Monthly Archives: January 2009
We are still snowed in here! Off work three days in a row now. We did make it out last night and today but we didn’t go too far. Even the main roads are still pretty lousy and there are tons of trees, limbs and power lines that have fallen so it’s hard to tell what streets or businesses will be open and whatnot.
Basically, we got 2-3 inches of snow and then freezing rain on top of that. Then another snow storm that dumped another 2-3 inches on top of the ice. layer all within 48 hours. There are also I think 200,000 homes in the state without power and they are having a hard time restoring it because everything is covered with ice and it hasn’t been above freezing here in a few days now.
We’re getting a little restless but we’re safe, warm and definitely well fed. Unfortunately I have not gotten much exercise other than walking the dog (which is a workout in 5 inches of snow with ice in between) and some massive house cleaning that I did because I got bored ;-) But it’s hard to complain under the circumstances.
Hope wherever you all are that you are safe. We have some friends coming to stay with us tonight because they are without power. We were lucky this time (we lost ours for a week in August when we had a really bad wind storm) so we feel it’s only right to help out those who were not.
Sorry this blog has been lame this week, it will be better when things get back to normal around here!
Here is good ol’ Kentucky, we got 4 or 5 inches of snow with a coat of ice on top of it, woooo weee!
My husband and I both got the day off work, so we’ve been catching up on sleep, tv shows and old movies we haven’t seen for a while…Jaws, anyone? Haha.
I have taken a couple of walks with the dog and spent almost an hour cleaning off my car earlier, so hopefully I have burned some calories. I really need to get to work on a new routine so I don’t feel so unmotivated to exercise like I have been these days.
Hopefully we’ll be back to work tomorrow, so I can hit the gym at lunchtime as planned. Today I was actually going to get there early in the morning but that didn’t pan out :(
Oh well, tomorrow is another day! How about you guys, any snow? K, I know you’ve always got it, haha.
Be back soon!
Saturday afternoon, my best friend Courtney and I decided we would try out Bikram or “hot” yoga for the very first time. We are both fans of yoga and have driven past the building several times in the past few months wondering what it is all about. Finally, we looked it up online and chose a day and time to go.
Let me just say, hot yoga is not for the weak! Imagine getting into a giant sauna with 30 other people and then doing some very challenging Bikram yoga moves. I don’t know the exact temperature, but if I had to guess, I’d say the room was kept somewhere around 100 degrees fahrenheit. It wasn’t steamy, it was more of a dry heat. At first, it didn’t seem so bad. We worked on deep breathing, which sort of put me off at first because they encourage making “noises” when you breathe in and out which really distracts me.
We started with a half-moon pose on each side and did two “sets” of each pose that we went through. About 15 minutes into the class, I took off my shirt (I had a tank top on underneath) and noticed my heart beating pretty fast. At one point, the teacher said “You are going to feel like you are having a heart attack, but you’re not.” WHAT?! Haha. Other poses I actually remember doing were chair pose, tree pose (differently than I’m used to though — instead of your foot being place on your inner thigh, you hold it with the opposite hand), and some of the warrior poses. The Bikram link above actually has a pretty good list of what we did.
Throughout the class, we had frequent water breaks. I think I had a total of 60 ounces of water, just in a 90 minute period. We also had towels over our yoga mats and I brought a hand towel to wipe my face off with. By the time we left, everything, including me, was completely drenched! I have never sweat that much in my life, not even when I ran the mini-marathon last year. At certain times, sweat was running in my eyes, mouth, nose, etc. It was kind of gross, but also kind of neat because I knew my body was working hard.
That being said, I don’t think I will be doing hot yoga again for a while. I find it to be a very interesting concept and I really did feel good afterwards (released some toxins perhaps?) but it was just a little much for me. I do think if I go back again, I will try a different class — I think I prefer hatha and vinyasa styles of yoga better. It’s not something I could do long term because the intense heat does take it’s toll on your body. But maybe once a month or something, just to sweat it out.
Afterwards, we treated ourselves to Whole Foods for dinner and laughed about the crazy things we get into sometimes. Hope you all had great weekends too!
Since I live in the home of the Kentucky Derby, of course we have a series of races called the Triple Crown of Running! They include a 5K, 10K and 10-miler that all lead up to the Derby Festival mini-marathon; all races I ran last year. It’s hard to believe sometimes, but I did.
I got an email Saturday morning that says the 5K is just 6 weeks away! I couldn’t believe it, I am so behind in my training. But at the same time, it has given me motivation — instead of focusing on the long race, I am going to use the next 6 weeks to train for the 5K and see if I can beat last year’s time. I think I can!
Onto the eats! Yesterday was a much “better” day than Wednesday; I think my hungry-monster finally left and I’m back to my idea of normal, haha.
Anyway, trying to keep this brief, so here’s a quick look at what I ate yesterday:
Went for a 4-mile walk/run before lunch…I think in the end, I ran 3.25 miles and walked 0.75; I just went with what my body told me and didn’t push too hard or go too easy. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but the machine said I burned 460 calories. I really need a heart rate monitor!
