Thursday, June 30, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

A little late. I was driving Monday, had no internet Tuesday, and driving again yesterday.

So - I stepped on my scale this morning and it's right where it was when I left, 166. Not bad!

I did do a little running in Denver, and in Wyoming I ran once with Remy, once with my sister, once with the sis and Remy, and walked once with the sis. Plus I was on my feet a lot with the family reunion. Did not eat very well, but did stay somewhat active.

In my final stop, Wetmore, I walked twice with the MIL and Rem.

Now I'm home. Finally! This morning Rem and I walked with Miss Jess and her lovely little boy. Tomorrow J has the day off, so we'll get up and run. He'll probably go off on one of his long runs. I will do a 3 miler, since I don't know how far I've been going in Rock Springs. I think it's at least 1.5 miles, but I'll have to map it out. had 2 hills in the route, too. So now I've got to step up the distance before I leave on my next trip.

So our theme this week was supposed to be healthy dinner ideas. Sounds like a good place to talk about how J and I are eating less meat. We used to have meat for dinner almost every day. Now we make sure to plan at least 1 vegetarian dinner a week. Some weeks it works out to only 1 meat dinner. We're also trying to get fish and seafood in there, but that can be a little expensive, living in the desert and all.

There's a new government meal plan thing out. Instead of the food pyramid, it's a plate. And it uses an idea that I've read about in diet stuff - half your plate should be fruits and/or vegetables. A quarter is meat, and a quarter is dairy.

I for one am addicted to pasta, but I do try to throw at least one veggie in there. I like veggies. If you have trouble eating them or liking them, try grilling them. Especially for guys, grilling is great. It releases a lot of flavor. I often roast veggies in the oven, too. I spritz them with olive oil and might sprinkle a little salt and pepper on them, then roast away! So much flavor, so tasty. Better than just steaming them.

Ok. Time to run. Have errands to run and a meeting to go to. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Runners vs. Bikers

That's bikers on bicycles, not bikers on motorcycles.

Remy and I went for a run this morning. Turns out today is also Bike To Work Day. So the trails Remy and I were on had lots of bicycles going by. I tried to make Rem stick by my side, but he is a dog. The thing that gets me is not the people going the opposite way, but those who pass me from behind. The majority of those who passed me did just that. Passed. Came out of nowhere and passed. Fewer than half tried to say something. I tried to thank those who did say something.

Now, I ride a bike at home. I run. I do both. It's not hard to say something. On your left! Behind you! Passing! Track! Get the f* out of the way! Something, anything, to let me know that you are behind me. Because, trust me, you will see me long before I will hear your bike. Just a little warning allows me to make sure that my dog is close to my side.

Silence gets you nothing. I don't know you're coming, so I can't reign in my puppy. And that means he could leap out at you, hurting both himself and you. I can just see a bike slamming into my little dog, the rider flying over the handle bars. Both of you would be hurt, and who knows, maybe me too.

I do try to keep him in line, and he generally does good. But he is a puppy, and he is friendly, and he is curious. So give us a break, and let us know you're coming up behind us. It can save everyone a lot of pain and hassle.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Raton Pass

Ok. Forgot to blog about this yesterday.

On my drive up here, I took I-25 North through Raton Pass, in Raton, NM. This time last week, Raton Pass was closed. there was a wildfire tearing through the area, and it burned right over the interstate. It was opened back up by the time I went through, but speed was reduced as a cautionary measure.

There were charred spots on both sides of the road. It looked like the fire just jumped over the interstate in multiple spots. Lots of black. Lots of char. Lots of dead. Problem is, the dead wasn't just in the burned areas. There was lots of dead undergrowth in the still living areas. Which is why these fires are so bad. It's so dry everywhere, a small spark can set it off.

I grew up in a dry area. Most of my life was in a drought. I always had a great appreciation for rain and water. I think that's why I love big rivers and lakes so much. I understand how hard it is when there's no water. No snow in the winter means no run-off in the spring. I helped my Uncle install sprinklers in the hay fields because they help save water compared to ditch irrigation.

About halfway through the Pass I started to smell that burned, charred smell. Like an old campfire. *sigh* It made me sad. It was such a beautiful mountain drive, ruined.

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

Today's post comes to you from Denver. I'm on vacation. Just me and the mutt.

It's raining today. It's been raining since last night, and it's only about 51 degrees out. Silly me didn't bring my long sleeve running top or my running jacket. So I don't have the right clothing to go running in the rain. And Rembrandt doesn't know what to do with this stuff falling on him. He won't leave the shelter of the stairwell where we are staying. Which means he hasn't gone potty since last night. (yes, potty. my dog understands the command, "go potty.")

So this week's theme is exercise tips. This is a hard one simply because it's different for everyone. One of my fellow linkers, Battles on the Homefront, covered it well - you have to find what works for you.

