Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Last night I met with a new running group and although it wasn't the scheduled route they did the Ravenel Bridge. I could've gone with the 3 or 4 people who decided to take another route but I wanted to hang with the cool kids so to speak and decided to "try" the bridge.
The run to the bridge is about a half mile alone. So I did my 5 min warm up walk and got to running. The base of the bridge was ok. I was set to do an 8min run, 3m walk, 5 min run then repeat. I got most of the run at the steepest part of the incline. I persevered and just blanked out. I just started counting beems that go endlessly up into the night.That's how I get through the runs. I focus on a point off a distance and just hold it in my visual grip until I get to it. Then I focus on a point further off. It works. Trust me, if you are a new runner, try it. A guy I didn't know passed me but not before patting my back and saying "You're doing great", that lifted my to go a little further. I got in most of the run before I had to walk. I planned to count 4 beams and get to running again but before that happened my walk interval w as here.
I got all the way up the bridge before the folks in my group started passing me on their way back down. Everyone was going their own distance so I don't know if they did the whole bridge or not. I kept going until the decline came on the other side. I turned around. By this time my C25K was over. A feeling overwhelmed me. I wanted to run. So as Forest Gump stated "I WAS RUNNING!" I ran and I ran, and I ran. It felt great. I realized I was on an endorphin high. I started passing walkers and leaving them. Trust me, for me it's a big deal. I am the essence of Turtle Power. Sure, the awesome declien helped but my breathing was stable and I was running faster than normal. I felt strong. I felt awesome. By the time I got to the base of the bridge the run leader had caught up. He asked was I ok and I said yes as he and another guy passed me. I didn't care. I just felt really good. The air felt good. I was sweating but not really hot, not cold. I was just in a zone.
I finally made it back and most of the group was there waiting. I was one of the last but not the last. Some runners went farther than others and weren't back. I bid everyone farewell after speaking for a few minutes. They told me I did great, especially for the first time. I thanked them then went home feeling the first taste of personal victory and savoring the thought that there was so much more to come.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Today Kai and tackled the bridge which I admirably call "The Beast" Why? Just look at it taking into account the incline:
Beautiful huh? But damn, if it's not a beast to climb. I only did half and my trip back and forth was 2.7 miles. My calves were killing me. I need to walk it at least twice a week to get used to it. Eventually I would like to run it with my running group. They run it every Sat at 6am. I already get up and meet the Newbies group at 8am for our walk to run program. We are on week 5 where we have to do 6min run/1min walk intervals 4xs. Yesterday I did my C25K W5D1 which was 5min runs with 1min walks. Tomorrow is day 2 which is 8min run, 5min walk, 8min run with 5min each warm up and cool down. So far I have 7 miles done for the week. Slowly but surely I am getting it done.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I'm still alive! lol
Still on this journey. Bumps on the road but you know me, I WILL NOT GIVE UP. EVER! I have been away from SP for a few reasons. Maybe I will blog on that sometime next week. Briefly here's some tidbits:
-Just trying not to focus on weight but health.
- Trying to slowly incorporate eating clean.
-Finished my associate in Information Systems. Still in school for the bachelors.
- Oh and I am training for that 5k. I have the Divas Half Marathon lined up in late May. Only doing the 5k, I am NOT up to half marathon level yet. I plan to do a 5k before that. I am in the middle of c25k training, week 5 to be exact. First time I got this far. I have to thank my running group Black Girls Run to thank for that. I go running with the girls a couple times a week.
Well that's about it for now. Like I said I will try to post a blog on the main reason I have been MIA from SP. I missf you ladies, you all know who you are. I miss my 40 by 40 girls too. Hey, MzBlake (it's been a long time, forgive me if I spelled your name wrong. If anyone wants to connect on FB you can look me up Yolanda Tolton, just remember to mention you're from SP. On Twitter now too! Yolanda@Nu_Journee. Lazy but I got a blog too: nujournee.blogspot.com. Need to update that soon too! lol
Well ladies, that's all I have time for right now. Stay Sparkalicious.
Friday, May 20, 2011
I haven't been very active on SP since early April. A lot was going on. I sometimes struggle with balancing it all. While I took care of life and all its going on, SP took a back seat but I am back!
So what has Yolanda been up to?
I am happy to report that during the beginning phase of my SP breakup I did Phase 1 of the SBD and lost 7.5 pounds. That put me in Onderland! I planned to keep up with it but a lot of unexpected financial strains came up for the month. Funds have been tight and my healthy shopping suffered too. Buying a lot of fresh food, particularly produce can be hard on the pocket especially when the rest of the clan aren't trying to eat what you do and you have to improvise and buy something seperate for them too. Although I wasn't as cautious I still made sure not to snack a lot on junk or eat late at night. f I went somewhere like Burger King I still ordered a whopper jr with no mayo or cheese. Stuff like that. So thankfully I am still at 198.4. Best thing is I went to the doctor on like 3/29 and then back on 4/26ish, something like that. Per their scale I lost 11 pounds, same scale used! AND my A1C has dropped to 7.9%. Healthy and goal is 6-7.0%. That would me I have control of my diabetes. Plus my blood pressure was good and my cholesterol was normal which is usual for me anyway. I go back in July. Would love to get my A1C down to at least 7.5 if not 7.0 by then.
