- Wednesday Aug 30, 2017
Such nice comments from everyone, thanks so much :)
I went to a Guns 'N Roses concert over the weekend, so first day back in routine was yesterday. I kept thinking all morning it was Thursday, but it's only Wednesday... :( that is sad. Monday went to bf's place and mostly napped. Woke up so many times, bad sleep; he worked all night so didn't even see him all that much!
Calories - 2035; I was craving all the sodium... I needed more protein, but got lots of good fibre!
GYM - dumbbell workout, 45 mins full body with 24lb-30lb weight, then maxed out at 70lb on prone row just to see how much I could lift :)
Spent the rest of the night bumming out on the couch.
Maybe a bike ride tonight with bf. Hope so, missing the bike and we have a heat wave right now so we need to take advantage of it!
- Friday Aug 25, 2017
It has been awhile... these are the athletic events I did in 2016:
MAY 2016 - Duathlon completed; 3km run, 23km bike, 3km run
JUNE 2016 - Sprint distance triathlon; 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
JULY 2016 - Foam Fest 5km run
JULY 2016 - Bike Tour 115km bike (took just over 5 hours!)
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Bike Tour 79km bike
SEPTEMBER 2016 - Obstacle Course 5km run
After that fantastic summer, in October my Dad got sick so I was kept busy driving back and forth to take him to appointments, get groceries, etc. In November, I met a boy ;) but he was not very athletic and so I let my workout routine slip a little bit. In January we became exclusive; in February I went to Cuba for my 40th birthday (so awesome!); in April my Dad was taken to hospital; in May he passed away and in that same week, I broke up with my then boyfriend. I lost a lot of weight during those months due to all the stress I was under, and was having a very difficult time coping with life. I ended up on presciption meds, but by the end of May I had managed to turn myself back around. Thank goodness.
A month later, in June, I met a different boy :-D and he was very athletic and wanted to be involved in my passion - biking. He is also very kind, warm and considerate, and always does whatever he can to make sure we are OK and happy. I convinced him to sign up with me for a bike tour in August and he biked 160km and I biked 130km. It was awesome! Over 6 hours on the bike. I was trashed after that, but it felt absolutely amazing to finish my longest distance yet! We constantly talk about when we can start signing up for next year's season ;-)
I was going to do a long 4km open water swim in September, but instead I think I will sign up to a gym to enable me to increase my muscle mass. Nothing crazy, but I want to see some definite gains. In October I will work on getting my fitness instructor certification, and I will also be taking part in a colour run. I'm looking forward to it all! I also want to do a tandem dive in September but i'm still on the fence about it - i'm actually scared of heights but what better way to hammer that into submission?! Am I right?!!
- Friday Apr 29, 2016
Hello Diet Diarists ;)
Time for another update!
My second beginner's triathlon was held in July in open water with a swim angel, and i'm pleased to say that I finished well. The swim angel was very helpful in keeping me calm and cheering me on through the swim; I ran into a bee right after transition to the bike and the sucker stung me HARD; and the run was...well, the run was a run, which is never all that much fun for me!
In August I completed a 5k race and was quite pleased with my results. I hadn't trained much for the 5k distance, so I was a little worried about whether I would have to stop and walk for part of this race. I didn't! I stopped once at the water station, and once to take my sweater off, but ran the entire rest of the way.
There was a lot going on in September; I was part of a half-marathon relay team and did a 6.3k run (around the same time as my 5k pace) and then the following weekend I biked 86k up and over a whole lot of hills to raise money for MS. It took me just over 4 hours to complete this distance, but the feeling of accomplishment afterwards was so overwhelming! And I was completely delirious for the rest of the evening lol!
After all that, my body crashed for awhile under the stress. There were a few weeks where I was really down and out, but I managed to keep my spirits up and keep moving forward. My workouts decreased exponentially for the remainder of 2015, so when the new year came, I vowed to do better. I started small - swimming once a week for 30-40 minutes, setting up an indoor bike trainer so I could do a little biking, and jogging on the treadmill when I felt up to it. After a few more health issues, I had finally gotten myself back into a routine towards the end of February, and started planning for the 2016 season!
