Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I Don't Wanna Run!

I did not feel like running this morning. In fact, I almost didn't. I was up way too late last night playing with my trial version of Photoshop CS5 and then woke up after not enough sleep. I could feel a cold coming on. I had a list as long as my arm of other things to do. 

"Just do it later" said the voice in my head, so I went back to bed and set my clock to wake me in an hour an a half so I could get ready to take the kids to the roller skating rink (a promise I made them last week - frankly, having my head squeezed in a vice was sounding better than 4 hours of loud music, disco ball bedlam).

After flipping through a magazine for 10 minutes, I realized that I really
HAD to get my butt out of bed and go running. I was NOT going to go later. I got no exercise on Sunday - Christmas. Didn't do anything on Monday - cleaning. Ditto yesterday - I went to work and it was cold and raining and I talked myself out of running and into eating a bag of Twizzlers and two gingerbread men (there may or may not have been some additional random limbs consumed).

I
HAD to go.

I knew if I got up and got dressed, there was a fair chance that the momentum would carry me out the door, so I got dressed and left the house.


I drove to the ATT feeling awfully snuffly, but since I am a mouth-breather when running, I figured I would be fine. Or at least, ok.


I think I could have crawled the first half mile faster than I ran it, but I kept going.


After the first mile, I walked 2 minutes. The second mile was misery - I don't know what it is about this low grade span of the trail that kicks my ass every time I run it, but I kept going.


Finally, I turned around and headed back, again walking the first 2 minutes of the third mile. I was hoping I would start feeling better after the turn-around, but not so much. I kept fighting the voice in my head that was telling me, "just make it to the half mile marker, and then walk." 


I shut that bitch up and kept running.


I walked the first 2 minutes of the fourth mile, and then started running. I think a tortoise passed me at some point. At the half mile marker, I tried to increase my speed just a bit. Then just a bit more. I felt like my legs could do it, but I was sucking air, so I just allowed myself to pant  (I am always very conscious of my breathing when I am running - I feel like people can hear me coming a mile away) and kept going.


Then, I was done.
I DID IT


Excuses - you can kiss my ass!


My splits:

Mile 1: 11:42

Mile 2: 12:46
Mile 3: 12:57
Mile 4: 12:42

Total: 50:07.1


Now I am laying in bed nursing a serious cold and trying to ignore the contents of my closet piled all around my room because late last night Project Closet Organization morphed into Project Scratch My Head and Wonder Where All This Shit Came From and Where the Hell is it Going to Go Now, but I got my run in, so everything is A-OK! 


Run done + Roku + Nyquil = Life is Good

Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k Recap

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I really don't seem to be able to get anything done in a timely manner these days (or those days, either, actually). Even though it's a little late, though, I wanted to post a quick recap because I really rocked this!

I let myself "sleep in" until around 8:30 and then headed out to the Tobacco Trail around 9:30. Since I have been working on increasing my running time, my plan was to run the first two miles and then see how I felt after that. I
felt like my first mile was drag-ass-y (as always), second felt ok, and it got better after that.

I was not surprised to see a lot of runners out there getting their Christmas Eve run on! Even
saw heard a few in their jingle bells!

Here are my splits:


Mile 1: 11:53

Mile 2: 12:22
Mile 3: 12:11
Mile 4: 12:38
Mile 5: 11:50
Mile 6: 12:24
.21: 2:04 (average pace 10:06)

Apparently I was not dragging ass as much as I thought in Mile 1. Really, there is a slight uphill grade for nearly the entire second mile, and I was getting tired, so I did not worry about speed and just concentrated on keeping it going. 


Miles 3 through 6 - I
walked the first 2 minutes of each mile! And I still had good times (good for me!). I am shocked and thrilled. I know that if I had not been running a "race" I would not have pushed myself to do this, but now that I have, I know I have no excuse not to keep it up!

I even had a pretty good kick at the end.


I am super proud of myself for doing this and doing it well. Since I have never raced this distance, it is a PR for me, too!


