Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Hi all! I know I've been mostly absent for the past few months, so I'm not sure how many of you are left out there that still stop by, but just to let you know, I'm moving on from this blog. In the two years I've been writing ER2ES, I've changed and grown a lot and I'm ready to have that be reflected more in what I blog about and what my blogs "claimed" focus is.
The goal when I started En Route to En Shape was to keep up with WW and weight loss and to start running with C25K and complete a 5k. Now, even though I still would like to lose 10-15 lbs (who wouldn't, really?) and have lots of work to do with my running, I don't really feel like I'm "en route" to getting healthy--I already am and I just want to keep being healthy and get better at what I do.
So, I'm moving on. If you want to stay with me and to follow me on the rest of my journey, come check me out at Eat, Run, Read. I think that title is much more reflective of me, what I'm focusing on, and where I'm at.
Hope to see you there!
Friday, October 14, 2011
I've been procrastinating our registration for two reasons:
1. I couldn't find my checkbook in the move and I'm too cheap to want to pay the $11 processing fee online... Turns out, it's at my mom's... She tried to send them to us but it didn't work, so I finally got us in (with the processing fee) right under the deadline for the tee-shirt ordering!
2. I was afraid to sign up because even though I did "run" a half last weekend (I say "run" because I walked a TON starting at mile 8 when my sciatica/whatever that weird pain in my back right butt area was popped up again for the 2nd week in a row), I'm still really intimidated and nervous.
That said, here we are, no refunds from Active.com, so I gotta do it now! I'm nervous AND excited, so we'll see. I think it might be really cool that the half is the longest distance for the day--won't have to compare myself to the ultra awesome marathoners!
Any tips for my first BIG, LONG, SCARY race?
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Anyway, I'm trying to do a bit of soul searching on what this blog should look like and focus on, etc. When I started ER2ES, I was just starting to run (C25K!) and was an avid WeightWatcher. Now (even if I'm not as consistent as I'd like), I'd consider myself a runner and I've stopped with WW. Honestly, lately I've stopped tracking at all. My focus has been on the following:
-unpacking and settling in in our new place (i.e. buying things, donating things, etc)
-adjusting to the new demands of being a grad student (hello, reading!)
-eating healthy and cooking healthy foods for us on a budget
-training for the half marathon on 10/22
-making new friends
-Oh, and of course, Auburn and Ohio State football (sad week, last week was)...
Being in my own place and being the person entirely responsible for what food comes into our house and what happens to it (barring Saturday morning pancakes made by Jonboy, of course) means that I have a lot of control over what we eat. That said, while I've not been tracking, our food is pretty routine and our dinners are alway healthy (even if there is sometimes dessert and red wine!).
For example, here's today's plan, a typical day of food:
Breakfast: FiberPlus Cinnamon cereal (3/4c), skim milk, half a banana, coffee w/ a tiny splash of low cal creamer
Lunch: 2oz ham or turkey sandwich made on either Hungry Girl roll-ups or 2 slices of FiberOne bread with a slice of cheese, lettuce, and spicy mayo; a Greek yogurt; an apple; and a FiberOne bar
Dinner: Greek Spaghetti Squash recipe from WWs, possible red wine
Last night's dinner was the Coconut Curry Soup from Kelly's Healthified Kitchen. YUM!
I'm trying to be really good about meal planning and budgeting, so having the routine for breakfast and lunch allows me to do fun things for dinner every night. I also plan to do a baked acorn squash recipe later this week.
So, even if I'm not tracking, I'm not overdoing it AND with our increased running (did 13.1 in training on Sunday!) I'm feeling really good! Now, if only we owned a scale in the new place so I could see how my weight is actually. Clothes are fitting great, so I'm not that worried about it.
Anyway, that said, I'm debating trying to change the focus of the blog to better incorporate what I'm doing (studying, cooking, and running) and not really losing weight avidly. Thoughts? What can I say, I got the idea from Christina at Just Running.
