Wild Caught Salmon, Next Week’s Goals & Future Races!

We’ve made it to Thursday!!!  Hip, hip – HOORAY!!!

After work I drove as fast as I could straight to Sprout’s to pick up the advertised $1.29 a pound cherries.  I thought about those cherries all day long – True Story!!!  I couldn’t wait to secure 5 pounds of cherries all for me!!! Yum, yum, yum!

While I was at Sprout’s I decided to pick up something for dinner for the Mr. and me.  It was very strange walking through the store and not hearing, “Mommy, can we get some apples…Mommy, let’s get some tomatoes….Mommy, if I’m good can I have a lemonade?”  I’m not use to being able to hear myself think in that store because D is usually going NUTS over all the fresh produce!  Yeap, it’s true – my daughter will cut you for some fresh produce!

A couple of weeks ago I saw an ad in the store that they’d soon be selling wild caught salmon.  I’ve read a lot in recent months that I should only purchase wild caught salmon and so we haven’t had salmon in quite awhile.  Low and behold, wild caught salmon was in their seafood case – which is good because I didn’t have a Plan B for dinner ideas.  I marveled at the massive color difference between the “other” salmon and the wild caught salmon!

I quickly ordered up a pound of the wild caught stuff for me and K..forgetting that without the kids around, 1 pound may be too much.  Whoops.  That will teach me to go to Sprout’s starving!

Can you tell I’m stalling on writing about my goals because I kinda sucked at them this week?

So last week I set the following goals for myself:

  1. Find an app to help me track my food and start using it.  I downloaded the Livestrong app on Tuesday (?) and I used it for breakfast and lunch.  I would call this a major FAIL!
  2. Keep running.  Yeap, I ran every single day last week. I skipped the long run but I think my legs thanked me for it!
  3. Come back here next Thursday and post my weigh in weight.  Well, here I am.  I’ll post the weight in a moment. I’m sure you’re all on the edge of your seats waiting for that reveal!

Last Thursday I weighed 178.2  Today my weight was 178.6.  I’m not upset about that at all!

Goals for next week:

  1. Use the freakin’ Livestrong app to track my food!  It doesn’t do me any good to just have the app sitting on my phone. I need to actually use the stupid thing, duh!
  2. Finish this Runner’s World Summer Running Streak strong! There are 6 more runs until this challenge is over. I have come this far, I can’t stop now!!
  3. Do my long run this weekend!  I skipped the long run last weekend and I already have those nagging thoughts in my head telling me it’s okay if I skip this weekend.  But it’s really not okay if I skip. I need to do it.  The Disneyland half marathon is September 2nd and I want a PR!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m not going to get that PR by sitting on my arse and skipping the long run!

In other exciting news…looks like I can start planning my 2012/2013 race season.  (My race seasons go from September – March, there aren’t very many races beyond March in Phoenix.)

Here’s the line up so far (green bold means I’m already registered):

  • SeptemberDisneyland 5k and Disneyland half marathon  I ran this half marathon for the first time last year.  Amazing!
  • October – ?  No idea.  Got a suggestion??
  • NovemberWomen’s Half Marathon Scottsdale.  I’ve never run this one before and I have a friend running this as her first half marathon.  Good times!!!
  • December – Hot Chocolate 15k ?  Just heard about this race today and 2 of my friends are all about running this one with me.  That would be amazing!!!!  I also want to do the Iron Girl 10 mile.  These races are a week apart but I should be running 10 miles every weekend by that point so I don’t think back-to-back races are going to kill me!
  • JanuaryTinker Bell half marathon.  Running this race again with M!  We had the best time last year!!  By the way, if you haven’t registered for this race yet and you plan to, you might want to hurry, it’s already 72% sold!
  • February – Lost Dutchman. I’ve done the 10k the past 2 years but am thinking about doing the half marathon this time!  We’ll see.
  • March – Phoenix Marathon 10k?   I did the 10k this past year and it was awesome.  This girl is running the full mary so I at least have to be out there doing some race just to cheer her on!    I may consider the half marathon if I don’t do the half marathon at Lost Dutchman.  Tough choices!

Have you run any of the races I list in my lineup? 

If you had a .4 gain, would you freak out?

Any idea why I can’t get the “tracking my food” habit down?  

Just Call Me Rocky…and Next Week’s Goals

Day 25 of the Runner’s World Summer Running Streak and I ran 1.07 miles.  13 more days to go!! I can totally do this!

When I got home from my run, I got this present from K!

