Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Great couple of days....

The week has been awesome.  My organization closed the offices last Wednesday and will not reopen until Monday, January 3.  This has allowed me to have a much needed break.  Here's a summary of the last few days:

Jason and I were both suffering from a bit of cabin fever after being snowed in on Sunday.  We took it easy and relaxed Monday morning, then got ready to head out for some errands, etc.  The most awesome things about Monday: 
  • I got a "new" iPad!  Jason had the Wifi version, but gave me his when he bought the 3G version (Yes, I know that I am a lucky girl!). 
  • Very relaxing late lunch at Maggianos.  We had zucchini fritte as an appetizer and I had the best chicken francese.  Delish!

Jason had to work on Tuesday.  Since I got up when he did, I decided to go into my office for a while.  I packed my lunch and headed in to work on some Board meeting minutes and other miscellaneous outstanding items.  I left the office at 1 p.m. and spent the rest of the day doing "me" things.

The wonderful things about Tuesday:
  • Got a few things done at work that had been hanging over my head - feeling so much better about enjoying the rest of my time off!
  • Went to Fleet Feet and got myself an after Christmas treat with my Christmas money.  I got myself a pair of Saucony Kinvaras!  I am looking forward to testing them out this weekend while we are in Beaufort visiting my parents.

  • Worked out at the gym for nearly 2 hours - 45 minutes on the treadmill, weights/kettle bells and 20 minutes on the stairmill (I am bound and determined to get to 30 minutes on that thing!)
  • Got to visit Jasemin and get a haircut

Today has probably been the best day!  Here's what's most exciting about today:
  • Went to Weight Watchers this morning since we are heading out of town tomorrow.  I lost 3.6 pounds since last Wednesday.  While this is exciting, it is even more exciting that the lost happened over Christmas!  I had the foods I wanted over the holiday, but made sure that I didn't go crazy.  YAY!
  • Had a great personal training appointment with Rick.  We did my measurements for the month and he told me that I am his one true success story of the year.  He said that I wasn't just working out, but really working on transforming my entire health outlook.
  • Met with my counselor/therapist.  She said that I am "healed".  While we both agree that talking with her should continue, she praised the progress that I have made in working through my issues with communication and anxiety. 
  • Had lunch at my husband's office with my husband and his coworker, Erin.  I love our weekly lunches together!
  • Ran some errands at Southpointe.  Got some new eye shadow from Bare Minerals and some Philosophy lotion.
  • Going to dinner with my hubs at Milton's!

See!  It has been a wonderful week and it can only get better.  Jason and I are heading to Beaufort to visit with my family tomorrow.  I am looking forward to the adventures in Carteret County!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - week of December 25

Well, Christmas has come and gone.  We are heading out of town to visit my parents on Thursday morning, so the food this week is going to be easy or involve going out.


Week of December 25:
Saturday:  Christmas dinner at the in-laws.  We had filet mignon, crab stuffed twice baked potatoes, and asparagus.
Monday:  Leftover Maggiano's (we went there for lunch and brought part of it home for dinner.)
Tuesday:  Leftover Brown Rice and Black Bean Casserole
Wednesday:  Out to dinner at Milton's
Thursday (in Beaufort w/ parents):  No Name Cheeseburgers; Salad (?; need to talk with parents)
Friday (in Beaufort w/ parents):  Pilcher family Christmas celebration (snack/appetizer supper)

Christmas - Helping others

Each year, my husband and I adopt a child from a local Angel Tree.  In the past, we have adopted a child from the Durham Council For Children With Special Needs from the tree at Nordstrom.  This year, the process at Nordstrom was different.  When we arrived at the mall on Black Friday, we were a little disappointed but decided that we were going to adopt a child from an organization.  I called the DCCSN, but didn't receive a call back from a staff member. 

