Month: January 2014

EATING…..

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Today was a rest day and I needed it. The last couple of days I really gave my body a workout and it screamed out that it needed some rest. 

We also had breakfast and lunch free at work. 

One of the things I’m doing is making my eating healthier. I had lost 20 pounds last year and had kept 15 of those pounds off through last year. I did gain five pounds back, but I’m losing those, as well as losing enough (20 more pounds) to get to my goal weight, which I’ll hopefully reach by June. It’s not a crazy amount to lose and not a crazy amount of time to do it. 

I’m not one of those who believes in “diets”, nor do I believe in losing weight quickly. The adage is true. You lose weight too quickly, you’ll gain it just that fast back. 

I’ve lost weight before. I also had terrible migraine (Migraine Associated Vertigo) problems and gained all of the weight back. But how I lost it was through healthy eating and lots of exercise. I was marathon training, so I ran miles and miles and burned tons of calories. 

Now that I’m triathlete training, I’m also burning the calories. I’m also about eight years older and I don’t burn calories quite as fast but it’s still a matter of finding that right balance between calories consumed and calories burned. Especially with my swimming; I’m so hungry after I swim that I’m working on finding perfect meals for those nights. 

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It’s a journey that’s just begun, and an exciting one. 

Back to work food. So, We had sandwiches and an awesome salad and cookies at work. And yes, you bet I had some! I’m not going to sit there and skip free food. I’d skip it if it were crappy fast food or something. But my work doesn’t do that, fortunately. 

I will not jump onto fad diets or trendy schemes that tell me I should give up entire food groups. WTF is that about? WHAT NO BREAD??? NO WAY!!!

I love bread! OK, so maybe no white bread 90% of the time. And maybe I try to avoid sweets most days of the month. But I’m not going to completely give up everything I love ALL the time. I DO use MyFitnessPal.com to track my calories and exercise and weight loss (or gain..). This way I know how I’m doing and I don’t go crazy from not having what I like at least once in a while. 

We each have to find out what works for us. If you do great on the Palio, go for it. I’m not a big meat eater, so it’s not for me. But I know some who swear by it. And I have some friends who love juicing. I don’t get full on liquids, I need whole food. So, we’re all different and don’t let anyone tell you their way is the only way. Walk away from them. 

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Early Morning Runs…

I start work at 7:30am and many times if I wait until after work to run, I’m tired, the streets are crowded with people and cars or something comes up. I also really hate running on a treadmill. It’s bad for the knees (as it’s an unnatural way to run pulling back your leg each time you take a step), and I love running on the San Francisco streets. If treadmills are your thing, that’s cool, it’s just not mine.

Early mornings in SF are fun. I’m the only one up in my neighborhood. It was cold this morning and dark, and I had almost talked myself into not going up and instead going after work. But I know how THAT would turn out, I wouldn’t have run today. So, I got ready and went. I only ran 2 miles but it was a good two miles at a 10:20 minutes per mile pace. I was wearing my Brooks Pure Flow shoes. They make me go faster than my Brooks Ghost, which are my distance shoes.

My shower felt awesome and my oatmeal tasted better than ever. Have great runs today, Everyone!

Swimming Til I Drop….

Tonight’s workout was pretty exceptional. Since my Hot Chocolate 15K race about a week and a half ago, I drifted a few days out of my workouts, so it was really nice to get back into it.

I hit the gym after work, starting first with some core work…

First some yoga poses, Cat, Cow, Baby, part of the Sun Salutation, plank, some back stretches.

Crunches on the exercise ball. I LOVE doing them that way! Yes, I said LOVE. You get all the benefits and none of the pain of doing crunches on the floor. Your back feels fine, your stomach muscles feel great, but you know you’re working them. You also get added benefits of working out your leg muscles.

Squats on the bosu ball. This is a really good way to develop balance. I enjoy doing these as well. My trainer had said that runners have to make sure to keep their knees straight in front rather than go into Vs, He said that’s pretty typical of runners, and I forgot why he said we do it.

I do step ups on one foot with weights. Scott (my trainer) said this helps with balance which triathletes need so much. He’s a firm believer in doing as much in a few combined exercises as you can rather than doing a whole bunch of time-consuming individual exercises. Triathletes spend enough time working out, we don’t need more to do.

Next free weights. two sets, 20 reps each, about three different moves. And then a few different machines, 3 sets, 15 reps each with varied weights.

And then the pool. Lucky me, the hot water in the showers was BROKEN!!! So, I rushed through the rinse off before swimming and hit the pool.

I swam 26 laps, the first 22 were nonstop, while I worked on my swimmer’s turns. The pool is 25 yards long, so I swam 650 yards. I also did a couple laps breast stroke and swam some sprints. The last couple laps my legs started cramping up so I knew it was time to finish.

I ate well today. Well, almost perfectly. I stopped at Milan’s and got a veggie pizza with garlic on my way home. I was soooo hungry! Let me tell you….I’ve run a marathon and a few halfs. I’ve trained for a lot of running races and NOTHING, no, NOTHING makes you as hungry as swimming.

It was delicious and I have plenty left for tomorrow night. Tomorrow morning, running.

Where I’m at Today

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(The steps at Lands End, one of my favorite places to run)

I realized that my introduction earlier today was a bit brief, so I’m making a more extended more this evening. I love running and have been running for most of my adult life. I’m in my 50s, so that’s been quite a few years. In fact, I can remember more years running than not running and I can’t imagine life without being outside enjoying what I love the most. 

Recently I decided to spice it up a bit, so I last November I started triathlon training. I was on the swim team in high school, so swimming is something I always enjoyed and am pretty good at. The bike part will come around. I don’t own a bicycle right now, I have to save the money up, so until then, I’m training on the stationary rode bike at the gym. 

Oh, and I joined the YMCA a couple blocks from work. I love it. Beautiful pool, really nice people, lots of space. The hours are sometimes kind of a pain, especially around holidays, but I manage. 

I ran the SF Hot Chocolate 15 last week so I’ve been a bit of a slug, only getting a couple runs in since then, so tomorrow it’s time to get back into my scheduled training and eating. 

Tomorrow morning: Weights and Core and then Swimming for 20 minutes 

Eat 3 meals with healthy snacks when needed

 

 

Beginnings & an Intro

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Usually, when I write it’s about or for someone else. I don’t do much writing about me. So, after spending so much time writing about others, I thought I’d start a blog all about my running, weight loss and beginning triathlon training. I’ll probably also throw in some other things that are going on in my life, but it will mostly cover that.

I hope you enjoy it and I hope I can bring you some entertaining, motivational and sometimes funny blogs!

Cheers!

Martha