Monday, May 23, 2011
This was waiting for me in my Inbox this morning. Yes, this should be everyone's motivation...lose weight so you can eat more!
One ($38) or Four ($99) Weight Loss Injections
Center for Medical Weight Loss
Thankfully, we're finally getting to the season of basting and burning baby back ribs. But before you humor honey mustard and teriyaki, don't forget your long-term weight loss goals. Head to the Center for Medical Weight Loss in Troy or West Bloomfield where today's deal gets a medical weight loss consultation with body composition analysis, as well as one B-12 injection and one fat burning shot for $38 (regularly $124). For $99 (regularly $496), get the same consultation and composition analysis with four B-12 injections and four fat burning shots. This is the first step in a physician-directed program dedicated to helping you pinpoint and ultimately reach your weight loss goals. Thanks to this deal, ribs on the lips won't mean more meat on your hips.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Today there was a 5k race sponsored by the Save the Manatees club at a local high school. All money raised is donated to a group in Florida that...saves the manatees.
Upon learning that I was going to register for the race my daughter Jacqueline, 12, wanted to race too. Actually she only wanted the t-shirt and since I wasn't going to share mine she bit the bullet and agreed to run for her own t-shirt. She announced she intended to walk most of the way.
She has only just started running at all in the last 4 weeks for track. Prior to track, nothing. The longest continuous distance she has run so far in the last month is 1 mile...once.
Today she ran 1.25 miles without stopping to walk! And she did it a lot faster than me. Right from the beginning she was way ahead of me. I finally caught up to her at the 1.25 mile mark, when she started walking.
She finished the race in a very respectable 34:48 minutes, doing the rest of it walking, then running, then walking, etc.
I am so very impressed with her today. And beyond proud...for the last part of the race the course turned back on itself so you had people going north in one lane until the turnaround and then south to the finish line in the other lane. After the race she said "You know, it would have been really easy just to get into the (south) lane when we came around the corner without having to go all the way to the turnaround. But I didn't want to do that because I would only be cheating myself. And I wanted to be able to say I did the whole race."
THEN she said..."That was kind of fun, I want to do another one."
Run, Jacq, Run!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
OK, not really, not by common definitions of the word. I remain securely off-center and unique. It’s impossible to be normal when you hear voices in your head (aka Crazy Me) whispering utter insanity (run the half marathon Rebekah, sign up for the local triathlon Rebekah)
But according to the SP BMI calculator…I am finally “normal” after starting out as “obese”…well, the calculator calls it “healthy” but “I’m Normal!” was a better blog title LOL.
So overall goal #1 – to get healthy – is met.
My May goal – to reach the 50 pounds lost milestone – is met.
And I totally left in the dust my other May goal to run 2 miles in 19 minutes. As GETSTRONGRRR said, I OWN that treadmill! I feel like I should slap it and say “Who’s your Daddy now?” (see, I TOLD you I wasn’t really normal!)
Three goals down and I still have half of May to go.
I’m at the point where I know the light at the end of the tunnel I’ve been seeing is not the local freight train about to squash me. Although I am up for leaving Crazy Me tied to the train tracks.
So where do I go from here?
I still intend to lose at least another 20 pounds although I suspect I just might add some more on to that goal once I reach it. I’m playing with the thought that I can get down to what I weighed in my early 20s.
I need to be able to maintain the 2 mile run speed throughout the rest of the year. But more importantly I need to be able to get to that same speed running outside. That will be my next running challenge.
I need to step up work on the pushups. I’ve held steady at 30 so far this month and have not really been working on them. Now that I know I can do the run this is the next hardest piece of the testing. I need to do a minimum of 50, I think in 2 minutes, without stopping.
And I need to really focus on getting the rest of the moves signed off to get ready for black belt testing.
I want to be able to earn my black belt by the end of the year. My stretch goal is mid-October. The testing date in October is just a few days before my birthday and it would be awesome to earn black belt in time for the b-day milestone. So that is what I’m shooting for right now, as long as I am comfortable that I will not re-injure myself to meet this goal.
And then…I need to figure out how to maintain everything I have learned this year into a sustainable healthy lifestyle. I’m concerned that once I leave the “weight loss mode” and enter “weight maintenance” that I will not be able to find the right balance and will end up a permanent resident in yo-yo land, gaining and losing the same weight over & over instead of just holding steady.
What is certain is that I would not have gotten this far without all my Spark Friends and community. You have all been a wonderful inspiration and help in keeping my focused & motivated. I do not have words adequate to tell you all just how much I appreciate all of your support.
Crazy Me, however, feels her words are adequate so I will put her on – be warned, she dances around like a cheerleader on speed & channels Dora the Explorer…
We can do it! Yes we can! We can do anything! We WILL do it! We will do it together! It will be fun! We will love doing it! We can do it!
OK, New (Normal) Me back again. If anyone wants to take a speed-freak perpetual Pollyana insane alter ego off of my hands I would be more than happy to start the transfer. I am deathly afraid that I will wake up one morning to find that, in a moment of weakness where I combined caffeine & sugar, Crazy Me took over & signed me up for a marathon or worse. I am quite happy with my 2 mile run, thank you very much, and hope I have learned my lesson about the dangers of caffeine & cookies when sharing head space with the certifiably insane Crazy Me.
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