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Getting my run on.

Archives for July, 2010

New Routines

Sunday morning I went for a six mile bike ride.  I don’t bike very often and am pretty worried about the bike portion of the duathlon coming up.  Eek.

Also on Sunday we spent the afternoon with my family playing at the lake and on Dad’s boat.  I took my turn tubing that afternoon, hanging on as much as I could while Dad whipped Kris and I around.  I knew as I was tubing that I was going to be pretty sore the next day.  I don’t often use my upper body in that way!

Sure enough, Monday and Tuesday my upper body was quite sore.  My arms, back, chest, everything just ached.  Maybe I should start some strength training?

I’ve been thinking about training in general now that I’m back at work.  I think I might have figured out a schedule.  I’m thinking something like this:

Monday – 30 Day Shred

Tuesday – run (possibly at 5am before I have to get ready for work – either that or after Kris gets home from work at 8:30pm – there is literally no other time during the day!)

Wednesday – bike (possibly outside or on the trainer indoors but most likely after Kris gets home from work in the evening)

Thursday – run

Friday – 30 Day Shred

Sat/Sun – run and bike on one day and rest the other day

Or, you know something like that.  I need to make working out a priority though or I just won’t do it.  See the last couple weeks as evidence.

Back To Calorie Counting

So, long time no write, huh? Unfortunately, it’s also long time no work out either. Bad me. Bad, bad me. My last week home was spent with the children as much as possible and then we did some home improvement projects that took some time too. It’s all excuses but it is what it is. Also unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to get my eating under control. A couple weeks back I joined an eating log with a few friends. It’s a simple Google docs spreadsheet where I log what I’m eating. The others do as well and there we can commiserate on how we’re doing, hold each other accountable (always friendly) and praise each other for good days or meals. Even this though isn’t helping much. I’ve been honest with that I’m eating but the others are having bad days here and there too and I take that as a “pass” to have bad days as well. Stupid of me, huh? The culmination of not working out and eating poorly is weight gain. Shocking, right? My weight this morning was up to 168.4. It’s time to get serious. Yes, I’m only 12 weeks out from having a baby but still chips, chocolate, soda and large quantities of food in general are really not necessary.

So, starting today I’m going to start counting calories again. In my eating log I’ve included a weight column to track my morning weight and also a column to track my daily calories. Since I’m breastfeeding I don’t want my calories to get too low but I also don’t want them to be too high either. Breastfeeding can burn between 250-500 calories per day. It’s hard to know which end of the spectrum I personally fall. But if I want to have 1500 calories for me plus 250-500 calories for Levi then I need to consume between 1750-2000 calories overall, not including workout out. I’m OK with a slow weight loss because my number one priority is maintaining my milk supply. So, my goal range for calories is going to be 2000-2200. It’s time to get the eating under control. Next up – figuring out how to get my workouts in now that I’m back to work.

I’ve been exercising, but not every day.  Every other or every third is more like it.  A run here, a bike ride there.  I don’t know that I’m putting out my best effort, but I’m trying to at least be out there doing it.  I feel more tired than anything.  Today my legs and butt are sore and tired though, probably from the bike ride yesterday or from the landscaping I was doing yesterday evening.  Either way I like the soreness.  The whole body tiredness?  Not as much.  While I wouldn’t wish away the newborn days for ANYTHING, I do wish Levi would stretch out his nighttime wakings a bit.  Last night I saw numbers on the clock that started with 1, 2, 3 and 5.  And that was after I went to bed at 11pm.  I guess number one is I should go to bed earlier.  I’ll do that tonight.

Along the increase in exercising I’ve also been weighing myself daily again and for about a week now I’ve been writing down what I eat in an eating log.  The weight is a motivator, especially since it’s been going up recently (highest number was yesterday at 168.6 but then today it was back down to 167.2).  Why?  Is it the crap food I’ve been eating (hello sweet cookies!)?  Is it the increase in exercise?  The lack of good sleep?  A combination?  Whatever, I don’t like it so first up I’m going to watch a little better what I’m eating.  I’m not ready to count calories yet but that would be the next step if the eating log doesn’t sort me out a little bit.  A good thing about the eating log is it’s a shared google doc with a few friends.  Nothing like some good “public” shaming to help you watch what you eat!  Don’t want to admit to others what you’re eating?  Don’t eat it!  And it’s not like my friends are being critical of what I eat, even though there is a spot for them to write comments.  It’s more that I don’t want to embarrass myself (too badly) by having to write down really awful things.  It’s helping a little bit at least.  Like, I make sure I get some veggies everyday so I can at least write that down on the eating log even if it is next to “tortilla chips with salsa.”

Anyway, that’s where I’m at.  Going up in weight, increasing my exercise and writing down my food intake.  Hopefully those last two will combat that ugly first one.