Wednesday Wackiness…if the wackiness stands for exhaustion

I’m so tired. I got up early (didn’t want to) went on a long walk with intervals of pretty intense jogging/sprinting (zombies, you know). Took my vitamin, ate some yogurt, went to work (am now typing this at work, shh). Had healthy breakfast, drinking plenty of water, everything I’m supposed to do.

I’m just…tired. Part of it is stress, we have a big camping trip coming up over Labor Day weekend, and after my last therapy session (yes, I’m in therapy now and still trying to make myself be okay with it) I’m feeling more than ever like I need a change, something or someplace new. We’ve been talking about getting a kitten (have to check with the landlady first) or possibly pulling up roots altogether and moving to Idaho or someplace. Or both. But in the meantime, everything just goes by like normal.

If we did move, one of the things I would miss the most would be my choir. I love to sing, and I especially love to sing the challenging, beautiful music that we sing in my choir. So for a little pick-me-up, here’s one of my favorite new a cappella groups, Pentatonix:

My choir doesn’t sound like this, of course. We’re a church choir! We sound like this (yes, this is my choir):

Monday madness and a workout for your brain

Well, it’s been kind of a whirlwind weekend! First, a couple of announcements:

First, I was super hyped to get my monthly Audible credit on Saturday, so my current soundtrack for any non-zombie-infested workout is now Turn Coat by Jim Butcher (book #11 of the Dresden Files).

If you want to hop on the Audible bandwagon, go ahead and click the link over thataway in the sidebar (at the top, under the search box) to get half off a regular subscription for 3 months. That’s a great deal, especially since the audiobooks are around $30 each, normal price. That’s three audiobooks for less than the price of one! And even when your subscription goes up to the normal rate of $14.95/month, you’re still saving money on each book!

And now for the madness part…I’m still trying to figure out what type of thing to do with this, so for now, let’s go for some mental fitness. If getting the body in shape is good, getting the brain in shape is even better. So here’s my new favorite way to whip that gray matter into shape:

A Google A Day: You get a puzzle every day and have to use Google to help you figure out the answer. You’d think it would be easy, especially with a search engine to help, but half of the challenge is figuring out which questions to ask!

Friday Roundup: Eating cheese and lighting water – for science!

Well, good morning, campers! It’s Friday, so here’s some things I found lying around the web. They’re all at least tangentially related to health or fitness!

Working Out:

3 Moves to Make You a Better Runner – A lot of workouts/stretches for runners focus on the muscles being worked when you run, but this one gives you some workout tips for overall alignment and balance. Plus? Toe yoga!

The Angry Birds Workout Plan – I’m sorry, do I even need an explanation for this? Angry. Birds. Workout. Plan.

Anywhere Workout – Get rid of the excuses about not being able to go to the gym or not being able to afford workout equipment. This is a great circuit you can do at home with no equipment at all.

Eating Right:

20 Superfoods for Weight Loss – Deprivation diets don’t work; I can tell you that from experience. Here’s a list of foods compiled by Self magazine that you can eat shamelessly, including some oldies but goodies (apples, blueberries) and some surprising picks (parmesan cheese)!

Donutmania! – Hungry Girl’s low-fat solutions and recipes if you really want some donuty goodness.

How to Cook: Salmon and Asparagus – The nerds over at Nerd Fitness put this easy-to-follow recipe together for honey-soy salmon and asparagus. Yum!

Random Roundup:

Pi cake pan – Yes, technically this is a cake pan. But you can make all kinds of healthy desserts in a cake pan! Plus? Anything round with pi on it gets my vote. What can I say? When you have a math teacher for a father, these are the kinds of things that find you.

Water bottle ice cube tray – Make ice cubes perfectly sized for your water bottle! Is there anything ThinkGeek can’t do? Don’t answer that.

Solar-powered water bottle cap – Turn your water bottle into a solar-powered lantern! Recycling and geekily cool!

Thursday, August 16 – Journal

Today’s weight: 215 lbs

5:15am: Morning walk – 41:54, 2.35 miles (using Zombies, Run!)
6:00am: Banana
7:30am: Jimmy Dean Delights turkey sausage egg muffin
11:30am: Healthy Choice steamer: Asian-style potstickers
2:00pm: Weight Watchers mini ice cream sandwiches (2) (they’re so tiny!) (and I have to go to the grocery store after work so this will help me stave off hunger-impulse buying!)
5:30pm: Salad (mixed greens, half an avocado, a few cherry tomatoes, some waldorf topping: raisins, walnuts, dried apples) with champagne vinaigrette
6:30pm: Pork chop, Stovetop stuffing
8:00pm: Klondike 100-calorie ice cream bar

So I’m trying a sort of live-updating process with this today, rather than posting everything at the end of the day. Possibly having an ongoing public record will help me with snack-decision-making throughout the day.

