So now that things are settling down (I had a super busy January!), I'd like to start sharing some of the Motivational Monday posts on my blog. Here are just a few of the replies from today:
Kendall Marie, a Twitter friend, has been celebrating all week the one-year anniversary of changing her health habits--she's lost 70 pounds and has taken up running!
Anyway, I'd like to showcase some motivational stuff on Mondays, so that is my plan. You can read the full Facebook thread here--LOTS of great accomplishments! I'll do it again next Monday, so if you have something to feel proud about, feel free to share!
Being Monday, I was scheduled for speed work today--intervals. I hate intervals! I like that they go by so quickly, but they're really hard and exhausting. I usually do 8x400 (8 repeats of 400 meters, or 1/4 mile) basically as fast as I can handle. When I do them on the treadmill, I jump off the treadmill and just rest in-between intervals; when I do them outside, I walk in-between intervals.
Today, I decided to change it up a little and do 4x800 (4 repeats of 800 meters, or 1/2 mile). That way I'd be doing the same distance, but just in longer intervals. I do my 400's at about 9.3 mph, but obviously if I was going to double the distance, I would have to go slower. I chose 8.6 mph (about a 7:00/mi pace).
It was HARD, but the whole workout went by pretty quickly because I only had to run four times (3 1/2 minutes at a time)--totaling 2 miles. I only earned 2 activity PointsPlus for it, but at least it got me out of the negative this week :)
For breakfast, I toasted an English muffin and spread it with PB2 + mashed banana. It was just so-so. I'm just not a huge banana fan.
That was scary! He checked out my bite, and saw that the problem was from the surgery that fixed my broken jaw. My upper molar was fitting into my lower one the wrong way (the surgery shifted my teeth slightly), and was trying to push it apart every time I would bite down, and it cracked.
He had these little blue tabs that he had me bite down on, and they left blue ink on my teeth so that I could see where my teeth came together while biting. It was really interesting to see just how badly that side came together! I never noticed it before.
The dentist told me that he could file the teeth (that's not the word he used, but that's how he described it) so that it would take the pressure off of that tooth. It just took about five minutes, but it made a big difference in my bite! He had me bite down on the blue thing again, and my bite was much more even. Did I mention that I love my dentist?! He didn't even charge me for what he did today.
I tried a new food find today. Jerry ate one of these at work, and told me they tasted just like an Almond Joy, so naturally, I had to try it! It's the new Fiber One Coconut Almond chewy bar: