Steps to Snow Day Productivity…

Because I am who I am and I’m wired how I’m wired, I have to make the most of a day at home. So…in effort to slow down my productivity, I’m going to tell you how to be productive. :o)

  1. Dress for success–this means two things for me–I can NOT wear pajama pants and I have to wear shoes. If I stay in pajamas I will do nothing. If I’m not wearing shoes, I’m not getting anything done because it doesn’t feel like I have to.
  2. Make a list–I have to have a specific list. Without a plan I won’t do anything. When confronted with too many options, there’s no urgency. And I make my list specific. I like to cross things off. If I’m too general I feel like I can get by with doing less.
  3. Coffee–I have to have a lot of coffee. :o)

Things that hinder productivity:

  1. The internet–it’s just so interesting! There’s so much to read, comment on and learn! So many games to play!
  2. The fuzzy cat–He’s ridiculously adorable. Ridiculous. Fuzzy kitties beg for pettings and lovinzes. Very hard to resist. Seriously. Tell me you could resist this:

Okay, guess I should go be productive now. *sigh*

There’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity.

Matt Young

[appropriate given my realization that going anywhere I didn’t absolutely have to would be stupid today. I’ll be cross-training at and working from home today. If I can get a picture that accurately captures what is going on outside I will post it.]

Hardcore.

It’s snowing like crazy here. And it’s supposed to continue through tonight. We’re supposed to get 9-12 inches. It’s a scheduled run day. I woke up trying to decide how hard-core I am.

The answer: I think I’m pretty hardcore.

My plan is to head to the gym and get my run in, then go to work to pick up my to-do list and a few things I can work on at home, then come home.

Emme Eats?

So, in keeping with my goal of improving my eating, I’m thinking I need more accountability than just WW. I’m a believer in the program, especially with the recent changes I think it is so much more sane and balanced–no more ridiculous minimums! I’m actually already at the lowest points level, and the more intensely I train, the more APs I’ll get so the more I can eat. BUT–even with the changes you can still eat your daily points in crap. Which is not my goal. So I’m thinking of doing the food photo blog thing. If I’m posting pictures of my food for the masses, I can’t pretend I’m eating healthier than I am because the world is going to know I’m full of shit. Plus, I think it will be interesting to have a visual record of food (even with my amateur phone photography). 

So the question is…do I do it all here on this blog? Or do I start another blog specifically for my food journaling?

Training Log–Week 1 (1/3-1/9)

I’ve decided to post the highlights from my paper training log weekly (unless there is something spectacular, in which case I’ll probably update from my phone at the gym).

Monday (1/3)-2.20 miles on treadmill; w .25//r 1.75//w .20; needed to eat something & drink more water before but felt good otherwise.

Wednesday (1/5)-2 miles on treadmill; w .25//r 1.5// w .25; still not eating/drinking enough, sidestitch around 1 mile mark, stopped for water. Not stellar but in the books.

Saturday (1/8)– 2.24 miles on treadmill; w .25//r 1/75//w .24; ate a banana 30 min. before & drank more water = FELT BETTER! good run.

Total Mileage for week: 6.44

Total Mileage for year: 6.44

Born to Run

My boyfriend gave me Born to Run by Christopher McDougall for Christmas. Amazing book. Couldn’t put it down. Seriously, I typically read before bed and normally make it somewhere around 5 pages before I call it quits and turn out the light. I was reading 2 or 3 chapters each night and making myself stop at that to get some sleep. Amazing book. It’s a great story that you’d never believe happened if you didn’t know that the players are real people–athletes, trainers, writers, etc.–mixed with a lot of information that is so interesting (and some of it incredibly useful) it will hook you.

And it sealed the deal–my next pair of shoes will be Vibram FiveFingers. I’ve been thinking about them for a long time and doing some research, but I’m going to take the plunge. Can’t wait to try them out. :o)

Incentive

After drooling over cool running gear I’ve decided that I’m going to put aside $5 per pound I lose between now and the half marathon to spend at the Expo. That will be a nice chunk of change to spend at the Expo. Sweet.

Nike+ Stats for 2009 v 2010.

Some minor improvement.

Should be noted that I don’t use it that much anymore. The variation between it and the treadmill makes me vaguely crazy. But 2010 was not a stellar year for my running. 2011, however, is going to be AWESOME!