Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One of those days

Ever had one of those days when you don't want to work out? not because you're tired but just because you don't feel up to it? One of those days where you can't seem to find the keys because they're usually on the table but for some reason today they ended up in your purse. And well we all know how the purse story goes you, digging for things you well know are in there but you can't seem to dig out when needed. One those days when you can't get off your tush to get in your work out clothes. One of those days you justify not running that day, give yourself a pep talk, agree that its ok tomorrow is another day and tomorrow come rain or high tides you'll be out there running. I've to confess I have in the past had one of those days where I've justified not running today but promised myself to run tomorrow and tomorrow just never seemed to come for me.

So today as I sat on the couch going back and forth with myself whether to go running or not, I remembered how in the past 'tomorrow' never came and decided to go anyway. So very slowly I go into my work out clothes and hit the neighborhood 3 mile run pretty hard and did it well under 30mins. I'm living for the day I can do it under 20mins :) that day is coming I just know it. Yay!!!

I hope this encourages anyone reading this to not slack off but to push yourself today and go work out and make healthy eating/drinking choices :)

P.S. Each day I've an epic fall with my plan to eat before 8pm :( but I'll keep trying

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Random. All over the place post

I've been bloated all day. Bleh. I've been having one those days where I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and fight to gag a little in my mouth. I've always been the kind of girl who has always been comfortable in her own skin. Last night I had a bad night. I tossed and turned all night thanks to the cramping and all the discomfort TOM comes with :( ICK!!!

I'm striving to make healthy eating and drinking choices despite it been the time I crave junk food the most. I've also been eating quite a bit of fruit. Yay!

As I said yesterday, no running at the lake or hiking at the mountain this week and probably for a while. Instead, I'm running 3 miles around my neighborhood. Despite feeling super bloated and kinda out of it today I still went running. And I did my 3 miles in 30mins :) pretty decent. I'm very proud of myself. I'm slowly but surely figuring out my breathing and pacing myself out.

I'm elated the Sex & the City sequel premiers on Thursday. The girls & I are dressing up and going out to dinner and drinks followed by the movie on Friday night. I've not hang out with the girls in a while and so this should be exciting and much fun :) thus this is my motivation to get through the week lol

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Monday, May 24, 2010


During one of my hiking days last week, while running down the mountain, my right foot hit a rock and sprained (minor sprain). Still, it hurt to walk and when I sat down or lay down it'd go to sleep and when I'd get up to walk it would just 'collapse' under me. Bummed as I was I gave up running for the week and iced it everyday. I made sure I made extra good and healthy choices in my eating and drinking seeing as I could not work out.

It's that TOM of the month for me and despite my foot been back in business I didn't feel like going running tonight. But my best person motivated me and soon enough I was in my running gear and hitting the 3 miles around my neighborhood pretty hard :) I got back home, panting like a horse but having broken a sweat, hit the shower and now as I type this I know getting my run in tonight was the best thing I did :)

I'm struggling with eating before 8pm to avoid going to bed on a full stomach. The sun doesn't set until well after 7:30pm and that's usually the time I get out and go running. And by the time I get back and hit the shower it's around 910pm-ish and that's when I start thinking of what to have for dinner. Therefore, my week's goal is to eat before or by 8pm. By the end of the week I'll let you know how I'm doing.

All the best to everyone out there working out and making healthy eating/drinking choices!!!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Run when you can, walk if you have to, CRAWL if you must, just NEVER give up!!!

I went hiking today and hiked to my city's highest point. It's not the first time I've done this but in a long time it's the first time I've gone on my own. In order to not get bored and fall off the work out/lose weight wagon I've decided I need to switch up my work out routine, more like alternate them. All of last week I went running at the lake and this week I've decided I'll go hiking the same mountain all week.

Today was tough, the mountain is typical hiking terrain, rocky, windy, a lot of turns, steep just a mix of everything but extremely rocky and hilly. Usually when I run my 6.4miles I feel the work out's effect but when I hike my body gets double the effect. Weird because the mountain is 1.5miles each way a total of 3 miles half of the run at the lake which is 6.4 miles. I still can't run up all the way so I walk up to the very top then run back all the way down.

