Friday, March 31, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our last day at the ocean. I went back on my last post and added in a sunrise picture...but we enjoyed the sunrise and the sound of the waves crashing below our balcony and we slowly and lazily got moving to start our last day.
It was a joy so good food day. We had Thrasher's fries and I picked up a ham and cheese sandwich. We walked on the boardwalk and pier and we indulged in some deep fried Twinkies. And of course rough home Fishers Popcorn.
We left there and headed to Assateague Island. We grabbed the bikes off the car and pedaled over to the Rackcliffe Plantation. It was closed so we couldn't go in...but we peered in the windows.
After that it was up and over the bridge and onto the island. We explored the closed state park and campground first. When we got to the far back section of the campground we pushed our bikes over the dunes and down to the beach.
I couldn't resist a picture of our bikes at the ocean.
Then we decided to ride out bikes down the beach to the next crossover location on the dunes. I knew that would put us into the national park portion of Assateague.
It was crazy fun to ride on the edge of the surf....and a crazy good workout!!!
After a mile or two we headed back over the dunes and into the national park (no fear...walkers and riders are free anyway so we weren't cheating the government by going in the 'backdoor' without paying). We rode around and checked out several places in that park and then headed back to the car. And saw lots of wild horses. We got back to the car at around 4....and after loading the bikes on the car we headed for home.
All in all with my weekend miles of walking and riding I managed to get all but 4.15 of my march miles completed!!! 4.15 shouldn't be any problem considering I still had 4 days left in march when I got back from the ocean!!
Tuesday morning I pushed myself to go for my run. I was sore from the 'mad miles we put in over the weekend'. It was a sloooow and achy 2 miles but I'm satisfied that I did them.
So I've been running with google music lately. I have up until the last month always had a playlist on my phone and used that. Google music is working for me. I sometimes hit a song or a list that I don't particularly like but it's been good. I hear new stuff and stuff I haven't heard for years while I'm running. I just have to stop hitting the music icon to pull up my playlists when I start running (I currently have no playlists on my phone!).
So the big question...how did this all affect my weight. Yesterday I popped onto the scales and I was tickled to see that I was at 236.8. That was where I was two weeks ago so I was happy. This morning I stepped onto the scales and I was back at that boomerang weight of 238.4. In fairness it could be the deep fried Twinkie catching up....or the salty popcorn that I ate last night!!!!
Monday, March 27, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Moving along chronologically....(weekly weigh results at the end of the post)....
If I didn't have bad luck....I'd have no luck at all!!! After a large chunk of change spent on my car in December and January...and one or two other financial blows in January I struggled to pull myself out of the financial mess! Last weekend I made the comment that this paycheck SHOULD put me back on track...no savings left but no outstanding bills/debt!!! Which meant let the savings begin!!!
On Monday night I was driving down the interstate and kabaam, loudest I've ever heard a rock hit....and of course my windshield now has not one...not two...not three...but four spots of damage!! Yes I have comprehensive coverage but still...a deductible is still hard to cover when you make what I make (Peanuts would be an increase of pay. Let me just say...I live with my parents because I can't afford an apartment on my own!). Grrrrr!
Then Tuesday morning I went to use my Aftershokz headphones (mine are not pink...I have plain black ones)
And they won't snyc with my phone. Really????? The last time I used them I noticed that one of the sides was floppy..that the plastic casing was cracked but they still worked. In the interim of noticing that and Tuesday morning, I reset my phone back to factory settings and wiped everything clean. After the reset, my Fitbit connected via Bluetooth just fine...but my headphones no longer will sync! Grrrr. I don't have the money for new headphones!!! I will research and see if there is anything else I can do (I've already done the basic things that they recommend!) but I fear with the crack/floppy arm that they have reached the end of their life.
I woke up at 5am and I so didn't want to run. (I wouldn't have gone out until 7 anyway) So I went back to sleep and woke up at 7. I still didn't want to go but knew I needed to! So I tried to find an excuse in the weather. Because I was NOT running if the weather was miserable. I even told myself I wouldn't run if it was under 40°. And I even chuckled because I just knew it wouldn't be over 40°. Boy was I wrong! So I went out! It wasn't a fast run....my head started hurting shortly into the run.....my foot ached...but I did it!!
So yes...I did run on Tuesday morning...with wired ear buds. (Yuck...running with wires again after a few years of freedom....yuck! And earbuds...those darn things never stay in my ears!!!! Yuck!)
So the foot ache? My planters fasciitis has been kicking a bit lately....and also the tarsal nerve. The plantar hurt while I ran...the tarsal nerve started when I got home.