The next weekend, we went to Crabtree Valley Mall and saw the Angel Tree sponsored by the Salvation Army.  We adopted a 5-year old little girl (Vianey) and her 2-year old brother (Ricardo).  We were able to purchase a lot of clothing at JC Penney.  We generally try to buy 6 or 7 pieces of clothing that can make several outfits.  We also purchased some toys and coloring books/crayons from Kohl's and Target.  My parents helped us out with our angels this year and we all felt really great about the items we purchased for the children.  We dropped off our gifts on December 11 at the Angel Tree in the mall.  We were glad that we were able to help the children, but it drifted to the back of our mind amid all the hustle and bustle of the season. 

Well, last week, the reality of those that are less fortunate hit my like a ton of bricks.  The Salvation Army was using an old car dealership on Wake Forest Road as their distribution center and toy shop for this Christmas.  I pass by this car dealership every day and never seem to notice it.  Last Monday, I looked over and saw tons of people in line.  It made me sad, but warmed my heart at the same time.  The children of the adults in the line will be receiving Christmas gifts because of people that chose to adopt from the Angel Tree. 

While we were a little disappointed early on that we would not be able to adopt from the Durham Council for Children with Special Needs, I am glad that we found the Salvation Army's Angel Tree.  I hope that Vianey and Ricardo enjoyed their clothing and toys from the Reynolds and Brown families!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snow on the day after Christmas

This is what I saw when I looked out of the back door this morning...  While I don't normally like snow, I have to say that this is pretty.  I even ventured out to the front of our condo complex and took some more pictures. 

As pretty as it is, I hope it melts soon.  I was hoping to run or go to the gym today, but this is thwarting my plans.  I know that some people run in the snow, but this girl isn't one of them!

A memory from my last Christmas-time snow:

It was several days before Christmas 1989.  I was 9-years old, living in Beaufort, NC with my parents.  A few days before Christmas, the local weather people forecasted a little bit of snow.  Needless to say, they were wrong - it snowed a lot.  While my memories may be a little off, I remember a very large snow drift that seemed to cover my Mom's car completely.

I seem to remember that Mama and I wanted to make some snow cream.  I had heard about Mama making snow cream as a child when she living in Maine.  But, a more accurate memory would probably be that I wanted some snow cream and my parents were happy to participate.  We didn't have any milk, but we knew that the Tee-Pee (little neighborhood convenience store) was open.  My wonderful Daddy got bundled up and said he would walk to the store to get some milk.  I am still amazed that he was willing to do this for his little girl...  As Daddy was getting ready to leave, I said "Daddy, go down the railroad tracks.  It won't take as long because you won't have to go up to Lennoxville Road."  He listened... 

I remember thinking that Daddy was gone a long time.  Mama and I hunkered down and watched a movie while he was gone.  It seemed like he was gone over an hour, for a walk that would have taken him no longer than 20 minutes there and back on a regular day.  My suggestion to walk down the railroad tracks was not a good one.  It nearly killed my Daddy.  When he got home he looked exhausted (an understatement).  Then his side of the story followed.

When Daddy left the house, he did go down the railroad tracks.  Unfortunately, no one had walked down the tracks and it was covered more than the road would have been.  When he finally reached the Tee-Pee, he said that he laid down on the floor of the store, just so he could catch his breath.  Once he got his breath, he got the milk and headed home.  Needless to say, he didn't take the railroad tracks back - he definitely walked down Lennoxville Road back to our house.  When he got home, he basically said he would never listen to me again.  Now, that I think back on it - who in their right mind would listen to a 9-year old little girl?  Oh the sacrifices a Daddy will make for their little girl and wife.  Boy, how I still remember the taste of that snow cream - so good. 

I would love some now, but we have no milk.  I think I will just stay in the warm of our condo instead of trying to venture to the Harris Teeter. 

