Rest Day

I almost called in sick today but wasn’t really feeling sick enough to call in sick, just kind of….not really feeling it today…..so I went into work and left early.  I was exhausted for some reason so I decided to listen to my body and take a rest day but it was challenging.

Even as I left work I contemplated going to the gym for a quick mile or two then decided a better option would be to get home, put my feet up, get some ice on my aching ankles, take some ibuprofen, and rest.  That’s what I’ve been trying to do today but I keep thinking about how I can’t wait to get back to the gym tomorrow.

I’m so excited because I had my best mile time yesterday.  The problem is I also have a little voice in my head telling me it’s not that impressive.  I’m still super slow but I have to keep reminding myself that my times are all about me.  All about my goals and the little accomplishments along the way.  It’s so easy to think what you’ve accomplished isn’t good enough compared to other people.

I guess the point I make by writing what keeps popping into my head is to not compare yourself to everyone around you.

Work at your own pace.  Set your own goals.  Crush your goals.

Most importantly:  Celebrate your success along the way!

Here is my little bit of success……I jogged/walked my fastest mile to date, 17:46!  I’m slowly working my way to my 15 minute mile goal.  I’ve been walking more than jogging but yesterday was more jogging.

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I think I’m extra excited because it felt good.  I felt like I found a groove or a rhythm, like I began to understand why people like running so much.  I’m also helped by an amazing support group at work who proceeded to high five me and tell me I did a good job when I meekly said, “I jogged almost an entire mile yesterday.”  They help keep me motivated.

 

I’ll be back in the gym tomorrow and Friday then maybe a short walk/jog on Saturday.  I have a 5K on Sunday so I’m trying not to overdo it too much but also want to keep myself moving.

I’ve decided on 4 days a week at the gym, one rest day during the work week, an active weekend day, and a rest day on the weekend, basically 5 days on, 2 days off.  Not that I’ll be laying on the couch during my rest days but won’t be as focused on getting a work out in on those days….unless I really feel like it.

I’m going to see if this little runners’ high carries over into the upcoming weeks, and if so I’m going to be shopping for some new shoes.

That’s all for now.  I’m off to lounge a bit more before my early bed time tonight.  Hope the week is treating everyone well!  We’re almost to the weekend!  🙂

A Lengthy Update

I’ll start with the bad news:  I’m frustrated.

I’m frustrated because I still feel like my body gets more sore than it should be, which makes it more challenging to push myself.  I’m frustrated because I’m not really losing any weight.  I’m frustrated because some days I feel like I’m not making progress.

The good news:  I’m working on being realistic, accepting my own progress, and not comparing myself to everyone else.

“I’ve lost 7 pounds”  “I’ve lost 10 pounds” “Do you want to try these diet pills?”  “What are you eating?”  “I’ve cut my calorie intake in half.”  “I’m going to the gym twice a day”

These are phrases I’m hearing around my office because we are in the midst of a Biggest Loser Challenge, a challenge that I’ve already accepted I will not be winning.  If they do it again I probably won’t participate because some people have been acting a little crazy.

After one week people began talking about losing anywhere from 7-12 pounds….in one week, which made my 3 pounds seem pretty insignificant.

In the second week I had a coworker get upset with me over nothing then later apologized claiming she was hungry….seriously?  Someone throw that girl a Snickers, lol.

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She also offered me diet pills earlier that day and told me she cut her calories to 1200 a day plus was working out twice a day 😮  I didn’t think it seemed like a good combination.

I really just wanted to participate for a little bit of competition and a little bit of encouragement.  Unfortunately, some people have taken it to mean do whatever it takes in the short term to lose the most weight rather than changing habits for long term change.  I think encouraging healthy eating habits in the office is a good thing but when it starts becoming who can lose the most weight no matter what it begins to have the opposite effect.

On the bright side, my habits are improving.

