I've been forced to change up my routine this week. I've been running the same route around my apartment complex since the start of this program. It's made it easy as it was a great way to gauge my progress. The loop around the complex was exactly 1/2 mile. It was close to home and I could easily keep track of my pace. But, for the past two weeks, the roads have been getting repaved. So I've been venturing out and exploring new routes. Depending on the time length of the run, I've been running in one direction for the first half and turning around at the midpoint to try and get back in the same amount of time. I've had no idea how far I actually ran until afterwards. I've seen success in meeting the challenge of maintaining the same pace for the second half of the run. Unfortunately, the pace has been slower because I've been apprehensive about going out to far in fear that I won't make it back in time. I've gone from about 8: 35 per mile to 10:00 per mile!
As far as the cross training goes, I'll be getting more than my fair share in the near future. I'm going to be working for the Pittsburgh Pirates new minor league team as their mascot. It's been awhile since I've put a costume on, so I'm looking forward to getting back out there. The sweating should help with my weight loss. I've just got to be careful to keep the diet going and not fall back on ball park fare.
This has not been a good week. The weather has turned cold and windy, and to top it off, my 5 year old has been sick and had to stay home from school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We are leaving for Spring Break tomorrow, so just lots to get done, no time to do it when caring for a sick child. I found myself again, back on the treadmill (instead of outside)working out in the evening when everyone is settled in for the night ( when I am exhausted). All I really want to do is just go to bed myself. I just am so unmotivated to do anything after 9 o'clock at night. The last three days have been challenging to say the least. I found myself three nights in a row debating from the main floor, do I go UPSTAIRS and just go to bed, or do I go DOWNSTAIRS and get on the treadmill. Decisions decisions. I did choose to head downstairs all three nights, and can still say that I have never missed a training day. I guess that's a good sign, that I felt that "tug" to just go exercise and get it over with. I feel a certain level of commitment since I am on a "team". The "old" me would have just said "oh well, I can always work out tomorrow".
My daughter Eloise has passed her cold on to me, so I was glad today was a rest day. I am feeling miserable. With laundry and packing, it hasn't been restful. Tomorrow we leave for North Carolina, where we will be until Easter. I'm praying for good weather, and have packed my daughters bike, so she can ride along side of while I'm training. Hoping to find some wonderful trails and much better weather. I still wonder why I live in Chicago.
I did not pack my scale, so it will be interesting when I get home to see if I have lost any more weight. It is always tough on vacation, especially when you are going out to eat. I just have to remain focused, and remember my goals. I WILL FINISH THE RACE!
Hey guys, Ok I know it's been more than a week sorry about that. I've been busy, but in a really great happy way. I love Spring. LOVE IT!!! I have almost debilitating seasonal depression and it is FINALLY starting to lift. I had extreme depression through my entire pregnancy, so it has been exactly 12 months since the last time I have been happy. Honestly, the last year was hell I was suicidal through most of it and obviously gained a billion pounds. Finally finally I am starting to feel good. Training: Last week was ok. I got in the required number of minutes, but I felt like I wasn't pushing myself that hard. This week I have really been pushing and I feel good, but sore. I discovered this cool program on the treadmill in the gym in my neighborhood. It is called "random" and if you pick it will increase and decrease your speed and inclines very randomly. I like it because it reminded me of hiking and it kept my interest. I am trying to do an hour of cardio when I workout, but I am starting to get bored on the treadmill at my house. Now that it is finally nice out I will try to do more outdoors. Weight: I haven't lost any more and I'm not sure why. I am working out and eating very well. Maybe I am not getting enough calories... I'm not sure I usually get 1200 to 1400 a day. I always eat breakfast, I eat when I'm hungry, and I eat small meals through out the day. Diet: I am a rock star in the kitchen so lots of good nutritious food there.* Vendors please stop bringing donuts and breakfast sandwiches to my job every day. So far, I haven't had any of it, but there is only so much I can mentally handle. I made this awesome sweet potatoe curry for dinner last night. Here is the recipe from the International Vegan Unit Sweet Potato Curry From: Jen, Sunshine Coast, Australia * 1 large sweet potato (or 2 smaller ones), peeled and cubed * 1 medium onion, diced * 1 425g coconut milk or cream * 1 tbl red curry paste * 1 tbl soy sauce * 1 clove garlic * oil Heat oil in frying pan and cook garlic and onions until onions are soft. Add curry paste, stir and cook for 2 or 3 minutes until fragrant. Add sweet potato and stir through until it's coated in curry paste, cook for 4 or 5 minutes. Pour in coconut milk and soy sauce. Stir and simmer gently until sweet potoato is tender. Serve with rice of your choice.