Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Weekly Update, 5/12/10 (The Screamingly Busy Edition)

Well, it's been a screamingly busy week (so how did I just write so much?).  The weekend was pretty relaxing, though.  I'm happy to say that I more than made up for missing having Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo last week; as a daughter of California, it felt kind of wrong to not have any on that day!  Mother's Day was sweet; I got a lot of knitting done on hat #2 and enjoyed sitting by the fire.  We had rain!  Rain in May!  Nearly unheard of in these parts.  Mr. Handsome-and-Handy and the kids spoiled me with homemade cards and school crafts and flowers, and we all enjoyed dinner at our local Mexican restaurant.  (Chicken fajitas! Yum!  You inspired me there, Biz!  And glad the "pink chicken" story made you laugh.)

Thanks, everyone, for all of your support and encouragement.  I try not to gripe about it too much, but sometimes I think it helps to share that I still struggle with keeping the healthy habits going and eliminating those that have outlived their usefulness.  Just to clarify, I don't equate my struggling with feeling like a failure, I equate my not following through on something I say I'm going to do with feeling like a failure.  Plus "feeling like a failure" is very different from actually failing.  For me, actually failing would look a little something like this...
Pubsgal [throwing up hands in disgust.]: "*Bleep* this, I'm outta here."
[Grabs several pints of premium ice cream, eats self back into sedentary stupor, goes blind, and loses limbs, etc.]
Hmmm.  I don't think so.  Even if "success" often looks like I'm jogging in place, guess I just gotta throw on that sweat band and wear a hole in the floor.  (Although there might be some monthly whining about it. ;-)

I think Lori might have been on to something.  I don't think my general goals are excessive, but it's funny, I usually feel like I'm not exercising enough, even after a week like this past one.  I think it's because I'm sure I was doing more last summer.  But anyway, after my next race in a couple of weeks, I'm going to shift my exercise habits a bit.  I've had a lot of cardio going on recently, and I'm thinking of adjusting in favor of strength, just to shake things up a little bit over the summer.

Our Beloved Detroit Red Wings were defeated by the San Jose Sharks.  A moment of silence, please.

[Pubsgal bows her head reverently...]

Well, the Sharks are a pretty good team, too, and they're local, although I'd love to see one of the Canadian teams get the cup.  Then again, Canada got the Olympic gold medal this year, and the Sharks have never gotten to hoist the Cup.  So other than Mr. Handsome-and-Handy's brother rubbing it in our faces, it would be nice to see the Sharks have their year with Stanley. 

Cool news!
First, I'm going to see Foodie McBody of FoodFoodBodyBody in her solo performance show on Sunday
Woo hoo!!!  I met her last year in person at the See Jane Run "I Race for Chocolate and Champagne" 5K, so it will be good to see her again.  I'm a little anxious about going up to the city by myself, country mouse that I am, so this should be a good experience, aside from enjoying her show.

Second, I picked up a copy of May 2010 Shape magazine to read about our fantastic Lori of Finding Radiance!  Loved the article!  You looked fantastic in print, too, Lori!  ( mention of your blog!  What's up with that?)  I noticed another article that cracked me up a little bit.  It was about how fun and accessible sprint triathlons are, with a starting training plan, and I thought that was terrific!  Where I parted sentiment from the magazine, though, was in their "stuff to get" gear recommendations.  If you really needed to have $140 running shoes and a $1000+ road bike to enjoy this sport, I'd still be sitting on the sidelines waving my cowbell.  (Except...I'd have to have bought a cowbell.) 

Progress This Week

7-day blood glucose average: 109 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting blood glucose average: 109 (met goal of less than 120)

Weight goals: +.2.  Maintenance, I'll take it.  I'm not surprised; I was over my net calories for last week.  There is a glimmer of good news, though; because I was more careful than I had been, my weight wasn't all over the place during the past week, like it has been tending to do.

Food goals: I tracked 6/7 days last week.  (I ended up taking Mother's Day off.)  Of days tracked, I was over by 481 net calories for last week.  Trouble days were (predictably) Friday and Saturday...and probably Sunday, although I didn't feel like I went too far overboard.
Fiber: On days tracked, averaged 29 grams/day.

Exercise goals: Met all goals this week, although counting climbing around on the monkey bars as a strength workout is stretching it a little bit, I suppose.....
Total mileage: 41.79 miles (2 spin classes - woot!)
Wednesday - 70 minutes (2.18 miles) - Stationary bike (10 minutes, 2.18 miles) to warm up for Body Pump class (1 hour).
Thursday - 82 minutes (20.07 miles) - 58 minutes (18.07 miles) spin class + 24 minutes (2 miles) on the treadmill at the gym.
Friday - 29 minutes (1.52 miles) - Neighborhood walk.  Blood sugar before was 132; blood sugar after was 87. Walking is a great way to counter elevated blood glucose levels. I'm still amazed at how well it works.
Saturday -Rest
Sunday - 45 minutes - Family "play-out" at the park after dinner.  Lots of tag and climbing, and Thing 1 and I ran a circle around the park.  Mr. H&H wondered why we were the only parents there not parked on a bench, but we sure needed to move after dinner out.
Monday - 53 minutes (15.02 miles) - Spin class.  It usually goes for an hour, but I think the evening instructors having back-to-back classes means that they have to finish the spin portion a little earlier than the lunchtime classes.  I didn't really like this particular instructor; he did too much yelling at people to go faster. I much prefer the instructors who tell you what you need to do for a particular drill, and yell encouragement, but each person has different capabilities speed-wise, and the instructors need to have respect for that.
Tuesday - 60 minutes (3 miles) - Lunchtime walk.  I walked to the post office, so got stamps, sunshine, and a great walk!  Score!

Teeth: Flossed all but one day.
Sleep: Getting 7-8 hours per night.
Hockey Respite for Mr. H&H:  Some of those games were early, but I'd say this was accomplished.  Coming off the goals list this week, since the Red Wings are out.

Goals for Next Week

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

Food goals:
* Track food intake DAILY.
* Track fiber, aiming for at least 30 grams/day average.

Exercise goals:
* 30 minutes of activity 5 days/week.
* Spin class at least once per week. I'd like to shoot for two, since I'm doing the bike portion of the "Tri the Coast" in early June.
* 2 strength sessions

Misc. goals:
* Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans 21 Day Habit Challenge goal of flossing daily.
* 7 or more hours sleep/night.


Lori said...

LOL at the $1000 bike thing. Guess I should have taken my $180 used bike and $60 shoes and gone on home for my triathlon.

"Pubsgal [throwing up hands in disgust.]: "*Bleep* this, I'm outta here."
[Grabs several pints of premium ice cream, eats self back into sedentary stupor, goes blind, and loses limbs, etc.]"

This was me during my foray into plateau-land a few years ago. Don't go there. Not a nice place to visit.

debby said...

You are even funny when you are talking about something serious! The line that Lori quoted really make me laugh.

Brooke said...

i did super spin last night, then went home and folded all the laundry i had piled up - you just might be on to something about these evening spin class business. (although with super spin at 1 hour 15 minutes i had less energy left than the 45 minute class on monday)

i don't know how you deal with instrutors that yell - all of ours say things like "lookin strong" basically trying to fool us into thinking we're doing well so we don't get discouraged.