But today for some reason I was just so tired and I made a few stops on my way up and actually fought the urge to not abandon the whole idea and just go back home. When I feel like this I keep thinking 'mind over flesh' and on one of the Biggest Loser episodes some guy told his wife the saying 'pain is temporary but pride is forever' and those two sayings kept me going. It was tough because my best person wasn't there to give me a pep talk or hold my hand but I kept pushing and telling myself just one more step. I made it to the 1/2 mile mark and my energy just vamoosed but I pushed to the 3/4 mile mark and asked myself really what good would it be to go back when I was so close and I pushed all the way to the very top. And its funny how the body works because the second I got to the top my breath was back to normal and within two minutes I was running back down so full of energy.

For breakfast I had my loaded oatmeal (1/2 a cup 100% whole bran oats, 1/2tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, fresh lemon juice, brown sugar, dried raisins & cranberries) absolutely yum! I love oatmeal because it keeps me full all the way until lunch and some days lunch time comes and I'm still full :) I had strawberry banana yogurt and an apple for lunch, a cuppa black tea and glass of cranberry juice, and for dinner spinach and beef stew.

I'm still doing the "No S" no sweets, snacks, or seconds unless on days starting with -S- and/or on special occasions.

Tomorrow it is back to the mountain for me. My poor knees feel wobbly but the ends results will ensure no more knee pain from weight.

My Mantra:

Run when you can, walk if you have to, CRAWL if you must, just NEVER give up!!!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Weekend

I had a great weekend thanks to my best person. A weekend or anytime spent with my best person is always awesomely fun. I didn't go running on Friday because I was under the weather. At this point my mind is a bit clouded as to what I ate Friday night all I remember is that I had some yum spinach. On Saturday, I went part running and part walking the 6.4 miles with my best person. It was a bit hot by the time we went so the heat drained me fast but we did make it. By the time we got back home we were thirsty panting deers lol who gobbled down water.

On Sunday we attended a friend's graduation. It was great to see my study partner graduate. Absolutely proud of her and so happy for her. Again, on Sunday I didn't go running. This weekend I had a lot of spinach. On Sunday I had some biscuits and a half bar of chocolate on Saturday and Sunday. I think I did pretty good sweets-wise but I'm still working on it.

Today, I was having one of those blah days and didn't go running boooo. However, tomorrow I'm back on my agenda and will go running. This morning I had loaded oatmeal for breakfast, skipped lunch and had a late dinner.

I weighed myself and I lost 8lbs last week. This is such a great motivation for me. I can't wait to go running/hiking tomorrow.

All the best to everyone out there in your weight loss journeys. I wish everyone healthy eating/drinking choices and work out motivation.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Cheer Me Up?

Today I just feel crappy, exhausted, overwhelmed. I just want to crawl into bed and sleep my 'troubles' away *sigh* :(

Yesterday? I didn't go running because I had a bad day that started the previous night running pretty late into the early dawn causing me to sleep in until late afternoon. I couldn't leave the house @5pm to go running like I usually do because I missed the UPS guy the previous day and the infonotice said he'd be coming back yesterday between 2-5pm. Not only did I wait an extra hour until 6pm but he showed up at 620pm after I left the house @6pm :( FML. I just called UPS and it looks like I'm going to miss them again today :( because they will attempt the 3rd delivery at 3pm gggrrrhhh *sitting on my hands to not pull my hair out* lol jk

I did pretty good yesterday besides not running I only had an egg sandwich for dinner, second night in a row but damn this egg sandwich is the best :) Oh last night I also had some rum drink. I needed a drink yesterday considering I started two antibiotics today therefore no drinking for me in 7-10days and trust me I could really use a drink this weekend. I skipped breakfast this morning because I was meeting a girlfriend for a breakfast date then we ended up running errands and catching up all morning which made us miss breakfast. We did have lunch at 1130-ish. She made us ham sandwiches w 2 slices of organic ham, on 2 slices of whole wheat. She put hummus on one slice and mayo on the other w lettuce and tomato. It was yum!!!
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Another Day