Time to beat: 1:15:22


As always, running is the best way to start the day, although I was seriously wiped for much of the rest of the day! After I was done, I had a few last minute errands to run (one gift-related and one food-related), and then  I got down to cooking and cleaning...Christmas Eve was a quiet and casual with just some friends over for dinner. After cleaning, I had to lay down for a quick nap to recover before starting on dinner. Then after dinner, I had to catch some more zzzz's (with alarm set!) before getting up to help Santa. 


Santa, by the way, thoroughly enjoyed the cookies and egg nog left out for him, and will be spending the next few weeks working out with me to hold back the jelly belly!


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday...now I have caught my daughter's cold and am settling in for a long winter's nap, but soon it will be time for some ringing in of the new year, complete with Twenty Twelve Intentions!


Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays 10k - see you next year!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Numbers Game

Losing weight is a numbers game. Unfortunately, I have only been paying attention to one number...the one on the scale. So, I have made a decision. I am not going to replace my cantankerous bathroom scale. I am going to start paying attention to other numbers, and for awhile, those numbers are going to be referred to as points.

Yes, I have decided to go back to Weight Watchers - I still have about two months' worth of Weight Watchers coupons courtesy of Oprah and my sister. I found a Friday morning meeting not far from where I work, so this Friday I will be going for my first meeting and weigh-in. I am hoping to have the willpower to not look at my weight - all I want to know after each weigh-in is net change (hopefully loss!). Once my free membership expires, depending on my progress, I will decide what to do from there.

Obviously what I have been doing has not been working. Obviously for whatever reason it's going to take more...more effort, more attention, more accountability, more whatever...to get the scale moving again. It is depressing because I feel like I've been doing all the same things I did last year to be so successful, yet I am still basically a fat, flabby runner. I love running and I have big goals for 2012 and beyond, and I know that to be successful in those goals, I need to get my ass in gear and shape up and slim down.

Speaking of numbers...a few weeks ago, I promised to take my measurements, though they are still conspicuously absent from my stats page. I actually did take them, with the help of E, who recorded them on a giant Post-it that is now hanging on the back of my bedroom door. They are kind of depressing. Um, actually, they are really depressing, but they are my starting point and I am using that as motivation...one day in the not too distant future, they will be the "before" numbers, and I will have better numbers to compare to them.

I think I did pretty well over the holiday weekend - I enjoyed myself without over-enjoying! I ran my Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k on Saturday (recap to come!). I definitely plan to stick to my exercise schedule this week (a Jackie Warner butt-kicking is on the schedule for today) - in fact, since I have the week off work, I am really looking forward to a lot of daytime runs and hikes in new and fun places.

In the meantime, I will leave you with my before pictures and measurements. Say goodbye...I will not be a flat, flabby runner for long!

Apparently my belly spent the entire race trying to flop over my
fuel belt - this picture was the least offensive


Hello, spare tire! Hello, cellulite!


Rear view - I have no words. Oh, wait. Yes, I do. Wide and load.
Measurements (I used this guide):

Bust: 44"
Chest: 41"
Waist: 41"
Hips: 47"
Midway: 46"
Thighs: 27"
Knees: 20"
Calves: 18"
Upper Arm: 13"
Lower Arm: 11.5"

I'll take them again on February 1. Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My First Virtual Race!

With spring training starting on January 3 and my goal since the half of increasing my "run time" and decreasing my "walk time," I can't afford to take a holiday from my running! Not to mention, I don't want to! I had planned to go for a nice flat long run on the ATT on Saturday morning, but I found the perfect motivation in the form of the First Annual Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k!

I sure won't be winning any prizes for my time, and I don't have any super cute Christmas-y outfits to wear (and I am totally shopped out, but next year I will be prepared!), but I will be out there nevertheless, with some extra motivation to have a really great run. 

Plus, I will feel a lot better indulging in my traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner of  kapusta and pierogies. Yum!

