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Marathon week is here!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

On Sunday, October 25, it will be exactly one week until the NYC Marathon.

Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race.

This idea seems to be working. I have lost 5.2 lbs. over the last five weeks. Last week was bittersweet. I got in all my training runs and I felt great. I also had a weight loss again for the fifth straight week. With all of that, I still made some terrible food choices over the weekend. I was planning a cheat day on Thursday when I went to the Pumpkin show but I continued cheating Friday and Saturday. My start to this week is also going to be off as we are having a family get together.

I am trying not to be too hard on myself. I started these blogs up almost 8 lbs from where I was at the time of my spring marathon. I was concerned knowing that after the NYC marathon, I was leaving for a 2 week vacation where I was bound to put on some additional weight. Although I am not anticipating a loss again this week after all the bad choices I made over the last several days, I am happy about the weight I have taken off so far. I feel it gives me a little cushion going into vacation. I just have to remember that 'sparking" works. I MUST establish a plan to continue my weight loss for when I return.

These blogs aren't just about losing weight though. They are helping me to remember to take my vitamins, drink my water, limit my fast food and soda and keep up with my required training schedule. I really feel like I have hit my running stride in the last couple weeks so something must be working.

So here we go again. This is my plan for the week of October 25-31:

Sunday 25: No required exercise:
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 8 hours of sleep: 8 hours in bed.
Having family get together. Eat well during the day and minimize bad calories in the evening: DID OKAY. probably overate slightly at the get together but kept myself in check all day until then.
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: NO. had soda at the get together.

Monday 26: Run (or cross train) 4 miles: YES
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 8 hours of sleep: 8 hours in bed.
Eat between 1500-1650 calories: 1586
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Tuesday 27: Run or cross train) 3 miles: YES
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 8 hours of sleep: 930 in bed.
Eat between 1500-1650 calories: 1698
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Wednesday 28: Run (or cross train) 4 miles: YES
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: NO
Get 8 hours of sleep:
Eat between 1500-1650 calories: NO. ate horrible today. I am getting antsy and feeling pressure. have had a hard last couple days staying in range that today I just said "forget it." tomorrow's a new day!
No fast food: NO.
No soda pop: NO

Thursday 29: Run (or cross train) 2 miles:
Take vitamins:
Drink 8 glasses of water:
Get 8 hours of sleep:
Eat between 1500-1650 calories
No fast food:
No soda pop:
Check and record weight:

Friday 30: Run 1 mile:
Take vitamins:
Drink 8 glasses of water:
Get 8-9 hours of sleep:
Not worried about calories. Try to make healthy food choices. Carbohydrate loading day.
No fast food:

Saturday 31: No required exercise:
Take vitamins:
Drink 8 glasses of water:
Get 7-8 hours of sleep:
Not worried about calories. Try and make healthy food choices. Carbohydrate loading day.
No fast food:
No soda pop:

Sunday 1: RUN YOUR BEST MARATHON!

I will edit each day to help keep me accountable. Wish me luck!

  
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EUGENERUGOSA 10/25/2009 6:07PM

    You are doing a great job getting ready & will do amazing I'm sure.

Where is your two week vacation after the marathon?

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CHEMKATT 10/25/2009 9:14AM

    I can't believe it's this week already! You have been doing such a great job through these past few weeks. I'm sure you are going to do awesome in this marathon! I can't wait to hear how it went. Good luck and keep up the great work!! I'll be watching in spirit!

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Two weeks and counting....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

On Sunday, October 18, it will be exactly two weeks until the NYC Marathon.

Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race.

This idea seems to be working. I have lost 4.6 lbs. over the last four weeks. I am following my MIT schedule and getting in all my required training miles.

These blogs aren't just about losing weight. They are helping me to remember to take my vitamins, drink my water, limit my fast food and soda and keep up with my required training schedule. Losing some weight in the process is just a bonus. I really feel like I have hit my running stride in the last couple weeks so something must be working.

