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Thursday, February 07, 2013

The first time that I tried to run in a treadmill, first time in my life, was 9 months ago. I had started going to the gym and walking on the treadmill for 10 to 15 minutes. Then I tried running, I thought 15 minutes was a good goal. At 5 minutes I had to press the emergency STOP button and felt like fainting. But slowly I began running 5, then 10, then 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 minutes. It felt incredible. I want to mention that I live in a high altitude city, 2800 meters above sea level, which makes running, and all physical activity more challenging.

Then, I went to visit my family. I went to the gym for one month but for the last 2 weeks I had no gym. So I tried running on the ground. The first time that I tried to run on the park I felt horrible, my head hurt and my body felt so heavy. I thought that I would never be able to run "on ground" that my thing was the treadmill.

I came back home and instead of time started to count miles. I was able to run 6.2 miles (or 10K) in 70 minutes -including 5 minutes of warm up and excluding the 5 minutes of cool down. Then the gym close home closed. I was worried, but a great opportunity came. I live close by the biggest park in the city. So, determined not to lose momentum, I decided to run there, at least 3 times a week. One lap around the park is 4 k (2.25 miles). So the first time I was able to run only 2 kilometers, then 3, 4 (first complete lap), 5, 6, 8 (two complete laps), 10 and today I run 3 complete laps (12 kms or 7.5 miles) in 78 minutes.

I discovered that I love running, and that I need to run at least 8 kms to feel that I am challenging my body. I already finished a 10 k race, I want to do a 15k race in April and then a half marathon.

The only problem now is that my weight has stabilized, I still need to loose 3 pounds to be on a normal BMI range, and I my ideal weight is still 20 pounds away. Since the gym closed I have stopped doing strength training, and also I am not being to exigent on the calorie intake. I need 1770 daily, and usually hit 1700. So, I do not feel the desire to restrict my calorie intake, and also I am not finding the energy to do strength training at home, but I am becoming a little impatient towards losing at least the next 3 pounds. Might be stress? Sabotage? Am I in a confort zone? I really wish for the running to show on my weight.

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Third time's the charm

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Even though I realize that I have gained and lost 10 kilos (22 pounds) at least 4 times in my adult life (without counting one pregnancy), this time is a little different. I have discovered running, and also is my last opportunity before turning 40 and making it much more difficult (it is not impossible as I have read so many great stories of women over 40 that have reached their desired weight).

This time I am thinking about long time commitments, habits and family culture. It has been a great journey, these last 9 months. I have now hit a plateau for 2 months, and I think that the challenge is in my head. I hope to find the energy and insight to overcome that challenge.

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PATSYB7 2/6/2013 7:00AM

    Change your mind, change your body. I think that's a book someone wrote. Positive thinking helps. Did you see my blog, "Pep Talk"? It's about ditching the negative self-talk that many of us engage in.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I have been travelling for five weeks, so between preparations to travel and coming back, I have not been active on this site. I stoped tracking my food and doing my daily exercise rutine. On the good side, I did not totally loose it, and while at my family's place, I found a scale and found out that I have lost a total of: 12 kilos or 24 pounds since October.

While staying there I paid attention to my food intake and tried to make good choices. I think I gained back like 4 pounds and now in my house I gained another 4 pounds. But I started today with my exercise routine, and have been tracking my food for 4 days.

I went back to First Phase of the program, but feel confident and optimistic about the following weeks. What I have learned about tracking calories, reading labels, portion control and daily exercise is still here.


One good thing out of a horrible day

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Today I felt really bad 'cause my period arrived, and sometimes affects my energy level and humor. I didn't do my 20 minutes exercise. But the worst part was going downtown and loosing my passport! I feel really stupid.

The only good thing is that although I was super nervous and anxious, I chose not to fill my void with food, and I had a final count of 1300 calories. One good thing out of a horrible day.


A bad day

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Today was a bad day, regarding the diet.
I overate. I had a not particularly healthy lunch, but the problem was the two servings. Part of the reason is that I think that for this to succeed I have to eat what I normally eat, a healthier version and smaller portions. But today it did not work. Some dishes are really hard to make them healthy. The other part of the business is that I am really nervous. End of the month coming and no sales for DH. March is going to be long and difficult, but probably many sales will be closed on that month. I was hoping to travel and see my family, but probably postponed this. I also took the time to see my nutrition report, and 12 out of 25 days I was above my calories range (1200-1550). That was no good news either. I've realized that I think about eating 1500 calories each day, and usually go above, so I have to start thinking 1400 or 1300 (I think 1200 is way to low).

But on the brighter side:
1. I chose to use my anxiety-energy to clean the house and walk 20 blocks.
2. I did my daily exercise routine, at 10 pm, even when I did not initially wanted. I usually do it in the morning time.
3. I became aware of my calories intake and decided for a really light dinner.

Travelling a little later will give me some more time to lose weight.
I have to decide whether to go slowly as this month or to make an extra effort for March.


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