Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Moving Right Along!

Score Update: Debbie 4, Snooze Alarm 0
Completed Day 4 of the "Debbie VS the Snooze Alarm" steel cage match and Debbie is out to a fast lead! Got a system that is working great and I feel great because of it. Got in two days of cycling last Friday and today and two days of Y-Body Cuts last Thursday and yesterday (plus one on Saturday too!)

Tomorrow I'll get up, but not as early, because I'll do a run at home. If its too cold out I'll do it on the treadmill while watching some tapes (yes, I know tapes are SOOO 20th Century!) of shows that air at 10:00. I've been "good" lately by going to bed early, so I have to tape all my shows. But, It's SOOO worth it!

Triathlon Clinic: What Gear Do I Need?
Thank you YMCA and Kelly Covert for the great clinic last night. A lot of the stuff I knew, but I got a lot of new info too. Happy to say that, after Kelly's suggestion, I purchased a run skirt that a bib number can attach to. Got it from swimoutlet.com. Thanks for the suggestion Kelly!

TTFN!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Doing Good, Feeling Good!

Moving in the Right Direction!
I have to say I feel a lot better about myself today than I have in the last couple of weeks. Although last week's performance wasn't spectacular, it was definitely a move in the right direction:
  • Sunday: Went for a swim at the Y
  • Monday: Scheduled day off
  • Tuesday: Ran at the Y after work then attended their tri workshop on sports nutrition
  • Wednesday: Unscheduled day off :-(
  • Thursday: Won the battle against the snooze alarm and got up for 6:00 AM Y-Body Cuts
  • Friday: Won the battle again and got up for 6:00 AM group cycle class
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM Y-Body Cuts, then ran at the Y, then attended a cooking demo at the Y where they made Pumpkin Pancakes with Berries
Just winning the battle against the snooze alarm was success enough. I now know what I need to do to get up in the morning. And every day it will get easier because not only will my body be used to it, but its getting lighter out each morning, so that will be a HUGE help.

3 G's
Gratitude
*My health: A friend of my sister-in-laws recently had a heart attack, so I'm happy I'm doing what I can to stay healthy (fitness and eating well...for the most part)
*My family and friends
*My job: Not very stressful, so it helps to keep me healthy
*My upcoming vacation to FL: Can't wait to use the whole week to train (swimming, biking, running, weight training, and yoga on the beach...HEAVEN!)

Goals
1. Continue to beat the snooze alarm
2. Figure out a way to get my swimming in
3. Clean Eating

Game Plan
1a. Do what I did last Thursday and Friday
1b. Remember how GREAT you felt those days
2. Schedule a swim at lunchtime. It might a great time to do it.
3a. Figure out the weekly menu.
3b. Continue with egg whites and Cheerios with berries for breakfast

Happy Training! TTFN!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Still Winning!

Score Update: Debbie 2 - Alarm Clock 0
Another good morning today. Changed my watch alarm to 5:30 AM and I did great getting up for spin class. What a GREAT sweat I got today! I feel so productive when I can feel the sweat running down my body. After I got home I had my Eat Clean breakfast of a home-made iced mocha (downsizing these now to reduce the amount of Hershey's Syrup), egg whites, and Cheerios with berries. Right now I'm sitting at my desk feeling a bit tired, but also energized. Is that possible? My husband and son were looking at me funny while I was getting ready because I had a song stuck in my head that I heard during spin class and I was dancing around like a fool. Its amazing the energy I get from working out in the morning. I can't understand why I forget about this sometimes and am lazy. I've got to keep up the good work and remember this every day!

Not much more to update, so I'll sign off for now. One thing I want to work on with this blog is adding some pictures, so I'll add that to my 3 G's for next week.

TTFN!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Finally!

Score: Debbie 1 - Alarm Clock 0
At least this is the score if we started this morning. I set my bedside alarm to go off at 5:00 AM and my watch alarm to go off at 5:20 AM. Woke up a little at a time in bed, then got up and STAYED UP to turn off my watch alarm. I think I might go a little later on my watch because I found myself with extra time just wandering around the house before I left. Then again, this might be a good thing! Had a great Y-Body Cuts class this morning and am going to try this again tomorrow morning for Cycle class. I love having this post-workout energy throughout the day. And, if I work out in the morning, I'm less likely to mess things up during the day by eating bad. Clean Eating will be a breeze if I keep this up!

