Monday, January 26, 2009

Midweek update...

Well, to start with, I gained another 1.2 pounds this past Saturday.

I totally deserved the gain, though. I loosely tracked my points and did NO exercise whatsoever.

I WILL have a loss this week, though. (Or at least a break even.)

I've already started out great. Although all for my flex points are gone for the week (not intentional), I tracked every point I ate over the weekend and even walked 45 minutes on Sunday.

I got up early Monday morning and went running outside. YAY!!! It's finally warm enough to run outside again. Well, it was 50 degrees, but that's plenty warm enough, right?

I met a friend from work and ran with her. I've been having the hardest time exercising on Monday mornings. I don't know what it is about Monday mornings, but that bed is way too comfy to get out of.

I ran kinda slow for the first 30 minutes (heart rate between 140 and 145) and then kicked it in gear and really pushed for the last 30 minutes (heart rate between 165 and 170).

I burned 1,050 calories!!

I've NEVER burned that many calories from one session of exercise before!


One thing that might have helped was I set up my heart rate monitor last week so it is now linked to my gender and weight. I manually punched in my heart rate zones to be accurate to The Eat Clean Diet, Body By God and The Seven Pillars of Health, and alot of other articles and websites that have all agreed on the method of setting the zones. So it will be interesting to see what kind of calories I burn the next time I run.

That's right, I haven't ran since Monday morning. Yesterday, I have no excuse. This morning, I woke up from the absolutely most relaxing night's sleep I've had in months. I've been so cold (constantly) lately and especially at night (well, especially all the time, actually). So last night I put an extra blanked, doubled over top of me, on the bed. I was so warm and comfy. Oh my goodness what a great nights sleep.

So this morning when the alarm went off, I naturally didn't want to wake up. But then I laid there having an argument with myself. "Get out of bed, Cara!" "But it's way too comfy!" "Get out of bed you lazy bum!" "But what if something happens to me in the dark?" The argument went on. I finally talked myself into staying in bed and not running because I was afraid someone would jump out of the trees and attack me. I even fell back asleep for a few minutes and actually dreamt that someone attacked me while I was running. Now I'm completely freaked out about running by myself.

Hubby promised he'd get up and go with me in the morning. I sure hope he does. I really need to exercise. So far, I'm up about a pound from last week's weigh in. And I know if I don't exercise, no amount of restraint and sticking to my 22 points is going to work.

P.S. I wore my belt again today. I just can't resist wearing that thing as much as possible.

Oh, yea, and Laurie, if you're reading this, I heard you have your own blog, now. I'd love to stop by and visit. If you leave me a comment, I'll automatically be able to find your blog by clicking on your name. Or you can email the link to me (if you want to): carashow at gmail dot com.


Lauri said...

Hey, Cara! I've been reading your blogs for some time now and I find them inspiring. So yes, I decided to start one of my own simply for accountability to myself. The written word makes a real impression for admissions, doesn't it. No one has been reading it yet, and that's been okay. You are more than welcome to drop in and take a look. In time I'll fancy it up a bit.
In the meantime, I just want you to know what an inspiration you have been and how much I have enjoyed reading and learning from your blogs. I wish we lived close enough to workout together. Keep up the good work!

MaryFran said...

Sorry to hear about the little gain. Sounds like you have a plan though! You can do it!!!

Anonymous said...

Great job. Sorry about the gain, but you will take it off in no time. Thanks for being here.

SeaShore said...

Glad yo're feeling more optimistic. Sounds like you had a great run!

Scale Junkie said...

YAY for running! I had to peek and see where you were, you aren't far from me! I had the AC on yesterday afternoon but tonight I think I'll need the heat...winter in FL

Sounds like you're back on track. I know you'll do great next week.

MizFit said...

checking in on you since it has been a bit since youve posted.

hope youve already mentally let the gain GO and are on your way to a relaxing fun movingmoving weekend.

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

I am stopping in to offer a sort of consolation comment/encouragement. According to last weeks chart for the challenge, both you and I are the biggest gainers. I know, reverse from the goal, but it happens. In my case i am 50 yrs old, I am dealing with both PCOS and menopause, and these both seem to take my body on a new form of Mister Toad's wild rid. But i see that you, like me, are still keeping at it. All we can do is try, re-evaluate our weeks, and try again. Do not lose hope or give up ! It is not an option. We can do this, and perhaps together we can suddenly pull out one of those Biggest Loser massive weight losses this week and make the others eat our dust next week ! You have come so far already- you can do this !!