Me vs. My Schedule

Ever had a week sneak up on you and drag you down?  Yup, that was this week for me.  Not sure how that happened.  It seemed like life would run as per my usual schedule, but a bit better, because I had Thursday off (Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday here in Saskatchewan).

Me vs. My Schedule - mostlyfitmom.comAnd then suddenly (probably not really – it’s just my perception), I realized I had a lot of extra stuff going on.  Unfortunately, that meant that my workouts fell to the wayside.  Monday’s spin was put aside because I had to be at school early to set up for a patient, and Thursday’s workout was pre-empted by the preparations I needed to do for school today.  *shrug*

What to do when things don’t go as planned?

  1. I like to not beat myself up, since I’m pretty emotionally drained at this point in the school year anyway.  No need to add self-inflicted psychological wounds to the mix.
  2. Reschedule.  I worked out tonight, and even though I broke the stationary bike and didn’t make it all the way through my strength workout because I was getting light-headed from hunger (oy!), I made up (a little) for my missed workouts.  I’m planning to work out tomorrow and Sunday, too.
  3. Change the plan. Yeah, so I broke the strap on the pedal of the 20 year old stationary bike we have.  I tend to think that it’s time to invest in a new one anyway, since the bike’s had a good, long life.  My husband insists he can fix it.  Ha!  I’ll let you know how that goes.  However, this means that although I was planning to ride the bike this weekend in order to rest my IT band some more, I’ve got to consider running a little instead.  Maybe I can break the treadmill, too, and we can get a new one of those?
  4. Keep the big picture in mind.  So I missed a couple of workouts.  Big deal.  Fitness is a long-term, lifetime sort of thing, so missing a couple of workouts is hardly the end of the world.  I may not be as fit as I was this summer, but I know that I will be even fitter in the future because it’s important to me.  Right now, though, school is my highest priority. There will be time for other things after April 2012.

Not sure if that was a list of excuses, self-talk, or tips, but I feel a little better now.

Now I’m going to cuddle on the couch with my husband and kids and try to stay up later than my kids do.  It might not happen for a second night in a row.   They’re 4 and 6.  I’m 34.  I think it’s a sad commentary on my life that my bedtime is earlier than my kids’ these days.

Enjoy your weekend!  I’ll let you know how the workouts go. Can you beat my 20 year old exercise bike with your own ancient piece of exercise gear?

Lipstick, Legwarmers, and Kings of Leon

A few random things today:

1. Love the Kings of Leon and just downloaded a few albums I didn’t have from iTunes while watching their performance at the O2 Arena in London on Superchannel.  If you don’t know the Kings of Leon, please please PLEASE Google them or go to iTunes!

2. Missed my spin class earlier this week – Monday at 6am just wasn’t going to fit into my schedule – so my trainer said I could hit another of her classes later on.  Today was “later,” and involved half and hour of spinning and half an hour of full-body strength.  I doubt I’ll be walking properly tomorrow as my legs are currently feeling like rubber, but I feel great right now!  Nothing like a tough workout to get the blood flowing.  Downloaded the data for this workout from my Garmin, and here’s what my heart rate looked like:

Max heart rate: 184 bpm

Avg heart rate: 164 bpm

Considering my max is somewhere around 187 (and that’s running), I would definitely say I pushed it today.  Patting myself on the back right now.

3. Have managed to stay out of the kids’ candy all week!  I feel like that’s major accomplishment.  Seriously.

4. To meet my goals for the week, I’ll be fitting in a workout tomorrow.  I’ll likely be stationary biking, but depending how my IT band/knee is feeling tomorrow, I might go for a very short run.  Just to recap, I injured my left IT band while training for a half marathon this summer – after I started to taper.  Go figure. Have been struggling with it ever since, and while I’ve been giving it lots of rest, I’ve slacked off on the hip strengthening exercises my physio gave me.  That combined with a reduction in my overall strength training is I’m sure what’s keeping my IT band nagging at me.  Oh well – can only focus on so many things, and right now, that’s making it through dental school, looking after the kids and household, and fitting in the workouts I can when I can.  Dedicated rehabbing of the IT band?  Not so much.

5. I am terrible at picking out lipstick colours.  Not sure why?  Maybe because I usually judge colour on the back of my hand. LOL  Went to Shopper’s this morning and got the cosmetics lady to help me.  Was actually able to try the lipstick on.  Walked away with 2 new lipsticks, one by Lise Watier and the other by Pur Minerals.  I am totally excited to wear them around, like, everyday!

6. Went out for supper with friends last night.  Was starving.  Ordered a salad.  Yeah, I’ve reached that point where I can happily turn down the burger and fries and go for the healthy option.  Just to clarify, I’m not talking about some crappy tossed salad with a few grated carrots.  It was a Chicken Napa Valley salad from Jerry’s Food Emporium: mixed greens & seasonal vegetables, pecans, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, raisins & feta cheese with a zesty honey citrus vinaigrette & herb rubbed grilled chicken, with a small crusty roll on the side.  Now that’s a salad, non?

