Friday, August 3, 2012

A Couple of Things...

I can't get here soon enough....

I thought I would write a quick post tonight since posts over the next 10 days might be spotty while I am on vacation.

Yeah - how happy am I that this no sugar rule will be ending on Sunday??? Uh, very. Not that I plan on going ape-wild at the beach - but if I want to have an ice cream while on vacation, I'd rather not have to feel insanely guilty about not sticking to the mini-challenge. As I mentioned in my last post,  the denial of sugar had me craving it more than normal this week. I feel like I am over the hump,  thankfully - but it was touch and go there for a while.

Someone had suggested that I might be sabotaging myself by allowing artificial sugars into my regular diet. I'll admit, I'm a BIG Splenda fan....and I can't really see myself giving that up. I know that artificial sweeteners get a bad rap, and there are those that believe they are as evil as sugar itself. I'm not convinced either way, and right now, dieting, or changing my lifestyle, or whatever the PC definition is of trying to lose weight - it's hard enough without eliminating absolutely EVERY bit of sweetness from my for now, I'm OK with keeping those little yellow packets in my life. So far, no harm, no foul. I'm still losing weight - Splenda hasn't hindered that yet.

In other news, I continue to plug along with the C25K program - or the 5K Runner which is what my actual phone app says. I began Week 3, Day 1 yesterday, but for the first time, I did not run outdoors. I think I have mentioned that when it comes to running, and let's face it, working out in general, I'm more of a keep-to-myself kind of girl. I don't like people watching me, or really even around me - maybe with the exception of my husband and my trainer. I've gotten over this issue at the gym since, well, I don't own the place and there are always people around. Of course I can't exactly tell them to scram from the machine next to me just because I prefer a solitary workout. However, if I am running at the track, I really get self-conscious if there are too many people milling about. Usually it's just the girl's soccer team practicing in the field next to the track - and I am Ok with that (sort of). However yesterday, not only were they there, but the girls track team was running on the track and there was a some kind of game training going on on the field in the center of the track. One look at at all those people and I said a profound "Hell no," and turned my bike around and rode home.

I knew once I got home 15 minutes after I had just left and Josh would know that I didn't do my run. It's kind of nice feeling like I not only have to be accountable to myself, but also that my husband will call me on my shit if I try to punk out (which I was sort of thinking about doing yesterday, if I'm being honest). So after some hemming and hawing, I decided to go to the gym. NOT to do the C25K, but just to work out. When I got there, I saw a man named Bob that lives in town that knows I have just begun running (or whatever it is I do - that has yet to be determined - it just sounds cool to say run - LOL). It's funny how when you are feeling low, someone can say something to you that really perks you up and makes you believe in yourself again. That's what Bob did for me. On his way out of the gym, he stopped by the treadmill I had just hopped on and told me I was doing great and that I should just stick with the running, and be relentless about it. He was so encouraging and kind, and just what I needed at that very moment to make me feel like I COULD do the workout and that I SHOULD do the workout, even though I might not want to or think I could.

Long story short, I completed Week 3, Day 1 on the treadmill and I have to say - holy crud is it so much easier to run on a treadmill versus outside! It's kind of what I was afraid of. I don't want to get into the habit because as we all know,  the 5K is outside so I kind of feel like that is where I should be training. Do you guys have any thoughts on that?  Should I be concerned about running outside versus the treadmill when completing this program?

Anyway - it felt fantastic and after was all said and done and I completed my 30 mins of training, I went on to do 30 mins on the elliptical and then another 30 mins of weight machines. I was a calorie burning maniac yesterday. However, today when I stepped on the scale? A gain! Grrr - so frustrating!

Anyway, it just adds fuel to my fire and gets me psyched to be active while we are at the beach. We have a lot of great things lined up, like a lot of walking, swimming, kayaking and I plan on continuing the C25K training also while down there. They have a great path that goes all around the complex so I'm good to go. And if it rains, there is always the fitness center! I literally have no excuses! Hey - It's a good thing!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend as much as I plan on enjoying mine. I'll be posting again on Sunday with the SSSDC recap for week 9 and the deets for week 10. Are we really approaching week 10 already??? Yikes!

Well,  I'm off to go watch a movie in our town square. King King from the 1930's....should be fun! Have a great night, everyone!


  1. Congrats on running on that treadmill! That is awesome. I have been running for quite a few months and I still do not have guts to get on a treadmill!

  2. Running on the treadmill is much easier for me, too! I've heard if you are going to run on the treadmill you should keep the incline at 2, at least, because it might make it easier for you to handle outdoor running, but, you're right, it's probably best to do your training outside when you can. Anyway, you are so kicking butt!!!!!! Keep at it!!!

  3. I agree with Shannon. I do ALL my runs inside on the treadmill...simply because I live on the side of a mountain and I am NOT running on the hills around my house, but to compensate for the "ease" of running on the treadmill (ha...that sounds so wrong it's funny!) I always keep the incline at 1-2%...the good news is that it burns extra calories too :)