Monday, March 14, 2011
Okay, the weight thing is a problem. I'm up and have undone some of the good from last year. That's bad. But what's good is that I managed to keep running throughout the 7th snowiest winter in this area. What's good is that I ran a second 5K, and I didn't think I would because my back has been bad. (Tweaked it slipping on ice during a run. Twice.) So I let myself walk a part of every mile. I still finished faster than the first 5K! 11:33 splits! Not fast by anyone's definition, but faster. Only 53 people were slower. I had to ask for splits at miles 2 and 3... I guess they figured the back of the pack didn't really care. I cared. And I'm pumped. I am going to run a 5 miler in a month. I will probably run/walk it (a la John Bingham) but I'm going to put myself out there.
And soccer season starts next month. I'm excited because I am probably in less danger of collapsing from a heart attack during the game than I have been in years. I've been tracking today, and I will try to track every day. Keep your fingers crossed!
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Yesterday I completed my first 5k in 10 years. My goal was not lofty: 12 min splits and a finish in less than 40 min. And run the whole thing if I could (this was not as important to me as time).
My first semester of college I took a Logic class. I worked so hard on that class! I would get up at night to study it. Logic was fascinating to me--geometry with words--and I tried and tried to tease out the answers. I got a C in that class, but I've never worked so hard or been so proud to be "average". My 5k was like that. I ran my ass off to get those splits. I worked so hard, and the end result is the minimum that Spark calls "running". I put everything I had into that race and I'm proud of it. I'm also convinced that you, Spark, need to reconsider what's "running" and what isn't. Trust me, that was fast running.
I met my goals! That's pretty exciting. I've convinced my husband to run a 5k with me in May, and I will run that same race but the 10k version next Jan 1. If I can get YOU to run with me, I will. (You know who you are, SADIEBRAWL)
My weight is up right now by 6 pounds. I'm not too worried. I've been off the eating wagon since October, but I've stayed on the running one. I want to get through this winter with my running habits intact. I'll bring back the sane eating tomorrow. Once there's more daylight, I want to take on the 1 hour runner program. Then I'll be ready for Jan 1, 2012's 10k.
Hope to see you on the pavement,
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tomorrow is the big day: the date to achieve my first mid-range goal. It may not happen. And here's the thing: if it doesn't, I won't go on a binge. I have been working toward better health. I do not miss a session of Couch to 5K. I run at least 3 times a week, sometimes 5. It does me a lot of good. I eat better, but not well enough yet. I say yes to cookies sometimes. Tonight I'm pointedly NOT saying yes to a nightcap, and only because I tracked my calories and know I'm 50 calories over. And tomorrow I weigh in.
I may not star in an inspirational video tomorrow, but I expect to be a success story. I know that by the time spring rolls around people will notice the changes. We'll get there. There's a strong foundation here. Forward is forward no matter what speed you're moving.
Friday, September 10, 2010
About 3 weeks ago, I was on fire. It seemed that every time I stepped on the scale, I had dropped another 2 pounds. I reached my goal a month early! Well, that was short-lived. I got my period, and the scale climbed 10 pounds overnight--no lie! It took 10 days to recover from that, and then it only came down about 5 pounds. So my big achievement was un-achieved, and I am feeling pretty demoralized. Which means that when cheesecake called my name, I answered. When the stress and relief of my oldest going to kindergarten washed over me, I clung to fried chicken and bacon cheese fries like a lifeboat. And is it ever clinging to me!
So I need to face the fact that I'm not going to lose weight everyday. The body just doesn't do that. I want to be special, but the rules still apply. I know that what works is salads, even though I don't like them. Eat them first, then eat the other stuff. Logging food works. Shaking things up in my running workout--that works. It is very sexy when the weight falls off, but the body is a survival machine and it will put the brakes on that. My brakes are on. This is the hard part of weight loss: keeping the focus on calories and exercise even when the scale stalls and no one remarks on how great you look.
I've made an appointment for a physical with my doctor, with a complete blood work-up. She's been hounding me about my weight for years! (FYI Doc, hounding about weight does NOT work for weight loss. I'm not fat because I'm too dumb to figure out calories in/calories out.) This will help me see the big picture, and will also give me credit for the changes I've made. Before that visit, I want to be at 195 lbs. It's at the end of October, so it's a shorter term goal. That way I should be able to keep my eyes on the prize.
And I have to rewrite my motivational notes. They will reflect my updated goals and continue to focus on the ones I struggle with. (Who knew "Choose Happiness" would be a real pig to stick to?) So, the sexy part is over. I have to make sure the foundation is strong so these improvements stick.
Good luck to you all, and when you hit a plateau stay more rational than I did!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
1. My new running partner pushes me more than my dog. While my old pace was comfortable, this is probably better for meeting my goal. Plus the dog likes it.
2. Lower cal crock pot recipes for cube steak and pudding cake exist. I'll let you know if they're any good. **Okay, I can recommend the cube steak**
3. I get fewer calories now that I've lost 30 lbs. I'm still adapting to this, mostly by NOT having wine. Which brings me to
4. The 2300 calorie day is not inevitable. Apparently as long as I'm not too restrictive (and this is restrictive psychologically as much as it is calorically) I can postpone that 2300 calorie day. I should stick to the high end (and a little over, frankly) of my calorie range and I'm better off.
5. Hormones do weird things to my weight (10 lb gains overnight!) about a week earlier than I think they should.
6. They make belts in 2x. Who knew? Even fat people have pants that fall down. I'm not small enough for a different size, but too small for my particular pants.
7. I'm liking running. I'm giving serious thought to running more than 4x a week, but I'm worried about injury and burning out, and I don't want to skunk what I've got going on now. So I'll probably not add more running days right now.
8. Support from people on this site is GREAT. Really. I am more connected on here than I ever was on Weight Watchers, and that's all face to face. I get support for healthy eating, support for running. I pop in on other people's spark pages and that motivates and inspires me. This is really helping.
So good luck where ever you are on your journey. You've got the tools you need at your fingertips, and if you do the work, the results will come. Thanks for being here!
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