Thanks, Cocoand Deborah, I’m sitting here with my hot chocolate, and now the weather is appropriate for it! The subject doesn’t refer to races; I’m talking about this post.
If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . . I’d tell you I collect mugs. I use them, too. I got one from most of the states I ran a half marathon in. I already have one from ME. This should be a runfession, but I have to tell you I bought another ME mug while we were there (at an outside crafts fair). I need it like I need a hole in the head, yet it makes me smile every time I use it.
If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . . I’d tell you we still do see Albie (the albino squirrel) from time to time. I was worried, once, because I saw regular squirrels chasing him through our yard. Then another time there were a couple of regular squirrels and Albie back there peacefully coexisting. Last time we saw him he was way towards the back of our neighbor’s yard — so easy to spot due to his color.
If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . . I’d tell you speaking of critters, the other day I spotted a really big one making its way quickly across the backyard and literally said WTF is that? Then it dawned on me it was the groundhog that lives under our neighbor’s shed — I hadn’t seen them at all this year but apparently they’re still there.
If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . . I’d tell you normally I start this post well before it’s published, and I thought I had — until I sat down to “finish” it yesterday and realized that I hadn’t even started it! Another runfession!
If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . . I’d tell you the reason I keep a closer eye on my weight than some is that I’ve looked like the above photo much of my adult life. In addition, my family tree is riddled with cancer, heart problems, blood pressure problems, diabetes, and dementia. All things that maintaining a healthy weight is one part of the puzzle of prevention.
Do short days (less sunlight) make you more forgetful?
What critters are you seeing around your home now?
Everyone has one: something they struggle with in their life. Usually their whole lives. Weight is definitely one of my struggles. Many of my local friends don’t really get it, because while they’ve seen the photos, they never knew me as a very heavy person, or it’s not a struggle for them. By the way, you can find the first post on this subject here.
Still, we all struggle with something. I read something recently — we all have speed bumps along our journey. If we didn’t, we might speed right into an accident.
A little course correction
Like many people, I have times when I can easily maintain my weight. I have times when I really struggle to maintain my weight. Once in a blue moon, I even have time when the weight seems to just melt off of me.
I’ve had times in my life when I’ve been very sick. We all know that the weight we lose when we’re sick doesn’t stay lost, right?
Sometimes that’s true. Sometimes it’s actually been the catalyst for weight loss for me, like my nasty stomach virus a couple of months ago. It was a speed bump that helped me in my journey toward a more comfortable weight for me, and also in a new direction: practicing intuitive eating. No tracking, just eating. I hope that I can continue to maintain my weight and intuitively eat what I need.
One of the hardest parts about losing weight is that we can’t eat the way we’ve been eating. There are plenty of programs that promise you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight, if you just eat it at midnight standing on your head and rubbing your stomach (or so it seems).
Fad diets never work, and truthfully, if I could just eat whatever I wanted and still lose weight — well, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have struggled with my weight as much as I have my whole life.
Whether we struggle with weight or not, we all need a little reset from time to time . We let foods that we know are not our friends creep back into our lives, because they taste so good and make us feel so good — temporarily. Except somewhere down the road we realize we really don’t feel so good.
Then it’s time to hit reset. Minimize the foods that aren’t your friends, maximize the foods that are (this is different for every body). Never starve yourself, never cut out a whole food group, and never beat yourself up when you slip up: it’s all part of the journey — remember the necessity of speed bumps?
What do you need to hit reset on?
It’s not just food that people need to hit reset on. Maybe you stay up too late. Maybe you’re on your devices too much. Maybe you buy too much. Maybe you exercise too much. So many things can give us pleasure when done in moderation, but cause us pain when we go overboard. Then it’s time to hit reset!
It was a much quieter week — figuratively (as in more sleep, less drama) and literally (as in Lola stopped honking, although she’s not completely back to normal). Maybe I should have called this “here we go again”, because the heat, humidity, and rain came back — then again, we are not battling a hurricane so I can’t complain. Too much.
Oh, and Happy New Year refers to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which was this week — gotta love that I get two New Years in one calendar year.
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Monday With a few days of almost normal sleep and cooler temps, I nailed this tempo run. And the forecast rain even mostly held off. I don’t really want to see summer go, but I’m digging a few days of fall-like temps.
Tuesday I was tired this morning, and the rain meant I didn’t have to rush out. So I took my time, and the radar showed a break in the rain — well, you know how that goes. It was drizzly most of the run, rained pretty good for maybe a mile, but seriously? I’ll take this over the heat & humidity any day. Not only was I tired, apparently my legs were too.
Plus I’d forgotten that it was on lap key, not auto lap, so I didn’t get my pace each mile. And I just decided to let it go.That’s as close to running “naked” this runner’s gonna get. And I may do that again some day for an easy run (if you don’t get what that means I didn’t know what my pace was for any particular mile, only the overall pace for the 5 miles).