I love Disney!!  I love purple.  I love my iPhone. I love K!  I think I should get presents every time I come home from a run, don’t you?

I did pretty good with last week’s goals:

  1. Track my food.  This is a total work in progress for me.  Some days I’m good about it, some days I’m not.  It’s not that I don’t track because I ate poorly. I don’t eat poorly at all.  I’m not 100% about tracking my food but I’m gonna keep trying!
  2. Don’t stress about school.  Week 1 of my class is finished.  I think I did pretty good about not stressing.
  3. Run 9 miles Saturday or Sunday. I ran 9 miles Saturday.  Bam!
What do I want to accomplish next week?  
First let me share with you a decision I made today.  *gulp*  I canceled my membership with Weight Watchers.  I gave a lot of thought as to what I was getting out of the program.  I concluded it was accountability.  Then I thought it over some more and further concluded that since I started this blog, I feel I’ve been more accountable by putting my weekly goals out there for the “world” to see.  It’s true!  There have been times I’ve gone to get a beer from the fridge but remembered I blogged I wouldn’t drink alcohol on a work night so I put the beer back!   This blog is really helping me stick to a lot of the things I have decided I really want for myself: health, nutrition, fitness and weight loss.
Additionally I decided that I’m just going to get really real.  *double gulp* The truth is, I have a half marathon September 2, 2012 and I don’t want to look like this when I run it!
I want to look fitter!  I want there to be a noticeable difference between my 2011 race photos and my 2012 race photos!  That’s what I want!
*triple gulp*  So I’ve decided doing…what I’m about to do…is going to help me reach my goals!
As of today, I weigh 178.2 pounds.  At my physical in October 2011, the doctor advised me to get my weight to 160.  My current weight loss goal is to reach 160 and then reassess where I want to go from there!  When I “officially” started my weight loss journey in December 2011, I weighed 195.
*heavy sigh*  
Next week’s goals:
  1. Find an app to help me track my food and start using it.  I’m thinking of downloading the Livestrong app!
  2. Keep running.  I’ve struggled with the feelings of not wanting to run and I don’t want to give up on this challenge.
  3. Come back here next Thursday and post my weigh in weight.  I have been nervous all day with my plan to post these photos and my weight.  I don’t want to chicken out next week providing an update.  Good or bad, I want to come back here and report it.

With that done and over with, I’m ready to return to the gym tomorrow for my 45 minute run!  I have some new running gear…what do you think?

My name is Jac but you can just call me Rocky!!!

Believing in Myself and Setting Next Week’s Goals!

I just ate a bowl of leftover pasta with the pasta sauce I picked up last night.  The sauce tasted better tonight than it did last night! YUMMY!!!!!!

Prior to scarfing down eating my dinner, I went to my Weight Watchers meeting and then returned home to get my 1 mile run in!   The most torturous thing about my WW meetings is that I don’t eat dinner before I go and then we spend half an hour talking about food!!!!  Killing me!!!!  I do have some great news to report from my WW meeting:

I lost the 2 pounds I gained the previous two weeks!!!!

I had no doubt I would but it seems my leader was a little worried.  This is why I wasn’t worried:

  • I knew what I needed to do to get myself under control!
  • I didn’t feel discouraged about the weight gain – I knew stress, lack of paying attention to my food, and increased activity was playing a role.
  • I knew what I needed to do to get myself under control!

Yes, I realize the first and last points were repeated but I think they were the most important!

So, let’s review last week’s goals:

  1. Track my food.  Out of 21 meals, I tracked 17 of them!  I would call that “success”!
  2. No alcohol on a work night.  That would have been last Thursday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The only night I had alcohol was Tuesday and that was because I ran at 9 pm and around 11 pm, I thought it might help me sleep!  (I was wrong, by the way, it didn’t help me sleep!)
  3. Keep on running.  Oh boy did I run last week. I logged 17.96 miles!!  I have maintained my stance in the Runner’s World Summer Running Streak Challenge and that has been no easy feat!  I’m pretty proud that I’ve hung in there and am still going strong!

What do I want to work on next week?

