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Thursday, February 02, 2012

I've been playing a game with my scale until it reads the weight I want! I know we all have scale stories, but I got on the scale Monday and weighed and didn't like what I saw. Went to the bathroom (I had to, I promise) and weighed again. The scale actually showed almost a 2 lb. gain. So that trip to the bathroom caused me to gain 2 lbs.! I got on the scale Tuesday and the scale read 3 different weights and I didn't like any of them!

I weighed and measured this morning, although Wednesday was supposed to be my "official" day. I actually lost .4 (that's the weight I picked!). So I've technically lost a 1 lb. in 4 weeks. Now I'm not sure if there's something wrong with my scale or I need to stop getting on it a zillion times a day! I honestly only use the scale as a gauge and I know all the reasons why the "scale lies", I just really want to get back to my goal! I hate that I'm 3 lbs. over WW goal and 5 lbs. over where I want to be. I know what to do, I just have to stick with my plan. I have to stop letting the "bad" days out number the "good". O.K. I've motivated myself, I had a good breakfast, I have a great lunch packed and a good dinner planned. So I'm good!

The rain came early yesterday, so I couldn't run, but I did try the strength training routine (hated it!). I need to find something I like and stick to it! It shouldn't be that complicated. Today is sunny & 60+ degrees. DD#1 is home sick and I have to pick up DD#2 from school @ 5:30, so I'm hoping I can squeeze in a run and we still want to go to the batting cages. The cages have lights, so we can still go after dinner!

So now my only challenge today will be to get past the 8:00 p.m. munchies!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ROSEWAND 2/2/2012 1:44PM

    Sometimes it is better to leave the scale alone
and focus on your plan. I did this for two years
while I was losing weight. Knew I was losing
because my size was changing. This was
a much gentler way to track my success.

I usually weigh once a week now, but not
always. Same day, same time, accept what
it says and get back to my program. I have
learned that no matter if my weight is up
or down, in the long wrong if I keep doing
what I know works, I am going to be fine.

We hunger for instant results and depend
on the scale to reward us. In fact, sometimes
it only confuses and discourages us.

When we trust that we are making the
right choices in eating and fitness, the
benefits will show up in the long-term. And
without the stress of roller coaster of
constant weighing.

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CCINDICANE2 2/2/2012 11:52AM

    My scale does the same thing. Weigh in only once a week as soon as you get up, naked, after peeing. Only get on the scale ONE TIME and go with that weight. If you keep getting on three or four times and going with the lowest weight, and then do the same thing a week later, you really won't know if you lost or gained weight. Both of the numbers you chose could be wrong.

All scales can show different weights. My scale at home that I weigh in on every Sunday morning shows me as being 5 lbs heavier then the scale I use at the gym. Granted I only weigh in one a month at the gym at night, but decided one night to weigh myself at home right after to see how far apart they are, and it was a 5 lb difference. That doesn't mean I stop using the number on my home scale to judge my weight loss.

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Bring on February!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Well January is over, so I guess it's time to evaluate my goals.

Running - emoticon Check - doing pretty good with the running. I'm managing to get in 3x a week. I'm increasing my distance and hopefully increasing my time. I signed up for a race on 2/11, so that will be a good gauge. My goal is to get under 36 min. by my "running anniversary" in June.

Strength Training - emoticon Nope, not doing so well here. I've tried a couple of DVD's and downloaded a routine, but I pretty much have every excuse in the book for not doing it. The main one is I just don't want to! Pretty lame, I'll have to work on this one.

Loose 6 lbs - emoticon I'm loosing and gaining the same 2 lbs. Don't like the feel of this one because that's been my "MO" in the past. I have my WW & Spark tools, so I think I'll be o.k. Plus I have the added incentive to not gain because my oldest sister is loosing! Petty I know, but whatever works!

On a side note, DD#2 finished up basketball last night and starts softball on Sunday. I think this will be my first year not to coach since I don't really know any of the coaches, so I don't think any will ask me to assist. Most of the coaches I've assisted in the past have either stopped playing or moved on to travel ball. DD#2 doesn't want to play travel ball (thank goodness because we couldn't swing the time or money). Anyway, that will leave more time for running & other activities because while she's at practice, I can run at the park.

Hope everyone has a great start to the month. North GA. like most of the country is experiencing really warm weather. If the rain will just hold off, I'm either going to run tonight or go to the batting cages or both!


Race in February and 1 out of 3!

Monday, January 30, 2012

I decided to sign up for a 5K on 2/11 - The Great Valentine's Race (the shirt looks cute!). My goal is to improve my race time to under 36 min. by June (the anniversary of the end of my C25K and my first race). I've been increasing my runs to 3.4+ and hoping by building up my endurance and running longer, I can run 3.1 faster. I've also been running mostly on the greenway (very flat and the location of the race on 3/3).

Since the race I signed up for on 2/11 is the same course of one I did back in November, I know it's pretty hilly. So on Friday, since I had limited time to run before it got dark, I headed back to the hilly course at the park. I decided to run up the huge hill that I usually run down. It about killed me and I almost couldn't complete the loop (1.5 miles). Finished that up and since it was almost dark, walked around the small loop by the playground and then chit chatted with a friend I saw at the playground.

