Tuesday, June 22, 2010
First of all, I need to blog a lot more! It really gets me charged up and motivated, thinking, and evaluating what I need to work on.
So, I have been doing a modified C25K to 10K, to the half marathon training based on when the HM is (October 9, 2010, in Fargo). That day will be starting on July 1st! Eek! I am running every other day during my modified training (to have that rest day) but there were a couple of days I had to do 2 days in a row. The first was doing the training on Thursday and Friday, since I had to work on Saturday and I am doing the first part of the training on the treadmill at the gym, and the gym is only open 7:30-3:30, with me working 8-5 and watching the baby on my lunch hour.
The other day is going to be today. Yesterday, I did a brisk 5-minute walk (4.0 mph) followed by running at an average speed of 5.3 mph (woohoo!). That was my first time running the entire time without stopping to walk ONCE! There was one time where I thought it would be nice to walk, but when evaluating how I felt physically, I realized it was only a mental thing since my breathing was good, my gait felt smooth, no pain at all anywhere, and I actually felt strong (this was minute 18). That was really empowering to me to be able to push through that mental barrier I was having and to realize it could be done! I felt so AWESOME afterwards!!
Today is the day I join the Grand Forks Red River Runners Club. They meet every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the local YMCA and have 2 separate groups, the regular runners, who will be running 5.2 miles today, and the beginners (me) who will be running/walking for 3 miles. I really want to join up and be running with likeminded people. Also, this group helps you train for the marathon starting in January, so that is FABULOUS! Also, reading back in their blog, they do have other people come in to talk with them over the course of the training (including other accomplished runners and people who talk about what shoes to wear, etc.). The guy who mentioned this to me is someone I spin with most mornings and I thank him for pointing me in the right direction!!
Now, as for my reevaluating my priorities...Recently it was brought to my attention that I may have been overdoing it fitness-wise, and I agree to a point. The main priority for me is to lose weight and become fit/healthy, but also to race in the future. I also do NOT want to ever injure myself. So, I took out the elliptical machine completely from my fitness regimen. From now on, I will remain as active outside the gym as possible (mowing lawn, walking dog, walking baby, swimming, etc.) and at the gym I will continue with my training for the HM as set by coolrunning.com and I will continue to spin 4-5 days a week. I just love spinning and the people I spin with too much to discontinue that. I am, however, lightening up on the intensity. I will talk with the instructor beforehand so she is aware of why I may seem like I am *lagging* a bit when they want us to look like we're going to hurl any minute....
I have to admit this week was really tough for me. I took an extra rest day from the gym on Sunday so I could let my muscles recuperate, but I also had 2 days where I went over my points/calories, though not by tons. I was thinking I should be eating more than I was, but now I am realizing that what I was eating and doing was working for me and my weight loss, but I really feel like I am about to hit a plateau, so maybe last week and this week will shake it up a bit. I think I gained a bit this last week, but at least I know what I did to cause it!
I plan on blogging most days to document how I am doing with my training and my eating, and just to connect with you all since it means so much to me to have your support and encouragement!!
Check ya later ~
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
First, I want to say that I am very proud of myself for what I have accomplished over this past year. I had many bumps in the road along the way, and only fully 100% committed myself to truly becoming healthy and losing weight about 6 months ago. This, of course, is relating to food. I am a complete gym rat, and absolutely LOVE to sweat, so I have never had a problem with being active when trying to lose weight. It is the food that seems to haunt me. You would think that I am pregnant with the cravings I get!
But, to move onto the reason behind the title of this blog. For the last month, people around me have been noticing my weight loss (I am now down to 183.8 from 281 after giving birth to Kaylee). They say, "Wow, you're getting skinny!" and then I invariably say something along the lines of, "Thanks, but I have a ways to go.." which is probably not the smartest or most appropriate thing to say (I get so flustered when someone compliments me, though). Then, they usually ask me how much more, and I say 30 -50 pounds depending on how I look, and then they look shocked, as if there is nowhere near that amount of fat left on my body.
See, this is where I should feel happy that I look apparently this skinny to others, but it's definitely not that way when I look in the mirror, or see a picture of myself (like one I saw this weekend from the baby shower). I still look horrible!!! My stomach is starting to hang, with all those icky stretch marks....That really is the spot that I stare at when I look at myself. It is so hard to wear clothes right now. I am in a size 12 jeans (yay!), but I have a muffin-top look when i wear jeans that fit me now because my midsection is refusing to get smaller!
I mean, I have been working hard to lose fat, and also working on my core and abs. Hmmmm....maybe I should take my measurements today and see where I am at. It's not that I have hit a plateau, because I haven't! I mean, in the last 3 weeks I am down 10.2 pounds, but I think I need to turn my mind from negative to positive in this.
What kills me is that I am so happy with my progress, it's just that when I look at myself, I don't see that progress as much. Anyone else feel this way?
