Posts Tagged ‘clean eating’

Motivation in the form of a swimsuit

January 7, 2010

So I’m not one of those people who refuses to put on a swimsuit until I’m skinny.  ‘Cause let’s face facts, that would be like swearing to never wear one again.  And doing triathlons has been a part of what has helped me get to the place I am now, and has been a great addition to my fitness.  The folks at the pool won’t let me swim in my running pants, so I just wear my tankini (that covers my tummy) and go on about my life.

However, we have booked a trip to Cozumel in May, for our 10th Anniversary (don’t get me started on how the hell I have been married 10 years!  WHAT?).  Sooooo…  unless I want to spend all my time on the beach feeling chubby, worrying about looking fat, and feeling just GENERALLY UNCOMFORTABLE, I gotta get this eating under control.  It’s not like I think I’m going to be a model by then, but just smaller and more comfy in my own skin. 

I’d love to be able to wear a 2-piece suit, if I can.  Like a real one, not a tankini, which is really just a one piece sliced in half for bathroom-convenience.  So I’m going to find a picture of a swimsuit that I like, and post it on my fridge and on my mirror in the bathroom at home.  Constant reminders.  That ought to help, right? 

So far this week, I’ve been successful in eating well, but lousy on workouts.  It’s almost always the other way around.  *sigh*  I need to get both together!!  I am running at lunch today, and then teaching Spin tonight.  I am teaching two more Spin classes this week, and plan to run at least two more times.  So here’s to a better second half of the workout week!

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If we are what we eat, I’m a big ass cookie.

January 4, 2010

This weekend did not go well, food wise.  UGH.  So, at least now there is nothing coming up that will be a giant food fest.  Always a plus.

I am going to do some menu planning for this week.  We don’t have any fresh food in the house, other than about 2 apples.  DH and I were both commenting on how good it felt to eat REAL food, instead of junk like we had done all weekend. 

I did, however, get in two nice runs.  Friday I met up with my FWR and we did about 6 miles on a snowy trail.  It was slower than usual, which is (hopefully) a result of the uneven smooshy slippery trails.  My butt and legs were sore in that good, I did something different way. 

Then today I ran 6.25 hilly miles from my in-laws’ house.  Holy hilly town, batman!  Jeebus.  I did some walking up the super steep parts, and then towards the end when I was tired.  But all in all, it was good. 

And if I need more motivation to eat better, DH and I are planning a trip to Cozumel in May for our 10 year anniversary.  So unless I want to look like a giant fatass in my swimsuit and be uncomfortable the whole time, I better get in gear.

Looking back at last year

December 31, 2009

Last year was odd for me.  I did more running than ever, training for and completing two half marathons on my own.  However, I weigh about 7 more pounds than I did last year.  And get this…  None of my fucking jeans fit.  One pair is ok, simply because it’s made of super stretchy stuff. 

Talk about motivation.  Kee-rist.  Really?  Too fat for all my jeans? 

Today has been an excellent day so far.  I stuck to my plan all day, and have avoided the crap food at our front desk.  I’m basically hiding in my cube, but hey, if that is what it takes, then SO BE IT. 

I had this brilliant idea that I’d take pictures of the stuff I eat and post them here, to make me think twice before I shoveled it in my gaping piehole…  but I forgot.  So I only took one pic so far, of my Clif Kid’s bar and Diet Mt. Dew from this morning.   If I can remember, I will take pics this weekend.  The thought of posting them here might keep me from dipping repeatedly in the nacho cheese dip, and tossing back Christmas M&Ms like they are the Valium that will help me ignore my sister in law’s snarky little comments.  There is no excuse for not doing it, actually…  I take the pic on my phone, and POOF, post it here.  Easy peasy. 

I have a 6 & 7 mile run to get done this weekend.  Tomorrow I’m meeting up with my FWR (friends-who-run) for our own mini-Resolution Run.  Unlike the crazies who are doing one at 7 am, we’re going at a much more reasonable (and warm) 10:00 am.  I will see how I feel and do one of the runs tomorrow.  I’ll do the other one this weekend at my in-laws’ house.  I may have to go to the gym to do it, tho.  They live in Colorado Springs which has an elevation profile that looks like a super wiggly worm.  Plus the elevation there is just enough higher that I REALLY suffer on hills.  If I lived there, there is about a 3% chance that I’d be a runner. 

