Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I'm hoping to hear from people that are!
I wrote a blog some time ago wondering if I'd be happy at mine. This isn't the first time I've lost a significant amount of weight. I remember being happy for a while, but then the weight crept back on and all the struggling began again.
That isn't what I want this time.
I know that no one can be happy all the time, and I do consider myself to be a fairly happy person most of the time. Even not at GW. I have one buddy who isn't at her GW, but damn close, and she is happy most of the time. That's what I want.
The woman I hung around with at the race this weekend is at her GW. She's a lifetime member of WW (like me, only I'm not at goal) and really all I've ever heard from her is how she's not happy cause she's up a few pounds. For a year and a half. But she's at goal! And she's maintaining that goal!
And almost all the lifetime members I happen to know in my meeting don't seem particularly happy, even tho they're maintaining their weight.
This is part of the reason I stopped looking at my weight even tho I continue to go to meetings every week and still WI. This is why I don't have a scale. Because even tho I usually use the number as motivation one way or the other, the back and forth of this plateau was simply driving me crazy.
Yes, I was a bit afraid to stop watching. Yes, you can tell by your clothes. But the problem with that is you could gain 10 lbs before you actually no longer fit into your clothes -- and I certainly didn't want to do that. Thankfully, that doesn't seem to be happening.
When I went swimming yesterday, there were 2 other women there older than me. Both were wearing skirted swim suits. Both were quite thin. I kept thinking what's with the skirts?
I could understand if you're laying around a beach. My thighs are not my best feature. But you're swimming. You're working on making/keeping those thighs strong. I don't wear a skirted swimsuit for exercise swimming.
So even more than wanting to be at GW, I want to be happy. Now. With what I am. No matter what the scale says. I think that's probably one of the keys to maintaining your weight.
And if you're at GW, maintaining, and happy, we want to hear you loud & proud!
Monday, October 04, 2010
If you're a long time SP person like me, when was the last time you looked at your goals? I'm talking bout those goals you can track online here. The "other" goals.
If you're still ticking them off, great job!
I know for me, they'd kind of fallen by the wayside. In fact, I don't think I'd looked at that page in months. I certainly wasn't ticking anything off.
We think we've got it. We think we know what to do. We think we're so over having to track and check things off.
And if you're doing great, that's great and you're right.
But if you're struggling -- well, something's gotta change, right? And maybe it's time to get back to the basics.
I know for me it was way past time. Since starting my kitty litter challenge (haven't missed a day in over a week AND checking it off), I have made sure to clean up my other goals page and visit it every day.
Not only that, I've begun to track my water with my app. I usually get plenty of water, but there are times that I am low, and there I times I think I've made my goal but I don't think I actually hit it.
I know how hungry I get when I'm thirsty. So I'm tracking that again. So there is no guessing. And when I'm hungry and I don't think I ought to be, water is almost always the first thing I reach for.
Sometimes we just have to go back to school for a while. When was the last time you revisited your basics? Which basics are most important to you? Do you check off your goals regularly, or have you forgotten how to get to that page?
Sunday, October 03, 2010
One of my goals for this year was to run a 5k. Now I've run 2.
So what's next? I'd already been thinking about attempting a 10k sometime next year. I thought I even had it all picked out -- I like to plan far in advance! -- but now I'm not so sure.
There's one called the Hairy Gorilla on Halloween (there's a 10k & a marathon). It's run in a local state park. Apparently volunteers dress up, there's a graveyard -- in short, even tho I'm not really that into Halloween, it sounds like fun.
But oh yeah, I'd actually have to run it. Trail running. I think that might be a bit much for the first one. Especially considering I kept thinking to myself as I was pushing myself along that last mile yesterday: you really want to do something that's TWICE as long as this? REALLY? Where is that finish line already anyway?
So I've been looking around for something maybe in the early spring. Something maybe a bit easier. Haven't found it yet.
But a new spark buddy just started up a Bridge to 10k team, so I've joined that! It's a step in the right direction.
And I've been toying around with the idea of a half marathon by/during my 50th birthday (that is, during the year I turn 50, no actually on my birthday, which is in February so I don't think I want to be running a HM anywhere near here in the middle of winter!).
