Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday 5

1)  The crud is creeping in.  Becoming unexpectedly unemployed has thrown me for a loop for sure.  I've been mostly fine, but I am fighting off feeling a little down.  And for me, for some reason, when I'm down my motivation to exercise begins to fade.  It's so dumb.  I mean exercise = endorphins = feeling better, right?  I know this.  But, I get stuck in these ruts where I can't motivate to get it done and I get in this cycle: Don't exercise = feel bad = eat bad = feel even worse...and over and over again.  It just makes no sense.  Logically I know what I need to do to feel better, I just need to make myself do it.  I started today with a 5 mile run and I feel a billion times better than I did yesterday.  Day one of operation feel good!

2) I also signed up for this:
This is the challenge that Amanda at Run to the Finish hosts every year, and I think: "Hmmmm, I really should do that" but I never have.  Well this year I bit the bullet and I registered.  There are great prizes and it looks like lots of fun.  I also am hoping that it will help me be more mindful with my nutrition by tracking fruits/vegetables etc.  I don't think there are points for eating handfuls of goldfish crackers and taking bites of macaroni and cheese from the bottom of the bowl, so I think some positive changes might come of it...

3)  I made this soup the other day - OMG, so good. 
Seriously, for me this is fall food PERFECTION.  So flavorful and yummy - perfect comfort food.  I do recommend doubling the jalapeno though - I like it spicy!
4)  I've never been a high mileage runner in training. My max in my last marathon training was 50 mi/week, and that was only once during the cycle.  I know many people run WAY more than this.  My body just doesn't hold up well with running consecutive days and I think it requires strength training and cross training to stay injury free.   That said, I do want to increase my speed, so I am looking at the "Run Less, Run Faster" plan. 
Curious if anyone has tried this plan and liked it?  My only concern with it is the lack of "free and easy" running in the schedule - everything is for specific times, so I might miss that component.  But, I think my body would like running 3 times a week and cross training on the other days.

5)  And I know I'm a little late to this party but I'm still super excited...
My favorite lady is back on The Biggest Loser!  So excited to watch the show, and the new dynamic that they will include working with overweight kids (who cannot be eliminated) as well. In my opinion, the show hasn't been as good since Jillian left.

Hope you all have a great weekend!  Head on over to Fitness, Health and Happiness for Fitness Friday!

9 comments:

Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit said...

Hi Kathy, I'm so sorry to hear about your recent unemployment. What you're experiencing may not make logical sense in some ways but it makes perfect sense in others. I think most people who have gone through a similar situation experience exactly what you're experiencing/feeling. I find it's always helpful in hard times to treat myself with kindness, non-judgement, compassion & curiosity. It's great that you're taking concrete steps to help take care of yourself during this time in the way you feel you need to be nourished. I really appreciate your honesty & authenticity and sincerely hope that things start looking up soon. :) And, that soup looks incredible!! Thanks so much for the link to it. I definitely want to try that out.

hiker mom said...

So glad you are doing HBBC. That will get you going for sure:) I am so excited to have Jillian back, it's not the same without her!

Suz and Allan said...

Kathy, we are on the same page right now! I just got Run Less, Run Faster and I'm about to read it. I signed up for HBBC this week too and I couldn't be more excited about Jillian being back on BL. Glad your run made you feel better!

Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

I am the same way when I'm down- no motivation to do anything, not even exercise. Hope you feel like yourself again soon!
I've done RLRF, well... at least started it a couple of times! The lack of easy runs makes it hard for me to follow through on, but I do like the philosophy. My body definitely likes 3-4 runs, too!

Teamarcia said...

I'm a RLRF veteran! LOve it and got TONS faster on 30-35 miles a week. I dont think I've ever run more than that--my body would combust I'm pretty sure. Just run free and easy during your long run.
Sorry to hear about the job loss. How'd I miss that??

Carrie Skoll said...

I keep my mileage pretty low and still get hurt, so I am of no help when it comes to offering running advice. I hope you feel better soon, I'm so sorry about your job loss.

Did I miss when Biggest Loser is starting? I saw that Jillian is coming back, but don't see when it's starting. I'm super excited too. Love the show. I think there will be some controversy with the kids on this season, but it'll be interesting.

jillconyers said...

I was just talking to a friend about the dreaded cycle. Don't workout = eat to feel better = feel bad about eating bad = eat to feel better = repeat. It doesn't happen as often as it has in the past but happening at all is too often.

Sweat Is My Sanity said...

That book is on my 'to read' shelf...must get to it, especially after today's crappy half. I'm sorry you're without work right now. Keep the faith, things will turn out and it's OK to be in a funk...just snap out of it as soon as you can. Sweating = Sanity. ;) Good luck!!

Courtney said...

that soup looks amazing! i can't wait for HBBC either!

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