Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday's Crazy Eights

I considered myself tagged by Carly for Crazy 8's today, so here goes!

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To:

  1. Being able to run both farther and faster.
  2. Reaching my weight loss goal (and staying there).
  3. Swimming with my daughter in our pool this summer.
  4. Disney in December.
  5. Decluttering my home.
  6. Summertime pedicures (which are much less frequent in cold weather).
  7. The longer days of summer.
  8. The return of my favorite season: Fall.

8 Things I Did Yesterday (Not in This Order):

  1. Worked, in the office and at home.
  2. Grocery shopping.
  3. Dishes.
  4. Played Word Challenge on Facebook.
  5. Cleaned up cat barf from the carpet (fun fun fun).
  6. Took the garbage out.
  7. Made plans to go out on May 8th.
  8. Snuggled with the child.

8 Things I Wish I Could/Want To Do:

  1. Be independently wealthy and not have to work full-time.
  2. Run 10 minute miles.
  3. Run 10 consecutive miles.
  4. Wear sleeveless shirts.
  5. Eat whatever I like without gaining weight.
  6. Spend more time with my daughter.
  7. Hire daily household help.
  8. Be 15 years younger (in body).

8 Shows I Sometimes Watch:

  1. The Biggest Loser
  2. Top Chef
  3. News
  4. Grey's Anatomy
  5. Brothers & Sisters
  6. Property Ladder/Flip That House
  7. What Not to Wear
  8. America's Next Top Model marathons (while I clean)

8 People I Want to Know More About: TAG! You are it!

I had a short run tonight, about 2 miles, but I went and did it despite being soooooooooooo tired which is a good thing. I am looking forward to getting outside for runs more before the dog days of summer hit and I go back inside to the track again by choice.

I am nearing some big weight loss milestones, and am starting to feel more comfortable in my body again. The compliments are pouring in at work, and it certainly is motivating. But I am already booking up for the summer, and I know that those parties are going to bring eating challenges so I am going to have some learning to do on that front if I want to reach my goal weight early next Fall as planned.

This year I want to have professional photos taken of the child and me for our Christmas cards, which is something that we have never done. That is going to be one strong anchor for me because I can picture them in my mind... and I am thin in them, LOL! I am also planning a Disney trip in December with her, and again I am thin in my mind while we are there on vacation! I want to make sure that I have some things to look forward to, new and fun things that I can think and dream about when the frozen drinks and BBQ goodies and ice cream delights come to greet me over the summer.

It is late, so I am off to bed to creat some more dreams!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anelise's 5K Run Post Race Report

I didn't speak too much about this race because my event track record for 2009 has been pretty dismal, but lo and behold I ran a 5K this morning! Although, when the rain started 20 minutes before race time, I will admit that I was feeling a bit cursed again. Thank goodness it was just a brief shower and the race was dry!

The race was held a mile from my house, so I had my mom drop me off because so many of the local roads were closed. I arrived about 10 minutes before the race began and actually saw some people that I know (and like, which can often be the tricky part now that I am back living in the town in which I grew up).

It was not timed, and most people did not have bibs. All of the ones who did either had a Number 8 or Number 88 on their bib in honor of the girl for whom the race was named. She was born on 8/8/88, so those were her favorite numbers. And she was killed in a hit and run accident 9 years ago while on her rollerblades. Her friends and family have this race in her honor each year and donate the proceeds to the Make A Wish Foundation, which I think is a wonderful tribute to her life.

Thus I timed myself with my Garmin 405. I love that thing! And I even ran a PR, beating my previous 5K record by FIVE MINUTES AND 20 SECONDS!!! I was seriously thrilled! This means that, since November, I have had a great improvement in my mile pace. My first mile was significantly faster than the other 2.1 miles, but at least it is leading to an overall better finishing time.

After the race, I felt so good that I decided to walk the mile back home and savor the moment. I am so glad that I was able to run in the race this morning, and it certainly is setting the stage for a healthy weekend. And a good nap this afternoon!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Until Saturday

Last Thursday afternoon, I ran outside for the first time this year. I got to use the GPS function on my Garmin 405 and it was so cool! And it validated that my first mile in a run is under 12 minutes, which is a big ol' WOO-HOO for me!

I did not get another run in until tonight. I had a 3 mile workout, and feel good. I am signed up for a 5K on Saturday, so I am going to stick with cross-training until then.

I am really looking forward to the 5K, and hope to beat my best time (which hopefully will be easy). The weather looks to be good and, since my daughter will be spending the weekend with her father, I should be able to get some decent rest before the race to try to kick this cold that has been bothering me since last week.

