Thursday, October 01, 2009
Well, the build up leading up to my first 5K is over. I think it'd be easy to call it a day and say, "I did the 5K, good enough." But I need to set new goals immediately and keep the momentum going!
So I'm going to finish C25K this month, and hopefully will be running the full 3.1 miles before November 1. I've signed up for ANOTHER 5K on November 1 called the Superhero 5K, where runners are expected to be in costume! Woo hoo! Sounds like a lot of fun. I only wish more of my friends were adventurous enough to try it with me. So far it's a no go, which surprises me. It's not like I'm so fast that they should worry about looking stupid or whatever.
Someone asked me, "Are you training for a marathon?" And I had to laugh at that, because never in a million, billion years would I think to answer yes to that question at any time in the past. Even now, 26 miles seems like torture, something completely impossible.
But when perusing the race board on Cool Runnings, I found an awesome half-marathon on the NH seacoast in November, which is one of my favorite places in the world. I've often said I'd love to bike the seacoast, but I'm always afraid of all the crazy drivers who don't share the road with cyclists. Now I see an opportunity to do something active next year and to keep me motivated. So right now I'm going to set the goal of completing a half marathon in November 2010.
Now, I don't even know that I'm going to like long-distance running, so we'll see how I do with my next few 5Ks and then 10Ks before I commit to this, but it's nice to have something in my sights!
I still haven't gotten my reward for 249 pounds: the new running shoes. I'm going to go tomorrow! I'm EXCITED!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
September was a great month, especially given I had a vacation in it and a 5K race! But I lagged in the C25K program and amping up the fitness minutes and strength training. It's clear that my goals for October need to be fitness related. I feel better when I exercise, but why is it I hate to go to the gym after a long day at work?
22 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days
1225 fitness minutes
11,190 calories burned
Ran 3/4 mile at a time
28 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1570 fitness minutes
11,587 calories burned
Began strength training
Ran 1.5 miles at a time
20 days of cardio exercise
6 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days
1215 fitness minutes
10,831 calories burned
Continued strength training
Ran 2 miles at a time
SEPTEMBER GOALS and RESULTS:
-Continue to track everyday
I did this! I tracked all my food in New Orleans, although I didn't calorie count. I did keep myself accountable to what I ate. This is my most powerful tool in weight loss.
-Lose 8-10 pounds
WOOHOO! Today I stepped on the scale and lost another pound, which means I did it! 8 pounds lost for the month, which is great considering I was on vacation and didn't work out as much as I should have. Bringing me to...
-Increase fitness minutes
Big boooo to me on this one. I actually did worse this month than in any month I've been on SP, which is a huge fail. I chalk it up to longer hours at work and having my husband injured, which means no more tennis/basketball sessions for a little while. Obviously this needs to be my goal for October.
-Increase strength training/Start strength training at gym
I did increase my strength training, which wasn't much of a goal given I was doing practically NONE beforehand, but I didn't venture over to the strength machines at the gym. They are just so intimidating, and whenever I DO get to the gym, I always figure I should get on the elliptical because I can burn the most calories that way. GRR.
-Be consistent with C25K
I wasn't. I won't lie. Fail here.
-Focus on water intake and breathing exercises
It was so easy to drink water at the beginning of my SP journey. Wonder why it's so difficult now? Still need to work on this and concentrate on my breathing while running.
-Don't blow it during the New Orleans weekend
I clearly didn't blow it. YEAH! More info on this, see my NOLA report card: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
-Run and complete Komen Race for the Cure 5K
My greatest acheivement of the month. I ran the race in under 45 minutes, which was my goal, and only walked for about a half mile of it. I did way better than I thought that I would! For more details, see my 5K blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
-Explore local markets/farmstands
Yum. I love the farmers' market. So glad I made this goal! I got fresh kale, bok choy, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, and zucchini. So delicious and inexpensive too! Going to another one this weekend!
-Make treats count! Less packaged junk, more homemade goodies!
Definitely did this. My chocolate/sugar cravings are almost nonexistent (except when people are shoving cake in my face... grrr) but I ate homemade stuff and kept the packaged junk to a bare minimum.
-Continue to track everyday
-Lose 8-10 pounds
-Increase fitness minutes to 1600+
-Start strength training at gym and home strength training 3x per week
-Finish C25K and do more runs outside
-Complete the Superhero 5K (Nov. 1), beat my last time, do it without walking
-Drink 10 glasses of water per day; breathe while running and stretching
-More healthy cooking at home, less eating out
Sunday, September 27, 2009
It's that time of month again... measurements! I had put them off due to vacation, but I did them yesterday again. Post-5K I'm still at 246, but a lot of it is due to high sodium (Chinese food, fries, and other crappy snacks) and being in the high ranges the last few days (finally went grocery shopping yesterday post-NOLA; we were eating take out and at families' houses last week). Getting serious starting today. I need to get as rigorous with the cardio as I was in August and start eating around 1400 instead of 1700.
