Monday, January 29, 2018

Resolved

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I don't really make resolutions, but I do resolve myself to try to make changes in areas I need to work on. Work in small chunks at something until it becomes a habit is how I roll.

Some things I am continuing to work on from 2017. SO far, I have made some positive progress just a month into the new year.

Make the diet Pepsi fountain drink a very occasional thing.
Change up my strength work.
Get my weight under control once and for all (LOL) who am I kidding?
Get more sleep

I love a flipping fountain drink, diet Pepsi or diet coke with lime.  It's one of those things that make me happy, I love the fizz, a bottle or can is not the same, so often in the morning it has been my preference even over a cup of coffee. I confess, I've even had mornings where I felt so rough I would roll through the drive thru and ask for two large diet sodas...the fatigue thing for me is real. Some people wrestle with sugar, chocolate, ice cream...me diet soda.

After my stress fracture, my endocrinologists told me diet soda could impact my recovery and I needed to reduce my intake. Since I still feel that spot on my tibia years later, I know I need to try to be as healthy as  possible.
I started trying green tea again. In the past I never really enjoyed it, but finally this past month I have made the switch. I am enjoying (unsweetened) green tea by the gallon, and a diet soda maybe once a week.  This is a big change for me 😇

Change up my strength sessions and getting my weight under control go together...
I have a trainer for a few months! If you saw my Instagram post a while ago, we didn't do Christmas at my house and put the $$ to a trainer and I have been loving every minute of this decision. We work at a pace I would not push myself to do and I do a bunch of things I don't like. 😄 The things I don't like are really good for me though! Right now, I am not doing much heavy weight, but enough to challenge me, yet I feel sore all the time. LOL Typically in the past, I would tend to weed out things that impacted my runs and just not do them...but no more, I made a commitment to try whatever the trainer set up for me to do. I work hard when I am there. I am going to be really sad when my sessions end. More to come about training, I love it!

Get more sleep...
I guess as long as I work full time this will always be a struggle...there are not enough hours...ever. I am going to hit the reset button each month on this one. So many factors impact this so I don't feel like I have much control.

I am linking with Marcia to get this off my chest!  Join in...you'll feel better.

Runfessions

I runfess...
Even though I have changed up my strength work and been pretty careful about my diet...getting enough protein, managing my calories, I have continued to gain weight. I can barely button my dress pants and even my work out clothes are becoming uncomfortable. I have only weighed a few times this month because honestly, it doesn't help me to see the crazy big numbers on the scale and I can feel it...I am at a loss. I runfess it is very hard to keep my motivation up. I keep hoping my body will respond soon to the changes I made, but who knows?!

I runfess my ice sailing bounce down my front steps on January 6th really frustrated me. (and bruised me up too)

I had to modify several strength sessions so I wouldn't aggravate particular areas. My trainer did a good job and I still pushed through and got solid sessions in, but I really want to feel 100% so I can make the most out of this.
Tissue on my backside is still swelling up after I work out, it is getting better, but...geesh, I just want to feel good.

I runfess I am irritated this low mileage month didn't really equate into good recovery time.  January will be about 60 miles when all is said and done. I've been aching more than ever which had a lot to do with falling. At one point, I was feeling panicked about how inconsistent this month has been, but was able to talk myself off the ledge. I was still was active 21 days so far (posting on the 29th) it is really not that bad! Yes, my running mileage is low but life happens. Surely,..at least I ❤hope, I'll improve next month :)



Okay February, I am ready... I need to get my 2018 party started!













Coffee or soda for you?
Do you enjoy green tea?
How did January go for you?

Thanks for stopping by!

36 comments:

  1. Oh my, don't even get me started on the sleep thing. It sucks and I blame it all on menopause. I've never had sleep issues before and you'd think with all the running that I would sleep like a baby. Even after my marathon, I had trouble sleeping. I finally broke down last night and took an over the counter sleep aid.... sigh.

    You've set some great, manageable goals and it looks to me like you are managing them well. Change is hard ..especially at our age. Lol

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    1. Amen to that sister! Change is hard lol
      I do try to keep the goals small or else I get overwhelmed!
      I take sleeping aids quite often but I try to skip days in between, i am afraid I'll get immune.