In case it isn’t obvious by the fact that I’m blogging at 4:27 on a work day, it’s SO BORING at work today.  Boredom eating is a problem I have, and so far I’m combatting it well.  DH and I will jet out of here at 5:00 on the button.  We have errands to do, like going to the book store (aaaah… ), potentially grabbing dinner (something healthy, I promise), and going to the pet store to get all kinds of crap for the furry little people who live in my house.  Oh, and the liquor store.  I’m going to have some wine tonight.  Not so much that I will blow my calories for the day, but a little something. 

Well, peeps, I’ll talk to you next year!!!  (that’s been my favorite joke since I was a kid!)

Wednesday, day of too many sweets

December 31, 2009

So, today has not gone well.  Too much sweet junk food.  I’m actually throwing the reese’s pb cup xmas trees in the trash, and topping them with soap.  I bought them to use as stocking stuffers this weekend, and instead I’m shoving them down my piehole like I’m preparing for a Biggest Loser audition.  So, in the trash they go. 

I did, however, get up at the ass crack of dawn to workout.  I ran my 3 miles and did upper body weights.  I totally tried to wuss out, and texted my wake-up call girl (not a call girl, I swear) at 4:45 am and told her not to call me, because I was going to be on my own tonight (DH has poker) and I would workout then.  She insta-texted me back and said “No you won’t.  Get up!”  This, by the way, is why I love my Scoobs.  If she hadn’t made me get up, I’d totally have not done my workout today. 

Novia asked for my sauce recipe, to go with the meatballs.  I have a super specific recipe that involves dumping cans of stuff in a crock pot and leaving for the day, so here it is.  Roughly.  😀

  • 1 big can of diced tomatoes, or two smaller ones…  I like the fire roasted ones, but any will probably do
  • 1 can organic kroger brand tomato sauce
  • garlic… if you do fresh, several cloves all minced up (cloves are the tiny things inside the big bulb, right?) or I use the jarred kind (not in oil) and I take a big ol’ glob of it and dump it in
  • italian seasoning… I dump some in
  • sugar…  I sprinkle a bit in, or sometimes splenda…  it takes the bitter/acidity out of the tomatoes

So yeah, that is the recipe.  Feel free to tweak… ha ha!

First day home: FAIL

December 29, 2009

Gah.  WTF is wrong with me???????????

So let’s just say that my first day home from our trip did not result in stellar ultra healthy eating.  It resulted in eating too much xmas candy, that was meant for stockings this coming weekend, and snacking a lot.  ARGH.

The good news?  I did menu planning for the week.  I made some new Clean Eating Magazine meatballs, that were really good.  The sauce with the recipe was not great, but I have a better pasta sauce recipe anyway.  I made enough to have leftovers this week.  Tomorrow night is a pork loin and mashed potatoes with roasted red peppers and goat cheese.  Mmmmm.  I’m trying several new recipes this week.  FUN!  I’ll post them here later, if I like them. 

Well, off to bed, so I can get up early and run 5 miles.  Treadmill here I come. 

Oh, somehow, I managed to maintain my weight while I was off gallivanting in KS.  I’ll take that small victory ANY DAY.

Week 1: Successful… Mostly :)

December 28, 2009

Well, I ran all of my runs, including my 7 mile long run.  Each and every one of them on the dreadmill, due to the frigid fucking weather.  But done, none the less. 

Christmas was awesome.  Highlights:

Good food:
Well, it was a highlight.  Even if it was a fairly fattening one.  Cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, mom’s home cooking…  that’s the kind of stuff that will probably guarantee a gain this week, but it was worth it.  Good stuff. 

Cowboy Snuggler:

SNUGGLES!

Me and my Cowboy Snuggler

Seriously, this was the best. gift. ever.  Not only am I a crazy-ass Cowboy fan, but I spend about 85% of my life freezing my ass off.  Thank you MOM!