What are your plans for the weekend? Are you going to squeeze in your run or other exercise? What's on the menu for your holiday meals?


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gone Rogue (Again)

Back in January, I bought myself a new scale because mine had gone rogue. More specifically, I "took myself to Walgreens and bought a simple, $10 scale." I am thinking it is maybe time to invest in a higher quality scale, because this one seems to have gone haywire, as well.

I woke up this morning and decided to jump on the scale for a "mid-week" weigh-in - mostly because I was expecting to be depressed by the result and therefore more motivated to lay off the tasteless canned cookies at work that I munched on all day yesterday just 'cause. Imagine my surprise when the scale read...

192!!!

Um, WHAT? That's a 14 pound loss over the course of 5 days? A few weeks ago, there was a drastic change from Saturday to Sunday, but I didn't think too much of it. I run long on Saturdays, so I figured it was probably water weight or something. Twice in a few weeks, though, is maybe more than a coincidence.

I admit, I allowed myself a little bit of denial there for a few minutes and let myself "revel" in my success! But alas, by the time I was done with my shower, I had come back to the land of reality. I decided to try on a pair of pants I haven't been able to wear for awhile (a pair that was literally falling off me a year ago, sigh) - if they fit then I would know that at least part of the loss was legit. Yeah...they did not fit.

So, I reluctantly got back on the scale. Somehow, during my shower, I gained back 6 pounds! I stepped off and back on. Another 2 pound gain! Off...on...3 pound gain. Once more...2 pound loss. After doing this dance another moment or two, it seemed to "stabilize" at 201.4, but it is clearly not reliable, so I guess I will be stopping tonight to pick up another new scale. Maybe I will spend more than $10 this time!

I have considered getting one of these but I'm a little afraid that I would end up driving myself crazy doing the math in my head. Anyone have one? What do you think of it? Do you get past doing the calculation and just rely on the total amount lost? I will have to think about this - I am so very tired of seeing that ugly number on the scale!

So if I decide to get one, I guess the next question is...what color? I'm thinking pink, of course!

On a more positive note, last night was a social run at Fleet Feet followed by the mentor meeting for the spring Get Lucky 8k training group. I am so excited to be mentoring this group and having the chance to help and inspire others! Only a few people showed up for the run, and they were all way faster than me, so it turned out to be more of a solo run, BUT I ended up running the entire three miles except for a 2 minute walk after 25 minutes (my C25K Week 6 Run 2). Whoo hoo!!!

I know I have said it before, and if not, I think it on a daily basis...I am just so grateful that I discovered running. It has changed my life. I am definitely a happier, better person for it, and I hope to be able to enjoy it for many, many years to come!

Outer Banks Half Marathon Race Recap (Part 2)

Finally!

Picking up where I left off...lights out at 10:00pm the night before the race...

Surprisingly, I did not have a hard time falling asleep. Unfortunately, I had some bad dreams and tossed and turned most of the night (I think it was the beer). I had set my alarm for 4:45, figuring if the singing didn't wake me up, my alarm would, but alas, there was no singing. What ended up waking me up an annoying 15 minutes before my alarm went off (don't you hate that!) was the shower in the bathroom next to my room. Oh, well, at least I didn't oversleep!

Thank goodness I had figured out what I was going to wear and had it all ready, otherwise I might have been tempted to make last minute changes. I wore my new black "yoga" pants from Target (which were really way too warm, but the alternative was shorts and, NO!), a tech shirt from Target in turquoise (my new favorite color), compression sleeves, and my new DIG DEEP Bondi band under my black Brooks hat. I wore a windbreaker that I planned to ditch before the race and my new pink gloves, of course!

Breakfast was a quick PB&J on a whole wheat bagel and a cup of coffee, and after double and triple checking that I had everything, we were off! Since we stayed north of the start, in Corolla, we had a drive ahead of us, so we were out the door around 5:30. We were behind some super slow SUV for what seemed like forever and were all getting a little stressed, but we made it in plenty of time and scored a great parking place at a bank just a block from the start.