I also haven't worked out in a month. Sadly I haven't been to my Zumba class in three or so weeks because my son's baseball games were on that day and he started playing later games at 7:30 which means I coulnd't make it to my 7:00 class at all. I so can't wait to go back next week. They lost in the first round of the playoffs this past Tuesday which was disappointing.
I started putting it all back together this week. I started counting points again and getting back to total healthy eating. Doing good with that. Exercise is starting back next week. Plan to start my C25k training again. Don't know if I need to start back from week 1. Will try to see if I can pick up on week 3 and take it from there. I have been wondering if maybe I was working out too much prior to April and I really don't know what to do and what not to do. I really like running, Zumba, Turbo Fire and I really want to do CEX again. But trying to put it all in could be too much. Maybe working out 350 min or so a week was why my body was resisting. I don't know. So bottom line I gotta come up with some type of plan and build from there.
Sigh, next week was suppose to be my trip to Jamaica but we had to cancel it. Trip was already paid for so we are trying to see if we can either get a refund or reschedule for another date which is what I want to do. We really just decided this was the best thing to do last week. I was on the cusp of my down a size goal, I think. I did buy a white dress for the white party in a LB size 14. The 16 was too big but in Old Navy I couldn't fit their 16 so who the hell knows if I went down a size which was my goal. All I do know is that I have become less weight obssessed in the last few weeks and more health obsessed. Using the word obssessed for lack of a better word. I just want to be healthy and fit and I don't feel the need to put a number on that right now.
Still want to be Fit by 40 which is now less than two months away (DOB 7/19) but fit doesn't mean a number on the scale or the size of my dress, right? Right now I know I will focus at least on these two things to get fit by 40:
1. Continue to get A1C down towards 7%.
2. Complete 5k training
If I get down in size, sure that would be awesome but as long as I feel good and like what the doctor says when I walk out that office 7/26 is cool with me.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Been having issues losing weight since this journey began in January. I have struggled with my weight since becoming a diabetic although my onset was not weight related and doctors consider me what they call Type 1.5. Only reason I am determined more of a type 2 and not 1 was age. I was 31, too old to be called Type 1 but I was at a healthy weight, active and now insulin dependent which are things generally associated with a Type 1. Confused yet? No need to be, let me go on with my story.
Anywho, I have struggled with my weight. Constantly going up even when attempting to go down. I lost a net 5 pounds since January despite hours of workouts and eating healthy. I was starting to get concerned that I might have the double whammy. Diabetic with Thyroid issues. My mom has an underactive thyroid and has taken medication since her late 30's. She used to be a svelte little chica. I had to put my high school boy-friends in check looking at her, lol. I was started to get concerned that I might have it too.
What changed my mind.? Well since I did like Lebron and took "my talents to South Beach" on Monday and I am now clocking a 4.4 pound lost. IN FIVE DAYS! I knew I lost on SBD years ago but didn't stick with it. At the time I was clocking a 3 hour round trip work commute living in Dumfries/Woodbridge but working in Sterling, VA (DC Metro area for those who are not familiar with the area). I didn't have the energy to plan and prepare meals. I had a stressful job that I loved but I didn't have much to give to anything once I finally made it home at night. I now see with some better preparation I could have really succeeded and maintained. Hey, I was only like 156 at that time.
Right now I am on day 5 of 14 of phase one. I am an extreme nibbler but I haven't succumbed not once! It all has been right in front of my face: Krispy Kreme donuts, muffins, fried chicken, potato chips, fruit (can't have any for 14 days), and Reese's cups on several occasions and I am a pb freak! Get this for all that know me, I have been around my number one obsession and not tasted a one! That is like major miracle. Only thing I haven't been around and need to stay away from is my other major trigger: pizza. I always say I will have one piece but it never happens, even when I prepare a salad with it. Its also cool not having to count anything. Calories, fat grams, points. I love my WW and still tracking on their website until I decide if I want to stick with it or just switch to SBD. Part of me doesnt' want to give up on it. Hey, I lost 40 pounds on WW once! It's freakin' awesome.
I am determined to keep up the good work, add my workouts back in (yep, all those pounds and no exercise). I am hoping I can get a total 10 pound lost by day 14. Even a total 8 would make me oh so happy. Obviously it's not just about eating less or working out. It's about what you eat too and how you eat it. I am feeling good and hoping with those pounds I can get down a size so I still make my late May goal- to be down a size by my trip to Jamaica. By my scale that would also put me back in onderland. I have never been over 200 unless late in pregnancy and post pregnancy on the way down. Been in 200s since last September and determined it only a point in my destination to going back DOWN!
So bottom line, thank the Lord, I don't have thyroid issues and although it has proved difficult to lose weight as an insulin dependent person, it can happen. I am not doomed. Just knowing these two facts is the best thing to happen to me since I started this lifestyle change early this year.
Stay Sparkalicious and enjoy your weekend!
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