Saturday, August 11, 2012
I had a great week this week. Work was very stressful, but I managed to eat healthy 95% of the week, cook most of my meals at home, and get some good exercise in. Overall, I'm proud of the way I handled myself this week and stayed on track.
I'm currently training for the Portland half-marathon. I've decided my goal is to just finish. I'm going to try and train as if I'm going to run the entire thing, but in reality, I know it will be a run some/walk a lot endeavor. I got some good runs in this week along Portland's waterfront, and even shaved 3 minutes off of my previous 5k time. That's progress!
I also signed up for Crossfit this week. My jump start classes start on August 20th. Twice a week for 4 weeks, myself and 5 others in my class will be at the mercy of a trainer. I'm both excited (because I see the results people have had with Crossfit), and also super nervous. The nerves are all "can I do it?", "will I look like an idiot", "will people think I'm weird". I'm always like this with new social situations - but I've invested a lot in this program and know that it is a necessary step in my continued journey.
Eating paleo is going very well. I love not having to count calories and only worry about the quality and types of food I'm consuming. I really haven't missed sweets or refined carbs. I did have a couple of cookies and some dark chocolate Wednesday night - but I plan to let myself have a little treat on occasion. After all, that's part of living, and everything is ok in moderation.
Ok - time for weight loss results!
Beginning weight (3/2011): 257 lbs
Last week's weight: 235.6 lbs
This week's weight: 230.4 lbs
Weight lost this week: -5.2 lbs
Total weight lost: 26.6 lbs
I'm super excited about the loss this week - I worked hard for it! A lot of that may be water weight, but glad to see it gone. I can almost taste crossing that 30lbs lost threshold again. When I get back over that hump I am NEVER going back!
This week, I hope to lose 2 lbs, get a 5 mile run in as part of my half training, and weight train 3 times.
Have a great weekend everyone!!
Sunday, August 05, 2012
This has been a great weekend for me being focused on being healthy. I'm on day 4 of eating Paleo and loving it. This morning's breakfast was scrambled eggs and pork chops with a cherry and pear balsamic reduction. This evening, I'm going to plan my menu for the week and go grocery shopping.
Yesterday I walk/ran 3 miles on the riverfront in the morning. It was super hot, but I felt amazing afterward. I've got to remain focused on running in order to successfully complete the Portland Half-Maraon in October. I've been trying to figure out a goal for the half - what time should I aim for, etc. I read a really great article this week that put me at ease a little. It said, "for your first half-marathon, your goal should be to just finish." I think I'll go with that goal :)
Last night I wend to the gym and did 3.0 miles on the elliptical in 35 minutes. Today, I took a 2 mile walk down around the waterfront, and then laid a blanket in the grass and soaked up some sun. I'm planning on going to the gym later tonight for a round of upper body strength training.
I'm so thankful I've gotten my focus back. I'm already starting to feel better and am much more motivated. I'm sure that my weighin on Friday will reflect all for the work and focus I plan on putting in the upcoming week.
I hope everyone has had a great weekend! Remember - you can't change yesterday, but you can focus on the here and now, which directly affects your tomorrow. Keep sparking!
Thursday, August 02, 2012
So I've been away from SparkPeople for about 3 months now. Life, vacation, summer... they all got in the way of the momentum I had going. In this three months, I've ate lots of bad food, drank lots of cocktails, and somehow only managed to gain around 8 lbs back. It's time for me to get back on track, get motivated, and continue on my journey.
I also have a large goal coming up on October 7th, I will be running the Portland Half-Marathon. I started my training plan this week, but I am very nervous about being ready in time. I have several friends coming to town to run as well. It should be a great time, but realistically at this point, my goal is to just finish. I believe that will be an accomplishment in itself.
For August, I am working on getting back into a groove with the gym on days that I am not running. I also am planning a pantry purge this weekend and grocery shopping for healthy things. I don't have a lot of bad food around the house - my problem as of late has been eating out. I need to do more cooking at home in order to control portion, ingredients, and money spent.
Specific goals for August:
- Stick to my half-marathon training plan
- At least 30 minutes in the gym on non-running days
- Limit eating out to 2 meals per week
- Lose 8lbs by September 1st. This is ambitious, but I believe that a lot of what I have gained in the past 3 months is water weight and will shed quickly.
That means, a month from now on September 1st, I should weigh in at 226lbs.
Keep on Sparking everyone!
Saturday, May 05, 2012
I had a relatively good week. My food consumption was right where it needs to be save a couple of splurges (that's what life is about though, right?). On the days I had a little splurge, I compensated with the exercise to bring everything into balance.
The weather here in Portland is finally starting to change. We're supposed to have our first longer stretch of rain-free days this week. I'm hoping to take advantage of the improved weather and return to working on my running speed and stamina.
Here are the results of this week's weigh-in:
Starting weight: 257.0 lbs (Feb 2011)
Last week's weight: 226.6 lbs
This week's weight: 224.6 lbs
Weekly lost: -2.0 lbs
Total lost: 32.4 lbs
I'm definitely content with the 2 lb loss. Slow and steady is the name of the game.
Have a great week Sparkers!
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