See...no luck at all!!
Course that's not true....I lucked out when I met Jason!
On Tuesday night Jason and I walked outside after work. The weather was delightful...a sweatshirt was all we needed and even that seemed warm while we were out walking.
Wednesday morning? Back to cold. What's up with this weather!!!!!
I weighed in for my weekly official date with the scales. 238.0. Grrrr. That's up 1.2 from last week but down .8 from two weeks ago.
The monthly ick is hanging out this week so that could have affected my weigh in....but let's be honest....my eating hasn't been stellar or late!!! So let's just say it wasn't a good weigh in...but yet I was relieved at my weight!
So onward and upward. Or rather downward on the scales!!!!!
Monday, March 20, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Some days weight loss is frustrating! Totally frustrating!!!!!!
When frustration sets in we come up against some choices. Here are three major options. One, we can throw up our hands and give up. Secondly we can continue going on the healthy path with no changes . Thirdly we re-evaluate and move on.
So I was looking forward to my weigh in today. Let me lay out the daily weigh ins.
Last Wednesday... 238.4
Last Friday....236.8 (woohoo)
Yes I really wanted to see the 236.8 again this morning but I was happy knowing that I would most likely see 237.4...which would still be a loss!!!
I woke up thirsty in the middle of the night and this morning which worried me....(I drank a ton yesterday too...so I shouldn't have been thirsty. Historically when I'm thirsty my weight is up a bit...water retention I guess.).
Regardless, I stepped onto the scale. Dang it....238.4! Really a straight maintain??????
Ok so I'm glad it's not a gain! I will put that out there right away!
What in the heavens is happening with this?????
Ok so those three options I spoke of earlier? Number one, giving up? Not a valid option.
So that leaves me with continuing my healthy choices and reevaluating. And I plan on doing a combination of the two.
Not too bad calorie wise since I aim for between 1200-1800.
Looks really good when you add in the exercise.
But this breakdown showed me what needs to change.
My carbs need to be cut back. As sad as that is. More veggies and fruits...which doesn't upset me in the slightest!
Other than that...continue onward.
As for running, I did miss my run yesterday. I woke up and it was cold AND raining. Cold I will do easily. Rain I will do when it's not cold. But the combination of the two for me was a no go! I had no regrets but I will say that I was bummed to miss my run!!!!!
Monday, March 06, 2017
It was early Saturday morning (too early to be awake if truth be known!). I talked to mom, folded the laundry that had dried overnight and watched and episode of 'Vikings'. In my mind I had it worked out how my morning would proceed! When it came time for me to gear up to run I did the natural thing. I picked up my phone to check the weather. That's important because I needed to know how to dress. Lots of layers or the oh so wonderful one teeshirt? What was it to be? It took a few seconds to load the weather and I just wanted to cry. 20° with a 'feels like/windchill' of 10°. Brrrrrrrr. I debated...but then said 'no regrets' and put on a few layers of clothes.
It was cold. The cold went right through my gloves...for the first few minutes. But the act of running produces heat and magically I was pretty much ok temperature wise for the rest of the run! Early into the run though I just knew that the victory would be in completing the base mileage that I had set in my head as my goal. It just wasn't a 'magical' run where everything feels fantastic!
No fears...I got it done!! And guess what....I felt great when it was over! I was proud of myself when it was over. I had absolutely no regrets!!!!
When I had left the house I hadn't heard anyone stirring so I left a note on the inside of the door saying, 'I am out running, be home and such and such time, if you leave do not lock me out!' . When I arrived back home I found the piece of paper hanging on the outside of the door with a new note written on it....
It says Door is always locked to keep the rid raf out! And signed management.
Yes, when I opened the door and pushed my way into the house he yelled out from the kitchen, saying 'Hello rif raf, I thought I locked the door!' That's my dad! (And the best part....he felt good enough to make the joke!!). Hahaha dad!
Friday, March 03, 2017
All day long when I saw that it was nice and that it didn't rain until the mid afternoon. I regretted it.
On Thursday morning when I woke up to cold and high winds I regretted losing that nice warm run the day before. The whole time I ran I regretted the loss of that fabulous running weather from Wednesday!
Now as for the three runs...I don't work Saturday so I should be able to make up the list run! But I still regret losing Wednesday!!!!
Regrets. As I ran on Thursday I was thinking about regrets. And I started thinking about regrets in my life.
