Hi there! I'm Paula and I live in Orlando. I like to run and watch too much TV. I'm a lover of cupcakes and hater of chia seeds, even though I've never tried them. I eat peanut butter out of the jar and think Aaron Paul is my boyfriend.
Tag Archives: Goals
Now that it’s the end of January, I suppose I can talk a little bit about those goals again. Now, when I say I’m horrible at achieving goals I’ve made for myself, I mean it. So just keep that in mind when you’re reading this. Or skimming it. Or just looking for pictures of Pants.
Remember I lost those 3 lbs that could have been real pounds or just a weekend food baby? Well, I gained those back last week by doing nothing in particular. It’s taken another week to get those pounds back off. So, this tells me that when I do gain weight, it doesn’t have anything to do with alcohol even though I was convinced it was a culprit.
I only drink once a week, so I guess it makes sense but when I do drink, I can really throw ‘em back. (I never have a drink with dinner or “just because.”) Even so, I’m keeping with the no drinking plan through most of February. Mainly because I know it’s good for me and I want to say I made the full effort. Because you know what they say…
As for artificial sweetener, I made it a full month and it’s changed a few of my habits. I’m drinking more water and I switched from sugar free to lower sugar jelly (which I think I can still eat while racing). I fully plan to have a deliciously artificial Diet Coke with lunch on Friday when we’re officially in February. Right now, I would kick a litter of kittens for one. That doesn’t mean I’m back on artificial sweeteners completely but instead I’m going to go easy on them and hopefully one day, phase them out completely.
I’m also trying to eat more natural foods, so I’ve switched to natural (and crunchy < —- who am I?) peanut butter and from my beloved I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray to real butter (baby steps people). I tried a few new recipes, like those Flourless Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies. Then I tried another cookie recipe over the weekend that I found here.
I added cinnamon and coconut flakes, although the coconut flakes weren’t necessary. The cookies were delicious, but a little on the greasy side. Oh, and I realize my two new “healthy” recipes are still cookies. Don’t you judge me!
I never tasted a parsnip until yesterday, much less seen one until I bought them at the store last week. They look like light yellow carrots, but they are not carrots my friends.
After I took them out of the oven, my house smelled like a port-o-potty that had been baking in the hot sun. So nasty. They taste ok. I don’t love them or hate them. Yesterday, I ate them with ketchup and salt and today with some blue cheese crumbles and hot sauce. If anything, they are way easier to make than Butternut Squash Fries.
I’ve also been eating a lot of mashed cauliflower lately.
I am so buying a food processor this weekend and burning that masher. Who manually mashes things anymore? That crap is hard. #NoPatience
Anyway, I think that I’m less successful when I try harder. So, I plan to keep up the good habits but not put so much pressure on myself to be strict and see how it goes for the month of February.
I figure since it’s almost the end of January, I should update you on that goal I made. Here’s how it’s going:
Remember I had two possible exceptions to that rule? One of them I already told you about and the other was last Thursday. Hubs, the bestie, and I went to see Ellie Goulding at Hard Rock Live.
I was telling myself that I wasn’t going to drink, but that lasted all of 10 minutes. I didn’t get crazy or anything since I had to work the next morning, but drinking is drinking and I feel like I totally cheated even though I had those two events planned before the goal was made.
To make myself feel like less of a loser who can’t meet her goals, I’m extending the no booze rule until February 24.
That way I’ll feel good that I actually did more than a month straight of no drinking and I’ll get to see if it has any effect on my weight. So far, definitely having an effect on my sanity.
Drink only water and unsweetened tea
I’ve been kicking ass on this one. Although, I have added sparkling water and club soda to the list. I still hate unsweetened tea. It makes me want to punch myself in the face. Adding lemon doesn’t really help either. It just makes me want to add vodka.
No artificial sweeteners
I’ve had no artificial sweeteners so far, with the exception of sugar free jelly during one race and Powerade Zero during another. If you’re new around these parts, I can’t have any sugar while running. So that couldn’t be avoided unless I wanted to crap my pants. And I prefer to do that at home.
I’m a little surprised by my will power on this one. There are a few times when I would have killed for a Red Bull but overall I’m OK without Diet Coke or Splenda.
All you anti-artificial sweetener peeps might go crazy when I say this, but I don’t notice a difference. I thought I would be less hungry or crave sweets less, but I don’t find that to be the case. It certainly didn’t stop me from ordering this bad boy at Del Frisco’s.
So, while I’m still going to finish this month without artificial sweetener, I can’t say I’m going to keep it up completely afterwards. I’m not going to have continuous artificial sweetener parties in my mouth or anything, but I will have an occasional Diet Coke.
Less sweets and junk food
I’m trying to eat less junk. I swear. It’s hard though. I’m also trying to eat less carbs so I’ve been on the hunt for some good (and EASY) Paleo dessert recipes. Any suggestions?
I’ve lost about 3 lbs. Don’t get too excited about that because I gain 3 lbs. every weekend and then lose it during the week. So I don’t even know if I can count that as real weight loss or if it’s just my weekend food baby.