Eating
As for eating, I did pretty well yesterday. As my post yesterday said, not a big fan of plain oatmeal and fruit, so I stopped at Wegman's on the way home from work and bought some Cheerios to have with fruit. Ate that this morning and liked it MUCH better! Had it with a side of egg whites and my small iced mocha. Loaded my lunch bag with veggies, fruit, hummus, and cheese sticks to bring to work. Didn't have time to make a sandwich, so I'm a little nervous about lunch. Worst case scenario, I can head home for lunch. Thank God I live close by! Last year I worked 45 min away from home, so I didn't have this luxury. What a difference a year makes!

Florida Countdown: 29 Days
Looking forward to our upcoming Florida trip. I know the weather is getting nice up here, but I'm really looking forward to it being hot, not just warm. I was very happy to find out yesterday that the YMCA in Venice, FL participates in the YMCA AWAY program, so I can use their facilities for no or little cost. For my cycle training, I'm going to rent a bike at a local bike shop and/or attend spin classes at the Y. The mobile home park where my in-laws live has an Olympic size swim pool, so I have swimming covered. I could try some open water swimming there, but I have horrible visions of a Jaws reenactment. Jogging is not a problem because they have a great trail that surrounds the park. I'm bringing my exercise bands, so I can do some resistance training right at the house. One thing I'm REALLY looking forward to through the Y is their Beach Yoga. What could be better than doing yoga on the sand while you listen to the waves. Can you say HEAVEN?!?!?! I've participated in yoga on the shores of Onondaga Lake and I loved that, so I can't wait for this!!!!

Better get back to work...TTFN!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?
Why can't I get up in the morning?!?!?! Yesterday was a pretty good day. Since I was going to the tri clinic at the Y last night, I decided to run at the Y right before the clinic instead of at home yesterday morning. Throughout the day I ate pretty well. Nothing too extreme, but I didn't eat any junk like I did on Monday (two slices of giant chocolate chip cookie.) Had a good run then went to the tri clinic on nutrition. After the clinic I went to Wegman's (yes, Kelly, it is the BEST store EVER!) to get some nutritious grub. Hadn't eaten dinner, so I hit the Chinese bar. Not the best thing I could have eaten, but I did load up on veggies. Went home to get some inspiration watching Biggest Loser, then headed to bed. Dressed in my workout clothes so all I had to do was roll out of bed this morning at 5:30 AM to get to group cycle class. Yeah, right!

This morning the alarm went off at 5:00 AM, so I decided that I could hit the snooze, stay in bed for a few more minutes until it went off again. Next thing I knew it was 5:45 AM. If I really pushed it I probably could have made it, but since I never had gone to this cycle class before, I didn't want to make a grand entrance. I was so disgusted with myself!!!! I can't wait until it starts becoming light out in the morning again so it will help me get up and get my a$ moving!!!

Lemonade Out of Lemons
Although I didn't get out of bed for cycle class, I did get up so I could be productive in some other ways. At 6:00 AM I did some things that I haven't had time for.

I'm trying to find other sources of caffeine besides soda. The only way I can drink coffee is if it has chocolate in it, so that isn't the best source. I have my own version of an iced mocha where I make half a glass of chocolate milk then top it off with cold coffee. Not horrible, but not great either. I do like iced Earl Gray tea, so I used part of this time to brew a pitcher with just a little bit of sweetener. Can't remember the name of the sweetener I used, but its supposed to be one of those natural zero calorie ones. Turned out pretty good, so I brought some to work to have with lunch instead of my typical diet Coke.

I also used the time to prep some berries I got at Wegman's last night. I'm becoming a big fan of Clean Eating by Tosca Reno and her typical breakfast is some egg whites with a side of oatmeal with berries. So I got the berries ready and had that for breakfast this morning. Have to say I'm not a big fan of the oatmeal and berries...YUCK! Will have to keep working on finding a suitable breakfast that follows this plan.

Also took the time to pack my lunch. Again, I know its not great, but had to go with some corned beef today...Hey! Its St. Patrick's Day, so I have a one day pass! Tomorrow it will be back to having some leaner meats.

Finally I fixed my heart rate watch. Hadn't reset the watch from Daylight Savings this weekend. On top of that, my morning alarm was going off a little too early. I would set the watch on my dresser so I would have to get up to turn off the alarm. But since it was going off too early, I would just get back in bed. So, this morning, I changed the time and the alarm time. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be successful getting up for the 6:00 AM Y-Body Cuts class and successful Friday morning getting up for the 6:00 AM group cycle class.