I'm still not really sure about it. Despite yesterday's race results, yes, I am still a slow runner -- a penguin & proud of it, dammit! So just the sheer time of it -- the thought of actually running (probably running & walking) for multiple hours is really daunting.
But the idea just won't go away.
I've even picked the HM. And told DH about it.
The Hershey HM. Will run for chocolate! PA is so lovely, and I've never been there in the fall, and it's a drivable distance. Of course, DH's work schedule is always so wonky, usually so busy around then . . . but hey, it's what I want for my 50th birthday (even if it's half a year after it). Hey Kate, wanna go visit your mom in the fall in a couple of years?
But who knows? So much could happen between now & then.
Probably my most immediate goal is to join a local running group sometime soon. Altho I keep saying it & keep putting it off.
Oh, I didn't get a picture (too busy rehydrating) but wanted to share the image: the woman who ran the race yesterday in a black dress with a pink ribbon pattern & gladiator sandals! I don't know how she did it. My feet would've been a mess and I would've been freezing.
So there -- you really can do anything you set your mind to, even run a race in a dress & sandals!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Hmm, how is it I actually look better in my swimsuit than my racing getup?
Yes, it was a tad chilly this morning. Which is perfect for running. I should've went with my capris rather than these tights, but OTOH, these tights have a zippered back pocket -- the capris have a pocket, but it isn't zippered.
I have a short sleeved top on under the long sleeved top (it was about mid-40s when I left). While I didn't need the long sleeved top while running, I sure needed it afterwards. It was still breezy & cool!
I have had a number in mind for a while. I've been doing a lot of visualizing for this race. Visualizing the start under clear, cool blue skies; visualizing the course -- which I really don't remember much of, but I tried -- maybe I've got to start trying to walk it; and visualizing crossing the finish line with my number on the clock.
I even wrote out some affirmations this morning with my number.
Quite frankly, I haven't trained hard because my right leg still has some weirdness going on and I don't want to injure myself. I've still trained, just not hard and no speedwork. So I didn't really think I could achieve my number.
Running for me is still damn hard. When I'm not in a race (you'd think I'd run 100 instead of 2, right?) I definitely don't run as fast. When I got to the first mile and saw 12 minutes on the clock, I thought for sure that I wouldn't get my number. But I didn't give up.
I kept repeating all my mantras in my mind. Focus. What you believe, you achieve. Make it count. I touched my "Imagine, believe, receive" ring which I was wearing. At times I slowed down. At times I speeded up. I only walked at the one water stop (last time I didn't even stop for water).
And when I crossed the finish line? I saw my number! Truly, I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure it was lost at that first mile marker. At the start of the last mile, I was like seriously? Another mile? And I kept thinking thru most of the last mile where is the damn finish line? Am I there yet?
Yet when I crossed that finish time, the clock read 35:02. My official chip time was 34:02!
My number was 35.
My first race, on the same course, was 41:02 or some such (what is it with those last couple of seconds?).
I'm not sure I really shaved a whole 6 minutes off my time -- this time I started in the middle of the pack, not at the end. And it was about 30 degrees cooler.
But no matter the reason, I AM so pleased! And somewhat in shock, frankly.
So never forget: what you believe, you can achieve.
I did hook up with my WW buddy, altho she went to the back of the pack to start out. We found each other afterwards, too, and went to the vegetarian expo. Everyone there seemed quite impressed that we'd just run a race!
So here our my few tips:
1. Don't bob and weave at the start. I did that the first time; I've since read that it's pretty much a waste of energy.
2. It's more important to hydrate well the day before than the day of (tho of course you should still hydrate the day of). I made sure to get 10 glasses of water/herbal tea on Thursday & Friday.
3. Do the work. I may never be fast, but I take it seriously. I train. I look at training plans -- then do my own thing. Cause that's what I do. But it seems to work for me. But I don't decide a week before I'm going to run a 5k. I plan. Does that sound like something else we know?
Oh, I suppose I should say a few words about the title.
I ate really clean for the couple of days before the race. I usually eat fairly clean, but I stepped it up a notch. Last night, for instance, I had a few points left over. I was considering some rice pudding -- fairly low in points, not really that bad for you.
But then I decided no. I need really good food to fuel my race. I chose to have a big bowl of cut up banana, kiwi, and apple. Seems to have worked for me! I had an apple for dessert the night before. I just kept thinking what do you need to fuel your race?
