02 August 2008

A better frame of mind

Okay, after that earlier post, I spent the day making a plan. I now have a plan in place, a start date - tomorrow, and the right frame of mind to do it.

I have a tendency towards inertia. When things start to get tough or stressful I lose the ability to do anything. If I have a ton of things to do I find it impossible to get off the couch. That's kind of what was happening with this whole heel thing. I had a plan to start my marathon training like now. Because of the heel I can't. I started towards inertia thinking of the 2 marathons at the end of the year. ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!

But I came up with a plan. I'm going to do weights and intervals. I know intervals help with my running and weights definitely do - stronger legs = better running. I also have revamped my eating plan a little. I had drifted towards too much processed stuff. I'm going back to more whole foods and eating more often. I had gotten to the point where I was going 5+ hours between breakfast and lunch. That's too long for me.

Anyway, I feel the inertia lifting. I have a plan and the right frame of mind to do it in. Yea Me!!!

Mental Data Dump

You probably don't want to read this. These are some things that are floating around my head that I just need to work out. Some things probably won't make a lot of sense and I'm not explaining, just dumping. You've been warned.

Okay, it's that time again. What exactly do you want? What is it?? There are the obvious, but what are you willing to work for?? Work really hard for?? What is wrong with you???

Being laid up with the heel thing has made me a Pillsbury doughboy. It has also made me a whining baby. It's time to knock it off. Okay, so you can't run or bike, get over it. There are other things you can do. I know, looking at those 2 marathons, 6 weeks apart at the end of the year makes me want to get out and run - but that's not going to happen for a little bit. Get a grip!!!

Right. So running and biking are out. What else? Well there's swimming. I don't like to do that a lot a lot because it seems like it adds layers of fat. I don't know if that's really true but that's how it feels. In fact, that's how it feels when I do lots of cardio. I don't like that feeling. So what are you going to do about it?

I have a plan. I'm going to start weight training and interval cardio. I have to be careful with the cardio so I don't irritate my heel any more. That bugger hurts!! So I'm going to weight train 3 days a week. I'm going to do cardio intervals 3 days a week. I will swim 3 days a week too, on the cardio days. I will do elliptical as cardio for now as I think that will put the least strain on my heel. I THINK!!! If I try it and it hurts I'll find something else. Maybe I'll take up pool running. Anyway, that's the work out plan.

Food. This is my big demon. I have to honestly say I don't know how to eat. But here's what I'm going to do. I've been following Flex and I think I'm falling into too many processed foods. I think I need to change it up a little. I think I'm going to do Core this week. I used to love Core because there is a lot more freedom with it. I'll give it a go this week and see how it goes. That means a little time tonight and tomorrow meal planning and shopping. No processed foods, very little anyway, and meals planned as there is no winging it with Core. Okay, I think I got the food thing down.

So what WILL I do this week??
- Stick to the Core program
- Write everything down even though I don't have to with Core
- 3 days of strength training
- 3 days of cardio intervals


That's not too hard. I will take it one week at a time. I can't look at it as a month, 6 weeks, whatever, I can't do that. One week at a time.

Okay, I'm mentally ready. As it says on my wrist, DO OR DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY.

01 August 2008

Sometimes......

I got a comment from Leslie on my dilemma with Red Carpet Ready. So I don't need the slides, thank you Leslie. Everyone I've read has them so I thought they were necessary. Good to know they are not.

So I decided to order it tonight and sat down to order and download it...... The page won't load :( I've been trying for about an hour. Nothing..... I couldn't get into Blogger either but that just let me in..... Oh well..... I guess I won't be Red Carpet Ready for one more day :)

The problems with living in Hawaii

There really are some huge, completely insane, problems with living in Hawaii. Now my heel is bothering me and I can't do the things I want to do. I've been looking for alternatives to workout because I have a feeling this may take a couple of weeks to heal up good enough to run. I've heard about this Red Carpet Ready Workout and thought I'd give it a try. It's a downloadable e-book so that's not a problem. Now this program has some moves that require sliding and Valerie Waters has developed these Val Slides, I thought I'd order those too. What the heck. I can not get them shipped to Hawaii for less than $50. They only cost $30!!! Why would I pay more in shipping then the item is worth??? Amazon won't ship to me at all, and I don't know why. They are for sale on eBay and they won't ship to Hawaii?!?!?! Is there some kind of conspiracy where they don't want folks in Hawaii to have these things??? It's very strange. So I guess I'll have to do without the slides until I move. Bummer.

