Thursday, December 15, 2011

three things thursday

1. Completely ignore what I said yesterday about 2 dogs being a bad idea.  We recently discovered that Molly's sister is up for adoption.
At first it sounded completely insane, but now we're seriously considering this.  Her name is Sofie.  My cranky little three-sizes-too-small heart just breaks at the thought of her needing some love, and the honesty of it is, we're lucky.  We have a home to live in and cars to drive and a basement full of bicycles and while we're pretty focused on paying off those darn student loans right now, we don't want for much and we have love to spare.  And I am grateful every day for all of these things.  So why not?


2. I'm only a couple of weeks into what I would describe as base building/training, but my body is starting to adapt.  I spent all of last week being ridiculously sore, but that has quieted down and now I've moved into the phase where I'm just extra exhausted all the time.  I'm almost too tired to eat, which is the most ridiculous statement that has ever been posted on this blog.  But it's true.  I read somewhere that IM base training is some of the more "boring" training you will ever do in your life, and while I'm not bored at all right now, most of my training is just easy volume, especially on the run.  And it's good.


3. I'm starting to understand why logging your food is a bad idea long-term.  Last night I wanted a (small) bowl of ice cream before bed, and I felt incredibly guilty putting it on my log.  But in reviewing my day, I had a ton of fruits and veggies, enough protein, and had done some calorie-burning TTs in the pool that morning, so there was no reason not to eat it.  It was the definition of "treats in moderation" and I don't think that there was anything wrong with it.  But I still felt guilty about it, which is why I will track my food for this week or so and then stop - I don't want to slide into any obsessive behaviors that have to do with food, especially heading down the road towards ironman where I can't afford to end up in a calorie hole at the end of the day.  


Happy Thursday, everyone!  If you have 3 dogs, please leave a quick note explaining why I am insane, thanks!  

33 comments:

  1. I have zero dogs, but I think nothing less of your sanity for #1 and holy crap, how could you resist her fuzzy face?! If we could have a dog, I would send the right to D and say "Guess what, she's ours {I mean, hopefully, if the owners give her to us, etc.}!!"

    Your heart is not any size too small.

    Also, this made My heart sing - {food-journaling} "bad idea long-term." Yes, yes AND YES. It lends itself to the wrong kind of behavioral guilt (not that there's a right kind, I guess? But you know what I mean.). And once people stop writing things down, they don't think twice about that bowl of ice cream. There's the good & bad with journaling, but I just think it should always be short-term.

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  2. If you get a 3rd dog I will be be insanely impressed! We considered getting a second dog a few months back and decided it was not the best idea right now. Delilah has been acting out lately so maybe it was a good idea.
    I've been logging my food for you and I too feel guilty about the stuff on it so far. I always knew my diet wasn't perfect (by far) but sometimes it is just plain sad. Maybe this exercise will finally influence me to make some necessary changes.

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  3. 1) so many puppies. SO MANY. but i mean, better you than me.
    2) i'm trying to up my workout intensity again--i hate looking back at my week and seeing that i've done too many sessions on the elliptical. it feels lame. right now i'm in the "oh holy jeebus my arms/shoulders hurt."
    3) that's why i can't do food logs. i just try to eat healthy and not worry about it.

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  4. Your sanity was questionable before you started adding dogs into the house.

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  5. More than 2 pets and you're edging close to cat-lady status. Just sayin.' And I had two cats.
    Also, you know there will be more wall chewing if this little cutie is from Molly's gene pool.

    Love, the Curmudgeon

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  6. you ARE insane, and that is totally why you shouldnt even think twice about the decision. i mean look at that cute face, she is just begging you to bring her back to her sister ;)

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  7. honestly, if i had room for more dogs (and Lloyd wasn't such a total mama's boy) i'd get more. so long as it's fair to the three of them, then i say go for it! plus, she's really pretty!

    i can't do the food log cause i don't want to see what i eat. lol!

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  8. I logged my food for 5 days for a nutritionist. I was glad I did it, but what a freakin' pain. I did find myself shifting from constant snacking to larger meals, just because it was easy to track.

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  9. More puppies?!?!? I'm totally tackling Graham still when I see him.

    One thing I learned about tracking food is that you have to remove ALL emotion/feelings out of it. Food just becomes "items" with numbers that represent their caloric value. Easier said than done, right?