7. I’m wearing leg warmers right now.  No, they aren’t the same as the ones from the 80’s.  They are actually functional.  The ones I have are from Lululemon and allow me to wear my capri-length running tights when it’s cold out.  Love them.  No, really -they’re cool now.

Okay, I’m gonna sign off now.  I’m sitting here in my sweaty workout clothes, having finished my skim milk and oatmeal with raisins.  Think it’s time to shower.

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend.  Do something that makes you happy.:)

The Countdown Starts

Chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga...

I am really struggling with school right now.  1 quiz and 2 exams this week, another 2 exams next week, and I haven’t even looked beyond that, because I don’t want to freak myself out.  Have I mentioned that I’m juggling 13 different classes?  No, they aren’t all 3 hours worth of class time per week, thank goodness, but some of them do have a clinical component.  Needless to say, tracking everything that’s going on is tough!  In addition to quizzes and exams, I need to book a patient for Friday morning, and I have oral surgery roster on Wednesday, which means prepping for it Tuesday (tomorrow) night.  Since it’s my first time for oral surg roster, I’m not completely sure what that involves, so I’m stressing a little.

At this point, my workouts have been few and far between.  I dragged my butt out of bed at 5:30am for a 6am spin class this morning.  It was a really good workout, so it was worth the early rise, but I’m having a hard time fitting everything in.  Part of it is that I had lots of time available for workouts this summer, so I was able to workout often and my workouts were longer.  I’m having a hard time adjusting myself to shorter workouts, even though I know that as long as I’m working intensely, it’s well worth it and I can continue to build my fitness.  Still, a shorter workout just doesn’t seems to be as mentally satisfying as a longer one.

Anyway, I’m feeling overwhelmed enough with school right now that I’ve officially counted the number of days left until Christmas Break: 75 days.  That includes weekends and holidays.

I feel like the little engine that could: “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”

Weight Loss Update

Just over a month ago, I set a goal of losing 5 lbs by August 25th.  Click here to read that post.  On July 26th, I weighed in at 154 lbs, so I was aiming for 149 lbs.  Did I hit my target, you wonder?  I sure did!  As of Wednesday, I weighed 147 lbs, so I even lost a little extra – a total of 7 lbs.  Woohoo!

I’m going to try and lose another 5 lbs by September 25th, which would take me down to 142 lbs.  Wow!  I seriously don’t remember the last time I weighed so little.  Since I weighed 152 lbs when I got married 12 1/2 years ago, I’m going to guess it’s been at least 13 years since I’ve been this weight.  That’s pretty amazing!  I have come a long way (from 180 lbs in May of 2009), and the really good thing is that I still feel motivated to continue with the healthy eating and workouts.

I had always read that if you want to lose weight permanently, you have to treat any changes you make as lifetime changes, not short term.  That means not “dieting” but eating healthfully all the time, and leading an active lifestyle on an ongoing basis.  I feel like I’ve finally achieved this!  I’m not saying that I’ll never have a week or two or even four (vacation, anyone?) where I may indulge more and workout less than usual, but I know how much better I feel now that I’m active and eat well and I don’t want to go back to how I felt before, or how much I WEIGHED before.

It may seem like 5 lbs in a month is not that tough to do, but as I said here, losing even a pound a week is tough for me due to my PCOS.  Add in stress from school and a decrease in the volume and frequency of my workouts due to my school schedule, and you get a few hurdles for me to overcome in order to hit my target.  I know I can do it – I’ll just have to stick really closely to my eating plan and make sure the workouts I get in are good quality ones.

I get to run tomorrow to test out my IT band.  I’m nervous, but hopeful.  My half marathon is 2 weeks from today, so I’m really hoping that this run goes well.  If not, well, I guess I’ll be swimming tomorrow.  The rest of my week looks like this:

  • Tuesday: 300 workout (high rep strength workout)
  • Wednesday: swim and core
  • Thursday: gym workout with my trainer
  • Friday: 10k run (assuming my IT band is okay)
  • Saturday: off
  • Sunday: interval run

My kids are home from my parents – they were visiting for a whole week!  We went and picked them up yesterday.  Since I had CPR training yesterday afternoon and we had to drive an hour and a half to pick up the kids, I decided to bring my bike along and do my hour workout on the way, so to speak.  My husband dropped me off on the highway about 25k from where were were going.  Usually, I have an average pace of 22-23 km/hr, but it was pretty windy and I had a tailwind, so I figured a couple extra km would be enough to account for that.  I was wrong – it was SO windy that I had to add on several km at the end.  However, these were not as easy as the first 25k, because I had a severe crosswind and then a headwind for the last 750m or so.  I seriously thought about getting off and walking, it was so windy.  But I made it, and then had a cheeseburger and a few bites of an Oreo Blizzard at DQ with my family.  Yum!

