Nike+

February 28, 2009

I think I’m going to start running sometime this week. The weather is supposed to be nice and sunny until Wednesday and nearly all the snow is gone. To help stay motivated and track my running progress, I’m looking at getting Nike+. I know a lot of runners that have it recommend it, so I think I’m going to hop on the wagon, if I can.

Unfortunately I don’t have an iPod nano (both my roommates have iPods, but they are older so they’re not compatible). This means I will have to buy the Sportband, which according to Running Room’s website, is not available in Canada. I hope it actually is somewhere – otherwise it’ll be pretty difficult for us Canadians without iPods to use Nike+! One good thing – my shoes are Nike+! They have the slot in the bottom of the shoe for the chip, which I just discovered this afternoon. This means I don’t have to spend $10 on an external clip at least. But I will have to drop the money for the chip and Sportband which could run me about $100 from the looks of it. Yikes! I’ll have to wait for my tax return and a gas mileage reimbursement from a grant I got to run my thesis research (so far I’ve been paying out of my own pocket for gas so it’s made me short on cash). I know Running Room and SportChek both sell the Nike+ kit which comes with the iPod connector, but I’m hoping you can buy it without so it might be less than $40. You can buy just the chip on Nike’s site for $19 plus shipping, but for some reason I can’t purchase from Canada. I have to purchase from the US site. Ugh… I hope everything works out because I’m really looking forward to being able to use this!

I’ve spent some time this afternoon working on my geography paper. I’m on page 3. We have a weird page requirement – 7-10 pages which includes maps and diagrams (at least one is required). So technically I could write a 5 page paper and have 2 pages of maps and meet the minimum requirement. It’s very strange. I’ll keep on working at it this afternoon.

My roommate wants to go to a bar tonight for some drinks but I’m not sure about it. 1) I don’t have much money and 2) I’ve been so good with eating healthy this week that I don’t want to spoil it by having even one beer (if I’d known sooner I could have worked it in, but I’ve already eaten two meals today and had a half-coffee/half-hot chocolate from Timmy’s so it’s not looking like it). It’s too bad since I’d like to have a fun night out. I’ll see what I feel like – I feel kind of bad since my life is so consumed by school work that we hardly get to hang out (he’s working full time now while taking a break from school so he has tons of time but I don’t). Maybe I’ll see if he wouldn’t mind taking a raincheck, or staying in. He can have a beer and I’ll stick to something lighter 🙂


Weather, what’s the deal?

February 27, 2009

When I went to school this morning around 10am it was 8C outside – beautiful, even though it was overcast and drizzling but I’ll take it if it means warmer weather. But it’s now -7C outside! And the windchill overnight is supposed to be -29C! What’s going on? Is spring ever going to get here? Looking at the 5-day weather forecast, it doesn’t seem like it. The warmest day from now until Tuesday will be -5C. Yuck!

I’m not sure whether to go out for a walk tonight or stay in and do 30 minutes on the elliptical. I really do prefer getting outside for a walk, since I get bored on the elliptical, even if I watch some TV while using it. I’m not really sure why. But if I don’t go for a walk, I definitely need to get some exercise in so I’ll just suck it up and do it. After, it feels amazing but it’s just motivating myself to do it in the first place. Gotta focus on the feeling I get after working out!

I did well with eating healthy again today. I was really tempted to get a half-coffee/half-hot chocolate at Tim Horton’s on campus today but I resisted and got a green tea instead. Of course, I didn’t win anything on Roll up the Rim, so I’m 0/3 still! Anyway, I had oatmeal for breakfast, a chicken sandwich for lunch and for dinner I’m going to cook up some chicken meatballs and asparagus and have a spinach salad on the side. I decided to experiment last night by making some of my own dressing. I mixed a bit of olive oil with lemon juice and added some dried herbs. It was actually much better than I though it would be. I think I’ll try it again tonight, especially since I need to use up my spinach pronto! Some of the leaves are getting that slightly wilted look to them so it won’t be good for too much longer.

I may post again later with some pictures of dinner (if I remember.. I’m usually halfway through eating before I remember) but I do need to get going on that geography paper. I have written a single word yet! I’d better start soon if I’m actually going to finish it by Sunday!


Awful day

February 26, 2009

Today has not been a good day. This is why:

  1. I woke up with a terrible headache.
  2. The Motrin I took for my headache upset my stomach.
  3. I had to go to school anyway to run a participant for my student.
  4. The participant never showed up.

Needless to say, I was not happy. This morning I had really wanted to just curl up and go back to sleep but I dragged myself to school, only to have the participant, the reason I went in the first place, not show! Ugh!

Thankfully, I’m feeling much better now and not as bitter about the no-show. I’m taking it easy for a couple hours before I get into some school work. I’d also like to go out for a walk later if I’m feeling up to it. It’s absolutely gorgeous outside! And warm, too – the snow is melting finally! Perhaps spring is finally around the corner? And for real this time!