  1. Track my food!  Obviously I see success when I track so I’m gonna keep working on this.  After all, tracking my food is my overall June goal!
  2. Don’t stress about school!!!  Oh!  I didn’t tell you?  I started back to school Tuesday night.  In the past I have been known to absolutely freak out about school while I obsess and strive to earn 100%.  I still want to do well in school, I absolutely believe you only get out of it what you put in to it – but I don’t want to stress and obsess.  I have an action plan for attacking my homework so I think that will help keep my emotions under control!  
  3. Run 9 miles this Saturday or Sunday.  Normally I don’t have any problems getting my runs in – I love my run time.  But I want to start increasing my mileage as I move closer to the Disneyland half marathon weekend.  In the past, I have done one 10 mile run 2 weeks before a half marathon.  To prepare for this half marathon, I want to do one long run of 13 miles but I want to build up to that over the next few weeks.  It’s really hard to increase mileage training over the summer while living in a part of the country that doesn’t dip below 100*!  But I’m determined (also known as stubborn)!!!
I certainly seem to have enough going on to keep myself busy!  I’m really feeling good right now and I’m super proud of myself for dumping those two pounds this past week.  It feels good to believe in myself and my abilities and then have that sense of pride when I accomplish the goals I set for myself.  Talking positively to myself, people, and putting verbs in my sentences – that’s what it’s all about!!!
What did you accomplish this past week that you are most proud of?
What is the longest “long run” you do training for a half marathon?
Do you find it easier to keep your food choices under control during the summer or winter?

A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline!!!

D being sick yesterday threw my week off and so I thought today was Wednesday when I left for work.  I picked up my Wednesday paper from the front rocks (we don’t have “lawns” here in my neighborhood) and flipped through the ads (as I do most Wednesday’s).  Low and behold, Happy “Wednesday” to me!!

Will definitely have to swing by the store this weekend to pick up a bottle, or two!   Happy Birthday to me and K!!!

I eased in to my actual Thursday with some nice Jasmine Green tea.

I like watching the little rolled balls of tea burst open in the hot water!

I’m easily amused…sometimes.

Let’s talk goals!

Last week’s goals:

  1. Track my food.  I did better than I’ve done in awhile. I tracked all day Monday, Tuesday and today. I tracked Wednesday morning.  Baby steps.
  2. No alcohol on a work night.  To be honest, I found some loop holes in this “goal”.  I had 2 beers Sunday afternoon because it wasn’t “technically” night time.  I also had 2 glasses of wine yesterday, because, again, it wasn’t technically night time yet.  All in all, I think I was successful in this goal!
  3. Continue RW’s Summer Run Streak.  I so totally succeeded at this goal!  I logged 17.24 miles last week.  I ran every single day for at least 1 mile a day.

Tonight was my Weight Watcher’s meeting which subsequently means “weigh in night”.  For some reason I didn’t expect to see a loss on the scale.  My stress level was high this week with J moving out of state and D being sick.  My activity level has increased and for whatever reason, I tend to gain weight when I increase my activity.  (I can’t quite figure that one out.)  I decided I would go ahead and face the scale at WW’s but I wasn’t convinced I would stay for the meeting.

I’m SO glad I decided to stay for the meeting because I felt motivated and renewed while I listened to the lesson.  The meeting was all about goals!  Our leader, whom I adore and love, challenged us to set a June goal.  I knew immediately what my June goal needed to be:

  • TRACK MY FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seems simple enough, doesn’t it?  Except, it’s not simple for me so that’s why it’s a great goal.  Starting today with a deadline date of July 7th, I want to track my food every single day.  Now I need to figure out something to reward myself with when I meet this goal!

On to a smaller scale of goals..next week’s goals:

  1. Track my food.  Gotta take it week by week, right?
  2. No alcohol on a work night.  Just so you’re aware, my birthday is Sunday and I’m not working Monday so..Sunday is an allowable drinking evening! 🙂
  3. Keep on running!!  I’m really in to this Runner’s World Summer Running Streak challenge.  It’s not easy every day to get that mile in but I am enjoying the challenge of doing it!!

My WW’s leader left us with this closing message today..

So true!

Phew…sounds like I have a busy week ahead of me.  Now I’m sipping on this drink in hopes it keeps me healthy from whatever stomach virus D had.

What should I reward myself with if I meet my June goal?

What are your summer goals?

When’s your birthday?

Keeping it real…Next Week’s Goals 5.31.12

I’ve been under a lot of stress these past few weeks.  Instead of going to my weigh-in at Weight Watchers last week, I went to the fitness class at the gym. I figured the class would be more beneficial to me.  Earlier in the day, I told this girl I didn’t think the scale would reflect a change in my weight any way and then she shared this article with me about stress and how it affects weight loss.