First up is a duathlon the first weekend in May (only a week away!). It will be a 3k run, 20k bike, and 3k run. I have been working on my fitness and am hoping to finish in under 2:00 hours (Goal B) - and am aiming for 1:50 (Goal A).
The other fantastic news is that i've joined a women's cycling group in the city and we will begin riding every Monday starting next week! I am not excited about the 3 hour drive to do this, but am SO excited to meet like-minded people and start really working hard on the bike! Also next week I will start doing a learn-to-run 10k program with another group of people. I am finding that it is so much better to train with other people there to support and cheer you on :)
- Wednesday Jun 24, 2015
Hello again dd'ers :-)
My beginner's triathlon was held this past Saturday. We pool swam 300 yards, biked 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), and ran 3.3 kilometers (2 miles).
My goal was to finish under 1 hour and 10 minutes, and I finished in 1 hour and 4 minutes... and 18 seconds ;)
I'm very happy with that turnout, and feeling quite proud of myself for putting in the work beforehand, getting to the start, and exceeding my goals for the race.
And yesterday I registered myself for another triathlon on July 12th!
This one is a little longer: 375 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike, and 3 kilometer run. I have no idea how I might fare on this one, since it is also an OPEN WATER SWIM in a lake, and i'm a little frightened of open water! However, I have been assigned an 'angel' who will swim beside me and keep me (hopefully) calm through the swim, so i'm hopeful that I will get through it without hyperventilating... too much.
Yesterday after work I did a 25 kilometer bike ride, and then ran 1 kilometer at the track (a brick workout). Tonight's plan is another brick; a 750 meter swim and a 10 kilometer bike.
I'm taking a week's vacation starting on Saturday, so really hoping I can fit in some exercise while i'm away - it would really suck to do this triathlon having lost fitness instead of gained it!
Talk soon <3
- Tuesday Jun 09, 2015
Wow, kids, I never expected to be gone for so long. How the heck have you been?
A day turns into a week, turns into a month and suddenly 8 months later and... I can't believe I can still remember my password! It just means y'all are locked into my heart, no matter where I am or who i'm not checking in with ;) <3
When the new year rolled around, I was still struggling a lot with life; I knew I needed a change, but I couldn't figure out what that change was supposed to look like. My knees hurt, my heart was weak, my mind was unmotivated, and I was depressed. Not a cool combination. Finally though, eventually, some of the light broke through the darkness and I realized that I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself if I ever expected to live the way I kept thinking I should.
So in February, I made a committment to start training for a beginner's triathlon taking place on June 20th. I started by walking just 10 minutes every day, eventually purchasing a fitbit and counting steps and heartrate. The fitbit really helped motivate me to be active on those days where I just wanted to give up and turn back to comforting myself with food and mind-numbing television. Throughout February, March and April I worked hard at "just showing up" and i'm pleased to say that I did pretty well :)
In May, official training began for the See Jane Tri triathlon. I've been training six days a week for it for the last four weeks. Two more weeks to go and the day will be upon me!
My knees are still weak, but they don't hurt so much anymore. My heart is strong - i'll be heading out for a one hour run after work today. I am learning how to push through emotional barriers and keep myself going, just one step at a time. My depression has lifted. When I am faced with an obstacle in my training, I figure it out and move on instead of focusing all my energy on the negative. I still get shin splints, but regularly see a MT who is able to help me overcome this condition - one day at a time.
I no longer weigh myself as I don't believe it is healthy FOR ME to know how much I weigh. I am finally comfortable again in my own skin; even though I certainly still have bad days, I can overcome them a lot easier - mostly just by getting outside and sweating it off ;) Obviously, the beautiful weather has been helping a lot as well; i've definitely been getting my share of vitamin-D.
So I just thought i'd pop in and say hello; hope you are all doing fine and reaching your goals. I plan to get back here after my triathlon and let you know how I did; really hoping to finish in under 1hr:10min but we'll see! Sometimes it's more about showing up at the start line ;)
- Monday Sep 15, 2014
I keep slipping and doing things I would never have done just a short while ago, both in terms of weight loss and life in general. Letting the house become a disaster zone, spending money on frivolous things, not sticking to my meal plan, eating late at night.
I haven't felt this *down* for a long time and i'm pretty sure i'm falling into a slight depression. I've been here many times before and the amazing thing is that I STILL don't know how to get myself out of it, aside from letting time do its thing. I don't know what to do!
