07 June 2008

The week in review.....

So I was up .8 lbs. Not a lot and not completely unexpected. But I must write out why so I don't forget and hopefully it doesn't happen again.

Exercise: almost nonexistent this week. Regardless of things that are happening with my body, I have to exercise. Even if I only ride the stationary bike for 30 minutes, I have to do something everyday.

Food: Overall very good but..... the handful of chips every night - not necessary. The cookies on top of the salad and mashed potatoes last night, yeah - too much.

I had 2 very high point days this past week and I wasn't completely honest with myself about them. That has to end. From now on complete and full disclosure only.

I am setting up a wall in my computer/birdie room with a write on calendar and my goals printed out. I have a couple of goals for the summer and I will succeed.

Tomorrow - a 5 mile run and a parrot club meeting. It'll be a kind of busy day.

My day so far

Bike ride 20.6 miles - woo hoo!!!

Weight up .8 lbs - boo!!!

Knowing why - priceless :)

06 June 2008

It's Friday....

It's been a bit of a wild week here, lots going on behind the scenes (and some things not going on :() I'm very pleased with my food this week though. WW is proving to be easier then I thought it would be. Tomorrow is weigh-in and I'm actually looking forward to it. I have some points left over but since my week ends today and I weigh in in the morning I'm not sure I'll use them. We'll see. Maybe I'll have a small bowl of ice cream tonight, that shouldn't do too much damage.

Due to a question raised last week, I have turned off word verification. I had word verification on and still got spam so I turned on moderation and I still get spam. I think I can handle it with just moderation though. Spammers just piss me off!!!!!

Tomorrow is an easy 20 mile bike ride and Sunday is 5 mile run. I'm going to focus on drinking my water and eating before I go so I don't have a repeat of last week's training. I also got some bars to carry on my bike in case I get hungry. But it's only 20 miles, so it shouldn't be too bad. I also have to see if I can make Garmin work right. These crazy electronic gadgets.

Okay, I have to go shower and get ready for work.......

05 June 2008

Back to training.....

Enough talk about moving. That's not going to happen for a while and there will be plenty of time to talk about it as it gets closer. Back to training talk....

This week has not been good as far as training goes. I'll spare you the gory details but suffice it to say it's been a female problem. The thing that really bothers me about this is that I am so close to menopause, it's right around the corner and I just wish it would happen and I'd be done. I've known for years I wouldn't be needing anymore baby clothes. I wish there was a way to just turn it off. Okay, so training has not been great. But the eating has been fantastic. One thing that occurs during these times is that I'm not hungry. It's very easy to keep your eating under control when you're not really hungry to begin with.

Weight Watchers is going great. I'm doing the Flex plan this time and I'm really liking it. Now I quit WW about 2 years ago because 'it had stopped working for me.' Yeah, whatever. Looking back I realize now that I had stopped working the plan. I wasn't following WW, I was doing Flo's half-assed plan. That didn't work for me. I had also been following the Core program. Which is very good, but a little too easy for me to abuse.

For the last couple of years I've been a little obsessive about my food. Okay, I been freaking crazy. I went through a period where I tracked every nutrient and literally made myself nuts if my diet wasn't exactly balanced. I then went through a period where I religiously ate every 2-3 hours. That got old fast. For a long, long time I've avoided processed food. Unfortunately, that came to mean brown rice ?!?!? Whole wheat pasta ?!?!?! Bread of any kind ?!?!? But seemed to include cookies, beer, and chips. Hmmm.... That didn't work I wonder why??

When I started back on WW this time I was a little obsessed with the points. I had 26 for the day and for some reason felt like I needed to end the day with a lot left. I also felt that eating the 35 weekly points was not good. Crazy!! I know!! Well, I've gotten over that. I now try to spread the points out equally during the day so I'm not eating a lot more at one meal then I am at the others. It seems to be working out well. This week my problem has been eating all my 26 points. Not being hungry makes it hard to eat them all.

Okay, that's what's been going on nutrition and workout wise. Hopefully tomorrow we will resume our regularly scheduled training, providing the body cooperates.

04 June 2008

Feeling good.....

Have you ever made a decision and knew it was the right one?? That's how I feel about the decision to leave Hawaii. I think it's the right thing at this point in our lives. As I'm getting older I have in my mind how I want to live the rest of my life and I can't do it here. It was okay when we were younger to work hard, now???? Not so much..... Anyway, I promise I will return to workouts and eating soon but I'm still very excited about our decision. I was a little afraid that Hubby would change his mind. He was born here and wanted to come back here, but I'm confident now he won't change his mind. I've shown him some of the possibilities that are available in Colorado and he's sold. I've even made him see he could still use his hammock chair in Colorado.

It's funny how things happen and you don't even realize it. We are working harder then we've ever worked and have less extra money then we've ever had. The economy here has turned so slowly that we hardly noticed it. But when we compare right now to a year or two ago you can see the difference.

Okay, that's all the talk of moving on this blog. I'll confine my moving talk to the other blog, which is more about my life, and we will return to our regularly scheduled workouts tomorrow :)

03 June 2008

I have nothing to say

I really don't. I didn't go on my bike ride this morning for reasons....... I got up and played with the birds instead. That's always nice. I'm incredibly excited about moving to the mainland. You have no idea. I'm a gypsy at heart. Always have been. Staying in one place for too long is a lot like death to me. Also, having land and animals has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. It's been on the back burner because the only way you can own land in Hawaii is if your last name is Gates or Winfrey. Since mine isn't I had no hope of ever buying some land here. So I'm very excited and can't wait. We talked last night and the next order of business is a trip to Colorado to check things out. Not sure when we can squeeze that in, but we'll start working on it.