(Entrance to our condo building)

(The pool area at our condo)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I've been thinking a lot over the past few weeks about instant gratification.  I have realized that I am, unfortunately, of the generation that feels that almost everything should be instant.  I shouldn't have to wait, it should be right before my eyes when I want/need it.  I didn't realize this was my thought process until I started having to work really hard to develop a healthy lifestyle.  In the past, I have always gotten the things I wanted/needed without a long wait.   

This is not so with weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  It is hard work.  No one is going to congratulate you for eating a piece of fruit instead of a handful of Oreos.  It is my responsibility to provide myself with the level of gratification I need for doing the things I should have been doing all along. 

I am going to try very hard to remember these quotes when I think that I deserve something right now or I get tired of waiting:
The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results. - James Dean

A lot of people get impatient with the pace of change. - James Levine

Enjoy the journey. - Jason (aka, my hubs)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My thoughts on Weight Watchers

Several weeks ago, I mentioned that I had recommitted to following Weight Watchers.  I have been on and off the Weight Watchers plan since 2005 (and probably once or twice while I was a teenager).  This time the commitment is for the long haul. 

I am not sure how many people follow Weight Watchers, but I had great results several years ago and it will be helpful for me for years to come.  When I last used Weight Watchers, the plan was called the Momentum plan.  The new plan, introduced on November 29, is called Points Plus.  I love the new plan, but it look a little getting used to the first week.  While there wasn't a huge change from the counting of point values, etc. it was just a little different. 

Why did they change things?  It is my understanding that they changed the Weight Watchers plan after years of research.  The Points Plus plan centers around the calculation of fats, protein, carbs and fiber.  This is different from the former calorie, fat, and fiber calculations.  Why?  They have done extensive research and now the plan accounts for how the body breaks down calories based on the other nutritional content of the food. 

What do I notice as other big changes from the Momentum plan:
  • The minimum number of Points Plus for a person is 29.  You also get 49 weekly points that allow for flexibility:  special occasions, treats, and mistakes in calculations. 
  • The new plan seems to reward individuals for making more healthy, whole food choices.  Gone are the days of 100 calorie packs instead of fruit or veggies.  I was always amazed by how quickly WW friends would choose a 100 calorie pack of cookies over a banana (both 2 points on Momentum) when the banana was clearly a better long-term choice.
  • Almost all fruit and veggies have ZERO Points Plus - ZERO!  While I love this feature and I know that the plan accounts for several servings of fruit and veggies a day, I still make sure to track it in the online tracker, just in case. 
I think the new plan is great.  I am looking forward to going to my meeting to see my change for the week.  I  have lost 4.6 pounds since November 29 and look forward to continuing to lose more! 

I got tagged...