On that note, I'll blog more later--I think it was just hard to finally get myself to sit down and blog again (you know, like it's hard to make yourself start tracking/running/etc after a long time off). Now, off to campus!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Jon and I are finally moved into our new apartment and it's, in one word, TINY. Thankfully, Jon's mom came up all the way from Montgomery to help us haul everything from Nelsonville and Cincinnati and we literally filled our new one-bedroom apartment with boxes.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I've found a TON of old shirts and things that just plain don't fit, yes, but I've also come to realize that the cuts of clothing I prefer now are different in many ways. Gone are a lot of the floofy could-be-maternity tops that play up the boobs and hide the stomach and Hello to new, more feminine, curve-showing tops and dresses in their place. Only now as I've started to experience with new cuts and colors am I realizing how dark my wardrobe was for so long as though black would hide my insecurities about my body along with providing a "classic" look. I always lamented (to myself) that when I was heavy I just didn't feel like I could wear light, feminine tops and dresses... Mostly because I didn't feel very "light." I know this was me being really hard on myself, but it's only now that I've started to branch out that I can see how my clothing choices in many ways reflected (and projected) how I felt about me to the world.
That said, not only am I wearing different styles of clothing now, but being thinner has introduced a new accessory into my wardrobe that I shied away from in a big way before: belts. Pre-WW, I'd sometimes wear the occasional under-boob waist-y belt with a dress or something, but a traditional "keep your pants up" belt? Nowhere to be seen. I felt like that added 1/2" of buckle just made me thicker and drew attention to where I wanted it the absolute least.
Now, 27 lbs lighter and 6-8 sizes down, I'm starting to fall in love with belts as I slowly reintroduce them into my wardrobe... Not only do I need them to hold up pants for once as I move through the sizes, but I think they're fun to jazz up outfits and dresses. :)
All this to say that I bought a new belt today while at lunch. I love it. It's a TJ Maxx find from Michael Kors and it's the first, nice brown addition to my wardrobe. Plus it's a 'medium.'
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
- Got PLENTY of sleep so I was pretty awake and ready to go at 5:30am when my alarm went off
- Sahara also got a lot (i.e. the same amount) of sleep and looked so eager to go that I decided to make this a puppy run at the last minute
- My knees felt great the whole time
- It was MUCH cooler than Sunday (since it was dark at 6am vs. sunny at noon)
- I didn't walk AT ALL (and only stopped once to cross at a light)
- I kept a 13:05 pace, which is at the fast side of my suggested LSD pace
- I felt so good that I even decided to go a bit longer (extra .5)—could have done more, but, alas, had to get ready for work
- I've just felt GOOD after and it's helping me stay on track for the day
- The extra calories burned help make up for my several bites of queso dip last night
- This is the first run I've had so far in training that I've actually really ENJOYED. I've missed this feeling.
- (Was hoping to make this a top 10 list, but alas) Tried out the Pandora app for the first time and got to change it up and listen to some new music. Katy Perry station? Yes, please.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
I'm so exhausted from this whole ordeal that part of me wants to throw my hands up in the air and give up since I'm not confident that I'll ever be able to win... and then I remember that $288 is almost Jon's and my food budget for a month and I won't get my first stipend check until the end of October. ::steps back into the ring::
Wish me luck?
On a more positive note, Jon did surprise me with a certificate for a massage up in Columbus for anytime between now and Feb 12, 2012. What an unexpected and thoughtful surprise.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Tuesday (3 miles): Before this run Mon night, I really didn't eat and fuel my body well (donuts? Margarita? Great life choices) and this run let me know it. I also chose a new place to run: a newish 5 mile trail near my house that is all rolling hills. That really showed me how much I need to find hilly places to run while I train this time. Avignon was flat and Athens is too (hello, running by rivers) and, as a result, I'm not good at motivating myself through hills. Will try to regularly run there in the next 5 weeks. All in all, I did a decent amount of walking for a total of 3 miles at a 12:24 average pace. I'm glad I dragged myself out there (wore my running clothes to my eye doctor appointment) and now I know what I need to beat next time. This half training is going to be hard and not pretty, but I want this.
