Wednesday, September 17, 2014
OkÖmy entire body hurts. My legs, my stomach muscles, and for some reason my back is a little sore. I definitely think I overdid running yesterday. But am I upset about it? NoÖI am excited about it! Why did I do this to myself?
Iíve mentioned before on previous blogs that I signed myself and my two sons up for the Turkey Trot 5k (me the 5K, my youngest a Ĺ mile, and my 7 yr old a mile). Iíve never run a race before and have been getting a little antsy to run one before Thanksgiving day, it just seems so far off! So yesterday I was looking up races and found a 10K that was coming up on Oct 19th literally in the battlefield area about 15 minutes from my house. The only problem is itís a 10K, and I havenít raced a 5K yet. So I started thinkingÖIím a treadmill runner at home, usually running 3-4 miles every other day, so this might be doable by Oct 19th, right? I just need to start running outside, incorporating hills and increasing my distance, I can do this!
So yesterday I took my run outside in my very hilly neighborhood, vegged out to my music and before I knew it I had ran 4 miles. For some reason even though the hills were there it felt like I could have kept going and pushing myself further, but when I got to house and started walking I had this weird sensation in my legs like they were in ďrubber band modeĒÖalmost like the tendons were automatically doing their own movements. So, total difference in the treadmill vs outside running. Even though I have run further before on the treadmill, I felt like that was the best run Iíve ever done because of all of the hills Iíve incorporated and I do feel like I could have kept going. I honestly feel like I can have myself ready for that 10K. So would I be nuts to do a 10K before I even try a 5K, is that stupid?
OhÖ.and I also have this insane fear that this race will be full of all of these fast runners who all run 12 minute miles or faster and will be looking at me likeÖĒokay woman, beginner runners OFF the course!!ĒÖbecause Iím too slowÖ.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I know the half marathon I signed up for is a year away, but it has really helped me pick my motivation up so much. Lately my exercise has just been operating at the speed of ďmehhhĒ. Iíve been exercising 6 days a week, donít get me wrong, but Iíve been half heartedly doing it. Iíve been walking when I should have been jogging (and telling myselfÖoh, but itís inclined so itís okayÖeven though the incline wasnít that much). Iíve been shortening my workouts telling myself as long as I put in some time thatís all that is important. And what has happened? Over the summer months I have done nothing but plateau with my weight. I havenít gained anything, but I havenít lost anything. And Iíve been 10 pounds away from my goal that I want to be at. All that hard work and I canít lose the last 10 pounds??
I decided I needed something to really push me again, which is why I decided to do the half marathon. Iíve already signed up for it so itís too late to back out. Because itís so intimidating to me Iíve decided to break it into increments and run different races throughout the year. I signed up first for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, which is a 5K. I know that I can run that distance now, however I decided to wait a bit and do this one in November because this 5K also has a Ĺ mile fun run for my 5 year old to run, and a 1 mile run for my 7 year old to run, so I thought it would be something fun for us all to do as a family. Iím also going to sign up for some 10Ks throughout the year before the half. Iíve already noticed a big change in how Iím exercising. Now Iím running 3-4 miles 4 times a week (not walking them), and pushing myself to go further. What was stopping me before from doing that? Just not having an end goal that I want to meet? Excuses. Already this week Iíve been able to move 1 pound past that plateau I was coasting on all summer.
Now that I have my exercise back on track, I need to get my next big issue under controlÖweekends. I always have weekend eating issues (eating dinner out, grabbing fast food, cookouts, etc.). I definitely need to get lighter on feet for this marathon!
NSV of the week: I bought tall boots for work! I always thought my calves were too big for tall boots but I fit in them and found some really cute ones to wear to work with my dresses this fall!
Have a great week everyone!
Monday, August 25, 2014
While we were commuting in to work this morning, one of the guys that I commute in with started telling me how he was going to run in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon this coming weekend in VA Beach. He started telling me how he runs two half marathons every year, this one and the Historic Half. He said training for these two during the year is what keeps him in shape. Then he switched gears and started saying how I need to go run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon next year. He said Iíve done so well on losing weight and exercising that I can do this. He also said that they will be having a kidís fun run where the kids can earn a medal by completing a 1 mile run in the sand. I know my kids would love that. He then told me he wants to see me there next year at the race.
Itís still so strange to me now that I can even be included in a conversation that involves the words ďhalf marathonĒ, much less the fact that Iím even considering doing this. I donít know why my confidence level is still so down. I completed Couch to 5K, I completed Bridge to 10K, I completed Insanity, so I know that when I put my set my mind on completing a goal, I usually will hound-dog it until itís done. I also know Iíve lost 73 pounds and Iíve managed to get my BMI down from Obese to just into the healthy range, so Iím not having to jog 13.1 miles carrying around the weight like I would have a year ago. I wonít have that added stress on my joints.
