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5k Progress

Sunday, April 03, 2011

I'm pretty fired up about my 5k training run yesterday. See, I'm preparing to run a "real" 5k end of April. I am a total newbie runner and am thrilled with every bit of progress I make.

Every Saturday I've been running a 5k on the treadmill. Really almost all of my running so far has been on the treadmill. With these training 5ks, I walked when I needed, but have been aiming for less walking, with the eventual goal of running the whole 5k on April 30. My times were improving until I got sick:

43 >> 42:08 >> 40:08 >> sick >> 44:52 >> 41:42 >> YESTERDAY (my first outdoor attempt at a "training 5k")

I mapped out 3.1 miles in my neighborhood and took off. Again, I told myself I could walk if I had to, but try not to. Coming up on 1 mile, I was seriously thinking I needed to rest, but then I remembered how hard it is to start again after you've given your legs a rest.

My other difficulty is I always get a runny nose when I run. Usually I stop running and walk long enough to blow my nose. But I thought this is dumb -- surely I can run and blow at the same time. Turns out I can. So I kept on running.

Midway through I wasn't sure how much longer I could run, but mentally I just felt like I needed to push myself. So I kept on running. When I was within the last half mile, I knew I just had to push through it, and I did! Running into a strong wind, I was so proud of myself for running the whole thing!

My time?

37:38! My best time yet!

I have 4 more weeks to prep for the actual 5k. I would love to bring that time down a bit more!


A Day of Rest

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Sunday is becoming not only my day off from exercise, but also a relaxing and reconnecting time for our family. I love it! No pressure to do stuff. Just be and enjoy. Deep breath in. Deep breath out. Smile.


Today Is a New Day

Monday, March 28, 2011

It's time to shake things up, I do believe. I've been doing really well, but the weight is stuck, and I'm feeling kind of blaaaaaah. Maybe it's spring fever (minus the warm temps). Oh yeah, that's called CABIN fever. I'm just sort of sick of the same old same old. It's time to try something NEW.

I actually had a fantastic run today, which was a very pleasant surprise after a more difficult run Saturday. I felt GREAT running tonight! I had been getting a little nervous about being ready for my upcoming 5k, but this makes me more confident that I can do it! Yeah!


First Hurdle

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I've been dieting and exercising in earnest since January 4, 2011. For a solid two and a half months I've been 100% motivated and dedicated. Until just a few days ago.

Honestly I've been disappointed with how slowly the weight is coming off and how slowly I'm making improvements with my running. I'm thrilled to be losing weight and running... but... I swear if I were 20 years younger I would've lost twice this much by now.

So I've been in this mood to just throw it out the window for a day. Take a short vacation from obsessing about my food intake. I'm rationalizing it this way: Your body gets in this diet mode of eating so perfectly all the time. Maybe, just maybe, having a piggish day or just a piggish moment and then returning to good eating would shock your body into losing again. Obviously I have no scientific evidence to back this up. But it seems reasonable.

So I let myself rekindle a favorite old evening snack a couple nights ago -- while watching Biggest Loser, no less. I made a big bowl of popcorn and ate it all up, a 300-calorie surplus for the day.

That was enough. I don't want to blow it all to hell.


First Blog

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Here I am! I've been thinking about finally writing something here for a while but didn't know what to say. So... I'll dip my toe in and just do what I always do... Ramble on a bit :)

I've been on this weight loss journey since January 4 and honestly feel more motivated to truly change my life than I ever have before. I'm eating healthfully and tracking every morsel in SP. I'm also exercising more than ever before. I even started running and signed up for my first 5k!

It's fair to say that I'm completely obsessed with weight loss and fitness! It may very well be annoying to some friends and family members :) But I feel like the obsession is working for me to keep it always front and center in my mind so I make healthy choices and plan time in my day for exercise.

I have a lot more to ramble on about, er, "share with you," but I'll save it for another day!


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