I had my husband take a few pictures of me just now...maybe this will help...
Here is a picture of me on September 27, 2009 (4-generation picture):
Monday, June 14, 2010
Does that sound crazy? Yes...it may just be. But, I have found that the structure of getting up at 5 a.m. and going to the gym, coming home at about 7:30, walking my daughter to daycare, walking back home, starting work at 8, having my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks at specific times of the day, so STRUCTURED makes me happy. It is just so much easier.
I am rarely on during the weekends, and since starting SP I have come on to log everything in but otherwise not on the computer. This weekend was no exception as I was super busy. First, on Saturday I drove 2-1/2 hours north with my 11-month-old daughter, my mom, and my grandma to go to a baby shower for a cousin. So much fun, but I knew there would be a crazy amount of temptations. Just in case, I brought with 4 apples (not that I would need that many, but maybe someone else would want?), Teddy Grahams (cinnamon, honey, and chocolate), and a couple of bananas along with water. Sure enough, the moment we were in town, my grandma needed to stop to eat (she has diabetes). She said my food "didn't suit her" so we had to stop. That's okay since I knew Kaylee (my daughter) would love being in a restaurant. Well, when I said I would like water to drink and nothing else, you would think I had thrown an egg in my grandma's face! She made a few comments and then offered half her plate of food to me. I just knew that right afterwards we would be going to the shower and there would be food there. Why buy food, then? Besides, not much for healthy on THAT menu....
So, we then went to the shower. Just as I suspected, there was a huge cake on one table, and various food items including veggie pizza, ham and turkey on buns, homemade cream cheese mints, punch, chips and dip, homemade pickles, and a huge fruit bowl. I had 2 cups of fruit to fill me up, 1/2 cup of punch, 2 pickles, 2 bites of veggie pizza, 5 of those small mints, and 1/2 piece of cake.
So, I let myself have a bit of a treat, but I still made sure I was within my points for WW!! It was my rest day, too, for the gym. Normally, I would really have felt like running or working out, but I am now really committed to doing what I have written out ahead of time, no less and no more, since I don't want to overdo it and injure myself.
Yesterday, I really kept myself busy so I wouldn't eat out of boredom. I started out the day by going to the gym and doing my training of running/walking. Then, I walked the dog, and afterwards we brought the baby to visit her great-grandma. After that, I had Taco Bell (2 Fresco tacos), which were so good and only 6 points for both!! Then, I brought Kaylee with my sister to the Grand Forks Art Fest and we walked around that for about an hour, very fun! Then, went home (after bringing baby to her grandma's) and walked the dog followed by mowing the lawn, weed whacking, and raking it. Yay! I love getting that done. Did the grocery shopping after, and went to bed. Long day, but fun, and my eating went great.
Wow, so that was the whole synopsis of my weekend....I sure do ramble, don't I? I got up this morning, went spinning for 45 minutes and did abs for 15 minutes followed by 60 minutes on the elliptical machine, and I am spent! I plan on working on the landscaping in my yard during my lunch hour and taking the dog on a few walks during the day. This evening? Not sure yet, but I am sure we will at least go for a long walk. I AM weighing in tomorrow, so gotta keep active! I am hoping for a 3-pound loss this week, but would be happy with 2.
Well, I should get back to work! Ciao ~
Friday, June 11, 2010
This was an idea borrowed from a fellow Sparker, RAVENSONG37 (who is an AMAZING athlete, and I am so inspired by her!). I will also update this as the week goes by on what I actually did versus what I was supposed to do (to keep me accountable).
Sunday, June 13:
Training: Run 3 minutes, walk 2-1/2 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 2-1/2 minutes, run 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, run 5 minutes.
Monday, June 14:
Training: None (Rest day).
1. Cycle and Scult (30 minutes of spinning followed 15 minutes of upper body weights while spinning).
2. Abs class (15 minutes).
3. Crossfit Elliptical (60 minutes).
Tuesday, June 15:
Training: Run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes.
1. Spinning (30 minutes).
Wednesday, June 16:
Training: Off (rest day).
1. Cycle and Sculpt (45 minutes; see Monday).
2. Abs class (15 minutes).
3. Elliptical (60 minutes).
Did not do Cycle and Sculpt/Abs as had hurt my back, but went to gym on lunch hour to complete the elliptical for 45 minutes.
Thursday, June 17:
Training: Run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 8 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes.
1. Spinning (30 minutes).
Training: Off (rest day), but ended up doing tomorrow's training in anticipation of not being able to go to gym tomorrow due to working 8-5 and using lunch hour to take care of daughter while husband has a 'rest'.
1. Spinning/Pump-It (25 minutes of spinning followed by high-repetition barbell and dumbbell strength training for 45 minutes).
2. Ab class (15 minutes).
Training: Run 10 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 10 minutes. (done yesterday)
Other: None (rest from gym).
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