Week In Review


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Well, I got a kick in the butt when I got measured for the first time in a while yesterday. My behavior the last few months has definitely caught up with me. I’m trying to focus on the positive things instead of being disappointed in myself. I set a goal to be in the best shape of my life by my 30th birthday. That’s two weeks from tomorrow and I think I can safely say now that I’ve met that goal.

This time last year I didn’t think I could run a 5k. This time two years ago, I struggled to run a mile. This morning I ran 6.25 miles.

This time last year, the only strength training I did were the machines at the gym. This time two years ago I was pretty much all flab. Yesterday morning I tackled a battle ropes workout (with some misery lol). I do strength training 3 days a week now. I continue to workout with my trainer. I don’t think I could have imagined doing these things two years ago.

I need to keep this in mind when I’m beating myself up over my recent weight gain. I peaked with my weight loss in November. Then the holidays hit. Then busy season at work hit. Somewhere in there I got burnt out on tracking calories. Right now I’m silencing the part of my brain that’s telling me I’m making excuses. No, those things are realities of life. And the awesome thing is, I can recognize that and move past it. I’m still on my journey.

I mean, I’m still contemplating running a freaking half marathon! Of course, I’ll head up the stairs to bed in a little while and wonder if my knees can handle one. But that’s what training is for, right?

So even though I was disappointed while I was being measured yesterday, I’m not going to let it get me down. I’ve been doing a lot of good for myself over the last year or so. I’m going to appreciate that. And I know the next decade of my life is going to bring some pretty great things for me.

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Back At It

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For anyone in the Northeast, I’m sure you’re feeling pretty jazzed about how nice the weather was today. It was almost enough to make up for the fact that it’s Sunday. I started the day off with a long run. I mapped a route that was overly ambitious though and ended up walking over a half mile back home. As much as I had been looking forward to today because I wanted a nice long run, my head wasn’t into it. I think I set myself up for mental failure a little because when I was mapping out my route, I knew it was a bit more of an increase than recommended and I couldn’t shake that idea. But I thought I’d try it. And I’m not going to beat myself up that. It did turn out to be a nice route and I’ll probably try it again next Sunday!

So my “rest” week is over. I can’t say I made a lot of good choices during my week of not tracking. But I think I got my head back in the game. I started tracking again yesterday and it didn’t feel like a chore. I’m going to do more weeks “off” in the future so that I don’t get burned out again. Perhaps every other month I’ll take a week off so I can mentally reboot. The best part of the week was how nice it was to cook and not have to weigh/measure everything. I could throw some chicken and veggies in a pot for soup and it only took a few minutes.

I’m hoping that in the somewhat near future (later this year?) I won’t have to track at all. Once I reach my goal, I’m going to switch to tracking for maintenance and hopefully be able to wean off once I get a good idea of what my daily nutritional needs are for maintaining my weight.

Has anyone had experience with that? I get kind of anxious thinking about it. Even when my trainer suggested I not track for a week last weekend, I felt a certain fear. I don’t know if it’s fear of the unknown (since tracking has become a way of life for me) or a fear of failure. I guess all I can do is try to set myself up with the tools for success by continuing to build good habits and use tracking for as long as I need to.

Week In Review

It’s Been Quiet Around Here

I’ve been MIA for a while. I didn’t mean to be. I’ve been composing blog posts in my head (and then forgetting what I wanted to say) all week. But it seems like when life gets busy, blogging is what gets neglected. After all, it can be a pretty easy thing to ignore, compared to a pile of laundry, a work deadline or a sink full of dishes.

I’ve also been in a bad head space again lately. I don’t quite know what’s been going on. I’ve been doing a lot of self sabotaging with my eating and I can’t figure out what my trigger is. I talked to my trainer about it yesterday and she suggested that I get off my routine for a week. Stop tracking and measuring my food. Don’t do the workout routines she gave me. Instead, try to make healthy choices and just do what I want for workouts – whether it’s more cardio, yoga or just making up some strength routines.

And the funny thing is, I had been thinking myself that I need a break from tracking. I’ve been doing it for over a year now. As I’m sure most people reading this are aware, it’s a lot of work to measure out and track all the food you eat. Not that I’ve been 100% perfect about it, but even when I haven’t been, the stress of tracking is always there.

