Monday, January 17, 2011
Weight 1/17/11: 175.8lbs (TOM came to visit today)
Waist: 33.5 in / 33.25 in / +0.25 in
Chest: 34.25 in / 34 in / +0.25 in
Hips: 43 in / 43.25 in / -0.25 in
Bicep: 11.5 / 11.5 in / 0 in
Forearm: 10 in / 10 in / 0 in
Thigh: 25 in / 25.25 in / -0.25 in
Calf: 16.5 in / 16.5 in / 0 in
Body Fat Percentage: 41.4% / 41.4% / 0% change via Omron Full Body Analysis Scale
Overall, I'm pretty happy. TOM came to visit this morning and has given me quite the wallop.......Started my run for my 5K training and could only get through a little more than half of it......and then I literally felt like I was going to fall over. NOT exactly the safest thing to do on a treadmill........
Anyways, about that 5K training......it has been an absolute rush! I know, 3 miles doesn't exactly constitute a huge distance, but I'm training in a different way than ever before. I always trained for mileage before. But this plan calls for intervals of time. And the recovery interval is only 1 minute. The first week was 5mins running/1 min walking, 5/1, and 6/1 - all 5 times. The second week was 7/1, 7/1, and 8/1 - all 4 times. This week is 9/1, 10/1, and 11/1 - all 3 times. After 19 minutes, I had to quit this morning - the first time. I was a little disappointed. Decided to eat breakfast and try again before I go to work this afternoon.
Anyways, the 1 minute recovery time has really tested me. I finally catch my breath at about 54 seconds, and then it's time to do it all over again. It's trying and difficult, but I've done it. I've done it every time. Every single time. That's exhilarating. Hence, the rush. I will let you know if I get through today's scheduled run. Either I will or the cramps will win. Hopefully, my cramps will succumb.....
Monday, January 10, 2011
...Or maybe just me. ;)
Weight 1/10/11: 174.6lbs
Waist: 33.25 in
Chest: 34 in
Hips: 43.25 in
Bicep: 11.5 in
Forearm: 10 in
Thigh: 25.25 in
Calf: 16.5 in
Body Fat Percentage: 41.4 via Omron Full Body Analysis Scale
Saturday, January 08, 2011
This year is shaping up to be full of built-in motivation
First of all, the hubby has just reconnected with an old college buddy of his within the last week. This particular buddy has invited us out to his house for the weekend in February. I already know I'm going to be extremely self-conscious while we're there. Why? Because he is rich. Coming from my background growing up (which was very poor), I am always self-conscious around people of means. And then, by extension, I wonder if the hubby feels bad about not attaining the same status or income. *As a side note, we are not rich or poor. We are in a very good place, and I know this!* All that to say, I don't want to feel more out of place than I have to. It's a good reason to work hard.
Secondly, I have my 5K race in March. Obviously, I want to be ready. And just so I feel confident, I want to be extra-ready. I will accept no excuses from myself, especially since there are several of you to whom I'd have to answer. I do NOT want to let you down. You're the best cheerleaders ever! The least I can do is show up and be the best I can be, right?
Then there's May. Remember that friend of the hubby's? The same one we are visiting in February? Well, he's getting married on Memorial Day weekend, and the dress is "black tie." Which means formal gown for me. Which means my body is going to be "highlighted." I LOVE to dress up. I love gowns....just look in my closet. ;) I want to be able to ROCK a gown for this event.
Finally - so far, at least - there is a week-long training event held for engineers every year. The hubby has had the opportunity to attend several in the last several years. I have had the opportunity to go with him. :) So while he is learning, I get a little vacation. This year it's back in Orlando at an amazing resort. While there is no guarantee that the hubby will be going, IF he does, I want to be able to rock a bikini like I did the LAST time it was in Orlando (my bikini pic on my front page).
I wrote this list so that I can come back to it when my motivation is flagging. I want to be able to say to myself: "Jenn, THIS is why you need to keep working. THIS is why you need to track your calories. THIS is why you need to run/weight-train/etc." What are your motivators?
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Confession time: I have never run a 5K RACE.....I've gone the distance, but never a race. I always chicken out. I'm afraid of not making it, of coming in last, of people laughing at me, etc. Last year a friend was going to run one with me at Halloween, and then she said she couldn't do it.....which left me alone, and again, I was too scared. Who'd have thought? Me, a coward? Ugh! Anyways, all that to say, I have signed up for a 5K in March - Just a Short Run. I have paid my money. My friend is slated to run with me again. However, even if she doesn't, there are several sparkers who are going and will hopefully make a good support system - at the very least in my head.
Why the confession? Because my plan for the new year revolves around achievements, not weight lost. I assume (maybe inaccurately) that the weight will follow suit if the achievements are met. We'll see (hence the subject to change). My goals are:
1) To FINALLY complete a 5K race. Just a Short Run is March 26, and I have already begun training. I am following an 8 week program so that I will have extra time at the end to maybe run the actual course. Also, it gives me a little bit of leeway for scheduling and such.
2) To complete 20 push-ups in a row by the time JASR rolls around. And yes, I mean real ones. I can currently do 4-6 in a row.
3) To complete 100 crunches/sit-ups in a row. This I am giving myself just till the end of the month to do as I can currently do ~46.
Also, I am re-"vamping" (pun intended) my reward system. There are some things on that list that I just don't care about and other things I'd like to add. So within the next couple days, my front page will be updated. I am going to keep the rewards tailored to weight lost just so that it is easier to gauge.
And that's it. That's my plan so far.....
Saturday, January 01, 2011
OK, first off let me apologize if you have been overloaded with analyses of the prior year or resolutions or plans for the coming year. It's just so EASY to take stock at this time of year. It's even built in to the festivities. Everyone wants to know what your resolutions are or if you had a good year. Alas, I am joining the fray.
REFLECTIONS ON 2010
Overall, 2010 was a great year. It had to be. It didn't have a lot to live up to as 2009 was kind of crummy. Brian and I had a rough start at the very beginning but after ~March, we have gotten closer and closer and have logged 2010 as the best year we've had as a couple! Not too shabby. :)
We also decided to try for children this past year. While that dream has not been realized at this time, it marks a huge change in my personal thinking as well as a shift in focus from us personally and selfishly to an entity that is going to take everything we have to care for it.
I started a new job back in January. I have better hours, better pay, and amazing coworkers. There's not a whole lot more to say there.
Another HUGE change is that I started therapy. Up through March of 2010 I was taking an antidepressant. Back in January I started therapy with a psychologist. While my depression isn't "cured," it is better managed. I am happier and emotionally healthier than I have ever been.
2010 was a good year in every way but my weight. With my job change, I am no longer running my butt off (literally). In the first 6-8 months of 2010, I gained 20-30 lbs. That's insane. Absolutely nuts. I DID start in the right direction several weeks ago.......which brings me to 2011.....
PLANS FOR 2011
1) I will CONTINUE with therapy. It's the best thing to happen to me. I have decreased the frequency, but I'm definitely NOT ready to be "finished" yet.
2) I will CONTINUE losing weight. I will get down where I want to be. Time to resume the weekly blog check-ins. They got derailed when I got sick, and then, I'm not sure......but look for one Monday!
That's it. Nice and short and sweet. No huge plans for big changes. Just keep on keeping on. I'm in a very good place right now, and I want to stay here.
Oh, and I figured out that if I lose 1-1.5 lbs per week, I could be at.....wait for it......GOAL (again!) by 6/15/11!! Just in time for bikini season. Now if I could just convince Brian we need a vacation......
Who knows? Maybe by staying on track there may be a little one in our future after all?
May God bless you all abundantly in the new year.
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