Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Recap





This pretty much sums up my entire week.

And a warning to any member of the male persuasion who may be reading this.  This post will be loads of bitching and moaning about Aunt Flo, the Crimson Wave and all the other wonderful adjectives to describe the awfulness that comes along with a woman's little monthly visitor.

I seriously can't be the only woman who is actively looking forward to menopause, amiright?  I'm cold all the time anyway.  Surely hot flashes will be nice and soothing? 

It's not always been that bad but since I've been off the pill (since 2008 when the doctors discovered that I had a clotting disorder) my periods have been HELL.  Actually that's not quite right,  about once in every 4 or so are absolutely misery.  This was one of those times.

I skipped tennis on Thursday.  Y'all know it was bad if I skipped tennis.  Plus other exercise on Thursday and Friday were non-existent.  I did go Saturday but after fell back into sloth mode the rest of the weekend.  And let's not even talk about food choices.

Or maybe I should?

I ate everything.  ALL the things.  I discovered recently that Philidelphia Cream Cheese makes this awesome thing called Honey Pecan flavor.  I devoured 2 of those along with Town House Italian Herb crackers.  And beer.  Instead of just buying a little 6 pack, Chris brings home a case of Stella.  Guess how many I have left in my fridge?  2.

Poor choices all around.  I logged what I was "supposed" to eat but didn't dare divulge the full truth of it all. 

Alright so here it is with exercise (or lack thereof)...


Sunday - Rest Day
Monday - 1 hour walking, 1 hour bowling
Tuesday - Tennis - Round Robin for 1 hour and 25 minutes
Wednesday - Week 1 Day 2 of Couch to 5K
Thursday - Nothing
Friday - Nothing
Saturday - Cardio tennis 30 minutes, Tennis - Doubles Clinic 1h 30m

Let's talk a bit about Cardio tennis.  I was not expecting how hard that was!  And for only 30 minutes!  I want to keep it in the rotation too.  It was fun but tough.  It would be easier if more than just 2 of us where there I think.  But with 2 it was pretty brutal.  She had us hit 10 balls (5 forehand, 5 backhand) then go jump through some hoops on the ground, then run and grab all our balls, and make it back to the baseline and then hit the next round before the other person finishes.  We did that like 5 times each.  After that she had us take a break for water, then we did volleys, touch the net with our racquet and then hit the next.  We did about 20 rounds of that and then overheads the same way.  The 30 minutes flew by!  After that I had about a 30 minute break until normal clinic started.  I was out of steam pretty quickly so I felt like I half-assed that one.  Still had fun though!

This is the face of utter exhaustion

So the good - A wee bit of running.

The Bad - Only 1 run and 0 weight training.  Womp womp

The Ugly - Food.  Food bad.

During all those sloth mode, I did manage to clear off a good bit on my dvr and get caught up on Parks and Recreation and Outlander (finished the 1st book and caught up on the show) and watched the movie, Nebraska.  (Wonderful little movie).

Now game plan for this week.  No more eating crap.  Start my October Challenge.  Try to run at least twice this week and do weights 3 times.  Oh, and do much better with walking at work.  Only walked 1 day last week and that is no bueno. 

This was a beautiful sunset I caught in my rear view on Friday


How was your week? 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day trip to NOLA

My mom, aunt, daughter and I spent Wednesday in New Orleans to celebrate my mom's birthday!  We had a wonderful day full of laughs and fun.  Here's some pics from the day!

We started out at Cafe Du Monde and then walked to the Aquarium to spend a good part of the day.  After the aquarium, we watched an Imax film on Kenya.  Our tummies were growling so we found ourselves at Manning's Restaurant for "lupper" (lunch and supper) and afterward headed home!  It was a great day!

The aftermath of the beignets.  I did good and only had water!
It was a wee bit windy










Aunt Darlene (l) and mom (r)

Devyn and I

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday!


Quickie Weigh In Wednesday post because I'm heading to NOLA to spend the day with my family for my Mom's birthday!





I'm up a wee bit from Monday but that's ok (only .4).  And actually after I went and did my next C25K this morning, I ended up at 186.0 but I'm going to count the one above since it was the one that came up first thing this morning.  Stupid scale.   Even still, that above number is 2 pounds on the dot lower than last Wednesday so I will absolutely take it!