I kinda woke up late this morning and had to drive a friend to a doctor's appointment so I rushed out of the house, skipping breakfast and only having half a cuppa green tea. The appointment took longer than expected and afterwards we had to drop the prescription and wait to pick it up. All that running around and waiting made us hungry so we walked down to a Starbucks and so for breakfast/lunch/brunch I had a butter croissant w a grande iced chai tea latte.

I got home at 2pm-ish and around 3pm had a cup of noodles. I left the house to go running at 5pm and put in 6miles in 1hr 12min pretty good I think :) For dinner I had my best egg sandwich and every bite was yum:)

I'm contemplating doing a list on why I need and want to lose weight :) will have to wait and see how that goes
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I'm a work in progress

I went running today. Mostly running and some power-walking as well. I did good on my healthy eating and drinking choices. I had loaded oatmeal for breakfast, a balsamic chicken salad for lunch, and yogurt w fruit for dinner. I also had 5 glasses of water :) and a cup of green tea w honey.

Some nights and/or days are harder than others. Tonight was tough because I love to have a bar of chocolate every now and then. But since last week I'm doing the "No S" which means I'm not having snacks, sweets or seconds w an exception of days that start with "S" and/or on special occasions. But in my freezer (yes freezer, I love my chocolate cold) sits a whole box of dairy milk chocolate from my mom :) which makes it even more special. But I can't have any of it all week may be on Saturday or Sunday and I can only have one bar on both days (half a bar for each "S" day). This is definitely teaching me the art of savoring. Less is more. Eating just enough makes it so much better and makes me want it the next time I can have it. As opposed to having 3 bars a day and just pigging out on the whole box in a week.

I know this is cultivating in me, not just self discipline but self-control and patience as well and I'm taking it as it comes. I'm a work in progress and realize now than ever pressure makes diamonds. Therefore, for me to lose 45lbs, it won't be a walk in the park, I will work for it, eat right, drink right, make healthy choices and work out. Nothing comes easy.

One day at a time is my motto. It's the same mantra I use when running..just one more step...just around the corner..and I know I'm getting there one day at a step at a healthy eating and drinking choice at a time.

For lent this year I gave up all meat (fish, beef, chicken etc) and alcohol. And if for 40 days I went without meat, cocktails and wine (given that I'm the true definition of a wino) then I can and will make healthy choices for the rest of my life and live a healthy conscious life.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Battling my weight

I'm currently overweight, but not new to the blogging world. I'm giving it my all to lose weight and think by starting this blog I can journal my ups & downs in the weight loss journey. I'm committed to losing weight the healthy way. No pills, no shortcuts, just the very basic and standard, making healthy eating choices and working out.

I started the "No S" last week. No sugars, no snacks, and no seconds (with an exception of days that start with an S (Satudays & Sundays) and on special occasions.

I'll not kid you or me, I love to eat and don't believe in self-deprivation. At the same time I've realized that as long as I make healthy choices and do portion control e.g. instead of having a whole bar of chocolate everyday I could have a 1/4 bar or none. For breakfast instead of eggs, toast/pancakes and sausages everyday I've started having loaded oatmeal. I went to my neighborhood Sprout's and got fresh dried raisins and cranberries, vanilla extract, freshly ground cinnamon and brown sugar to add to my 100% whole grain oats.

In the time that I've been doing this I've drastically gone from a size 14 to a 12. Seeing such a change is such a great motivation for me. It makes me want to get out there every evening and go running and continue to make healthy eating choices

I've also been ensuring 3/4 of my plate during food servings is veggies. This is hard to do but practice makes perfect :)

Please welcome aboard as I run myself, power walk, eat, and drink myself to a more healthy weight and 45lbs less.

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