I knew I was going to be busy running around on Saturday, so I really wanted to do my strength training routine I downloaded from Spark. I had to get DD#1 to the church @ 7:30 a.m. for the retreat she was going on and I promised DD#3 that I would take her to the ballet that her friend was in @ 11:00 a.m. Did not want to do this, but it was actually a pretty good performance. Needless to say, I did not do the ST - big fail! Plus, I still haven't done it! Oh well, finished up Saturday taking DD#2 dress shopping for her basketball banquet next week. I'm not sure anyone can relate, but it's very hard to find dresses for teenagers that are tall. DD#1 is 5'8+ (16) and DD#2 (13) is 5'9"+. Anyway, we found her a cute dress at Ross for only $15.99 (score!), were lucky to find her a cute pair of flats at Payless (size 11) and then it was time to take her to a friends' play! So I ended Saturday night up eating crap since I was too busy to cook ( or plain didn't want to). (DH had to work).

Sunday started off and ended busy, but in between DH and I were able to run. We went to the hilly part again and I looped twice for 3 miles. I had a pretty good time and it was definitely a workout.

Now if I could just get going with the ST and stop eating too much these 5 lbs. would just melt off! Oh well, no sense beating myself up. 1 goal outa 3 ain't bad and it's still only January!

P.S. my sister that was looking for "guidance" about joining WW has lost 8 lbs. in 2 weeks. She's doing great (I feel some jealous competition kicking in!). Her "buddy" however, lost 3 lbs. the first week and gained them back the second. My sister is all over her and I told her you can't control what she does, you can just control what you do. She has to "want it". Pretty wise words from the yougest sister!


Positive January so Far!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Monday I took a day off after my 5+ mile run on Sunday (it was still raining) and squeezed in a run before DD#3's Girl Scout meeting yesterday. We finally had sunshine yesterday and I didn't want to miss my opportunity since it's going to be raining again by Thursday. I live in North Georgia and I know we were in a moderate drought last summer and need the rain, but really 5 straight days of rain/clouds/fog?!

Anyway DH got off at 4:00 yesterday too, so we hit the trail by 4:30 since I had the meeting @ 6:30. I've been noticing the days are getting longer again, so it won't be such a rush to get on the trail before it's dark. It was a beautiful afternoon - 60 degrees and really sunny! I figured after my longer run on Sunday, 3.4 would be a breeze! Well as you know, running is never a "breeze" for me, but I did pretty good. This was my fastest 3.4 since I started to increase my distance. I think I could have even done it faster, but my cousin's husband was riding his bike on the trail and the second time he passed me, he stopped and we chit chatted for a couple of minutes. I was actually proud that I was still able to carry on a conversation because I had been running about 30 mins. at that point. Anyway, DH said he thought that slowed me down, but I think I was keeping up my pace. Oh well, we'll never know!

I feel pretty good about my 2012 goals. I'm increasing my running and improving my time. I've got the eating somewhat back in control and I've managed to squeeze in a little ST. This is what I really want to work on and I've got to find a routine I enjoy and will get up at 5:30 ish a.m. to do a couple of days a week (and Saturday, but not @ 5:30 a.m.).

All in all - a pretty positive January!


I Ran for Over an Hour Without Stopping!

Monday, January 23, 2012

So, I mentioned on Friday that DH wanted to run the entire "leg" of the greenway instead of stopping and turning around to get in about 3+ miles. I was contemplating either running/walking it with him or riding bikes with my girls. I was pretty certain I would come up with all kind of excuses not to run the whole way!!

I didn't get to run at all Friday & Saturday because we've been having some really wet weather here in N. Georgia. We've been getting the March/April weather in January. In fact we had tornadoes Saturday and a lot of the western part of the state has warnings today.

Anyway, Sunday was cool, foggy, windy & drizzly. Perfect for running, right?! We get home from church around 10:30 and by 11:00 DH is dressed and ready to go. The girls' didn't want to go because of the weather, but I decided to go with him and not drive separately - I would give it a try. I figured we'd be the only crazy people at the trail, but it was actually quite crowded. He gave me the car key in case I wanted to turn around early. He said he was going to just run until he couldn't and then walk. We started off and he stayed about 30 seconds ahead of me. This was probably the most miserable weather I've run in so far! We got past the place we usually turn around and the trail was flooded with mud, but we kept going. The greenway is built on land that is mostly wetlands, so a lot of it is boardwalk. We get to a long boardwalk stretch and the water was even with the boardwalk, but as we are running on it, the water starts coming through the cracks. Let me tell you, I was miserable, cold, wet feet, knees aching, etc. I really wanted to turn around, but thought we were pretty close to the "end".

Turns out the entire stretch was about 5.6 miles instead of 6+, so the "end" was about 2.8 miles (I had to figure all this out when I got home because I can't do math & run). Anyway, DH and I were still running (or slow jog!) at that point. I kept telling myself, just keep going for 45 min. that would be your record. I got to 45 min. and DH was still going, so I kept on. I ran without stopping for 1:07 - over an hour! I probably could have kept going, but my knee was hurting and the toes on my left foot. I walked briskly for about 5 min., it was probably about the same pace because my stride was longer and then I knew we were almost done, so I picked back up the running. I ended up "sprinting" at the end and catching up with DH!!! I couldn't believe I ran 5.6 miles in 1 hour and 13 minutes! I was really excited.

We got home and my daughters were all laying on the couch and DH#1 said - "you look rough Mom" and I said, "I just ran 5.6 miles!". They were impressed!!

I was really sore later that day and ended up having to take 2 extra strength tylenol. I almost fell asleep before the 2nd playoff game was over!

I feel fine today, just a little stiff. I won't be running tonight because it's raining again. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice, so I'll head back out after work. I think I'll stick to my 3.4 - 3.5 run. I don't think I'm ready to push it anymore right now - but I did it!!


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