Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I have been steady between 151 and 150.5 for the past 3 and a half weeks! Well, today I finally dropped... and hit 149!!! Yeah!!
I started at 159, so that makes 2 big accomplishments...
...I have now lost 10 pounds!
...and I am now out of the 150's!
What a great feeling!
Sunday, August 08, 2010
I am NOT eating well. For the past approximately 2 weeks, I've either had "good days" or "bad days." If I mess up even a little (I mean, make a bad choice) then I just scratch the day, pretty much eat what I want, and stop recording everything! I have GOT to stop this!
Part of the problem is that we are going to the lake on the weekends and I don't have internet. Also, I'm around others and they are making yummy, fattening food.... and I just 'give in!' I don't want to be a "party pooper." Would love some help. Wish someone could just hang out with me and be my eating buddy.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Today I finished C25K W7D3. I'm on to week 8!
W7D3 is a 25 minute run. I started off thinking I couldn't possibly go for 25 minutes. We were at the lake house and it was HOT. I started about an hour after I usually run. I'd eaten really poorly the day before - and I just didn't think I had it in me. Plus, as the times are gettingn longer, the distances seem impossible!
Anyway, there are a lot of hills on this run. One goes on for about 3 blocks! Another one is short, about a block, but it is steep! Well, I ran them all!
I kept pushing myself and saying "just 2 more minutes" or "just to the next street" and I kept going. I finally got to the point that I was looking for a cut-through street to get back to our street - and couldn't find one. I ran, and ran, and no street! I started thinking about turning around, but I knew there must be another street. (Our new lake house is on a penisula and we live on one edge - I was running along the other edge.)
I FINALLY found a cut-through street and took it. Then, when I figured out where I was, I decided I'd better keep running or it'd be a LONG walk! So, I ended up running for 40 minutes! I couldn't believe it! And, then I had to walk 9 more minutes to get home. So, I was out for 54 minutes (including warmup). My poor husband was actually getting worried and said he was hopping in the car in 15 minutes.
Anyway, I was so excited to plot my run on MapMyRun. I've never run 1 1/2 miles and I just KNEW I'd probably ran 2 miles. (But, remember the hills???) Well, I was SHOCKED to see that, even with my walk, I'd not even gone 2 miles! It turned out to be 1.92 miles!!! In 54 minutes! UGH!!!
Next, I plotted just my run. SURELY I'd run at least 1 1/2 miles! In 40 minutes??? NOPE! I ran 1 1/3 mile! UGH!!! I can't believe it! Again, I'd love some reassurance that it was the hills. I really didn't feel like I was going that slow!
So, now I'm going to make that my weekend run and keep trying to improve my pace. I did it in 54 minutes today. My goal next week... 51 minutes??? Can I do it???
And, I have a goal this week - I WILL run 1.5 miles on one of my runs. I WILL!!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
My daughter and I went to the gym today where we did a machine that can act like an elliptical or a stair climber (do you know what it's called? I don't!), treadmills, and recumbant bikes.
The biggest part of our workout was on the treadmill. (And, I'd already run 20 minutes this morning!) I usually don't like treadmills, but I tried doing sprints today. (I think that is what I was doing.)
So, I started out walking and then switched to where I would run for 1 minute and then walk for 1.5 minutes. I ran faster for each run. The last 3 (of 6) runs were at a speed of 13.02 minute miles. My usual speed is closer to a 17 minute mile, so this was fast for me!
I really enjoyed it! And, it was challenging. I don't really enjoy doing 'long' runs on a treadmill, so this is a way I can use my treadmill time!
By the way, my triceps are sore today! My trainer had me do 100 tricep pulls yesterday. Every time I had to stop, he let me take a break, but he'd add 5 pounds to the weight! Yikes! I had to stop 3 times... and it was SO hard! But, it was evidentally a great workout!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Well, I redid W7D1 today as yesterday's run was such a flop. First of all, my hubby had to go to work early so I knew I needed to get up early. I set the alarm, but forgot to check it and it didn't go off. So, I didn't have quite as much time as I hoped for/needed.
I forgot to check my HRM before I headed out the door and spent 4 minutes trying to descretely wet my HRM strap to get it working. I finally took it off and got it wet and put it back on - all while doing my warmup walk.
I started running and it felt a lot better than yesterday. But, after awhile, my legs started getting really heavy and I was really thirsty. I used to run with a water bottle, but haven't been needing it (plus I read that it keeps you lopsided), so I stopped. I could have used the water today!
When I got to a certain point, I looked at my watch/HRM and couldn't belive at how quickly I'd run that stretch. Man, I must be flying! Oh, yea.... my HRM wasn't working the first 4 minutes so I'm actually 4 minutes slower than I thought.
I ended up running 19.5 minutes (because that's the time it was when I got home). Actually, I passed the house at 18.5 minutes and was headed for 20 mins, but a neighbor came out and I said "hi" and stopped. Anyway, in 18.5 minutes I only ran 1.08 miles. Yes, I'm a turtle! But, hey! I'm running over a mile without a break! That's something to be really proud of!!!
In the 24 minutes I was out, I went 1 1/3 miles. Not bad! And, I hope to get a full run in on Friday and Sunday.
I hope you all have happy, healthy days!!! I'm headed to the gym in awhile, with my daughter, to cycle and probably do an elliptical - her favorite.
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