Spent time with my family:
I miss my family.  I’m always at least a 6-8 hour drive away from them, and I frickin’ miss them.  So it was great.  Specifically, I got to spend time with my fat cute as hell, super duper baby niece, who is 11 months old now.  It’s imperative that she know her Aunt Courtney 😀  I got to hang out with her, playing and waving, reading books, and some serious snuggling.  Some while wearing my Snuggler! 

So Week 1 of my “12 Weeks till Dallas” went well.  I got my runs in, and that is the big key.  19 miles in total, over 4 days.  I may still Spin (at home) tonight, depending on how tired I am after the football game.  Now that I’m home, I can control the food available easier.  I’m going grocery shopping tomorrow for fresh veggies and fruits to get me thru the week. 

Next week, Week 2, will present its own set of challenges.  New Year’s Eve is Thursday night, but I don’t think we are going out.  So that will help.  I am planning some wine, since it’s NYE, but we’ll have a healthy home made meal.  However, on Friday, we head to my in-laws’ house for the weekend for our holiday with them.  The challenges there will be many:

  1. Eating well.  Once again, I will be surrounded by crap food.  Junk food everywhere, with nary a veggie to be found, other than perhaps some iceburg lettuce for “salad” with our big meal.  The challenge will be to bring some healthy stuff, and to stay away from the junk, as much as possible.  If I can keep from starting, I’ll do ok.  It’s like when you are drinking, and you don’t have to pee until you break the seal…  and then you have to pee every 8 minutes until you pass out.  😀  Once I start, I’m fucked. 
  2. Not eating out of stress/anxiety.  I recognize that I do this, especially when I’m cooped up with my in-laws for the weekend.  I love them, but my SIL stresses me out.  I tend to eat to have something to do, to avoid confrontations, or even hanging out.  Stupid. 
  3. Getting workouts in.  I’ll be in a hilly-ass town, with limited gym possibilities.  I’ll probably fork over the $10 a day to go to 24 hour fitness, but I’d love to be outside instead.  We’ll see.  I may take my weights with me. 
  4. The smoke.  My FIL and BIL will chain smoke all weekend long, and I can’t escape it in the house.  It sucks.  By the end of the weekend, there is this nasty ass smoke fog cloud everywhere in the house.  I’m going to seal up our room as much as possible, and leave the window in there open, weather be damned.  But jeebus h. crikey, it sucks.   

So, for now, I’m going to meal plan for ths week, and try some new stuff from my Clean Eating magazine.  I’m also going to get a jump start on my workouts, getting in all my miles, plus hopefully 2 weight workouts and 2 Spin workouts.  Eat well, move a lot.  That’s really the secret.

Tomorrow is the day.

December 20, 2009

12 weeks till my half marathon in Dallas.  That means a few things:

  1. Must get my shit together on my running schedule.
  2. Must clean up my eating act. 
  3. I need to make up my mind that this race will be a good one for me.

So let’s talk about #1.  In order to make this happen, I’m going to have to do my weekly runs in the AM, before work, at 5 am.  My girl Scoobs is helping me out by calling me to make sure I’m running (she’s two hours ahead of me).  The other thing is that I must get my long run done.  Due to my Spinning teaching schedule, this is going to mean doing it on Mondays (I’m off work on Mondays).  Then I can run Wed, Thurs, Fri morning.  Saturday and Sunday will be spinning days, as are Thursday nights. 

#2.  This one is even harder for me.  I’m so fucking tired of being fat.  I’m fucking tired of wondering if my pants will fit (right now they are on the uncomfortably tight side).  I have to get this figured out.  I need to flip that switch.  No more junk.  It’s really the junk that gets me.  I rarely overeat on fruit, veggies, or even dinner.  Less eating out wouldn’t hurt, either.  In order to make this happen, I’m going to have to commit to cooking more, and packing my lunch more.  *sigh*  Going out to dinner is so fun, and nice and relaxing.  And getting lunch with DH during the week is a great way to connect, and to get away from the office.  But, I know that in order to be successful, I need to break the cycle.  That doesn’t mean I’ll never do these things, just that they won’t be the norm anymore.  Menu planning is going to be a big part of this.  I want to eat as cleanly as possible.  I know that I will feel better if I do.