I've done all kinds of workouts before. I used to be a member at Curves, and it worked well when I first joined, but I think reached a point where it just wasn't enough workout. Then I did Jazzercise. OMG I loved Jazzercise. When I couldn't find a good Jazzercise schedule in my new home, I transitioned from walking to running.

The one area I fall flat in is strength training. I really need to work on that.

So, advice. Don't give up. Even if the scale doesn't budge, don't give up. Remember that muscle weighs more than fat. I haven't been losing any weight recently, but I have been losing some inches (even the hubs' soldiers noticed and commented that I look skinnier!).

If you need motivation, you have to find it. Only you can say what will motivate you. My motivation is completely different from the hubs', and probably different from yours.

You have to find what workouts work for you. If you hate the workout you're doing, you should probably go find another workout (unless hate is your motivation). If you're a milspouse that lives near a military base, check out the gyms and pools to see what they have available. I know Bliss has all kinds of free classes at the gyms, and we can use the pool for free (when it's not closed for repairs :p).

It's also good to switch things up. You'll read it everywhere - you need to confuse your muscles. If you do the same routine too long, your body gets used to it and you get less benefit from it. With running, this means adding hills some days, or intervals, or long sustained runs. Just mix things up. Cross train. It's all the same.

Listen to yourself. Your body will tell you if it needs a day off. And it's OK to take a day off. Rest is even more important when you have been working out consistently. Our muscles need recovery time, as do our minds. Also, prioritize. Sometimes your workout can be skipped for something more important. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Who cares how fit you are if you're depressed or homicidal? I firmly believe in mental health days.

Aaannd, that's all I got today. Time to see if the rain has let up enough for mutt to go out in it. I hope I don't have to go buy him a rain jacket. Although he would look adorable in it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fun Little Game

I was checking out my LiveJournal friends and one of them had this. It kinda looked like fun, so I'm doing it. Bold responses mean they are true for me. Italicized is close to true. (behind the jump)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Wonderful World of Shoes

I could easily become a shoe addict. Not just any shoe addict, but a minimalist shoe addict.

This thought came to you today courtesy of Runblogger's latest shoe review. Merrell has added another "barefoot" shoe to their selection, the Lithe Glove. It's much like the Pace Glove, which I already own and love to death, but the material is closed, not mesh, so it won't allow in the sand and water like my Pace Gloves do. I also am still considering the Pure Glove. The only thing holding me back is the fact that my feet get really smelly in my Pace Gloves, and I worry that the smell would get out with the open mary jane style of the Pure Glove.

I've also considered getting a pair of Toms. These simple canvas shoes look like a great everyday shoe that I can run around in sans socks. I hate socks. According to my Mom, I have always preferred bare feet.

I practically live in flip flops anymore. Especially since I get sandal weather most of the year living in the Southwest. In the winter, I lived in my little blowfish booties, that are very flat and minimal. I just replaced them with a mid-calf boot of the same material and style. They are just super comfy and look great with jeans.

Of course, when I'm hanging out at home, I'm usually barefoot. In the winter, I put on slipper socks. As close to barefoot as possible without freezing my toes off. I would wear more sheepskin boots, but the wool is itchy on my legs and I gotta admit, they tend to look pretty ugly. I do still have a couple pairs, but I don't wear them as often as I used to.

If I had the money, I swear I would own lots of minimal shoes (since most public places don't allow bare feet), and of course lots of bras. If only, huh?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

So I didn't weigh myself this morning. Didn't even think about it till I read Jess's post over at Learning As We Go. But, I can say that last week's major disappointment on my weigh-in went back down during the week, to the previous week's weight. My darling Aunt Flo is coming for a visit this week as well, so I don't know how much I'd trust a weigh-in today, anyway.

I also ran 5 miles last week. Wednesday. Today was only 3 miles, but my legs are still stiff from the yard work we did Saturday. And the dog was being a stinker.

Ah, today's theme is lunches. Honestly, I usually eat leftovers for lunch. Lunch is one time when I have trouble. I usually tend to eat too much, but every once in a while, I will barely eat anything, or even forget to eat lunch all together if I get busy. Yes, I have honestly forgotten to eat lunch before. Just a couple weeks ago, in fact. Didn't remember until I was talking to Mom later that day.

Dang. I don't have much to say about lunch. Lunch is boring, usually. Like I said, leftovers. Just whatever we have around the house. Today, I will be checking the leftover pasta, but I have a bad feeling I will be throwing it out. Which means I have cheese and crackers or a peanut butter sandwich. Or maybe, since I'm going to the grocery store, I'll pick up a can of tuna and some mac and cheese and make a little casserole dish with frozen peas thrown in. Actually, that sounds good. Yay me.

Wow, I am boring today. Since I don't have anything to say, I'll just go now. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Feeling the Need to Write

So I'm writing.