Friday Needed to push my long run to Sunday, so took an extra mid-week rest day and did my speed work today. Humidity had returned, but I went out around race start time — I could have started earlier for cooler temps, but Ocean City is quite a bit south of us so who knows?
Thankfully I lucked out with lots of cloud cover again. It was hard; speed work is supposed to be hard. I didn’t completely nail it, but I came damn close! A few intervals were just a little off pace.
Sunday This was supposed to be a long, progressive run (5 miles at easy pace, pick it up the next 3, pick it up the final 3). It didn’t go quite as planned. I debated on where to run, but I seriously couldn’t face another long run where I’d been doing them, even though I knew it would be nice and shaded. But my half probably won’t have much shade. So I chose the park. And the entrance was blocked off, but luckily I knew how to get to a different parking lot so that wasn’t a really big deal.
Started out a little fast due to stupid dog owners. As a dog owner myself, nothing gets my goat like the ones that give us a bad name. First five miles felt relatively easy. It’s a hot and humid day, but it was foggy for the first half. I was able to pick it up the next 3 miles, despite the sun beginning to burn off the clouds. It was hard, of course, and I still struggled with my pacing, going faster than I’d planned on.
The last 3? No clouds left. Some shade, but not much. I tried really, really hard, but by the last mile I’d just had it. I did finish the run, but I took that last mile easy. When I was done, I also saw it was 77 feels like 87. Well, no wonder I caved!
Favorites of the week The new new AC was installed & it works! Hooray! Cause the humidity came back in and we still need it. A much better week sleeping-wise.
Cleaning up my eating (without depriving myself, either) was finally rewarded at the scale. Weight loss is not always linear, and you have to be patient. It’s definitely not just about the number for me, it’s about how I feel in my clothes and in my body. Not quite back where I want to be, and I know that usually after I have a big loss it takes a while before more comes off but I needed that victory at the scale.
Let’s get the conversation started:
Can you sleep without AC when it’s hot out (like if your bedroom is 80F)?
Ever messed up the date for a major holiday or birthday?
Is there a weight you feel most comfortable at or are you blissfully unaware?
Hibernating would be great if I were living off my fat like a bear does. Except the only thing that really is hibernating is my activity — unlike a bear, I’m still eating. I try to be more mindful and make better choices knowing that I’m not moving as much, but, as they say, #thestruggleisreal.
Pull up chair and mug with Cocoand Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.
If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that knowing that my first half (as of this writing) isn’t until the end of July kind of makes me want to find a spring half. I mean, that’s half a year away!
On the other hand, I’m kind of enjoying the fact that there’s no pressure to get in my runs. I’ll do them on the treadmill, since I don’t have to worry about racing in this godawful weather. And I’m sure my body is appreciating some downtime after 18 months of hard training.
If we were enjoying high tea . . . I’d tell you that my body might be enjoying that downtime a little too much. As in there really hasn’t been a whole lot of activity lately. Not even dogwalks, as you may have noticed. With temps well below freezing and ice and snow still clinging to the roads, I don’t think we’d be walking very long.
Bandit thinks he wants to walk. He sees me suiting up to go get the mail or take out the trash, and he gets all excited. Wouldn’t you love to be a dog, and just be able to live in the moment?
If we were enjoying high tea . . . I’d tell you that at some point I am sure I will not be able to take any more treadmill running. And I will have to brave the cold. Because it seriously doesn’t look to be warming up any time in this century (just slightly tongue in cheek there).
If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that Bandit is almost a regular dog now. Almost. While we still struggle with some inappetance (usually only in the morning), he is all about the treats now. And man, when I make turkey, he most definitely wants that, too. Not to mention he is now cleaning the kitchen floor on a regular basis (which has its pluses and its minuses).
On the other hand, when we picked him up from the pet sitter on our way back from NYC, we were trying to get Lola’s coat on in the dark. Mr. Judy used his phone as a flashlight, which apparently was shining directly into Bandit’s eyes, and he growled at Mr. Judy.
As I said to my SIL, he’s damaged. We’ve done our best to help heal a lot of that damage, but I don’t think it can ever be completely healed.
If we were enjoying high tea . . . I’d tell you I finally realized why I struggle so with my weight during the winter. It’s not about my eating; it’s about my activity. I’m just not as active. Sure, I’m still active, but there are many days I can’t walk the dogs, or can’t walk them long due to the temperatures. There are too many times I put off exercising because I don’t want to change, or don’t want to change afterwards because I have to layer up to go outside.
Some of my slothfulness lately has just been about not feeling well and taking it easy until I do feel well (I felt good, then I didn’t, then I did . . .).
So realizing that, what’s a poor frozen northeaster to do? Good question.
Ok, that’s off my chest . . . for now.
Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?
Do you struggle with weight and activity in the winter?
Do you have a lot of races scheduled?
Have you ever thought about where you’d like to retire to?