Saturday, May 18, 2013

So Far, So Good

It is very easy to fall out of the routine of getting up early, so when the clock started going off at 5 am, I was not happy.  Kelly and I had decided to start swimming in the mornings; and let me tell you, if she wasn't there waiting for me at the natatorium, I am certain that I would not have gotten out of bed.  

The first few mornings were the worst, and I told Kelly that I really didn't like her anymore.  Her response?  She didn't like me either.  Once that was established, we jumped on in.  There's nothing to make a morning person like me (sarcasm here) happier than cold water.  I'm pretty sure there may have been an expletive or two uttered, and I can't even blame anyone else for it since the natatorium is basically empty in the mornings.

Now as much as I'm complaining, I do have good things to say.  After the first 25 yards, it's not so bad.  After 5 minutes, I start feeling great.  After 25 minutes, it's time to get out of the pool so I can be ready for work on time; and I'm wishing I had another 30 minutes to swim.  And yet, the next morning, I am fighting once again to get out of bed.

There has also been some Zumba and running.  The Road Runners are starting to meet up again on Saturdays before the official training seasons begins.  We've ran a couple of 4 mile loops, and they've been good.  I've been trying to get a couple of runs in during the week as well, and although most of the time those runs are uneventful, I did have some excitement there.

This was a snake on the jogging trail behind the house
It's a snake!!  I can't tell you how freaked out I was.  It was huge!  And it had fangs!  And I'm pretty sure it was breathing fire!!

Ok, so maybe it was just a rat snake, but maybe it wasn't.  I have no idea.  All I know is that it was a snake, and I am not a fan!  I would have much rather had encountered a heron or a turtle.  But this monster probably ate both of those!

Most of the time, the trail is actually a very pretty place, but I think I'll think twice about running on it at dusk.

I've been monitoring carbs, and it seems to be effective.  So far, in 11 days, I'm down 4.5 pounds.  I guess it's about balance, but I'm scared that my body doesn't know how to let go of carbs because that's really the only thing different that I've been doing.  And I love potatoes.  I do.   And now I have to think of them as an enemy.  As poison.  At least that's how I feel right now.  And it makes me sad.  

So I won't focus on it too much.  I'll count my numbers, and swim my laps, and run my miles.  Even though at 5 am I won't be happy about it.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Recommiting to the commitment

Sunday, May 5 

It is so incredibly beautiful out today.  It's one of those days that I wish I could freeze in time.

My little one has made a swim team.  She is very excited about it, and I am too!  I love that she has found a sport that she will enjoy and can excel in.  I always wanted to be athletic when I was young, but I just wasn't.  And although I could argue and call myself an athlete, most days I don't feel like one.  Not really.

My little Angel Fish

It is going to be a challenge to get my workouts in with swim practice 4 days a week, but it's time to refocus.  I have not been watching my diet.  I haven't been awful, but I haven't ignored the chocolate or the ice cream; and giving in to these things more often than not is not good for me.  It becomes too easy.

This week, I didn't get any workouts in at all.  Which I really don't have an excuse for because they cancelled swim practice Thursday and Friday because of the weather.  Thursday I had no excuse; I should have come home and laced up.  Friday, I was just tired.  The stress of the week just caught up with me and I ended up taking a 20-minute nap as soon as I got home.  After that I still didn't do much.  At all.

Kelly and I discussed all of this on our run this morning.  We set out at 7 am for a few miles and good conversation.  It was a good run, and I felt much better than last Saturday's run.  I don't know what it is, but I think there is some fear from my previous "injury" that makes me more cautious about the pains I feel when running.  I did stretch much better this morning, and I think that helps.

But I digress...We have decided that we have both become too complacent.  We need to recharge, and re-motivate.  Now that she's a member of the rec center again, we are committing to meeting in the mornings.  Monday we will start with a 20 minute swim.  It's not much, but it's all the time I can afford right now, and I think it will jump start the day.  5:30 will come all too quickly on Monday, but I also know that without her waiting for me at the pool, it would be way to easy at this point to just roll over and go back to sleep.

I also have to pay attention to my diet.  I am committing to taking my lunch and preparing healthy snacks for the day.  I am very good at doing this for my little one, but not so much for me.

Baby steps.  Again.

If you are struggling, please comment and share your struggles.  For me, it's already May of this year,  and I have made no progress!  At all!  And to top it off, I don't even think I couldn't run a half marathon tomorrow if my life depended on it.

And that makes me sad.  

I am enjoying my beautiful Saturday.  I've shampooed my carpets and tidied up.   As I'm sitting out here in my backyard listening to the birds before they go into the night, I know I have work to do.  I am looking for and asking for reinforcements.  I hope we can keep each other motivated.