Hi Bleeps! I'm sorry that it's been a few days. It's been a little hectic this Christmas Season. I'm sure you understand.
My family party was this past Saturday. So that means that Thursday, Friday, and most of Saturday are a bit of a blur. I would like to say that I got a lot of walking in, but I did not. Both Thursday and Friday I went to the mall at lunch to shop. And then I shopped after work both days. Granted I was moving most of the time so I'm going to count that as something, but I'm not putting a lot on that. I've taken the pedometer to the mall before and have been severely disappointed after 4 hours of shopping. While you are on your feet a lot, you are also standing still a lot.
I did redeem myself on Saturday. I got up and went to the track at 9am. My original goal was for two hours. When I got there the gate was still locked. I could sneak in, but there was no one else there. So instead I started walking around the giant parking lot. On the first lap my head just started swarming with everything that I still needed to do before the party. I was up until 1am wrapping presents, but I still had some things I wanted to knock out for next weekend. Technically I have time. BUT, I wanted it all done so that I could relax and enjoy this week....or keep it open for overtime (looking for a new laptop next month...fingers crossed).
So I decided to make a change. I couldn't do the full two hours, but I could change up my routine. I would begin my training for the next Half right then and there. My problem has always been that I have two speeds: walking fast and running. I needed to focus on light jogging. So I started alternating laps. One lap I walked. One lap I jogged. I got a mile in before the guy came to unlock the gate. I was very happy to be on the track again. I kept up this pace for 4 miles. I wasn't winded with the jogging so I was happy and my knees didn't feel tooo bad. Oh they were very aware of the change, but they adjusted okay. Deciding not to push it too much I walked the final mile.
The result? I shaved 5 minutes off of my 4-mile time. That means that if I can keep this pace up for 13.1 miles then I can most definitely beat my time by 15 minutes :-) I will add a mile on next week and see how I do. Now my knees were not super happy. They were a bit tight for a day, but not in pain....I may be able to do this after all :-)
I was potentially meeting some friends for lunch after my walk. I decided that if they couldn't make it then I would finally go for that Pedicure that I had been needing FOREVER. They couldn't make it. And so off I went. Luckily I keep a pair of flip flops in my trunk for just such an occasion. I was wearing my realflex sneakers and all of the ladies in the place were commenting on them. They were so cute.
I had been putting of a real pedicure until after the race because I didn't want to mess with my callouses and hurt my feet. However, since this was not planned I did not realize until I pulled my pant legs up that I had not shaved since Wednesday. DOH! I was going to do that during my shower after my walk. *I am still so sorry Lady-who-did-such-a-nice-job*. Oh well, as my roommate pointed out, she's probably seen much worse.
After the pedicure I needed to eat. I think you know where I'm going. SUBWAY! Seriously, what did I do before this? Oh yeah, I ate at Wendy's, McDonalds, and Burger King (ALL of the time). I had my oven roasted chicken on wheat with my veggies. YEAH!
So while I didn't do as well as I would have liked leading up to the party, I did make some good decisions and changed things up. I was just hoping for a little better so that I would not feel so guilty if I over-indulged at the party...and I think we all know that I did. The good news is the amount of over-indulgences paled in comparison to past years. So we are going to look at the positive side and try not to dwell. I still have another week to get through and I need a positive outlook. Otherwise I will "guilt-eat"...example: I polished off a bag of cookies last night that had made this week. My reasoning: if I eat them all now then I won't be tempted and will behave this week. I have such a warped mind. I'm still working on that one.
Party details to come :-)
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