By the time we got there, it was not nearly as chilly as I had thought it would be. Maybe it was just my adrenaline, though, because I'm pretty sure if I walked out of the house dressed like that I would be shivering! Since I hadn't thought to bring a bag to check, I stowed my coat in a friend's bag, then hit the line for the porta-johns. While in line I saw these adorable pirates...

Aren't they the cutest?

I love their socks! I really want to dress up for a race!

Ready to run! "Pinky," Pam, "Perky," Sloane, Lou


View from Corral F (the back of the pack)

With only a few minutes before start, I finally met up with my running partner Megan and then the cannons started booming and soon we were off!


Mile 1: Megan likes to go out like a bat out of hell, so I concentrated on going SLOW! We were doing 3/2 intervals and worked on keeping our walking speed brisk. As usual, my first mile felt crappy - my legs felt like lead. The front of my ankle was bothering me, so I stopped for a minute to stretch. 

Mile 2: Same as the first. 

Mile 3: Starting to feel warmed up. My foot/ankle were feeling much better. Last part of the third mile we detoured off the main road and ran along the sound for awhile - it was great to have a change of view!



Mile 4: Fourth mile takes us back onto the main road. I am glad I decided to wear my Nathan fuel belt - there were water stations every mile, but I was very glad to have my own to sip on. I put Nuun in two of the bottles. 

Mile 5: At the end of the fifth mile, we turn toward the water again and run through a neighborhood. Lots of spectators and cheering, which was great! Somewhere around this point I think I ate my first Gu (Espresso Love, baby). Megan pointed out the causeway we would be running across at Mile 9...can you see it waaaay across the sound?


Mile 6: Hitting my stride now, feeling really good. Running through another neighborhood which was a great change of scenery - that main road gets pretty boring! At one point, I looked at my watch and we were doing like a 9:30 mile! Since I didn't want to crawl across the finish line, we slowed way back down! Our half-way time was 1:25, right on pace for our goal finish.

Mile 7: Feeling very warm now in my long black pants and again very grateful that I'm carrying water. Stopped at the next water station for some Gatorade - never been a fan of green, but it never tasted so good before!

Mile 8: Back on the highway and heading toward the causeway and dreaded bridge. We saw Allison on her bike - what a pick-me-up that was! That, and the Gu I ate to give me some energy before THE HILL.

Thumbs up - doing good!

Mile 9: Turning onto the causeway...THE HILL is in sight! They were rocking some great tunes at the water station. Grabbed some more Green Gatorade - seriously, how is it that this stuff is so good?! We decided we were going to walk up the hill instead of exhausting ourselves trying to stick with our intervals. Looking back, I do wish I had run SOME of it, but we kept a really good pace.


Funny, it doesn't look quite as imposing in this picture
as it did coming up to it after 9 miles!
View from the top!

Mile 10: Over the hill and running down at a good pace, feeling strong.

Mile 11: Legs are feeling heavier now. Look - more green juice! Went to eat another Gu and realized that somewhere along the way I had dropped my last one! Probably when I fumbled taking my phone out to take pictures. I was forced to grab a Hammer Gel (Apple Cinnamon) at one of the water stations...EW! It was so sweet I could barely choke it down, and definitely did not give me the boost my Espresso LOVE would have.

Mile 12: Coming into Manteo...just one more mile!!!

Mile 13: Running down Main Street in Manteo - Megan is pointing out the damage from the recent flooding. The streets are lined with cheering people, which is a good thing, because I am running out of steam. At some point, the marathon leader passes us looking great. Wow!!!!

.1: This was absolutely THE. LONGEST. TENTHOFAMILE. EVER!!! With maybe half mile to go we had decided to run it in and my ass was really dragging. At one point someone told us "only three more flags" but we passed a lot more than that! Finally the finish line is in sight! I don't think I had much of a kick, but my time was 2:50:31 - spot on my goal time (our second half was exactly as fast as our first, even with the hill)!

