Wednesday November 13 - Tuesday November 19
Accomplishments & Great Moments:
- Last week I recommitted to Weight Watchers. That was a pretty big deal for me. It had been a really long time since I had been in a meeting or followed the plan as far as food choices. Which leads me to…
- Tracking - I tracked all week! A full 7 days! I can't even remember the last time I did that. In the course of my first week on plan, I went to dinner with my Dad, hit the Vegan Shop-Up at the Pine Box (my favorite Saturday afternoon every month!), had drinks with friends, went to the bar for beer & pizza and had Chipotle for dinner one night. And I still survived! I tracked everything and didn't go over! I'm super proud. Here's a snapshot of the Points+ values I earned & used for the week -
- Another exciting thing was join a new gym. I had quit the YMCA earlier this year since I rarely ever went but I miss classes like yoga, pilates & weights. I didn't want to rejoin the Y so I joined Chalk Gym in Williamsburg. It's a beautiful gym, fairly new, and although it's not as close as the Y, it's a short 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride. The other advantage is they have classes at convenient times. I knew I'd have to go to at least 6 classes a month to justify the $85 fee, and I can easily do that.
- Since joining Chalk, I did a Pilates class. I can't even believe how much I missed Pilates! The great part about the class I took was that it incorporated a lot of stretching, including with a foam roller, and that's what I desperately need because I just don't stretch or do enough foam rolling on my own.
- I also took another class called clASS and as you can imagine, it was geared toward the lower body. We did lunges and squats pretty much non-stop for a half an hour. I rarely ever break a sweat in spin or even running, but in this class, I was drenched in 5 minutes. This was another thing I missed, this kind of class, and it was great! I was sore for a day and a half.
- As a post-marathon treat, I got my first ever massage! I went to a beautiful space called Body Mechanics, just steps from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. It's run by a woman named Beret Kirkeby, a massage therapist who is also a runner. In her practice, she works with a lot of runners and athletes, in addition to providing massage for mothers and really anyone seeking relaxation. She first spent time making me feel at ease - getting to know me, my history and making sure I was comfortable with the process before she began. The massage itself was on a heated table - which was awesome. It took me a little while to relax but once I did, the massage itself was great! I had a few expected tight spots (quads, hamstrings, glutes) but there were some areas in my back that I didn't even realize were tight until she got to them. When the massage was over, she even showed me how to put KT tape on my quads - which I'm going to try before I run my next half marathon, since my quads always get sore between miles 11 and 16 (it's what fatigued first during the marathon at Mile 11). I left there feeling like I was floating. It was a great first massage experience. Thank you, Beret!
- On Saturday I went to Central Park to run one 4-mile loop with Melanie. She was running NINE 4-mile loops, doing her first Ultra Marathon! It was a 60K, which translates to 37.2 miles. Crazy, right?! By the time I got there, she was on her 7th loop. It was my first run since the marathon. I could *barely keep up with her*! Her slow pace is my fast pace and I think she was supporting me more than I was supporting her. It was fun to be there with her and share that special day. Congrats on your first ultra, Melanie!
- Here's a snapshot from my activity spreadsheet -
What I'm Working On and Upcoming Events:
- I'm hitting a different Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow night where I will see some old friends. I likely can't keep it as my regular meeting, but it will be nice to make a guest appearance.
- I'm going to do a gluten free month as an experiment. I'm thinking of January. That will give me enough time to figure out the little adjustments I need to make and things I need to avoid (believe me, I know this includes beer!!!!) I don't expect to be gluten free forever, I just want to do a one-month challenge to see how different I feel.
- I'm running my first ever Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving. It's in Prospect Park on Thanksgiving morning and yes, there's a medal :)
As for what it's been like since recommitting, I already feel so much better just being on track for 1 week - mentally, physically and emotionally! The first 2 days were a little rough hunger-level wise, but I know they would be. They always are. I knew it was temporary while my body adjusted to taking in the right amount of food (as opposed to how much extra I had been eating). It's been 8 days now and I've adjusted a lot already. The hunger is minimal and far more manageable. I'm also not as tired as early at night, which is a nice bonus.
Tracking is the key to my success, I always knew that. So I will make sure to track again every day this week and just get back into making healthy choices and returning to all my other healthy routines. It actually feels great to be back to doing those things, I missed how great it feels. Of course I want to keep this good momentum going so I will just keep working on it one day, one meal and one decision at a time. :)