Sunday, July 12, 2009
Each time I do this run, it seems SO hard at the beginning... then as I'm on the way back out, and it's easier, I am reminded that it's deceptively flat; it's actually a gradual uphill the whole way in! I shaved another minute off my run today, did it in 39 minutes. I actually went further than that, but I just timed the section that is my "normal" run.
When I got beyond the "signs" (the info signs that are the turnaround point on my usual run), it turns into a lot of single-track, and even though it's a well-used trail, at mid-summer there are graceful fern leaves stretching across the trail. It's a bit like running through the jungle, thought not as hot. Before we moved to this part of Colorado I never knew how lush and green (and ferny!) the Colorado mountains could be.
It was exciting to me to find that, even though I still only ran probably a third or a little more of the distance, once I get going, I'm not huffing and puffing quite so much; I actually have some stamina and can kind of get into a zone and keep going for awhile. I actually went farther on that trail than ever before. Everyone measures distance on Spring Creek Trail by the bridges; I'm not sure how many there are total, but I'd only gone as far as the 4th bridge before, and today I made it to the 6th bridge! My normal run is just beyond the 2nd bridge, which is 3 miles or a little more; I think today I probably did 5+ miles. I need to ask at the local shop if there's a map that actually shows distance on the in-town trails; I'm estimating based on time.
The 4th bridge:
The 6th bridge (I discovered the 5th and 6th bridges have no rails):
One last thought that I had while running. I have mentioned to a few people that I'm taking up running. I've gotten some encouragement, and a few wide-eyed looks, like "what is a woman pushing 40 doing taking up running?" usually accompanied by the admonition "be careful of your knees!"
I know that I do need to be careful... knees, ankles (especially trail-running with rocks and uneven surfaces), etc. But then I thought, is an occasional trail run really harder on my knees than carrying the extra 20-40 pounds around that I carried for the last 10-12 years or so? I doubt it. I'm still much better off now.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It's a day for celebration! No, I am not quite at my goal. But my 1-pound loss marks 25 pounds lost since I joined SparkPeople! So being the numbers person that I (sometimes) am, I thought I would look to see what else that means!
Pounds lost: 25
Days since I joined Spark: 456
# of days it took me to lose each pound, on average: 18 (yikes!)
# of pounds that I have had to lose THREE times after vacation weight gain: 5 (so that means I've actually lost 35 pounds... but gained 10 in-between!)
Spark Points: 19,190!
Total inches lost between hips and waist: 10
Total sizes dropped in my jeans: 3
Total number of calories burned according to the Fitness Tracker: 89,386!
Number of days that I logged some form of exercise since joining Spark: 368
That means I worked out, on average, 5.6 days a week! (including holiday, vacation and sickness breaks... but many weeks I did 7 days/week!)
Number of days a week I worked out before SparkPeople: less than 1
Number of pounds to go until my goal: 2
Woo-Hoo! Hooray for me! I am so excited. Some days, I still wonder if, when I hit my goal, if I really, truly, know what a lifestyle change means. Some days, when I feel down, I still feel like diving head-first into the ice cream container (but at least it's low-fat ice cream these days). But when I see, in measurable terms, what I have accomplished in the last 15 months (456 days, to be exact), I know that I can do anything. I really, truly can. Thanks, SparkPeople. This is the best life lesson I have ever figured out. I know it's not over. But I think I'll get an "A+" on the final.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Yeah, that's me. I feel grumpy. And because I feel grumpy, I'm sick of Spark People. I'm sick of worrying about my food. I'm sick of going to track my dinner calories before I decide whether or not I can have something small for dessert. I feel a bit sad, and I just want to eat. I don't want to change my lifestyle. I don't want to be healthy. Tonight, I just want to be bad, have cake, or an ice cream sundae, or some of the (still) leftover Halloween candy, and not care.
But I won't. Because I do care. The guilt kicks in before I even go there... I guess that's that thing that Coach Dean calls my "healthy lifestyle conscience". I guess this really is a lifestyle change... and some days, that's whether I like it or not.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
I think all moms of little ones have a mixed bag of challenges when it comes to weight loss. One the one hand, it is sometimes possible to share a meal with a preschooler, therefore eating less yourself (and they are still quite happy, and full). On the other side is the tendency to finish what they do not.
My DD wanted a hot dog for lunch. I rarely eat a basic old hot dog (if I have one, I prefer it smothered in chili and mustard...). I was busy taking down Halloween decorations, chatting with her while she ate. When she was done, about a third of the hot dog remained. I picked it up, intending to put it into my mouth... did a quick scan and realized "I am not hungry."
I fed it to the dog, instead. He was happy to get the "treat."
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