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Crossroads

That's what I feel like, I'm at a crossroads. There is 3 more weeks of vacation left. I have a lot to do in terms of prep and thesis work. I have not lost any weight this summer, in fact I've gained. I'm fairly sure this is due to my general lack of activity. As a teacher I'm on my feet most of the day moving around. Doing nothing extra I average about 12,000 steps in a normal teaching day. On a day at home doing nothing extra? 6,000. Clearly I'm not moving enough. Even with my runs and workouts it's just not enough. So what to do? I could just accept it and stop fighting and shop for some bigger clothes. Or I could spend the next 3 weeks doing battle. I'm torn. Both have their appeal.

Stopping the fight is appealing because I've been fighting this battle for most of my adult life and I'm tired. Tired of thinking about food. Tired of thinking about working out. Tired. So the thought of giving in and just buying some larger clothe…

It's getting better all the time....

Seriously, it is the little things. I went for my run today, I skipped yesterday because of the rain :(. I was to do 5/1 just like I did on Tuesday. On Tuesday I ran for 43ish minutes and covered 2.71 miles. Today I decided I needed to step it up a little, so on the 2nd and 3rd intervals I tried a quicker turn over. I know that the key to running fast is to move your feet quicker not take longer steps. So I picked up the turn-over a notch. By interval 4 - which is uphill - I was slowing down so I took that one easy, but interval 5 I kicked it up again. The results??? I ran for 41:47 mins, that's almost 1:30 less running time, and I covered 2.77 miles - that's .06 miles further. Yes, I know it's not record breaking but it sure makes me feel good. Not only did I kick it up a notch today, but it showed in the numbers. I seriously could not have pushed harder unless I've taken something like hgh supplements. I'm very, very pleased with myself and feel like…

Stop Stressing

I came to the conclusion a while ago that it seems I like to worry. For a long time there were lots and lots of things to worry about and it seems I may have gotten into the habit of worrying. I think it's one of my huge problems and it's a cycle I'm working hard on breaking.

Along the same lines, I stress over stuff a lot. I mean A LOT. I am working on my thesis and I'm spending so much time stressing over it that I've basically got nothing but an outline done. I want to get things well organized for the next school year, yet I've spent so much time stressing over it I'm not as far along as I'd hoped to be.

Also, I have it firmly embedded in my head that I HAVE to work out every morning. If I don't work out in the morning the day is a complete and total loss. I may as well eat junk food all day.

The other day my feelings of stress and worry reached a peak. I was trying to work on my thesis and felt like a snack. I had no snacks in the…

Intuitive Eating

This is all the rage. If you cruise the web or blogs at all you will run across this topic. Everyone's doing it. I think the idea is sound. I think diets in general force you into an unnatural way of eating; low-carb, no-carb, low-fat, every 3-4 hours, etc. I always think back to our cavemen ancestors. Just imagine, you have killed a wooly mammoth. You eat until you can't move. You wake up the next morning and eat some more. This goes on for a couple of days until the beast is gone. Then what? You may go a day or two without eating or eating only berries, until you kill something else. This is the way humans were meant to eat. But I think there is a large problem with intuitive eating because you have to have a healthy relationship with food in order for this to work. If I turn to food every time I'm upset it's not going to work for me until I deal with my upset issues. You have to clear up the underlying issues before you can trust your intuition to eat …

Phase II

Today I began phase II of my running. I spent the last 3 weeks just getting into the habit of running again. I have not run far or fast but I have run 2-4 times a week for the last 3 weeks. That was my goal and I exceeded my own expectations. Yeah!!!
Now I begin to get a little more serious. I have a program that will take me from running 5/1 intervals to running a solid 30 minutes. It will take 8 weeks. I am looking forward to it. It is training for a 5k, theoretically I should be running 5k in that 30 minutes. So I thought I should know where I'm starting at. For the last 3 weeks I have not tracked distance at all - not even a little. So I know how far I've been running in blocks but not in miles. Today I set out with my cool new EVO and the Runkeeper app. I like it because it is simple but shows me just what I want to know, how far did I run, how long did it take me, and what was my pace. Simple. It's like the information you would get off a treadmill only yo…

Monday randomness

First, why does G**gle suddenly hate me? I have to sign into blogger every time I want to post, it used to let me stay signed in but not anymore. Also, every time I try to search for something G**gle accuses me of not being human. It's really pissing me off. I've taken to using Bing for my searches - it's just as good. Anyway, it's really ticking me off. Maybe it's time to move away from G**gle completely.

Yesterday was an interesting day. Hubby got up early so we took both the dogs for a nice long walk. Then I cleaned the bird room. Scrubbed and power-washed cages, scrubbed the floors, and generally made the place look really nice (for about 10 minutes). Then we finished the fence on the other side. By then I was done. Completely and totally done. I went in, showered and relaxed for a while. Then we went to the neighbors baptism party. Then it was back to the couch for me. So the day ended up being incredibly busy and physical in the morning and …