30 July 2008

Wow, I've been avoiding this place.....

Because I'm ashamed and embarrassed. I have done nothing, nothing!!!! I have been a complete and total slug. My heel hurts. Everyday. And it's getting me down. Every night I say I'm going to swim in the morning and every morning I wake up and my heel hurts. It's getting me down and I don't like it at all.

I have been eating well. Staying within my points and not going crazy. So that's good. That hummus wrap is soooooo good and sooooo low in points. I love it.

To be very honest I'm a little leery about swimming. I know it wouldn't hurt my heel, but my calf is also part of the problem. The last few times I went swimming I got cramps in that calf muscle. So that makes me worry about swimming.

On top of that, my chiro has been out of town. He has a woman covering for him and she's good, but I like him better. He works my tendons and muscles and makes me want to cry, but I know it's breaking up the scar tissue. She works it and it barely hurts. He comes back next week and I'm looking forward to crying when I see him :)

Okay, enough whining and carrying on. I have a boxed Romano's Macaroni Grill Chicken Penne Pasta dinner to make. It's a red sauce and chicken breast for 5 points!! Yummmm!!!

28 July 2008

My lunch

I have been hooked on this lunch for the past couple of weeks and since I had nothing to say today I thought I would share my lunch with you.

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First, you start with this fantastic flat bread. I've discovered that yeast and/or wheat gluten does nasty things to my insides so I generally avoid regular bread. This however, is a fantastic substitute and I don't miss bread at all and at 1 point you can't beat it with a stick.

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Next is this hummus. This stuff is like crack or something. It is to die for. 2 tablespoons is 2 points and worth every one.

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Add some chopped up veggies. Today was tomatoes, cucumbers, and broccoli slaw.

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1 tablespoon of dressing. I always use full fat dressing, never fat free or low fat. I find that the extra flavor is worth the extra point or two.

Then we assemble it:

Spread hummus on flat bread.
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Add dressing to veggies and spread veggies on top of hummus.
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Roll it up:

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Add some yogurt:

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And you have the perfect lunch. I have been eating versions of this for weeks now. I'm hooked. I look forward to lunch from the minute I eat breakfast. And it's a total of 7 points. How awesome is that?

27 July 2008

HA!!!!




Your Blog Should Be Green



Your blog is smart and thoughtful - not a lot of fluff.

You enjoy a good discussion, especially if it involves picking apart ideas.

However, you tend to get easily annoyed by any thoughtless comments in your blog.



This would be the only thing about me that's green!!! I'm a evil, SUV driving, electricity using, meat eating, carbon footprint leaving, person :) I do love nature and want it left alone but they will have to pry my SUV keys from my cold dead fingers. That and my gun. Oh yeah, and my strength equipment. Though I don't think that adds to the overall carbon load of the world in general. Does it???

Bored

already. I'm bored with not being able to work out. This is making me crazy. It's a beautiful morning, not too hot, a little breeze blowing, a run would be perfect right now. But I'm not going to do it. My foot is actually feeling a little better. At least I don't cringe with every step I take. And tomorrow I'll begin the great swimming marathon of 2008. How many days straight can I swim??? We shall see. I'm going to watch the TI DVD today and literally start from the beginning. I'm actually kind of looking forward to it.

Other than that I have nothing. I have to clean house today, you have no idea how dirty 8 birds can make a place. I also want to finish this great book I'm reading. Other than that it will be a very quiet day. Hubby has to work tonight so I'm on my own for dinner. Right, so last week Hubby was working almost every night. I made dinner just for myself and most nights it was pretty light since I don't like cooking and I don't like eating heavy at night. I lost 1.4 lbs this week. Coincidence??? I think not. I think I'm going to have to keep my eating light at dinner even when Hubby cooks. I do not have to eat lots of dinner, that is my choice. Anyway, just something I was thinking about. At least I don't care which are the top rated acne products, that is definitely not a choice.

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