On the GoWear Fit front, I received my replacement unit today and am charging it up to start wearing it again... YIPPEE! I really missed it! It will be interesting to see what it records tomorrow and the next few days so that I can see if the metal corrosion on the pad was messing with the calorie reporting.

I also got the new Gold's Gym Wii game today and hope to try it out this week. From the reviews on amazon.com, it appears that it is mostly cardio boxing which sounds like something I would like to do! I'll review it here once I try it out.

I feel like this post is kind of flat, and really I am not surprised because I have been feeling kind of flat on a personal level due to interpersonal garbage at work.

One of my employees gave notice and had his last day this past Friday, but he wasn't very forthright with his reason for leaving until I took him out for lunch on his last day. He did not leave for another job (and actually had nothing lined up even after his three weeks notice was over), so I couldn't understand why he was leaving when he kept saying that he loved his job and that he would follow me anywhere job-wise. Then he told me that he was having trouble dealing with the office politics and gossip. He specifically told me that there was someone in our department who was badmouthing me and talking about me behind my back. I had a good idea who it was, and told him that I was aware that she was doing it but that I chose not to let it bother me and to be a bigger person.

And then he gave me some of the specifics of what she had been saying about me. And, although I knew she was talking badly about me, knowing the specifics took it to a whole different level and I am not sure that I really wanted to know that much detail. And then I had to figure out where to put it so that I could get back to business and work with her since this woman actually sits right next to me.

I was tossing around so many possible conversations with her in my mind last weekend but knew that, as a manager and a professional, I had to just put it behind me and move on. It has been hard, though. Shit like this is a direct throwback to Junior High and High School, and frankly I do not miss that time in my life.

So anyway, it really made me feel unsure of myself for a few days. I certainly do not speak of anything personal anymore when she is at her desk, so my work dynamic has changed (and this may actually turn out to be a good change). But I have also had to work hard to even speak with her this week, and it has caused me to pull out some Veruca Salt tunes to sooth my seething soul.

The hurt will fade as time passes, but it really goes to show that sometimes you really are better off not knowing the details of what others this about you when it makes no real difference in your life.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pretty Woman

Now that I have dropped 50 pounds and am feeling better about my body, I have found that I am even more interested in looking as good as I can look. But when it comes to make-up and skincare products, I am out of touch and out of date!

As I near the big 4-0, I feel like I need to change things up a bit. I have always been a fan of foundation, but now find that it is settling into the lines that seem to have magically appeared on my face this year. After some research on the web, I found many good reviews for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I am hoping that it will make my lines less noticeable, and will try it out for the first time tomorrow morning because it just arrived today!

Now I need something for the lips. I ordered Lancome Juicy Tubes Rose Fishnets Lip Gloss. I tried some tonight and it is nice and has a very pretty shimmer, but not quite the be all and end all. I am looking for something that is just slightly darker than the natural lip color, that is long wearing but still feels moist.

As for skincare, I switched to the Olay Pro-X line near the beginning of the year and I really like it so far. I usually jump ship on skincare before I even finish the bottle, so the fact that I have blown through two starter kits of this stuff is pretty amazing!

If you have any favorites and would like to share them, I would love some recommendations on what to try next! For some background, I have dark brownish-red hair, blue eyes, and very fair skin... and I am at a pivotal point where I am open to moving past my comfort zone for good products!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter 3-Miler

Ah, the joys of Easter! Family time, spring weather, parties. And the challenges of Easter... Cadbury Mini-Eggs, Brachs Chicks and Bunnies, Reese's Eggs, too much rich comfort food, family bickering. I have experienced both today, and it isn't even Noon!

I spent the night at my ex-husband's apartment so that the child could celebrate Easter morning with both parents. And with her Grandma (being my ex-MIL). The good news is that we all got along as well as can be expected, but the bad news is that I hit the Easter candy... hard. Starting at 12:04 a.m. this morning kind of hard. But I counted the calories, made a quick exit at 9:15 a.m., and went DIRECTLY to the gym without passing home.

All of the caffeine and sugar gave me that wide awake feeling as I hit the track, and my first mile was under 12 minutes!!! That's a great time for me personally! Then I started having the sugar crash and things slowed down, but all in all I did about three miles. And then felt a bit better about the Easter candy debacle!

I came home to prepare a dish to share at our family holiday gathering this afternoon, and am making a Mediterranean Stew in the crock pot. It includes eggplant, zucchini, garlic, plum tomatoes, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, basil, oregano, and freshly ground pepper, and it will give me a good choice for dinner that otherwise will include only unhealthy options.

