Sunday, September 30, 2012
This morning was my very first 5K race - and after the experience I'm quite sure that this is something I would very much like to do again. I really found a strength I didn't know I had. If someone would have asked me 105 days ago if I thought I would ever run a race let alone enjoy it - I'd look at them like they had three heads for even asking.
I started today at 5:15AM. Well before the sun. Last night we had some storms roll in so between nerves and my dog barking at thunder, I didn't get too much sleep.
I was out the door by 6 and driving to downtown. After I parked my car and walked to the shuttle I found myself on a crowded bus filled with some very excited people.
i wound up at the start line about 40 minutes before the race.
I don't think I can even articulate the nervousness leading up to the gunshot.
Once the race started, however, it was insane. I felt like I was running with the bulls - everyone moving along at a pretty good clip and half the battle was to try to keep running into someone who decided to plant themselves at the front of the starting line... and then walk. I felt like a ninja - jumping and faking and dodging, trying to keep a steady pace while not tripping over people. There was one poor soul who must have hit something funky on the sidewalk because they definitely fell. It was a trip, and she was scraped up, but everyone seemed okay.
I had a lot of moments during the race - but I never considered walking. I think that is my proudest feeling - I never stopped to walk, I just kept plugging along.
When the race started down the downhill section of the Boulevard of the Allies I had to rein myself in - I was already thinking of the finish line with more than half a mile to go.
Still, there is no disputing that I finished strong.
I can't believe what it feels like to run in a crowd. Though, I think if I'd been in a faster paced bunch I would have surely paced a bit faster - it's amazing how everyone around me had such a profound impact on my own pacing.
So, my first 5K is in the books - 37:11. I'm really proud, I just wanted to break 40 - and I did. The next race is October 28th. Get excited!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Six months of prep and tomorrow I finally perform.
Six months of walking, jogging, and running.
Six months of building my confidence.
It hasn't been the fastest I've ever done anything, that's for sure.
So on this crisp, Autumn afternoon I'm sitting here with butterflies in my stomach - nervous, excited, frightened, dedicated. I feel the strangest mix of fear and confidence. Right now I'm focused on one thing: the perfect 5K run mix.
Yes, I know, it's kind of insane.
Still, it's the last thing I can do to prepare.
I've done my runs, my programs and followed all the advice - and now it's game day. Well, tomorrow.
So, the list of my songs include:
Livin' on a prayer - Bon Jovi
Ordinary Day - Great Big Sea
Livin La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
Beautiful Day - U2
Firework - Katy Perry
Whenever, Wherever - Shakira
Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty
Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
Stronger - Brittany Spears
Raise your Glass - Pink
Circus - Brittany Spears
Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga
Blow Me - Pink
End of the World as We Know it - REM
So What - Pink
She Bangs - Ricky Martin
Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
It's My Life - Bon Jovi
Lots of music there, for sure!
Alright, I need to think about something else for a little while.
Pics coming tomorrow!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Good Morning everyone! Welcome to day 100 of activity and mindful eating!
So, this morning I did my usual routine and also took the two seconds to do my measurements. As you can guess, the title of today's blog is not the combination to the lock of my high school locker - it's my measurements.
Guess where I carry all my weight
I should also note that my 'natural' waist (a few inches below my navel) is 41". What can I say, I got curves.
Other notable figures: 23 lbs abandoned since June and a net loss of 10% of my body weight. 100 days. Crazy.
Last night, per orders of my personal running coach (AKA my Aunt Sue) was my last run before the 5K on Sunday. 2 miles, 21 minutes. I felt good, really good. So, here's hoping I'm ready for Sunday!
The plan for today is to go shopping for clothes over lunch (and get 25 minutes of walking in for the effort) and to take my day of rest in stride. Tomorrow is bike to work day, so it's not like I'm going to be completely sedentary until Sunday.
One of the things I've tried to do as I reached my 100 day milestone was consider what it is that's made this process so different. Is it the weight loss study? Is it what I'm eating? How I'm eating? The activities I'm doing? What's made me able to go further than four pounds?
I think it's been consistency. In honesty, I'm not eating entirely different. The study wants me to focus on the magical 1200 calorie number; but I refuse to do it. They also want me to aim for a certain number of fitness minutes a week - instead I'm focusing on getting in different activities each day. I'm working toward my own goals, like the 5K for instance.
