Today is my favorite yoga class and it couldn't have come soon enough!  I enjoy the teacher and I find myself looking forward to her class each Thursday.  For me, taking a class, rather than a self guided practice, allows me to do poses that I often leave out of my rotation.  When I do my own practice, I stick to the ones I like and avoid the ones that aren't my favorite.  It's good to branch out!

At this point, I was expecting to jump out of bed with energy in the morning, which I haven't quite found.  I am sleeping better.  Much, much better.  For me, that means sleeping through the night and not having a tough time falling asleep.  Once I climb into bed, I have no trouble drifting off.  That is a huge benefit of a regular workout regimen.

As the unofficial start of summer approaches, with a weekend of pool openings and cookouts, I'm planning a healthier route.  First, is to workout all weekend.  When I'm active, I find that I make better food choices.  Second, stay hydrated by drinking more water.  We often mistake dehydration for hunger, so even a slight hydration deficit can lead to over eating.  Third, eating a nutritional breakfast before heading out to any functions where eating is front and center and making sure I eat fruits and fresh veggies first, before putting anything else on my plate. With tempting desserts, pasta salads and burgers at every turn, it's easy to "go food wild" this weekend.  But, Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance, so by going into the food festivities with a plan, I'll be more likely to come away unscathed!

Until tomorrow...


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The Eating Deadline

I've stopped eating after 7pm.  Then, I stopped eating carbs at 7pm.  I've tried only eating fruit in the evenings, as an evening snack. I've read that eating any less than 3 hours from bedtime creates belly bulge, eating before you go to sleep permits the food to just sit in your stomach when your metobolic rate is null, but also read that eating healthy food before bed helps you body to absorb the vitamins and minerals from the food, allowing it to repair itself. Which is right? Logically, a calorie equals a calorie, no matter what time of day, right? Most testing up to this date had been done on animals, and found that a calorie in is indeed a calorie, no matter what time of day or night one consumes the food. However, a recent study on men and women found that eating late does in fact have an impact on ones waistline and body mass index number.  Most participants were also lacking sleep, which is another contributer to weight gain, but scientists determined that one shouldn't eat past a certain hour and there is an eating dealine: 8pm.

Think there will be a run in restaurant reservations for 6pm? Enjoy your weekend... eat early!

One-Third Complete (Days 10-11)

Saturday flew by.  Doug had his early morning race in the mountains, where it was chilly and damp, and it was non-stop from there.  For me, it was the perfect morning for me to wear my new Hunter's  (a coveted birthday gift).  With these great beauties on my feet, I look forward to the rain for that very reason - the opportunity to sport them where ever I go! After the race, we drove back to Washington, where I did my yoga and we prepared for my talk to the She Does Tri women that evening.  The experience was wonderful, but I went into the pool with jittery nerves, as I have a fear of public speaking.  However, instead of backing down and declining the invitation to speak (which was my original thought when first asked), I looked my fear in the face and pushed through it.  The ladies were wonderful, had good energy and great questions.  I am excited to see where their triathlon experience takes them... it's a journey unique to each and means something different for everyone.

Yesterday morning was a lazy day, and some mornings, that is exactly what is needed.  After doing some work in the afternoon, I got on the bike trainer and did a long, slow, but consistent workout. After dismounting from the bike, I noticed some soreness in my quads, but, on the scale this morning, I noticed that the needle moved a little closer to where I want to go.  I smiled knowing that my dedication, consistent workouts and better food choices was making a difference!

Today, is a tough outdoor track workout, with a few timed runs and some repeats thrown in for good measure.  I can (theoretically) run for a long time at a slow pace, but it's the fast, timed workouts that are the biggest challenge for me.  I do not look forward to them, and I am always exhausted once I've crossed the finish line for the last one.

Something else I noticed, is that lately my "need" for coffee had diminished.  Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy a cup most mornings, but the "I can't focus on anything, don't talk to me until I've had coffee" voice is no longer raging first thing in the morning.  With these 10 workout days under my belt, I sleep better and wake up rested.  Win, win, WIN!

Until tomorrow...

Back at it

I try to practice what I preach, and having an active and healthy lifestyle has always been an important piece of my life.  As many of you know, I completed my first Ironman triathlon in July in Lake Placid, New York.  The race consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2 mile run, in total 140.6 miles.  Having never done event an Olympic distance triathlon, I took on a lot while training for the Ironman.  So, after 9 months of training and 14 hours of race time, I took some time off.  A lot of time off.  And haven't been back on a regular workout schedule since July, until yesterday when I began a 25-day regimen to jump start my workout schedule.

For me, it helps to have everything workout wise for the week typed up and printed out.  That way,  I know how much time I need to dedicate to the workout and what clothes I need to lay out the night before.  Also in the plan this week is drinking lots and lots of water.  First reason is to stay hydrated and secondly, water helps to flush out the lactic acid build-up in my muscles (which contributes to muscle soreness).  On the schedule this week is calisthenics, yoga, the trainer (a contraption that holds my bike in place, allowing me to "ride" indoors) and a day of active recovery, which for me is a nice, relaxing walk.  I feel better mentally, emotionally and physically when I work out so I'm looking forward to the challenge! The first 7 days will be the most difficult, but I'm determined to push through the pain and discomfort, to get back on track.  Plus, with Christmas dinner, southern eating, the New Years cheesecake and countless cookies and other sweets, my clothes are a little too snug for my liking! I have a feeling that everything, save my fingers, will hurt consistently over the next few days.  The upside? I'll sleep really, really well!