Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I lost a pound this week! I was hoping for a little more since I had a .8 gain last week, but I'll take it!
I was looking at my Weight Watcher trackers from 2 years ago (when I lost over 40 lbs.) and I noticed that in February of 2011 I weighed about the same as I do now. It took me 8 weeks to loose 6 lbs. to get to my goal weight. I continued to loose a couple of pounds after that during the 7 week WW maintenance period (where I had to weigh in every week). I can remember (and from reading blogs) feeling a little frustrated because it was taking so long to loose that last few pounds. I had already bought all my new spring clothes and I was feeling pretty good. I was trying not to concentrate so much on the scale.
It's a little ironic that at the exact time 2 years later, I find myself again having to loose 6 lbs. and having the same frustrations. Once again, I'm going to try not to worry so much about a number on the scale.
I am happy to say though, that I never abandoned my healthy lifestyle, just got a little off track with portions and snacking. I continued to exercise, drink plenty of water, eat fruits & veggies and whole grains. Getting "back on track" was a little easier and I tried not to feel "guilty" that I gained weight.
I just have to keep in mind that this is lifestyle and not a "quick fix". I'll continue to exercise, eat right and track (the one thing that was missing). Ironically (again!), I should reach my goal at about the same time as two years ago (hope this isn't a trend?!).
I'm also keeping up with my exercise goals. I ran 2 days last week and did 3 days of the body sculpting DVD. This is pretty impressive for me since I usually hate any kind of strength training. I did the DVD last night (DD#2 didn't feel like running and it was really cold & damp). I really like this workout and find it challenging and Coach Nicole and the other 2 chicks don't get on my nerves (like previous workout videos).
I have a lot of running around to do tonight. DD#1 has to work, DD#2 has weight training after school and basketball and DD#3 has youth group. DH is "off" today, but is doing a side job so I'm not sure what time he'll be home. Hopefully I can squeeze in a run. I would like to try to run outside because it'll be in the high 50's today and then cold for the rest of the week (including the weekend).
Ironically (again!) 2 years ago I was facing the same time challenges as I do now!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
and I came in 263rd out of 452 people at the 5K on Sunday. 12th out of 26 in my age group. Not stellar, but that's ok. DD#2 came in 94th out of 452 people and 2nd in her age group! A guy in her grade came in 3rd overall!
I really enjoyed the race and even checked out a few that are coming up, one on 3/16 and one on 5/4. I've did the first race last year and like this route. I didn't do the race on 5/4 last year, but I've done this route before and it's a hard one, but I enjoyed it.
I'm going to wait until after next week to sign up for the 3/16 race. DD#2 will get her basketball schedule and I want to make sure I won't miss her game. She probably won't be able to run with me unless she has a late afternoon game. She's playing in an "instructional" league and I'm not quite sure how the games work out. They apparently put them in either an A or B group. The A group plays the 2nd & 4th quarters and the B group plays the 1st & 3rd quarters. You have an opportunity each week to "move up" and also if you're slacking off, to "move down". Anyway, the games won't be as strenuous as her high school games were since she pretty much played the entire game. So we'll see after next week.
DH wants to do another race, but he usually works Saturdays. He's going to be working "overnights" for a few weeks starting next week, so that will be a big strain on him and the rest of us!
I would like DD#1 & 3 to also start running. DD#1 is still in therapy for her knee, so I'm not sure if she could start running yet, but she really needs to get active again. She's not overweight, but she is very sedentary - school & work and then just hanging out with friends and boyfriend!
DD#3 seemed interested in doing a 5K. One of her friends ran the one on Sunday and she did real good. DD#3 could probably walk & run it, but she gets kind of "goofy" and is not at all competitive and it would annoy her mom & sister!
Anyway, I hope to keep it up! I didn't do anything yesterday. I was really tired after the weekend. I made a healthy dinner and had to take DD#1 to work & DD#2 to basketball. In between picking them up, I lounged on the couch.
It rained really hard last night so it will be cold & damp this afternoon. I'll run at the gym if DD#2 feels like it or I'll just do my exercise DVD. It's supposed to be cold the rest of the week. We got a taste of Spring on Sunday and I'm ready for it!
I peeked at the scale this morning and it looks like I lost a little over a pound. I gained .8 last week, so hopefully I'll have a pretty good loss tomorrow.
I'm still on target for my end of April goal of loosing 12 lbs. and being back under 2 lbs. of my WW goal and I'm about 4 lbs. away from my "back to maintenance" goal!
Monday, February 25, 2013
I've been trying to get back to "5K form" since Spring of last year. I started a program last Spring to increase my 5K speed. It was a really hard program and by the time the heat of Summer came along, I was king of "over it". I continued to run with DD#2 on the indoor track and did a lot of water sports, hiking, walking & bike riding throughout the Summer, but I never got back to running 5K.