Now I am off to shower and get ready for the gathering. Although I had a slip, I am back on my feet and ready for the "rebirth" that Easter signifies to those who are Christian. I am ready to rededicate my efforts to improving my health and fitness and reducing my weight. The end of the Easter candy season marks the close of the big food-related holidays for me until we hit Halloween next fall, and of course with the better weather outside I feel less like sitting on the couch and eating and more like getting out and doing the fun things I have dreamed about all winter.

Have a great holiday to those who celebrate!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Speedwork

Last night I didn't hit the track until after 8:00 p.m., and of course had not had any dinner beforehand. I told myself that I could warm-up, run a solid mile, cool-down and then call it a night due to the late hour and the fact that I needed to use the hot water facilities afterward since I am still without at home. So I did a warm-up lap, ran a mile, did a cool-down lap... and then realized that I had a little more in me!

I ran another lap at a faster than normal pace, figuring that it would be a last hurrah before ending my workout. The pace was about a minute faster than my typical mile pace. Then I walked a cool-down lap... and decided to go for ANOTHER fast lap! Even faster than my previous one! Another cool-down lap came to pass, and then I decided to kick it out for a third and final fast lap for the evening.

My last fast lap was at a pace about a minute and a quarter faster than my typical mile pace, and I was doing some serious heavy breathing at the end of it! But I felt good, and it was really FUN! Imagine that... having FUN during my run. :-)

I decided that I am going to do this speedwork every Thursday when I run. I would really like to shave about two to two and a half minutes off of my mile pace in 2009 because I am still slow as molasses. I also hope to drop another 40 pounds by the end of the year, so hopefully this will help me achieve the speed goal.

Up until now, I have been really focused on increasing my weekly mileage and my ability to do longer runs, but I want to shift that focus to improving my pace until I start training for a half marathon that I would like to run in October. It feels good to change it up a little bit because I was feeling a little stale just going longer and farther at a slower and slower pace with each additional mile.

On the gadget front, I had to send my Polar F11 in for repair because the watch/receiver had lost a line of pixels and I could no longer read the seconds on the display properly. It was fixed under warranty, but it took three weeks from the time that they RECEIVED it until they finally shipped it back out to me, and frankly I found that to be a bit long to be without it. But hopefully it will be as good as new (and hopefully they will have been nice enough to replace my battery, too), so keep your fingers crossed.

Also, I am sending back my GoWear Fit for a new one on Monday because one of the metal pads is corroding. Their service has been great to deal with so far, and they have assured me that, once the prepaid UPS label that they sent to me is scanned, they will ship my replacment right out to me. But this means that I am going to be without it for a few days and, seeing as I am an addict with the thing right now, I am feeling a little sad. :-( I'll make it, though.

The HVAC guy is coming to my house tomorrow morning to run the new gas line, so hopefully I will have my hot water back tomorrow! I hope that fixes the issue because I am so tired of not being able to shower or wash dishes or properly wash clothes! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Pity Party

I had visions of hot baths dancing in my head, but alas it was not meant to be. I have been without hot water since last Saturday, and will not have any hot water until this Saturday at the earliest.

And, frankly, we stink. I bathed at my mom's on Sunday night, but have been doing the old sponge bath and body spray routine since then. I am going to shower at the gym tomorrow, so that's a good thing for all of the people who must live, commute, and/or work with me.

This turn of events is due to issues that were encountered when I switched from an electric 50 gallon hot water heater to a gas tankless hot water heater. I won't bore you with all of the details, but suffice it to say that the BEST CASE situation will end with some ginormous holes in the drywall in my living room and a new 3/4" pipe running directly from my gas outlet at the meter to my hot water heater in the utility room. And that is if it works after that. Ugh.

In all honesty, this whole thing threw me into a tailspin, and my weight loss and fitness efforts have suffered this week. I have been dabbling with binge eating since Sunday (including my 4004 calorie day yesterday, complete with an entire bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs... and yes I did track it all). I have not run since last Thursday. And I have been so depressed that I have been doing nothing around the house and falling into bed somewhere betwee 8pm and 9pm at night.

It's amazing how fast I can backslide, ad how easy it is to go back to old habits and previous methods of self-soothing. It scary fast, actually, and oh so comfortable and known as I settle back in. But I do not want to live with those habits anymore, so I have dragged myself up by the hair and thrown myself back on plan today. My calories are within a good range, and I did some healthy grocery shooping. Two good things. Now I just have to get my streak going again so that it once again becomes second nature.

Off to watch my DVR-ed episode of The Biggest Loser for some extra motivation!