So, at least I was able to accomplish something even though it wasn't physical. Since its beautiful out today, maybe I'll try to get a walk in at the park during lunch.

TTFN!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rest Day!

Feeling Guilty
"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." - Sidney J. Harris

Today is a scheduled rest day and I feel guilty about it. Because last week and the week before were pretty pathetic, I king of feel like I should make up for it and work out today. But, deep down I know I shouldn't. I know giving my body a rest is just as important in this process as actually working out, so I'll try not to get too down on myself for having the day off.

Back in the Saddle Again?
The last three days were pretty good:
  • Fri 3/12 - 6:00 AM group cycle class at the Y
  • Sat 3/13 - 8:30 AM Y-Body Cuts class then a run on the treadmill after
  • Sun 3/14 - 1,000 yds of swimming
On top of training three days in a row, I also have a Wii remote injury...DON'T ASK!!! Let's just say if a Wii remote is whipped around with enough force and strikes a body part (like the inside of a knee), it tends to make quite a bruise. Definitely not one of the proudest moments of my life!

Game Plan Progress
Update on Friday's Game Plan:
  • Accomplished: #1
  • In Progress: #2a, 4a, 4b
  • Tuesday: #4d (will see my friends at the Y tri clinics tomorrow)
Not proud of myself that I haven't done anything about #3, but I'm just coming off the weekend and sleep isn't a huge priority on those days. Will try harder during the work week.

Looking forward to more progress in the next few days!

TTFN!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Back on Track?

I Did It!
Well, I FINALLY got up this morning and worked out at the Y. In the last 22 days, I have made it to the Y early on a weekday morning once and I've been disgusted with myself because of it. At first I was sidelined with a migraine that lasted 4 days. Then, I was just being lazy. And most recently, I had a head cold. Last night I finally started feeling better so I was DETERMINED to get up and take a spin class, my first one since "graduating" from the 8-Week Ride class last week. I set my alarm clock and, on top of that, I placed my watch with an alarm on my dresser. To turn it off, I had to get out of bed. Although I told myself not to, I did end up getting back into bed after turning the watch alarm off. However, I did stay awake and got up for the class. And I am so happy I did!!!!! I'm feeling good now and hope this will get me motivated to get back training regularly again. Tomorrow I'll definitely get to the Y for Y-Body Cuts and a run on the treadmill, so I'm not nervous about that. Sunday I'll have to make sure I don't get lazy and stay home from swimming. I just hate how I always do this to myself: I work out a lot for a few weeks then I completely stop. It is a horrible cycle that I do all the time and I don't know what to do about it. When I was doing the tri swim clinic and the 8-Week Ride, I had something that really kept me motivated. Now I have to motivate myself and I'm struggling with that. I have to find something else to get me going, but what? On Tuesday I'm attending the first of 6 triathlon clinics being put on by the Y, so maybe that will get me excited again. Or maybe I'll have to connect with two of the women I became friends with in the 8-Week Ride and do train with them. Maybe they're having the same problems getting motivated as I am. Well, I've rambled enough. I haven't done my 3 G's in awhile, so I think I'm due...

3 G's
Gratitude
1. I have a son and husband who love me and support what I'm doing.
2. I can use the Iron Girl experience to feel good about myself and to show my son that its good 3. to be physically fit and take care of yourself.
4. Spring is only about 1 week away so I can start bringing my training outside.
5. The Y is offering some clinics to help us tri newbies along.
6. I'm healthy enough to be able to take on the Iron Girl challenge.

Goals
1. Drink more water.
2. Eat better.
3. Sleep more.
4. Get motivated again.

Game Plan
1. Set an alarm on my phone and work computer to remind me to fill up a glass.
2a. Read my new book The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged! this weekend.
2b. Make a menu for next weeks meals following guidelines and recipes from the book.
3a. Get ready for bed by 9:00 PM EVERY night, even weekends.
3b. Get into bed by 10:00 PM EVERY night, even weekends.
4a. Look through the two new tri magazines I purchased.
4b. Organize my tri information.
4c. Work on my bulletin board (Again, thanks for the idea Kelly!)
4d. Contact my two tri friends to see if they want to do some training together.

Wish me luck! TTFN!