Back in the Saddle: Weekly Recap

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.

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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.

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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.

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He spent it doing nothing but….

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Call me a terrible mother, but I’m so glad hockey is finally over for the season. Three times Β 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!



Linking up with the Weekend Update at Running N ReadingΒ and #MotivateMeMonday at Fitness Cheerleader and Running Rachel!

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20 Responses to Back in the Saddle: Weekly Recap

  1. Kelli says:

    Good for you on sustaining the swim performance! Good luck getting ready for your tri!

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  2. So easy to slip out of the good basic habits – and we do pay for it! Glad you’re back at it and feeling the benefits.

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  3. Lots of water! As soon as I finish this green smoothie! Have a great week!

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  4. Water is key! Awesome job on your swim! Happy birthday to your kiddo! Mine love legos too!

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  5. Chris says:

    Sometimes we hate to do it but we have to listen to our bodies. I like that quote you found on Facebook. Sometimes if people tell me “I look tired” I pretty much take that as their nice way of saying I look like sh$t and I need to get my act together πŸ™‚ Sometimes I’ll even tell them, “So your saying I look like sh$t?!” (If I know them well πŸ™‚
    You’ve got to take care of #1!

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    • I know! Exactly! When people look tired, they look bad. So if you are telling me I look tired, you’re telling me I look terrible! And either I AM tired, and it doesn’t help to also know I LOOK like crap. Or I’m NOT tired, and now I just know I look bad today! I truly don’t understand why people say this.

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  6. Kelly says:

    Glad you are feeling better! I often slip on my water intake and my sleep, but you’re right–everything comes back pretty quick once I get back on track. Simple things! Good luck with your preparations for the tri!

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  7. Oh, my gosh…definitely can’t blame you for being excited that you don’t have to keep up with that hockey schedule anymore. Good grief! That’s a huge time commitment! I notice a huge difference in myself when I slack on my sleeping; it’s a struggle, though! Thanks so much for linking up with the blog and I hope you’re having a great day!

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  8. Treating our bodies well is so important! I too have been there wondering why I am so sluggish or why I just can’t feel great. The truth comes down to my diet and of course not getting enough water! I really needed this reminder today!!!
    Good luck with the triathlon training, that is one thing I hope to tackle one day:)

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    • Thanks – this will be my second year and I’m really excited. Last year I was so nervous just not knowing what to expect. But it was way easier than I thought – probably between the difficulty of a 10K and a half-marathon, to me. So now this year I know what to expect, know I can do it, and I’m just excited to try to beat my time!

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  9. Jennifer says:

    Happy Birthday to your son. Wow I had no idea hockey was that much of a time commitment!

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  10. Way to go!!!

    Happy Birthday to your son-mine has a day on the 9th πŸ™‚

    Way to recommit! Your body will continue to thank you! Keep it up!

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