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Week 52 - Another try at running

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I am waiting until next Sunday to weigh in so I can't comment on my weight but according to the numbers, I should have lost at least a pound this week. I binged last night. I am sick and was in the mood for comfort food. But that was yesterday. Today is a new day. I will not binge today. In fact, everything that is left over from my binge yesterday will be thrown away so it is not tempting. Even though I am sick today, I think my chest feels OK for the most part so I am going to try running tonight.

Oh yeah, speaking of which, I ran last Wednesday. OK, jogged. But it's running for me. I had my son with me for most of it so he slowed me down a bit. In total, I did 4.16 miles in 1 hour and 11 minutes.

Let me give the full story because I am sure I will want to look back on this.

I live in apartments. I have driven around my apartments as much as I could to see what one lap around equaled. This was a long time ago, so I don't really remember what my odometer said but I remember figuring it to be half a mile around so 2 laps would equal a mile. And that is how I always recorded my mileage. I could never figure out why it would take me so long to finish a mile. Anyway, I read on someone's blog about an app called Edomondo or something like that. I downloaded it on my phone and decided to give it a try.

I went for my first "mile" and just walked as a warm up and because I wanted to see if the app worked. It didn't. It only calculated the time it took me. So I came back home and played with it a bit and thought, "Hey, maybe I need to use Wifi for it work because it kept saying "searching for satellite" or something like that. So I tuned wifi on, turned off the app and started it up again. It then said GPS excellent. I figured that meant it was working. So I went and walked another two laps. I did one full lap and almost most of the other when the phone announced "1 mile in some odd minutes." I thought that was really weird, so I took my phone out and looked at it and sure enough it said I had completed a mile already, though I still had a good bit of distance to go. I reached where I started and looked at my phone and it said I had walked 1.25 miles. Seriously???

I studied the map and it definitely circles my apartments so maybe it is accurate. I might have to try it out by walking to the park down the street and then driving it to see how accurate it is. Anyway, I am going with the 1.25 miles which is definitely possible.

So by this point, I had already walked 4 laps which according to the app is 2.50 miles. Now I want to start running and seeing how fast I can complete a mile or I guess 1.25 miles. I have my son with me and he decides he wants to put his bike back and walk with me. I tell him I am going to be running so he better be prepared to run. He said he was. I knew it was a bad idea since I am trying to time myself but go with it anyway.

So we head and start walking to warm up a bit, because I took a small break in between each "mile" because I was playing with the app on my phone. Then we start running. He kept up really good and since it was my first stint of running, my lungs were not prepared so I had to stop pretty early and walk. Once I was prepared to go again, we took off running again and my lungs were much better prepared this time around. I could last longer. Unfortunately, my son would complain about being tired before I even felt tired so I would have to stop. We continued this for the two laps.

When I was at the "mile mark" according to the app, it announced I completed a mile in 15 minutes and 25 seconds or something close to that. I finished the two laps in like 17 minutes. I was very disappointed. I can walk a mile in 16 minutes and 14 seconds on the treadmill. I run and only cut off about 45 seconds off my fastest walking mile? Are you serious?

So I take another mini break and think about it. After running and I slow to a walk, I don't slow to afast walk. I slow to a slow walk. OK so that makes sense. I need to work on keeping up a faster pace walk when I stop running. So I decide to try it again running.

Of course my son decided he wants to go with me again. I ask him to bring his bike but he doesn't want to. So I tell him I am going to be timing myself and I don't have time to stop for him. He said OK. (He's 5 years old, btw). I made him put on his tennis shoes because the first running mile he was wearing sandals and while he didn't fall, I knew it was only a matter of time. We get just under half a mile done when his shoes comes off and he has to stop. While of course I want to leave him behind, I can't. So I stop and pause the app until he fixes his shoe and catches up. Then when he catches up, I tell him when we get back by our apartment he is going home. I then go to start the app again but accidentally hit stop so my time is lost and distance is lost and the only way to accurately time myself would be to start all over again even though we are just shy of half a mile. I got pissed and yelled at him and we went home. I apologized later for yelling at him because I told him he could never come with me again even though I know he enjoys coming on my walks. So I told him he could still come with me except for 2 of the laps I do because I will be timing myself and I can't have any distractions. He said OK.

So all in all it came out to 4.16 miles in 1 hour and 11 minutes. I really enjoyed running. While I am sick right now, I am still thinking about running tonight because my chest feels OK and I think I can get through it. I have decided to run every Wednesday and Sunday and continue going to the gym 3 days a week. I first started getting sick on Thursday and the one thing I was really mad about was not being able to run tonight. I was looking forward to it. But since I technically feel fine (for the most part, at least)., I am still going to try. If I can't do it, it's fine, but I need to try. I want to try.
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On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, it will be my 1 year mark since I started SP again and remained relatively consistent in my tracking of food and exercise. I will be posting a blog with lots of pictures. I will also be weighing in to compare my beginning weight to my weight at the 1 year mark. Other than that, I will only weigh in once a month.

I have been gathering pictures of myself for the blog and will be taking a couple of recent pictures to add to the blog as well. Keep a look out for it! I am very excited to make it to one year.

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LADYJ6942 6/24/2012 3:54PM

    Gratz on a year, also gratz on the app for running on your phone. Would love the name of that. I'm just getting into the c25k training myself and that would be super helpful since I like to run the trails at my local park vs the pavement.

Good luck!