The big thing that I think has changed my mindset is what I consider to be activity. I know when I first started Spark it was amazing to me that I could count things like cleaning, mowing the lawn, and other assorted household items as my exercise. The problem was, well, those were the only activities I was getting in during the day! I mean, those were things I was doing anyway and it wasn't even maintaining my weight - so, clearly I needed more.
So, on my 100th day, I want to thank all of my SparkFriends who've been so kind and supportive over the last few months. Thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart.
I hope you're all still around for day 200!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
1. What was your highest weight, what do you weigh right now and what is your goal weight?
Highest weight: ~230
Current weight: 196
Goal weight: between 160-170
2. What is your #1 motivation for losing weight?
To look better and feel more confident. I know, it's strange, but even at my highest weight all of my 'numbers' were good. So, I want to feel better about myself and be able to take better care of my appearance. (There is nothing more difficult than finding well fitting professional clothes when you are overweight.)
3. Have you always been overweight?
Relatively. I think I've probably always had an extra 10-15 pounds. When I was a kid I certainly wasn't a 'thin' kid.
4. When you want to give up what inspires you to keep going?
Straight up stubborness. I refuse to prove anyone right who thinks (thought) I can't do this.
5. What is the #1 thing you look forward to when you hit your goal weight?
Clothes. Clothes. Clothes. Clothes. Clothes.
No longer being affraid to fly Southwest for fear of being a 'passenger of size'
6. Do you have support on your weight loss journey?
7. What is your favorite exercise?
I like to bike. Though, I have to admit that running is actually starting to grow on me.
8. What is the most important thing you have learned on your weight loss journey?
That things happen on their pace, not mine.
9. What is one thing you have given up that you miss the most?
Being able to be completely careless about what goes into my mouth. It takes a lot of time, effort, and energy to be on top of the calories all the time.
10. What is your strategy for losing weight?
I think having a consistent level of activity and realistic expectation of what I should be eating are my strategies. Also, planning pretty much everything.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Well, Ladies and Gents, we're now officially 1 day away from the century version of days... Cent-day-ion? I don't know. still, 100 days is the longest I think I've stuck with anything, ever. So, I'm very, very proud as you can imagine.
Still, sitting here on 99 I'm finding myself finding reasons not to go out and get some today! For insistance, it's raining. Yeah, for a second there I thought some drizzle might keep me out. Then, I didn't pack my gym bag last night. And, of course, there's the allure of having lunch with friends instead of getting my run in.
Nope, not when I'm so close to 100. Not with the looming presence of the Great Race 5K a meager 4 DAYS away.
So, my run will happen today, it's just a question as to whether I think I can best dodge raindrops at lunch or if I'll try my luck for an after work run. (I think Lunch is the best plan at the moment..)
So, in celebration of day 100 I'm planning on taking new measurements. It's been about two months since the last set, so I'm looking forward to getting them done. (There's no disputing my progress..) Oh, and I promise guys, new skivies are on my list of 'presents.' :-P
It also occurred to me last night that I am nearly halfway to my goal. With just shy of 25 pounds lost since June and another 30 to go I'm feeling momentum is on my side. I weighed 230 in March. I was down to 220 by June, and now I'm sitting at 196. Ultimately, I would like to weigh around 160 - a weight that, honestly, I've never been in my adult life. Well, at least not that I can recall. In high school I weighed about 175; in college that ballooned up closer to 180-190. By graduate school I remember vividly when I tipped the scales in the 210 range. Then I started working at a desk, and my weight came up to it's ultimate 25 -230 mark. At 5'8" and built to "carry" my weight, I tend to get pretty shocked looks when I say what my weight was.
More important than the weight number, I just want to get into a size 12. That's it. 12. Would it be nice to be 'smaller'? Sure. Do I think that 'smaller' is reasonable for me? Not right now. I need to focus upon what an attainable ultimate goal is. Who knows, I could get to 12, feel like I can keep going and change that; but, that's looking too far ahead for me.
The other major thing I'm considering at this point in my journey is a re-baseline. In my field of work we do a lot of measurements against baseline plans. We look at how well that orginal plan was set in terms of sequence and expectations and then measure progress against it. (Hence my charts); I don't know if I should start anew with my new 195 weight, a more informed expectation of my weight loss progress each week, and a more narrow window of focus; or, if I should stick with my history and keep my focus on where my lines are plotted to head even if I know they aren't quite 'right.'
I have lots of thinking to do :)
I hope all of you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday. Tomorrow the celebration begins :)
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