Monday, May 18, 2009

Weekly Update, 5/19/09

It's going to be a hectic time over the next month: major work deadlines, end of the school year, and the Things' big dance recital! Aaaiiieee! I probably won't be posting on my own blog more than once per week, but I'll probably still be reading and commenting on other blogs, for sanity's sake. :-) And of COURSE I'll be posting about my May 30 race, when "I run for chocolate and champagne!"

The discussion over on MizFit about kids and body image (and what we can do to help) definitely has me thinking a lot about how Things 1 & 2 perceive food and exercise. On the one hand, I wonder how much they notice my exercise, since I tend to work out before they wake up or at lunch. I'm also interested in their inevitable post-race question: "Did you win?" They seem disappointed when I tell them "No, but I had lots of fun." Definitely need to get them to an event to show them how much fun it can be just *being* a part of it. (Most events are really early on a weekend morning, and the last one was very rainy. I'm hoping we can all make it to the race at the end of the month.)

Food-wise, I know they get some mixed messages from Mr. Handsome-and-Handy and me. We both struggle with balancing love of tasty food and desire for healthy bodies. Quality-wise, we do okay (mostly!); quantity is the challenge. They see me eating mostly after work; I tend to be rather food-obsessed when I walk through the door, and I think I need to be more mindful of what message that gives them. Perhaps I ought to plan on spending a half hour or so on "re-entry" before I tackle my plate. Maybe a snack when I leave work would help? (Said plate is loaded with healthy stuff; good. The after-dinner-cupboard-rummage that sometimes happens? Not so good.)

Thing 2 wanted me to go outside with her and play. I was balking; I'd just gotten home from work and felt a little tired. "C'mon!" she urged. "It'll give you muuuuuuuscles!" That not only cracked me up, it also got me into my "play clothes" and out the door rather quickly. Thing 1 has been kind of reluctant to get outside as much, since the herd of boys next door moved away last summer. I think I need to do a little more noodging to get him outside with us. He's fast and agile on bike and scooter, and he's developing great thowing and catching skills at flag football class. Sadly, it sometimes takes him a loooong time to do his homework. When I'm on homework duty, I sometimes have him break it up a bit and do some quick exercises as he gets set parts of it done. We jump around and run laps around the living room.

Progress last week

7-day blood glucose average: 99 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting average: 101 (met goal of less than 120, 100% of days)
Weight goal: 0 lb (met goal of either maintain or make progress toward goal)

Food goals:
- Consumed 4 meatless, low-fat meals and 1 fish meals. (met meatless meal goal; missed fish meal goal)
- Met goal of 30 grams of fiber or greater 3/7 days last week. (didn't do quite so well as last week's 4/'s challenging to get that much fiber into a day!)
- Met coffee goal 5/5 week days.

Exercise goals:
Met my Women's Challenge goals, but didn't quite meet the personal goal of 30 minutes x 5 days/week, and I missed my swim. (Unless sitting in the wading pool with Things 1 & 2 and having them pour water over my head counts. No? Drat, didn't think so.) Did 1 spin class, one run, two "30 Day Shred" sessions, and one walk. Since I missed BodyPump class due to work schedule, I did my strength training at home that day.

Misc. goals: Got adequate sleep all nights.

Goals for this week

7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or make progress toward goal.

Food goals:
- 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
- On work days, switch to tea and plain water after that first cup of coffee.
- Track fiber. Minimum 30 grams fiber/day and work up to consuming 50 grams fiber/day. (Include both insoluble and soluble sources.)

Exercise goals:
Minimum of 30 minutes of workout 5 days/week. Workouts to include at least 1 bike, 1 run, and 1 swim per week, plus 2 strength training per week.

Misc. goals:
- 7 or more hours sleep/night.


Foodie McBody said...

Pubsgal!!! I am running the SAME RACE on May 30th!!!! I would love to meet you!

Miz said...

that is so GREAT and funny!!

it'll give you mussscles :)

Miz, who has a space on the back of her leg she was gonna leave empty but the artist says NO. and it mightcould be filled with thing 1 and 2!

Pubsgal said...

Foodie: YES! I'd love to meet you, too! We should make "Team MizFit" shirts (or just black tank tops and bandanas ;-) and wear them to the race.

Miz: Oh, I know. One of the best perks about having kids is how much they make me laugh. I vote for adding things 1 & 2, definitely!

SeaBreeze said...

How are you liking the 30-Day Shred?

Your Run on May 30th looks fantastic. I am trying to decide on a 1/2 marathon for myself in the near future. The man I've been seeing announced last night that he has to go to Halifax for a course (for work) for the next 3 months (as of next Tuesday) so I may venture out there for my run. Covers two birds with one stone, but we'll see.

Juice said...

Kudos for being aware of what you are modeling for your kids. I think the late afternoon snack at work is a good idea.

Pubsgal said...

SeaBreeze: 30-Day Shred includes a lot of "bootcamp" style exercise (jumping jacks, burpees, pushups, and the like), which I used to hate but now do not mind so much. I like Level 1. Level 2 is full of the dreaded burpees! (I did actually finish it...once. Ow. I read on another blog that the blogger thought Level 2 was hardest, so I'm going to peek at Level 3 and hopefully not run away screaming.) For the most part, I like Jillian's demeanor--encouraging, kind of tough-girl, but not a lot of ridiculous "filler" exclamations that some of the other videos I use have. That said, I don't think I'd want to do The 30-Day Shred every day for an entire month. (Aren't we supposed to rest our muscles between strength workouts? That's what I've read, anyway.) But it's a great way to get in an intense workout when I'm short on time.

Juice: Thanks! So far, so good!

Foodie McBody said...

Black tanks and bandanas! Yes!!

Christie O. said...

you're right about the messages, we've had to kind of backtrack from the whole "piece of chocolate if you poo in the potty!" thing..

my kids kind of obsess over food (sugar, really) because I have relatives who dole it out everytime they see us, which is frequently. I have to put my foot down. Anyway, the exercise things rubs off, he says things about getting big muscles too which make me laugh. he loves going to the play area at my gym because he pretends he's going to the gym himself. :)
the body image thing, oh i am trying with that one. i talk to them about how handsome they are and then i go and do something like get a spray tan because i have legdimples (although they have no clue about this right now so that's a good thing at least). but it's a fine line, trying to lose weight and sending the message that you want to be healthy vs. looking good.

anyhoo, great job on all the working out! i'm going to do some open water swimming this weekend and i'm nervous!! hopefully i won't get eaten by sharks! hahahahaha