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“Fall Into Shape” Week 2

Weekly Stats:

Last week’s weight: 147.5
Weight this morning: 146.8
Lowest weight of the week 146
(If I go down below 146 I’ll be seeing numbers I haven’t seen in a long time!)

At the moment I can’t find my tape measure so I won’t be having any waist or hip measurements. I accomplished all my goals this week except for setting up my treadmill. As I mentioned in a past blog, I had a really tough time doing yoga on Tuesday because I was so tired and felt like poo (I think it was my flu shot) but I made myself start with at least 20 minutes and only did really easy stretching yoga. Today I also had a hard time getting myself going for my run. I usually run first thing in the morning on Sundays so I can get it done, but I had to go to church this morning to be a representative for a welcome breakfast, so my schedule got all mixed up. On top of that I’m PMSing so I’m a bit more tired than usual and kind of grumpy, so I just didn’t want to run! But I made myself run around my neighbourhood. I ran entirely too hard. For some reason I always run faster when I’m outside and don’t have the treadmill to pace me and then it’s almost too much. I’m not very good at pacing myself. On top of that there are some pretty decent hills around here. But I had a really good run and was in a much better mood afterward.

I have most of my meals prepared for the week. I just need to make my mac and cheese on Tuesday. I’ve been craving mac and cheese, so I found a recipe on Spark Recipes and decided to add some mixed frozen veggies. Yum! Also on the menu for this week I have eggplant parm, bean stew, and omelets.

My schedule this week is going to stay the same. I tried out the Pilates class and really like it. It was tough and I’m really sore today. My abs, shoulders, and back are all hurting when I move, but that’s a good thing. emoticon

Yesterday I tracked my food the whole day but made a note that I stopped tracking toward the end of the night. I went to the NC State Fair and had some treats there. Don’t worry, I didn’t have any deep fried twinkies or anything crazy like that. Just the thought of it was disgusting! I did kind of want to try a deep fried Reese’s cup just to see what that would taste like. I was thinking of splitting one with a friend, but I got a frozen banana instead. Yes it’s dipped in chocolate and covered in peanuts, but it’s a once-a-year thing and at least has some nutritional value. Bananas and peanuts are both good for you! emoticon Other than that I got some corn on the cob and sweet potato fries. Yumm! Not to mention, we parked a mile and a half from the fair and walked there and back…PLUS all the walking we did around the fair itself.

I noticed this week that my appetite is incredible. Once I start teaching again and spending my entire day bouncing around on my feet, I feel like I’m constantly starving. Also, after tracking all my workouts, SP kicked my nutrition range up into the 1400-1700s range. MUCH better.

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“Fall Into Shape” Week 1

Tomorrow I’ll be starting week one of my personal boot camp. I’m posting my starting stats tonight since I won’t have time tomorrow. Mondays are crazy busy for me! Some good news is that this week I went down a couple of pounds without any exercise just because I’ve been diligently measuring and tracking my food, so I have good feelings about these next four weeks when I throw exercise back into the picture! I let myself sleep a ton and I think this stupid cold is finally gone. I’m feeling a million times better!

Starting Stats:

Weight: 147.5
Waist: 35
Hips: 40

Schedule for the week:
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Do 3 20-minute segments of my yoga DVD
Wednesday: Run
Thursday: Rest (voice lesson)
Friday: Run
Saturday: Pilates at YMCA
Sunday: Run

My other goal is to get my desk taken apart and my treadmill set up. I had looked into some ellipticals but I just couldn’t spend the money knowing that I have something comparable in my storage unit. Also, anything worth looking at was big and heavy and I had no idea how I’d get it into my Yaris or my 2nd floor apartment. So, alas, I will be setting up the treadmill that I hate, but it’s better than nothing. One good thing about my treadmill is that it’s so cheap it only works on an incline, and a pretty significant one at that, so extra calories burned! Whoot! The only thing I anticipate being a problem is that it’s really loud, so even though I want to use it when watching TV, I might not be able to hear anything. Well, we’ll see how it works. If it doesn’t work the way I want it to, then I can always take it apart and look for an elliptical again, knowing this time that it’s worth spending the money.

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And the winner for the latest pathogen I’ve contracted is…

Strep throat!

Dear Immune System,

You officially stink at fighting off infections.  I’m done with being sick.  You have two and a half weeks to get back on track here before the last track of school starts.  I expect to be able to get through a week of school without feeling utterly exhausted.  I expect to be able to run.  I expect to be able to do the things I planned on doing and already paid for.  If your performance ratings don’t improve, I’m firing you.

