Sunday, August 30, 2009

Increasing Mileage

Two days ago I ran maybe an extra 1/4 of a mile on my 2 mile run. I went a few houses past the usual turning point. It wasn't hard at all and it added probably 4 minutes to my run. I came in at 33: and something. It was a nice cool morning (in the 50's) and I pulled on pants for running which I regretted. Today was a cool morning too, but I kept in my shorts and it felt terrific, even coming back in the bright sun at 8:00. I walked/ran the big block today which is about 3 miles. I was happy to be going longer without the pressure to run. Plus, I started a new audio book: An Unfinished Life, by Mark Spragg. So far, so good.

I'm loving my FlyLady water bottle. The water is always VERY cold. It's amazing. Plus the kids won't use it since it is my dedicated bottle. So I know it is always as full as I left it last.

Yesterday, I did a Power Yoga routine (Yoga Zone) which was effective. I look forward to doing the next 20 minute routine on there tomorrow.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer Run

8/14/09 - I ran my two miles in 29:01, easy. Picture perfect weather today. I started listening to Afternoon in a Park by Neil Simon. It's cute. I laughed at parts already. Laughter is good for us and I think some days I just don't even laugh at all. I'm working on smiling too.

I went for ice cream yesterday with my kids. We biked a bit to get there & really enjoyed it. That would be my one dessert for the week. I'll count the zucchini bread as a half dessert, so I'm at 1 1/2 desserts this week & it's Friday. That's my best yet. It was nice actually planning to enjoy that ice cream instead of resisting, resisting, then giving in and feeling guilty and then regretting it. Thanks FlyLady for the quota suggestion.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Stretch and Strength

This morning I did my stretch and strength routine in the family room while watching the morning news programs and sipping coffee. I stretch all parts of my body & focus on the legs which were extremely tight from running two days in a row. It felt terrific. For strength today, I did the Superman, for my back. I did a few pelvis lifts, and I did the Pilates 100. I also did some push-ups just with the top half of my body, for my back. These are easy & I should've done full-body push-ups, but I didn't. Also, for one commercial break I did a weight move with two hand-bells, maybe 3 pounds each: curl, lift, overhead, back down & squat. I like not having to count my reps, but to do it for the full commercial break, which feels plenty long enough.

I'm doing well this week eating real food, and trying to get off of junk. 2 1/2 weeks ago, FlyLady suggested we eat dessert once a week, so I started trying. The first week I had 3 desserts, but at least I was aware. The second week I ate a few, all on the last day... it was those chocolate chip muffins and a cookie at the neighborhood picnic. That was bad.... sneaky muffin eating! They weren't even very good. : ((( The next week is still in progress. It is now Thursday and I've had only one smallish piece of zucchini bread over at Debbie's house on Tuesday. I will count that as half a dessert. We are going for ice-cream today, so I'm not sure what I'll do. I think I'm planning on enjoying ice cream, but not a big one! Hey, at least I have a plan. At home, I'm eating smart!! I'm still eating chips & French fries in moderation. I think I may be onto a successful dietary change. Since I'm 44 I think I may really need to do this.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Healthy Living Goals

-Lose 5-10 pounds, forever
-Be able to run respectable distance and speed
-Eat real foods- get off of sugar food
-Feel Strong, fit and young