Thursday, October 01, 2009
I am finally starting to see some movement on the scale (in the correct direction) and am hopeful that the scale will tip in below 180lbs tomorrow.
I started this challenge at 182lbs, so a 5% loss is 9lbs for a goal of 173lbs. Originally I didn't think this would be a problem, 'til I hit the plateau and difficulty breaking below 182lbs. I will probably still make the 5% loss, but was hoping to be at 160lbs at the end of November to hit my final goal at Christmas time.
My original goal (set in Jan 2009) was to be at 175lbs by Canadian Thanksgiving. I don't think I'll quite make the additional 6lbs I need to loose in the next 10days, but that's OK! I will continue to work hard to loose those pound this month. In the end it doesn't matter if I've lost it by Thanksgiving or by Hallowe'en or even if it takes until Christmas.
What really matters is that I am still running, getting healthier and eating well. Even better my family is becoming more active, eating healthier and loosing weight too. My husband and son have both lost weight... My husband has joined SparkPeople. My son is exercising more, and eating better.
So what are my goals -- I'm aiming to be at or below 175lbs by Hallowe'en and at or below 150lbs by my 13th wedding anniversary in February.
I'm thinking of entering a 10km run sometime in the spring. There is one that would be great in November, but its the weekend right after my brother's graduation, so I don't think I'll be ready. I still haven't run 10km either. I'm getting closer, I can run most of my 7km runs... with a few walks up the steeper hills or for drink breaks or for changing the music on my iPod...
There is a big spring 10km run here, but I don't think I want to run it. The last time I ran it I found there were too many people. I think I will try and find a smaller run.
New Fitness Tracking
I love the new Mileage Tracker and Steps Tracker! Thanks SparkPeople for adding it.
I've set a goal of 7,000 steps a day, but this is what I would like to aim for on my low days. Most days I'm above 10,000 steps, but on cardio days (RUNNING days) I will often hit 20,000 plus steps. I love wearing my pedometer. It has become my watch -- I haven't worn a watch in approximately 15 years. I lost it getting into the van on Monday night but was lucky that my husband found it in the parking lot in the rain. It was wet, but hadn't been run over and still worked!
The mileage tracker is great and so far this week (Sunday til 11AM Thursday) I have walked or ran 29.29kms of my weekly goal of 30km. I think I'll need to figure out what my weekly goal should be.... I don't know if 30km is high enough, but then again this week has included some long runs (one 9km) plus walking to school with the kids...
I am still falling down here... but trying to fit in something. I'd much rather lace up my shoes and go for a run than pick up the weights. Tonight I'm scheduled to do my core exercises. I think I'll generate a list of exercises to do and check off once they are done.
I am getting between 6 and 8 hours a night. Getting 8 hours a night is rare for me, and if I get more than 8 hours, the last 2-3 hours of it don't seem to be restful. A few days if I have a long run in the morning, I really wish I could have an afternoon power nap -- instead of lacing up the shoes and walking up to the school.
I have been doing well getting into my calorie range daily and keeping my carbs, fibre and fat within range is generally ok. Since I don't eat meat, I find that getting enough fats into my diet is sometimes difficult -- I've been trying to add more nuts (gotta remember to add them to the grocery list) and I'm using an olive oil salad dressing. Protein is another issue -- I'm usually in the low end or below the recommended range. To get to the lower end of my range I've usually consumed some type of protein supplement (shake or bar). I eat eggs, cheese, beans and sometimes fish...