January 05, 2011

Disney Marathon: T-minus 4 days and counting

Good morning all!  Hard to believe that today will be my last run before the big day.  Getting a little excited, a little nervous, but mostly I'm ready to do this thing! 

Power of One Challenge

This weeks goal, as far as the scale is concerned, is for that number to not go up.  I've read about the dangers of weight gain during a taper.  Since I've been gaining wait while running full mileage, I was a scared about what would happen when the mileage started to decrease.

How did I fare?  Let's take a look shall we?

Last week: 137
This week: 136.2

Nothing to turn cartwheels over, but I'm definitely pleased.  This week I'm not focusing on weight loss, but rather properly fueling for the race.  Each dinner that I've planned has included at least one good form of carbs.  Monday night was mashed potatoes, last night spaghetti, and tonight we're going to be having stir-fry and rice.

Yes, the stir-fry was strategically placed.  I didn't want the sodium to make me retain fluids and help me record a gain for the week.  But I also want that sodium gone before race day!

I haven't done so well on cutting out soda consumption, but I'm still working.  I was soda free for 2 days, then the New Years hit.  I was soda free for 2 more days, but then the stress of my bathroom remodel caused a meltdown and I decide to have a coke at lunch.  What that does mean, is that I have only had soda 3/7 days this past week.  That's pretty good progress for the girl who was drinking one a day.

I'm also learning that the more critical I am of myself, the more poor the choices I make.  Those days I caved in and had a coke are done and over - nothing can be gained by dwelling on them.  I can however gain encouragement and momentum by congratulating myself on 4 days this week soda free.

Another example?  I saw a slight loss this week.  I also forgot my lunch today.  That small (but significant) loss will probably mean the difference between me running out and grabbing fast food, and settling for the can of chicken noodle soup in my food drawer at work.

What are the little things you've done this week to help encourage you?

(Sorry still no "before" pictures.  I keep forgetting until I'm snuggled in on the couch.  And with inside the house temps of 60 degrees, its hard to find a good reason to come out from under my blankie.)

22 comments:

  1. 3/7 days of soda??? You're like Superwoman to me!! I actually got in the car to go back to work yesterday and thought, "Hmm. No coke today?" because usually I have to have that afternoon caffeine rush. Today will probably be the day I cave, though (I try to wait til at least Wednesday to drink the colas, lol!). Get plenty of rest for Disney, and sleep in the car ride!!!

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  2. Good luck girl!!! I'll be thinking of you.

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  3. 4 days!!! Can't wait to hear all about it! Congrats on 4 days without sodas. That's awesome!

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  4. Sounds like you're doing great. Can't wait to hear all about the race. :)

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  5. I'll second the other comments: four days with no soda is definitely an accomplishment! Coming from a former coke zero addict :)

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  6. P.S. Good luck with your run! You will rock it!

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  7. Good job on the soda! I have cut it out almost completely, but it took almost a year of fighting the battle. Now I have one maybe once a month - a far cry from the four to six diet sodas I used to drink EVERY DAY! So, I feel your pain, and 3/7 is a victory!

    Can't wait for Disney - we leave in the morning! :) :) :)

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  8. Good luck with the marathon!! I can't wait to hear how it goes...

    And very good on the strategic planning of the stir fry!

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  9. I ran across your blog through Terri's (Big Fat Greek Marathon) and saw you are from the same area. Wanted to wish you well this weekend at Disney! :)

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  10. I've gone 2.5 days without pop...can't say I'm not craving it, but I'm also not very tempted. Definitely celebrate the small things - that will give you confidence to continue them!

    So proud of you for doing Disney this weekend! I'll be sending mojo to all my Sisters running that marathon!

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  11. I get to meet you in 2 days. I get to meet you in 2 days. I.get.to.meet.you.in.2.days!!!

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  12. You are doing great so far and you are going to rock Disney. I can't wait to hear from you and the other ladies how it goes.

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  13. 4 days already??! Where have I been??!! GOOOOO BROOOKE!! You can do it!

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  14. I want to be in Florida with you, but I'll have to settle for living vicariously through our phone call :)

    Good luck this weekend - you are going to do GREAT!

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  15. You were only drinking one pop a day? That sounds reasonable. I was drinking 2-4 20 oz.

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  16. I am so excited for you, Brooke! I cannot wait to hear all about how awesome you do at Disney. You are going to rock it, girl!!!!

    Congrats on the loss this week! And next week, don't be surprised if you have a gain, okay? It happens to most everyone who competes in a big race. Your body is going to be put through the ringer for 26.2 miles, so go easy on yourself when you step on the scale next week. Also, enjoy that post-race chow down without guilt, okay? You will have totally earned it!!!!!!!!

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  17. GREAT week Brooke - Give yourself a huge pat on the back for all of your little victories. One foot in front of the other, one day at a time.... its definitely a journey.

    Have an AMAZING time at Disney and rock your race - I can't wait to read all about it!

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  18. you are going to rock this thing! I can't wait to hear how you do.
    How are you holding up? Nerves? I was a wreck for about 2 weeks prior.

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  19. Good Work Lady! Can't wait to hear all about Disney! Keep up the awesome work.

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  20. It is so much better to look at it as how many days you DIDN'T have soda than how many you DID. I think you are going to have great weather for the marathon!

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  21. Good job this week, and good luck with your race, I will be cheering you on from cold and snowy Michigan!

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  22. You are doing so good! You are my hero, I wish you nothing but the best on your marathon. You will ROCK IT!

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