This morning was actually really nice!  The weather was perfect (60ยบ) and so was the exercise.   Now why can't I will myself out of bed every day to be able to take advantage of this?!  







Also, don't forget if you need a little extra motivation to stay away from the Halloween Candy, sign up for One Crazy Penguin and my October Challenge - Stay Away from Tricks and Treats!







Ok suppose I need to get my behind in gear before we head out!  Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!  I'll try to catch up on ya'll tomorrow!  (And I make no promises that I will stay away from beignets today...)  :D

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Stay Away from Tricks and Treats October Challenge

 
About a week ago I was bemoaning the fact that the End of Summer Challenge was ending. Tiina with One Crazy Penguin said we should just do a challenge of our own and thus Stay Away from Tricks and Treats October Challenge was born!

October is always a very challenging time with all the candy and sweets so I'm going to attempt to make it through until the 31st before I sample any chocolate-y goodness, or candy corn, or SweetTarts.  Plus, for additional motivation we are hosting a dietbet (optional, of course!) to help keep ourselves on target!

We will also have a facebook group to join for extra motivation!

This is what I'm planning to try to accomplish next month, and I may tweak it a bit before the challenge starts, but this is what I have so far-
1. Stay away from all the candy!
2. 2000 exercise minutes total
3. To not lose the dietbet

If you are interested in participating in this challenge, shoot me an email at skinnygeekwithin@gmail.com or One Crazy Penguin  at onecrazypenguin@gmail.com a message and we'll add you to the challenge!

The challenge part is up to you!  It can be whatever you need it to be and/or just if you need a little motivation and support along the way!  We are starting up on October 1st so you have plenty of time to decide!


Fleurty and Fit's End of Summer Challenge results

I can't believe that the end of Summer is finally here!  But along with the new fall season comes the end of Fleurty and Fit's End of Summer Challenge! 

I'm really sad to see it end though!  This was probably the best challenge I've ever done and stayed on course throughout the whole time - yea there was a few hiccups from time to time, but I actually did finish this challenge and I did actually accomplish a few goals along the way!

Here's a recap of the goals -


1. No beer  That went surprisingly well.  Yea, I missed it but my butt definitely didn't miss the calories.   I get an A+ here.
2. 100 oz water per day.  I did mostly ok with this one.  Some days were better than others but overall, I did well with this.  I'll give myself a B+.
3.  Enter all food into My Fitness Pal.  I get an A-.   I would have gotten an A+ for logging but sometimes at the end of the day I manage to forget to hit submit.  MFP streak will be at Day 150 as of tomorrow!  
4. No Weighing.  I get an F here.  I didn't even make a whole week..
5. Get below 186. (Which will officially mean that I've finally gone below my lowest plateau weight).  Oh so close!    186.8.  A-  because it was so close.
6. Blog at least 2x per week.  A+ here too.   
7.  Weekly meal plan.  A- because even though we meal planned there were some times we went off course, but overall this happened, each and every week.      

And when I first started this challenge 5 weeks ago, I was 192.8 and now as of yesterday morning the scale read:


6 pound loss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's the BIGGEST scale movement that I've seen in practically a year!   Seriously!

Front and side from 5 weeks ago -



Front and side as of Saturday (using Best Buy's restroom) -



I don't really see much of a difference though in the pics.

Overall, I'm really happy and ecstatic with my results!  A HUGE shoutout to Jasmine who made this challenge possible and put up with all the hard work in organizing it and leading the way!  And of course to all the other ladies who were along for the ride with the challenge.  Your support means so much!  Glad we did this together!

Oh and be on the lookout for an October (scary!) challenge that I'll post about soon!  Details coming up!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Beat the Blerch Virtual Race - My first 10K

I spent about an hour in bed yesterday morning just after I woke up trying to mentally come up with every excuse in the book as to why I didn't want to run. Here's a couple of the better excuses:
"I hate running"
"It's still so hot here"
"I'd much rather just go to the gym and get this done on the elliptical, at least it's air-conditioned in there and I can watch Doctor Who at the same time"
"I should wait and do it tomorrow"
"I could probably finish reading Outlander instead of running"

But the one excuse that I didn't have was tennis.  We didn't have our normal tennis clinic Saturday and the weather (yesterday morning) was absolutely gorgeous.  Plus, I wanted to have a true rest day Sunday.

