Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013!

What a year! It flew by so quickly because I seemed to always have a big event lurking on the horizon.

From the wedding,
To the honeymoon,
To the purchase of our first home!

It's been a monumental year for us and I'm grateful for everyone who has helped out along the way. Here's to 2014 being as equally enjoyable but a little calmer.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Weekly Weigh-In & Recap: 12/16/2013

DateWeightB.F. %Steps
December
12/16/13132.025.5%81,250
12/9/13133.025.8%71,996
12/2/13131.625.8%67,736
November
11/25/13131.625.4%75,443
11/18/13132.425.8%71,383
11/11/13133.225.2%75,464
11/4/13133.625.8%67,473
October
10/28/13132.425.8%59,924
10/21/13131.625.3%84,052
10/14/13131.425.2%76,427
10/7/13131.625.0%73,905
September
9/30/13130.025.5%-

Health and Fitness-y Stuff
I'd be lying if I didn't say I wasn't a little surprised by this week's drop. I was absurdly hungry last week, so much so in fact that I definitely ate way over even my normal maintenance levels. There were also a couple days where I felt unpleasantly full, that it only seemed natural that my weight would be up this week. But it's not. Huh. Cool. I'll still be working to avoid those unpleasantly full days; I hate feeling like a balloon.

My shoulder seems to be on the up and up. I just have to be extra careful not to overexert myself (again). Elena's been taping my shoulder up before Reformer and Zumba, which again, may or may not be all placebo effect.

House Things
Let's see...what did we do last week...Oh yes, that's right. We endured our first snow storm! Eric had hired a plow guy to come for the driveway, which was extremely helpful. To Eric particularly, as we only have one shovel and 450 ft. driveway. That left only the bay in front of our garage doors and the path to the front door. It actually seemed easier than when we lived in the apartment, but what do I know? I just stood and watched out the window with warm coffee in hand. We also replaced our mailbox with a newer version of the same model. Apparently cold plus plastic causes the little door to snap off. It was only eleven bucks, so that might also have something to do with it.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Weekly Weigh-In & Recap: 12/9/2013

DateWeightB.F. %Steps
December
12/9/13133.025.8%71,996
12/2/13131.625.8%67,736
November
11/25/13131.625.4%75,443
11/18/13132.425.8%71,383
11/11/13133.225.2%75,464
11/4/13133.625.8%67,473
October
10/28/13132.425.8%59,924
10/21/13131.625.3%84,052
10/14/13131.425.2%76,427
10/7/13131.625.0%73,905
September
9/30/13130.025.5%-

Health/Fitnessy Stuff
Well, yesterday's weigh-in was slightly discouraging albeit expected. Leading up to the race last week, my arm was definitely on the mend and feeling better. After the race, it felt like a one-month setback. It's totally stupid, right? I hurt myself taking my coat off while driving. It's definitely not a major strain and I don't need to bug my doctor because she's probably going to recommend some stupid and useless test like the last time I went to see her about an injury but it's just aggravating. Because, well, I need to use my damn arm on a daily basis. It was annoying enough last week that I was on a steady dosing of Advil until Thursday. It felt alright for Reformer on Sunday but it's weak. Where I was using one full spring for arms before it happened, I'm down to a quarter spring now. So, Elena, being the most awesome PT/Pilates Instructor/Zumba Instructor ever helped me out with a little KT tape.
Stylish, I know. At least my sports bra and hat match.
I think the tape is helping but whether that's the placebo effect, I couldn't say. I wanted to get this post up last night but by the time I got home, ate dinner, did the dishes and got my treadmill walk in it was almost 9pm. Sleep > blogging.

House Things
On Black Friday, I saw a super awesome deal for some blackout thermal curtains online (orig: $70, sale: $20!) so I bought some for the master bedroom and some for the family room, which are by far the draftiest rooms in the entire house. I installed one in the bedroom before Eric got so interested in what I was doing that he wanted to do it too. He then proceeded to install all the remaining curtain rods. Teehee. It's like I tricked him into doing all my work. :) I attempted to get the wrinkles out of the curtains while he was putting up the rods. Google research told me that if I didn't have a handheld steamer (which I don't, because I wear jeans and a tshirt to work most days) that if I tossed the curtains into the dryer on tumble dry low with a damp wash cloth, the wrinkles would come out. Eh, it sort of worked...I guess. There are still some wrinkly spots but they'll do because I'm tired of cold-nose syndrome in bed.

