A Little Less Of Me

My quest to become thinner and healthier

11/23 Workout: Speed Run 23 November 2010

Filed under: Feel the Burn — lennonzgal @ 13:04

I’ve actually gotten in a couple of runs since I last checked in here – I’ve been pretty solidly running three days a week, and I feel great for doing it.  This morning, we’re packing the car to go and see the in-laws for Thanksgiving, so I hit the streets at 5am while Will got the suitcases together.  It wasn’t too chilly out, which was nice – the 60 degree weather we had yesterday made for a cool but not cold early morning run.  I had already (stupidly) packed my GPS watch, my headlamp, my water bottle, and my new running shoes, so I went out with my plain old Timex, a substitute bottle, a flashlight, and my old shoes.  I don’t recommend running with a flashlight – the light moving as my arms pumped made me dizzy – I ended up turning the thing off about a half-mile into my run.  Not 100% sure how far I went, but I think it was around 2.15-2.25 miles.  I plan to use the GPS next time I do that loop to see exactly what it is.  In the meantime, I’m hoping to get a few good runs in while in Indiana – the hotel we stay at is just outside of a little neighborhood, so I should be able to do it, assuming we don’t get quite as much rain as they’re calling for out there!

So, no weigh-in this week.  I won’t have a scale to do it.  I will, however, do  my damndest to eat well and not come home weighing 10 pounds more.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

11/17 Workout: Speed Run 18 November 2010

Filed under: Feel the Burn,Musings — lennonzgal @ 15:47
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Got in an amazing speed workout last night. Wasn’t overly fast; averaged about 13:30, but felt really good after. The reason? New shoes!! Now, I’m a total shoe whore – I’m quickly approaching having 100 pair of shoes in my closet. I switch out black boots almost as often as I change my socks. Somehow though, I never remember to change my running kicks. I always need to special order mine because they’re wide width, so maybe it’s because I don’t know that I have time to got the running store twice on a short period of time. Maybe I just forget, because it’s not like I run a lot of miles in a single week. Whatever the reason, I recently realized that it’s been about a year since my last pair and thought I’d better invest in some new ones.

They were sooooooooo comfortable to run in!! Really pleased with them – as usual, I selected my standard pair of Saucony Guides, and I’m glad I did.

After my run, it just so happens that in Run Like a Mother, they were talking about good running gear. One whole chapter was dedicated to shoes, and rightly so. I can’t express to you the importance of getting a good pair of shoes, whether you run 10 miles a week or 100. I cringe every time a fellow casual runner says, “Oh, I just found the cheapest pair I could.” o know its a lot of money (a decent pair of kicks will be a minimum of $90), but well worth it for you and your feet. Last night, my run was fat mote comfortable than it’s been on quote a few months, and I totally attribute that to my shoes. So to my fellow runners, I implore you: get your butt to a running store and treat your feet! They’ll definitely thank you for it.

 

11/14 Workout: Long Run 15 November 2010

Filed under: Feel the Burn — lennonzgal @ 11:51

My long runs are finally getting longer, albeit slowly! I pounded out a very slow 4.17 miles yesterday, which is about .17 miles longer than my previous max, so I’ll take it. I found a side street that seemed somewhat flat and decided to add it to my normal loop, only to find out that while it seemed somewhat flat on the way out, it was a steady incline on the way in! Whoops 🙂 I’ll probably still keep it in my loop because it was a decent addition to the run (it was actually a long side street – probably added about three-quarters of a mile to the run, I just cut out another part in my neighborhood when I had hit my limit for distance).

All of that said, I was DOG SLOW. I’m going to blame it on two things: 1) I had about a glass and a half of wine the night prior, and I honestly do feel like anytime I drink any alcohol at all, I have trouble running the next day, and 2) I spent the morning fall cleaning Liam’s bedroom, which in my house means a lot of up-and-down and such trying to scrub absolutely everything in the room. My legs were a little tired before I even started the run.

Still, I got out there, I ran, and I ran longer than I have in a while. That’s great. In other great news, I officially signed up for the ING Philadelphia Distance Run in 2011!  So, let the training begin!!

 

184.6 12 November 2010

Filed under: Daily Weight Log,Musings — lennonzgal @ 14:48

I seem to be pretty stunted around 184-185 right now, but I’m okay with that. The key here is going to be staying around that weight through Thanksgiving and Christmas so that I can get back into things after the New Year. Just like summer, two weeks from now begins the “Please Just Let Me Stay the Same” phase.

Slowly, I’m starting to cut things back out of my diet. I’ve definitely gotten lax over the past couple of months, including not weighing my foods. Our scale died ages ago, and I finally sent it in to be repaired about two weeks ago. We received a brand new one in the mail last week, so that’s one of the things I’m trying to focus on. The other thing I’m trying to work on is becoming an ingredients-only family. Though my foods will rarely be “reduced-fat” or “fat-free” in that case, I think its overall better for me. Even something as simple as my homemade ice cream has made me realize what a difference homemade can make. A couple weeks ago, I made my first batch of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream (thanks to my very best friend Ashley for always thinking of me and sending me an ice cream maker for my birthday … a girl couldn’t ask for a better friend). There’s still a container of it in the fridge (full-fat ice cream means I can’t exactly go having a bowl every night, and that’s partly a good thing, I think), and I probably have a small spoonful every day – its something nice and sweet that takes the edge off without my having to eat an entire bowl of it. That said, one night Will was having a bowl of ice cream, which I assumed was the one I had made. I asked for a taste, and he gave me one – it was the low-fat Edy’s stuff he had bought from the store (while I’m trying to be ingredients-only, Will is rebelling just a little bit; he loves having a bowl of ice cream every night and is a little grumpy that I’m trying to remove store-bought from the house right now) … it was AWFUL!! I mean, terrible. There was this nasty after taste that didn’t go away for ages. I vowed to never eat the stuff again – it’ll be homemade all the way for us! Just goes to show how much better homemade really is.