Healthy week is still going strong. Last night I was really tempted to take a thin sliver of cheesecake from the one in our fridge (it belongs to my roommate but he said he’d share). I normally love cheesecake, but I pinched just a tiny piece from it and tried it. I ended up not having a piece because it wasn’t that great and if I’m going to blow a bunch of calories and fat on sweets, it’s going to be fully worth it! In the past, I’ve struggled with eating sweets only to not really feel that it was worth it afterward – then the guilt sets in. I am getting better with this, but I’m still tempted sometimes.

I have just one more thing to add. Last night, I didn’t post again since I was actually being a good student and doing homework but there was something I wanted to blog about briefly. It’s typically rush hour when I’m heading home from my reading program so it gets super busy on some of the main streets. And people are always in a hurry and, from my experience, aren’t always very polite with their driving. But last night was an exception! On two separate occasions when making a left turn (I wasn’t at a light or intersection) I had cars stop to let me turn in front of them! Stuff like this really makes me smile because I love seeing strangers do nice things for others. I know it’s just a little thing, but sometimes even the small stuff can make someone’s day, even if it’s just something like allowing them to change lanes on the highway on their way home from a stressful day at work.

Anyway, just thought I’d mention that I love seeing stuff like that and because of it I was in a smiley mood when I arrived home last night!


Socks

February 25, 2009

I’m going to start this post of on a really random note: Where are all my socks? I have six single socks that don’t have a mate. Two of these were socks I got for Christmas. Two months ago. Where did they go already? How does this happen? It’s one of those big mysteries, I guess!

After finishing so much stuff yesterday, I’ve had a hard time getting started on school work today (and yes, posting this entry is only allowing me to procrastinate more). It’s kind of inevitable – after a really productive day I think “wow, I’m so ahead of the game now!” and think I can take a day off. But no! I need to stop with this bad habit so when I get home tonight, I’m going to have dinner and then get working on this geography paper until Lost comes on at 9pm.

I have my reading program tonight. It’s week 9 of 11, so it’s almost finished. I have mixed feelings about this. I absolutely love working with the kids and seeing their progress. But I’m also getting to the point where the amount of prep is starting to weigh me down and get in the way of my other school work. I feel bad saying that because I do truly enjoy running the program, but it takes me about 2 hours per week to get everything prepared. Then it’s another 2 hours per week for travel time and the hour the program runs. So, it’s a lot to do each week – although once I start data entry and analysis I’ll wish the program had never ended!

Tomorrow is going to be another busy day. I have class from 10am-11:20am – thankfully Thursday is presentation day so there is no homework to do beforehand. Then I’m running my very first participant through a study! I’m nervous and excited about this. I’ve never run a participant before so I’m kind of worried about messing up somehow or being disorganized (you wouldn’t believe the number of questionnaires there are to keep track of!) but at the same time, I’m looking forward to gaining the experience doing this.

I should be finished and home by 1:30 but I’ll have a busy night of homework to do. I want to get my geography paper written by Sunday, March 1st. Now that I’ve made a public commitment, maybe I’ll actually hold myself to this! It’s not due until March 13th, but my calendar for March is crazy so I’m needing to get some things done early (by a week or more in some cases) just to have time for everything.

Even though I haven’t been productive with school work today, I did work out on the elliptical trainer for 20 minutes and I did some ab exercises! Finally! I’ve been meaning to add them to my routine for months, but I usually hate them so I’ve been putting it off. Perhaps if I see some results I will learn to love them. I kept to a low number of reps so hopefully I won’t be sore tomorrow. It’s when my abs get sore that I’m less likely to continue with it, since it’s kind of uncomfortable!

Anyway, I have to head out soon and I won’t post later tonight unless I’ve finished a good chunk of homework.


I love being productive

February 24, 2009

I got a lot done today and I was pretty happy with myself. Some days, I’ll plan out a list of things to do and get one thing finished. But today, I set out a list:

  • prepare reading program materials
  • do some research for my geography paper
  • go for a walk & do strength training
  • set up more time slots for the study I’m running at school
  • send out a resume for a job

I actually got all of that done! I was impressed with myself! Keep in mind that I also had class from 10am-11:20am and didn’t start any of my to-do list until after I’d gotten home and had lunch – so after 1-1:30pm was when I started tackling the list.

I also completed another day of healthy eating! The only kind of bad thing I had today was just now – a piece of whole wheat bread with jam. I get a weird craving for toast and jam every month or so and I figured it really isn’t that unhealthy so I’d treat myself. The jam is President’s Choice Blue Menu, so it’s lower in sugar and calories. I absolutely love the Blue Menu line. Almost everything I’ve tried from it is delicious! One of my favourite finds were the Italian Chicken Meatballs which I enjoy as a break from my usual chicken or fish. Their low-cal hot chocolate is also tasty – very rich and cocoa-y!

Anyway, onto today’s menu!

Breakfast was oatmeal. Yes, I eat a bowl everyday and no, I haven’t tired of it yet. I love having a warm breakfast, especially in the winter, and oatmeal keeps me full until lunch time, unlike the cereals I love.

