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Hello, My Name Is… (Lack of Food and Fitness Post #3)

Hello, my name is Katy, and it’s been…  Three weeks since I last had a weigh-in.  Two weeks since I last tracked.  One week since I last went for a run (or had been when I started this post.)

It feels good to get that out there!  But let me tell you, the last three weeks have been eventful.  And the last two weeks have been fun.  And the last seven days have had me reflecting on choices, changes, constants, needs, and wants.

If you remember from this post, I was reconsidering my relationship with Weight Watchers.  Me and Weight Watchers went on a break.  But guess what?  I didn’t feel any better.  It didn’t make my clothes fit better.  It didn’t make my eating healthier.  It must made me feel un-anchored.  So I am heading back.  I am trying a new meeting next week after work, and I am going to keep trying to find something that works!

I also spent a few weeks planning a surprise for my BF’s birthday.  It was FANTASTIC.  Somehow, it remained a surprise, after like five months of planning, and I don’t know about anyone else, but I had a blast!  It was full of friends, family, beer, candy, and pie.  Delicious pie.

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And drinks and laughs and fun and a trip through the drive-thru at the end of the night.

I think I got all this indulgence out of my system.  I ran 8 miles yesterday.  I have been drinking more water, eating fruits and veggies, and allowing indulgences to be indulgent but not constant.  I had to take a sick day for a migraine this week, and I skipped yoga because I wanted to see my family, but that again is ok.

Next week will be back with a meal plan, a fitness plan and ME plan!

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not so good

been in my head a lot this week, thinking about numbers. sizes, weights, oz, miles, losses and gains. it is doing my head in.

let’s try this for awhile.

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Food and Fitness Plan Week #2: The Leftovers

Last week was a good one.  I stayed on track without tracking.  Now, I know that may not be realistic in the long run, but I feel like I was making good choices for myself.

My workplace has a Wellness team, and our team challenged us to 3 weeks of getting at least 8 8oz glasses of water every day.  This was the perfect week to start it, because I had been slacking off on my hydration.  I have been sure to fill my 16oz Blender Bottle at least 4x per day.  In fact, I am considering a new Blender Bottle for actual smoothies since this one is now my water bottle.  I already feel better, more hydrated, and as an added bonus I usually jump out of bed every morning because…  water drinking.

Now on to the week; here is a glimpse in to my Sunday night ~

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Saturday we went canoeing and then camped out in our friends’ backyard. I was the party pooper who went to bed early because of my long run the next morning. Our air mattress deflated (twice) so basically we slept on the ground 😉 I wouldn’t change a minute of the weekend, but by Sunday night I was exhausted. Luckily, I remembered how easily SkinnyTaste Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese came together. Dinner (+ leftovers) done.

Have you been watching The Leftovers on HBO?  I haven’t seen it yet, but I read the book a few years ago.  I enjoyed it, and will eventually get caught up on the show!  It feel appropriate as a theme for this week, because there is a lot going on!  BF has a big birthday this weekend, so I am sure there will be a lot of celebrating going on.  So much so, that I can’t vouch for what dinner is going to be between Thursday and Sunday….  But I am going to do my  level best to not go crazy.  Here is my weekly plan:

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Monday: Leftover spaghetti pie
Tuesday: Leftover mac and cheese
Wednesday: Our final baseball game of the season, but we are having dinner at home first. Rick Bayless’ Frontera sauces make great enchiladas, and you can stretch this to 6 or more by adding refried beans to the filling. I am also going to try out Mexican quinoa to have on the side.
Thursday: TBA
Friday: TBA
Saturday: TBA
Sunday: TBA

Goal: At least one serving of fruit or vegetables with every meal.

fitness

I picked up Build Your Running Body at the library.  It is a good read, very clearly written and it answers a lot of questions regarding diet, strength and stretching.  There are some training programs in there too.  My goal this week is to incorporate what they call The Runner 360, 12 exercises for strength, in to at least three days of workouts.

Monday: I had a 20 minute walk on my dinner break. The gym just did not happen today. Planning on starting 360 exercises tonight.
Tuesday: 5 mile run with some speedwork
Wednesday: 3 mile morning run + 360 exercises
Thursday: Yoga class + 360 exercises
Friday: 2-3 mile morning run (Vacation Day!)
Saturday: DOR
Sunday: 8 mile group run

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Food and Fitness Plan Week #1

Let me tell you friends, I have been turning over so many new leaves that I have myself a tree. I keep asking, “What do I need?” “How can I change?” “What can I do?” and all of my tools are already in place. I just need to learn how to use them again. So I am getting out of my head and in to the web. This will be my new accountability. And I’m starting with a weekly food and fitness plan.

My weekend was CRAZY. I had a really good time seeing old friends participate in the Gay Games in Cleveland.  There is nothing more inspiring than cheering on an incredible group of athletes.

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However, the travel, the lack of activity, and the poor food choices left me feeling terrible yesterday. I felt sick all day, and I know this was directly related to all of my poor choices. Remembering how GOOD the difficult choices make me feel should be enough to keep me on track.

Here is how I plan on doing that this week:

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Monday: Steamed Veggies and Rice (left over Chinese – Did I mention it was a busy weekend?)
Tuesday: The BEST and easiest chicken fajitas
Wednesday: Negotiable? We have tickets to a baseball game. So, ideally thawed out Taco Soup. But probably a bratwurst.
Thursday: Steak and Stilton Pasty (a gift from my freezer)
Friday: Spaghetti Pie

fitness

Monday: What can I fit in after work tonight?
Tuesday: 7 mile long run that got skipped this weekend
Wednesday: 3 mile morning run
Thursday: Yoga class
Friday: 3 mile run post-work
Saturday: Canoeing
Sunday: 7 mile group run

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The Columbus Ten [Part Two]

The easy part was declaring my love for my new life. Take a look at The Columbus Ten [Part One] to read about my move home, and why I love it. Because this next step is going to be hard on me. It is time for me to face the reality of bad habits returning, or reforming in to brand new monsters! The next step is being honest, and making positive changes. It’s calling out the behavior that I know I can change.

This was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Brooke: Not on a Diet. She wrote a great post about tough love, that came out of a Fitbloggin’ session. I have been thinking it over for weeks now, and finally I am ready to make my list of ten. Ten changes to get rid of ten pounds. Not unrealistic, and not dangerous, just things to focus on.

Continue reading “The Columbus Ten [Part Two]”

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The Columbus Ten [Part One]

I have been back home in Columbus for a year. It’s been an incredible year, a challenging year, a fun year.  However, I have been stating goals that I do not follow through on, which then prompts mini-panic attacks. My posting has been shoddy, and my eating has been the same. In the back of my mind, I keep thinking “Something is going to change for me, something will get me back on track, I am just waiting for that something!” But guess what? The only “something” is ME.  Enter the Columbus Ten.

Ten.  That is the number of pounds I have gained in the past year.  And that does not seem like a huge number to some people, but I worked SO hard to lose them.  I never wanted to find them again.  But they crept right back in.  Slowly.  To put this year into perspective,  I think it is important to star with ten things I LOVE about this new life. Continue reading “The Columbus Ten [Part One]”