So seriously, I have nothing to say and I'm going to go now. I'm going to look around and see if I can track down some dell memory. A friend needs some and can't find it. I'm going to see if there's some available locally. See!! What an exciting life I lead :)

02 June 2008


Warning: this post is completely unrelated to anything having to do with training, working out, weight loss, triathlons, running, or anything remotely related to those topics.

It's funny how things happen. I would say for the past 2 or 3 years I've been feeling really unsettled. I could not put my finger on it. I knew something in my life needed to change I just couldn't figure out exactly what it was. I moved, that helped some but wasn't it. I did triathlons, I didn't do triathlons, that wasn't it. I did marathons, I didn't do marathons, that wasn't it. I got more pets, that wasn't it. I really haven't been able to figure out what's wrong. I'm happy, kind of, but not as happy as I think I should be. It's been on my mind for quite a while now. Then this weekend it all became clear.

I was talking to a friend who is going on vacation. She was telling me that every time she goes on vacation it's harder and harder to come back here. There are lots of issues living in Hawaii that you just don't completely understand until you live here. As we were discussing these various issues I said, 'yeah, I think I'm done with Hawaii.' That sentence stopped me cold because that's what's been bothering me for the last few years. I'm done with Hawaii. I literally felt like a light bulb went on over my head.

I then had very similar conversations with 2 other friends over the weekend. And the more I thought about it the more I realized how true it was. I am totally done with Hawaii. I've lived here 18 years and I really have done it all. We lived in a house on the beach for 13 years. I hiked almost every trail on the island of Oahu. I've hiked Kauai. I've lived on a fishing boat out in the ocean. I've owned my own business. I know almost every area of Oahu fairly well. It's time to move on. Time for some new challenges and adventures. Time for a change.

Unfortunately this realization made me kind of sad. I thought there was no way that my husband, who was born here, would ever leave here. Then last night at a party we went to we got talking to some folks who are moving to Colorado. Hubby said he would love to live in Colorado. I was floored and hoped it wasn't the alcohol talking. On the way home I asked him repeatedly if he was serious and he kept assuring me he was. I asked him again this morning and again he said he was serious. He lived in Colorado for 2 years when he was younger and really loved it there. Also, he loves to ski. So it looks like we'll be moving to Colorado.

It's not going to happen tomorrow. We have 2 geriatric dogs who are literally on their last legs. I will not subject them to the stress of moving plus the cold of Colorado. They are Hawaiian dogs, they wouldn't be able to take the cold. But I'm thinking within the next 1-2 years we'll be in Colorado. I'm very excited. I think it will be just what I'm looking for. We will be able to afford a little land there. I'd like to have a decent vegetable garden and maybe some chickens. I'd also like to get more birds. I want to not have 9-5 job. I want to find ways to stay at home and make money, maybe only work part time. Moving to an area that is not one of the most expensive in the country allows for a lot more opportunities, in a lot of ways, then living here does. Also, we'll be able to see our kids more often and they can come visit us. My daughter can't afford to bring 2 kids, her, and her husband to Hawaii. It's too expensive for a young family. So yes, I'm excited.

We are just moving into the initial stages of planning this move. One of the first things we need to decide is where to live. Colorado is a pretty big state and I've only ever been to Denver. We'll probably take a trip out later in the summer and look around. But right now I need input from the blogosphere. I know many of you live in or around Colorado. What do you recommend?? What are nice areas without breaking the bank?? Where is there good skiing in winter and golfing in summer?? Tell me, tell me.......

01 June 2008

The run that wasn't

What I learned from WW this week:

- Eating my points is actually the way the system works.

- Not eating dessert does not kill me.

- Not being stuffed for an entire week really feels good.

- Water is my friend.

- Gum no longer pisses me off.

- I can eat carbs at more then one meal and not explode.

- Water is my friend.

Now, on to my run. I was scheduled to do 7 miles this morning. Sunday is the only day of the week I can sleep in a bit. Every other morning I'm up at 4:45 am, on Sundays I can sleep till 6 :) So I slept in, fed the birdies, checked email, etc. It was 7:30 and I decided I needed to head out on my run. I got ready and headed out. I wasn't 10' from my house and I realized something was dreadfully wrong. My legs felt like lead, I had a hard time breathing, this was going to be ugly. I kept pushing hoping to push through it. After 10 minutes it had gotten no better. I stopped running and the walking actually felt pretty good. I decided to do run/walk intervals. I decided to start low and work up. A 1/1 interval was called for. I did that for 18 minutes and every run interval felt like an absolute death march. Finally, at almost 30 minutes I gave up and admitted defeat. I turned around and walked home. It was the best walk I'd had in a while.

There are a number of possibilities as to why this run sucked so bad. It could have been the heat, by 8 am it was already 80 F with no wind. It could have been yesterday's bike ride. My legs felt thrashed when I was done and while they felt fine this morning running may have been too much. It could have been the lack of water. I have a real problem drinking water on the weekend. I drank hardly any water yesterday and even though I had water with me, I think I was in a dehydrated state. Finally, it's possible that it was the result of some kick ass training during the week. I really pushed myself in my training this week. So I think it's a culmination of all of the above. I'm not going to worry about it or cry over it. What is is!! I'll just move on and try to learn from it.

Now, I'm off to a party where there will be beer and food and good friends. Maybe later I'll look for some vacation deals and forget this run ever happened.

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