14 April 2006

Happy Easter!!!!

You know, even as a kid I could never buy into this Easter bunny thing. I could not figure out for the life of me, why the Easter bunny delivered chocolate on the day Jesus arose from the dead. HUH?????? Of course, now I understand the whole pagan-religious connection and how Constantine interwined the two to get people hooked.

Which leads to the question, why are the religious people so darn upset about The DaVinci Code and the Judas Testament??? I am not a particularly religious person but I definitely believe there is a higher power and something beyond this life. If I really thought this was it I'd probably end it now. So what would be the harm, really, if Jesus and Mary were married???? Personally it would make a lot more sense to me. Him being married and possibly having children seems to make his whole existence more believable, to me anyway.

And the Judas testament!!! Why would it be so incredibly horribly if Jesus asked Judas to betray him??? If Jesus orchestrated the entire thing? That's bad? If you believe that Jesus is the son of god it kind of doesn't matter what he does, it's more about who he is yeah??????

Okay, enough religion. I could carry on about this all day because while I believe in God, people who can't accept that something else may have happened scare the hell out of me. After all, the bible was written by people, not by God, and put together by Constantine. Lots of writing were omitted that showed a different point of view.

Really, that's all.

Training. Today was a short 30 minute run. Since I'm working on aerobic conditioning I kept my HR below 140, so I ran slooowwww. But I did it and that really is the point. You'll notice I've updated my sidebar info, jeez I'm slow. Tomorrow is a rest day then Sunday begins 6 days of swim, bike, run, fun.

Tomorrow is my birthday so the folks at work are buying lunch today. We don't have any real plans tomorrow, at least I don't think so, just a quiet day of finishing getting the house in order.

'Nuff said. Have a great weekend.

13 April 2006

It's all about the bike.

This morning was a bike ride. Now this ride was exciting for a number of reasons. First, it's the first morning ride since last September. We don't have a very long winter here (though this year was longer than normal) but we do have a couple of months where it's too dark in the morning to ride. For the last couple of weeks it's been getting lighter and lighter. Well, this morning was the first official ride. WooHoo!! Second, I rode around the backroads of my new neighborhood and it was totally fun. The entire area backs up to the mountains, so the views are spectacular, and it is primarily flower farms, so it's pretty and smells good. Yeah!!!! Thirdly, where I live I can literally ride from the mountains down to the ocean and back home again in under an hour. Sweet!!!!
The numbers: 9.33 miles in 50 minutes. Just cruising, keeping the heartrate down. A really great morning.

I've found this website that I really like. It's Ontri.com. They have training programs and logs and goals and stuff, it's fun. I'm using their sprint training program aiming for my July 2nd tri. It's fun and the workouts aren't too difficult. I just like the whole setup.

So I've been trying to get the eating under control. I started trying to stick to Core on Saturday but, after weeks of eating badly, I was having a really hard time. I decided to go back to basics.(hmmm, is that a theme around here???). For this entire week I have been recording every single thing that goes in my mouth. I have not been keeping points/core or calories, I've just been journaling. It's working, I'm starting to get a handle on my eating. One thing that happens when I don't eat right is I stop getting hungry. I continue to eat but I'm not really hungry. This morning I woke up starving and realized things are turning around. So, Yeah!!!!!!!!

One thing I do really enjoy is dessert. I grew up with a mom that was constantly baking so dessert is something I really look forward to. Well, a couple of months age hubby and I found this:

This stuff comes in a variety of flavors and has 1/2 the fat of regular ice cream. A small scoop of this at night while watching TV is just perfect and the calories aren't too high. So that's what we've been doing. Then, a week or so ago, I went to the store near our new house and they don't carry this. I figured I'd just get something else and it would be fine. Well, I ended up with this:

This stuff is pure evil. It has swirls of chocolate and peanut butter; chocolate covered peanuts and chocolate rabbits filled with peanut butter. Oh my god!!!! I literally could not stop eating this. I actually heard it calling my name from the freezer. It was horrible. Thankfully, hubby and I finished it off last night and the law was laid down; NO MORE BUNNY TRACKS!!!!!!

