Friday, May 28, 2010
Well, this was my first month in maintenance. I started and ended this month at 145.1. Well, that sure sounds like I maintained, doesn't it? But actually, I gained about 5 pounds due to 4 over-eating days (in a row) around Mother's Day, then spent the rest of the month losing it again!
Otherwise, it was a roller coaster of a month. I didn't get to the gym as often as I should or wanted to, but the stress of work really took its toll on me. I worked at my desk during my lunches so I didn't have to work late or bring work home because I wanted to enjoy my evenings with my family. But that meant sacrificing my lunchtime work-outs. I feel like I've become more out of shape and less toned this month and I NEED to get back to the gym.
BUT, on the other hand, I did 2 5Ks this month. A great 5K for Race for the Cure- it was the most I'd ran without walking and I achieved a PR! Then a disappointing 5K this past weekend (whole separate blog on that!). But I did both of them.
We are going to be on vacation for an entire week visiting with family the first full week of June. We won't have internet, so I'll be without Spark. My plan is to keep a food journal to keep me honest and I can enter the info when I get home. I already mapped out a few different walk/run courses from Spark and the house we are renting has a pool. I'm hoping to get some exercise in and I can track that in my journal as well. It will be a challenge, but I know I can do it!
I also just signed up for my first 10K for July 3rd. That means I have just over a month to get back in gear and get in some serious training. I also need to get myself fitted for some real running shoes. I am hoping that will make a difference, too!
Thirteen months down, the rest of my life to enjoy!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
So, I ran/walked another 5K this weekend. It was more of a "fun run" than I had been involved with before. No one could tell where the starting line was or where the course went. I knew when I signed up that there were no timing chips, but I anticipated a large timing clock. I didn't see one anywhere, so as the run started, I looked at my watch (regular watch, not digital) and made note of the minute hand.
Five minutes into the run, I was ready to stop and go home. I knew the run took place at the park, but assumed it was on paths or trails. No. The first part was on the grass. It was unmowed, bumpy, uneven grass. Then it shifted to a local farm where we ran on the tractor paths. Part was smooth, part was uneven, part was weedy, but it was covered in... rattlesnake holes. There were even signs telling us to watch out for rattlesnakes. I spent the entire run looking at my feet making sure I did not trip and fall. The course was also made up mainly of switchbacks. I'm okay with an out and back course, but we must have made at least 4 tight u-turns! Those turns, combined with the bottleneck, really slowed me down.
Just as I crossed the finish line (also the start line), I saw the miniature timing clock. 35:15. I checked my watch after I crossed the finish line and (using the minute hand only) figured I was somewhere in the 34 minute range. Considering the course and the fact I spent more time watching my feet, I can't complain. (My PR is 33:57).
So, the bottom line is that I am not a fan of "cross country" running. I did not feel comfortable with the uneven terrain. I also know I need to avoid the true fun runs, or least go with a different mindset. But after seeing a lot of parents and kids running together, it has made me more excited to find a kids run that I can do with my 4.5 year old!
Every run is an experience that I learn from. This 5K was no different!
Now, I just need to sign up for some runs this summer!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I have been at my goal weight for about 2 months now. Not a long time, I know, but it's a start. After I hit my goal weight, I continued to lose a few pounds because I was still in "weight-loss" mode. I updated my Spark info and it recalculated my calories to a higher range. That makes sense, but I had a hard time meeting even the lower part of my new range!
So, I've been trying to shift my thinking from "weight-loss" to "weight maintenance." That is HARD! And I think I've been doing it wrong. I've been allowing myself extra treats rationalizing that they now fit in my calorie range. Or that I deserve it after losing 60 pounds in a year. BUT, I need to remember those treats are what got me to be overweight and unhealthy in the first place. For myself, I need to go back to what worked for me to lose the weight in the first place. I need to give my body those extra calories in a healthy way, not in sweets or fried foods.
My wake-up call that I wasn't doing a good job maintaining my weight was when I got on the scale this morning and it was 5 pounds higher than it was 4 days ago! Now, I know exactly where I went astray: date night with ice cream, Mother's Day brunch with cheesy hashbrowns and brownies, take-out Chinese high in sodium and a birthday dinner with to-die-for-cupcakes. Now, I don't necessarily think any one of these meals was awful- it was the fact that I ate all of them in a four day period!
I have also felt "off" the past few days. I have not slept well for the past few days and I have felt distracted and unfocused. I have found it difficult to concentrate at work. Plus, I am either fighting off an oncoming cold or dealing with allergies from all the blooms.
Regardless, I am hoping that the five pound increase on the scale is not actual gain, but maybe water retention or bloating from the insane amount of sweets! Maybe it is related to the lack of sleep. I don't know and it may be an actual gain that I will have to lose. We shall see.
But at least I have maintained my exercising and will continue to do so. Today is actually my first of six personal training sessions my husband got me for my Spark-iversary. I've worked with this trainer before and I know this work-out will kick my butt! Just what I need to get back on track and focus!
Monday, May 10, 2010
If you've followed my comments over the past week, you already know that last Monday, I dropped a 10 pound weight on my toe at the gym. My big toe bruised instantly, but fortunately it wasn't broken! But of course, the first thought that came to my mind was how was I going to run the 5K on Saturday? I couldn't even walk without wincing in pain!
I made it through the week wearing wide-toed shoes and not applying pressure to the top of my toe. Fortunately, the pain was centralized to the top of my toe. Walking did not hurt, it was the pressure from my shoe on my toe that hurt. As the week went on, my toe felt better, but my running shoes still hurt my toe. I decided on Friday that I would still go to the 5K, but would walk it if I needed to.
On Friday night as I was getting my gear together for the next morning, I had an idea. What if I wore a different pair of shoes to the 5K? I have several pairs of athletic shoes, but none of them are "running" shoes, nor I had I ever run in them before. I tried on my running shoes- it hurt my toe just to walk in them. I tried on a pair of my regular Nikes- it didn't hurt to walk. So, I was left with a decision to make. Do I wear the shoes I know I can run in, but they hurt my injured toe or do I try to run in shoes I have never run in before?
Well, I took the plunge and wore my regular Nikes. Not only was I able to walk without pain, but I was able to run! I finished the 5K with a personal best time of 33 minutes 57 seconds! I wish I could make these shoes my "new" running shoes, but by the end of the run, my other toes were feeling squished.
This was the best I've felt running. It was the "easiest" 5K that I have done. I don't know if the course was "better", if the weather was "better", or if I was "better," but it felt great! I have struggled with enjoying running since I began last November and have faltered in my training efforts since I just have not enjoyed it. But this past weekend made me hopeful that I could begin to enjoy/love running like so many other people do!
All I know is that I am going to keep trying. I've got another 5K at the end of the month. Hmm, I wonder which shoes I'll wear?
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