So it’s day two of not tracking my food. It’s been a rocky start. My bad head space lead to some poor choices yesterday and with the holiday today, I was just trying not to overindulge too much. It was really weird packing my lunch and snacks for work tomorrow and just kind of throwing in what I wanted, without thinking about ounces or macros. But I am also already feeling some relief, some mental freedom. I guess we’ll see what this week brings. Because boy, did I feel defeated yesterday morning when I was talking to my trainer about how I was feeling.

Have you ever experienced anything like this? Did you find anything that helped?

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Another Week, Another Sunday

Earlier today I told my friend how once it gets to Sunday evening evening, I start to feel a bit stressed and depressed. She said she calls it Sunday Night Depression. I think the appropriate Rx for this is a vacation. (Six weeks until cruise time!)

Does anyone else get down on Sunday nights? I’m dreading going back to another tedious work week. But I guess it could be worse. I mean, last week did kind of suck work-wise, but I got through it and only had one really terrible 10.5 hour day. And there were good things about the week.

I went on an outside (!!) run on Sunday. I had a nice power yoga class on Monday. I had a decent run on the treadmill on Friday. I enjoyed some delicious healthy (and colorful! see tomorrow’s post) food. I was challenged (per usual) at my trainer Saturday morning. I treated myself to some gorgeous cupcakes at the farmers market as a reward. (Oops.)

And being able to do all those things means that I do have it pretty good. What the heck – bring it on, Monday.

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Run Run Run

Sometimes I surprise myself.

For example, I got in two outside runs this weekend! Two! I did 4.25 miles after work on Friday, and it felt pretty good. The bigger hills were rough, but I managed them. Then this morning, I woke up and checked the weather – it sounded cold and gross out – and decided that it should be a gym day. Well, I walked out to my car and thought, hey, it’s not so bad out. The birds were chirping, and it was just a bit brisk. So I turned around, went back inside to throw another layer on and went back out and ran 3.3 miles.

It was a little colder than I thought, once I got away from the protection of the buildings. But being outside felt so much better than pounding away on the treadmill.It’s kind of amazing to me that I actually like running now. My whole life I thought I hated it. Not that I had ever even tried it. I didn’t run the mile once during gym class when I was in school.

I’ve come a long way. And getting those runs in this weekend made me feel good.

Here’s some other things that made me feel good this past week:

  • Eating some yummy spring rolls that my friend made
  • Eating pho for the first time!
  • Finally having a good weigh in at the trainer (despite all the eating this week)
  • Getting my bonus!
  • Splurging on a couple new outfits
  • Having lady time with friends and trying a yummy flatbread pizza restaurant
  • Enjoying some downtime this weekend
  • Trying some new recipes and having them turn out well
Week In Review

Social Butterfly

It was another busy weekend. I had social events all three nights. Which meant the healthy eating plan went out the window. I really need to figure out how to work on moderation in social situations. This is especially important because…

I booked a cruise in May for my (and 4 of my high school friends’) dirty 30! With an unlimited beverage package.

I’m excited. But also a little terrified of a potential week of gluttony. I plan to bring exercise clothes to use the ship’s fitness center. But what if I’m too hungover every morning? Or too tired? And at the same time I also want to enjoy my vacation. Not stress about what I’m eating and drinking.

So how do I train myself that when I don’t have my day’s meals and snacks laid out for me (planned out the night before in MyFitnessPal), I don’t go completely overboard (LOL cruise pun) with what I eat?

I don’t have the answer tonight. I’m going to work on finding it in the next two months though.

Right now, I’m tired and cranky. And full. My glutes hurt a ton from pistol squats and I can’t believe it’s already after 8 pm.

I want my hour back.

Week In Review

Can I Have Another Day?

I’m tired. I’m bummed that it’s pretty much time for bed already and the weekend is over. So I’m going to keep this short. It was a busy, but nice, weekend! I:

  • Got my second pedi ever in my life – they’re so nice, I just don’t like spending the money.
  • Invested in a good set of basic plates from Crate and Barrel – goodbye Correlle ware, it’s been nice. I actually got kind of choked up after I bought the dishes because it felt good, like I was investing in my future (and not waiting for a bridal shower that might never happen to have nice things… but that might be a whole other post).
  • Had my body fat measured – it’s actually down from the fall, even though my weight is up. Guess I’m putting on muscle!
  • Spent some more money on a new TV stand (for my future new TV) and matching side tables – they match the sofa table I have now. Yay for matching furniture!
  • Panicked a little over spending money… but I have a tax refund and bonus coming, so it’s okay, right?
  • Did some freelance editing for a friend.
  • Also did all my cooking, cleaning and laundry.

I’m beat! How was your weekend?