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  2. Sounds like you're making good progress on the soda and strength work goals! That's great to work with a trainer. The sleep thing is so hard. It just seems like there's never enough time to fit everything in.

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  3. Congrats on the victory over the soda! Even though you may still be having it on occasion, that is a HUGE change of routine. Kudos!

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    1. Thank you! I have failed at this in the past so it feels good :)

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  4. I still can't believe that it's almost February! I can't even remember what my goals were for the month, lol. I don't drink soda a lot but over the past couple of weeks I had more Faygo than I'd had in a lifetime...so glad to be back to water now!

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    1. It is hard when we get off track, it throws us off!
      I can't believe it is February either!

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  5. You know that we are in this weight gain limbo together, right? One would think, that for as active as we are, and as well as we eat, the weight would not be piling on. And yet, it is. I swear I grew a new roll just this year. It is maddening. Cutting back on soda that much is fantastic. I enjoy green tea IF I'm in the habit of drinking it. Right now it's all coffee all morning for me. Although I did but back by one cup/day. Ha!

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    1. Amen marica, it is maddening. We do work really hard. I wonder if I will ever figure out a routine I can live with and fixes the issue.
      Hey, one cup of coffee is good! I have coffee a few times a week now :) I miss it, but I am trying the moderation the Doc mentioned lol

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  6. Great job with cutting back on the soda! I stopped drinking it about 10 years ago or so, and now I don't even like it. I basically just drink water, coffee, and wine:) Green tea is a really good alternative though!

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    1. Thanks! I like my wine too, but I only have it occasionally now :)

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  7. You're totally doing the right thing by taking baby steps to see the changes that you want to do! Awesome job on cutting back on soda. Years ago I gave up soda and it was definitely a struggle, but you can totally do it!

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    1. Thank you :) Making new habits is not an easy thing....some easier than others!

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  8. I drink iced green tea every day. I brew it myself and pour it over ice. Anti-inflammatory, you know! I gave up soda years ago. I do like my caffeine tho.

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    1. I did not realize that was an anti-inflammatory :) I started doing the ice thing and that was a huge help in transitioning, I enjoy it more than warm.

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  9. Love my coffee. I tried tea for awhile. But coffee makes me happy.

    I am the worst sleeper. Melatonin is friend but most of the tine that doesn’t work either.

    My January miles are lower than usual. I’ll blame it on the cold.

    You’re active and healthy. Often that doesn’t show on the scale.

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    1. I still miss my coffee some days, but I have a few cups a week.
      Melatonin gives me crazy dreams!
      I am blaming my lower mileage on the cold too lol I am over snow.

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  10. Oh, I used to have such a bad soda habit. It was Coke in college (6 pack a day!) and then Diet Coke in law school. I weaned myself off and now rarely have soda - I truly lost the taste for it. If I can do it ... :-)

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    1. It is something how addictive it can be! That is great you could overcome it!

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  11. Coffee is my jam. I have tried tea as a replacement but just can't do without my coffee. I used to drink Dr. Pepper all the time but now I only use it as an occasional special treat. Sleep *sigh..that's a tough one. You have some great goals lined out!

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    1. That is what I will try to do, only have a fountain drink as treat. I am doing better now I have more tea...before I didn't have anything to replace it.
      Coffee is a great pick me up when i have it.

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  12. I had such a slow start to 2018 too. Being sick really affected all areas of my life. So cool you hot a trainer!!! Do you think you could continue it after your Xmas sessions are over? Seems like it is something very beneficial.that you enjoy. Girl I love diet Sikhs as well! We switched to seltzer water since I love cans and carbonation!

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    1. I have tried carbonated waters like Perrier, but it wasn't quite enough to keep me away from their soda...the green tea seems to be helping me now. You would think since i adore fizz it would have helped!
      The trainer is awesome! I like having someone with me and I push myself more. I will have to see if I can carry it longer but I also want to go go see my Mom this year so who knows?!

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  13. I'm definitely coffee over soda. Mostly black, but I'll admit to froo-froo drinks from Starbucks probably more often than I should.

    It's so frustrating when your weight doesn't reflect all your hard work. Hope it doesn't break your motivation too much.