Lunch was a grilled cheese with a slice of Tuscan-style roasted ham (it was on sale so I tried it on a whim and love it.. it might be a regular purchase now). I threw on a good handful of spinach as an experiment and the result was good!

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Dinner was a chicken Caesar salad which I forgot to take a picture of! I was really hungry when I got back from walking (I was out for about an hour).

Later on, I had some sliced banana and berries.

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Yum! I can’t believe I used to eat hardly any fruit. Now I eat fruits (and veggies) a lot! Which reminds me, I had some baby carrots as a snack in the afternoon before my walk. I usually have them with a bit of salad dressing as dip but today I enjoyed them plain!

The only obstacle to my healthy plan might be this: Tim Horton’s has the Roll Up The Rim contest on right now! Basically, you have a chance to win a prize on each coffee cup and I always get addicted to getting drinks there when the contest is on (even though I hardly ever win). But I’m going to try sticking to tea with the occasional half-coffee/half hot-chocolate (a.k.a a cafe mocha without the whipped cream). So I’ll cross my fingers that I can stick to this. I’m really hoping to have a decent loss as a result of my eating healthy this week, especially since it will motivate me to get through these last 6.8 pounds!


Busy day

February 23, 2009

Today was busy with school work! That’s what happens when I spend my whole reading week not even thinking about homework. It was nice to have the relaxation time but now I feel as though I’m behind. It’s also a weird feeling when you suddenly have a one week break from your routine. I’m used to doing the same school work each week – read 2 articles for my seminar and prepare discussion questions, complete a lesson for my online course and do a quiz, prepare materials for the reading program I’m running for my undergrad thesis. I tend to do things on specific days as well, so not having done this for a week feels strange!

Today’s meal plan was pretty typical. Breakfast was oatmeal with brown sugar and a big glass of water.

I am absolutely loving sandwiches for lunch, probably because my boyfriend and I picked up a used George Foreman grill really cheap. It hardly looks like the previous owners took it out of the box though! But anyway, grilled sandwiches are delicious.

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That’s my sandwich with oven roasted chicken breast, spinach, low-fat mayo and a bit of cheese, all toasted up. It was great. And, as usual, I had a serving of berries on the side.

I can’t wait until summer when berries are cheap all the time! For now I’m buying them on sale and stocking up. I’ve made it through one container of the strawberries I bought already but I still have another one to last until next grocery day.

Dinner was something a little different. I had a chicken breast, brown rice and a mix of steamed baby carrots and broccoli all tossed together in a sauce I made from a bit of cream of chicken soup seasoned with garlic and dried herbs. It tastes really hearty, but the sauce is low fat and low calorie! I make this type of meal when I’m craving something warm and filling and it really does the trick.

I didn’t do as well with exercise today but I still got some in. I had some errands to run but the amount of walking was only about 20 minutes. However, I took the route home that has a nice big hill to give my legs a workout!

Here’s to hoping I sleep well tonight and have the energy for a good workout tomorrow! If the weather is nice, I’d love to go for a long walk!


Restless Mind

February 23, 2009

I had tons of trouble getting to sleep last night. My body felt tired but my mind was going and I had all these thoughts running through my head. I ended up finally falling asleep at 2:30am and then woke up at 9:15am. So much for my good sleep schedule! I know I’ll be ready for bed at a decent time tonight though!

One positive thing so far today though is this: I weighed myself and I’m now at 146.8 pounds. Only 6.8 more pounds to go before I’m at 140 and a healthy BMI! I’m still finding it hard to believe that I’ve lost nearly 25 pounds. I never thought I could lose even 5, but here I am! It’s a nice feeling to have accomplished something I never thought possible.

Lately I’ve been considering changing my goal, but I decided, after thinking last night, to play it by ear. I’ll see how I feel when I get to 140. Maybe after losing the last bit of weight, it will come off the areas that I’d like to see slim down more – I’m talking to you, thighs! The thing is, I don’t want to start saying “just 5 more pounds” every time I reach goal and find something to nitpick. That’s a dangerous road and I don’t want to go down it. I also know what weight my body is comfortable at – the lowest I’ve ever weighed (after puberty, that is) and easily maintained was 130-135. I don’t want maintenance to be an uphill battle and if I’m going to work out a lot in maintenance, it will be to reach fitness goals, not to battle every piece of food I eat and stop the scale.

So, these have been my thoughts as of late. I think playing it by ear is my best option. It’s hard to know how you’ll look at a certain weight. You can’t really predict where the weight will come off first. So 140 was my rough estimate of where I’d fit into a size 8, back when I was wearing a 14/16, and I had no way of knowing what shape my body would be in overall at that point. I think it’s alright to change my goal, as long as it doesn’t continually change. The most I will allow is setting a goal of 135 instead of 140. After that, it’s maintenance time.

I have a busy day of school work ahead of me (and a walk out in the beautiful sunshine) but I will post my meals (with some photos) later tonight.