Plans, plans and More plans……..

SOrry for the absence. AGAIN. I had made a pledge to blog daily in may but i failed on the first day. To make a long story short, I had been moving apartments, just got my internet set up and finally settling in. As a result, I have neglected everything. Running, exercise or any remote type on being on track.
my internet is still choppy but I shall attempt to try posting on a regular basis. I have made plans, plans and more plans………

I can’t seem to cure myself of making grand plans at the beginning of the week, month or year. The only problem is that so far, I haven’t seen any of them through.
So today begins a new month and yet more plans. So by following the same old script, the plan includes a food plan( mostly the low carb or more correctly reduced carb plan). The second is a pledge to try an go to the gym( I got my gym membership back because I have no self discipline to do workouts at home (the result being an almost 10lb gain over the past 6 months I have been without a gym membership.) and finally my ever ending quest to finish 30 consecutive days of the 30 day shred. This month i has no excuse to finish as I have no plans of any out of town plans or disruptions to my schedule.
The food plan is done and the workouts scheduled. Will this be the month I stick to plan?…..

Before I forget I weighed in at 179.8 yesterday. So that is my start point for may. I am back to my weekly weigh-ins. Not weighing in proved to be disastrous for me.

That’s it for now. I Plan on doing some major grocery shopping this weekend, have a major food prep and plan a whole weeks menu. Look out for that soon and lots of pics too.

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Day 143: Weigh-in, 30 Day shred level 2, Marathon pre-training training

Let’s start with the bad news first.

Last weigh-in 1/14= 173.6
(this was up 4.4 lbs. from previous weight. After a weekend of football (soccer for the Americans), beer and pizza)

This week 1/21= 170.6
A loss of 3lbs after a slight improvement in eating

Anyone else tired of this cycle? Gaining and losing the same 10lbs over and over. It’s entirely my fault really. Consistency has not been my middle name. This is something I need to work on if I will be getting to goal by my marathon later on this year. My whole point of wanting to lose weight is to get lighter and faster. I guess I am not running to lose weight, but losing weight to run. Does anyone else feel that way?

Onto happier news, I started level two of the 30DS today. This is my second time starting level two. I did it a few years ago and stopped 5 days into level two. This time there is no chance of that. Failure is not an option. The first day really kicked my but. Man I was sweating so much that sweat was going into my eyes and streaking my glasses. I almost took a sweaty pic to post but then realized some of you read this while on a lunch break and would like to retain the contents of your lunch. I am really glad that it’s a bit more challenging because I was tired of level one and could do it with my eyes shut. I am hopping that by day 5 I will be comfortable with the workout.

My Marathon pre-training training isn’t going according to plan. My goal was to be a lot further than I am mile-wise but I am stuck in a rut and struggling to get out. I am only halfway though my 100 miles/month challenge with only ten days left. I could get it done if I log in 5 miles everyday for the rest of the month but I cant seem to motivate myself to move. The weather is shit and conducive to sleeping in. Today I did manage to get myself out of bed and out for a run. It was freezing cold. I had the bright Idiotic Idea to take off my jacket and hoped that the cold wind would force me to move faster. Instead, my elbows froze and I couldn’t move them, I was out of breath trying to fight the freezing cold; and as a result ran only half way and walked the rest of the way home. Some people actually think that I have a really high IQ.

I still have until the 24th of February to build my fitness base for the marathon and I plan on trying my best to rack up the miles. I have started following a lot more running blogs and realized that I am JOKING! There are runners out there who take their running seriously and are doing great preparing for various races. I need to get myself into that mind space.

Every night I put my running clothes together in the hope that I wake up and actually run. Here is to hopping that tomorrow is one of those days and if I can squeeze in a 5-miler, that would be the cherry on top.

and Tuesday and wednesday……………

Day 122: Last blog of 2012; Day 8 whole food detox(I cheated) and 2012 summary

Today was day 8 of my detox and it started off well. Then I had a lunch date and I ate fries. The worst possible thing that I could have eaten and I felt like shit afterwards. Not just guilty but my body felt like it had eaten junk. It was so not worth it. Hindsight is 20/20. I wont beat myself up over it. Tomorrow I pick back up again and finish of my 10 days.

I am also happy to announce that I accomplished my December running challenge. I got in 103 mi, which is three miles over my goal, and I went for a run/jog/walk all 31 days of December 2013. Happy dance.

Averaged 3 miles a day

Averaged 3 miles a day

that sho’ is a lovely picture.

 

Lets get the not so great news out of the way. I weighed in at 169.2. I am taking this with a grain of salt because of AF.  I will weigh-in again after the week is over.

So 2012 wasn’t a great year in terms of weight loss.
1/1/2012 I weighed in at: 186.8

12/31/12 I weighed in at: 169.2

That means I only lost 17.6 pounds, which is truly terrible.I only averaged 1.5 lb. a month, which ironically is my weekly weight loss goal.

On the brighter side, I am stronger and faster and I have also gone down a few clothes sizes. I might not have lost lbs., but I lost tons of inches. and built muscles. I haven’t had a soda all year and my drink of choice is now water. Looking forward to cooking more of my own food and sharing more with my blog peeps.

