Day 497 – Back to routine

Whelp, Thanksgiving is over. Technically, it’s been over for 4 days now, but today was the first day that eating choices reflect that.

Man, do I love to eat!

Sugar is my biggest issue, as it always has been. And as always, I’m focusing on just getting the sugar back under control. If I can lay off the sweets, everything else falls in line. So today, I’m saying, “NO!!!” to sweet. Seriously, someone offered me a piece of candy at school, and I pursed my lips, shook my head, and briskly walked in the opposite direction (running in the halls is frowned upon – even for teachers!).

Today, I’ve enjoyed my morning oats, wheat toast w/ cream cheese, un-stuffed cabbage rolls, and chicken with salsa, cheddar, guacamole, black olives, and chips. I’ll not be having any “dessert” tonight. I will drink water, hot tea, and seltzer.

Tomorrow will suck. I know this going in. After a week of eating cookies, pie, and ice cream pretty much daily, walking away from the sugar rush isn’t easy. But I also know that it will get better after tomorrow… and Wednesday. The first day is always do-able. The second day always sucks, and by the third day, I just keep telling myself that I’m more than half way through the hard part, so I might as well suck-it-up and stay away from the sugar.

By Thursday, I’ll be feeling more like myself and my cravings for sweets will dissipate.

I am glad I stayed so active over the holiday. I think running 25+ miles helped negate all the damage I did with my eating. I also really enjoyed doing the Turkey Trot with my parents!

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Look! I learned how to blur faces!!

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This was last year’s Turkey Trot. I’m wearing the same hoodie in both pics. It still surprises me what a difference I see in pictures.

Day 495 – Limited Hiatus

Life’s been busy. It’s been good, but busy. I’m taking a bit of a break from logging, and I’m not stressing about tracking everything all the time. This is NOT a free-for-all, though. I will still weigh-in every Friday, and this break is limited to the rest of 2016 and conditional upon my weight remaining below 155. I’ll still be making healthy choices, I’ll still be running, and I’ll still post occasionally. I’m very happy with maintaining my weight through the holiday season, and I’m hoping that the break will leave me feeling refreshed come the first of the year. That’s when I start training for the Louisville Mini Marathon.

With that said, here’s my last 3 weigh-ins:

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I had posted about this before, but I hadn’t shared the pic.

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This had me really excited! It’s my new lowest weight!!!!

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Yeah, weighing in on Friday really sucks with Thanksgiving on Thursday! I actually shifted my weigh-in to Thursday last year, but this year… I’m just accepting it for what it is. I know it’s anomaly and will look better next week!

Day 481 – Week from hell

My father always told me, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all.” I’ve been looking for something nice to say since Monday. (I should mention that none of this post will be about the election.) Last night was the first opportunity I had to really sort things out enough to find those good things to say.

Last night, I went out to dinner with Hubby and Little Man. We gave our son a phone to play on, and Hubby and I chatted for the first time all week! I shared frustrations from my week, and he told funny stories about setting up 8000 flags for Veteran’s Day (He’s a vet). After hearing about my week, he suggested I order a margarita – so of course, I did! Actually, I ended up drinking 2… big ones! It was nice, actually getting to talk to my husband, I mean – not drinking heavily… though… that was nice too. 😉

This week certainly did not go well, for me. I gained 1.2 lbs. I did yoga 1 time, and I only ran 4.5 miles. I survived 2 exceptionally stupid parent interactions (what kind of parent thinks it’s okay to suggest that reading class should be an optional elective or an after-school club?!?!) I made it through a faculty meeting, a board meeting, a dinner banquet, and an hour-long meeting about how to use a telephone (seriously, I couldn’t make this shit up, this week). Hubby and I passed the job of supporting an obscene amount of 2nd grade homework back and forth between us (5 spelling sentence, 1 math worksheet, read an assigned book, read an assigned poem, study for 2 quizzes & a spelling test, and completed a 2-part project). I declared myself done for the week at 8 am Friday, when I received an email from my principal chastising the entire faculty for cracking jokes during the “how to use a telephone” meeting.

It was just an ugly week (even my principal shut herself up in her office and refused to come out all day Friday, and I don’t think she’s EVER done that before!) I followed her lead, closed my classroom door, and just enjoyed my students (note that none of the stupidity of the week really had anything to do with them!)