So here we go again. This is my plan for the week of October 18-24:

Sunday 18: Run Half Marathon: YES. great finishing time. maybe a little too fast as it was suppose to be a training run but I felt too good to run that slow.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 8 hours of sleep: 1000 hours in bed.
Going out with training group to celebrate the half and full marathons that we all did today: ESTIMATE 2650 calories. wasn't going to calculate calories but thought "what the heck."
No fast food: YES

Monday 19: Run (or cross train) 2 miles: YES. 2 miles running + 2 miles walking
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730 in bed.
Eat between 1500-1600 calories: 1600
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Tuesday 20: Run (or cross train) 3 miles: YES + 1.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 7 hours in bed.
Eat between 1500-1600 calories: 1595
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Wednesday 21: Run (or cross train) 2-3 miles: YES
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 9 hours in bed.
Eat between 1500-1600 calories: 1578
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Thursday 22: Run (or cross train) 6-7 miles: YES. all cross training
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730 hours in bed.
Plan to go to Pumpkin show. Plan is to eat good during the day so that I can have some treats that evening: PRETTY MUCH ATE BAD ALL DAY:(
No fast food: NO. didn't technically eat fast food but I ate a bunch of fair food which is probably worse.
No soda pop: YES

Friday 23: No required exercise
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730 hours in bed. very restless sleep.
Eat between 1500-1600 calories: NO. 2990. was doing good but had been hungry all day. caved in around 930 at night....ugh and got fast food.
No fast food: NO. ate at Burger King.
No soda pop: YES. ordered a coke but they gave me a diet soda so I pitched it.
Check and record weight: down 0.6 lbs.

Saturday 24: Run (or cross train) 6 miles: YES + 2.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 8 hours of sleep: 8 hours in bed.
Try to stay under 2500 calories for the day. NO. did not actually track calories but I know I was over based on tailgating options.

Wish me luck. I will edit blog each day to try and keep myself accountable!

  
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BILLALEX70 10/18/2009 4:30PM

    Molly,

Sometimes putting it out just like this is exactly what it takes to stick to the plan.

I wish you well with your plans for the next two weeks and the 26.2 miles in New York.

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FELIXC 10/18/2009 3:03PM

    You're gonna do it, Molly!

Woo hoo!

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BRIGHID_MORGAN 10/18/2009 3:00PM

    You can do it. Much luck to you!

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Three weeks and counting....

Saturday, October 10, 2009

On Sunday, October 11, it will be exactly three weeks until the NYC Marathon.

Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race.

This idea seems to be working. I have lost 2.6 lbs. over the last three weeks. I am following my MIT schedule and getting in all my required training miles. I did not do well with my eating last week and I actually thought I would be up slightly....thank goodness I still managed to lose even if it was minimal. This coming week will also be tough as we have dinner plans 3 night but I am going to just do the best I can. These blogs aren't just about losing weight. They are helping me to remember to take my vitamins, drink my water, limit my fast food and soda and keep up with my required training schedule. Losing some weight in the process is just a bonus. I really feel like I have hit my running stride in the last couple weeks so something must be working.

So here we go again. This is my plan for the week of October 11-17:

Sunday 11: No Required Exercise: 2 miles running. 1.25 miles walking
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 1030 hours in bed. felt well rested in am.
Going out to dinner with family. Just try to keep eating reasonable: Split my entree. only drank water. opted to eat a piece of flatbread instead of a dinner roll with butter as appetizer. only downside was that I ordered dessert. that is definitely my weakest area.
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Monday 12: Run (or cross train) 4 miles: YES
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730 in bed.
Eat between 1500-1600 calories: 1495
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Tuesday 13: Run (or cross train) 4 miles: YES
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 7 hours in bed.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: 1689
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Wednesday 14: Run (or cross train) 7-8 miles: YES, 8 miles of cross training.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 8 hours in bed.
Eat between 1600-1750 calories: 1507
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Thursday 15: Run (or cross train) 4-5 miles: NO. decided to take the day off from running, cycling, etc. Just took the dogs for a 2 mile walk.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 745 hours in bed.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: 1660
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Friday 16: Run/walk 3 miles: YES + 2. Tried to make up for yesterday and for going out to dinner with friends tonight.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water:
Get 8 hours of sleep: 9 hours in bed.
Going out to dinner with friends. Just try and keep dinner reasonable. DID OKAY. estimate calories at 2819. had eaten very well during the day to allow for splurge at dinner.
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: NO. one coke with dinner.
Check and record weight: down 2 lbs....yeah!

