Day 24 and 25


I am not a gym junkie, but I am a chocoholic!

Going for Easter dinner out at our friends’ cottage was fantastic! Weather wasn’t all that sunny but it was mild so the dogs all got a good visit in! We had ham, loaded mashed potatoes, asparagus, spinach salad, and I think there was pie for dessert. There were two couples, me and four dogs, including Lola.

Each of us also got a basket with both real eggs and chocolate ones, as well as a giant chocolate bunny from one of the couples! I ate Mr. Bunny on the drive home!

Then I woke up this morning with renewed commitment to go back to no booze, no white flour and no refined sugar, AND to decide on a sprint triathlon or try-a-tri event.

I was not successful in either of those bids!

I looked over the Woodstock tri site for quite a while and just couldn’t decide! However I DO have a six-week sprint tri program that I can follow. Monday of the first week is a “day off”! What luck!

Lisa gave me some times she could train me this week so that’s back on again too! She’s really motivational so that should help, I hope!

And I found on top of my fridge, two Belgium chocolate eggs that I had picked up for my friends with the cottage but forgotten to give to them! We all got so much chocolate that I knew they wouldn’t want them. So I promptly ate one WHOLE EGG today! WTF?

I’d love to say PMS is the only cause for the temporary lapse of reason but I don’t think that’s the only source! Why did I do it? Why can’t I commit to a tri event? I’ve attempted to commit to doing one a few times now and it just won’t stick! I have to think about why I just can’t git’er’done?!

Tomorrow I am helping my financial guy get his home office in order. He is now without an assistant and he said he could use my help even if it’s just temporary so that should be fun!

Hopefully by then my chocolate tummy ache will have subsided!

I wish Biggest Loser was on tonight so I could get motivated! WAIT! I have Rogers On Demand! I can watch last week’s again!

I have to admit though, this past week of not caring what I ate and swilling red wine has been some kind of awesome! Lots of fun! And I have come up with the “zingers” effortlessly! That is SO fun!

I really want to get over the “hurdle” though of not pushing myself to be more physical. I love it once I get at it, and I’ve been able to motivate myself in the past to train for events. What’s holding me back?

I’ve discovered so much about myself this far, I’m sure this will come to me as well!

But for tonight, good eats, lots of water AND G2 (Gatorade low cal), and a good night’s sleep to be fresh for helping my financial guy tomorrow and then cardio and training with Lisa!

Getting right back on that horse!

Interesting video by Snow Patrol, I’d never heard this song, Chocolate, till today!

Day 20


Time to hunker down and train!

I felt a bit defeated today. I went to the gym to run on the treadmill and got really tired! And a headache! I have to admit, it was likely nerves about keeling over. I pushed through it but I’m not where I was before I visited the hospital! I know it will come back quickly but it was a tad deflating!

I also realized, that if I want to do the Woodstock Tri, which is the weekend of June 12, 13, I only have about 7 weeks if I start seriously training on Monday. I have both a 6-week and 12-week training plan to complete a sprint. I just hope I have enough time!

I’m also wondering if I should just do a try-a-tri which is a shorter distance all around. I have a friend who lives in my neighbourhood and teaches at my gym. He has signed up for that race. We could train together and encourage each other!

I will have to decide over the Easter holiday!

After getting some advice from a friend who is somewhat of a gadget “expert”, I decided not to go with a Garmin 305, as it’s more watch than I really need. I have a GPS on my iPhone that I use with an app called RunKeeper and I use the iPod part of the iPhone when I run anyway. I have a pretty good data plan so all I really needed was a heart rate device.  My friend suggested Polar was likely the best brand. I found a Timex heart-rate zone training watch at Costco about $100 cheaper than either a Polar or Garmin. If it sucks, as long as I have the receipt, I can bring it back!

I can’t seem to get my nutrition right! If I follow a diet a trainer once had me on when I was getting “fit” at “wedding boot camp” before I got married, I feel too full and do not lose weight, even though I am weight-training AND doing cardio. I think I’ve screwed up my metabolism so badly yo-yo dieting over the years, it’s just saying,”You can’t fool me THIS time sister!”

I’ll hunt around for some good nutritional advice as well!

Otherwise, I just feel fantastic! I feel like something magical is afoot! I am so grateful for the caring and supportive friends I have, friends I am reconnecting with and new friends as well! Everything is coming together!

I am also noticing the hot guys that are at the gym, and everywhere for that matter! Why did I not see these fellows before? 🙂 I guess I was just wrapped up in my own “stuff”!

There is a really great deal on cheap flights to St. John’s Newfoundland, somewhere I’ve always wanted to go! I’m debating about spending money I don’t have and buying a ticket on a wing and a prayer! Stay tuned for that!

Friday is my birthday and our regular girls’ night will be moving to the pub in my neighbourhood! Am excited to celebrate with friends and extended family this Easter weekend!

I also meet with life coach Michael again tomorrow!

When I was at the gym today, this song came on the iPod! I LOVE Elvis Costello! OMG, remember the show Solid Gold? Here he is performing on that show!