Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Running in place

I got on the scale this morning. Wasn't planning on doing that until Feb 1st but just had to see what the scale said. I think I needed that slap in the face. I knew I hadn't lost any significant amount based on the way my clothes were fitting. But part of me just wanted to see if at least there was a pound or two in the difference. I mean, come on, I've been working out like a maniac. Surely that counteracts some of the crap I've been eating.

But NOOOOOO, I've actually gained a pound. And it's more than a bit sobering to realize that 200-300 minutes of cardio and 3 strength sessions a week are just barely maintaining my weight due solely to the fact that I have been shovelling junk in my mouth like it's going out of style.

So, truth known and spoken, here goes an honest effort to rein it back in. Today I ate the meals and snacks I brought to work with me. I avoided buying a snack with my diet pepsi and turned down a bite of chocolate bar from a coworker. My downfall today: scotch mints. They are like an addiction. So I looked at the calories today and realized I can mindlessly eat 120 calories of scotch mints in under an hour. Never mind the sugar I'm inhaling. So my goal for Thursday (next time I work) is 2 mints per hour. This has worked in the past. Here's hoping...

As for my goals:
workouts according to plan. I took 2 days off last week instead of one due to injury
morning fruit - good on workdays, not so good when I'm home
water - high 90% success rate
no eating after 8pm - every day except Saturday when I saw a movie, this trick has actually kept me from eating on more than one occasion
plan marathon training - check, sat down and did this last week and as a result am feeling both calm and panicked about the upcoming month. Calm because I know my training is thorough, doable and sesible. Panicked because I will be running more miles than I have ever run in my life. EEEEK!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

I like running!!!!

Never thought I would miss running. But I've been following the Shape plan and there really isn't any continuous running involved in any of the cardio workouts. By Thursday night I was thinking how nice it would feel to go for a good run. So Friday and Saturday I modified the cardio portions to fit in 2 runs. Felt GOOOOOOOOD!! I'm turning into a runner. Never though that would happen.

Doing good on my goals. I struggle with the fruit when I'm at home. It's really going to take a conscious effort to remember it. Yesterday it was bedtime before I realized i hadn't had any. When I'm at work, i get hungry and bored around mid morning. I bring a piece of fruit and so I have a piece of fruit. At home I can get involved in something and the next thing I know it is lunchtime. Afternoon is usually a carby snack and then it's dinner and I haven't had any fruit.
Work in progress.

The water is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I'm still drinking the occasional pepsi but it seems 100 times easier to get 2 liters of water now than it was before Christmas. I'm just going to go with it for now.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Days 1 and 2

Exercise - check
Water - check
Fruit - check
Eating cutoff - check

So far so good on my goals, even if i did eat way too much chocolate.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

January's goals

Weigh in Jan 1: 185

Follow Shape's meltdown workout plan
No eating after 8pm
64 oz water daily
mid morning fruit snack
Plan marathon training schedule