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    1. Black!! That is hardcore lol I need my yummy creamers if I am going to enjoy coffee :)
      I am so over trying to get my weight stable. I had kinda given up because I was stuck in the same place for a very long time and I figured I may as well just be content with where i was, then a few months ago I started gaining...so back to work.

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  14. Real talk...I should give up coffee. I can't. I am trying to skip the afternoon cup though. So, I applaud you for giving up your diet soda! I'm glad you are enjoying your trainer. I bet you are getting that "good" kind of sore afterwards. 60 miles is nothing to scoff at. I've had many, many months lower than that! Thanks for linking!

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    1. I would enjoy your coffee unless you really have a reason to change! I would have kept drinking my yummy coffee everyday if the Doc didn't say cut back. You would think I would sleep better with less caffeine, but no.
      I am thankful I was able to get 60 miles in, but i had high hopes of making some fitness progress and it doesn't feel like quite enough. Hopefully February.

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  15. I don't drink carbonated drinks at all, but my husband is trying to cut back on Diet Coke. He drinks far too many! He got it down to 2 cans a day, but fell of that wagon is now back at 3 a day. I do drink an iced coffee on most days, but I feel like that's my reward for getting up early and working out! I'm all good with it :) I hope you can cut back on your soda!

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    1. I know how your hubby feels! It is hard to cut back in something you really enjoy. It was about finding a replacement i really loved for me, plain water just made me miss soda more lol
      You do work hard, we should enjoy what makes us happy and coffee is much better than soda.

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  16. I struggled with my weight so much in my late 40s early 50s, but after menopause (or close to it) it actually got easier for me. Not that it will ever be easy.

    I gave up soda years ago. Don't miss it. Just like I don't miss alcohol, but you're right, we all have our things. I'd say one diet soda a week is pretty darn awesome! I do like green tea -- I'm very specific about which ones I'll drink, so I always bring my own. This from a girl who HATED tea growing up. It's all about finding what you like.

    Sleep . . . well, you know I don't work, yet it can still be pretty darn hard. :( I was doing good until Bandit went on his recent I must go out in the "wee" hours binge (which thankfully didn't happen last night, finally!).

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    1. I was hoping since I am postmenopausal it would be more steady now. I stayed stuck for a very long time...a few months ago, my middle started expanding again...it is exhausting, but I am back to working at it.
      I have found that as well. All green is not the same lol what brand do you enjoy? I hated it too growing up!
      I guess sleep gets a lot of us. I am waking up all night long now. I probably would still struggle if I worked less.

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  17. I'm pretty good about not drinking soda no more then a few times a month - but man, do I love a cold fountain Diet Coke! I am very sensitive to caffeine, so saying "no" to it is a bit easier because I know if I have some any later then 1-2 pm, I will sleep terribly that night.

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    1. I am with you on the cold fountain drinks, that has been my jam but I think I am finally past it lol
      It is good to know what your body can handle!

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  18. That's so funny, I'm the opposite. I like diet pepsi from the bottle or can but I don't like it from the fountain because I'm always worried it's going to be flavorless! With a bottle or can you know the right amount of syrup to soda is going to be there lol! I mostly gave up soda about 10 years ago though. I have a rare diet pepsi craving once every couple months but not often. Once you get out of the habit you'll be surprised that you ever drank so much. I'm big on unsweet regular iced tea these days :).

    Have you had a thyroid checked recently? With Cecil's recently thyroid treatment on my mind it's something that popped up when you said you were tracking your intake but still gaining. You obviously still look gorgeous and I had not even realized you gained weight!

    I saw a meme on Instagram earlier today that said "January was my free trial month, I'm ready to really start 2018 now that it's February" LOL! That's how I feel!

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    1. That is really funny! I never thought about the right amount of syrup but you are so right LOL A flat fountain drink was a bad day!
      My Endocrinologist was monitoring my thyroid for the past few years and I was "fired" in August lol long story...but she basically said the yo yo up and down is worse. She told me to come back if I decided to try hormone therapy, she was hesitant to treat the thyroid even though it is slow. My pants know I have gained lol I can "try" to hide it in pictures lol
      I hope Feb. goes better!

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