Friday, June 11, 2010
I sound crazy to myself! But, when I got the email from the people who are putting this "Mini-Marathon" together in Fargo, ND, I jumped at this opportunity and registered before I could talk myself out of it.
You see, I turn 30 on November 14. This half-marathon is on October 9. It was like a sign that I just had to do it!!! A 5K and 10K are being offered that day, too, but with some minor adjustments in the training I am already doing, I feel I can definitely do a half-marathon. I would love to run it, but I have a feeling I will have to walk parts of it. My goal is to run it in 2:30:00 or less, but I would be thrilled just to finish!!!
I ran 3.1 miles this morning after 30 minutes of spinning and doing a 45-minute round of Pump-It (high-repetition barbell and dumbell strength training class), and I feel SO GOOD right now!!!
My weight goal for this will be 150 or less since to run this I know I need to be in as best shape as I can be! I know I can reach this goal if I set my mind to it as I have been doing so far. That is only 36 pounds away! Sounds like a lot, but to someone who has lost 120 pounds, 36 feels like a drop in the bucket!
It feels like I have to sweat out every ounce of fat I lose and that I have to be on top of my nutrition and fitness in order to reach my goals w/o hitting plateaus, but that is to be expected since I am now down to a weight I haven't been in 10 years. Feels good to say that, too!
As you can tell, I am on a runner's high right now! Eek, I just called myself a runner...hehe. Oh, yeah...and it is FRIDAY, too! Yay!!
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Challenge for this week is to post my thoughts on Strength Training. Here goes:
I have always known that incorporating ST into my workouts would ultimately lead my body to become more toned as a result, so I am doing it! I remember a few years ago I had the idea that I would "lose all the weight/fat and THEN work on the muscle!!!" Of course, I never got started really on the losing weight/fat part, so not a problem!
I work on various muscles throughout the week based on what cardio I am doing. If I am running+spinning, then I focus on upper body and core (abs usually). If I am doing spinning+elliptical, I work more on lower body.
I end up working on the abs about 3-4 times a week. I know that without losing the fat, I won't be able to show the tone.
I definitely feel a lot stronger now than I did before starting this journey, and I thank the strength training for a good part of it. Sure, my cardiovascular fitness is hugely improved, but I notice that my baby, though getting heavier, doesn't seem like it to me! Gotta love that feeling...
P.S. I updated the blog before this with my second 5K of the day (Love Running!!!).
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Quick blog today...maybe I will take some time tonight to write more depending on how busy I am! I am just cooling off and readying myself for the second 5K that I am doing today.
Today is Weight Watcher's Walk-It Challenge day. They are offering two different 5K's today and I am challenging myself to do both. However, I decided to only run one and walk the other (with my dog) since I didn't want to overdo it.
I finished the first one at 36 minutes and 15 seconds (woohoo). I didn't even run the whole time, but I did a few faster sprinting runs in the second half of the run, which helped me out. I finished first!!! But, it really wasn't a race, and it was more to get my training in for running a 5K.
The second one is in an hour, and I am bringing my dog. It may rain, which I'm sure she'll love (to cool her down). I just hope to finish in about 40/45 minutes!
I brought my dog, Jenny, to the second 5K, which looked to be fun! The minute the run/walk started, though, it started to rain. There were other dogs with, and my dog was super distracted and barking at them, so I decided to jog with her a bit to get ahead enough.
Then, it started to POUR!!!! Serious downpour of rain. My outfit was entirely soaked, my shoes were squishy (my good shoes!!!!), and I couldn't see much ahead of me because my eyes were full of rain and sweat mixed together. So, I decided to just keep on running until the rain stopped. Unfortunately, it did NOT stop, so I ended up running the whole darned thing (except for a 5-minute stop when I had to wait for the next person behind me to catch up because I lost the stupid map that showed me where to go after a certain point). My dog did a great job, and we ended up at 43 minutes, which is not bad considering a) it was raining cats and dogs, b) I was jogging with my dog, who had to pee and poop (don't worry, I had a baggie :), c) I got lost, and d) the last mile was more of a very slow jog...wet clothes really hang heavy on you!
So, very proud of myself, but I definitely felt it the next morning!!!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Well, I saw some bloggers doing this, and thought it was a GREAT idea!
~ Track what I eat every day and strive to stay within my points for Weight Watchers every day, or use activity points if needed.
~ Focus on less fat, less meat, more veggies, fruits, and whole grains!
~ Continue drinking at least 8 glasses of water, more on days I run.
~ Try a new recipe every week to shake it up!
~ Continue what I am doing now with spinning Monday through Friday and elliptical Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
~ Add in the C25K training program Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday (though I have run a 5K, I haven't formally trained. This training will take me until August 2 before I start training for a 10K).
~ Strength training Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1/2 hour each time (circuit on Monday and Wednesday with Nautilus, and a Pump-It high-repetition barbell and dumbbell class on Friday).
~ Lose 10 pounds (seems high, but this is always my goal every month).
~ Run/walk 15 miles a week
~ Put away $1000.00 in savings for the summer months that my husband doesn't get paid (high school teacher).
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
You hear about how if you work hard, you will see that hard work pay off. This journey has been so different from all of my previous weight-loss efforts. I always tried the "don't eat so much" diet and seemed to go to an extreme, followed by jumping heartily off the wagon into my sea of horrible, horrible food!!
I have ALWAYS loved activity, and doing as much of it as I can. For the year before I became pregnant, I was working out about a half hour to an hour a day. My husband just could NOT understand why I was not losing any weight at all, and either could I! But then, I looked over my purchases with my credit card over that year, and that gave me a pretty promising answer. Subway, Burger King, McDonald's, DQ, etc. etc. No wonder! There were some days I was eating multiple meals a day of fast food...and not in good portion, either.
So, to the present. I am actually fully immersed now in being as healthy as I can be. I still have my "luxuries" of food, usually after weighing in at WW, and I will still stay within my points (or calorie range), but have Subway or, like last night, Jimmy John's. ***YUMMMM***
I lost 5.4 pounds this week on WW, and 6.2 pounds on SP!!!! (the days of weighing in and times are different, so that's why I posted both). I am so excited. I have tons of fitness goals, but my main weight goal for a short-term goal is to get down to 175 on or before my daughter's 1st birthday (July 11). I have about 6 weeks, and 12.4 pounds to go! I know I can do it. I am ramping up my workouts by a total of 2 hours a week (part of a challenge I'm in plus a personal challenge for myself since I have the time available in the morning).
Woohoo!!! I'm on Cloud 9 today! Man, do I love fruit. I have had a banana and strawberries so far today! I will have to hit the veggies on my break soon....
Take care all, and know you can do it!!! ~Erin
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