Saturday 17: No required exercise: 3 miles walking the dog.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 6 hours in bed.
Having dinner with husband's family. Just try and keep dinner reasonable. DID OKAY. estimate 2274. had only water to drink with dinner. lots of munchies available to snack on all evening. kept the snacking in check with only a few splurges.

Wish me luck. I will edit blog each day to try and keep myself accountable!

  
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LADYIRISH317 10/11/2009 1:28PM

    You go, girl! I won't wish you luck but success. Luck means it's out of your control. You've grabbed control, and you deserve to be very proud of yourself.

Let us know how the race goes!

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Four weeks and counting.....

Saturday, October 03, 2009

On Sunday, October 4, it will be exactly four weeks until the NYC Marathon.

Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race.

This idea seems to be working. I have lost 1.2 pounds each week for the last two weeks. I am following my MIT schedule and getting in all my required training miles. I still seem to be slipping up at least one day a week but I am trying not to be too hard on myself. This has been the best that I have been doing in all areas (exercise, eating, sleeping, etc.) in a long time. Here is to hoping that my body continues to respond to the changes that I am trying to implement over the next several weeks.

Here we go again. This is my plan for the week of October 4-10:

Sunday 4: No Required Exercise: 2 miles walking. 2.25 miles walking the dogs.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730 hours in bed. nap in afternoon.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: 1690
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Monday 5: Run (or cross train) 6 miles: YES + 2. weather was perfect and week might be hectic so thought I should get the extra miles in just in case.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730 hours in bed. not restful. woke up several times in the night.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: 1700
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Tuesday 6: Run (or cross train) 5 miles: NO. run/walk 3.25 miles. had to work late. had MIT banquet to attend in evening. tried to run/walk before hand. legs very tired. realize it had been 11 days since I had taken a day off. may have to reconsider workout plan this week.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: NO. 615 in bed.
Eat between 1600-1900 calories: NO. estimate 3225. had MIT banquet. ate okay during dinner but we stayed long enough that I was hungry again afterwards and basically had a 4th meal.
No fast food: NO. ate 4th meal at McDonalds.
No soda pop: NO. one small cherry coke from McDonalds.

Wednesday 7: Run (or cross train) 8 miles: YES. all cross training to give my legs a break from pounding the pavement.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: NO. 645 in bed. did take one hour nap in afternoon
Eat between 1600-1900 calories: 1627
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Thursday 8: Run (or cross train) 5-6 miles: YES. rode equivalent to 5.67 miles.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 9 hours. very restful. felt great in the morning.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: NO. 2331. went out to dinner at LaChatalaine. Actually I was proud of myself. did not get dessert. did not drink pop although I did get a hot chocolate as I had just rode my bike for about 75 minutes in the cold rain. also got a child's portion of mac n' cheese.
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Friday 9: Run/walk 1-2 mile: NO. weather bad and didn't want to go all the way to the gym for 1-2 miles. can't do more with the long run tomorrow. thought it would be good to rest the legs. it has been 2 weeks since I have taken a day off from exercise.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: NO. 630 hours in bed.
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: NO. not counting calories for the next couple days. very stressed with work and big run coming up. these blogs the last couple weeks have helped and I will get back on track Monday but I have decided I am taking the weekend off.
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: NO. one can of Coke.
Check and record weight: down 0.2 lbs. was okay with that considering when I did my calculations, I was planning on being up by almost a half a pound.

