Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I started out with this recipe from the Trainer Momma. Then I switched things up a bit to make it my own. It is delicious. Fabulous. And utterly addictive..... *sigh*
I used 12 c chicken stock & 4 c water and I added the meat from a rotisserie chicken. Other than that I followed her directions exactly.
It's amazing. Go make it. Now.
Go ahead, look. Under my profile. Do you see it? It's a facebook box. Yup, I'm on Facebook now. Well, my blog is anyway.
So many times throughout the day I get a random thought or think of a question or a tip that I'd love to share with you guys, but either I don't have time to run and write a blog post or it's not really significant enough to warrant one. This way I can update FB quickly and there it is.
Social media ~ how did we ever survive without it??
You can find the page here.
Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy.
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name, which is no part of thee
Take all myself.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Easier said than done. I'm an instant gratification kind of girl and if I decide I want to run a race, I want to run it tomorrow.
Remember that St. Paddy's Day race I said I was going to race? I even went and got myself a training partner, right?
I'm blowing it off. I start training for my first half marathon on March 1. I do not intend to put foot to pavement before then. I want to be in tip top shape for my training. I will do lots of cardio and strength training until then, but I need to pamper my foot. I need it to heel. So, I'm bowing (gracefully, I hope) out of the 10K on March 12. I'm not ready to be training for anything right now.
I have to take care of myself. I have to look at the big picture and do what's right for the long run. You have no idea how difficult this is for me. Big picture is not my natural first thought....Well, look at that. I'm growin' up!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Last fall and through to the spring (2009-2010) I was nursing an injury and again, could barely walk (other foot, similiar issue). I had started swimming and really really enjoyed it. Once I was recovered from my injury I started running and working out at the gym and swimming sort of became an after thought.
Since I wasn't doing aquafit this morning, I decided to head to the pool to swim some laps. Afterall, that's what nursed me through my last injury, right?
My oldest son is on the swim team. He practices for two hours 2x a week. I lasted 25 minutes in the pool and I thought I was going to die. I forgot how intense swimming can actually be. It's a complete body workout and I would do well to remember that. I believe I will keep it in my regular workout rotation.
So anyway, I'm two for two on my workouts since I've decided to start posting them here on the blog. I have to admit, if I hadn't already posted that I was going to be in the pool today I likely would have blown off the class this morning and just not done anything at all. Accountability is a good thing.
Thanks for being here. Thanks for keeping me honest ;)
Monday, January 17, 2011
Today we start over. Are you ready? My weight this morning was 218.0 lbs. Bleck. But it is what it is.
The past is the past and I can't change it. I can only go forward. And forward is exactly where I'm headed.
I went to the gym today and did 6 miles on the recumbent bike. I hate that thing, I don't feel like I get a good workout, but it's good for my leg and helps my foot. I have to be smart about this ~ at least that's what I keep telling myself. After the bike I got up and went to the treadmill. What was that about being smart??
So, here we go. Who's with me?
Sunday, January 16, 2011
- Monday ~ 5 mi on recumbent bike
- Tuesday ~ Aquafit 1 hour class
- Wednesday ~ either a "Going Ballistic" class or an "Ultimate Strength" class + 2 mi on ellliptical
- Thurday ~ 5 mi on recumbent bike
- Friday ~ 2 mi on elliptical
- Saturday ~ Aquafit 1 hour class
- Sunday ~ rest day
It's a lot of gym time, but really not any hard core workouts. I want to ease myself back into it and see how my foot reacts. My tendonitis is essentially gone, but I'm left with a bruised heel. The physical therapist is concerned that it's a deep bruise that may have reached my bone. It hurts, still. But only when I'm not wearing shoes.
So, if you see me walking around barefoot smack me, ok?
Friday, January 14, 2011
A few years ago I made a friend. We each had two boys approximately the same ages and we both loved to sew and quilt. She also is a triathlete and a runner. It didn't take long for her to get me addicted and just as soon as she did she MOVED. The nerve, right????
I KNOW! So, we've both been nursing injuries off and on for the last several months, but now we're both ready to get back at it. The only problem is that she lives in Pittsburgh now. Bleh.
Anyway, we both have our sights set on races on March 12. Her's is a 5 mile and mine is either a 5K or a 10K. So we're going to be virtual training partners.
We both have hectic lives and the word "routine" hasn't made it into either of our vocabularies. Our training schedules will differ from week to week so each week we plan to email one another our schedule and hold each other accountable.
Oh yea, she has a blog but hasn't updated it in over a year. I'm trying to convince her to get it going again....help me out, will ya?