I started back the first of the year trying to work up my distance. It's been a slow progress and I was actually working on more "timed" runs than distance. I still needed to take that walking break. Last Tuesday I finally tracked my distance and still had to do a little walking, but was able to complete 3.1 miles in 38:03. I was pretty pleased with that since I had a race coming up on Saturday!
I ran on Tuesday of last week and then did a DVD workout on Thursday. I got an e-mail Friday afternoon that the 5K was postponed until Sunday @ 2 pm because the county was closing the greenway due to flooding (it rained hard all day Friday).
DD#2 and I were really tired on Friday. She ended up napping for 4 hours on the couch. We decided to run Saturday afternoon. It was still kind of cold and very damp, so I was glad we didn't have to run Saturday morning. DD#2 wanted to get a "feel" for outdoor running since she runs mostly in the gym, so we ran on the outdoor track. I didn't want to do an entire 5K, so we ran about 20 mins. It was hard and I was feeling the dampness in my "old bones and joints". After we ran, she shot some baskets on the outdoor court (she starts a Spring league today).
Yesterday was a beautiful day. I slept in until about 9 am and then did some leisure housework before picking up DD#3 from a sleepover. I had eaten a late breakfast, so I didn't want to eat lunch before the race, so I had a light snack around noon.
DD#2 and I left for the 2:00 race at 1:30. She thought we were leaving too early since we're only about 2 mins. from the park. We got to the park entrance and the traffic was backed up! It took 20 mins. to get into the park and find a parking space. I guess the race people couldn't really do anything about the traffic because it's a very popular park and there's a big difference between 8 am on Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday!
We needed safety pins for our bibs (I had already picked up the race packets), so by the time we got the pins, warmed up (we already had our warm up walk walking from the car) and moved to the start line, it was a little after 2 pm. I guess they were accommodating all the people that were late because of traffic, because the race didn't start until 2:30.
Despite the late starting time, it was a really great race. It was the CASA Superhero 5K and a lot of people were dressed up in costumes (which were more appropriate for a cool Saturday morning than a warm Sunday afternoon!). There were a lot of kids, dogs, strollers, etc. It was DD#2's first 5K race and she's pretty "serious" about competition. She was getting kind of annoyed at that point, so she was ready to go when the race started. I didn't see her again until she had already "turned around" and was on her way back. The first part of the race was an obstacle course, but it opened up after that.
I really enjoyed the course. It started out looping around the parking lot, so there was a slight hill and then we went downhill to the greenway, which is very flat. This is where I do most of my running, so I was very comfortable with my pace, etc. It was really crowded since there were the racers and other people enjoying the day (lots of bikes!).
I ran for 20 mins. straight and was starting to feel it. My first mile was 11:28 which is very good for me. I had to walk about 2 mins. after running for 20 and then started running again. I knew where the finish line was so I walked a little and "saved myself" for a sprint at the end. I "crossed" the finish line at 38:58, but my watch showed 38:43. Either way, I finished under my goal of 40 mins. I was really happy with the time. DD#2 was waiting for me at the finish line. She couldn't remember her exact time, but she thinks it was 29:03. It was probably less than that, but that was the "official time". I thought it was a great time for her first 5K, but she was a little disappointed since she usually runs under a 7 min. mile. I reminded her that she usually only runs 2 miles and on an indoor track. It's really different with the race "atmosphere" and all the people. I think she enjoyed it though and we're looking at signing up for another race.
Since the race got started late, we had to rush home to get ready for church. I dropped her off at home and ran to Subway since we were starving and she was staying after church for youth group.
I was really stiff and sore at church. Good thing I'm Catholic, so there was a lot of moving around!
All in all, it was a great race! (DD#2 way ahead of me!).
Friday, February 22, 2013
DD#2 had a lot of homework and I had to take DD#3 to Girls Scouts and DD#1 to work to pick something up she left there Wednesday night that she needed for homework. By the time I got home, DH was home, but he was too tired to run. We had a long weekend and I think we're still trying to catch up on our rest!
I did the body sculpting DVD instead, so that was about 30 mins. of exercise. It's still a pretty good workout (I might use heavier weights) and I'm still uncoordinated! DH was folding some laundry in our room and was getting a kick out of watching me!
DD#2 and I are going to do a short run today in preparation for the 5K tomorrow morning. It's been raining all day, but there might be a break in the afternoon. If it's not raining, we'll go ahead and run about a mile on the greenway to get familiar with running in cold/wet.
I'm going to pick up our race packets after work today, so we won't have to deal with that in the morning. I'm still hoping it won't be raining. It's supposed to rain more late tonight and early morning, but hopefully by 8 am, it will be done. It will be cold & wet!
Oh well, I'll just do the best I can despite the elements!
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