I also knew that I wanted to try for a 10K and I am weird about races that I already have a shirt for.  I wanted to be able to prove to myself that I could do it and I would earn the right to wear that really awesome Beat The Blerch tech shirt. 

Somehow I managed to propel myself out of bed and get dressed.   At first, I thought that I'd just do it up and down my street but after mentally counting how many laps it would take to do it, I opted instead to go to the park.  My street is very very boring and there is usually some new construction going on further down and there's always rogue clumps of dirt, nails, debris all over the street that I really wanted to avoid.  Also, there is no shade and at this time it was already 9:30 with the heat of the day heading our way and fast.  At least with the park, there would be things to look at and plenty of shade in some areas.

This is the only pic I took during the run yesterday
After hemming and hawing about how I was going to do this, I decided as I was starting that I would do 2 minute run / 2 minute walk for as long as I can.  I didn't want to use all my energy early on and because I really haven't ran consecutively in such a long time, I knew that a burnout was very likely.   I did pretty good with it at first but after about 40 minutes of doing this, I needed a walk break.  I took about a 10 minute reprieve and then decided that I would do w1d1 of C25K.  After that was finished, I literally had no more gas in the engine so I ended up walking the rest to get it done.  Time was terrible.   I was hoping to be at about 1 hour 30 minutes but that wasn't going to happen.  By now it was getting really hot and my legs felt like lead.  I finally finished at 1h55m8s. 

Ouch.

But, since this was my very first 10k, it still counts as a PR, right?!





 

Oh, and I totally had to go potty really bad (TMI, sorry!) and I don't trust the bathrooms at the park.  I went into a Best Buy on the way home.  Wearing my medal.  I totally did, I earned that puppy!

Looking back, I'm really glad that I did it but I also realize I need to build my stamina up again.   So, I'll be starting C25K again.  Since I have had success before with it, I may as well stick to it.  Running is definitely not my favorite thing but its almost a necessary evil for me.  And it will help with my tennis game and with conditioning so that's something I keep telling myself when I don't want to go.  And I definitely do not foresee me running anything longer than a 10K but I will be aiming for a new PR eventually!

I'm a little bit sore today.  Not nearly as bad as I was fearing but its the good kind of sore anyway.  :)


*** edited to add, I just noticed that this was my 300th post!!!***

Friday, September 19, 2014

Beat the Blerch Virtual Race is coming!


Beat the Blerch Run is this weekend and I signed up for a 10K.  What the ever-loving crap was I thinking!?!?!

I haven't ran consecutively since um, maybe April?   I just can't deal with the heat and humidity from April - September.  An excuse; you betcha.  I know plenty of people who do run here in Louisiana and deal with it.   But let's face it, I have a hard enough time getting any running in as it is.  It's just not my 'thang'.  But, that being said, I know that it is necessary and it will eventually help me to get this weight off and as a wonderful side bonus, to help with conditioning for tennis.  I never, ever forsee me running anything more than a 10K anyway.

As far as the race itself goes, no way am I even going to attempt to run the whole thing.  I'm thinking that I will actually restart C25K and do W1D1, D2 and D3 back to back.  I know you aren't supposed to do them all at once like that.  But I can probably run a mile straight if I really wanted to(and have done so recently..)  but if I ran that mile straight, I would totally burn myself out and then the next 5.2 miles would seriously be dreadful.  Plus, the sooner I get this done in the morning the less hot it will be and ain't nobody got time to be walking for 3 hours....

I've been thinking of re-committing to the C25K anyways and hopefully soon it will start cooling down.  I've actually been thinking about doing it before the Virtual race option even became available but my plan then was to start it in October.  This will put me at starting it about a week and a half sooner.  Plus one of my goals for October is going to be to run 3x per week (even if it's only a mile or so).

Oh and I guess I should note, that if I actually can do this, a 10K will officially be my longest distance ever (running, walking or run/walk)!  Even on the elliptical I've only done 5 miles at a stretch!



Is running D1-3 of C25K a smart thing?  Should I do something else (run 3, walk 1)?  Any suggestions would be most appreciated!  (and this color is as close as I could get to the Virtual Run colors)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday


Don't you hate it when the scale does this?  Every single day since Thursday - 187, 187, 187, 187, 187 and then today's weigh in gets here and BAM!


I know y'all are tired of hearing me bitch about this and trust me.  I'm tired of it too.