As I moved in to a week of having a house full of family (whom I love and am so thankful they came for the graduation) and dealing with the intense stress of the life changes currently taking place in my household, I was more forgiving of myself tonight when I did go to Weight Watchers for weigh in. I didn’t try to talk myself out of going because I knew I needed to keep it real!  What I’ve been going through this past week is real and part of life.  I wasn’t completely mindful of every piece of food I put in my mouth every day this week but I also know I didn’t over indulge. Yes, I allowed myself to have that beer, that cupcake, that wonderful slice of pie.  So when the scale today showed a 1.2 weight gain, I didn’t flinch.  I nodded, told my Weight Watchers instructor about what was happening in my world right now and she told me to allow myself to feel my emotions, to live in this moment, and to go through what I’m going through.  This doesn’t mean I’m comforting myself with food, by any stretch of the imagination – because I’m not!  But right now, my thoughts are more focused elsewhere.  And that’s okay!!!

Last week’s goals:

  1. Track my food – I did not.  No excuses.  I was lazy.  Just couldn’t be bothered with it.  My mind was running in a million different directions.  It just did not happen!
  2. Do my work outs – this did happen!  I did all of my runs and attended one cross training class!
  3. Start the Runner’s World Summer Running Streak – I did!  I started Monday and have run at least one mile every day this week (so far)!

All things considered, I think meeting my exercise goals were the most important.  I think the exercise helped with my stress the most – at least more than tracking my food would have!

Now, on to next week’s goals:

  1. Track my food!!  I know I keep adding this to my list but I really want to get better about it!
  2. No alcohol on a work night!  This would be Sunday – Thursday.  This even includes no Skinny Girl Margarita.
  3. Continue RW’s Summer Running Streak and attend one cross training class.  Attending the class is the hardest because I feel like such a tool in that class.  Ladies older than me are keeping up better than I can. I want to feel more confident in that class!

My son leaves tomorrow and although I know families go through this every day/every year and this is part of life and growing up, it’s really hard. My emotions go between happy for the next step in his path to complete devastation that this person I have had by my side for the past 18 years is leaving me.  I’m thankful I found running to help me through some of the stress I have experienced over the past 2 years.  For whatever reason, running just seems to help me put things in my life in perspective.

I run when I’m happy, sad, angry, depressed, etc.  No emotion is off limits.  How about you?

What goals have you set for yourself next week?

Do you have any tips to help me conquer this food tracking laziness I seem to have?

Next Week’s Goals

I’m feeling frazzled.  Do I look frazzled?

I have a lot going on in the next week – my family is coming in to town, son is graduating high school, my son is moving away…  lots to do, lots going on, lots running through my mind..

I’m happy to share last week’s goals were met!

  1. Do 1 load of laundry a day!  Some days I did more than 1 a day so it evened out!
  2. Meal Plan!  Yeap, sure did.  We’ve been eating dinner at home, except for one night when we had Chipotle.  I ❤ Chipotle and even when we went there, I ordered my 8 pt salad and resisted the temptation to order my 17 pt bowl!
  3. At least 1 cross training workout.  I went Tuesday and Thursday.  Instead of going to weigh in for Weight Watcher’s last night, I went to the Total Body Conditioning class at the gym. It kicked my butt!

Time to write next week’s goals, which started yesterday..(Last night I was tearing apart my closet looking for my son’s Social Security Card.  He said he had given it to me but I never lose paperwork and it wasn’t in the envelope I store it in.  Long story short, found it in his Passport.  Which means he gave me back his Passport without mentioning the SSN Card was inside.  Ugh!!!  Please see picture above for how I’m feeling on the inside…frazzled!!!) Alright, back to goals!!

  1. Track my food!!!!!!!!!!!  Did I mention my family will be in town?  Have I mentioned my dad is the world’s best pie maker???  Did I mention my son has requested pie on graduation night??  Yeah…I really gotta keep things in check this week.  Between the food and the alcohol and the celebrating…  Dangerous!
  2. Do my work outs.  This normally isn’t a difficult task for me to do but with the family in town and the routines being out of routine…..completing my work outs will be a challenge!  (This includes my cross training classes and my runs!!)
  3. Start the Runner’s World Summer Running Streak.  This challenge starts Monday and lasts until July 4th.  The challenge is to run, at least, 1 mile a day!  I’m doing this in honor of our military, firefighters, police force, etc.

I heard some great news this morning!!

Doth my eyes deceive me??  Is it reported to be in the 80’s on Saturday?!? Heard the report on the news this AM and just about jumped out of my skin!!  Most definitely will be doing my 6.2 mile run on Saturday, baby!!   Cannot wait to run in those amazing cool temperatures.  Looking forward to it!!