I don’t normally talk about my goals on the blog too often, mostly because I never achieve them. I know lots of other bloggers often write about their goals because they say their blog keeps them accountable. Well, this blog doesn’t keep me accountable for shit. I wish I could say that I feel guilt or disappointment that I didn’t reach a goal because I put it “out there,” but I don’t. I’m perfectly fine letting everyone know I fail.
I wrote a goal post awhile ago and when I look at those goals now, I see that I only achieved two out of six of them.
I’ve also mentioned wanting to lose 10 lbs, but that hasn’t happened either. I’m unwilling to give up beer and cupcakes for the long haul. I eat well most of the time and I work out hard, but beyond that I still want to live. So maybe I’m not serious enough about goals? Or maybe I’m just the queen of goal-achieving suckage?
So mean. Yet so cute.
Yesterday, I tried to make up a 10-miler that I should have done this weekend. I made it 4.3 miles until I quit. I was tired, it was my day off, and I wanted to be on the couch. Not even a good excuse.
Next weekend, I’ll be out of town so I won’t be able to run long then either. Which brings me to the one goal that I (also) haven’t met: running a sub 2-hour half marathon. It’s the one goal that I actually really care about. I’ve been trying for two years and it still hasn’t happened.
I got close…once. A long time ago (2:02:41).
The fact that I might not be able to get in a long run for two weeks before my race doesn’t seem like the best strategy for making my goal happen even though I’m trying my best to keep up with speed training. So basically what I’m saying is that I suck at achieving goals and given my track record, I think we know how my race will go in two weeks.
So anyway, I’m not saying all this to fish for encouragement. I’m not. At all. I’m saying this because I wanted to share two posts from other people that I really liked about meeting goals:
- This post about a half marathon PR that is really inspiring (especially since he didn’t really want to run the race).
- This post about a marathon DNF (that’s Did Not Finish for the non-runners) that is still pretty inspiring even without the happy ending.
When I have trouble inspiring myself, I’m glad there are people out there that give me a little inspiration when I need it.
You catch all that, Pants?
I thought so.
Alright, first let me blab about last night’s workout.
Here’s a picture of me with no makeup on before I went to the gym to keep you distracted from all the numbers you’re about to see.
Some bloggers pose in the mirror. I really want to perfect the full body picture by extending your arm as far out as possible. I’m really working on getting my kneecaps in the shot. Just a little lower…
Workout: Sprints that tried to kill me
|1 mile||10:00 (warm up)||.5|
|1200 (3/4 mile)||8:57||.5|
|1000 (.63 mile approx.)||8:42||.5|
|200||10:00 (Couldn’t run anymore, ended up walking)||.5|
|800 (1/2 mile)||8:34||.5|
|800 (1/2 mile)||8:20||.5|
|600 (.38 mile approx.)||8:06||.5|
|400 (1/4 mile)||7:30||.5|
|400 (1/4 mile)||7:19||.5|
|1 mile||9:31 (cool down)||.5|
Total miles: 7.3 (6.4 miles were actual running)
To keep from actually dying on the treadmill, I had to start walking the 200’s after the first couple. Definitely not my intention with this workout but there would have been no more sprinting if I didn’t. There would have been dying.
Well, here’s an update:
- Eat more protein. I’m definitely eating more protein. Lots of chicken, egg whites, protein shakes, and my new favorite smoothie – Raspberry Chobani yogurt blended with a frozen banana and a little water. SO thick and yummy.
- Eat more fats. I eat more meat and cheese, so I can only assume that I’m eating more good fats. I also try to eat a handful of almonds everyday. And of course there’s that sunflower seed butter issue.
- Keep up my current strength training plan. This one has been going really well. I strength train 3x a week (sometimes 4x) and I’m seeing a difference in my upper body. However, I’ve only lost 2 or 3 of those 10lbs that I want to lose and my clothes aren’t fitting any better, which totally sucks.
This Saturday, hubs and I are getting our body fat percentage checked again so hopefully I’ll see the improvement there. That, or I’ll come home, sit clothed in a 1/4 filled bath tub, and rock back and forth for a few hours. You know, normal stuff.
- Drink less diet drinks and use less Splenda. This one is not going so well. However, I have discovered the formula if Splenda and Diet Coke mated and had babies.
- Eat less peanut butter. I’ve drastically reduced my peanut butter intake. Unfortunately, I’ve filled that void with Sunflower seed butter to dramatic levels. The jar is almost gone. I’m going to take your recommendations and try almond butter next. I can’t wait to see what that has in store for me.
- Cook something new and healthy. I made baked asparagus and Brussels sprouts. I also made butternut squash fries. It’s a start. I think I need a new, healthy, easy recipe soon.
On a completely random note, hubs let me know that my last post was my “weakest post ever” and that this is how a bunny should look with a helmet on.
Good thing I don’t have a blogging complex now.
Since we have a stalemate on the blog’s Facebook page, who thinks I should cut my bangs and who thinks I should grow them out? Remember…I look cute with bangs. Here’s proof:
Is anyone out there running the Tosh.O marathon in Hermosa Beach next month? If I were anywhere close to ready to run a marathon, I would do it. I want to run it SO bad. One of the questions on the sign up form is, “Are you willing to be on TV?”
Why yes. Yes I am.