It's hard to believe that already it is the third week in November and a few days until Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving I have a lot to be Thankful for such as selling our house after moving to another state and also losing some more weight while learning how to become a runner! It is all very exciting and I am thankful I am able to see this day come and for all the blessings (good and bad) that God gives me daily. It is a blessing to be a child in the house of the Lord! On to the results:
Pounds Lost: 1 more pound! It has been a long time since I have been able to say that I have lost a good amount of weight, I have a very slow metabolism so it takes extra long to lose even one pound. Thankfully I am sticking to my reduced diet plan of 1200 calories and burning off around 3000 calories a week or more. Usually to lose a pound one must have a difference of 3500 calories but with my body it seems like 6000 calories is the key. So, I am averaging around 1 pound per week that I am losing. Not good but not that bad either. I am seeing a change in my body inches and my abs are becoming more pronounced which my husband is adoring.
Total Time: 0 Minutes! Weight lifting has been a downfall in our household again this week. It is always my intention to go lift some weights at the gym however after a long 5K training run I am so tired and only have enough energy to take a shower and cook a healthy full course meal... Does lifting the ten pound cat or dog count?
18 Miles Ran! This week has been a challenging week since my DH and I have had a lot on our plates for work. It is the crunch time before the holidays to get things completed so we haven't had the time to get things done with exercise as much as we had hoped. We want to run outdoors as much as possible however it has been raining and also it has been very cold. These two things on top of the sun going down earlier is all creating a new challenge in our lives. It is something that we have to work around so that we can workout 6-7 times a week as I always want to do. This week we gave ourselves a few days in-between to relax so that we didn't tire our muscles for the Turkey Trot. It seems to have worked and my DH is having better luck with his sore back (he pinched a ligament). Next week we plan on training hard on Monday and Tuesday and taking off on Wednesday. Then Thursday is the big day!!!
Overall Lost: (Not that bad when I look at it)
Thigh: 2 inches
Arm: 1 inch
Weight: 13 pounds
Waist: 11 inches
Hips: 6 inches
Neck: .5 inches
Our third week ironically was our worst week for getting out and running however it did contain our best run ever! We ran a 31 minute 28 second 5K run. We have some more to go however we plan on getting it down to 30 minutes by race day. It does plan to have a mixture of snow/rain on that day though so we may be slightly slower than we have wished but we will try our hardest to meet our goal!
Just wanted to pop in and thank everyone for their encouraging words! I am so thrilled to have found some great people at Sparkpeople to increase my motivation, even through my rant and raves. Thanks again to everyone that continues to encourage me and be an inspiration to my successes!
5 days and counting... I'm hoping to complete my song playlist (editing right now) for Thursday - 5K Trotting day. My list so far includes:
SOS by Rihanna
Funhouse and So What by P!nk
Walking on Sunshine
Turning Japanese by Shankin Pickle
Jump, Jive, and Wail
Come On Over Baby by Christina Aquilera (may be taken out)
I want you to Want me by Gwen Stephanie
Louie louie by Kingsmen
Chocolate Love by SNSD (Korean Girl Band)
Sorry, Sorry by Super Junior (Korean Guy Band)
If you are making our your new running playlist I highly suggest looking at this website for English Speaking Song ideas. www.jogtunes.com/
The timer has started and it is officially less than one week until I run my first ever 5K run - or any run if you are keeping count. I'm thrilled and nervous all at the same time - as many of you already know. I keep having daydreams about the gun going off for the start of the run (I'm extremely against guns so the thought unsettles my nerves to say the least); tripping on something in the cross-country path; losing a shoe in the mud since it's supposed to rain everyday next week; going overboard the first mile and then keeling over during the second; and so on... Just a few of my worries. haha I can travel and work overseas in a foreign, non-English speaking country by myself but the thought of running a 5K is getting the best of my sleep pattern. My husband thinks I'm overreacting but seriously it is a big life changing event and I want to make sure that I make it through remembering the day.
Enough said on my craziness and irrational daydreaming... I found this list of people that have run marathons (celebrities) and found it interesting to see their times run. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_marath oners I tried to look for celebrity 5K running times but I guess they weren't as important as the marathon runners. Oh well...
Last night's run: 31 minutes and 28 seconds. We still have about one minute and 28 seconds to shave off our time. Our plan is to run the Turkey Trot in 30 minutes. It is something to work towards! Hoping the rain stops enough so we can run the next 6 days!
Have you heard about the weight fairy that implants heavy weights in your legs before running? Well, I am destined to believe that this fairy is real and has played a double prank on my body. Yesterday was a strange, my legs were feeling as those each one had gained about one hundred pounds each! We took yesterday off from running to allow our bodies to rest and recuperate after all the exercise that we have been logging in the last few weeks. We try to take one day off a week do relax and give a little R&R to our bodies. hmmm Not sure if it was the best plan since we felt worse the day after relaxation than what we had the previous workout day. From now on I think we will take a general relaxation run without trying to beat our previous time, instead of taking the whole day off from working out.
Yoga is in my nearest future to try to get our the kinks in my legs and hopefully some of the "fairy weight" will fall off during the process. Beware: watch out for the weight fairy!