As soon as I cross the finish line, I grab whatever they hand me to drink and guzzle it, eat the very hard and pretty tasteless granola bar (don't know what kind), hang my medal around my neck and start thinking about how much I can improve my time in my next race!!!!

I AM A HALF MARATHONER!!!!!


Fleet Feet Finishers! See me in the back with my beer and medal?
Sloane, Lou and I celebrating with the pirate. Doesn't he look like he's about to behead me?

Wow - I think it took me longer to write the recap than to run the race! This was an amazing experience from start to finish, and I absolutely cannot wait to do it again. And again. And again!


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Today I am grateful for:
  • 101.5 FM - all Christmas music, all the time!
  • peppermint bark
  • Fleet Feet training groups
  • running friends
  • a totally non-tech Christmas (sorry, kids!)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Weigh-in

206.2

Again, I am going to choose to look on the bright side. First of all, this is probably well-deserved. The Tower of Temptation arrived at the office on Tuesday and I over-indulged maybe just a little. Two words...Almond Roca. I got back on track yesterday, but I guess the damage was done and really, it could have been worse. Secondly, I have been doing my strength training so maybe some of that .8 of a pound is my newly bulging muscles, right? RIGHT?! Finally, given that it is the holiday season and in years past I have gained 10 times that amount, I am going to call this week a solid WIN.

Now, today we have our office party (catered by a BBQ restaurant) and tonight I have a Christmas party, so I will definitely have to be constantly thinking "moderation!" And tomorrow...a long, long run!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Outer Banks Half Marathon Race Recap (Part 1)

I figured a month was long enough to take to write a recap of my first half marathon. Actually, I'm thinking the way things are going these days, I might be doing good to only have taken a month to get to it!

From what I've gathered, running your first half marathon or marathon either cures you of wanting to do another one or feeds the obsession. I can safely say I fall squarely in the second camp. I can't wait to do another!

I dropped the kids off with my parents on Friday night, so I had time to make sure everything was packed and ready to go and get to bed early. I left a little later than I planned, but it was a gorgeous day and a beautiful drive. I'm sure I looked like a total tourist as I pulled over multiple times to get pictures of the cotton fields!

"Southern Snow"

Unfortunately when I turned on my camera (my awesome, lightweight, tiny little Nikon that I bought specifically for running...in this race!) I realized the battery was dead and I did not bring the charger, so I was stuck taking pictures with my iPhone...iPhone 3 that is, no flash, crappy pictures. I decided not to let it ruin my weekend!

The drive was not as long as I had anticipated - about three hours. When I got into Nags Head, I stopped at the expo to pick up my race packet and do some shopping. I picked up a Runner Girl keychain and Christmas ornament, some gloves, a Bondi Band (black with "Dig Deep" in white), some Gu, and a bunch of race flyers! I was very disappointed in the race shirt, though - I got a women's large, but the shirts ran so small that it's so small it would probably fit E! It's in my drawer in the hopes that it might fit after I reach goal weight.

Once I was done wandering around the expo wishing I had more money to spend, I headed up to our rental house in Corolla. It was beautiful! I had a room to myself (no one had to listen to me snore!), and after I unpacked, I crashed for a few hours. A nap in a beach house is somehow so much more restful than a nap in my messy house!

After I woke up it was time for a walk down at the beach. I love the beach - it's been years since I have been. It was nearly deserted as I walked along, collecting shells and enjoying the sunset. 

All I could think about was running along the edge of the waves!

When I got back from my walk, I was just in time to enjoy some snacks and help get dinner ready. One of the ladies made this amazing chicken and rice dish - I could have had thirds, and fourths! I actually enjoyed two beers during the dinner festivities, which is unusual for me. I am not much of a drinker, but you wouldn't know that from looking at the pictures taken of me over this weekend break from "single mama-hood!"