We need to think that way when we're not racing, too! Which I know isn't easy. And it doesn't mean I don't indulge sometimes, too. I had one of the vegan cupcakes I made for DH's birthday this week -- but I both ran & swam that particular day, AND walked the dogs.
And finally, cause this is getting to be a book -- which is a perfect segue to my next topic -- my husband surprised me with a Kindle when I got home! He told me beforehand that he had a surprise for me.
You could've knocked me over with a feather. I had no idea. I'd been trying to decide whether or not to buy one before our trip to Hawaii. I prefer real books, but it will definitely save a lot of space when traveling!
I can read books on my Ipod, but it is awfully small for comfortable reading.
He doesn't make these kind of grand gestures real often, but boy, when he does, he does it big! We have pretty much always traveled for our anniversary rather than exchange gifts (it's our 25th coming up) & I figured Hawaii was a pretty good present; I definitely wasn't expecting a present at all.
So remember, what you believe, you achieve. 2 years I couldn't run half a mile, let alone a whole mile!
Friday, October 01, 2010
Tomorrow I am running the race for the cure. If you would like to donate to hopefully help find a cure, my page is at www.active.com/donate/komenneny2010/
I set a very modest goal, which has already been met. When I decided to run the race, I didn't even think about donations -- but they provide you with the page for free, so I thought why not?
It took a while, but I did think of what I wanted to tell you yesterday, but it goes with today's blog so I held off.
There's a vegetarian expo in the same place as my race (a bit after the race). And it's free! Now talk about synchronicity. The only problem is I don't really want to hang around in sweaty clothes, especially sweaty tights.
But it's free . . . and I'm already there . . . I'll bring a change of clothes, but then I have to walk back to the car, carry them back, carry my other clothes around . . . I suspect I'll go sweaty.
How lazy is that after a race? Like the women I saw here, neighbors, who apparently run together. One was dropping one off at her home. And then drove next door to her house!
My husband & I, who were walking the dogs, got a good belly laugh out of that. Seriously, you just went running, and you can't be bothered to walk from one house to the next?
Tomorrow's forecast is for beautiful, perfect fall running weather. I sure hope they got it right, cause it's pouring again here, and it poured yesterday morning, too. We did get a break later in the day, so I was able to get the dogs out for a short walk, and it was only mildly drizzling when I went swimming last night.
Only it was back to school night. Remember the last scene from "Field of Dreams", with all the headlights from the cars as they are approaching the field? It was like that, I swear! Had to park on the grass and then thought I wasn't gonna get back off, but obviously I managed.
I learn the best stuff at my WW meeting tho. Not necessarily about losing weight. Yesterday I asked a woman who I thought I heard say she was going to run the race too if she was, so we'll try to hook up tomorrow (altho she's a walker, but it's still nice to have someone to chat with beforehand).
I didn't think there was packet pickup the day before -- there's nothing on the Website -- apparently it's in your confirmation email which I got weeks ago & hadn't looked at. So you could pick up your packet Thursday & Friday. It was pouring cats & dogs, but I had to run some errands anyway, so I thought why not? and just did it.
Now just got to figure out the chip thingee. My first race had the chip in the bib. But at least I don't have to figure it out at the race or stick myself with pins!
I picked up a book at the library yesterday; "The Ultrasimple Diet". I listened to an audio by the author the other day. Essentially it's sort of a detox diet, but you do actually get to eat food. Just no sweet treats other than fruit. I'm considering it for while my husband is in Japan. Not sure I can go a week without treats -- I'll bet I can't -- but I think I could stick to most of it, and with DH away, it's the perfect time.
And lastly, as we were chatting before my meeting about the race, one regular -- who's quite heavy & basically also on a long plateau -- said she couldn't run. A bladder thing.
I encouraged her just a little bit. Said I couldn't run 2 years ago either. I wish I'd had more time. It's true I've never been as overweight as her, but I wanted to tell her I know people just as heavy who've become runners without waiting to lose the weight. I wanted to tell her about Galloway and about C25K, but there wasn't time. But maybe I planted a seed. She sees members running races, our leader is a runner and talks about it sometimes. Maybe we will inspire her.
Who will you inspire today?
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