09 August 2008

Facing the music

Today is weigh in and I feel like the Goodyear Blimp. I'm not sure exactly why though I have a couple of ideas.

At home I do not drink enough water. At work I have 3 - 1 liter bottles that I keep in the fridge and it's my goal to go through them every day. As I finish one I sit it on the counter so I know I'm done with it. At the end of the day I refill the bottles and start over the next day. Usually I get at least 2 1/2 of them down. Most days I get 3 but never less then 2. At home I just don't do that. I have a water cooler, that doesn't help. I have an extra fridge that is stocked with water bottles, that doesn't help. So I've come up with yet another plan. This one is more closely related to what I do at work so I'm hoping it will work.

I went out and purchased 2 - 1 liter water bottles that look like bottles from the water cooler but with a handle and a drinking spout. My goal is to finish both of them on days I'm home. I figure I can carry them around very easily, drink from them very easily, and keep track of how much water I drink very easily. I know this is part of my problem so this is how I hope to solve it.

Also, since we are eating out today - twice, I'm starting my week tomorrow. My goal is to write everything down for the entire week. I've been slacking on this and I need to get back to it. Journaling makes a huge difference in how my week goes. I actually went out and bought a new purse on Thursday that is big enough to carry my journal. My other bag was too small and I tended not to carry it as a result.

At weigh in today I'm not going to look at the number on the scale. WW gives you the choice of not weighing in, but I know at some point I will want to know the number. Usually when I need a good swift kick in the pants, I will look at the number to shake up my reality. So I just won't look at the number on the scale, have them write it in my book and deal with it later. Kind of like Scarlett O'Hara, I'll think about it tomorrow.

Of most importance is, I get to go shopping today. Woo Hoo!!! Old Navy is having a big sale and since I'll be going into high school class rooms to learn to teach, I need some appropriate clothes. Right now I wear shorts and old t-shirts to work. That will never fly in school. So it's off to Old Navy this afternoon. Woo, what fun.

Okay, I have to go get ready to go to my meeting. I do not want to miss it completely.

08 August 2008

Hmmm.....

even when I'm good I don't feel great.

I have not been feeling great this week. I've had the headache thing going on but I've also felt fat and bloated. Today I was careful to eat really well and drink tons of water. I still feel all bloated. There may be other things going on here, but I'm not sure. Anyway, tomorrow we are going to Chili's for lunch and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for dinner. I will make the best possible choices, but I don't think it's going to help my bloated feeling. Sunday I may fast. I have to think about it. Anyway, right now I have a date with the couch. Jeez, I'm tired.....

Sometimes things go right

So, now that I've made the decision to get an elliptical - the hunt is on. I haunted Craigslist and found a couple of possibilities. I had also stopped at Sears and looked at what they had. They had a nice Preform on sale for $249, regular price was $565. That was a pretty good deal but they had none in stock and wouldn't be able to get one until 8/29. And this was a close out so it's possible there were no more left already. Hmmm.....bummer.....

Then, over on the side all by itself, I see this nice elliptical. It had a tag on it for $199. Huh???? I asked about it and the lady said they lost the power cord so you could only use it manually. Initially I said bummer, and walked on. Then I thought about it, went back and got the make and model number.

Last night I went on line and found the manufacturers website and found the cord. It was $30. Sweet. I'm getting an elliptical. Then, as I'm trying to order, I noticed the drop down menu of states has no Hawaii. They don't ship to Hawaii. Bummer.... They were closed as they are located in the Midwest, so I couldn't call them.

This morning I jump on the phone and, after an eternity on hold, got to talk to a live person. I told him my story of Sears and the lost cord. He said they would ship to Hawaii it is not a problem and he would take the order. He is taking all the information and then asks me to hold on a second. When he comes back he tells me that their warranty is that if anything is not in the box when you buy it they will replace it for free. I said, but Sears lost the cord. He said that is not your fault and I will send you a new cord for free.

I then called my husband and told him to hustle his butt over to Sears and snag that puppy. He got the guy to take another $10 off the machine so I got it for $189.

This is it. It's a 2007 model but it's brand new. In looking over their website their cheapest treadmill is $800. So if it is the lowest model that's still a heck of a deal. I'm very excited and can't wait to get the cord. I'm sure it will be here next week. Once I decide on something it doesn't take me long to find a deal. So I'm very happy and will now spend the weekend rearranging my workout space :)

07 August 2008

A day in the life....

I took the day off today. I've had a headache on and off for a couple of weeks now. I take ibuprofen and it usually helps. Yesterday at work, I stood up from a chair and the headache hit me, like a bat in the head. All day I could feel it. Last night I hardly slept because of it and nothing seemed to help at all. So I called in sick today and headed off to the doctor to see what's going on. Turns out they think I have a low grade sinus infection. When they said that I thought back to when this started and realized it all began with a horrible swimming day when I got lots of water up my nose and it all drained out hours later when I bent over to pick something up. Every since then my sinuses have never been right and this headache has been a fairly constant companion. They put me on some antibiotics and think that will be the end of it. Keep your fingers crossed.