Jeff tagged Lee, Lee tagged Sarah, and she tagged me.  I have never been tagged, so this should be fun.  Here's some interesting little facts about me.   
1)  What are you most fond of accomplishing in 2010?
  • Committing to transforming my life (physical health, mental health - everything) and moving forward with it
  • Learning to run and going outside of my comfort zone to meet new friends through running
  • Reaching out for help with my anxiety issues and making positive steps toward peace
2)  What are your running goals for 2011?
  • Cooper River Bridge Run - April 2 in Charleston
  • Beaufort Road Race - July 16 (?)
  • Half Marathon! - I want to do Run for the Warriors in Jacksonville on May 14.  My only concern is that we get back from being on a cruise and at Disney World on Thursday, May 12. 
  • Sub-40 5K 
  • Learn to love running even more! 
3) What is your favorite race?
How do you pick a favorite race?  I have no clue.  So, here's what I liked about the 4 races I have completed:
  • Women's Distance Festival - It was my first race ever.  Even though I struggled to complete the training leading up to the race, I finished it.  I love looking back at the picture someone took of me near the finish line - loved the determined look on my face.  I will likely run this race every year, as it will always be special to me. 
  • Free to Breathe 5K - I participated in this race with several coworkers.  We ran in memory of a dear coworker, Kay Nunnery, that lost her battle with lung cancer in March 2010.  Throughout her battle, Kay was an inspiration to all of us.  I am sure that Kay would be proud to know that we all participated so that research dollars could be raised.
  • Ridgewood Turkey Trot 8K - This was my first 8K.  I was so excited to be out running on Thanksgiving Day.  I would have never thought of participating in any sporting event, much less running, on a holiday a year ago.
  • Reindeer Romp 5K - This was a fun little race on a different type of running trail.  Sarah and I did our little thing and had a great time fighting the crowds.  The race helped support Girls on the Run and we got a super cute shirt (I am wearing it today!). 
4) What is your favorite holiday guilty pleasure? (Again, how do you pick just one??!!??)
  • Chocolate chess pie from the Angus Barn
  • Granny Brown's chocolate cake (It's really yellow cake with chocolate icing.  It has been my favorite since I was a little girl.)
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas day cocktails with the in-laws (We run the gamut on cocktails:  Cosmopolitans, Vodka Gimlets, Gin and Tonic, Bloody Marys, Mimosas...  Oh so much fun!)
  • Sausage balls, party mix (Chex mix like stuff), and cucumber sandwiches made by my Mama for our after-Christmas celebration with my Mama's side of the family 
5) What was your most embarrassing running moment?
I am proud to say that I can't really think of something super embarrassing.  I am sure that will change soon enough though.  One thing I can think of was when I got hurt in late August.  I pulled/strained a muscle in my "girly bits".  I ended up going to my chiropractor first and had to explain it to him.  It was beyond embarrassing for me to try to explain to a guy that I had pulled something in between my legs and could barely lift my right leg to put on pants.  I guess that we all have our own little ideas of what embarrassing really is.

I have no clue who to tag.  So, here's the challenge - I'd like to see everyone that reads my blog answer these questions :-)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My most hated and most loved piece of fitness equipment

See this beauty?  Have you ever been on one?  (Source)

In my mind, anyone can get on the treadmill or elliptical and go for 30-45 minutes.  Almost anyone can do a spin class, especially if they are prepared to deal with the after affects. 

This thing (also known as a step mill - or a torture device if you are me) was a different story.  When I saw it the first time, I was beyond intimidated.  I saw these hard-body gym rat times sweat it out on here for 30+ minutes every day.  I don't necessarily want to join them in the gym rat role, but I was going to join the ranks of people that could survive the step mill.  I was bound and determined to conquer this machine.

Every time I went to the gym, I would get on the treadmill or elliptical for 30-40 minutes.  After I was done that that part of my workout, I would get on the step mill.  In the beginning, I could only do 2 or 3 minutes before feeling like I was going to absolutely die!  This is no exaggeration.  I would add 1 or 2 minutes to my time every week.  Slowly the torture device was turning into one of my favorite piece of equipment.  It seemed like there were very few people that used it and this meant a little peace and quiet with the dance music on my iPod.  When my running program started, I was up to about 7 minutes.  I didn't go to the gym as much once I started my running program, so out went the workouts on the stepmill, at least for a while.    

So, last Tuesday, I decided to get back on it and see just how far I could go.  I was only able to go 10 minutes, but I was elated.  On Sunday, I was able to go 12 minutes.  Last night, I was able to stay on it 15 minutes.  I was energized by my accomplishment over the week.  I am going to conquer the step mill and will love every minute of it.  Amazingly enough, I have to say that this is now one of my favorite pieces of cardio equipment.

What's your favorite piece of cardio equipment?    

Monday, December 20, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Wow...  Christmas is almost here.  It is time to begin the all-out food fest.  I am going to do my best with enjoying all the tempting goodies, while not overdoing it. 