Body Part - June - July - August - September
Waist - 46 - 43.5 - 41 - 39
Hips - 53 - 50.5 - 49.5 - 48.5
Neck - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5
Thigh - 32 - 31 - 30 - 29
Upper Arm - 16 - 16 - 15.5 - 15
Inches lost since August: 5
Waist - 2
Hips - 1
Neck - 0.5
Thigh - 1
Upper Arm - 0.5
Inches lost total: 17
Waist - 7
Hips - 4.5
Neck - 1.5
Thigh - 3
Upper Arm - 1
Still losing about the same inches per month! And below a 40-inch waist! Nice!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Well, the day came at last. I ran my first 5K! My official time was 44:49, a 14:26/mile pace, but since this was a charity run/walk, there were a mix of walkers and runners. For some odd and unknown reason, one of the volunteers allowed the walkers to skip a 1/2 mile loop and when I got back from it, there were all walkers blocking my way. Grr! So honestly, I think I could have finished it in 42-43 minutes if I didn't have those obstacles!
Here's me goofing around before the race in the hall.
And here's me pre-race. I know I don't have full body shots up on SP but man, seeing this photo, I look a LOT different than I did four months ago.
Finally, here I am post race! A lot more flushed! It was not a hilly course, thank goodness, but there were some setbacks... the walkers, as I mentioned before. And the fact that it got a ton warmer/sunnier than I thought it was and I was wearing black. Oh and that 1/2 mile loop that was covered in rocks and bird poop!
One of the most gratifying things about the race was running along people supporting their friends and family fighting (or who have fought) breast cancer and watching the survivors (some of them 60+) run with me. The energy was electrifying! And there were runners who were bigger than me doing a really terrific job. I wanted to yell "Go Fat Runners' Club!" but obviously I didn't, cos you know, uh, they wouldn't get the joke, not being on Sparkpeople and all.
My husband didn't run due to his knee injury, but he was there at the start with the mayor of Boston and he got his photo taken with him. At the end of the race, he said he was surprised by my time and was expecting me to come in around the 50:00 mark and hugged me and told me how proud he was of me. Happy birthday, hun!!!
I did walk for probably 1/4 of the course, and that's all right, considering I never officially finished Couch to 5K. I'm addicted to road races now and next time I'll pick one that is runners only. My new goal is to run the whole way without stopping and of course, to beat my time! And no, I didn't come in last either. There about 200 people behind me.
I have to thank everyone here at SP who has pushed me along. My amazing Sparkbuds who give me comments, goodies and positive energy every day; the members of the C25K Group; my crew in the Fat Runners Club; and all the people who wrote such amazing comments on my blog "But I'm Too Fat to Run!"
I started running at 275 pounds and I ran a 5K at 244 pounds. There's no limit to what I can do!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
OMG, you guys. Have you ever had one of those days when things that are completely and totally bad for you are just accosting you at every turn? That's today. I think I've been lucky recently in that I've definitely lost my extreme sweet tooth and haven't been very tempted by cakes, cookies, etc. My cravings for sugar have definitely subsided.
I have an EXCELLENT cafeteria at work, and I'm lucky that they provide healthy choices with a little logo displaying that they are low in calories, fat and sodium. So usually I get something that's delicious, but still very healthy. So this morning I was going for my two eggs with a few homefries, one of my favorite breakfasts, when the "Breakfast Item of the Day" stares at me.
A fresh Cranberry Peach Scone drizzled in icing sugar. And it was hot out of the oven and the sugar was melting and oh-so-gooey on the plate.
And I resisted. Go back to my desk. But the guy who sits next to me DID NOT resist. No, of course not. He brought the delicious scone back to the office so that we could all smell it, with peachy baked steam wafting throughout.
So lunch. I planned to get a veggie burger and a side salad. So I order it at the grill and start talking to a co-worker while I wait. And she's just getting salad bar, so I talk and walk with her as she fills her plate up. And then makes her way to the desserts. Now usually, the dessert bar doesn't tempt me. It's usually just a few sad looking cookies and brownies. I mean, I'm sure they're good, but I know what they taste like, so it's not like a huge thing.
Then it stares at me. The Magic Bar. The single bakery item that caused me to put on the Freshman 15 (or 30) in college. They were legend, and we couldn't wait for Fridays when they'd be on the menu. Coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch, marshmallow, all in a butter drenched graham cracker base. Ugh. I actually reach for the tongs for a second, then stop.
WHAT AM I DOING?
Coworker goes and pays for her food and I get my veggie burger and add a delicious roasted brussel sprout side salad. But then I have to pass those desserts on the way to the cashier.
WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?
What it was was two perfect white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies and in the middle was this custard frosting. Holy god, it looked delicious. And darn it if I didn't start reaching for those tongs again...
Until I saw....
Vanilla Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting Injected with Strawberries and Cream. Next to it was a Chocolate Cupcake with Fudge Frosting Injected with Raspberries and Molten Chocolate.
OMG. What the heck is going on? Had I fallen into a alternate universe?
Then I realized that I had been smart. I knew my veggie burger and salad would cost exactly $4. So I had brought $4 downstairs. All those tempting sweets could tempt away because without that extra $1 I wasn't getting them!
A good trick to remember in the future!
As you might notice in the comments, it is also a coworker's birthday, and the chocolate raspberry molten chocolate cake has made it to my office..... OMG!
I decide to take a long bathroom break in the hopes that the cake is eaten by the office vultures before I return. Instead, I return to a piece of the cake next to my computer.
I take a tiny bite of the cake. You know what? I had idealized it. It was WAY too sweet with WAY too much frosting. I throw the rest away.
"Anyone want seconds? There's so much cake here." Many coworkers comply. I think I'm over it now.
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