I finally picked a game...
I've been playing SW:TOR. I get to run around and stab things with a lightsaber!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Running Analysis Paralysis

As a long-term maintainer, what do you do when you lose interest and don't love your primary form of exercise anymore?

Well, if you're me, you agonize and you torment yourself that you don't want to do it anymore. You try to force yourself to do it, desperately hoping that you'll start loving it again.  Then you waffle about whether or not you should convert your Thanksgiving 5K registration to a walker but in a show of sibling solidarity convince your little brother to run the whole thing with you.

It was a particularly cold and miserably windy Thanksgiving morning for my first and longest outdoor run in months.  Nate and I made a pact to stay together the entire way, even to the finish line because neither of us had been running regularly for quite some time. We needed each other to make it without any walking breaks. We stuck together and chatted a bit for the first mile and a half. Since we were chatting, we were obviously not running at a racing pace but more of a leisurely jog. I'm glad for that because I'm pretty sure we would have needed to walk otherwise. We finished in 33:11, which while not our best time ever, is perfectly acceptable given our total lack of training.

I had hoped that after Thanksgiving I'd have some more insight into whether or not I really want to keep up with running but I'm still torn. After we completed the race, I felt that rush of accomplishment and joy that I'd pushed my body to do something like that. The next morning however, I felt like I'd gotten into a fight. My quads were extremely sore and all my nagging little hurts (shoulder, hip) were exacerbated. I'm not an idiot; I know that's because I pushed myself to do too much the previous day without sufficient training. But still, it's hard to accept the reality that I'm not as running-fit as I was before I got hurt.

It's been almost exactly two years since my first injury and I recall clearly the muddled mess of emotions I felt about it. I was sad because running was the only thing that gave me that mental clarity and emotional stability that I craved. I was scared because running was how I had lost and kept all the weight off for two years. I was angry because I felt like 26 was too young to be injured.

Now?

I've realized that running isn't the only thing to give me the mental clarity and emotional stability. It's not the only way to keep the weight off. And I was a ticking-injury-time bomb with my abnormally large range of motion and complete lack of control over it. I adore my Reformer classes and Zumba gives me the cardio I need. Neither of those things gives me the sense of accomplishment that finishing a run does though, and that is what I miss the most.

For right now though, running still isn't an option and the only thing I can do is to focus on shedding these little nagging pains. Perhaps in a month or two I'll have some more insight into the situation.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Weekly Weigh-In and Recap: 12/2/2013

DateWeightB.F. %Steps
December
12/2/13131.625.8%67,736
November
11/25/13131.625.4%75,443
11/18/13132.425.8%71,383
11/11/13133.225.2%75,464
11/4/13133.625.8%67,473
October
10/28/13132.425.8%59,924
10/21/13131.625.3%84,052
10/14/13131.425.2%76,427
10/7/13131.625.0%73,905
September
9/30/13130.025.5%-

I totally missed last week's post because Thanksgiving sneaked up on me this year. I think I blame work being abnormally busy this late in the year. Normally, I would have picked up all my groceries the weekend before, but I ended up grocery shopping on Tuesday morning instead. Everything felt last minute this year. I got home a little bit early on Wednesday and promptly began cleaning the kitchen; I then set Eric to chopping onions.  Nate arrived a couple hours after me with the turkey for brining. This was also about the time I realized that I spent all my time grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, but hadn't given any thought to the night before. Oops.

We ended up getting pizza from 2ovens and I spent the rest of the night prepping for Thanksgiving. Nate and I ran the 7th Annual Southborough Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving morning, while my dad did the walker's course. I honestly think that's my favorite part of Thanksgiving. Well, that and pie, right Mom?

This has been one of those years that went by so fast that I'm constantly saying how I can't believe it's December already. It's certainly been a huge year, what with the marriage, honeymoon and house purchase. I spent some time looking back through my archives recently and it's so strange. I feel as if my life was slightly more interesting a few years ago, or perhaps I just did a better job describing it. Anyhow, moving along now.

YAY! It's Christmas time now! I've already decorated my tree and wrapped two or three presents.



I'm looking forward to making cookies and giving gifts. I think Christmas is my favorite holiday. :)