Monday, April 19, 2010

Oh the Weather Outside

Is delightful! OK, so it's a bit overcast and a little on the cool side but if it makes it possible for me to use windows instead of AC and cut my electricity bill IN HALF then I LOVE IT! Weather, stay this way!

With good weather comes the urge for me to start that mini-gardening project I envisioned when I moved to my humble abode. Without a yard, I need to restrict everything to pots and the like. I've been craving a window box herb garden. Recently, I found this picture on the Facebook profile of Green Lotus Organics, a local business which makes organic soaps.

I have the perfect place for such an herb garden contraption right outside my kitchen door. I'm also considering investing in a Topsy Turvy or two for things like tomatoes and zucchini. The back steps will allow for a pot on each step for things like spinach, garlic, peppers, and onions.

The real question is: can I keep up with it? I have a short attention span when it comes to projects. Though, this one could end up saving me lots of money and helping me eat healthier so...fingers crossed I get started on it soon!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Shin Splints

...are a motherhumper. According to http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/, I have done absolutely everything to cause them. First it was the worn out shoes (until this week, the last time I bought sneakers was 2005), then it was the jump start into a hardcore fitness program, then it was increasing my running by more than 10% per week (try 60%), and now it's lack of rest.


I wish I was a kid again and sports injury was practically impossible for me. I definitely miss the days of not knowing what a sore muscle felt like!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

8 Slices of Pizza and 3 Breadsticks Equals...

Some hardcore motivation to absolutely kill it during morning bootcamp and in the afternoon push myself to, for my first time ever, run 3 miles over two bridges plus a few streets in between without stopping. My shins hurt like hell but my confidence couldn't feel better!

I'm tempted to ride my bicycle to bootcamp tomorrow AM. It's only a few miles and it won't be too hot outside yet. I guess it all depends on whether or not I feel like sleeping in. It'll definitely be a bit easier on the shins and maybe that's a break I need--I've been rough on them since I started working out. If I'm going to do anything, I better get to sleep!

Hooray for getting kickin' motivation! Not that I tend to make a habit out of consuming an entire pie over the span of 24 hours ever again.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Food!

Easter weekend food is so yummy! Of course, due to the fact that it was kind of everywhere, I don't think I could remember everything I ate to write it down and tally it up if my life depended on it. Today was definitely the cheat day.

Had a good revelation with the boyfriend last night while trying to figure out what to do for dinner. He ran a 5K and the reward at the finish line was pizza and beer. I know, I don't get it either! Anyhoo, after one (small) slice and a Miller 64 beer, I was craving more pizza. We almost went that route until I realized "I think if I go and eat a big piece of pizza, I'm just going to regret it later". The sentiment shocked us both and I wound up opting for a power lite bean burrito from Tijuana Flats instead. It may not have been the best choice, but it definitely left me feeling better about the fact that I'm becoming much more aware about what I'm doing and actually TAKING IT SERIOUSLY.

I can't wait for the day when it's just second nature and I no longer have to actually think about it. Until now though, I'm pretty proud of the progress I'm making to get to that point.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Progress

This past Thursday marked my 1 month completion of boot camp, also known as Measurement Day! Sadly, it went exactly how I thought it would. Absolutely no changes in the shape of my body and only a pound (less) of a difference. Granted, I'm not especially trying to lose weight, but I had hoped for a more sculpted look by now. My trainer was equally disappointed and will be measuring my Body Mass Index tomorrow and go by that instead, due to my current leanness.

Of course, I know quite well that the lack of change is due to the lack of change of diet until this week. I'm fairly proud of myself, I must say! I cooked from scratch a few nights and the times I went out to eat, I decided to go the vegetarian route just to be on the safe side. Needless to say, there's been a LOT of fruit and veggies and much less meat than I'm used to. But I feel pretty good! I don't plan to go vegetarian--I actually had a deliciously cooked tilapia tonight, courtesy of my boyfriend. I think being more aware of where my food comes from and what it is that I'm eating is going to make a huge difference.

So long as I got a cute hiney by swimsuit season, it's all good!