A list of possible "whys" could be because -
  • T.O.M. is lurking around the corner
  • Not enough water the last few days
  • Not much exercise due to back issues since Saturday
A 0.2 pound loss.  Even still those excuses are likely the cause, it still just sucks.  My food has been on point all week with the exception of last Friday and a bottle of wine may have been ingested while hubby took care of the margaritas.


But that was my only slip up of the last week.

I was really hoping to announce that I would be below plateau lowest weight today.  Oh well, not much else left to say about it but to move on.

I am going to try to walk today at work and maybe do some easy weights.  I'll play tennis by ear.  I really would *like* to play tonight since Coach Lo is going to be out of town this weekend assisting her college in a tennis tournament and this will be my only chance to practice with her.  I may start out a bit and just see how it feels.  My back is better (but not 100%) and getting less painful each day.

I did start watching the first episode of Outlander but I won't watch any more until I finish the book.  I'm really liking the book and it's not really normally my cup of tea, so to speak.  So that kinda surprises me.  I'm not really a romance book kind of gal.  I do, however, like historical fiction.  After I finish this I really want to read the next Stephen King book on my list (Mr. Mercedes).



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Catch-up & brain dump

Are you guys watching The Roosevelts on PBS?  I think Teddy Roosevelt has quickly jumped up the ladder to become my favorite president.  Plus he is very quotable. 





This is the last week of the #FleurtySummerChallenge and I'm going to be sad to see it end.  I've been really doing well with this.  I've had a few hiccups here and there but for the most part have stayed the course.   (I guess that's true with just about anything!)   I'll have a more detailed post up about all of this towards the end of the week and about all my thoughts, feelings, successes, failures, etc during the challenge.

In other news, I haven't done a weekly update from last week.   I did pretty good though, I think I got 5 days of exercise in and food was good.  I'd give myself a B for last week. 

On Saturday, however, at some point while playing tennis, I managed to hurt my back.   I shrugged it off and kept on going.  It was a "tweak" and I guess after the age of 40 those happen regularly so I did what I thought was best and ignored it and kept on going.  The lesson itself, turned out to be one of my best ones.  It was just me and Coach Lo so a good one on one lesson and we covered the gamut of forehands, backhands, volleys, serves and overhead smashes for an hour and a half.

As I left the clinic to head home and was walking to the car, I felt achy in my back.  So I decided to go ahead and put the heated seat to on and that may help work the kink out.  By the time I arrived home and went to get out of the car, I came to the stark realization that I could hardly move.  Uh oh.

With Chris's help, I got in and immediately got to the shower, got changed and then promptly sat on a heating pad constantly since Saturday around noon.  Each day it feels a bit better than the last, but I've been without any exercise since Saturday and I really think I am not going to tennis tonight either and listen to my body.   So I'm definitely going to give it one more full day of rest and play everything by ear for tomorrow.  Shitty timing for an injury right?  Just as I'm on the tail end of this challenge.

The good (?!) news is that I'm doing a good job of clearing off my dvr for the new fall tv shows! 


62 days left until Disney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I get to make our FastPass + reservations Thursday night!  This will be my first time doing that.  Does anyone have any tips or suggestions?  Do I just go after the main attractions?  Halp!

And I signed up a while back for The Oatmeal's virtual 10K.   I'm quietly starting to freak out about it.  I have not ran in a while (a few weeks) and consistently well - even longer.  Plus it's still hot as Hades here.  My thought was to run/walk the thing on the Sunday morning early.  My "plan" was to start running again more regularly once it started cooling off (October).  I may try a 4 minute run / 2 minute walk method and just see how it goes.

It came with some really awesome swag!
I also signed up for a trip next May to New York City!  I'm so excited!  It will be my first time going and a girls only trip!  My mom, aunt, another aunt and cousin will all be joining me.  It should be so much fun and something I've always wanted to do (Visit NYC!)!    So I definitely want some tips and suggestions if you guys have any!  We are going to be there for only 4 days (boo) and will try to hit all the touristy stuff but should have some time to do a few other special things I'm hoping!

Alrighty that's about all that's going on right now with me.  Hope you guys are doing well!

Gimme all your NYC tips/tricks!  Also if you have any experience with Disney's Fast Pass+ scheduling?  (Back in my day, you had to walk to the fast pass machine!  Like a savage!)