Thursday, July 19, 2007

Improving On a Few Things

I was sore after the Waterfront. My quads down around my knees screamed at me for a couple of days. I thought this would happen, so the day following the race I jogged 3 miles with Holly during my lunch break. I thought this might help, but if it did I couldn't tell. Maybe it moved out some lactic acid buildup from the race, though. In all my soreness, I took Tuesday off. I stretched a lot. And actually ate a decent meal. I just don't know about this diet. It's not easy. And I can't say that I've lost any weight, even though I always feel hungry. I did break down and eat a Chips Ahoy cookie the other day. But I got back on track immediately. And I have started incorporating some smaller snacks to keep me from being so hungry I could eat a mailbox. I have also decided that I am not going to stress so much over any sugar that might be hidden in my dinner. I mean, good grief, if I just cut out the sweets and all the obvious sugar that I eat all the time (and white bread), then surely it will make a difference. I have noticed a slight difference in the intensity of cravings for sugar in the past couple of days. It's like, at this point, my brain says "You should be wanting sugar right now, you know?" But it's not like I really want it badly. So, that' s a positive sign. I still want some ice cream awfully bad, though. Gosh, I don't know if that will ever go away!

So I took Tuesday off, and I did a 19.5 mile hilly ride with co-workers during my lunch break on Wednesday. I had intentions of going to swim class Wednesday night, but there was just too much to do at home. We've got a beach trip coming up, and that laundry is not going to get done by itself. So I had to trade swim class for laundry. And I really did want to go to swim class, but I just couldn't justify it. Then this morning I met H, K, and L at the mtb trails. Oh. Yeah. We had a great ride. K and L were hammering, which forced me and H to hammer to the best of our abilities. It was a great ride. H and I are getting faster on the trails. I see progress, and I like it. I also see a mtb race or an Xterra in our future if we continue to make progress. I'm heading out for a run during my lunch break. It's about time I got a 2-a-day in.

6 comments:

lisa Sabin said...

Icecream is the one thing I have a hard time resisting, if it's in the freezer, I'm eating it!
It's kind of tough having teenagers who eat everything under the sun. I'm constantly having to resist pizza and junk. I usually give in once or twice a week. What are you gonna do?

Izzy said...

Love your blog, been reading it for a while now. Loved reading about your marathons. I so am with you about the sugar thing. I admire you for trying to cut it out, I am not that strong. Have been cutting it out for three days at a time, and that is getting easier. Can't seem to give it up all together, life's too short for that and what would summer be without ice cream. Congrats on your recent race, sounds like fun.

Benson said...

Good on ya for taking care of home biz, it's good grounding. stay strong and keep resisting the sugar junk. you'll make it.

Kate said...

Xterra would be cool! I don't think you need to cut out the hidden sugar. When I cut back on refined sugars, I only go for the sweets and whites. Congratulations for sticking with it so well!

Joe said...

Mmmmmmmmn...mailboxes! Frequent small, healthy snacks are the way to go.

Lance Notstrong said...

An easy spin and massage always does the trick for me when I'm sore after a ride/run/race :-)