Sunday, December 9, 2012

Holiday Indulgence

This whole Holidays thing is hard on the healthy eating!  This past week has been lackluster in both the eating and the exercise department, but not in the fun department!  At least something is going right.  The week started off well enough with my run last Sunday.  But then life got hectic and I didn't exercise on Monday or Tuesday!  Can you imagine?!  Monday was because I left work late and then spent the evening Christmas tree hunting.  I figured my cold wasn't really going away so maybe it was for the best.  Tuesday conspired against me as well but I rolled with it.  I rarely miss workouts and maybe my body will be happy to have some rest. 

Wednesday evening I had a mother's club party at my house, a holiday cookie exchange.  I spent the day getting ready for the party and then the evening enjoying my mom friends.  On Monday evening I'd made some mint chocolate squares for the exchange and I couldn't stop eating them so I was glad to be giving them out.  At the party I had a glass of champagne and maybe two glasses of wine.  And I munched on the party food, which wasn't too unhealthy but wasn't exactly low calorie either.  Fortunately all the cookies were claimed so I wasn't left with a pile of cookies to resist. 

The big news in relation to me is, I wore a sleeveless dress!  I was going to put a cardigan on over it but my friend Michelle said, "It looks good like it is but I understand your issue with your arms."  Something about her saying that made me figure, what the heck, I'm going to drop this "issue" with my arms and wear it without the sweater.  I wish I had a picture of myself in the dress, it's so fun!  Next time I wear it I'll try to remember to snap a picture.

Ok, I just decided to take a few minutes to put the dress back on and take a picture.  You do have to have more than a grain of narcissism to be a blogger!  You can't tell from the picture but the dress is a black/white houndstooth pattern.  The dress was a clearance find, down to $25 from $118.  Even better!

Took my bare arms out in public (sort of, the party was at my own house)
Thursday was back in the gym but it was rushed.  I only had time to run 2 miles on the treadmill.  I ran at 6.2 for five minutes, then upped it to 7.2 for one mile, then back to 6.2 for the last few minutes.  Then I did chest/triceps/core.  Just as I was leaving Miguel texted me that he could pick up the kids.  So I went back to the treadmill for a quick half-mile at 7.2mph and then took a few minutes to stretch.  Good stuff!

Friday was a day off with Miguel.  The kids were in daycare and we enjoyed a day of hanging out.  We eventually made it to a diner for lunch and I ate a pretty big meal of an omelet, hash browns, toast, and pancake with butter and syrup.  Sometimes you just eat. After our lunch I stopped in to a WW center to weigh in.  My official/personal morning weight was 142.2 pounds but I was worried that with that huge lunch and wearing jeans my WW weight might be pushing 147.  Nope, 145.2.  And I got the materials on the new WW360 program (though I've barely glanced at them).  Good enough for another week of maintenance.  And I found out I don't have to weigh-in for 6 weeks to get to lifetime, you only have to weigh-in 2-3 times (the woman wasn't sure which) during that 6 week window.  Nice!  That means the one week I missed won't mean a 7 week wait to get lifetime (and free meetings!)

Anyway, I was still full come dinnertime and planned to skip it altogether but then I ended up taking the kids with a friend out to the mall for a free ice skating show.  The kids had to eat so we went to Panera and I ended up having dinner despite barely being hungry.  I had a half turkey, bacon and avocado sandwich (260 calories) and a cup of chicken noodle soup (80 calories).  And some of the kids' cookie.  Not too bad.  I loved that all the menu options had the calories posted.  Makes it so much easier to make a decent decision.  Wish ALL menus in the world had this. 

Yesterday was a day off from exercise.  I was hoping to make it to an 8am WW meeting to hear the deal on the new WW360 program.  But it didn't happen, so good thing I got the materials.  As I understand it the Points/tracking are not changing but they are emphasizing routines, places, habits, etc that are related to a healthy lifestyle.  I love it!  There's more to maintaining a healthy weight than what you put in your mouth. 