What goals have you set for yourself this week?

Are you participating in the Runner’s World Summer Running Streak challenge?

Next Week’s Goals 5.17.12

Tonight was my meeting at Weight Watchers and…I lost 1.2 pounds!!  I’ve lost a total of 16.8 pounds since I started the program December 8, 2011.

This picture was taken 12.31.11 and by then I had lost 3.2 pounds.  I decided awhile ago this picture is going to be my “before” picture because when I saw it (you know, reality in color!!), I knew I didn’t want to look like this any more.  Regardless of my ability to run half marathons (albeit, slowly), the weight was an issue and I didn’t look how I wanted to look!

Now to goal setting.  Last week’s goals included:

  1. Tracking food.  I didn’t meet this goal..I’m really not good about tracking my food on a consistent basis.  But I am thoughtful about everything I put in my mouth and I often look up a foods Points Value before I eat it.  I avoid processed foods, white sugar and white flour on a very consistent basis.  That counts for something, right?
  2. At least 1 cross training workout.  MET and exceeded!!!!  I did 2!!!  BOOM!!
  3. Meal Plan.  MET!!!  Wrote the menu and shopped Saturday!!  Double BOOM!!!!

Meeting 2 out of 3 goals for last week isn’t bad.  Not going to beat myself up about not meeting #1 because, in cased you missed the first sentence, I still had a weight loss on the scale today.  **Doing the happy dance!!**

Okay..I’m done dancing now.  Time to get down to serious business – next week’s goals!!

  1. Do 1 load of laundry a day!  Not just wash & dry it but also fold and put away. I’m tired of running up and down the stairs looking for clothes. I really need to tackle the laundry monster and show it I’m the boss!
  2. Meal Plan!  It’s an important task and something I easily blow off.  I can’t do that. Aside from the extra work cooking at home creates, I am happier when we eat at home because then I know the family has had a healthier meal.  It’s also easier on the pocketbook and my waist line when we eat at home!
  3. At least 1 cross training workout.  Again, this is not my strong suit.  I can do my running workouts no problem, I rarely skip those and I look forward to them.  The cross training is another story but it’s something I am serious about this summer!

Leave a comment below and tell me what’s one goal you’d like to accomplish by next Wednesday evening!

Next Week’s Goals!

Went to Weight Watchers tonight, weighed in and…survey says…I maintained.  I will gladly take it!!  Maintaining is better than gaining! But with 20 pounds left to lose, I’m not paying this monthly WW fee to “maintain”!

Time to set some goals for next week!

  1. Track all my food.  Honestly, I am not good about this.  I typically eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every weekday so I know the points values for those meals.  It’s my dinner meals I guesstimate.  But not this week!  This week, I’m going to track breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and cocktails!
  2. Do at least 1 cross-training workout.  I have the running 3x a week down!  It’s the cross-training I’m not great about and I would really like to strengthen my core!  (BTW, my workout weeks  go Monday – Sunday, for the purposes of this goal setting, I need to do one cross-training workout by next Wednesday evening!)
  3. Meal plan!  Although we’ve been good about not going out to eat, we haven’t been good about planning the weekly menu in advance.  Instead, I’ve been stopping at the grocery store every night.  This week, I want to write the menu out, do the grocery shopping and have it all planned out instead of winging it daily!!

Tomorrow will be my first day going to the rec center to use their small, 1/10th of a mile indoor running track.  I’m going to approach it with positive thoughts but I have a feeling tomorrow’s adventure is going to inspire amazing “random thoughts”!!  I almost can’t wait to hear my own thoughts during the run!!  But..I already have my gear bag packed and ready to go and I’ve already put the gear bag in the trunk of my car. I’m a little worried that I might look like a total freak wearing my bright “please notice that I’m here” shirt (I wear this for the cars when I run outdoors, so maybe I can wear a less obnoxious color for my indoor adventures..but not tomorrow, tomorrow, I’m going to be that girl in the obnoxious shirt) but I’m not going to the rec center to be noticed, I’m going to get my run on without feeling like I may drop of heat exhaustion at any moment!!

Phew.. I’m tired.  Now my legs are getting hugs with my fabulous Pro Compression socks and I’m sipping on my tasty Skinny Girl Margarita.

I’m looking forward to having a better attitude tomorrow…and meeting my goals–one day at a time, right?  That’s what it’s all about-taking it one day, one step, one meal, one moment at a time.