Done with the beer and drinking water like a good runner!
From left, "Perky," Sloane, Pam, me, "Pinky" and Allison

After dinner, Allison and Pinky handed out gifts! Allison gave us each a handmade charm, hand-stamped 13.1 and then enameled. Beautiful! Pinky gave us all pink gloves and headbands so we would be toasty warm the next morning.


Back: Pinky, Me, Allison, Sloan
Front: Perky, Lou, Pam

After our photo shoot, we all walked down to the beach and raised a little hell, then headed back to the house to finalize our wardrobe choices and lay everything out for the next morning...Allison promised to wake us all up at 4:00 am singing (I don't remember what song). I set my alarm just in case, read for awhile, and turned the lights out at 10:00, hoping to get a good night's sleep in my bunk bed.

...to be continued...

Still reading? Here's what I'm grateful for today!

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Today I am grateful for:
  • fresh Christmas trees from Booger Mountain
  • egg nog
  • cold winter's nights and my warm fluffy comforter
  • Christmas lights around the neighborhood
  • Christmas parades

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jackie Warner Will Kick Your Ass!

A few days ago I wrote about adding some cross-training back into my schedule by working out with Jackie Warner via her Power Circuit Training DVD. Wednesday night I did the upper body circuit followed by the ab circuit, and, to quote myself, "that workout did not leave me on the floor writhing in agony." In fact, I went into work on Thursday and told my friend "it wasn't too bad - in fact, I'm not feeling it at all."

You see where I'm going with that, right?

Yes, when I got home Thursday night and was changing into my running clothes, I lifted my arms and "felt it." Then I "felt it" all day Friday at work, so much so that every time I moved, I grunted a sad, pathetic, whiny little grunt, leaving the door open for a little bit of teasing.

Did I learn anything from that?

No, apparently not. Friday night, I came home and decided to do the lower body circuit followed by abs. Despite the fact that I had a long run planned for Saturday morning...I figured I was ok because it would take 24 hours to really "feel" that workout. The lower body workout consisted of things like sissy squats, dead lifts, and UFCs, these dreadful exercises which I think just might be worse than burpees!

When I woke up Saturday, I was a little sore, but not terribly sore, so I headed off for my run. First on the agenda was C25K Week 5 Run 3 - 20 minutes. I remember the terror that 20 minute run struck in my heart the first time I saw it looming on the calendar, wondering if I would be ready. This time there was no terror, but I was still nervous about it. I was planning to meet running friend Heather at Lake Johnson at 8:00, so I just headed over a little early to do my run.

Now, the thing about Lake Johnson, which I seem to have forgotten in the months since I ran there, is that it is hilly. Maybe on a good day I might call them "rolling hills," but yesterday, feeling a "little sore" from my Jackie Warner ass kicking, they felt a bit bigger. 

I ran my 20 minutes, turning around after 15 for the chance to run downhill for awhile, then walked/ran back to the parking lot where I met Heather and another running group friend, Peg (she has a Ridgeback, so you know she has good taste!) and I ran two three mile loops around the lake with them then sent them on their way to run another 9 miles. 

I came home, sat in an ice bath for 20 minutes, took an even longer hot shower, shuttled kids around, and took the Big Red Dog to the dog park. By the time I got home, I was really, really, REALLY feeling that ass kicking. In my ass. In my quads. In my hamstrings. 

I felt it all afternoon. I felt it all night (even after taking Goody's PM to help me fall asleep and stop feeling it). I felt it this morning. I felt it on the six-mile shuffle walk I took the dogs on today. I felt it walking up the hill to the car at Walmart. I feel it every time I try and sit on the toilet. I feel it right now, sitting here whining about it. On the up side, it was really fun making my kids help me by picking things up off the floor - things that just kept "dropping" (hey, I remember the never-ending games of "dropsy" they played with me!).

All that said, though, it was a good kind of hurt. I haven't had that much trouble sitting down since I was working out with my trainer at the gym last year. I will definitely keep working out with Jackie, but next week I will be sure NOT to do the lower body circuit the night before my long run!

