 11 intervals - 55 minutes) and was planning on about an hour workout. I started off fine. But that last mile was brutal. My run times went from 12:00 miles to 13:00. And my walk speeds slowed down too. It was my legs that were dead, not my lungs. The two minutes was enough time to get my heartrate down. I just felt like my feet weren't moving any more. I am sure it will take a few weeks to get used to higher mileage. My legs were saying, ummm, we just did this the other day. We're supposed to take a week off!


I listened to an audiobook. A lot of people have suggested this, and in the past it hasn't worked for me. I need the music to break up the workout and to give me a beat. It worked pretty good this time though. I think the intervals broke up the workout more. And I told myself it didn't matter how slow I went so I wasn't concerned with my step pattern. I thought I would have to turn it off half-way through and start my music. But I didn't.

On the other hand, maybe the run would have felt better if I had music. Or maybe I am just not used to being out there for an hour by myself. With nobody to talk to. People say running is this great "me time". Those people must be introverts.

I sent Tracy a link to the 10k. I said I *might* be interested. She said she *might* take a look and let me know. I'm not ready to commit to being a runner again.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

IF I were training for a race...

I may have stated earlier this week that I was considering following some sort of training plan. For running. A half-marathon. I know. That was crazy, right? Then I saw this interesting 10k coming up in September. I could run a 10k again. That's the sort of distance I could get behind. But it's only four weeks away, and most 10k training plans seem to be 8 to 10 weeks long. And assume I am already running 10-15 miles a week. I am not. 

The thing is: running intervals, is totally different than running straight. The first time I ran, I completely concentrated on running three miles without stopping and then running four and running five and finally running six. But running doesn't have to be that way. 

When I finish running a slow 3/2 interval with Tracy, I am ready to be done because sitting is more enjoyable than running, but I am not so dead tired that I must lay down. I could easily go another three intervals. And that would be 4+ miles. I'm sure I could do 3/2 intervals for an hour. And that would be close to 5 miles. So if it were race day, I could power through to six. 

But if I could already do it, than what am I training for? Speed I guess. And I don't want to worry about that. Really I just want the training plan to give myself a schedule. 

So here's what I found. A beginner's plan for running a half-marathon. It has three days of running. One long run and two other days that are 3-5 miles. I could easily add those into my week. It has a cross-training day that I would love to make my BodyCombat class. And then it has a second cross-training day that I could do HIIT and arm weights at the gym. It still has two days off. I feel like I could do this. Though I would never do the long run on my own. More than an hour out there and I would be bored out of my mind. 

I am nearing the best thirteen weeks of weather this state ever has. If I am going to devote time to hitting the pavement. It is now...



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Weigh-In Wednesday

Starting Weight 12.2

I am embarrassed to type that. But maybe putting it in writing will get me to act on it. I have to do something. Well the something is, I need to stop eating. Way too many untracked, unmeasured meals. Way too many handfuls of M&M candies on the counter. Way too many meals out to eat because I can't make time to go get groceries.

It has to stop today. I already ate a piece of pizza for lunch. Because that was free at work. But I can make that fit. I can turn it around.

I have to.

I need 14 straight days of perfect macros. That will get me back in the habit again. Then I am out of town for a family weekend. But I will get right back to it when I return.

I have this. I can do hard things.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017

As of today, Summer Reading 2017 is officially over. This is always such a relief. And it has left me with a clean slate. I have a fresh start to finish summer strong. I am excited that nicer weather is on the way and I have several days off to enjoy the summer fun after the kids are safely back in school. I am currently about 4 pounds higher than I started Summer, and I am not about to end that way. So here's to a fresh start.

Here are some of the goals, or things I have been thinking about for August:
  • I want to run more. I am contemplating following some sort of training plan. Our city is thirteen weeks away from a half-marathon, so several people I know have been gearing up to start their training. I have to admit: I have looked at the plan and considered following it. I have maybe (just for a second) contemplated running it. Could I do the whole thing in 3/1 intervals? Could I run for almost three hours? Do I want to? Would I want to? Would Tracy do it with me? If I mention it to her could I still back out? Why would I come out of running retirement for that? Why would I spend $90 to run? Could I train with her, and then not actually run the race with her? Wouldn't I feel cheated? So many thoughts. And then I remember, I hate running. But I need something new to focus on.
  • I absolutely need to get back to tracking and carb-cycling. I have started and stopped this so many times in July. I can't seem to get back in a pattern. But I know it works. I like my numbers. I just need to commit. 
  • I need to sleep more. Last night I got eight hours of sleep and it felt so amazing. I made this a goal for June, and I really did a good job. So I am listing it again. I mean, I woke up on my first alarm and didn't feel like death. Eight hours is a thing of beauty. The only days I can't get 8 hours is when I am working out in the morning. And I guess I am willing to sacrafice for that. I don't need to sacrifice for HGTV.
This is me, at my last program yesterday. Happy because it's almost over, but also holding back tears, because 265 people came to the program and it was chaos! Good Riddance Summer Reading 2017!