So when I got into work this morning I texted my husband and told him about itÖand my husband as usual brought his common sense into the equation. I knew there was a reason I married him. He told me how much fun the kids would have cheering me on, plus how much fun they would have running the fun race. He also said the race was a year away which gave me a year to train, and that during that time I could run 5Ks and 10Ks in local races around our house to practice. He also said this will help keep me motivated. Why does he always have to make so much sense?
SoÖIt looks like I am officially in training now for a half marathon (and freaking out a little!).
Monday, August 18, 2014
Good morning everyone. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Iím sitting here feeling guilty for another weekend where I overdid it calorie wise. Iím just feeling sorry for myself because Iím reflecting on the fact that I havenít lost a pound in months Ė I havenít gained anything, but I havenít lost anything. I keep letting things like vacations and going out with friends, etc. make excuses for me to overeat/drink, then I try and make up for it during the week. As a result Iíve let my summer slip away from me without losing anything. Itís kind of disheartening, since I was doing so well.
This weekendís excess: Friday night was ladies night out. One of the husbands dropped us off and picked us up at one of our local Mexican food restaurants for Margarita night. So as you can guess, Mexican food + Margaritas = heavy calories. Saturday a friend of mine was having a bunch of us over for his kids 1 year birthday party, so while all of our kids were playing together he had beer and food for all of the parents Ė yup, not another light calorie night. Even Sunday turned out awful food wise. My husband has been working a ton of overtime and weíve really only been seeing him on the weekends, so Sunday was our family day (just us) together, and we went bowling and out to eat. EEESH. The only good thing that I did accomplish on those days was getting my exercise in. So as usual, this weeks plan of attack = low calories until weigh day. Whatís on the menu for lunch today you ask? A GNC lean shake, vanilla. Goal - no gain on the scale.
So today Iím feeling down on myself, to top it off the lack of sleep Iíve had really has me dragging. Last night my 5 year old woke me up at 1am with a nosebleed and I just could not get back to sleep after I fixed him up, which I really needed since I only had 4 hours of sleep Saturday night. Iím so tired Iím actually having trouble seeing my computer screen, it keeps blurring. This is going to be a really long day at work today. I really should have gotten closer to my goal this summer. I only have 10 pounds left!! To end things on a positive note, I started my strength training last week and so far am really liking that Ė I can really feel it in my arms. I rotate it with my cardio. Iím hoping that will help my flappy arms!
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
As Iíve lost weight this past year Iíve really noticed a huge change in myself. Iíve already blogged previously about the confidence boosters, things like the way Iíve dressed, cute clothes I can now buy, wearing high heels again etc. What I want to blog about today though is the change in my social life. I have an extremely busy life normally, not even taking into account throwing a social life into it. My normal day Monday Ė Friday schedule revolves around getting up at 4am to get ready for work, dropping the kids off at day care, commuting 65 miles to work (gotta love the DC commute), after work commute home, home anywhere between 5-6 traffic depending, pick up kids and get dinner going, then itís time to exercise, kids in bed by 8 (because I wake them up at 4:30), and start the routine all over again. As you can imagine my weeknights after I get home from work are always in a rush. My husband helps out as much as he can, but he also has the DC commute so heís battling the same time constraints. My weekends were reserved for me, my husband and kids to have fun, relax, and enjoy ourselves. Over the years Iíve pretty much pushed any type of social life completely out of my life.
As Iíve been dropping weight Iíve been feeling more like an ďopenĒ personÖI guess thatís the best way to describe it. Iíve been making new friends and I have energy that I didnít have before. Iíve been inviting people over to my house for cookouts, going out to dinner with people and leaving my husband home with the boys (and not feeling guilty about it). Iíve also been meeting my kids mothers and weíve became friends, so itís became common now for us to call each other up and hang out while the kids play together. This is something that I would have avoided in my ďlargerĒ days because I would have made the excuse that I was too busy, while in reality I probably would have really just been avoiding people.
Before I started exercising last year I always used the excuse ďI donít have time, I need to spend time with the kids after workĒ. Now I exercise 6 days a week because I find the time, exercise to me is MY time to de-stress after work, and there are days I look forward to it all day long. My kids are not harmed by me taking that time out in the evenings for myself to workout, and in fact this is a good example for them. Iíve also learned how important it is not to cut yourself off from your friends. Dropping this 73 pounds (63 since I recommitted to spark last July) I realize how much your weight actually weighs you down (sorryÖ.that line was pretty bad) . Make sure you take time out for yourself!
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