I came to a couple of decisions today. First, I'm probably not going to do anymore triathlons this year. I will be starting school in a couple of weeks and I'm guessing I won't have the time or energy to train for a triathlon. Also, I have 2 marathons back to back, and I really want to focus on my running and do well in these marathons. As a result, I have no reason to maintain my Y membership as it was primarily for the pool. However, I have been using it for the elliptical since I can't run. When I had my other elliptical it really helped my running. I would use it for intervals and whenever I couldn't get out to run. It really helped build up my leg muscles and my running was much better.

Adding up my Y membership, $48/mo, for the next year or so equals $576. That's a lot of money to use the elliptical machines. So I priced some ellipticals today and found I could purchase decent ones for $200-$300. That way I would be saving at least $276 over the next year. I will be able to work out at home when it's convenient for me, with my schedule getting crazy this might be very beneficial. I can sell it before we move and get $100-$150 back on it. That way the use of it for a year would cost me $150-$200 for an overall savings of at least $376. Pretty smart huh?? That's why I'm going to be a teacher :) So I'm on a quest. I've already scoped out the local Sears and Craigslist listings. Mark my words, by this weekend I will have an elliptical. Meanwhile, tomorrow morning I will do my intervals on the bike as I don't feel like going to the Y (see, that's a large part of the problem).

This is what happens when I have free time on my hands, I think of all these things :) Jeez, the next thing you know I'll be composing Boston resumes while working out :) Seriously though, I have some goals though and an elliptical will really help reaching them.

Okay, that's it. We are going out to grab some dinner.

Where have all the bloggers gone???

Roman over at Everyman Triathlon did a great post today on bloggers that have moved on. No, they did not die (at least I hope not) they have either stopped posting or made their blogs private or whatever. Some we know why, The Big Kahuna has moved on to bigger and better things like a book deal. Bolder used triathlon as a transition through a painful period of his life and is now moving on to other adventures. Others it's not so clear what happened. They just stopped blogging or disappeared completely. It's kind of sad really.

When I first started blogging these were the people I found. I stumbled into the triathlon bloggers and it was great. There was a lot of inspiration and camaraderie to be found there. It's sad to see people you feel you know, just fall by the wayside. It's a lot like losing touch with friends in real life. Things change, people change, you drift apart and the next thing you know it's years since you've thought of that person. But it's still sad.

Or, is it sadder that I'm still here? That I'm still doing what I was 4 years ago?? Is that the sad part?? I don't think so. Lots of things in my life have changed, and there's even bigger changes to come, but it's nice to have a place that I can go that remains the same.

Ah well, what are you going to do?? Roman's post just got me to thinking about all the people who've come and gone from the blogging world.

06 August 2008

Back to the workouts.....

or lack thereof. So Saturday I got a copy of Red Carpet Ready Workout. I've read a couple people who have done it and liked it and I was looking for something different, this seemed to fit the bill. I downloaded it on Saturday and read it. It's pretty straight forward, strength and cardio. I decided on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday for strength with Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for cardio with swimming. The cardio is intervals and only 30 minutes so I would swim after. Sounded like a great idea.

Sunday morning I headed out to the studio with my handy dandy little book and started my workout. None of the moves seemed particularly hard, but I took it easy anyway. I haven't done any strength training in a while and didn't want to hurt myself. Towards the end of my workout my legs were feeling noodly. That's a little odd, for me anyway, as normally my muscles don't feel it until later or the next day. But there was definitely some weak feelings. As I said, I took it easy, only did one circuit, but by the time I was done I was wiped out. I chalked it up to not eating before hand and not having worked out in a week or two.

Monday morning I got up and got ready to head to the Y. I can't run so I was going to do the elliptical for my intervals. As I'm getting out of bed I notice my legs are sore. Not too bad so I keep going. I do my intervals and by the last one my legs are screaming. I finish and head off to the pool. I only swam for about 25 minutes as my legs were in agony. To make a long story short, by the end of the day I could hardly walk. Sitting down and standing up were a lesson in agony.

Tuesday morning the legs were still pretty sore so I didn't workout. This morning still sore, another day off. OMG!!! That workout is very, very deceptive. It seems pretty easy on the outside but dang it works your muscles like nothing I've done in a long time. Today I have a chiro appointment for my heel and I know he's going to give me grief because I'm so sore. But I didn't push it. I took it easy and still this happened.

So at this point, tomorrow is still up in the air. I'm going to play the rest of the week by ear, see how my legs feel. On Sunday I plan to start my program all over again. It should be better this time. I hope!!! Meanwhile, tomorrow I have to go look for refrigerators. The one in our house died and the owner told us to go check out Sears. So we'll do that tonight or tomorrow. What fun :)

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