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  10. Another dog ...the other two will love her :)

    And I totally understand what you are saying about the food logging. I used to have a small eating disorder and it's very easy to become obsessed. That is one reason I can't do a log myself because I'm scared I will fall into the same hole I was once in.

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  11. My brother has 3 goldens! Simply one more blessing for you (and more vacuuming) but way worth it!!

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  12. Hahaha I knew you were going to go for that puppy. Unless of course, you decide against it and I convince my boyfriend to give me a puppy for Christmas...and then when I move in with you, it'll be like you adopted her anyway and Molly and her sister can play!

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  13. 3 doggies!! Wow! If you go through with it I applaud you, I can barely handle 1.

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  14. I'll check my good idea list and see if "3 dogs" is on there.

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  15. I'm a cat owner and my two are a handful, but if I found out that one of their siblings suddenly needed a home, I doubt I'd be able to say no. And that's still less than one puppy per hand for the two of you...

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  16. How can more puppies be bad? ;)

    Totally agree with everything you said about food logging and I think this is exactly why I have never done it!

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  17. Get another puppy!!!!! She's sooo cute. More love is not a bad thing

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  18. Kimra has a good point. If one of Delilah's siblings needed a home I'd have trouble saying no... despite how bad she is sometimes.

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  19. What's one more at this stage in the game? I say go for it.

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  20. More puppies makes for more awesome blog posts ;) I say DO IT!!

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  21. The only thing I would worry about with 3 dogs is when you go out of town. Finding someone willing to watch 3 dogs or paying the extra costs for boarding. But then again, what a cutie.

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  22. It's like having another kid - after a while it can't get any harder. ;o) (Note that I only have 2 kids and no dogs for a reason.)

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  23. not insane. more puppy = more puppy love to go around!

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  24. Three of anything is a lot. Y'all will be outnumbered! BUT the two of y'all have plenty of love to go around. Go for it! (and that face, that sweet, sweet face!)

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  25. That's one cute dog! I'd get another if I were you. ;O

    We're looing into getting a dog soon too. Have a fabulous day! Jessica

    runningtobeskinny.com

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  26. I think it's a terrific idea to adopt Molly's sister! If you have the time and resources to welcome her into your home, it's no different than someone having 3 human kids that outnumber them and takae all their time!

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  27. Awww Sofie is so beautiful. I have a big soft spot for golden retrievers because my aunts always had them while I was growing up. If I didn't live in a condo and work 12 hours days I'd probably have a handful of dogs. I already have 2 cats and each time I volunteer at a local shelter I send my mom and bf about 20 pictures of all the animals I fall in love with.

    I started logging my nutrition on a website early last year and ended up losing 15 lbs. I used to be obsessive about logging everything... now even though I've relaxed quite a bit on that end. I still mentally calculate calories, fat, sodium etc in my head most of the time. While I'm not in training for an IM, I do have 4 halfs, a duathlon and a 2-day relay in the coming months and I need to make sure I'm properly fueled and not worrying about restricting my calories.

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  28. Why don't you get one of your friends like Jon to adopt Sofie. That way you don't become a crazy dog person and you can plan puppy play dates. :) oh what the heck, just get her for yourself!

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  29. We only have 1 dog but I have been lobbying for 2 more! Ideally, I totally want 3! So, I don't think you are crazy at all! I'm sure she'd love to be with her sister. :)

    And I know EXACTLY what you mean about the guilt that comes with logging food. I eat really well and logging food gives me anxiety!

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  30. I strongly believe that food journaling is healthy for a week as a wake-up call (i.e., "I'm only getting a tenth of the protein I need!" Or: "I'm getting 17 times the sugar I need!"). After that, I have yet to meet the superhuman who doesn't get obsessively focused on it, and start feeling guilt and other emotions that simply shouldn't be attached to food. It'll be interesting to hear your coach's analysis when all's said and done! In other news: I am pro-puppy. That's all.

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  31. Ice cream before bed is the best! Cute doggie!!!!

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  32. I agree about the food log thing. I am doing it right now on the Facebook page notes section but if I'm hungry I'm eating. All I am using it for is to hold me accountable for the USELESS snacks that I have been eating for no reason. And by no reason I am talking about not being hungry but seeing it and eating it. That has happened too much over the past two weeks and its time to get the body ready for Puerto Rico and can't have that stuff happening.

    3 dogs is 3x the fun isn't it?

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