Karen, meet the internets. Internets, meet Karen :)
Thursday, January 13, 2011
How nasty and gross is that? I'm nibbling all day, I'm eating junk and I'm not working out. Does this sound like a person who is planning on completing her first half marathon and her first triathlon this year? No, it doesn't.
I have got to get myself back under control. I'm sick and tired and feeling sick and tired. I will be at the gym tomorrow. I will be at the gym on Saturday. I have no other choice. I've experienced that runner's high. I rode those post exercise endorphins all of the through the day. I've seen the energy I have when I eat right and work out. Maybe if I hadn't already started, I wouldn't feel like such crap now. You can't miss what you don't know is there, right?
I know what I'm missing and I'm tired of it.
I have no idea what I weigh. I'm all over the map. I'm going to weigh myself on Monday and go from there. Wish me luck.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
While I think those are fabulous goals to look forward to, I also have a list of my own milestones that I'm looking forward to crossing off:
227 lbs ~ the higest weight I ever saw stare at me from the scale. 225 lbs ~ what I weighed when I gave birth (both times)
- 196 lbs ~ what I weighed when I met my husband
- 190 lbs ~ what I weighed after giving birth (both times)
- 175 lbs ~ the smallest weight my husband has ever seen me
- 145 lbs ~ what I weighed when I graduated highschool
What are you personal milestones?
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I told them that my family wasn't going to miss any meals and I didn't want to bail out on them prematurely but that I truly felt that I could do all of my therapy either at home or the gym and that I was getting antsy to simply get on with my life.
I expected them to suggest we pare down to one visit a week and see how I feel. They simply told me, I was right and that I could go home and just let them know in a few weeks how I was feeling. What? Really? Sa-wheet!
So, I suddenly had a child free afternoon and no plans. What would you do? I went to the local running store, of course. I've mentioned before about shoes, and how I wanted a pair of Vibrams, but I'm still in a fair amount of pain on the bottom of my heel. There's a decent chance that I've got a nice hefty bruise deep in my heel pads and possibly into my bone. I need some cushioning under there until that heals, but I'm still skeptical of those ultra fancy shoes that do everything for you but clip your toenails.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I'm hosting a friend's 40th birthday celebration tomorrow and then, THEN, hopefully things will settle down. I'm not sure they'll SLOW down, but at least it will be my normal life stuff. Nothing extra. Oh wait, hubby's birthday is next week. Ok, maybe THEN....*sigh*
The candy is gone, the cheesecake has been pitched, the pies were given away and the only sugar really left in the house was a little bit of ice cream. I took care of that last night while watching the Biggest Loser. As much as the (staged) drama of that show kills me, it really does seem to light a fire under my ass.
I was completely unprepared for how much this stupid injury would derail me. I thought I was good. I thought I had things under control. I thought I knew what I was doing. I thought WRONG. It's humbling to be sidelined and forced to take a look within and see what's really going on. I feel like shit. Both physically and mentally. I'm beaten and broken. But I'm clawing my way back....I am.
For one, our insurance coverage changed on Jan 1 and my physical therapy just got a whole lot more expensive. I have no choice but to get better ~ NOW. My foot has actually been feeling a lot better and working out is helping now rather than hurting. So I know I'm close.
I already have to readjust my race goals for this year. You know that totally pisses me off, right? I'm giving up on January. The absolute earliest I'd be comfortable running a 5K would be the last weekend of the month ~ and that's pushing it. I can't get injured again. Boy 1 has a swim meet that weekend and I can't seem to find a local 5K anyway. So, maybe I'll do two in Feb. We'll see.
I am firming up plans for a 10K in March, though. Kristen D are you reading this???? It's in the Tri Cities! Jason's already talked to the inlaws and they are all prepared to have us as overnight guests that weekend. It's a St. Patty's Day run. I just can't remember the exact date.....are you up for it Kristen??? Let me know.
It's time to get over myself. It's time to get serious again.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
My weight is all over the place. Yesterday it was 214ish and today it was up to 218ish. NO, I do not believe I gained 4lbs of fat in 24 hours. It's inflammation.
It's true that I've been extremely busy these last few weeks, but I've also let my eating get out of control. I kept telling myself it wasn't that bad, but I knew better. It's the main reason I've been so quiet around here.
I thought if I just ignored it and didn't admit to it here then it wouldn't be true. How very mature of me, no?
Anyway, those days are over. Complete transparency. It starts NOW.
Having said that ~ I have no idea what's for dinner tonight. The cupboards are pretty bare.... Hhhmm..... time to get creative!