I’m continuing to learn more things that help keep me on track.  One of the biggest things for me is keeping healthy food in the house and prepping as much as possible.  Cutting up veggies.  Planning meals.  Buying healthy foods.  Trying new things.  I marinated a couple chicken breasts in Greek yogurt and Mediterranean seasoning yesterday, and it came out amazing!

This also helps me to eat healthy at work.  In the last 2 weeks I’ve eaten out once during the work week, which is really good for me.  I believe the habits are starting to stick.  It’s part of my nightly routine to prep my lunch and make sure I have a couple snacks for the next day.

The other part of the nightly routine is packing gym clothes because I try to go the gym at least 4 days a week.  I raised my step goal to 11,000 steps a day.  I hit that goal every day last week and so far for today I have 18,000 steps!  I’ve gone from walking/jogging 1.5-2.0 miles on the treadmill to 2.5-3.0 miles.  I was going to try a couch to 10K training app but didn’t enjoy it so now I just jog when I feel like it and I’m starting to jog a little more each week.

The only thing I need to work on now is sleeping!  My bed time needs to be enforced because staying up until after 11PM each night doesn’t work when you’re getting up at 5AM.  I’ve got to finish up dinner and get to bed.

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!  As usual, I’m hoping to get back to more writing soon 🙂

Miles of Goals

It always starts this way…the enthusiasm, the motivation, the confident pep talk that “this is the time that everything changes”, the fridge full of healthy food, daily trips to the gym….then something happensdundundunIt’s usually some little thing, an unexpected late night at work, skipping the gym a couple nights, binging on pizza, cookies in the breakroom, etc, etc, etc.  Basically it seems like something always happens that derails me but….*prepare for dramatic pep talk* I’m hoping this is really it, this is the time that everything changes 😀

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One of the biggest differences right now is my newfound love of 5K’s.  I have 2 planned this month, then the big 10K next month, possibly one in April, and definitely another in May.

I’ve learned even if I’m only walking and not running I still need to be in decent shape.  When your typical activity is confirming to Netflix that “yes, I am still watching” getting out to walk 3.1 miles can be a challenge.

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I learned that the hard way when I went to a 5K after not working out for a few weeks and my body hated me.  My body is moderately angry with me right now so I’m taking it slow-ish by getting to the gym every day with the only rule being I need to walk at least 1 mile.

Here’s how this rule helps me walk 2 miles every day:  I find that I can walk/jog a mile in about 18 minutes so then I decide I should work out for at least 30 minutes which typically puts me around 1.5 miles or more so then I just decide to walk 2.0 miles.  Yes, I have to trick myself to walk 2 miles but whatever works.

My second mile is a little slower so I’m hoping to up my speed a little bit and start doing 2.5 miles every day.   There’s a 5K the end of the month so my goal is to be at 16:30 minute mile then hopefully working toward a 16 minute mile for the 10K.  My goal for the 10K is to finish in under 100 minutes.

The honest truth is I have my doubts about these goals but I also have confidence that I can achieve these goals.  The 10K terrifies me and I still wonder what I was thinking when I decided to sign up.

superthumbHonestly, I think the goals are ambitious but not outlandish.  We’ll see how the rest of the month goes.  One of the people driving me right now is my 10K partner because I don’t want to let her down by walking too slow or not being able to jog part of the time.  It’s part of the reason I’m working so hard right now.  Also…..

The Biggest Loser Challenge at work has 15 people who each put in $10 so whoever wins that gets $150 😮  I could use that money but I’m not going to get crazy about it.  I’m liking the positive encouragement and support but some people are just out of control (topic for another post) with their competitive side.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Time for a quick snack then bed time.  Things I’ve discovered about working out is I have a serious appetite so I’m working on the best times and what to eat that works for me.  The other benefit is I’m actually tire at bedtime so no more tossing and turning for me lately.  It’s pretty amazing.

Hope everyone is having a good week, gotta love a short work week!  🙂