I also had a cup of coffee with Equal & 1% milk before my snack ;-)
Behold the amazing grapefruit spoon! I don’t know how I ate them without this thing…I picked it up in Gatlinburg, it has serrated edges, plus a cute grapefruit design on the handle. Hehe!
Okay, so what happened was, I wanted some of these on Tuesday, don’t know why; but when I went to buy them, they got stuck in the machine (should’ve taken it as a sign) and so I bought another one to make sure the first one came out and I ended up with 2! But they are gone now and I enjoyed them while they were here ;-)
I tried to avoid my mid-afternoon snack to compensate but I actually got hungry around 4:00 before I left work.
I also had some tea during the day…I really like the Traditional Medicinals brand, I’ve used them for when I had colds in the past. This type is called “Women’s Liberty” and is supposed to promote healthy hormone balance. It tastes pretty spicy too!
Last night was awesome! We ended up having vegetarian burritos…I cooked up some Fantastic Foods Vegetarian taco filling, which had a very good taste and consistency. I’m not a veggie but a friend of ours is, so usually our girl’s nights remain meat-free as well :) On the side were some chips, questo and guacamole. YUM!
It was also a friend’s birthday, so we enjoyed some chocolately cupcakes with whipped icing, double YUM!
When I crunched the numbers, I went a little overboard on calories today but thankfully I burned a nice chunk off and I will strive to balance it out the next few days.
Happy Thursday all!
FYI – I checked the remaining PB Larabars when I went home and mine matched the number on the list, eek. I’m going to call today. They said this affects all of the PB flavor since they were first released in June of 2008, so just because you purchased it a while back doesn’t mean you are safe. If you have any of the Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars or Jamfrakas PB bars, please throw them out, don’t take a chance. You don’t want to get sick. Just try another flavor for now! I highly recommend cinnamon roll and ginger snap ;-)
Hope your Wednesdays have been glorious :) How does Day 1 feel to you? I have to say, I woke up feeling rather inspired. Hopefully the new Prez managed to get a few winks in last night before his big first day on the job.
Thankfully, the weather is starting to warm up here too. I think we might reach 30-something today! It’s temporary though, as I see 20′s in the extended forecast. How many more days of winter?? Haha…
For some crazy reason, I decided to get on the scale this morning and you know what?…Not bad. I think I have finally found that healthy, appropriate balance in my life. Basically, I think I’ve finally accepted that what I put in, I have to put back out. If I eat healthy and exercise moderately most of the time, things will hold steady. If I overindulge a bit, I gotta pound out a few more calories to balance it out (like I did during Christmas using the Y).
I think it’s the fact that I maintained a weight loss for over a year now; I just feel more at ease, looking at things in the long term, instead of the short, as it was with my weekly weigh in madness. Doing that was more important in the past but now that I have found my “happy place” it’s no longer necessary. But it doesn’t hurt to check in once in a while, am I right? For the record, I was at 151.5 this morning. The old me would look at that and say “Dear Lord, that’s 7.5 pounds more than your lowest weight, what happened?” But I didn’t even blink an eye. It’s normal to fluctuate and my clothes still fit and I’m still pretty comfortable with how I look and feel (aside from Monday’s freak illness).
Unfortunately, I have broken my once a month weigh in promise twice this month now. But, I’m still adjusting!
The past few weeks have been sort of scattered. I am taking classes again, so my schedule has changed a bit and I am starting to train for the mini-marathon again, so that is going to take up most of my workout time. So I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but I want to make a schedule so that I can have a good, balanced work, life and workout schedule that will flow well together. I don’t want to be doing cardio only for the next few months, I need to at least do some pushups, lunges, etc. at home or something a few couple a week. And I can’t forget yoga! I just need a new plan. ‘ll let you all know when I have one!
I’m so excited that I got to see the Inauguration live, we watched it on CNN in the auditorium here at work. I didn’t cry like I thought I would, but I was still very moved and I’m very hopeful that our country can start over again and get back to being the America we want to be :)
Here’s what I ate on the day Barack Obama officially became President of the United States of America:
I had a cup of coffee with Equal & 1% milk when I got to work!
I had another spoonful of the PB because the jar was almost empty so I went ahead and finished it. I don’t know why but I feel a certain satisfaction when I use something up that I’ve had for a while. I guess it’s knowing that I got my money’s worth and it also makes room to buy something new :)
Hope everyone enjoyed this big day in history! If you didn’t, I’m sorry…I find it’s always better to be hopeful.
Happy belated Martin Luther King Jr. day! How cool is it that the next day, we inaugurated our first African American president? Very, very cool.
As I stated earlier, I was sick Monday morning when I got up and it took me about 2 hours before I felt like eating anything. Unfortunately, I didn’t get in any exercise either because I still felt kind of “weak” the rest of the day, but I got better. Anyway, here are the eats…