Wednesday, August 15 – Journal

Today’s weight: 215 lbs

5:15am: Morning walk – 30:53, 1.67 miles (using Zombies, Run!)
6:00am: Banana
7:30am: Tall skinny vanilla latte and ham breakfast sandwich from Starbucks
10:15am: Nonfat blackberry yogurt
12:30pm: Healthy Choice steamer: barbecue steak and red potatoes (omg so good)
2:00pm: Weight Watchers mini ice cream sandwich
3:30pm: 1/4 cup trail mix
6:30pm: linguine with tomato sauce, 2 slices french bread, 6 oz chicken thighs
9:00pm: Drumstick ice cream cone

Still working on the whole sweets thing…I think I’m going to try subbing in fruit again for some of those desserts.

Tuesday, August 14 – Journal

Today’s weight: 216 lbs

5:15am: Morning walk – 41:12, 2.26 miles (using Zombies, Run!)
6:00am: Banana
7:30am: Oatmeal with skim milk
8:30am: 2 chocolate-chip cookies (well, I needed to take my daily vitamin and you’re supposed to take it with food. Nausea averted!)
9:00am: Nonfat strawberry-banana yogurt
12:00pm: Smart Ones szechuan chicken and noodles and a Diet Snapple (lemonade/iced tea flavor)
1:30pm: 2 chocolate-chip cookies (I had 4 total left over from the batch I made last night, and I can’t just WASTE them!)
5:30pm: 3 oz penne pasta with tomato sauce and albacore tuna, salad, 2 slices of French bread, and a glass of iced tea
7:00pm: (yes, planning ahead) 1 cup Dreyer’s slow-churned mint cookie crunch ice cream with a tablespoon of lightly salted peanuts (yes, I’m weird)

All in all, a little dinner/dessert heavy, but I think a good place to start!

Now with more zombies

This is a bit of a bonus, so to speak. Last week, I was turned on to a fabulous immersive running app/game called Zombies, Run!

Being chased by the undead is surprisingly good motivation.

The way it works is, you start the app and are immersed in a postapocalyptic world. There was a zombie outbreak, and you are a runner for a small colony of survivors. Your jobs can be anything from supply runs to distractions, to chasing down traitors. The app will play audio clips from the story, and then it’ll switch over to your custom music playlist. In between the songs, you’ll get more audio clips. You can also choose to add “zombie chases” to add a bit of interval training. You also collect supplies along the way, and when you finish your run, you can log onto the website and allocate those supplies to various sections of your individual base.

At the end of each mission, you get a summary of your distance/time/pace/calories burned, and a codex of information about the supplies you collected and any story tidbits you uncovered.

I’m having a fabulous time with it, even if it is a little creepy to hear zombie breathing in my headphones when I’m walking through the early-morning darkness in my neighborhood. Though, it’s a plus that nobody’s around to hear me muttering “I have a bad feeling about this” to myself.

Rules of the road

Okay, first things first. Some ground rules.

  1. Every day I’ll put up a post detailing my food and exercise for the day, as well as my starting weight.
  2. I’ll weigh in every day, first thing in the morning.
  3. Everything gets written down. EVERYTHING. Those chocolate chip cookies that I just had to snack on? Yep, they get written down too.
  4. Every Friday, I’ll do a fitness news roundup from around the interwebs, just to get some general knowledge going.
  5. Every Wednesday, I’ll have something fun. A surprise!
  6. And every Monday will have a guilty pleasure to start the week. Maybe food, maybe music or a movie. Because everything in moderation is fantastic, but we all need just a little splurge once in a while, and scheduling it makes it easier to focus on everything else.

Alright, let’s hit it!

The first step is the hardest

Well, that’s what they say, anyway. And it’s true, to an extent. But the hardest thing is the first step after being away for a while. Okay, maybe I should start at the beginning.

Hi, I’m Meg. I’m 5’7″, and currently I weigh 216 lbs. About 2 years ago, I had lost about 40 lbs and was well on my way to being a healthy (for me) weight. So what happened? Long story short, I hit a depression spiral, fell off the fitness wagon, and gained it all back. Now, I’m starting over. But this time, I’m writing everything down. Partly for accountability, partly because I’ve heard that if you try something different it’s more likely to work better.

So, that’s the plan. Track everything, write everything down. As well as any interesting tidbits I find along the way. Join me, won’t you? Let’s take this journey together.