Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Well, guys, on this election day in the US, I hope that those who can vote, do. I don't care who you vote for (frankly, it's none of my business); I just care that you take the time to influence our country.
Now, onto Sparkling relevent topics.
First off, my scale finally moved this morning. I'm down to 193.6 after spending 17 days teetering around 195 - 196. Here's hoping a trend has been broken! I hope my plateau is dead!
Yesterday was my first cold weather run... ever.
I mean that literally.
It was 40 degrees, a little breezy, and sunny. A lot like today.
And I loved it.
I wasn't too hot - I wasn't too cold, and I felt like a real trooper! I mean, there was just me and a hardcore looking runner out there. LOVED IT. So, I'm running again today over to FKC. I'm also hoping their scale agrees with my scale that I'm down about 2lbs since they last weighed me in.
For those that have been keeping track a while, you know I have all my charts and graphs. Well, today it was fun to look at my numbers.
To date I have a net-loss of 26.4 pounds since starting the IDEA study. That's actually 36.4 since my all time high. This loss is a 12% reduction in my total body weight. I have 33.6lbs to go until I reach my goal weight. Last, and certainly not least, my BMI is at 29.4. Getting much deeper into "overweight" and away from "obese."
These are today's numbers. I hope they keep on doing what they're supposed to!
So, today's parting message: VOTE!
Monday, November 05, 2012
Good morning everyone!
Welcome back to Monday! For those who have been so kind as to comment on my Vlog, I appreciate it. I see a lot of you like the 'old fashioned' and 'traditional' oats - I'm not really a big fan unless my Dad's making them for me. They take a while to cook and leave a lot more mess than just adding in hot water... So, toast it is!
Now, the one thing I didn't have time to mention in my vlog is that the new shirt I got (Helllloooo Runner of Steel!) is a size SMALL.
You read that right.
Now, I want you guys to put this in perspective. I weigh 195 pounds. I'm 5'8" and my pants size is a size 16ish. (Sourteen? Six+Four-Teen?) In any event - that does not seem like a small to me! I just found it amazing to think that shirt was sized right. I mean, It's snug and it's made of stright up cotton (not tech, drifit, or stretch) and it seemed to fit fairly well in pretty much every place.
So, this leads me to a question: If THAT can be a small; what in the world was their large like? Sometimes it's so easy to get fixated on the size that's on a label that it's hard not to see that what's important is that something FITS well. (Or doesn't fit well.) As any lady will tell you - you can be a size 8 in one store and a size 12 in another. Things that don't change? Well, your numbers on the INSIDE don't change from place to place. What amounts to a healthy blood pressure, sugar level, or cholesterol count isn't going to vary from one place to another (at least not as much as size measurements do in stores!) Maybe those are the numbers we need to focus upon.
I think my other favorite 'number' is right here on the Spark. It's under the 'weight' tracker portion I believe.
From 1 to 5 - how energetic are you feeling today? How does that compare to a coupe of days ago. How does that compare to a couple of weeks ago? A few months ago?
So - my challenge to all of you - look at the numbers that matter when the scale or the tag in your dress don't look how you want.
What's your favorite number?
Sunday, November 04, 2012
So, right now, I'm poor. And I'm feeling better. And I'm excited. Generally in that order.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Well, guys, I'm still out of the exercise game.
This is feeling less cold than flu.
Still, I'm more concerned about not being able to run in the race on Saturday than with recovery. I'm so TIRED of not getting out for my run. I probably could run, if it weren't cold and rainy outside which would only make me sicker in the long run.
So, anyway, I'm up a pound - though that's probably due to all the canned soup and aspirin.
So, here's to hoping this clears up quickly!
Who's with me in wanting to go take a nap right now?
Monday, October 29, 2012
Good morning ladies and gents!
Welcome to Monday - and it's very early where I am. Going to send thoughts out to all of you in Hurricane Sandy's path - stay stafe, dry, and happy! (In that order.)
I already did a brief blog about the 5K on Saturday. Not too disappointed in my time, especially considering that the race started off with a massive hill AND ended with a massive hill. (And I don't train on hills!) Also amazingly proud of my brother who kicked ass at 29 minutes. Someday maybe I'll be able to outrun him! Then again, what he has in speed, I have in distance :-P
So, at the Club last week I had a thought:
I wouldn't mind not losing another pound.
Is that terrible?
I'm down 30 pounds from where I started. I'm doing things like running 5Ks which is not something I ever thought I could do. I'm down a pants size, feeling more confident, and certainly looking better than I did before.
So, when I think "how would I feel if I never get past 195?" - I can't help but think I might be okay with that. Is that bad? I mean, does that mean I'm giving up hope?
My goal weight is 165. That's thirty more pounds. I've just got to remind myself that I've already lost 30, I can certainly lose 30 more - they're just going to take more work and dilligence than the first 30, I guess.
What do you guys think - is it silly to allow myself to think, "Huh, 195 ain't so bad!" ?
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