Feeling Good Today
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Oh my, I am sore today. That is a lovely feeling. I notice how much better my attitude about this whole journey is when I am sore and have a great intense workout. Yesterday and today I worked on my lifting schedule, doing one major set and one minor set of muscles 4 days per week. Yesterday was chest and triceps, today was shoulders and abs. I found my running circuit (fast quarter mile, 2 minute recovery, repeat) to be really easy yesterday. I usually only go 4 rounds, maybe 6 but am exhausted by the time I am done. This time I did 6 with ease and had to stop myself because of time considerations. I think that my 5K on Saturday helped me to break through a mental block that I have with running. I have always thought I was a horrible runner, but I am starting to think that I could be a really good runner, I just need to push myself harder to get better. Maybe not for distance, but at least for speed. I love running intervals, I love sprints, I just hate long distance. Everyone has their thing. I once had a SGT compliment me on my form while I was in military training, and ask me if I ever ran for school or professionally. I laughed it off, but the more I run the more I realize I have a really good running form, and my legs don't tire easily (love my freaking legs, seriously). I just get mentally weird about running.
Today I was concerned because doing my incline sprints (10% incline, 20 second hard sprint, 40 seconds recovery), I felt really light headed and had to stop after only 8 minutes. I did my weight lifting and decided to come back to my sprints, and after only one sprint the same thing happened. So, in my mind I am thinking: allergies are making it hard for me to breath, they always mess with my asthma this time of year. I need an inhaler, I haven't used one since the weather was colder, and I literally don't have one. What if it is something other than asthma? I have never nearly passed out from my asthma before... So, I am putting in a refill request with my doctor today and hopefully my inhaler will kick this thing in the butt. I was really disappointed that I couldn't do all of my sprints, but seriously, my vision was turning black. Not a good sign. I could have injured myself pretty bad if I would have passed out.
My eating was perfect yesterday. It always feels great to get one of those under our belts. It is weird to think how long it has been since I have had one of those days. I haven't been doing horribly, I have been allowing myself to graze too much though. Last night I had my surprise dinner that my lover cooked for me (pork chops with apples in balsamic YUM), and didn't feel the need to eat anymore.
I have healthy meals planned for the weekend, while Bruce is out of town for drill again. I am cooking us dinner tonight-vegan enchiladas with black beans and an avocado cream sauce. I am also making a summer squash and spinach lasagna to eat over the weekend. So that means that Monday and last night will be my only meat meals of the week. It is time saving, and so tasty. I love that I am trying so many new recipes.
I need to keep it together with my eating. I am challenging myself to really pay attention to everything I eat until Bonnaroo (and after Bonnaroo...heck, and probably at Bonnaroo as well). I was looking at my Bonnaroo pictures from last year, and I am noticably smaller. And the ones from the year before it is a huge difference. I might have to do a 3 year comparison after I get back, which is exciting. I am motivated to keep kicking rear end this summer and to allow my new found love for health food and my decision to grow my own vegetables over the summer to really help me kick the junk food to the curb.