❤ Tamara

Oy!  I’m convinced my body’s immune system is broken.  I was finally feeling alright and then yesterday I woke up with a congested nose and this morning with sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and zero energy.  I thought that maybe it might be mono since this is how I remember feeling the first time I got it.  I still have to wait until Monday or Tuesday to get the mono test back, but I’m hoping since strep came back positive that’s all it is.  Thank goodness I’m getting sick during my track-out, although I did leave school early today to go to the doctor.  This better be it for being sick for the year.  This track has been ROUGH!  I’m so frustrated from being so sick!  I was supposed to go to a hockey game tonight but that won’t be happening.  Bummer.  Well, off to rest.  I’m laying in bed right now and feel like I can’t move.  I’ll hopefully fall asleep soon despite the fact that it’s 3:30 in the afternoon.  haha

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February Recap

This past week I didn’t run again.  Although I was feeling quite better, I was still pretty tired.  On top of that, this week was the week before my choir concert, which meant I was in Durham until 10:00 3 nights out of the week.  I wasn’t even going to try to do anything those nights since they would be exhausting enough.  I did manage to get out for a quick 3-miler on Wednesday.  I was feeling pretty good and thought I’d give it a try, but started coughing non-stop when I was done.  I also felt really tired that night.  Saturday I started getting stir-crazy and had to let out a bunch of nervous energy, so once again I went out with the intention of doing a short run and ended up sprinting for 15 minutes.  I could not make myself slow down no matter how hard I tried.  But it felt good to let it out!

I still have a cough and some sniffles, but I’m feeling pretty good.  I’m going to try to jump back in this week, but be very conscious to listen to my body.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to hop back into my training.  If I backtrack I’ll be WAY behind.  The last two weeks I missed were my second build week and my peak week, peaking at 7 miles on Saturday.  That would make this coming week a recovery week and an easier place to pick up than the first week I missed.  Today was supposed to be a rest day, but since I’ve hardly done any running, I’m going to make it an easy 3 miles, and my long run on Saturday will only be 5.  Totally doable.  I was planning on running a 5K on Saturday, but I’m going to take it easy.  I’ll have plenty of opportunities this year to run 5Ks.  Now I’ll just focus on this half marathon.

Anyway, let’s see how I’m doing on my yearly goals…

  1. Run 3 times a week – aside from the past two weeks, I’m doing well with this goal.  It’s kind of hard not to when I’m training.  : )
  2. Run 5 5Ks – still down just the one but, as I mentioned, I’ll have plenty of opportunities after this race to do them.
  3. Train for and participate in a half-marathon – check.  I registered for the race so there’s no turning back now.
  4. Strength train twice a week – I was counting my yoga as this, so read below.
  5. Go to a yoga class at least once a week – Wednesday night yoga didn’t work out a few times this month because of Bible study.  The young adults at my church are trying to get a Bible study started this night and for right now it’s only once or twice a month, but they’re trying to make it every week, so there goes Wednesday night yoga class.  As for Saturdays, it’s becoming too much to do Saturday yoga AND a long run.  It was OK when it was 3 or 4 miles, but doing yoga for an hour and a half and then running 6 miles makes me feel like I’m going to pass out.  On top of that, by the time I’m done with yoga and my run, my entire day is gone.  I could run before yoga but 1) I don’t want to get up early.  I just don’t like it.  2)  It’s hard to get up early and plan eating for a run along with my medication which I have to take on an empty stomach and wait at least 30 minutes before I can eat.  And I can’t run with food in my belly.  It’s just complicated.  3) I don’t want to be rushing to finish a run and make it to yoga on time.  4) Last time I tried running before a yoga class I blacked out for a couple of seconds in yoga, so I don’t think I’ll be trying that again soon.  So I think that until this half is over, I’m not going to worry about going to yoga class.  I’ll do some living room yoga and maybe try to start getting up in the mornings and do it before work.  I did that in the summer, but once winter rolled around and I was in hibernation mode, it was impossible to do that.
  6. Pray every day – still haven’t found a special time to pray, so I usually end up praying in bed while I’m falling asleep.  So I suppose that has become my special time.
  7. Join a Bible study – As I mentioned above, I’ve been going to the young adult Bible study at church.
  8. Read 20 books – Finished another one this month.  Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes.  AWESOME read if you’re a runner; I highly suggest it.
  9. Put away $100-$200 a month for a down payment on a car – check.
  10. Try 3 new recipes each month – I don’t remember exactly how many I tried, but I tried at least a couple, one being this awesome vegetarianization of a favourite dish from my childhood.  : )

How is everyone else out there doing with their goals?  What’s something you’re really excelling at and something you might still need to work on?  Have you sat down and evaluated how you’re doing with reaching your goals?

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Say It With A Quote #2

Know your limits…but never stop trying to exceed them.  – Anonymous

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