Monday, October 27, 2014

Yes to Jillian, Probably Not to Marathoning

Boy what a lazy weekend!  Other than the 5k I really was pretty lazy, especially Sunday.  We lounged around ALL day and watched football.  We had planned to go to the Bills Backers bar Sunday morning to watch the Bills game, but I decided that we had indulged so much on Saturday night that maybe I shouldn't go eat wings and drink beer at 10 in the morning.  I know, I'm getting so old and responsible.  In hindsight it would have been fun because the Bills whipped the snot out of the Jets, so I'm sure all of the Bills Backers people were going nuts.  Having my Saints and my Bills win somewhat softened the blow of the Seahawks also winning.  Blech.

I was a bit nervous about how I was going to feel when I woke up yesterday morning from a pain standpoint, but I was shocked that my legs felt great when I woke up.  I expected them to be majorly sore for as much as they were burning during the race, but my legs and even my feet felt great.  And you know what I'm about to say, it's all due to Yin yoga!

The menu for Sunday was pretty mellow, though I went over my calories by 24 calories because an ounce of dark chocolate was calling my name!  Just for recording purposes, this was the menu for Sunday:

Breakfast:  Pancakes with maple syrup
Lunch:  Turkey wrap with hummus and sauerkraut
Dinner:  Turkey soup with a whole wheat sourdough roll
Extra:  Nib More "Daily Dose of Dark" dark chocolate

I weighed in this morning and I lost another 1.4 pounds last week, so I am pretty happy.  I also took measurements again (last time was on Oct 13), and since then I have lost over 6 inches total!  This is why it's SO important to take measurements in addition to pulling out the scale, and I certainly need to be more consistent about doing it.  I know it will be psychologically helpful at some point to see the inches going down when the scale doesn't reflect a great loss.

I decided to step my game up a little from a fitness standpoint and to throw my Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD into the mix.  I did my first JM30DS session today, and the plus is that the workouts are only 20 minutes, the minus is that I forgot how many jumping jacks are in them.  I think we have discussed this before, but the only people who like jumping jacks are women with tiny boobs and men.  I honestly just kind of flail my arms around really fast, because jacks hurt not only the chest area, but my knees.  Lord knows I have enough leg problems without encouraging more.  I also modified the pushup part and just held planks for the duration.  I don't know why that's easier, other than my arms are so wimpy that there is no way in Hades that I'm doing pushups at the moment.  Maybe 15 days in or something!

As much as I loathe any kind of strength training, it's pretty essential to building muscle and burning more fat.  My legs are already much more toned, but my arms and core need major work.  I don't want to do crazy Crossfit stuff like other people do, I just want some toned muscles, leanness and strength.  The only way to achieve that sadly is by doing more stuff like the JM30DS.  I am going to try my damnedest to do the thing every day like you're supposed to, I just know how sore it typically makes me so making myself do it when I'm sore will be tough.  On the other hand, I was so encouraged by how much leaner I looked in my 5k picture that Eric took that I want to really try to make my best effort towards working a little harder on that.  I also know that it will allow me to eat more calories, which means I can eat some snacks with more fiber in them.  One cannot live on oat bran alone my friends.

After that I took Molly for one of our long walks, since she kind of got shafted since we were so busy Saturday and then didn't go much of anywhere yesterday.  We went for a 2 miler and she was totally an ass the whole time about it.  I think tomorrow she can just sit her butt at home.  To anyone who thinks greyhounds are high energy, it's the opposite!

I think I have talked myself out of doing another full marathon.  It's something I've been agonizing over the past couple of weeks, but I think I'm just about at the point where maybe it's not in the cards.  I can't find one during the time of year that I want to do that won't require major travel and expenses.  I also can't find one that would be somewhat meaningful like Portland Marathon or the Louisiana Half Marathon was.  And of course, the prospect of how grueling it is training for a full weighs very heavily on my shoulders too.  The one wildcard is that I threw myself into a drawing for the 2015 NYC Marathon, so if my some unlikely miracle I won that drawing, then of course I would do it.  I mean, it's NYC, not everyone gets to do that!!  I highly doubt my name would get drawn when only 60 people are getting picked, but you just never know I guess!  If I did, I guess the fates are conspiring for me to do a full!  For now, I'm just going to focus on getting lean, healthy, and gradually training for the Shamrock Half in March.  I'm pretty happy with that plan for now.

I was sort of bad and didn't do a planned menu for this week since we have plans on Wednesday and Thursday.  Doing the menus is nice and all, but I found that I ended up swapping days or having different things a lot of the time, so it's almost just easier to plan three days at a time than trying to do a whole week.  I have enough stuff in stock at this point to just be flexible and be able to pull together a quick, healthy meal.

Today's Menu:

Breakfast:  Oat bran and a clementine
Lunch:  Leftover turkey soup and a whole wheat sourdough roll
Dinner:  Pork Loin & Delicata squash salad topped with hazelnuts and dried cherries. (Modified from RW recipe here)  Amazing and you must make it!
Snack 1:  Hummus with carrot
Snack 2:  Air popped popcorn with nutritional yeast


  1. Wow great loss this week and glad those legs aren't too sore! That's great! I LOATHE Jillian. I mean, it works. I know it does but I just can't get past week 2 of the same ole monotony.

    1. I know, it is pretty boring. Part of me just wants to skip to the 2nd level because if I recall, there are no jumping jacks. I mean it's like, are we in the 1970's, really with the jumping jacks?

  2. Jumping jacks are evil!

    The NYC Marathon would be awesome! Fingers crossed for you.

    1. Yes, they are! And with NYC, I was sick and had fever when I entered the drawing for an entry, and it sounded like a good idea at the time. I will give it to sick me and drunk me, they both have more ambition and guts than normal me. ;) It would be amazing to do NYC, so I guess we'll see if I have any luck getting in!