Monday, April 6, 2015

AM: 4/6/15

Good morning: Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Monday!

If you celebrated this week/weekend, I hope it was wonderful. In addition to Easter, yesterday way my mom's 60th birthday! My sister and I planned a surprise birthday dinner for her on Saturday night and somehow it all went off without a hitch. She was totally surprised and we loved getting to celebrate her. If you're reading- Happy Birthday (again), Mom!

Momma Dukes, "little" bro, "little" sis, short me.

Monday- Rest day
Tuesday- 25 minutes on the elliptical, 1 speedy mile on the treadmill- 9:50
Wednesday- 4 mile walk with Adam (my brother)
Thursday- Rest day
Friday- Rest day
Saturday- 7 miles, 1:20:08/11:27 pace
Sunday- Runner's World core workout, light strength training

12 total miles

While I'm not getting all the cardio I want, I still feel like I'm doing a much better job with marathon training this round- tons more strength and cross-training. It's not hard to improve when you were previously doing nothing. Ha! :-)

Oh, and the Pittsburgh Marathon is only FOUR WEEKS AWAY! What?! I can't believe I'm less than a month away from toeing the line of my second marathon. Matthew and I will complete our final long run- 20 miles- this weekend. I'm very curious to see if the changes I've made this training cycle will have an impact on race day. We'll find out soon enough!

What a difference a week makes! Glad the temperatures are finally warming up :-)

This week, I made a dish that I absolutely LOVE when dining out at an Indian Restaurant: Chicken Tikka Masala. I found this recipe on Skinny Taste's website and bought all the ingredients except one: garam masala. Because I live in a small town, there are some food items that I don't have access to, like garam masala. Luckily, google told me that it was a combination of spices. So I made my own using all spice, curry, cinnamon, coriander, and salt. It was so good! Seriously, if you like Indian food, you've got to try this low-point version. It's 5 PPV for one serving. I added basmati rice to bring the total meal to just 9 PPV. Delicious!

Don't judge me for using paper bowls :-)

144 as of 4/1/15 weigh in
+3.4 from last week
-46.4 since January 2013

UGH. Can we discuss how much I don't like Mother Nature this month? I knew I would be up this week- despite having earned 57 points and still had 40 unused points left over by the end of the week- I could just feel it. I'm hopeful that it's just "monthly" gain and nothing serious. It's still super frustrating to watch the scale go up two weeks in a row when you know you haven't done anything differently.

It's times like this where I know I need to regroup, refocus, and not worry about unintentional gains. I have come a long, long way; too long for three stupid pounds to throw me off track. So, it's back to basics this week: honest tracking, meal planning, consistent activity. And lots of sleep and lots of water. Goal weight is coming, I just know it :-)

What have you celebrated lately?


  1. I had this same experience on the scale this weekend. +3! ROAR! MB reminds me to look at the trend line (which he made for me in a good doc) which is on the down slope. It's so easy to forget to step back and look at the larger trend when you're going with week to week data. :)

    Also -- HOORAY PITTSBURGH! Can't wait to see y'all!! <3 <3 <3

    1. Yup- I always try to look at month-to-month data instead of just week-to-week.

      OMG- Pittsburgh is so close! I can't believe it's been a year already!!