Thursday (3 miles): Fueled and hydrated better for this run after seeing how hard Tuesday's run was. AND since I knew I wouldn't be motivated to run, I made sure that I changed into my running clothes early and wore them to go pick up Jon's and my NEW TABLE for our apartment. The run was pretty good--it got dark on my run, but I felt pretty safe since I brought my vicious beast along with me. Walked a few times, but still averaged around 12:30 for the run. All in all, was just pleased to get out there and power through another run as I get back into the swing of things.
Saturday (3 miles): Jon came into town so we decided to run together since we a) don't get to spend much time together and b) it was an 'EZ' run so my much slower pace wasn't a problem. Because Jon isn't a fan of run/walk intervals, he helped push me to run longer and not stop, which really helped. I know I've mentioned being thankful for him before, but just to reiterate: I'm so thankful I have him to help me with training. Not only is it awesome to share in this with him and be able to motivate each other, but I alway really appreciate when he runs with me (and never is anything but supportive of my slower pace) because I know his EZ pace is minutes faster. He's a keeper. Plus, this run ended up being hillier than I am used to... with almost the whole back leg of the run being uphill... Whew! That was hard, but I'm SO happy I managed to only walk 2x briefly to get my heart rate back down under 190BPM and stop panting. Improvement! See? Check out this elevation chart:
Sunday LSD (5 miles): We set out together today for a later morning run and were pleasantly surprised to see that it was still mild and not too sunny outside. We ran all the way from my house to the head of the new trail before turning around... Looks like I have a good idea for future long distance runs! This run was the longest I've done in awhile and it was pretty hard (hence the pace of 13:48), but I'm pleased to say that aside from crossing the street, that I only stopped to walk 3 times. Getting better already! Felt great all day after this run. Feels great to get back into the swing of things.
Overall commentary: My knees have been hurting a bit on these runs so far. Not consistently, but still, any knee pain is unwelcome. I thought it might be my new (well new to me using them) running shoes and the 'breaking them in' period, but I wore my old favorites and had the same feeling... I've found the sheet with all the exercises Chris gave me last year and will start doing them this week... Hope it helps!
Here's to week 2: 3/4/3/5 mile runs, so a 1-mile increase in distance. :)
Total mileage: 14 miles
Saturday, August 6, 2011
So it looks like it's about to rain here, thankfully I just got back from today's run. Not a long one, but MUCH better than my first run earlier in the week. For sure. This time I did 2 miles in 24 minutes doing 5 run/1 walk intervals. I walked 2 minutes before my last interval.
Still pretty hard, but I'll get there. The 10 week rookie half training plan officially starts Monday for the Oct 16th race, so this weekend's two runs are to prep me for that. I'm debating doing run/walk intervals for the entire half this time. Does anyone have any insight on this?
Until we move to Cbus I'm planning on doing light weights at home and yoga until I get my pass to the OSU rec center.
And now, off to start my day! And by start my day, I mean take a post run dip in the pool. Sorry for the short post!
Monday, August 1, 2011
The last post shows that our summer wedding tour is now finished. As a result, it's time to get my rear in gear and stop allowing bad, indulgent behavior. I haven't tracked since the week of Katy and Jay's wedding and I haven't been on a real run (or had a real workout) in a month. I'd been psyching myself out of running and putting it off for a few weeks. Finally, Christina @ Making Healthy the Norm (aka my friend and neighbor) challenged me to lace up my shoes and do just a mile.
And so, last night, I did.
And it kicked my @$$.
I left my house at 7:30 and it was still pretty warm outside. I ran the first 7:24, walked a minute, then finished it out in 12:30. It was hard. Then I did 2 intervals of run 3/walk 1, and then just walked the rest of the way home. I walked over 2 miles, but I did the first two (the rest was all walking) in 28 minutes. Then I came home and lifted some weights for my arms (I've been hating on them lately since they have no muscle to speak of anymore) and jumped in the pool.
All in all, I'm pretty disappointed in myself. Yes, getting out there that first time is always the hardest, but just HOW hard it was really showed me how much I slacked this month and how hard I'm going to have to work if I want to hit the half in October... At this point, I'm really doubting myself. But, I'm going to do my best.