Looking down from Mount Everest the hill at the end of the Tobacco Trail
that I had to make it up to get back to my car...and coffee


What's your favorite ass-kicking dvd workout?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Frustration...I Mean Weigh-in

Yeah. Not as good as I had hoped/expected, tho I guess it depends on how you look at it. I guess today I will choose to look at the bright side...

Last Saturday weight: 210 - WHAT?!
Last Sunday weight: 205.2 - yeah, something fishy is going on
Today's weight: 204.8

I think I would have been much happier if I had not weighed on Sunday! But I will take it. If I have to lose the next 50 pounds four freaking ounces at a time, so be it!

I am promising myself (again) that I will take my measurements tonight! Right after I get my new running shoes - wheeeee!!! 

I am turning things around...if I can quit smoking right before the holidays, I can certainly stay on track through the holidays - or at least, keep from going hog wild at the Christmas buffet!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cross - Check!

During my half marathon training, I religiously ran 4 days a week (up until the very end). Since then I have dropped the fourth day but continue to run three days a week, as well as hike one day a week. What I haven't done in a really, really, REALLY long time is any sort of cross training. It's been nagging at me for awhile, especially since my jiggly parts seem to be hanging on so frustratingly fiercely. I no longer belong to the gym, I haven't coughed up the money for a bike yet, and I have not felt very motivated to do anything else...

Until tonight! Since my house is currently in a state of chaos and mess (I live with three mini tornadoes) and no one but me seems to like PB&J and there wasn't much else in the fridge, I took the kids to Panera. I was very good and got the Asian Chicken Salad (half), but then I ended up eating the leftover bits of E's cinnamon crunch bagel (topped with honey walnut cream cheese, of course) because HELLO! Is there anything better?

I was feeling pretty guilty when we got home, but surprisingly, not dead ass tired like I usually am. On running days, I have to come home, change immediately, and get out the door - if I sit down, I do not get back up. So, I decided to take advantage of the energy burst and throw in a video that I bought months (and months) ago that I have yet to try...

Awhile back I got her book and was very excited to try her plan, but I discovered that "cheat meals" do not work for me...they lead to cheat days, then cheat weekends, and then before you know it I'm halfway through a full on cheat week. But while I was reading the book, I decided to order one of her workout videos from Amazon, and this one has several 15 minute targeted workouts, as well as a 40 minute full body workout. That is one thing I liked about 30 Day Shred - a lot of workout packed into short amount of time, so I could do it in the morning back when I had (sort of) mastered the art of dragging my ass out of bed before punching the snooze button eleventy thousand times!

Tonight I decided to start with the 15 minute upper body workout - since tomorrow is a running day, I didn't want to kill my legs. I did the workout with 5 pound weights, and it was not too bad. There are three sets of exercises for different parts of the upper body - each set is comprised of three different exercises, and then a "power burn" which incorporates all three. I definitely felt the burn, but I may have to bump up the weights after awhile.

Since that workout did not leave me on the floor writhing in agony, I decided to try another 15 minute circuit and chose abs. My abs have not been called into action in, um, nearly a year I'm guessing? There is a lot of jiggle going on there! This one definitely had me panting and whining, which provided some serious entertainment for teen #2. E, on the other hand, decided she was going to alternate between working out with me and being my "trainer." I seriously think Santa is going to bring that one a yoga mat and some 1 lb weights!

Overall I got in a good, sweaty 30 minute workout (including two warm-ups & cool-downs). I could definitely see squeezing in a circuit or two in the morning before work without having to get up too TOO much earlier, so I'm going to work on that for next week. It felt really good to get in a workout other than running...now I just have to stick with it!

And can I just say...does Jackie have some sick abs or what? After three kids and years of yo-yo dieting, I don't expect to ever have any kind of "pack" going on, but it sure is inspirational! I get bored with the "same 'ol same 'ol" so if you are the same way and looking for a workout video to break up the monotony, I highly recommend this one! 

Now it's time to hit the hay so I can get up and do it again tomorrow morning! Wish me luck...