Saturday, October 20, 2007

Finding the Time

My motivation has still been pretty bad, but I managed to muscle out four workouts this week. My goal is five a week, so four is pretty close. Here's a tip for mothers: If you need motivation, get your kids involved. If I don't workout in the morning, come the nigthttime wind down, it's very hard for me to workout. So I got my daughter Lilia to push me. I told her, "Lilia, make sure I workout tonight." So sure enough, Lilia got her shoes on, and said, "Mom, let's go workout." I couldn't turn her down. So I took all three girls downstairs, turned up my Beatles 1 CD almost as loud as it would go, and we all ran. I ran on the treadmill and they ran around the basement. Nohea didn't start crying until 27 minutes into my workout. I would have liked to have ran for 40 minutes, but I cut it to 30 minutes. But during these cold, unmotivated winter months, something is better than nothing.

My food intake has been good and bad. Last night we went to my sister-in-law Susan's house, and she had a cookie decorating table with cupcakes. Cupcakes are my weakness. I ate three. Earlier that day, the scale said I'd lost two pounds, but I'm sure the nice Italian dinner, cookies, and cupcakes probably brought my pound lossage back up. So it goes. But exercise still makes me feel better, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

I think I won't be doing the Telos Tri, due to the kids. The Telos Tri also has a Turkey Trot, a family friendly 5K. Lilia said she'd like to do another race, so I think I'll just stay back with the girls and do the 5K run. Plus, in the off season, my focus is more just on running. We're doing St. George's Painter's half marathon in January. That's a good race to keep you motivated through the cold months. And then after that, it's time to gear up for the Vikingman in June. Ah yeah.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Losing the Lbs

This weekend we had guests, and therefore, we felt it our duty to entertain. I think we went overboard with the food. It was no surprise to jump on the scale today and see that I'd gained five pounds. Ugh.

So I'm back on track. I threw out all the cake we had in the house, I have some low-calorie meals planned for the next week, and I've returned to the gym. Whenever I'm lacking in motivation, I seek a workout at the gym. At the theater cardio room, they were playing chick flicks. The girl on the treadmill next to me said, "Yes! This is my day." I said, "Me too!" I stayed on the elliptical for 50 minutes, just enough time to get into Music and Lyrics with Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. Now I want to rent the movie to finish it. My back was bothering me today, so I thought I'd try the elliptical. It said I burned more than 700 calories for the 50 minutes I was on it. I have a hard time believing I burned that many calories, because my heart rate stayed in the low 150s, and when I run for that long, the treadmill says I only burn about 500 calories. But the nice thing about the elliptical, I must admit, is that my back feels no pain.

I also have a goal to do the Telos Turkey Tri in less than a month. It's a fairly easy triathlon that takes place at the Orem Recreation Center. So starting today, here is my log:

Me by the numbers (Day 1):
Weight: 155
Workout: 50 minutes on elliptical
Daily calorie consumption:
Breakfast: cereal & milk
Lunch: McDonald's Asian Salad with balsamic vinegerette & Lissy's half cheeseburger
Dinner: Roasted chicken, baked potatoes, vegetables