Here's what we're having:

Week of December 17:
Saturday:  We had dinner at my in-laws house.  We had a small side salad, chicken and spinach crepes, asparagus casserole, and a baked rice pilaf.  YUM!
Sunday:  Chicken Piccata with Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Steamed Green Beans
Monday:  Baked Ziti with Spinach and a Salad
Tuesday:  Taco Salad
Wednesday:  Leftover Baked Ziti with Spinach and a Salad
Thursday:  Angus Barn!  In 2005, my husband (then fiance) and I decided that we wanted to have a little Christmas tradition.  We decided to have dinner on the eve of Christmas Eve at the Angus Barn.  It is always a nice experience and a tradition we hope to continue for many years to come.
Friday:  Christmas Eve Dinner with the In-laws

Don't forget to stop by Organizing Junkie for other Menu Plan Monday ideas!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A 10K already?

Wow... That's all I can really say about that.  Sarah and I did a 10K yesterday.  In case you don't know it, a 10K is 6.2 miles.  I am still amazed on a daily basis about how far we have come since July 24.  If it wasn't actually happening to me and I didn't feel it in my muscles, I would say it was dang close to being unbelievable/impossible. 

Sarah and I met at Oak Park around 9 a.m. yesterday.  On Friday evening, we decided we would do 5 miles and maybe a little more if we were feeling froggy.  Around the time that we started smelling the McDonald's on Blue Ridge Road (you can smell the distinct scent of Chicken McNuggets at 9:15 a.m. - yuck!), we saw Jean (one of our NCRC mentors) on the trail.  We didn't even make it under the Glenwood Avenue bridge before we decided that we were going to forge forward and do 6 miles.  We completed our first ever 10K in 81 minutes (13:10 pace per mile).  We were once again consistent in our inconsistency - with miles 4 (13:31 minutes) and 5 (13:54 minutes) being our slowest. 

I wasn't terribly cold when we were running, but it took a while to get warmed up once I got home.  I think I took the longest, most hot shower I have ever taken.  While Jason and I were out running errands, we went to Village Deli to get a bite to eat.  The yummy, warm chili warmed me up the last little bit.  During our run yesterday, Sarah and I both realized that going more than 5 miles was going to require a little bit of hydration at some point.  Jason and I ended up going to Fleet Feet yesterday to look around.  Thanks for my wonderful hubs, I got a Nathan 4-bottle hydration belt and a Mizuno Breath Thermo hat.  They definitely won't be the most stylist things ever, but they will surely work well.

I feel great about all the things I have accomplished thus far.  Between running, meeting with my personal trainer once per week, talking with a counselor, and recommitting to Weight Watchers, I finally feel like I am on track to continue my transformation toward a more healthy me!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dreams, Determination, Dedication...

We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.
Jesse Owens, American track and field athlete and Olympic gold medal winner

I am a lover of quotes.  As a teenager, I collected quotes from all over the place and write them in journals.  Now that I think about it, I wonder what I ever did with all those journals... Anyway, quotes make me smile.  They help me see things in a new light.

I received the quote above via email from Runner's World.  As soon as I received it, it made me happy.  I do have dreams.  I have goals that I want to see through to the end.  I also have the determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort to reach them.  The past 6 or 7 months have shown me just how committed I am to making a change and I am loving every minute of it.

Make the most of your dreams!! 

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Suck it up, buttercup"

I am not really sure where I heard the expression "Suck it up, buttercup", but I use it for motivation every time I start to try to get out of something.  In my life, I have always given up when things got hard or I was bored with something.  Not now kids...
  • When I didn't really want to run in the cold today?  Suck it up, buttercup.
  • When I didn't feel like packing my lunch for tomorrow?  Suck it up, buttercup.
  • When I would love to have a regular Coke, instead of water?  Suck it up, buttercup.
  • When I don't want to empty the dishwasher...
  • When I don't want to pay bills...
  • Many more examples could be listed here...
Why do I say this to myself?  Because, life is hard and isn't always puppies and rainbows.  If I wanted easy, I could eat what I wanted, never work out, etc.  But, after those destructive behaviors, I would be more overweight than I am now and I would eat less healthy than I do now.  It is best for me to just tell myself to "Suck it up, buttercup" - you'll be happier and better off in the end.