Saturday 10: Run 20 miles: YES. good run. last long run before the "big"day. I am now officially in taper mode.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 9 hours of sleep: 11 hours in bed. I was exhausted. got up at 5 am, ran 20 miles, went to tailgate, came home and tried to watch some football but about 930, could hardly keep my eyes open.
Try to stay under 3300 calories: decided not to track calories this weekend. see note from Friday. I know I ate ALOT of calories as I was starved after the run plus it was buckeye football tailgating today. that being said, I also burned almost 2200 calories because not only did I run 20 but I ended up walking almost 3 miles today as well.

Wish me luck. I will edit blog each day to try and keep myself accountable!

  
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RUNSHANBUN 10/4/2009 6:55PM

    Molly! Good luck, I was really tickled to "officially" meet you this weekend. I know you can do this and stay on track...!

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Five weeks and counting.....

Friday, September 25, 2009

On Sunday, Sept. 27, it will be exactly five weeks until the NYC Marathon.

Since I have really been lazy with my exercise, my eating, my sleeping patterns, etc for several months now, I am going to post a weekly schedule for me to follow. I am hoping this will give me that last big push to lose those extra pounds, feel good and have a great race.

It worked pretty well last week. I really only had one day where I did not follow my plan. The bad news is that I was REALLY bad on that one day. The good news is, I felt REALLY good all week. Although I wasn't sleeping that well, my workouts were good and I could tell my body was responding to a more balanced schedule.

So here we go again. This is my plan for the week of September 27- October 3rd:

Sunday 27: Run 20-22 miles: YES. did have to do some run/walk to get all the miles in
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 9 hours of sleep: 10 hours in bed. woke up frequently R/T storms
Eat between 3000-3300: 3044
No fast food: YES. did dine out at sit down restaurant
No soda pop: NO.

Monday 28: Recovery run/walk for 1-2 miles: YES. 2 mile run followed by 2 mile walk
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 7 hours in bed. did not sleep well
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: 1579
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Tuesday 29: Run (or cross train) 3 miles: YES + 2. five miles running followed by one mile walking
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730 in bed. woke up several times
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: 1617
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Wednesday 30: Run (or cross train) 5 miles: YES + 1. two miles running and four miles cross training.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: YES. took a nap also in afternoon
Eat between 1600-1800 calories: 1580
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES

Thursday 1: Run (or cross train) 4 miles: YES + 2. worked 10.5 hours. decided not to go to the gym. felt guilty for overeating. went to gym at 815pm and did 6 miles of cross training on the elliptical. very proud of myself
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 7 hours in bed; felt restful in am
Eat between 1600-1800 calories: NO. estimate 2621. better than my cheat day last Friday so I guess that is a plus.
No fast food: YES. did get pizza
No soda pop: NO. one Mountain Dew

Friday 2: No required exercise: 1 mile running. 1 mile walking
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 730
Eat between 1600-1700 calories: 1671
No fast food: YES
No soda pop: YES
Check and record weight: down another 1.2 lbs. seems to be the magic number for me.

Saturday 3: Run 10-12 miles: YES. ran 12 miles with some hill work thrown in.
Take vitamins: YES
Drink 8 glasses of water: YES
Get 7 hours of sleep: 930 hours in bed. took nap in afternoon as well.
Try to stay under 2500 calories: 2696. so-so. didn't create a calorie deficit but did manage to break about even...may be 100-200 calorie(s) over.

Wish me luck. I will edit blog each day to try and keep myself accountable!

  
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RUNSWITHDEER 9/29/2009 1:32PM

    You will be ready. There's time left.
Go the distance. Take care of yourself.
Hopefully, I'll see you there, my friend.

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THANNYAOSUNA 9/25/2009 9:38PM

    You can do it and good luck

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