29 January 2011

Failure to plan is a plan to fail

This is something I need to work on. I have a tendency to overplan and then fail on the follow through. Or I don't plan at all and think I can wing it. I need to master this basic skill of planning appropriately. With my food during the week I'm actually pretty good. I pack my breakfast and lunch at home and I usually manage to stay within reasonable limits. Then all I have is the food with me so I tend to eat okay. It's at night and weekends that I need to work on the food and the activity. I need to work on that and I need to start right now. I do find that if I plan things tend to fall into place. If I have a definite plan in place I generally stick to it. Also, I'm a creature of habit. If I start doing something the momentum will keep me going. Years ago I discovered that I was not like most people. Most people start off strong and all gung-ho and then tend to slack off towards the end. I'm the exact opposite. I have a tough time getting going but once I'm doing it I tend to keep doing it longer than most people. So I need to develop a plan and schedule it in and just force myself to start going.

So here is the new plan that starts today.
  • Saturday is the day my WW week starts so Saturday will be the day my week starts.  
  • I will log all my food.  I have no reason not to.  I have an app on my phone, I have pen and paper, I have zero reason not to log everything I eat.  So I will. 
  • I will weigh and measure everything I eat this week.  I may not do this forever but for this week I will.  Weigh, measure, log.  
  • I am going to run.  At least 3 days a week, one of which will be a weekend.  The general plan is to run long on Sunday mornings, then run at least 3 miles on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night.  Saturday will be for walking or playing the Wii :)  This way I will run on Friday and have 36 hours of rest before my long run on Sunday and 30+ hours of rest after.  My long runs are not going to be so incredibly long that 30ish hours isn't enough to recover.  
  • On the days I don't run I'm going to work out with weights.  I have books upon books, not to mention DVDs with all kinds of training programs in them and weights. There is no reason at all why I can't do weights at home.  They don't have to be an hour long, structured program - just a few moves on nights I don't run.  
I'm trying not to make this too hard on myself.  If I make the plan too difficult I won't follow through on it.  I'm trying to make it reasonable to get myself back on track with the working out stuff.  So there's my plan. Today, being Saturday, is the beginning of it all.  I had thought I'd run this morning but as I worked this out I decided not to.  I am going to do some dancing with the Wii later though :)

27 January 2011

And we're back....

This is my first full week of work since December. It was tough. Between recovering from the cold and it being the first full week of teaching in over a month - it was really, really tough. I planned on getting up every morning and running. Didn't happen.  I planned on going to the gym in the evenings. Didn't happen. I planned on going to WW tonight. Didn't happen. I did do fairly well on my eating.  I didn't track everyday but the days I did were awesome. I haven't been overly hungry so it's been easy to eat well. I did realize - again - that I need to make sure I eat enough. A couple of days I went light on lunch and could really feel it when I got home.  On the days I was sure to eat a decent lunch I had no problem with my energy levels. So I really have to pay attention to lunch. Next week we only have to teach for 3 days. One day is a workshop type thing for the students and they will leave at 1:15.  Then on Friday we have a teacher workshop. All the Catholic Schools get together. It's boring but at least we get done at noon.   We will be listening to a speaker. Maybe she'll talk about sanibel island but more likely it will be about teaching.

Since I failed at everything this week I have developed a new plan.  Starting on Monday I am going to run at night after we walk the dogs. It's light enough now that running until 6 or 6:30 is not a problem. On the nights I don't run I will do some weight training at home.  I clearly am not going to get up in the mornings for now so I will do my workouts at night.  I think that will work better.

23 January 2011

Lesson learned

Even though I'm on WW and watching what I eat, I like to take one day and splurge. Even the Biggest Loser contestants do it after weigh-in. I try not to go too terribly crazy, but I will have something I wouldn't normally have. For a while now I've been craving one of those deli trio sandwiches from Jack in the Box, and I decided to have one yesterday for lunch. I think if I'd of stopped there I would have been fine. But no, Hubby had a coupon for a free milkshake and I thought, what the hell....I'm having a sandwich have a shake and then I'll be done with the splurge. That was my first mistake. The second mistake was that I should have checked the nutritional info before I went and not after. The deli trio sandwich was 16 points which actually wasn't too terribly horrible. The regular chocolate milkshake though?? 22 points. 22 points!!! WTF!!!!! That is completely insane. But, as I said, I didn't check until after I ate it so it was a done deal. The rest of the day that "meal" laid in my stomach like a piece of lead. It felt horrible. I was full and burping for the rest of the day. Yuck!!! I ended up not having dinner and about 8 pm made a cappuccino in my new machine hoping it would push the food through my system. It definitely helped and by 10 pm when I went to bed, I felt okay. I never ate dinner though. When I got up this morning I was a little hungry and I knew we would be taking the dogs on a long walk, so I had a yogurt. I did all my usual morning business and felt fine when we left on the walk. About 10 minutes into it I had to go. And when I say I had to go, I mean I HAD TO GO!!! We stopped at a hardware store and used their bathroom. I was going to go for a run after we got back from the walk but I have decided to postpone it a little to make sure everything has settled down.
So what exactly is the lesson learned?
  • Check the nutrition info before I eat.  I probably would not have had the shake since that was not what I really wanted. 
  • Don't go so crazy on a splurge. I want to have something I don't normally have not make myself sick. 
  • Plan splurges a little bit more. This was too spur of the moment and I didn't think it through. 
With all that, I am definitely going to run later and I'm sticking to my eating plan today.  Nuff junk for one weekend. 

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