Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Weekly update, 3/17/09 (St. Patrick's Day Edition)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Family lore maintains that part of my mutt-ley heritage is Irish, so my people have always celebrated St. Patrick's Day with the time-honored wearin' o' the green and sendin' o' the cards. (And the occaisional eatin' o' the chocolates masquerading as shamrocks or gold coins.) We don't swill green beer or typically eat corned beef and cabbage, although I've got a powerful hankering for some corned beef hash. Mr. Handsome-and-Handy (of authentic Polish/German heritage) is bemused by the whole affair. (And you'd think he'd be all over a holiday celebrated, in many parts, with beer!) He missed a prime pinching op this morning when I was still in my running gear, although he snuck in a belated one later. ;-) I got one in, thinking his t-shirt was blue-grey, but no, it was a sea green color. OH well!

But I tell ya, kids these days! You know the old ways are doomed when kids are confused about using the color green for St. Patrick's Day. Everyone knows that Patrick is a large pink sea star who resides in Bikini Bottom! *sigh*.....

And I will leave you with my favorite Irish prayer:
May those who love us, love us.
And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And, if He cannot turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
That we may know them by their limping.
Progress last week

7-day blood glucose average: 94 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting average: 96 (met goal of less than 120, 100% of days)
Weight goal: -.6 (met goal of maintain or lose)
Food goals: Consumed 5 meatless, low-fat meals and 1 fish meals. (met meatless, missed fish by 1 meal)
Exercise goals: 4-2/3x30 min. cardio (4-2/3 because I only did 20 minutes on Monday...On the other hand, it was 20 minutes with Jillian!), including 2 runs. 3 strength workouts: one-hour BodyPump class and did 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michales video twice. (Missed exercise goals by 1/3 cardio.)
[Side note: I really feel like the abs and lower-body strength training has improved my running, both in form and in feeling like I have a more powerful stride. Love it!!!]
Misc. goals: Got adequate sleep all nights. Refining food goals for better HDL/LDL still on the to-do list. Got family buy-in for triathlon and chose an event; attempting to register.

Goals for this week
7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or lose.
Food goals: 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
Exercise goals: At least 30 minutes of cardio 5 days, plus 2 days of arms & abs strength training workouts. Include at least 2 runs in cardio, weather permitting (dry and >40 degrees).
Misc. goals:
7 or more hours sleep/night.
Refine my nutritional goals regarding fiber and fats, to improve HDL/LDL numbers.
Register for the "See Jane Tri" event in September!


SeaBreeze said...

I found that my running form improved in conjunction with my core and leg strength. It helps for endurance because you don't get "sloppy" as quickly.

Good for you for registering for the Tri - it'll put some great variety into your routine.

As for the mantra - "You've never felt this good" is my favorite at the moment

Christie O. said...

Nice!! I feel the same way too with my running, consistence really does pay off!!!

Happy St. Patty's! Love that poem!

Juice said...

I forgot about the pinching for not wearing green! Good thing I complied yesterday.

Looking forward to meeting you this weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

I was home all day yesterday working and had no idea it was a holiday =) I didn't even wear green. Time to get out of the house more, or at least look at my calendar.

Anonymous said...

that is THIS JEWISH WOMANS fave toastprayer as well!!