Jun 132011

Sunday morning I slept in, despite Fat Kitty’s attempts to wake me up. He was anxious for food or playtime and kept jumping on my head and my bladder. Go away! Let me sleep, you little monster! I ate breakfast and then headed to the pool. I was hobbling pretty badly because I was sooo sore from Saturday’s workout. I could barely walk. Seriously. I was having flashbacks to the aftermath of Hood to Coast or my crazy session at Crossfit.

A few days ago I got the wild hair to attempt swimming 2 miles. I’ve never done it before. Not because I can’t do it, but because I’ve just never tried. My stamina in the pool is excellent and I knew I could swim 2 miles without issue. So why hadn’t I tried it before? Two reasons:  1) Boredom and 2) Hunger. Swimming makes me hungry like no other activity and I usually have to stop after about an hour because of the growling hunger.

I decided to try swimming 2 miles on Sunday. I wasn’t sure I would be able to because my legs were absolutely WRECKED from Saturday’s workout. But I am totally stubborn and once I set my mind to do something, there’s really no changing it. Since I’d decided on Friday night that Sunday I would be swimming 2 miles, I was going to do it–sore legs or not! I swam the first mile in 37 minutes. I was slower than normal because of the soreness I was having in my legs but I was still feeling pretty good. Honestly, no matter how sore I am I can ALWAYS swim. In fact, getting in the water my legs felt like a million bucks compared to just walking around outside.

After swimming the first mile, I took a break for about 8 minutes. During this rest time (which I never take when I usually swim my routine), I had a snack. I wanted to be prepared for the hunger that makes me quit after 1.25 miles. I brought this as a snack:

During my break I ate 2 of these protein balls. They were nasty! But they did the trick and got me through the rest of my swim. I decided I was too sore to make it through another mile. I started swimming after my break and decided I would just swim another half mile and call it quits. I vowed to try swimming 2 miles again next weekend, when I wasn’t crippled. I usually swim 1.25 miles (in 45-55 minutes depending on what I’m working on). Then I got to 1.5 miles and thought “It would be really stupid to just quit now….”

I told myself I’d do just a little bit more. I told myself that after every 10 lengths I did and then before I knew it, I was almost to mile 2. There was no way I was quitting when I was that close! Then I had to deal with second part of what often keeps me from doing more: THE MENTAL ASPECT. It’s not necessarily that I get bored, I guess I do get a bit bored, but it’s more that I start talking myself out of doing more. I think of all the other things I want to be doing towards the end of my swim. I think of food. I think of lounging in the hot tub. I think of errands and chores, everything else but swimming. Which is weird because I love swimming!

I finished up my swim and SWAM 2 FULL MILES!!!!! For the first time!

I’ve never done that before! I was so happy and so proud of myself for doing it. I pulled my sore body out of the pool and languished in the hot tub. It felt so good. If I could have just taken a nap in that hot tub, I would have. It made my legs feel great. Of course, then I had to get out and walk back to my locker, limping, saying “ouch” after each step.

Swim Stats:

Time: 1:15

Calories Burned: 603

Distance: 2 miles!!!!

For dinner I made us baked salmon with basil, garlic and tomatoes. I wanted something easy, quick and filling.

I think the hunger caught up to me Sunday afternoon because I was in the mood to eat everything in sight (I resisted). The extra calories I burned Saturday and then swimming 2 miles = intense hunger! I steamed some broccoli and baby carrots and added some Goddess Dressing to my dinner because I was hungrier than Michael was.

It was the perfect food. I settled my very sore body in to watch some Netflix. Currently: The Big C. What a great show!

QUESTION: What’s the longest distance you’ve swam? (OR run, bike, hike, etc…whatever your sport is.) What’s holding you back from doing more?

Mar 312011

I’d say March was a pretty a good month. There were some ups and downs–some stress, some illnesses, but finishing March with an awesome vacation cleared all negative thoughts.


1. Try one new restaurant each month. This month: Pata-Negra  YES!

2. Attempt running outside on the track at least once. YES!!!!

3. Really hunker down on portion sizes. I did my best.

4. Learn how to use the new Kitchenaid Mixer. NO.

I’m pretty happy with accomplishing #2. In fact, I did even better: instead of taking my slow jog out to the track to test the waters…I went FULL THROTTLE and ran twice while I was on vacation in Arizona. And it was a REAL run too. I ran 3.4 miles the first day at my old, pre-injury pace (about 10 minute miles) and the second run was a little over 3 miles at the same pace. With no injury. That fact alone means March was a total win.

I managed to go on vacation and still count my calories, try to be reasonable with portions, yet still enjoy myself. The only way to know for sure is this week’s Weigh-In. Of course, I have the Prednisone Debacle to factor in, as well.

April Goals

1. Try one new restaurant each month. This month: Tasty and Son’s

2. Learn how to use the new Kitchenaid Mixer.

3. Lose 2 pounds.

4. Call my old personal trainer and try his Crossfit Gym at least once.

I’ve been in an 80’s kick lately. My workout music has been solely 80’s hits like Tears for Fears, Howard Jones, Echo and the Bunnymen and Journey. Good memories!

QUESTION: What’s your favorite music to work out to?

Wednesday before I went to the gym I ate my vanilla Greek Yogurt but added some pineapple chunks to it. I haven’t had a chance to buy some other snacks that my readers suggested for pre-workout fuel. I will tonight.

I hit the treadmill and ran my 3 miles or so. It was a good run, faster than usual, but towards the end of it I was mentally and physically just over it. I was ready for the run to be completed. I could tell I’d gotten a good run in because I was dripping (literally) in sweat.

I lifted weights. I focused on my back and I spent extra time on the Gravitron machine doing Chin-ups.

I finished up with 15 minutes of stretching and Foam Rolling.

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:26

Calories Burned: 726

On the way home I ate a post-workout snack. The verdict: I did not crash, I didn’t have the shakes and it curbed my hunger (a little bit but not sufficiently). The downside: the sugar made me feel a little nauseated.  The search for snacks continue.

Dinner Wednesday night was a repeat of a really yummy recipe we tried not too long ago: Braised Chicken with Spring Vegetables.

I really like this recipe a lot. Michael forgot to add the asparagus tips, which is okay. I love the flavor of the broth with the veggies.

The recipe is so good. I wanted more chicken!


Top Chef Finale! I won’t give any spoilers in case people haven’t seen it yet. But I will say that it was a GREAT episode and I was torn on who I wanted to win. The whole season I loved Richard Blais but the last few episodes I really started to like Mike too. It is such a good show.

QUESTION: Did you watch the Top Chef Finale? Thoughts? And what are your goals for April?