Thursday, March 28, 2013
It was nice enough to run outside tonight but my mind told me to head to the gym so I did just that. I jumped on the treadmill and started my second week of training runs. At first I started out at a slooow jog. By the end of the session I was pushing myself faster and longer.
When I hit a mile I cheered and almost hit the woman next to me so she could see I'd improved my time by one minute. I didn't ... I let her finish her run in peace. I rejoiced though!!
It was a good day for working out. My legs are sore and I love that.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
My weight stalled, again. I've been bouncing around the same five pounds for about three months now. *FRUSTRATING*
Doc's office pinged me about a month ago to remind me to have my adrenals tested again. I had to wait and save the money for the cost of test and consultation to review the results. These tests aren't cheap kids!!
Cortisol levels will muck up your weight loss along with other fun stuff on the inside and I've been treating my adrenals for the better part of two years. I've tested multiple times and the results, this time, show a marked improvement but that support is still needed.
Prior to my consult with Doc I emailed him the facts about my diet and workouts which included a list of questions. On average I consume 900 to 1200 calories a day. On average I strength train three days a week with each session lasting 30 minutes. I've recently added back cardio (C25K) three days a week with a maximum of 45 minutes.
Doc agreed that the strength training was an excellent addition and to keep the cardio limited to 45 minutes on my off ST days. My system does NOT process high amounts of cardio well, as in, I'll gain weight. It happens regardless of what the "other professionals" tell ya. *FACE/PALM*
He asked if I'm hungry all the time based on my calorie intake to which I replied no due to all the protein and natural fiber I take in. He asked what I generally eat to which I listed my proteins and veg ... no push back from him. As I suspected, he asked if I ever "cheated" and I answered, yes. Gotta tell your doctor the truth boys and girls! I told him before it was once a week and now it's down to once a month. He wasn't surprised by the admission based on the average numbers but admitted even those cheat episodes would NOT stop the weight loss. *THANK YOU*
In the end, he is concerned that we are missing something. As he said, you can't consume that little, burn that much and NOT drop the lbs. Again, *THANK YOU!*
My latest assignments:
+ Stay the course with the adrenal support
+ Have a digestive test completed - that involves a stool test (this one will make three)
+ Thyroid test ... a full panel to be ordered by my General Physician.
The last two tests are super expensive and with a looming job lose it might take a hot minute for me to save those funds. *SIGH*
I'm down a total of 125 lbs, on another plateau but fitter and healthier than I've been in my 42 years of life. I'll fight the good fight and continue to push forward on this wellness journey of mine.
I was a little surprised that Doc mentioned that I only need to drop another 30 lbs. In my mind I have it more like 50 lbs. I guess I'll reevaluate when I get to his number and see what I see. Admittedly, 30 sounds a heck of a lot better than 50! I'd either weigh 175 or 155 ... well, I won't worry my little head over this number now. I got me bigger things to dwell on.
Monday, March 18, 2013
I climbed out of my comfort zone this past weekend and traveled out of town so I could participate in a race. I NEVER thought I'd do that but now that I've broken that barrier there's no telling what will happen. HA!
My fitness friend and I left Friday afternoon to travel to Sacramento. We didn't want to leave home at 4:30 a.m. on race day and we wanted to have a bit of girl fun too.
We found the Fleet Feet Sports with relative ease that afternoon and picked up our race bib, timing chip and shirt. After the pick up we made our rounds in the store and I touched and admired EVERYTHING. They even had a boutique shop adjacent to which they gave us a coupon that I used. Shiny new things were bound to be mine and at a discount!
I wondered back to the Fleet Feet store to try and find a belt that would hold my cell phone, key and ID while out running the streets. While there I ran into Dan from The Biggest Loser, season five. He and his mom were in town as the "celebrities" for the race.
Me and Dan
He really is a great guy; very down to earth and happy. We didn't talk much, he was shopping for new shiny stuff for his marathon the next day. I finally found and purchased a belt! I used it during the 5K and adore it.
Race Day! We were up and out of the hotel room by 6:00 a.m. I had peanut butter, water and coffee to get me through. I noted that my fitness friend is NOT a morning person, HA! No worries, I kept my chatter down and she perked up when the sun came up.
There were 2,000 participants for the race. It was clear that everyone was so excited to be there. The volunteers were amazing! And I do mean amazing!! This was one of the best organized races I've been too and everyone had a smile on their face the whole time.
We started at 8:00 a.m. sharp and the course took us through part of Old Sacramento and looped around from there. There were a couple of inclines that I wasn't expecting but didn't stop me at all. Our weather was cool and dry for the entire race. There were three sections on the course where they had music playing and one of those was a live band. At each mile marker they had inspirational quotes on banners that really spoke to ya when you were moving on by. The volunteers to cheer us on where again wonderful and throughout the course. Lots of high fives, shout outs and cheers.
I used the race as a training day so ran/walked the entire thing. It seemed like my running parts always came up when there was an incline ... FEEL.THE.BURN!
My fitness friend wanted to do the intervals with me which made me nervous. I suspected all along that she was quicker than I am when it comes to running and that proved to be correct. At each running interval she would take off like a rocket and I'd plug along behind. Of course, my recovery time was a lot quicker than hers and she admitted she doesn't know how to pace herself.
We began the race outside Raley Field and ended the race inside the stadium. When we neared the end I told my friend just book it and not look back to which she did. I finished strong and felt good!
Me at post race...
After the race we walked around to take a look at vendors and watch others cross the finish line. Many participants were first timers and just oozed with happiness. *LOVE*
While walking around I ran into Jackie, season five, contestant and mom to Dan. It is clear that she and Dan are committed to a healthy lifestyle and have stayed fit even after their time at the Biggest Loser ranch.
Jackie and Me
All the professional photo's taken during and after the race will be emailed to us and downloadable for free. Seriously, how cool is that! That email should be rolling in later this week and I'm looking forward to seeing what shots they took of me.
This was the first Biggest Loser race in Sacramento and if it happens again next year, I'm there! I'm not a hug supporter of the actual show for many reasons but I am a supporter of activities that gets us and keeps us moving.
I'm looking forward to great race season and improving my time.
I placed 30th
Overall Placement 187
Chip Time 48:50.3
Logged a 15:45/M
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