Bark For Life is finally over. It went well, but I sure don't miss the stress of planning it. I really hope someone else is interested in chairing the next one. I'll gladly help out but to go back to being in the background. That's where I'm happy.

It's been so nice to get back to my lazy, nothing-to-do schedule. I do feel kind of bad sometimes, enjoying my stay-at-home lifestyle while J works his ass off. I really do like it, though. If I did find a job here, I would want it part time. It would be nice to have the extra spending cash, but I just don't know. Looking for a job here gets me depressed.

I didn't realize just how busy I'd been lately until I wasn't busy anymore. I had a lunch date with my neighbor yesterday and a playdate at the dog park today. I baked banana bread this afternoon. I actually got work done on the quilt I've been sewing FOREVER. My goal is to have it at least quilted by Friday. It's ready to go on the machine! Just need to set the machine up and sew!

Tomorrow I will go help put away the Relay stuff for a while, but it won't take all day. I've been a little headachey yesterday afternoon and today, so I'm hoping I'll feel up to running in the morning. I would like to do close to 5 miles tomorrow. I really need to sit down and work out a plan for the half marathon training. More and more, I'm wishing I had one of those fancy gps watches that tell you how far you've gone. Then I could run half my distance, turn around, and go home. Maybe that's what I should ask for as an anniversary gift. It's that or a Roomba.

I started some more planning for my vacation, too. Found a dog park just 10 minutes from where I'm staying in Denver, in case Remy won't poop. Silly dog. He's still all worn out from the playdate today. It was very hot out. Still is hot out.

In other news, I got my first ever Jury Duty notice. Ugh. I had to fill out this little survey thing and send it in, and have to show up at court on the 14th of June. WHAT!? Ugh. I know this is just a screening process, but it's still bad timing. I have a hair appointment on the 15th, Duke's teeth cleaning on the 17th, and then I leave for vacation! Mom had me put a note in with it mentioning vacation plans and asking to be excused for those dates. I guess we'll see.

Oh, and Duke. Yes he is feline leukemia positive, but the Vet said all his bloodwork is good. He's got it, but he's still healthy. So we're going ahead with his teeth cleaning to fight his horrible chronic gum disease. It also means he's not traveling with me this summer. He hates car rides, and the Vet said we don't want to put too much stress on his system, so I decided that means he stays home. J will be home with him.

Should I be posting my vacation plans online? Oh well. I think most of the people who read this know me in real life, and those that don't have no idea where I live. So there. Now I think it's time to veg out in front of the TV. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

Well, not much of a loser this week. I am extremely disappointed in my weigh-in this morning. I don't even want to tell you the number I saw on that scale. However, I splurged on food all weekend.

So, today's topic is Motivation!

This may seem odd, but my parents motivate me, not in the way you think. They are both overweight and struggle with it. My dad has health problems due to/aggravated by his weight. I saw that in both of them, and decided I had to start now (a few years ago) to not be at that point later on. They have also both been great positive motivators, telling me I look good, encouraging me to keep running and take better care of myself. They let me/us help cook and pick meals when we visit so we can have the healthier options we are used to.

My husband is also a big motivator for me. He has always and will always find me beautiful. I know that. I believe that. But he is a very active person. I used to have a hard time keeping up with him. I still do sometimes, but not all the time anymore. He has joined me in the eating healthier thing, and makes sure to let me know that he is proud of me.

Finally, there is my health and self image. I couldn't stand looking in the mirror. I still don't always like what I see. I look at reflection, and it doesn't reflect what I feel on the inside (yes, Jessica, I totally understand). It's not the girl that I expect to see. And I did NOT want to have to go up another size in clothes! Oh hell no!

So, since weight numbers aren't my friend this week, I'll go over some positives I've experienced lately.

1. I bought some new summer shorts and capris a little while ago, 2 denim and 2 cotton. The cotton pants (no stretch) fit me in a size 10. The denim (a little stretch) fit me in an 8! 8! OMG 8! Woohoo!

2. My bras are back down, from a GG cup to a G. That's about 1 inch difference in the bust measurement.

3. Migraines. I have had only a couple migraines so far in 2011. This is huge for me. I have not been taking the verapamil that was prescribed as a preventive. I have not needed to refill my midrin in so long that the prescription is long expired. This is HUGE! See, I wasn't having migraine pain but once or twice a month, but I was having migraine symptoms every day. Yes, every day. Every single day, I experienced visual auras, or sensitivity to light and/or sound, or tingly fingers, or tender temples, or any number of things that are related to my migraines. While I have had a couple visual auras lately, I've also been very stressed out, but have not yet had migraine pain. I have not had the daily symptoms, and I've not taken any migraine medication since, oh, January or February. This in itself is motivation for me to keep going.

3. Last week, I ran about 10.5 miles total. Then J and I went on a bike ride yesterday morning. A long one. They're getting easier.

There you have it. I'm motivated.