Thursday, August 02, 2012
I'm going to a wedding with my boyfriend in 2 weeks and we're going back to his hometown where I'll meet all his friends for the first time. I'm super excited and the wedding has served as extra motivation for my weight loss. Yesterday I tried on the dress I'm planning on wearing and was pleasantly surprised!
At Christmas, this dress was one I had pulled out of my closet as a possibility for all the seasonal parties. I quickly put it back in the closet when I found it too tight, well, pretty much everywhere. So imagine my delight when I pulled it out of the closet last night and found that I actually had room around the tummy and hips!
I've lost 12 pounds since Christmas, 6 lbs that I lost in Jan and Feb, then 6 lbs that I've lost since joining SparkPeople 6 weeks ago. Sometimes, with weightloss spread out over such a long time like that, it's hard to remember that 12 lbs is a lot! Actually, it's 5.75% of my body weight!!! It can make a big difference. Sometimes those "fancy" clothes that we only pull out of our closets on special occasions can be a great reminder of how far we've come!
I'd like to continue at my 1 lb/week pace so hopefully I'll lose 2 more pounds by the wedding. It's going to feel great finally getting to meet all the people that are so important to my boyfriend. But the best part is going to meet them knowing that I am presenting my best, most confident self.
(Final note: I'm writing this wearing a pair of jeans that were too tight to wear at Christmas time but fit comfortably now!!)
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I'm so proud of myself!! My running buddy and I completed our 5K in 27:50!! I smashed my goal of under 30. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I even met my weight loss goal of losing 5 lbs before the race. In fact, I lost 5.5 lbs!!!
The race definitely pointed out some of my weaknesses, the main one being pacing. We had calculated ahead of time that we wanted to hit the 1 mile mark by 9:30 and the 2 mile mark by 19:00.
As often happens on race day, we flew out of the gate at a bit of a sprint and had to do a bit of weaving around people but by the end of the first mile we'd settled into a nice pace. I looked down at my watch; 09:14. Awesome! Right on track! "Keep this pace!" I yelled to my running buddy.
I was feeling pretty good but started to feel a little tired through mile 2. Looked at my watch and saw 18:30, but couldn't see the 2 mile marker. 19:00, still couldn't see it. I sped up and started sprinting around the turn. Did we miss it?? Finally at 20:20 we finally passed the 2 mile marker......a full 1:20 off our goal pace!
Do or die time. We both cranked up the speed as fast as we could go. I was breathing heavy and just concentrating on making it the next few meters, then the next, then the next. Finally I saw the gates and the sign for the finish line, looked at my watch......27:00!! How did that happen?!
I tried to sprint to the finish but was already giving it my all. Looked down at my watching 28:05....woohoo! The best surprise? When the official times came out I actually did 15 seconds better than I thought with a time of 27:50!!! I came in 181 overall (out of over 1000) and 63 out of 688 women :)
We've decided we're going to work our way up to 10K then our eventual goal of running the famous Bay to Breakers race (12K) here in San Francisco. The plan is to find another 5K race sometime this fall/winter before Christmas, do a 10K in March then our 12K B2B race in May.
Wish me luck!!!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The date is fast approaching; my 5K race is on Sunday morning!
This is only my second race ever (the first being this same race that I ran last year). I'm really excited for it because I remember it being a really fun experience last year, but I've got some serious nerves happening here too. I guess this is because I put some pressure on myself by setting two goals for the race;
1. Lose 5 lbs by race day
2. Complete the race in under 30:00
Looks like I'm going to be close to the first goal. Tomorrow is my official* weigh-in day (*totally arbitrary day of the week that I chose would be my weigh-in day) and this morning I was down a total of 4.5 lbs, so hopefully that holds. It'd be nice to lose the full 5 lbs but heck, 4.5? I'm not going to complain!
The second goal makes me a little more nervous. Last year I had the same goal and came really close to achieving it with a race time of 30:05. I have successfully put in 5K practice runs in the past couple weeks in which I got times around 29:00 but these included a minute of walking. I was hoping that the under 30 min goal would be achieved with running the whole thing too.
Thinking back to last year, I ran a lot faster than I thought I could/would at the race with a lot less pain than I thought I would. I guess my last practice run that I did on Monday this week made me more nervous because, I while I completed 5K in 29:20, it nearly killed me! It was a sweltering hot day and I felt like I was wheezing for the last 0.5 mile! I'm just hoping everything comes together on Sunday so that I can give it all, achieve my goal and still have fun.
I think today will be my last run before the race because I would normal run Mon, Thurs and either Sat or Sun. My running buddy is going to come into town Sat afternoon and we're going to pick up our race packets, grab some dinner and go for a nice long walk to keep our muscles moving but not tire them out. Hopefully picking up our race packets the day before the race will help us on race day.
Last year we ended up starting in the back of the pack and had to do a lot of weaving around those walking the race and I think that really slowed me down. This year we can start a bit closer to the front and hopefully find others with our pace. Last year I had a friend who is a serious runner doing the race with me for support and she acted as my pace car. This year it will be just us newbies running so we're both really nervous about trying to pick the right pace!