This afternoon was definitely a perfect example of a "Suck it up, buttercup" day.  It was extremely cold and windy.  Sarah and I met at the Ale House at 4 p.m.  Our objective was to just run.  We set out on our run and decided to turn around after a mile and a half.  We were able to complete a 5K in 32 degree/25 degree windchill temps.  We finished our 5K in 41:01/12:59 pace (our best pace yet!!).  After we finished our run, we both said that the biggest issue with running in the cold is the mental block.  We busted through that obstacle and will continue through more. 

Menu Plan Monday

I am a compulsive planner when it comes to our meals.  Jason knows to expect an email on Wednesday or Thursday of each week for a preview of the menu for the next week.  We go back and forth several times over email refining the menu and it is finalized by Friday afternoon.  I have learned that when I plan meals, I don't tend to stay from my goal of sticking with Weight Watchers. 

I have been a reader of I'm an Organizing Junkie off an on for a while.  What's not to love about a blog all about planning!  So, I decided to join Menu Plan Monday.  Most of the recipes that I use come from blogs.  Hopefully, I'll find some more by looking at other Menu Plan Monday posts on Organizing Junkie!

Week of December 11: (we do our menu Saturday through Friday) 
Saturday:  Lunch out at Brio (I had a Christmas party that night.  Jason had take out.)
Sunday:  Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore with Brown Rice and Steamed Broccoli
Monday:  Shepherd's Pie, Lightened Up
Tuesday:  Grilled Pork with Roasted Broccoli and Parmesan Orzo (maybe)
Wednesday: Leftover Shepherd's Pie
Thursday:  Tilapia Puttanesca (from Weight Watchers member site) with Rigatoni and Marinara
Friday:  Dinner out with friends

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Reindeer Romp 5K

Sarah and I participated in the Reindeer Romp 5K yesterday.  The race benefited Girls on the Run of the Triangle.  This race also was the culmination of the 12-week program the girls participated in.  The goal of the program is to build the girls up through running and building self-esteem/self-confidence. 

Last night, while I was driving to our annual Meredith College girls Christmas party, I realized how much the race really meant.  I thought about how I felt at the beginning of the 10-week beginner women's running program offered through the NC Roadrunners Club.  The more I thought about it, I realized that what those young girls were experiencing at their young ages, I had felt as a 29/30 year old.  The girls were encouraged by their mentors and fellow program participants, just like I was.  Thank goodness for awesome, encouraging people.  Just think about the benefits to those young girls!  Plus, they were just too darn cute for words!

I was certain that I was going to freeze to death during the run.  It only took about a quarter mile to shed my gloves.  By the half mile point, I was shedding my jacket.  Then, by the end of the race, I was cursing myself in my head for not wearing short sleeves!  I guess those experienced runners that told me to dress for 20 degrees warmer were right.  By surviving the cold yesterday, it made me realize that getting outside and running in the winter isn't so bad - the bulk of the battle is mental.  Sarah and I learned one additional lesson yesterday - do not waste energy running the entire time when you can do intervals and do just as well! 

In honor of the run little Reindeer Romp yesterday, I am wearing my race t-shirt today.  It is so fun to be able to don the shirts that I receive at races because every shirt reminds me of my accomplishments and the continuation of the journey. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fear of failure and other reflections

I am afraid of being a failure.  I don't think I have ever really shared that with anyone and most people wouldn't guess it right off.  But, failure scares the ever-living shit out of me.  I am a decent wife.  I am a relatively good daughter.  I feel like I am an asset to my organization most days.  I try to be the best friend possible. 