 

I ran a total of 907.75 miles in 2012 in a total of 230 hrs.52 minutes 43 second. I am really proud of this and I cant believe I kept it going. My goal for 2013 is to average 100 mi every month and so I hope to improve on 2012.

I cringe at april only 9.5mi.

I cringe at april only 9.5mi.

I am also just a happier person this year.

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Have a great crossing of the year.

 

Day 120: Day5 & 6 Whole food Detox: Make your own Vol.2- Hummus

Yesterday was day five of my detox and nothing exciting happened. I did however weigh-in and was down 4 pounds in the four days I have been on the eating plan. That was great news even though my weight is not where I want it to be.

My I have been eating pretty much the same thing daily. If you have ready day 1-4 then you know what I have been eating.

 

Today I went to the grocery store to get staples for the whole month. Spices, different types of beans and legumes and more containers so I can prep more food in advance. I think I can almost plan a whole menu if I had the patience. The only shopping I need to do now is my weekly fresh food.

My detox was to be for ten days but I think I am going to push it for at least a month. I’m going to try to be as strict as possible with what I eat but will include some extras that have been off limit in these ten days. E.g eggs.

I wanted to weigh in on the 31st so that I can see exactly how much I lost this year. The only problem is that TOM is here and that means my monthly bloating and weight gain of up to 6lbs (yup! My bloating and water retention is that bad.) is here.

This is how I feel about once a month

 

This will totally throw off my detox results, which really pisses me off. I worked so hard these past few days to eat on plan and I won’t even know how well it worked. Being a woman sucks.

I will push on though.

 Make your Own

I decided to do my second installment of make your own (my quest to rely less on processed food) and since I have been making my own hummus after years of buying it, here is my recipe. Its pretty simple and quick

 

I cup Dry chickpeas

I medium onion

I large red/green bell pepper

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup tahini

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt

¼ teaspoon cumin (I always add cumin to legumes)

olive oil

 

Procedure

  1. Soak your chickpeas overnight and boil the following day

    Soak over night and they should double

  2. Sautee your onions, chopped garlic and bell peppers in olive oil for about a minute. (I do this to reduce the taste of raw garlic and onion in my hummus. However if you do not mind it, go ahead and use them raw.

    Sautee for about a minute or two

  3. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend to desired taste. (you can add some of the water you used to boil the chickpeas if you want a smoother consistency or you can add a quarter cup of olive oil to make it smoother.)

    Blend. add lemon juice and olive oil

  4. Store in the refrigerator and you have  delicious chickpea that is cheaper and tastier than store bought.

Day 113: Weigh-in

No real reason for sharing this. it just made me chuckle.

No real reason for sharing this. it just made me chuckle.

I actually weighed in yesterday but forgot to blog it.

Last weigh-in – 169.6

Current weight= 168.2

Loss= 1.4

 

I was hoping for more but I am happy with the loss. My ideal loss would be about 2.2 but if I am totally honest with myself, the work I put in with my workouts and my eating this last week would not have given me a higher number.

If I want to see big numbers, I need to put the work in. I skipped three days of level one of 30DS.  The first time I skipped it, I did it twice the following day. I missed this thursday and friday and today I plan on doing both level one and two just to make up for it. after christmas I will start level two. my plan is to do both one and two on the same day instead of just starting with two. This is burn more calories and prepare me for level three.

Yesterday’s blog was about my Ten day Detox. I’m putting it off until after Christmas so that there are no interruptions and cheat days. I talked my mum into doing it with me and so we will make sure that the only food in the house is what is on plan. I think this way the temptation to cheat will be out of the question.

I will be making a shopping list for the whole ten days and will share at a later day with the specific of what I will be eating.

That’s all for now 🙂

 

Day 106 part deux: After the pity party.

So after getting over my weigh in, I decided to get back on track. I went on a 4 mile power walk. Im on track with my eating and will do my 30Ds later today.
I think I just had to take the time to realize that even though i didn’t like the number on the scale, it’s a loss from last week. Going off the rails and off plan won’t help me. So I’m back on track. The pity party is over and next weeks weighin will be better.

Day 106: This is where I would give up

But i wont.

Got on the scale this morning. I was up 169.6lbs. I am trying to rationalize this. I wish I had weighed in last week so that I could really tell what my week of almost being perfect had resulted in.
I jogged/walked 3 miles everyday. I ate less that 50g of carbs daily. I did jillian Michaels’ 30DS daily and I had an average of 1400 cals daily. I was really hopping i would be at the 166lb point. The only thing I could think of was that I might have been really up last week when i didn’t weigh-in last week. maybe in the low 170’s

Ater my depressing weigh-in I didn’t go for my run. I crawled back into bed and pitied myself. I still have to  make time for a run later on today. just because one of my goals int going as planned doesn’t mean i should sabotage my running goals.

I am thoroughly tempted to go out and eat cake; but I wont. I’ll keep up what i did this week and if by next saturday I am not back on track. Cake will be had, I will feel sorry for myself for one day then I will get back on track. I think by then I will deserve a day of self pity.