Why do people tell you that you look tired? After the fourth person this week told me that I looked tired/sick/ragged/etc., I knew I had to get my act together. I was staying up late, skipping workouts, and drinking soda instead of water to keep “energized and awake” (never works). WHY do I do this?! It seems like it’s going to be so satisfying… I can stay up late, I can turn off that 6am alarm. I can drink whatever I want for lunch, it doesn’t matter.
But my body hates it. A day or two before the “Are you okay? You look a little ragged” comment, I’d hit a scary point on the scale. Not an all-time high, but… numbers I haven’t seen in several years. Time to get back to business. And it all starts with water. At least 64 oz. of water a day, in bed at a reasonable time, up nice and early to work out, veggies with meals – the basics. Why are they so hard for me?
And of course, instantly my body responds. My weight comes back into an okay range. My skin looks better. I’m not getting asked daily if I’m tired (though, that may have been because of a Facebook rant). And my workouts were better. It’s like my poor body is desperate to be treated nicely. I saw this floating around Facebook and it was perfect timing for me.
Saturday I had an amazing workout. I woke up at 7:30, and was able to get to the gym for a nice hard bike/run workout and then get back home by 9:00, when I’m normally just waking up.
Then when my aunt called to see if I wanted to lap swim later that day, I jumped at the chance. I have a triathlon coming up in less than two months, and I haven’t been in the pool since my triathlon last May. Whoops. The good news was that, if I counted my laps correctly, my time was 13:something for my swim, which is the same time I did in the race last year. I was worried that I’d have lost some serious time, and have to work really hard to make it up, but I think I’ll be able to do what I did last year, if not better.
The rest of my week was regular boring gym workouts. The highlight of the week was this boy’s birthday.
He spent it doing nothing but….
Call me a terrible mother, but I’m so glad hockey is finally over for the season. Three times a week from September to March is too much for me.
Looking ahead to the coming week….
I’m feeling good and recommitted to my goals. Trying to think of my eating in terms of fueling my body for training for a May triathlon, and being in the best shape I can be. Having a bit of nagging foot pain, so I think I’ll focus on strength training and swimming for a week or two and try to give my feet some rest.
Hope it’s a good one for all of you out there! Let’s all drink our water!