Anyway, over the last week I've learned how important sleep is so in the days leading up to the race I'll make sure I get a couple good nights of sleep and fingers crossed that all goes well on Sunday!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I'm happy to report that I had a much better second week than first and lost my target weight for the week of 1 lb! If I keep with it, I'm on track to be under the 200 lb mark by the end of next week!!! I'm incredibly proud of myself for (mostly) sticking to it even though the first week didn't yield the results I was hoping for.
[pauses typing momentarily to pat self of back]
In addition to the numbers on the scale I'm also noticing something that seemed like it would NEVER happen. I'm actually noticing a marked increase my fitness!
I've been on and off "workout plans" and "diet plans" for the past few years and although people are always saying it, I think it's finally sinking in. The secret to sticking to a workout plan is 1) finding something you enjoy, and 2) having measurable goals to work towards. I can only think of a few occasions that I've stuck with an exercise regimen for more than a few weeks and that was when I was doing aquafit and yoga classes that I liked, or when I had a gym buddy, or when I was learning to run and working toward a 5K.
A few months ago a Krav Maga studio opened in my boyfriend's apartment building and my curiosity was tweaked - I had never even heard of it before! Krav Maga is a martial art and self defense system originally developed by the Israeli military (and has since been distilled into a curriculum for civilian self defense). It focuses on real world threats (attacks from behind, attacks with weapons, cheap shots, multiple attackers, etc) and emphasizes making sure that each action combines defensive and offensive movements. The idea is to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible (think head, neck and groin shots) and then get the heck outta there!
Sounds badass, right?
After my first couple classes, about 6 weeks ago, I could barely walk for two or three days after a class. Last night's class was a particularly difficult one and I'm happy to report that I feel great! My body is already recovering so much more quickly!
One of the attitudes that I've learned in Krav is something that I think we can all apply to our fitness/weightloss goals. My instructor is always telling us that if we mess something up, don't worry about it just keep going. After all, in a real fight your opponent isn't going to wait for you to retry a failed strike! In fact, in my last class I messed up a sequence and made an audible "oh crap" noise, stopped and restarted the sequence. My instructor stopped the class and says;
"Do you know what sentence we say in Krav when we make a mistake?"
I love it!
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I do this every time I start a new diet. I convince myself that saying the words out loud "I'm going to start watching what I eat" is enough to magically make the weight dissolve off me.
Well, surprise. It isn't quite working like that. Turns out, this might just take a little hard work.
When I stepped on the scale after the first week I was down 0.5 lbs. I was disappointed because I'm trying to lose 1 lb per week (while secretly hoping that 2 lbs/wk will disappear). The first thing I did was try to talk myself off the ledge so that I didn't just quit this whole thing just because I didn't see the results I was hoping for.
"It's ok, at least it's moving in the right direction!!!"
But to be honest, it's really hard not to be discouraged. The next thought I had was remembering all the things I'd "given up" that week. The red velvet Sprinkles cupcake with cream cheese icing that I left untouched, the after work beers that I didn't drink. I thought about how well I'd been eating all week. Then I started doing the math;
"Well, I want to lose about 30 lbs total, at 0.5 lbs/wk that's 60 weeks. Wait a minute, 60 weeks??? SIXTY weeks?!!! That's more than a year!!!"
After this I had a so-so weekend with a good and active Saturday helping my new room mate move in, and a not-so good Sunday hosting a Canada Day BBQ with lots of Canadian beer. But yesterday I felt like I got back on track. I tracked everything I ate, ate within my calorie range and went for a run with my new running buddy at work. I'm moving with that momentum today and going to my Krav Maga class after work (best workout EVER by the way).
But now that my emotions have calmed down I've taken the time to look back at the past week and see what went right and what went wrong. Here's what I've come up with.
Things that went 'wrong';
1. When I looked back on my food tracking I noticed that I actually ate over my calorie range 4 out of 7 days. And on the days that I ate within my range, I was definitely on the high end.
2. I was within my range for protein, carbs and fat everyday, but when I looked at the food I ate it was a lot of convenience prepackaged 'healthy' food instead of more fresh fruits and veggies
3. I counted my walks to/from the train station as some of my activity minutes. Maybe I shouldn't count these since I do it everyday anyway?
Things that went 'right';
1. I tracked everything and drank 8 cups of water a day
2. I went for 2 runs and 1 Krav class, as per my weekly goal.
3. I planned ahead and made lunches for the week so I didn't have to buy things at the cafeteria at work.
I think another part of my problem was that I've been trying to get some weight loss kick-started for a few months now. Which means I've been exercising a bit (though somewhat sporadically) and trying to watch what I eat. I'm not going to get the dramatic results that I see on tv with people who go from being housebound and eating 5,000 calories/day to doing a crazy workout routine 4 hours/day and eating 1,200 calories.
But there's gotta be some things I can do to get myself moving in the right direction and at the right pace. This week is half over already but I am going to start looking at not only how many calories I'm eating but what is making up the calories as well. I'm going to look up some new ideas to get my veggie intake up. I think I also need to add a bit of strength training to my week (if only to help me keep up in Krav!)
So here we are. One week down, some disappointing results, but the resolve to continue. And hey, if it does take me 60 weeks well, that's better than never making it to my health weight at all!
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