On another note, this run also reminds me how lucky I am. Sometimes (often) it's easy for me to get discouraged by my running. Even after a longer time off, Jon will always be faster and better able to run through discomfort than me and I have friends in real life and on the blogs who have outstanding stamina and endurance. It's hard to not do the comparisons and end up being really hard on myself and feeling inadequate. Buuuut, today's run reminded me of something different: even if I'm feeling down, it's these same people who challenge me to get out there and run that first mile or who cheer me on the same for a small victory as for a big win, never once poo-pooing my smaller, less impressive runs, but who encourage me to keep going.
With that kind of support, it can only keep getting better from here. :)
Not my best look, but it happens. I ran around the whole thing with antibacterial hand stuff and washed my hands like a fiend (you know, being contaigious and all)... and only managed to give pink eye to one person. The Bride. The day after her wedding. Here's us at the eye doctor the next day (my eye got a lot worse overnight, so I had to go back... a half hour before her appt):
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
So, I now have a smartphone. My sister and her fiance got a plan together so I got to upgrade to her old HTC evo until Jon and I end up on a plan together. It's pretty nice having internet wherever.
Clearly, though, I'm not used to this or I would have hunted down the nutritional info for work's catered lunch today while I was in the meeting, you know, before I ate it. I thought I did ok: chicken sandwich, salad, and some cookie. Felt bad about the cookie, but still. Went back.to my desk to calculate... 43 points (or ponies if my autocorrect is true)... almost the same overall feeling.
I'm so disappointed in myself and I'm going to have to make myself actually run like I've been meaning to to make up for it. I've not been doing my activity like i should and I've not wanted to blog about it. Too mahy lame excuses and I'm feeling really gross. Here's to me dragging my ass out the door and to hopefully picking up some weights. Need to get back on track... especially if that half in October is going to happen.
And now, time to get off the bus.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
1. I'm still fighting with my French phone company to not make me pay a penalty for ending my contract (my friend with the SAME CONTRACT and the SAME LETTER got off scott free... I don't get it).
2. I joined WW again and am so far down -1.4lbs and weighed in at 166.something. Feeling REALLY good!
3. I've been spending tons of time with my favorite girl:
4. I went back to work at the best internship ever and in the same desk I was last September... I think our office should be getting our yellow accent wall as we speak! Fingers crossed!
5. My manic month of weddings begins this weekend. I actually had to get my sister's bridesmaids dress altered--the 10 was too big!
6. (I don't know how I possibly waited to #6 for this) I've been spending as much time as humanly possible with ze man. After an epic weekend of home renovation-y fun last weekend, we're almost ready to put our place on the market so we can move into our new apartment Sept. 10th! Fingers crossed (again) that it goes quickly. :)
7. Went down to AUBURN for the Fourth and it was AU-some. It was fantastic seeing everyone after so long. Oh, and drinking chocolate wine. Yum.
8. Read Racing in the Rain and The Help. I love taking the bus to work since it gives me pleasure reading time!
9. Sorting all my belongings that've been stored in my mom's garage so I can start getting ready for the Big Move... Lots of things have to go! 2 people + 1 bedroom apartment + 1 closet = Not a ton of space.
10. Eating and drinking American things: hotdogs (O'Betty's... yum), Yuengling (it's coming to Ohio too!), smoked ribs, black beans, margaritas, and Fiber One bars... YUM.
Sorry I've been so absent--I hope you're all doing well and I'm going to try and be back into blogging too! Hope you're still reading! :)
Monday, June 20, 2011
If you read my blog regularly (or have talked to me ever), you'll know that I spent this year (and my previous study abroad experience) in Avignon, France, in the western part of what is known as Provence, or, more specifically the 'région Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur' (PACA) because it includes Provence in the west, the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) in the east, and the beginning of the Alpes in the north.
If you're one of the people I'm friends with on Facebook or even Twitter, you'll also note that I move home from France soon. As in, I fly out Tuesday night at 10pm EST from Marseille (6am CET). So, not only is this post a nice chance to mark the journey I've had this year and since I started the blog, but it's kind of an interesting precipice to be on as I'm closing this chapter. I know the next 200 posts will be full of surprises too.