I really do look myself in the mirror and ask myself, out loud, “Am I trying to get in shape or not?” My body feels like I line up at the start line, spikes on, stretched, ready to go, get down in the blocks, place my hands and put my head down and then, before the gun, I false start every time. The constant jerk of GO, don’t go, GO, just kidding, GO, fall flat on your face, is really taking its toll. I hopped on my little spreadsheet today where I keep track of things like weight, body fat, inches, diet, etc. and it was quite sad. I’m practically the same everything I’ve been since May- not that I’ve been the same since May, I’m BACK to what I was in May. I’ve been much worse and I’ve been much better- I’m on Space Mountain when I would really like to be on the Tower of Terror.
I set some little goals last week- not eating meat during the day and no more than one hour of television a night. While I was not perfect (I watched my DVR’d Project Runway and Food Network Stars in one night!) I was enough to be proud of myself and it’s astounding what I’ve been doing with all of the extra time. Our place has never been so clean. I hate to say it but cutting back on TV might be like someone cutting back on smoking…I do everything I can to keep myself busy. Also- Indians games don’t count because I keep them on mute and am not just sitting down, watching it, doing nothing.
Not eating meat during the day, which I thought would be the easier of the two, is actually the hardest! I never realized how often I take leftovers into work and they usually involve a little bit of meat. I don’t like food going to waste and leftovers is my favorite food, so meat in leftovers for lunch stays but I will try to make them the exception not the rule. I have also built onto this goal and I’m on the wagon for “Meatless Mondays.” The Blogilates calendar has some healthy eating habits each day this month and Mondays are meatless and that works for me! Last night I made Asian black bean burgers (our favorite non-meat lumps of wickedness) with a small salad and some leftover roasted red potatoes. One day I will take pictures of the yummy food I make and/or consume.
I bet you’re wondering how my half marathon training is going. Or you’re not. Mostly because you forgot I was crazy enough to sign myself up for something like that. Mostly because the way I’m been not training, you’d think I forgot about it too. I’ve been getting a random two or three mile run in here and there but nothing even remotely consistent. I’m back in action. By taking advantage of the gym at work, I’m able to stick to my weekday run schedule and finally not travelling for a few weekends will help with getting in those long runs on Saturdays. Here’s what my training plan looks like from last week through the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon on October 6:
Yellow is bad. Pink is good. The pinker the better. Just like everything in life…mostly steak. I did go to hot yoga last Monday. It was rough to say the least and I had a new teacher and it was all very uncomfortable. I did end up next to a really awesome lady I went to high school with and probably haven’t seen since. So that was probably meant to be, it’s a small world after all. Yesterday I ran four miles at work in 38:50, I think a personal best. I’m finally keeping track of running stats in RunKeeper. I have no friends on there though- if you’re on there, let me know, we can be friends. I should really try building some more hills into my workout, maybe for my 7-milers on Saturday. Seven miles is the highest mileage I reached when I first started training this summer, hopefully I still have it in me. The four miles today felt great! While the scale my not be changing, I can feel my motivation growing, my will power picking up, and hopefully my new grip on mindfulness will keep me present, not ruminating over workouts of the past or long runs in the future.
How do you stay motivated? Where are some of your favorite places to run? Any hilly places you would recommend?