My emotions are also so out of control; that meeting last week should never have left me in tears. I am so much stronger than that, but it seems like i've lost the ability to 'cope' and even positive life moments are causing me stress and worry.
I know I should just *want* to get up and get over it, but it just doesn't work that way.
Bfast - coffee, croissant, cheese, apple
Lunch - salad, chicken, veggies
Snack - protein bar
Dinner - chicken, veggies, sausage
Will try to drink lots of water today - noticed yesterday that my muscles are in danger of starting to cramp up again because i'm not drinking enough water.
- Friday Sep 12, 2014
Oh Lord, you guys. I didn't have the best day yesterday.
Two good things happened though, so let's start there:
1. We had a lady retire from work and took her out for a lunch that I actually enjoyed with my coworkers. I had a turkey wrap with fruit, water to drink, and wasn't anti-social for a change.
2. I left work early to get my paperwork done regarding the flood we had in July. It took about an hour to complete; I was hoping to be reimbursed for some equipment I bought (totalling around $200) and ended up sending in a claim for over $2,000!!! They also reimburse you for all the hours and hours (and hours) of work you put into trying to save your basement ;) I am SO glad I decided to do this.
And now for the less good part:
I had an evening meeting and felt I was being attacked through nearly the entire thing. Let me add that I don't actually 'work' for these people and yet I am the only one 'working' for these people. I felt alone and bullied and it was really, really horrible. I actually cried when I got home afterwards, so I texted a friend and we went for a walk, which helped a lot and I got to talk through it with her. I walked away from that conversation feeling a lot better and a little less frustrated, but I tell 'ya, things will be changing around here. No more Mister Nice Guy.
Of course after walking it off I put it all back on with some leftover baked apple slices and frozen yogurt, but whatever. That's nothing compared to the damage I COULD HAVE done.
How about something to look forward to? I am heading into the nearby city for dinner tonight at a new restaurant; so excited to try it out!
- Thursday Sep 11, 2014
My cell phone bit the proverbial dust yesterday, so I had to go out and get a new one. I spent the remainder of the evening (which wasn't much by the time I got home) trying to figure out how to use it. But I like it, don't get me wrong! It's a lot more high-tech than my old one, but I think I must have had an emotional attachment because i'm kinda sad about the change.
I could have done my strength routine but I am not going to stress about it. If I 'should have' than I 'would have'. LOL. No excuses.
I get off work early today so that I can meet the Flood Relief Assistance Dude, but then I have to go back for an evening meeting, so it's going to be a wierd day with a catered dinner. And possibly a lunch outing with coworkers since one is retiring today. No idea what the menu is going to look like today.
There might be extra coffee. That is all I know for sure.
- Wednesday Sep 10, 2014
Developed a headache prior to work ending yesterday; went home and slept it off for a couple of hours. Once I was up I did some dishes and baked apple slices to bring to work today. They're delicious - pat on the back, legcramps.
Dinner was potatoes, carrots and chicken breast.
Did a little more cleaning inside the house; it was too wet to cut the grass. Maybe i'll get to it on the weekend.
Then I went for groceries finally. It's good to go to the grocery store later on - it was pretty empty inside and I didn't have to stop and talk to anyone, anti-socialite that I am.
Plan tonight is to do a core / strength routine at home, with some stretches for my knees.
Bfast was oatmeal, morning snack apple slice and lunch will be a salad; protein bar in the afternoon.
Have a good one!
P.S. So nice to see some familiar 'faces' back on DDs. Missed you guys/gals.
- Tuesday Sep 09, 2014
Finally got some housework done yesterday ;)
I also did a 30 minute walk on the treadmill since it was raining out yesterday. And today. And probably tomorrow too, just because I need to cut the grass LOL.
I made a delicious dinner of cooked carrots and baby potatoes with chicken breast and sausage. It was so good! I will definitely be making this more often, it was really close to being a comfort food for me.
No real plans today. If it stops raining I know i'll be outside working. If not, then I might try to get into the basement and clean up a bit. I have someone coming on Thursday to take a look after the flooding to see if I am accepted for assistance. I really just want my money back for a couple of pumps I had to buy.