What are your workout plans for the week?  Did you enjoy your weekend?

Bike Ride Musings, and Tomorrow’s Long Run

I went for a 45 minute bike ride this morning – fairly easy pace with a few 5 minute intervals mixed in.  It was really smoky here, which was strange.  Apparently the smoke is from forest fires in British Columbia, which is a whole 2 provinces away!  My throat was a little bit raw afterward, but my asthma didn’t act up, so I was happy.

I often head down to the river to bike, but today I headed out on the highway near our house.  It happens to be the highway that leads to my hometown, which is about 175 km away.  As I pedalled up a hill, it suddenly occurred to me that the bike leg of an Ironman is 180 km long – about the distance from where I live to my hometown.  Hmm, that put my 45 minute bike ride into perspective!

Tomorrow morning I’ll be doing a 15k run.  Looking forward to the shorter distance (yeah, I know that it’s still a pretty long run).  I’m also trying Hammer Gel instead of the Gu I’ve been using.  I’ve read in a couple of different places (sorry – don’t have links) that people find it a little easier on the stomach than Gu, so I guess we’ll see!  In addition to that, I’m going to try a water/Gatorade mix instead of just water, since I had a few problems with cramping at the end of my long run last week.

I’m also going to change my pre-run breakfast, since I’ve been having some tummy troubles about an hour into my run.  My dietitian suggested cutting back on fibre beforehand, so I’ll be trying graham wafers, yogurt, and Gatorade for breakfast instead of the toast I’ve had the past couple of weeks.  We’ll if it helps!

What do you think about when biking/running/swimming/doing other cardio?

Food Journal for Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Was so darn hungry today!  Perhaps due to yesterday’s 21k long run?  My Garmin says I burned over 1,600 calories yesterday, so maybe that explains the arm-gnawing hunger today.

  • Breakfast (9am) : oatmeal, skim milk, sliced strawberries
  • Snack (11am): strawberries
  • Lunch (12:30pm): Blue Menu lean hamburger, whole wheat hamburger bun, ketchup and mustard, cucumbers, dill butter carrots
  • Snack (2pm): watermelon
  • Snack (3pm): low sodium V8, fat free chocolate pudding, banana
  • Snack (4:30pm): 30g serving of Mini Wheats, a few potato chips, fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • Supper (6:30pm): potatoes roasted in olive oil, sauteed mushrooms and red onion with butter, multigrain tilapia fillet

So, you’ll probably notice a few things about my eating today:

  • a LOT of snacks – I was SO hungry, but mostly made good choices
  • how did those chips get in there?!? I blame my husband for bringing them into the house and leaving a partly eaten bag lying around (if only I could blame him for my decision to eat them!)
  • yes, there were some MiniWheats in my day, but I cut back my servings of starches at supper to balance them out
  • mmm, butter with sauteed mushrooms – a small but delicious indulgence

Very little exercise for me today, after yesterday’s long run.  Just a quick, easy bike ride.  Took the kids to the park, despite the wind and not-very-warm weather.  Tuckered my 4 year-old daughter out – she fell asleep in the couch at 6:30pm and I ended up putting her to bed a couple of hours later!  I predict more bike rides in her future…LOL  A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do (to get kids to bed early).

Late-Night Workouts: The End Result of Procrastination

I know I recently posted that I was thinking of committing to early-morning workouts, but I really, REALLY am not a morning person, so if I have the opportunity to workout later in the day, I’ll usually choose to do that.  Today was that kind of day.  I actually had lots of time to get a workout in.  My kids were in skating camp for four hours this afternoon and my husband was home during the evening, so I could have done my workout shortly after supper.

This afternoon, I did some quick grocery shopping because we were completely out of fruit, and then I met with my nutritionist for a great session.  I would have had time to workout, but felt that I’d be rushed and possibly end up not having time to shower – not the best situation (especially for my nutritionist – ha!).

After supper, my husband ran out somewhere (Home Depot, maybe? dunno), but I still would easily have had time to fit my hour-long bike in there.  Instead, I read some really great blogs about fitness, weight loss, and healthy eating – so inspiring!  Still, working out should have been my priority, and I didn’t treat it as such.

I put the kids to bed, and then suddenly it was 10pm!  I spent some time debating whether or not to still workout.  Thankfully, I checked my e-mail and my trainer reminded me that our workout is in the afternoon tomorrow, not our usual morning session.  That did it – I needed to workout more than I needed to go to bed!

I changed into my gear, cued up True Blood on the PVR, and started to pedal.  I don’t usually watch TV when I stationary bike (see this post where I explain why), but my iPod was dead for some reason and it was a steady bike ride, not intervals, so it worked out just fine.

While I’m happy to report I got today’s workout in, I’m scratching my head a little, wondering why it is that sometimes I put off my workout until it’s really late or I decide not to do it.

Do you ever do this, or am I the only one spinning in the basement at 11pm?  Any secrets on how to overcome workout procrastination?