 

11/11 Workout: Speed Run

Filed under: Feel the Burn — lennonzgal @ 14:39

Period be damned (sorry, boys!), I got my ass out there and I’m so glad I did!

Pulled off a little over 2.3 miles in right around 30 minutes (averaged about 13 minutes per mile, a little less really). By the time I got home last night, it was 6:15pm and much too dark for my tastes. Once dinner was over and I was in my running clothes, I was glad I had put on a long-sleeved tech tee, and ended up switching out my baseball cap for my thinner running beanie so that my ears were covered. Boy was that a smart idea. The general rule of thumb is that you should be a little chilly when you go out for a run, because you’re inevitably going to warm up quickly. Even with long sleeves, long pants, and a beanie, my butt was C-O-L-D!! It was probably well into the low 40’s by the time I got out there, and it was getting colder (and windier) by the minute.

I started off slow, and whiny – it was colder than I wanted, and my water bottle (filled with cold water because I’m a moron) was making my hand numb. I’m thinking next time, I might try taking warm water. A good 10 minutes into it, I started feeling great. I had covered more ground in that 10 minutes than I had been on previous speed runs, and I felt really really strong. By the time I was coming back around towards home, I really felt like I could have gone to 2.5, maybe even 3 miles. I didn’t becase frankly it was dark, and I was planning for somewhere between 2-2.5 miles, and I felt like a little over 2.3 covered that quite nicely. Plus, I was passing by my house for the second time. I was thinking that my neighbors might start wondering why I was just trotting back and forth up my street!

Even coming in the house, I was out of breath, but wasn’t gasping. I really felt good about it all. And despite how cold it was outside, I was SOAKED, so I must have been doing something right!

I’ve started to try and use my run for some focus time. A little personal prayer, a little meditation, a little review of the day that passed and the day that is coming. Doing so actually helped me sort of clear my thoughts for the evening, and it helped the time pass really fast – I ended up not needing as many walk breaks this time around, despite the fact that I was doing harder running in spots. Perhaps by the time I get to Philly in September, I might be prepared to run the entire 13.1 …

 

11/9 Workout: Short, Slow, Pitiful Run … 10 November 2010

Filed under: Feel the Burn,Musings — lennonzgal @ 15:45

… but I DID run. 

Last night, I had an argument with my mom on the phone just minutes before I was to go out for my run.  Matter of fact, as I was trying to civilly argue with her, my son was walking behind me saying, “Mommy go for run, Daddy play choo-choos?”  Even he knew that I should have been out pounding the pavement and not talking on the phone.  By the time I got off of the phone, I had absolutely zero energy for exercise and just wanted to curl up on the couch and cry.  It wasn’t a particularly horrible argument … probably could even be more classified as a slightly heated discussion, so I’ll chalk a good part of it up to my whackadoo hormonal state this week. 

All of that said, I just started reading a book, Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving–and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity. Its by two mothers who work, have kids, have families, and who run. I saw it listed in some parent-centric magazine or another and decided right away that I needed to get it. I cracked it open as soon as it came in the mail, and although I have only gotten through maybe 3-4 chapters, I’m already finding it to be an inspiration.

For one thing, there’s a quiz in maybe the first chapter that asks, “Should I Run Today?” And after answering the questions that particular day (a day in which I had, in fact gotten in a run thankfully), the answer was a resounding YES! For me, running is a stress reliever, and I really needed it. The book has also inspired me to sort of change the format of my blog here a little bit. It’ll still be focused on my becoming healthier and hopefully thinner, but I think I’m going to try and do it from the perspective of exercise rather than weight. I’ll still log my weekly weight, I’ll still pop in on occasion with weird links to CNN articles, but I think I’m going to also try at least once a week to sum up my workouts for the week and to talk about my progress as a runner / exerciser. We’ll see how it goes.

… and back to last night. So, after having read the first couple chapters of “Run Like a Mother” and realizing that running is my best outlet for stress (I’m the kind of person who unfortunately gets in a bad mood and then takes it out on absolutely everyone around her without realizing it), I went out anyway. Sometimes, running allows me to rehash a conversation in my head, this time interjecting things that I wish I had the balls to say. Sometimes (like last night), it just makes me want to cry more. So, after a piddly 1.6 miles in a S-L-O-W 22:00, I gave in.

Yes, I was slow. Yes, I was pitiful. BUT I got out there. I ran, I worked off some of that pent-up frustration, and then I came home and while my (very sweet, very understanding, very AMAZING) husband gave Liam a bath, I also took a bath and read just a little bit more, realizing that I had probably just done the exact thing that I needed last night to NOT spend the evening miserable, so GO ME!

 

You’ve Got to Be Freaking Kidding Me 8 November 2010

Filed under: Musings — lennonzgal @ 19:43

Please bear with me, faithful reader(s) … I’m the process of considering a format change to my blog.  More on that perhaps tomorrow.  In the meantime, I thought I’d share this CNN.com article with you all.

I understand that the professor says right in the article that he still doesn’t recommend anyone follow this diet, but COME ON.  We all know there are a million people out there who will jump on this (let’s pray he doesn’t become Twinkie’s Jared) and follow it in hopes of getting into a bikini for that wintertime cruise.

Seriously, world of media … if you see that someone came up with a dumb-assed scheme like this that happened to succeed, please consider the fact that there are a lot of people out there who may not “get” that this is a terrible idea.  He could have done the same experiment with healthier options – eating oatmeal and Kashi every few hours; that sort of thing.  But no, let’s eat Twinkies all day every day for 10 weeks and see how that goes.  Brilliant.

Sigh.