Where did my motivation go?

It’s been two weeks since our last run, and since my last blog post.

I haven’t been sick, or traveling, or anything like that. I’ve been busy but no more busy than usual.

What happened? Where did my motivation go? And how can I get it back?

What do you do to motivate yourself? Please leave any and all ideas – I’m open for almost anything.

Until next time, take care!
The Wannabe Happy Camper.

Another quick update: week 4 of C25K, and the healthy snack adventure!

I’m really busy with a work project these days, so while I have time for running (yay!) I don’t have much time for blogging (boo!). So you’ll get a quick update today, and I hope to write more soon (and write a post about the Super Sweet Blogger Award that runningtoherdreams was so nice to nominate me for!).

Running update

What with being sick a couple of times, I probably ran the week 3 run six times all in all, with longer breaks in between. Yesterday, I decided to finally move on to week 4.

I can’t believe that we ran for five minutes straight! Twice!

Funny how the three minute run doesn’t seem so difficult now, huh? 🙂

We have tried something new on the last two runs: when Laura, the podcast trainer, says that there is 60 seconds left of the final run, we run with longer strides (and automatically go a little faster). It’s really hard – but I know that it’s only for a minute, and it feels good to stretch my legs, since I usually take very small strides. Plus my boyfriend can speed up a little which makes him happy 🙂

Snacking update

I made it through 4 weeks with no unhealthy snacking!

Can you believe it’s already been a month since I decided to reward myself with 10 dollars for every week I stayed away from unhealthy snacks? That means that I have earned 40 dollars (of my own money) that I can use on something nice 🙂

The thing is, I don’t really know what to do now. I don’t want to go back to the level of snacking I was at before – but I also don’t want to be completely rigid about it. Summer is coming, and I’d like to be able to have an occasional ice cream or soda.

I just don’t know if I trust myself. I don’t know if I have the willpower to… snack in moderation.

Are you able to mix healthy and unhealthy snacks? What kind of rules do you set for yourself? Please leave a comment and tell me about it.

Until next time, take care!
The Wannabe Happy Camper.

A quick update and a question: how do you run with someone else?

It’s been about a week since I took my first measurements, so here’s an update:

  • Weight: -2 lbs/-0.9 kg (since April 17 when I started this blog)
  • Waist: +0.4 inches/+1 cm
  • Belly button: 0 inches/0 cm
  • Hips: +1.2 inches/+3 cm
  • Thighs, each: +0.4 inches/+1 cm
  • Calves, each: -0.4 inches/-1 cm
  • Ankles, each: -0.4 inches/-1 cm

Don’t worry, I know I can’t use these numbers for anything right now – it’s only been a week, after all. They are only interesting, say, a month or two down the road. So, I will keep running and keep updating.

I went on the second run for week 3 this morning. The run itself went well but my boyfriend didn’t come along, so it was a little boring.

My boyfriend runs faster than I do, so he thinks it’s a little boring when he has to match my pace. We’re talking about how we can fix it so that both of us have fun and still kind of keep each other company… but we haven’t really come up with a solution.

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What do you think? Should I learn to run faster? Should we run in circles, so we run the same way and see each other every time he overtakes me? 🙂 Do you run alone or with a partner? Please leave a comment and tell me about it.

Until next time, take care!
The Wannabe Happy Camper.

A new baseline for weight loss: my measurements

This is another boundary-crossing post for me: let’s talk more about my body! (Yikes.)

What am I unhappy about?

My weight – in case you missed it the last billion times I mentioned it 🙂

What am I doing about it?

Well, running and changing my snacking habits are the two biggest changes I’m focusing on right now.

How is it working?

That’s the part I am not sure of. The numbers on my bathroom scales aren’t changing much – but I have had to tighten my belt more than usual.

So, inspired by a couple of insightful comments on my last post, and in addition to weighing myself weekly, I’m going to start measuring myself!

These are the measurements I’m interested in: waist, stomach by the belly button, hips, thighs, calves, and ankles. I’m weirdly obsessed with the size of my ankles. This is the pear-shaped me:

So, here are my measurements for today which will be the baseline for future improvements:

  • Waist: 30.3 inches/77 cm
  • Belly button: 36.6 inches/93 cm
  • Hips: 39.8 inches/101 cm
  • Thighs, each: 23.6 inches/60 cm
  • Calves, each: 16.1 inches/41 cm
  • Ankles, each: 10.6 inches/27 cm

What do you think? Insane, or a good idea? Have you ever done anything like this?

Until next time, take care!
The Wannabe Happy Camper.

Back on track: repeating week 3 of C25K

Yay! I’ve just come home from a run! And I only coughed a couple of times.

What am I unhappy with?

I am still unhappy about my weight which is at 159.6 lbs/72.4 kg – from 165.4 lbs/73.6 kg when I first started this blog, and aiming for an ideal weight between 111 lbs/50.3 kg and 150 lbs/68 kg.

What am I doing about it?

I’m following the NHS Couch to 5K running program.

How is it going?

Since I’ve been sick, I haven’t been running for almost two weeks. And I could tell that I really needed to get back out there: my mood has been worse, and I have slipped back into worse eating habits.

I’m still keeping up the “no unhealthy snacks” rule, though! After today, I will have 30 dollars for 3 weeks of Xs on the calendar.

So for a lot of different reasons, the run today felt really good – even though it was raining a little bit. It was hard to run for 3 minutes but my muscles were relaxed and not sore at all.

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My boyfriend said, “Every step you run is a step in the right direction.” I want to make that into a motivational poster, or write it on the bathroom mirror or something like that 🙂

Until next time, take care!
The Wannabe Happy Camper.

Instead of a running update, have some honey nut breakfast cookies

I’m still sick, and coughing enough that I don’t want to exacerbate it by running. I’m a little surprised by how much I miss it, and how much I look forward to getting back out there. The other night, I even dreamed I was running – and I can tell you, my running style was perfect!

Until I get my running shoes back on, here’s another recipe I tested:

Honey nut breakfast cookies

I found the recipe here on My Whole Food Life. I did make some changes to it, though: I used all-purpose flour instead of almond flour, reduced-fat milk (1.5%) instead of non-dairy milk, and vanilla from one vanilla pod because it wasn’t specified what kind of vanilla was used. I didn’t add raisins.

The whole process was very easy, and here’s the finished product:

I kind of expected the breakfast cookies to be a little crunchy on top but they were soft. Once I got used to the softness, I really liked them. They taste very much like peanut butter and not much else – next time, I’m thinking of adding some chopped cranberries. The tartness would work well with the sweetness, I think.

I also tried calculating the nutritional value, as best I could with the changes I made. If you make 15 breakfast cookies from this recipe, you get these values per 1 cookie serving:

  • Calories: 130
  • Carbs: 19
  • Fat: 5
  • Protein: 4
  • Sodium: 132
  • Sugar: 7

Since I don’t know enough about this, I asked a nutritionist what to make of the numbers; she said that one breakfast cookie is a snack if you want to lose weight. So take what you want from that 🙂

FYI, the honey nut breakfast cookies kept for a little over a week in an air-tight cookie jar.

Have you tried this recipe, or are you going to? Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Until next time, take care!
The Wannabe Happy Camper.

I’ve been coughing for days on end

Whatever my boyfriend had, he passed it on to me. I went running on Wednesday – the second run of week 3 – and it went really well, until I began coughing that night. And I’ve been coughing ever since, and not running. Boo 😦

Once I feel better, I will repeat week 3.

Until next time, take care and stay healthy!
The Wannabe Happy Camper.