Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates!

It turned out to be a pretty nice weekend weather-wise around here. Yesterday would have been perfect for an outdoor run, but I didn’t run at all this past week due to my hamstring problem. I took a few days off from working out completely. On Thursday I returned to the gym, tried a run but still felt a slight pain and decided the elliptical would be a better idea. I stuck to the elliptical and other cardio machines all weekend which I think was a good idea as I’ve been pain free for the past few days. Tomorrow night I’ll attend a Zumba class and then it’s back to running as much as I can. I’ve started to miss it!

I don’t have anything interesting to post tonight. Work has been extremely busy as predicted, so aside from a few happy hours and workouts, I’ve either been at work or trying to relax at home.

Oh! But I did sign up for my first 5K in June. I’ll be running/walking with a team from my work including a friend of mine. I’m really excited about it! Of course, it means I really have to take my runs outside soon. With any luck the weather will be steadily warming up soon. If I can just get through the next three weeks at work without keeling over from exhaustion, I’ll be in the clear to really focus on my training.


On Acceptance

Today turned out to be one of those days where I wasted a lot of time being unhappy with the way things were.

When I woke up I discovered that our heat and hot water was not working (again!), I begrudgingly dressed in a bunch of layers and made my breakfast in a cold kitchen.

A little while later I got dressed for the gym, but as I headed out the door, my left hamstring started causing me pain. It was bothering me yesterday after what I felt was a really good run. I had hoped that the foam rolling and ibuprofen last night would help enough to let me work out today, but after walking about a block I realized it would be a better idea to let it rest for the day.

Unplanned rest days really get me down. I have schedules to keep and goals to reach and this is not helping!

So I spent most of today wrapped in a blanket reading blogs, watching Netflix, and feeling sorry for myself.

You see, I’ve been feeling pretty frustrated  lately. I’ve been making good progress with my running. I’ve been eating well and moving towards a mostly plant-based diet again. I’ve been exercising 4 to 5 days a week. And yet, the scale is barely moving. I’ve lost a few inches in the past month, but only two pounds. My body looks different, smaller. I had to get new pants, but the scale will not budge.

As the afternoon wore on I grew angry with the fact that this is not going how I had hoped. I grew resentful of the fact that the pounds are not coming off even though I eat all the “good” foods 80-90% of the time; even though I don’t have dessert; I skip the fries; I don’t drink soda; I buy only fresh, non-processed groceries; I limit sugar and carbs, etc. and have been doing so a long time.

And then I realized that the anger and resentment was not going to help me. In fact, it was very close to sabotaging me because, in the past, this is the point where I would throw my hands up in the air and give up. Why should I work so hard and pay such close attention to what I’m eating when it’s not doing me any good? The weight is still hanging on? Why should I continue running when it’s not helping me make any progress towards my weight loss goals? Why should I care how fast I can run a mile? Why not just stop?

The answer was surprisingly simple: because it makes me feel good. Eating well makes my body happy. Running makes my spirit happy. Exercising in general leaves me feeling great physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Just because one way of measuring my progress is not reflecting the results I want does not mean that I should give up. There are so many more benefits to all of this than just the numbers on the scale.

I need to accept that the downward climb might be a slow one – slower than it has ever been before. I need to remember to focus on the moment, continue to make healthy choices, and trust that my body will let go of this weight when it’s ready. I am doing lots of good things for myself and I shouldn’t stop just because it’s not going my way yet.

I have to keep going one small step at a time and celebrate every kind of milestone I can find, even the tiny ones.

Say it Ain’t Snow!

Apologies for the cheesy title, but I am so over this winter. Spring officially begins tomorrow and yet it snowed again last night. We’ve been lucky this winter in that we haven’t had much accumulation, but I’m still getting tired of seeing snow on the ground. Come on, warmer days!

Despite the annoying weather I made it to Zumba last night. The instructor was new to me, but she was great. It was probably one of the most fun Zumba classes I’ve taken to date. I am definitely going to make Monday night Zumba a regular occurrence in my weekly workout schedules. I was sweating almost as much as I do after a 30 minute run and grinning just as much for sure!

Today is the last day of my very extended weekend. I once again stayed in pajamas until close to noon and then got myself to the gym for some speed work followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical. This was only my second attempt at intervals, but I definitely felt a difference. Both times my legs felt great running faster. My heart and lungs more easily kept up this time around. I just might reach my first goal of running 12 minute miles by the end of this month after all.

I’ve been doing a lot introspection and journal writing lately. I’m hoping to become brave enough to share some of that here in the near future. For now, I just want to say that I feel like something has shifted. I feel ready to really put in the hard work and discipline necessary to reach my goals. I know that it may take longer than I’d like, but I also know that if I really stick with it and adapt more healthy habits I will achieve whatever I want to achieve. For me, the hardest part is not necessarily the exercise and the eating right. Rather, it’s the emotional component which often knocks me down and off track. I’m taking a hard look at all of those triggers and figuring out how to stop them, or at least lessen the damage that they cause.

Friend Makin’ Monday: Pondering Personal Thoughts

Today is the first of my two day vacation and let me tell you, it’s been awesome. I didn’t change out of my pajamas until after noon; the Laundromat was practically empty, and it’s been blissfully quiet in my apartment building.

Later today I’m going to make a batch of vegetarian navy bean soup and take a Zumba class, but before all that excitement begins, it’s time to participate in Friend Makin’ Monday!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: http://www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers.  The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Pondering Personal Thoughts

1. How old would you feel if you didn’t know how old you are? Definitely late 20’s or very early 30’s. It always takes me a few minutes to remember how old I am. I’ve always been a “late bloomer” in pretty much every area of my life, so I always feel younger than I actually am.

2. Are you the kind of friend you’d want to have as a friend?  Yes, I think so. I’m sure I’ve made some mistakes in the past, but for the most part I feel like I’m a good friend to those I’m closest to.

3. Look back at the last year.  When did you feel most excited about something in your life?  This entire past year was an adventure because it was my first year of marriage. Pretty much every day was (and still is) exciting. It’s been an amazing journey so far.

4. Have you ever been with someone and not spoken a word, only to walk away thinking that was the best conversation ever?  Yes! Well, I probably spoke at least a few words, but yes.

5. If you won 100 million dollars Monday, would you continue doing whatever you usually do on Tuesdays?  Definitely not! I would hand in my resignation so fast! I like my job a lot, but I love my free time better. A non-traditional job would make me much happier. With that kind of money I could focus on projects that really moved me. I would also help my husband start his dream business immediately.

6. What would you do differently if you knew no one would judge you?  I would take up ballet again. I loved dancing and performing so much. I definitely miss it sometimes.

7. Share something you do differently than most people. I almost always decide whether or not I like a song based on the lyrics rather than the music. Nine times out of ten the meaning is more important to me than the melody. (Except for my workout and running tunes. They are all about the beat!)

8. What’s one thing that you really want to do that you’ve never done?  I would love to see the Northern Lights in person.

9. If you had to move out of state right now, where would you move?  My husband and I are actively dreaming of relocating to somewhere warmer and less expensive. Our ever-expanding list currently includes: North Carolina, Florida, Texas, or California.

10.  What is the one thing that you’d like to change most about the world?  I think it’s a tie between ending poverty and stopping the abuse of women and children.

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!  Have a happy Monday, friends!

On the Right Track

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my Irish and non-Irish readers! Being of the Irish persuasion myself, I indulged in a little Irish soda bread and corned beef hash this weekend, but sadly stayed away from the beer. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cold pint every once in a while, but it just wasn’t in the cards this weekend.

What was in the cards was intervals for speed and more running! Like I mentioned earlier this week, I completed the C25K program on Tuesday. Thanks to some guidance both here and on Twitter I found a few interval workouts to try in order to increase my pace. On Friday, I tried the NHS C25K + speed podcast that Never too late recommended. It was pretty tough, but I can see how it will help and so I plan on incorporating it into my weekly workouts. On Saturday I did 45 minutes on the elliptical for a slight change of pace. Today I ran for 30 minutes at a slightly faster speed than my past runs and I threw in some mini-intervals as well.

I’m really starting to see a difference in my body lately. My food choices are getting better day by day (Irish goodies aside). I just feel very positive and on the right track. It’s been great!

I’ve also started meditating regularly again. Meditation is such a great tool to help us find balance and peace. I really regret the times when I let the practice slip away. I started back up again using these guided meditations from Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge. I have to admit, it’s been a really helpful program so far. If you are even slightly interested, I would urge you to check it out and give it a shot.

We are revving up for a particularly busy time at work for the next month, so in preparation, I have vacation days scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday of this week. I’m looking forward to sleeping in for a few extra days, spending some quality time with my husband (Tuesday and Wednesday are his “weekend” days), and getting to the gym. I want to really cement all of these healthy habits in place before life gets a bit more crazy. I’m going to do everything I can to stay on track!

C25K Complete!

It’s official! I completed week 8, day three of C25K tonight after work. I have to say I am very impressed with this program and the Zen Labs app. The progression worked really well for me. I only had two runs where I struggled a bit and walked a little during the running intervals. I am definitely going to continue running for the foreseeable future. My short-term plan is to alternate interval runs where I work on my speed with the straight forward 30 to 40 minute runs for distance. Hopefully, by early summer, I’ll feel comfortable enough with my progress to try the Bridge to 10K.

Now I feel like I can say that I’m a runner. A few months ago, that thought never would have crossed my mind. Amazing!

Friend Makin’ Monday: Food Questions

Well, this switch to Daylight Saving Time really threw me for a loop. I tossed and turned half the night! With any luck, we’ll all be adjusted to the time change by Wednesday. Why do we even do this anymore?

Onto a more fun note, it’s Friend Makin’ Monday time!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Food Questions

  1. What did you eat for dinner last night? Hoisin glazed baked salmon and roasted brussell sprouts and sweet potatoes.
  2. If you could make one food calorie-free for the next year, what would you choose? This one is tough, but I’m going with cheeseburgers!
  3.  How often do you go to the grocery store? Once a week for the big haul and then sometimes once during the week for missing items, fresh produce, etc.
  4. Do you make a list before buying groceries? Definitely. I made a meal plan and then a list for what I’ll need that week.
  5.  List three things that can always be found in your kitchen. Olive oil, Greek yogurt, and coffee.
  6.  How often do you clean out your fridge? At least once every two weeks.
  7.  Do you ever use a slow cooker? If so, will you share a recipe? I used to one a few years ago, but I didn’t use it very often so I got rid of it in my last move.
  8. How often do you try new recipes? Probably two or three a month. I especially like trying things from Cooking Light.
  9. What is the most delicious meal(s) you make? I really like my baked salmon, but my favorite dish is this great mushroom risotto from Cooking Light. So delicious and comforting!
  10.  Share at least one thing that is currently in your kitchen even though you don’t like it.  Believe it or not, I can’t think of anything!

Happy Monday, everyone!