My students and I looked at mitosis in onion root tip under a microscope, we watched osmosis cause eggs to expand and crack. I gave them a lot of time to write in language arts this week, and I went around conferencing with them individually. I love hearing stories, poems, and information told in their voice! Of course, they (especially 7th grade) were all discussing the election on Wed, so I shared Kipling’s poem, “If.” I was so proud of their understanding and interpretation of the poem, and it’s connection to our world on Wednesday. The whole poem is essentially Kipling’s idea of what one must do to be a “man.” They immediately understood that “man” didn’t mean adult male, but as they put it “upstanding, mature, person.” Here’s the first stanza:

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My kids were able to connect this to so many of our current events this week, I was bursting with pride!

I will post my scale picture, but I can’t find my phone right now. For this post, I’ll leave you with my student’s favorite line from “If.”

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They had a big discussion about how triumph and disaster can be the same thing. It actually got to a point where I was able to go sit down and just let them talk. It was one of those moments when I found myself looking at my class in absolute AWE.

Day 475 – Progress!!

They say, “To everything there is a season,” and I feel like my season of struggle is FINALLY coming to an end! Starting my day at 3 pm is officially AWESOME! I made cookies Friday night and stuffed myself until 3 pm Saturday. Then I stopped. I started a new day, with new choices. I ate 3200 calories on “Saturday” (3 pm Fri-3 pm Sat), but Sunday, I was back to a very reasonable 1491. I’m on track to have a great Monday, too. And the best part is that it’s back to feeling comfortable. I don’t feel like I’m having to grit my teeth and struggle through each day, trying desperately to work up enough will-power to fight off the food that’s calling out to me. Instead, I feel powerful and in control!

I feel like my running is going REALLY well right now. I’m just focusing on strengthening my base. I won’t start training for the Louisville Mini Marathon until the first of the year, but I’m still working toward my 950 mile goal for 2016. I’m consistently running 18-20 miles each week, with an 8 mile long run either Sat or Sun. It’s enough for me to really feel like I’m keeping in good shape, but not so much that it feels like a chore that I HAVE to do. I still feel like I GET to run. Since my distance is consistent week-to-week, I have fun running slower or faster depending on how I feel (or how short I am on time). I was in a hurry today, and ended up with a new 5k PR!

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Remember last September (2015), when it took me 42 minutes to run a 5k? Remember last year, when Hubby suggested I’d soon be running a 10 min mile and I cried, because that felt impossible? Remember last April, when I ran my first 10 minute mile and cried because I was both in awe and trying not to die? Remember back in June when I ran my first sub-30 minute 5K? I have officially surpassed all of my own expectations and am living in the land of what I’d always believed to be impossible!

On Facebook, one of my cousins liked the picture from my first 5K (Sept 2015). I haven’t looked at that picture in a very long time, and oh boy – I was FAT! I decided to pull up the picture from this year’s half marathon (same weekend, but 2016). I thought it’d be cool to see the pictures side-by-side. This led me to think about my progress pictures in general. All them stored on my computer were lost in the series of computer crashes back in August, so I looked at my blog and realized that I haven’t taken a progress picture since JULY!!! OOOPS!

Of course, I really don’t think there’s been a huge change, but I do like taking the photos. Sometimes they show me progress that may not be super visible on the scale, and they show me things, that I just can’t see in the mirror. Seriously, when I look in the mirror, I really don’t see much difference between 230 lbs and 155 lbs!

I had to work a bit of computer magic – cutting, pasting, snipping, downloading, cropping, etc. to rebuild my progress photos, but I got it! I also set up the 5K to HM side-by-side picture!

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It surprised me, but I do see a bit of difference between July and now. My butt and chest got smaller (and the I’m wearing a newer, smaller tank in the July pics, but reverted back to the original one today).

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As stupid as it sounds, I was shocked to realize what a difference there was. I really never saw just how BIG I had been. In my mind, I was just a little over-weight.

Oh yeah, and I did my 6 yoga poses plus my shoulder stand again today!

 

Day 474 – A different counting perspective

 

This week, I changed up my counting a bit. It doesn’t really change anything except how I look at my eating, though I’d argue that changes everything. I just changed it up on Tuesday, so please understand that it’s still very new. I’m sure I’ll discover drawbacks to this, but so far it’s been nice. I’m curious to see how it works over the weekend.