1/2 cup of this stuff has 170 calories and 10 g. fat. Nice. The slow churn has 120 calories and 4 g. fat. Much better.

Okay, so that is over, thank god.

I had some really sweet victories that just flew right by unnoticed. Tuesday was a rest day and I just took Tuesday. I didn't stretch it out for 2, 3, 7 days I just took 1. Yeah for me!!!! Also, I didn't use the rest day as an excuse to eat junk all day. That is a huge problem I have. I've been battling it for years and I'm not sure how to combat it. Take a day off and eat like there's no tomorrow. So overall it's shaping up to be a spectacular week.

Okay, nuff said.

12 April 2006

2000 Meters!!!!!!!

Yesterday was a rest day and this morning it was swimming. I'm working on base building right now so don't have a real plan for swimming. Also, I'm trying to get over my freaking in the water and I figure the best way to do that is just go slow and get really, really, really comfortable in the water. Okay. So I headed off and on the way just decided to swim for 30 minutes non-stop. Just go and go and go; that's all. I also decided to go really slow and do some serious work on my form. I've got the idea of the form down I just need to perfect it and have it become so natural that I can continue it when I get tired. So off I go. I decided to hit my watch every 250 meters since that's what I've been doing lately. The numbers:

1st 250: 7:41
2nd: 7:32
3rd: 7:48
4th: 7:33
5th: 6:48
6th: 6:59
500m: 13:43

Totals: 2000m in 58:08

Not too shabby. More important is I was not exhausted; my arm did not go numb; I could have continued but it was getting late. A really, really good swim this morning.

That's all I have to say. I have a ton of things to do at work and no desire to do any of them. Have a great day.

10 April 2006

Benny, you are an IRONMAN!!!!!

Benny did it in just under 13 hours. How awesome is that??? I am absolutely in awe of the man. Having followed his journey it blows me away that he trained inspite of working and going to school and it being winter in Utah!!! Congrats Benny!!! You truly are amazing!!!!!

Wow, I still can't believe it. I followed his progress all day yesterday and was totally blown away. He really did an awesome job!!! He has totally inspired me. I am definitely aiming for a 70.3 next year and a full in 2008. He really is an inspiration.

Okay, on to me after all this is my blog ;) Yesterday I went for a run. I have a plan I'm following, it's pretty basic, but there is lots of base building. Yesterday was to be a 45 minute run. I went out and ran around my new neighborhood and so much time looking around that I didn't run very far at all. I did 2.5 miles in 40 minutes. Okay, that's pathetic but I was busy enjoying the view. I'll do better next time.

This morning was the swim. Again, easy base building stuff for 30 minutes. While I did not push it at all, I wanted to see if I could get 1000m in in that time. I went very slow working on my form and did pretty well.
The numbers:

250m: 6:57
500m: 14:10
250m: 7:05

Okay, I was trying to find numbers to compare these too but I can't. Apparently I haven't done 250's and 500's before. Oh, I lied. On Feb. 27 I did a 250 at 7:19 so I'm heading in the right direction. On the same day I did 400m in 9:33, okay, that's not so good but hey, there's room for improvement.

I can't express enough how great I feel. It's like I'm a whole new person. I wake before the alarm every morning and I bounce out of bed like all those people I hate. As soon as I get up I'm doing things, finishing laundry, gettting lunch ready, doing the few dishes in the sink. I really can't believe myself. It's like a total transformation.

Now my eating. I'm having some trouble getting it under control. Saturday I consumed 3000 calories. Yesterday I don't even know because we went to a party and had lots of pupus (snacks) that I could not even begin to estimate the calories on. Oh and yes, there was cake, lots of cake. Today it's back on track. I'm going back to focusing on one meal at a time. I can only worry about the choices I make now so that's what I'm going to focus on. Okay, nuff said. Have a great day.

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