#3.  I’ve had shitty half marathons.  All 5 of them, with the exception of the first one where I had no expectations, sucked.  They sucked time-wise, and they sucked feeling wise.  So I have to change my mindset.  I think I dread the sucking part so much that I subconsciously sabotage myself.  Dumb, de-dumb, dumb.  DUMB!    I need to go in to this training regiment with a positive, “I will hit my PR this time!” attitude.  So, it is written.  I will.  I am.  I will get my PR.  2:30 or less.  Which is not fast for anyone else, but would be a good performance for me.  🙂

Who wants to pay me $1000 per pound?

December 9, 2009

Holy crap.  Biggest Loser was fan-fucking-tastic tonight.  Those people accomplished some seriously amazing shit.  They all probably saved their own lives. 

But the offer to Shay?  Subway will pay her $1000 per pound lost between now and the next finale in May.  Are you kidding me?  Sign me the fuck up for that deal.  That’s some serious motivation right there.

So anyway, in my own little world, I’m up a bit after my amazing 4 lb loss.  But I had a terrible, horrible, awful eating day on Sunday, so that’s no big shocker.  I’m back on track now, except I skipped my run today.  So tomorrow I want to combine them!  Run early (thanks to my scooby friend who will call me at 5 am) and eat well all day.  We have an xmas party for work at a bar, but they have decent salads on the menu, and I’m taking my own dressing, so I should do ok.  🙂  If I have anything to drink, it will be one single glass of wine. 

Wish me luck!

The Thanksgiving aftermath

November 30, 2009

Report:

Anthem Turkey Day 5K race.  Fun.  Semi-hilly.  It really seemed to be gradually uphill for most of it.  34:49, no PR.  But such is life.  I ran with a friend, and it was nice to have someone to chat with!  Beautiful morning, ended up in my short sleeves! 

However, Redline Races needs to get their shit together.  This is the second year for this race, and while it was a little better run than last year, you should never have to stand in line for 20 minutes after running to get a bottle of water and the after-race food.  That is simply unacceptable.  Last year you had to stand in line forever at the finish line to get your time.  I totally said “fuck it” and skipped the line, but this year in order to get some freakin’ water, I had to stand in line.  If you are reading this, Redline Races, FIX THIS.  You had chip timing, FFS (for fuck’s sake), there should be none of this shit. 

I spent the rest of Thursday watching football (GO COWBOYS AND BRONCOS!) and sewing.  I got lots of it done, and finished up my projects on Friday morning.  We headed to the in-laws’ house mid-day.  Big dinner that night, where I provided mashed potatoes, roasted green beans, and a healthy corn/green pepper dish.  It wasn’t too bad, calorie wise.  Saturday was iffy, with too much candy, but could have been worse.  I did get a kick ass workout in at 24 Hour Fitness, who let me work out for FREE!  WOO!  We came home today, and the eating has been “meh” since there isn’t a ton of fresh food in the house.

Grocery shopping is on tap for tomorrow.  Workout tomorrow.  I’ll check in afterwards.  I hope all my girls had a good Turkey Day weekend!

Turkey Trot Thursday

November 27, 2009

So now that I finally know what day it is…   Go me, right?  😀

This morning I did the Anthem Turkey Day 5K with my friend Leigh.  We did good, chatting and running, and finished in 34ish minutes.  No PR, but it was a good race with a good friend, and really, on Thanksgiving, what more can a girl ask for?

We’ve been at home today, watching football.  The Cowboys won, BOOYA!!!  Love me some Romo.  Watching the Broncos now, and getting ready to do some more sewing.

Tomorrow starts the 48 hour food fest.  I’m making mashed potatoes, a corn veggie dish, and a green salad to take.  I’m going to work very hard this weekend to stay away from the snack and crap food.  I tend to eat out of anxiety and boredom (at the same time, if that is possible) while at my in-laws’ house, so this will, as always, be challenging.  I’m going to shy away from alcohol, since I know that will only impair my already stressed out thought processes. 

Here’s my mantra for the weekend:  Clean Eating, Whole Foods, Get off my Ass.  I am considering having it tattooed on my forearm.  That won’t be weird, right?