My weight loss journey has shown me that there is nothing wrong with failing every once in a while.   I tend to think of any week where I didn't lose 2+ pounds, didn't workout/run 5 times, or didn't measure/track my food diligently as a week where I failed.  But, I have realized that these small failures are ok.  They are the things that make the journey worth continuing.  When I don't do the best one week, it is all the more motivation to get back on track - on track to a life full of healthful goals and actions.  In the past, I never shared with people that I was on Weight Watchers/trying to lose weight.  I guess this was due in part to thinking that the fewer the people that knew what I was doing, the fewer people knew when I failed.  This time it is different.  Just like with my running, I am telling everyone  It is good to talk about the healthy food choices I am making; it is nice to get compliments on how I look.  Any and all encouragement is welcome!  I realize that I need that accountability in order to move forward on the journey.  

I went to my first meeting on Monday, November 29.  As much as I hate to put it down on paper, I weighed in at whopping 197.6 pounds (on my 5'4" frame) at the meeting.  Tonight, I attended my new weekly meeting and my weight was 193.8 pounds.  In case your math skills aren't that great, that is 3.8 pounds lost since last Monday.  While I am very excited about the weight loss, it is hard to celebrate too much.  I am worried that if I get too excited, I will become to comfortable with the new plan and not work out as much, etc.  So, here's the reveling in the success of the week and continuing on the journey...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ridiculously cold

The temps in North Carolina are usually chilly in November.  This year, we've had several weeks where the temps were in the 60s/70s.  That made running in the evening nice.  It meant that I could wear capri pants with a long sleeve shirt and be fine.  Well, that was until this weekend.  On Saturday, it snowedI hate snow.  If I didn't love North Carolina so much, I would move somewhere warmer.  Of course, Florida is dealing with the same cold weather that we are right now.

Running in this ridiculously cold weather is no good.  I can handle 50 degrees, but not the current 30-ish degrees plus wind.  That's just ain't gonna happen.  Looks like I'll be hanging out on the "dreadmill" some for the next few days.  Oh boy! - I can't wait to look like a hamster on a wheel!

Here's to the temps warming up in NC very soon so I can run outside again!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Consistent in our Inconsistency

Sarah and I ran tonight.  We met up at the Ale House to run one of our preferred greenway trails.  We didn't go into the evening with a specific mileage ahead and agreed early on that we would just see where things went.  We ended up going 4 miles.   

While we were running, we got on the topic of our pace.  Tonight, as an example, I felt was an up/down pace night.  Mile 1 was 12:35, mile 2 was 13:12, mile 3 was 13:50, and mile 4 was 13:10.  I always wonder if this is the best way to run (different paces for each mile).  Sarah said something very positive about our pace inconsistency - At least we are consistent in our inconsistency
For some reason her statement really struck me and made me curious.  I checked our previous runs in my Garmin Connect and discovered that we really aren't that inconsistent.  We are always slow on the mile after the 1/2 way point of our runs.  Most of the time this tends to be around mile 3 on our 4 and 5 mile runs. 

In other really positive news on our running...  We have shaved almost a minute and a half off our average pace since October 23.  Our October 23 5-miler was at an average pace of 14:36.  The 4-miler tonight was at an average pace of 13:01.  Not too shabby for some girls that could barely run 1:1 intervals for 20 minutes at the end of July!

Awesome quote

There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction. - Winston Churchill

I went to another Weight Watchers (WW) meeting last night.  I enjoyed the meeting I attended on Monday evening with my college roommate, but Knightdale is just too far to go every week.  If she continues to go to those meetings, I might try to do an early dinner date with her followed by the meeting every once in a while.

Anyway, the meeting last night was at the WW center in Raleigh.  There was a pretty diverse group at the meeting.  It was good to hear about the new Points Plus plan again from a different leader.  After going to the meeting last night, I realized that attending meetings has always been the key to my success.  I looked back at my online charts and noticed that when I have done WW in the past, with meeting attendance, I did much better.  So, off to meetings I will go.  My goal is to go to 3 meetings each month, but strive for 4 meetings.

At the end of the meeting, the leader put up the quote above.  I truly believe that this is true.  Change is a good thing.  The right direction for the change is up to the person, but it is an awesome thing!