1. I regret not leaving my marriage when it first fell apart....happiness could have come my way so many years earlier.
2. I regret not trying to lose the weight at a much much earlier age!
3. I regret not stopping the weight gain after I had lost all the weight!
4. I regret the fact that I was running consistently and I stopped and now I have to start at close to scratch! (Ok not scratch because I can run a mile...but it's slooow....much slower than when I was running consistently!)
5. I regret not having kids.
6. I regret not putting my health as a priority for so many years.
7. I regret not pushing for a different career path!
8. I regret the fact that I did not run on Wednesday!!
Wow all of my major life regrets were from things I didn't do!!!! I realized that I never regretted trying something! My major regrets in life were for NOT doing something!!
The decision to 'not' do something was the catalyst for regret! So that of course made me think about that runnin Wednesday. Why had I stopped and given up?? Was I afraid of getting wet? I've run in the rain before...in cold rain too! Was I afraid of the cold? Nope, I had run many runs in cold!!!!! I just didn't because the rain was an excuse to be lazy. And I regretted it!!!
Never once have I gone out running and said 'I regret that run!!!! I shouldn't have gone! I ALWAYS come back feeling like a million bucks!! Maybe a bit sore but emotionally recharged and full of energy! When I pound out a mile or two in some vicious weather I feel like a Viking warrior that has just completed a successful raid!!!! Totally bad ass!!!!
I want to live a life of no regrets!!!!! That means I have to do what I set out to do and stop doubting myself so much that I give up and stop!!!
Now for the nitty gritty......bullet point style...just because I can.
**My food is still not the greatest but that just gives me room for improvement right? I am under that 1800 calorie goal that I set though!!!!
**As I mentioned I did run on Thursday. I was actually very pleased with my run. I was just about one minute faster per each mile! I felt strong and would have gone further but I got a bit of a late start and didn't have the extra time!!!
**I'm drinking my water...some days it's the bare minimum of what I aim for (64 ounces) but I'm drinking!!!
**This morning my heel has bothered me. Planters Fasciitis hurt. Nooooo!!! I do not want that planters fasciitis to read it's ugly head! If I had KT tape with me I would be taping my foot. I will be doing that tonight to try to nip this issue in the bud!! I will be freezing a water bottle and rolling my foot tonight too!!! In the meantime I have a bottle of unfrozen water under my desk and I am standing and rolling my foot on that!!!
**I am planning a run tomorrow morning! I've got some mileage to make for my running goal for March. And we are hoping to hike this weekend also!!!
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
First up...where do I stand on my plan to prop myself 2017 miles in 2017????
I ended January with a deficit of 47.93 miles.
I ended February with a deficit of 53.05 miles.
February would have been a lot worse had the weather not cleared up! I lost a good portion of one week due to being sick. But then the weather turned gorgeous....and jason and I got out and rode our bikes....and walked...and got active outside and the miles started adding up. But still I ended up with a deficit.
So that makes a year to date deficit of 100.90 miles. That's a lot of miles to recover!!!
I'm still not gravely concerned. I know how many miles I'll get when the weather is nice. February was looking really bad until the weather turned nice and in that week or so of nice weather I was dropping some nice mileage days (walking and bike combined). In that week I managed 46.44 miles...which is almost 10 over what I had originally projected for my weekly needs! I can still do this!!!! Running three times a week will help because even though right now I'm only running 2.5 miles, I know that as I get back into it I will be pushing that to 3, 4 and 5 miles at least for each run. Well heck, if I run 5 miles I pretty much already have met my mileage goal for the day....and anything else is just icing on the cake (aka as working off that deficit!!) I also know that when the weather is nicer (and it's light later ) that jason and I spend a lot more of our evenings out walking and hiking (and probably this year biking)! We have also talked about doing a through trip on the canal. So if we do that In four days I would garner 184 plus miles. That would catch me up real quick!!!
So I'm not giving up on my 2017 in 2017 yet!
My weight. Not the greatest but holding somewhat steady. I was down 1.6 pounds for the month of February. 237.8 is where I'm at. Now what I wanted ...I would have preferred more! However, it wasn't a gain and it was a loss albeit a small one! I'm trying to look on the bright side!!!
So that brings me to my Goals for March!!!
My 2017 in 2017 goal for March is to simply not add to the year to date deficit!!! (172 miles!!)
Running .....I want to run at least 20 miles for the month. (The last two months I've managed only a few runs...and each month came in between 8 and 9 miles).
Weight......I'm going to say that I want to be into the next "decade". I want to be under 230!!!
Food.....healthy options....stop or at least severely limit the junk (chips, fries, etc) aim to keep calories below 1800 calories each and every day....with the true goal of 1200!
Yup...I've got my work cut out for me I think!!!!