Anyway, Saturday morning was my mother's club Holiday Party.  I went early to help setup.  My food intake was super snacky at the party and all day, it was one of those days where I felt like I couldn't stop eating!  Crackers, cheese, cookies, crackers, cookies, etc, etc, etc.  You get the idea.  I'm going to need to eat clean this week to keep my weight in check.  I feel like I've been off track for over a week with the food intake. 

Last night I went out dancing with my girlfriend Michelle.  We hit up the local pub that was having a 90's dance party/toy drive.  It was so much fun to put on our jeans and make-up and hit the town.  Once we'd had a couple shots of tequila the dancing was non-stop until we left at midnight.  All in all I'd had two shots of tequila and one light margarita.  Oh and we also had a small order of jalapeno poppers to keep our stomachs happy.  

Today I officially started my training for the Kaiser Half Marathon on 2/3/13, which is 8 weeks away.  I did a 6 mile run from my house, actually a bit over 6 because I made a route where I ended at my car I left at the pub last night.  6.29 miles in one hour, 9:36 pace.  I felt good during the run and used some of the time for positive mental reinforcements, "I want this, this is what feels good, I want this healthy body and I'm willing to work for it."  I can't tell you enough how much difference I think it makes to force the positive thoughts.  Hopefully this will help with the eating this coming week.  I have no social plans so nothing to tempt me. 

So the Kaiser plan is much like the Livermore plan.  The only thing is I might (and that's a BIG might) do a midnight 5k on New Years Eve.  Just sounds like a good way to start the year.  Only I'm not sure I can stay up until midnight!  Anyway, here's the plan:

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
1 (12/10 – 12/16)
Bike + strength
4 m run
Rest
3 m run + strength
Bike + strength
Rest
7 m run
2 (12/17 – 12/21)
Bike + strength
4 m run
Rest
3 m run + strength
Bike + strength
Rest
8 m run
3 (12/22 – 12/30)
Bike + strength
4.5 m run
Rest
3 m run + strength
Bike + strength
Rest
9 m run
4 (12/31 – 1/6)
Bike + strength
4.5 m run
Rest
3 m run + strength
Bike + strength
Rest
8 m run
5 (1/7 – 1/13)
Bike + strength
5 m run
Rest
3 m run + strength
Bike + strength
Rest
10 m run
6 (1/14 – 1/20)
Bike + strength
5 m run
Rest
3 m run + strength
Bike + strength
Rest
11 m run
7 (1/21 – 1/27)
Bike + strength
5 m run
Rest
3 m run + strength
Bike + strength
Rest
10 m run
8 (1/28 – 2/3)
Bike + strength
4 m run
Rest
2 m run
Bike + strength
Rest
Half Marathon

When I was training for Livermore those Tuesday runs stayed at 4 miles for almost the whole time.  We'll see if I actually up it to 5 miles this time.  I'm starting to formulate my pace goals for the half.  More on that next time.  Hope you are getting out there and working toward the body, and life, you want!

12 comments:

  1. You look great! And what better way to get back on the exercise track than dancing for hours then running back to get your car the next day? I love how you incorporate exercise into your daily life.

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I look at those pictures and they actually look stretched out to me, as if I couldn't possibly be that thin. Funny thing, when I finished my run the closest place to get water was the bar I was in the night before. So I went in and asked the bartender for water. Got a comment from some patrons about running into a bar for water!

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  2. love the photos! your smile, toned arms, and tiny waist, are all fab!

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    1. Thank you!! Always love the positive reinforcement :)

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  3. What a motivating post! We feel like going for a run right now!

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    1. Perfect! Hope it happened. You two are super cute :)

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  4. I love following your blog! You live such a healthy life and are looking great!

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    1. Thank you!! It's all about balance.

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  5. I'm so glad you put the dress back on so we could see how fantastic you look in it, and I am not sure what you see in your arms that we don't. Keep 'em coming, Michelle.

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    1. Thanks Anne! Ugh, my arms. Been preoccupied with them my whole life so it's slow-going getting over it. But you see I have a tank on in my profile picture? Slowly but surely making progress in the love-and-acceptance-of-my-arms movement. As always, thanks for the support :)

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