Saturday, July 28, 2012
If you've been reading my blogs and status updates at all, you know I've been struggling to get my motivation back and to eat better every day. I'm doing pretty well! Not 100% perfect, but well enough, apparently, to drop 5 pounds. WOOHOO!
As we all know, the #1 important thing is eating right, sticking within the SP-recommended calorie range, and choosing good foods. To keep myself from binging, I allow myself some treats now and then, but I'm making a more conscious effort to eat healthful foods. I grab a piece of fruit or a hard-boiled egg for a snack instead of something sugary. It's important for me to make those treats a rare thing. They were becoming too frequent and getting in the way of my weight loss goal.
The other key is exercise. For some reason, I felt lethargic in the last month and just could not keep up with my running goals. So I didn't. Now -- no more excuses. I made a very do-able running plan and just need to stick with it. 3 days a week. I'm up to about 8 miles a week now and am aiming to add up to 10% every week. Yesterday I ran 3.7 miles outside (I mostly run on the treadmill) -- on hills even. I'm very excited about running again -- just to see that I can handle this! I can run outside, I can run hills! I never thought I'd get better at that, and now I'm doing it.
So there's my update. I'm working every day to do my best. Not perfect. Just my best for today.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Day 3 of Renewed Motivation went really well until about 4:00. Yeah, I overdid it just a tad. Really, just a tad this time. I was over by about 150 calories. I'm kicking myself (gently) but glad I didn't throw the whole bucket of motivation right out the window and have one of those 2000+ calorie days.
Back to reality today! I'm going for a good, long bike ride before the day heats up.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
After, oh, say, a month of eating like crap and on-again off-again exercise, I've had TWO WHOLE DAYS of eating healthfully. TWO WHOLE DAYS. Did I mention that? For TWO WHOLE DAYS I stayed under my calorie limit, logged every morsel, had ZERO beer, ZERO pop, and only one small brownie (99 calories, .75 ounce, thank you very much).
I have to say I think I look less bloated. That's a great psychological boost. I need those.
Those pesky numbers on the scale, on the other hand, haven't budged. Did I mention that I want "Instant Results -- NOW"???? Well, I do.
I will keep on this path. And I'll take that less bloated belly. Soon the scale will cooperate.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
It's been so long since I blogged! What's been going on with me, you ask? Let me tell you!
I ran another 5k and shaved about 2.5 minutes off my time, setting a new PR. I was so dedicated leading up to that race. I was eating great, running faithfully, losing weight, setting bigger goals beyond the race... and then...
I got soooooooooooooooo sick last week. I woke up two days after the race, and my head was spinning in a violently lurching sort of way. I had to just lie in bed for the first 36 hours. Any attempt to sit up or get up made me so sick to my stomach. My husband took me to the doctor the 2nd day. The doctor thought it was probably not vertigo but a virus. They pumped me full of fluids and anti-nausea medication. The next day I was still fairly dizzy and lazy, but I at least didn't sleep all day and could handle walking around the house and eating a bit. Now, a week later, I'd say I'm 90% better. Still dizzy.
It's frustrating because I felt like I was in a great routine with the running and eating and was finally going to lose these last 15 pounds. What if this dizziness doesn't go away for a while? How can I push myself physically when I'm so wobbly on my feet? Maybe I just need to be more patient.
I did attempt running just a little yesterday. I ran around the block twice -- about 11 minutes at a very slow pace. I was happy that I could handle it without gasping for breath or toppling over.
I don't know at what point I should go back to the doctor for this dizziness. My guess it is caused by fluid in my ears. I hate going to the doctor when they act like you're being a hypochondriac and then charge you $200 for nothing. So I'm waiting it out. I'll keep popping my allergy pills and see if that does anything about my ears and dizziness. And I'm making sure I'm hydrated. It's like trying to solve a mystery.
I just want to run again!!! I feel like that has been the key to my losing weight. I won't quit running -- dizzy or not!
The 5k race was really great! I started out with my sister and some friends. Most of them disappeared ahead of me in the first 10 seconds. I didn't have that stubborn determination that I had in my first race to run without walking. My goal, if I felt like I needed to walk, was to walk at the 1-mile mark and the 2-mile mark. And that's what I did. Allergies were really getting to me, so I had to blow my nose. I was pushing myself about as hard as I could without totally sucking air. I ended up walking one more time after the 2-mile mark too and then ran faster to the end. 33 minutes! I was so excited to see my training pay off!
Now... it's all up in the air... maybe I'll try another short, easy neighborhood run tomorrow. Soon, though, I feel like I need to get back to some serious training. I don't want to be back to square 1!
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