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Week 51 - I need to get on the ball

Sunday, June 17, 2012

So I didn't weigh in again. I have two weeks before my actual weigh in. So I really don't know how I am doing other than looking at my numbers. If I go by my numbers, I maybe lost 2 lbs in the past two weeks. Time to get back on the ball. I have been slacking quite a bit. I keep telling myself that I will be happy with a 5 lb lost each month. Which I will be really. That would amount to getting to Onederland by New Years. That is pretty dang awesome.

But why settle for 5 lbs a month when I could aim for 7 lbs or 8 lbs or even 9 lbs if I really push myself? Probably because at this point in the game (not really a game, but just a saying) my weight loss will start slowing and I don't want to get my hopes up or God forbid hit a plateau and end up completely deterred from this lifestyle. Next week will mark 1 year of being active on SP and losing weight and while it does feel like it is becoming a lifestyle change, I do notice just how easy it would be to go back to my previous lifestyle. It scares me because it has been practically a year but my old habits are still sitting there, right under the surface.

I need to stop thinking about could happen and focus on what I want to happen and then make it happen. I still have 2 weeks until my official weigh in for the end of this month so considering I may have lost 2 lbs based on my numbers, I am going to work the next two weeks and try to make my ending weight loss for this month be 6 lbs. I can lose 2 lbs a week. I just gotta make it happen.

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MYBULLDOGS 6/17/2012 3:47PM


my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 93 pounds.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal.


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Week 50 - Changing to weighing in once a month

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I did not weigh in today. I've been thinking about it lately and keep putting off switching to monthly weigh ins and decided, why put it off. Just start now. So I skipped weigh in.

I will weigh in the first or last Sunday of each month. For July, that happens to fall on the 1st but for example, in August, I will weigh in on the 29th of July and then not again until the 2nd of September. I want it as close to the 1st of each month but don't want the actual day to bounce around.

The reason I am switching to monthly weigh ins is because my weight loss has slowed so much, my mind is still expecting big numbers. So when I see a weight loss of 1 lb, my mind goes into a "that is not enough mode" when it really is. I am setting a goal of 5 lbs month but will be working towards a goal of 7 lbs loss each month. As long as I lose 5 lbs for the month, I will be happy.

I will still blog each week with my progress and how I am doing. But will only update my weight once a month. I am in this for the long haul. My goal is to get healthy, not get skinny...though hoping to get close to skinny along the way. I have to remind myself every day that this isn't just about losing weight. This is about getting comfortable in my own skin, becoming more active, just getting healthy all around. So June will be my first month doing just that.

In regards to the weigh in, I will be weighing myself on June 26th because that is my year anniversay being on SP and on this journey. I have my beginning weight from 06/26/11 so I want my weight for 06/26/12 as well to compare along with photos. Watch for that blog!

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MYBLUEIRIS 6/12/2012 12:52PM

    Congrats on losing the weight! I know what you mean about wanting big numbers and being disappointed when the numbers are smaller. I like your idea about weighing in only once a month. Do whatever you've gotta do to stay motivated and keep working on having a healthy lifestyle.


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I jogged for the first time tonight

Thursday, June 07, 2012

So I went to the gym tonight. I got on the elliptical to wait for my trainer to come get me. About 3 minutes in, the power goes out. The elliptical is still working so I continue on. About 4 minutes later, they say they have to evacuate the gym. So I go home. No cardio, no person training.

I have been thinking for the past couple of nights about trying to jog. So since I couldn't get my workout in at the gym, I figured tonight would be a great time to try it. So I come home and ask my son if he wants to go for a walk with me. I walk, he rides his bike. One lap around my apartments is half a mile. I know I need to warm up to jogging so I don't even think about attempting to jog on the first lap. I actually walk the first two laps until my son decides he wants to go home and he is bored going around the apartments with me.

So he goes home and I start jogging. I did not time myself. I just told myself, "I am going to run to the end of such and such." And I did. Once I got there, I realized I was OK so I kept running. Once I my breathing became quite labored, I stopped running and walked. It took maybe 20 seconds for my breathing to even out. I realize, "HEY! I am in better shape then I thought I was." First, I ran further then I thought I could and after about 20 seconds of walking, I feel fine. I can run again. So I do. I keep doing this for 2 laps, which equals a mile. After the second lap, I decide to head back inside because I am thirsty. I don't carry my water with me because I don't want to carry anything.

I am excited to go back out. It is 11:30pm, I've already been back in for an hour now, but I want to go back out and try jogging some more. This might just become an addiction for me. I loved the feeling. I am anxious to try jogging some more. I don't think I am going to go out again tonight because it's late and I don't know how my body is going to respond to the little bit of jogging I did today. So a part of me is telling me to go take my shower and just wait and see how I feel tomorrow. I am curious to see if I have any pain. If I don't, I am going jogging tomorrow night too! Even after I go do 45 minutes at the gym.

I wonder how long this feeling will last?

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FITWITHIN 6/7/2012 5:39AM

    Congratulations is such a wonder feeling jogging. Sign up for a 5k. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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SHY_BUNNY 6/7/2012 3:47AM

    Great job!

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Week 49 - Total Weight Loss = 85.6 lbs

Monday, June 04, 2012

I lost 1.6 lbs this week. Not too bad, but I was hoping for more sense I didn't lose any last week. Oh well. Still gotta keep truckin'. But I have to admit, I really didn't do great this week. I only went to the gym 2 days this week and I went over my goal of 1800 most of the week. Not too much over, but over still. So really, I am glad I lost any weight this week and all I can do is make this week better.

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LYNDALIFE 6/4/2012 12:47PM

    Congrats on your good work!

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