January 13, 2012

Roses and thorns

I'm going to get better about consistency with posting weigh-ins. My semester of maintenance is over, and I'm ready to move on and get back to what I know works best for me, a big part of which is the accountability I feel from blogging regularly. Will I get back to daily blogging like before? I don't know. I like the freedom of writing when *I* want. But I do want it to become more regular - at least my Fridays and Sundays. Fridays have always been weigh ins, Sundays are new recipes ... plus Mondays are challenge posts (when there is one going on), and you're subject to my various throughts and ramblings on the other days.

That said, this is a weigh-in post, and I'm down 3 pounds this week, to 198. I'm pleased, for a few reasons. One, because I said I'd be back in onederland and here I am. I may slip sometimes, but I haven't fallen just yet. This plateau hasn't gotten the best of me. And two, because I didn't overdo it with calories in *or* out this week - no excessive bike rides to counter bad eating.

Things that have helped me stay on track this week:
  • Drinking a gallon of water a day - not only does it flush you out, but it definitely helps curb overeating.

  • Not buying my trigger foods - huge NSV when I won over the bargaining voice in my head and didn't buy wraps at the store ... "to make sandwiches," the voice said. Ha! Yes, they're a great lunch. But I also know I have a hard time with eating just one wrap, so it's easier to avoid them entirely. Anything good on a sandwich is also good on top of a salad. Win, win.

  • Eating lots of delicious and healthy foods - using my food processor to make green smoothies (and my new favorite, using half the smoothie to make overnight oats!)...

    ...and roasting tons of vegetables (I'm entirely addicted to broccoli and brussels sprouts)

  • Keeping my goals in mind - long-term, I have about 40 pounds to lose in order to reach the higher end of my goal weight spectrum. With a loss of less than a pound a week, this means I could reach my goal weight this year. A little scary, but really awesome. And short-term ... well, I've got some big stuff coming up this weekend.

I can't believe I'm at the end of the training schedule. I can't believe this weekend is here. I can't believe that in a few days, I will be a half-marathoner. It's a crazy feeling. I've been rereading some of the half recaps and lessons learned that I've bookmarked over the years (one of my favorites is Ann's, seriously so helpful!), trying to get as mentally prepared as possible. I'll be heading to Los Angeles tomorrow morning, with plenty of time to think and do some offline writing.

What about you? Have you ever ran a half-marathon? What suggestions or advice do you have for a first timer? Also, what are your favorite overnight oat mix-ins? I want to keep it different all the time so I don't get bored!


Sarah said...

Great job on your loss and being back in onederland!

Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you this weekend! You're going to rock the half-marathon.

Anonymous said...

Good luck! I'm so excited for you. Just focus on one mile at a time :)

Kelly said...

Hello there! This is my first time commenting on your blog. I'm so excited for you, as you prepare for your first half-marathon.

My advice:

I recommend fueling early and often, whatever that means for you, since everyone's different in that regard. I didn't fuel early enough in my 1st half last year in 3:03:39. I am a slow runner, but still need reliable fuel. I beat my stretch goal by 6 minutes, but I definitely felt like I could have fueled earlier and it would have made a difference. I did my first duathlon a couple of months later. I used the half-marathon fueling knowledge to fuel myself every 45 minutes on the dot, and I shaved 10 minutes off my projected bike time and 5 minutes off my total time!

Take time to enjoy the scenery. Let the spectators help pull you along. In my 1st HM, I was struggling in mile 9. I came across 3 spectators wearing crazy hats, all by themselves, cheering on runners. I was racewalking by this point, nursing a hip injury that meant I couldn't run. I was wearing my PriorFatGirl t-shirt. One of the women cheering us on read my t-shirt aloud and then yelled, "Look at that skinny little PriorFatGirl coming down the road! You got this!" They'll never know how much it helped me get through the next 5k!

Have fun! I can't wait to read all about your race!

Kelly @ Dream. Strive. Succeed.

Prof. D said...

Mary, Have a great race on 1/15. You worked hard and will do well. Congrats on your loss this week. Have a Happy New Year and a great 2012.

Krista said...

I've never thought of using smoothies to make overnight oats, that sounds delicious! Good luck on your race this weekend!!

Shannon said...

Congrats on being back in onederland!

Good luck on Sunday!! I can't wait to read all about it!!

Tim said...

All the best with your half marathon today. I can't wait to hear all about it. Remember, you've trained well for this, you are prepared and you can do this!! :)

timothy said...

sounds like brilliant strategy to me sweetie, now you just ROCK it!

Anonymous said...

Hope your half marathon went well? Can't wait to hear about it.

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Yay for onederland!! That's a great accomplishment. I can't help you with the half marathon, as I can barely do a 5K. But I'm super impressed you are doing it - congratulations!

SG said...

those veggies look great! never done a marathon. just have it in my head to SHOW up for one in september. have you seen the movie "spirit of the marathon"? i watched it and it was such an inspiration!