Elizabeth's Pre-November Slow Start Journal

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Elizabeth's Pre-November Slow Start Journal
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Mon, 10-15-2012 - 8:56pm

Something has to change for me and after seeing Destiny's come back, I figured that I should get out of the dyk's and get back to what I know has worked for me in the past.

It's been well over a year since I've attempted keeping a journal...and it's been months since I've felt good about the way that I look.  I hit an all-time low in March of this year, I felt great, looked great, and was so active.  At that point not only was I tracking my food intake and staying close to SB (being a vegetarian that minimizes soy, I was generally over on grains and sometimes beans), but I was running a few times a week, taking a kettlebell class once a week, taking a boxing class once a week, and cardio queening it a few other days - I was in the gym 5 or 6 days a week and I felt fabulous.  I had an active social life which, combined with the gym time, even though the my work stress levels were out of control I had a good handle on ME (granted, I was the furthest thing from happy Monday through Friday).  Some crap happened at work, things continued to get worse, and I continued to get less and less happy...and I was beginning to put on some weight.  I went on vacation and came back determined to be out the door in less than 6 weeks - I COULD NOT work there any more than 6 weeks, and that was pushing it.  The stars aligned and I was literally handed the most amazing job opportunity that I took before I was even offered the job.  Only problem was that the job was in New York and I lived in Boston.  So, I packed up and moved...living in temporary housing for a month, moving into a (very small) apartment, getting acquinted with NYC and my new job, traveling out of state for races, and dealing with renting out my condo.  All of that combined with trying to unpack (and I'm STILL not unpacked) and get organized (which I am NOT), I put on even more weight.

I have no idea how much weight I gained.  A conservative estimate is 30 pounds, but it could very well be higher.  I'm totally out of shape (I went back to my old boxing class a couple weeks ago and was quite embarrassed by my lack of abilities) and the pants that were loose on me a few months ago are tight...I'm very glad I didn't donate them because I refuse to buy new clothes.

So this is my long-winded jump back into journalling and getting back on track.  I'm going to go slowly, getting back into following SB, exercising, and getting my head on straight (simply put, I do not <3 NY) is not going to change overnight.

Past Races:
-Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon, 5/29/11 (2:35:11, no training!)
-Corporate Run, 3.5 miles 6/2/11 (36:38, 4 days after running the half!)
-BAA 10k, 6/26/11 (1:04:52, wanted to be under an hour...)
-Tavern to Tavern
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Hey Elizabeth- once you kick it into gear, your body will respond quickly! I totally hear you on journaling. It seems to be the best way to keep me in line. Good luck, but you don't need it! :)

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Tuesday, October 16th (Planned):

Food:
Breakfast:
-Brussel Sprouts - 150
-Coffee - 0

Lunch:
-Large Curried Eggplant and Lentil Soup - 380
-Half WW Hummus Wrap - 170
-7 Grain bread - 140

Snacks:
-Cappuccino Larabar - 200
-SkinnyCow Ice Cream Cone - 150

Dinner:
-Almond butter sandwich - 280
-String Cheese - 80

Workouts:
-5.92 mile run - (700)
-75 minute boxing class - (600)

I left plenty of extra calories for snacking - I know I'm going to need it until I get used to paying attention to what I'm eating again.  But I'm not hungry.  This always happens after a big workout, it tkaes a little while for me to get hungry.  Although tomorrow I'm going to have a carbfilled lunch followed by a BIG dinner (one of our service providers is taking us out).

My run was supposed to be 9 miles but I got held up at work (until 5:30!) and by the time I got to the gym I only had about an hour before I needed to leave for boxing.  Plus the only treadmil that I could get on was one of the hour limit TM's and I pretty much had an hour and 5 minutes to workout so I did what I did and forced the 2 minute cooldown to be a 2 minute run and managed to ALMOST make it to 6 miles.  In fact, I think I'm going to give myself credit for 6 miles since I had to walk to the gym and then walked around killing time before boxing started.

Speaking of boxing.  Ugh.  This class.  I don't know.  I'm hesistant because it's not what I'm used to...but I think it may be more 'real' than what I'm used to.  She wants me to take the intro class which I DON'T want to do, but I really want to box again.  I may Google a bit and see if I can find another class.  I miss Olyver's class.

Past Races:
-Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon, 5/29/11 (2:35:11, no training!)
-Corporate Run, 3.5 miles 6/2/11 (36:38, 4 days after running the half!)
-BAA 10k, 6/26/11 (1:04:52, wanted to be under an hour...)
-Tavern to Tavern
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Thanks Destiny!

You're right...I know what to do and how to do it.  Once I actually do it things will fall into place again.  I've done it before and I know I can do it again.

Past Races:
-Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon, 5/29/11 (2:35:11, no training!)
-Corporate Run, 3.5 miles 6/2/11 (36:38, 4 days after running the half!)
-BAA 10k, 6/26/11 (1:04:52, wanted to be under an hour...)
-Tavern to Tavern
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Today is going to be a tough one.  I have a work lunch with the head of my division and then after work one of our service providers is taking us out to dinner.  Two work meals in one day?  Wow...life is good over here!

Breakfast:
-Applesauce - 60
-Special K Mulit-Grain Oats and Honey w/almond milk - 175
-Tea - 0

Lunch:
-No idea what is being served, but I'm gong to try to stick to the salad (if there is one)

Dinner:
-We are going to a steak house.  Myself and one other person are vegetarians and have had a 'specail' meal pre-ordered.  No clue what we are getting, but my guess is some sort of pasta.

Snacks:
-Coffee - 0
-Luna Fiber Bar - 110
-Applesauce - 60
-SkinnyCow ice cream cone - 150

Workouts:
-unlikely due to dinner after work, but I am going to bring my clothes just in case we finish early enough

Past Races:
-Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon, 5/29/11 (2:35:11, no training!)
-Corporate Run, 3.5 miles 6/2/11 (36:38, 4 days after running the half!)
-BAA 10k, 6/26/11 (1:04:52, wanted to be under an hour...)
-Tavern to Tavern
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I don't want to even talk about last night's dinner.  Any good I did Tuesday night was easily reversed last night (as a side note, the mashed sweet potatoes we had with dinner were amazing; everything should have brown sugar mixed in and then topped with a brown sugar glaze, crumbles, and crust).

When I eat one bad meal it's really hard for me to stay on track, even the next day.  I know that those meals aren't good for me not just because they aren't healthy, but because they usually don't fill me and then I continuously crave the unhealthy stuff.  And that craving lasts and lasts.

Breakfast:
-Special K Multi-Grain Oats and Honey w/almond milk - 175
-Luna Fiber Bar - 110
-Tea - 0

Lunch:
-Harvest Cob Salad (no chicken; spa dijion dressing) - 420
-Flat bread - 75

Dinner:
-Footlong Veggie Delight - 560

Snacks:
-Applesauce - 60
-FiberOne Bar - 140

Exercise:
-4 mile run
-30 minute bike

Past Races:
-Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon, 5/29/11 (2:35:11, no training!)
-Corporate Run, 3.5 miles 6/2/11 (36:38, 4 days after running the half!)
-BAA 10k, 6/26/11 (1:04:52, wanted to be under an hour...)
-Tavern to Tavern