Anyway, I changed when my day ends. It used to be that my day started when I woke up and ended when I went to bed. Now, I end my day at 3 pm and start a new one at 3:01 pm. It sounds like a silly thing when I type it, but it’s made a difference for me.

I’d been having a lot of trouble from after-school to bedtime. I get home from school and am crazy hungry, so I start grabbing whatever is available. I eat and eat while I’m making dinner, and then I eat dinner. Then I sit down and log everything and realize that I consumed 800-1500 calories between 4 and 6 pm. Of course, this always puts me over the day, so I get upset and figure I might as well have dessert. I think this is also why I would forget to count everything after lunch. I’d eat so much it was over whelming, and I didn’t want to know how bad it was.

Since my day now starts at 3 pm, I plan my after-school eating the way I’d usually plan breakfast. I’m very aware of what and how much I’m eating during those afternoon/evening hours, because I know it’s going to have a big impact on what I get to eat the next day. I know I want 700 calories for breakfast and lunch the next day, so I know I only get 700 calories in the evening. If I do go over, I lighten my lunch or remove my morning snack the next day to compensate. I do really well during the day, so it’s a lot easier for me to make those healthy choices, then.

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It makes my daily log look like this.

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And, yesterday, my scale looked like this!

Like I said, it’s only been a few days, so I’m still experimenting with it. I’m curious to see how it goes over the weekend and throughout next week. I figure I’ll continue with it throughout this 26 day challenge and see where it puts me at Thanksgiving.

Speaking of the challenge, I took Friday off. I ran 0 miles and did 0 yoga poses. Today’s my long run, but it’s currently 32*F, so I’m giving it a bit of time to warm up before I head out.

Day 472 – Keepin’ the challenge going!

Day 5 has been the best day yet! I ended that day at 1517 calories (my lowest in… let’s just say “a while”). I ran 3.6 miles, in the rain no less! I also did all 6 of my yoga poses before ended the day with a shoulder stand! I didn’t hold it for long, and I couldn’t get my balance a second time – but I did manage the shoulder stand.

For once, I’m actually kind of excited about my weigh-in tomorrow. I don’t think I’ll see a loss, since I’ve really only been anywhere near “on-track” for 2 days. I am hopeful that I won’t see a gain, though. If I can keep things going, I do think I’ll see a loss next week!

I’m so glad to be feeling excited about this whole process again!

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I’ve even regained my love of spreadsheet data tracking!

Day 471 – Challenge day 4

I’m taking a break from Yoga today. I did run 3.5 miles this afternoon, and then I did dishes and cleaned out the litter box. Add in Little Man’s homework, dinner, animal care, and the fact that I was in my classroom before 7am, and it’s been a long day.

I’m happy to report that my eating was better today! I’m trying something new with my calorie counting, and I want to see how it goes for a few days before I post about. Though, I’m feeling hopeful that it may work well for me – at least for now, anyway.

I did finish October with 87.5 miles, so I beat my 85 mile goal. I set my November goal to 90 miles. I’m hoping that Thanksgiving week will help me get in those couple extra miles.

That’s about it for today (and I’m starting to doze off while sitting in front of my computer, so…)

 

Day 470 – Challenge day 2 & 3

Good news!! I did my 6 yoga poses last night and again this morning! The shoulder stand was a bit precarious, last night, and I skipped it all together this morning. I’m not sure if it’s the pillow I was using or me just not being as focused or whatever, but I came scarily close to doing aback somersault. This is not to say that I won’t be doing a shoulder stand again tomorrow (I certainly plan to!); I just needed a break from it today.

Other good news: I tracked everything I ate yesterday and again today! That makes 3 days in a row of tracking everything!

Bad news: I didn’t run today. It just didn’t fit in my schedule. Hubby and I passed each other as I drove home from school, and he drove toward his meeting. Little Man spent the afternoon with the sitter before we made dinner, did homework, and had to get ready for bed. Now it’s 8:30, I’m feeling done for the day.

Worse news:

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Yeah, I’ve been WAAAYY over my calories all three days.

But tracking is a step in the right direction.

Tomorrow I’ll definitely be running. I’ll do at least 3 miles, and I’m hoping to hit more like 4+.