Friday, August 06, 2010
Last night I RAN, let me say that again, I RAN my second 5k, and this time I didn't stop at all - my first one I had to walk for a minute, but this time I ran it all, and the awesome part of that is that my best friend came into town to run it with me, and it was her FIRST 5k, and she RAN the whole thing too!!!
I am SO very proud of us!!! It gives me chills just even thinking about it!!!
This was the 13th Annual Elvis Is Alive 5K, which is a non-competitive event and takes place on Chicago's lakefront. The race benefits Girls On the Run, a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.
After getting fully dressed in our Elvis attire, which my best friend sewed that day, and our iron-on "E" letters, we took the train into the city. We then took a cab from the train station, but with President Obama in town the traffic was so bad that we hopped out of the cab and walked/ran to Grant Park so we wouldn't be late.
We started off in the front of the pack - normally only the fastest runners start off in the front corral, but if you were dressed head to toe as Elvis, as we were, you could get the honorary place at the front. I have to admit, I was scared to be up front. I am a slow runner, and I knew the people would blow past me, and the fast runners were ready right behind the Elvises! But my best friend Cheri wanted to be up front (better chances of getting on the evening news, lol) so I did it. It wasn't as scary as I thought, everyone was very nice and we kept our pace. It was a perfect night for a run, lately the Chicago weather has been very humid but it cooled down a bit and there was a nice breeze. The run was along the lakefront, so the view was gorgeous. I didn't think I would finish without walking as the other 5k I did was in the morning and so it wasn't as hot out, and this time I WAS dressed as Elvis, but I did it! I ran the whole thing with my best friend at my side! How cool is THAT!!!
My sister, Kris, and her boyfriend Ben ran it too and my sister made us all capes to wear. She also pinched my butt as she passed me, and her boyfriend didn't pass me until the end, so that made me feel like I was sort of in shape :)
This was a fun run, so it wasn't timed, but my finish time was right about 40 minutes, about what I did last time. I am so proud!!! There were a LOT of people walking, more than I've ever seen, and I think it might have been the heat, but we kept on going! People cheered us along the way saying "Go Elvis!" Cheri was even dancing AS she was running toward the end, and she didn't want it to end, she was having so much fun.
There was a great after party with peanut butter and banana bagels and Goose Island beer. I danced my butt off, and pushed "start" on my HRM and burned 250 calories dancing alone! We also entered the Elvis contest, and while we didn't win, we got lots of cheers.
Also I ordered an XL shirt in my race packet as I signed up a few months ago, and it is WAY too big! I'm now officially a Large!
Then since we had time we walked back to the train station, a workout in itself as well!
I had so much fun and am so thankful to my best friend Cheri for coming into town to run this race with me, and for my sister Kris for inspiring me to run. I am hoping to make a trip out to Kansas City to run a 5k out there with Cheri!
I thank the Lord for giving me the strength to finish and thank all of my Spark friends for your continued love and support!!
Before the race (I'm on the left)
Us practicing our moves beforehand (I'm on the left)
Waiting for the train (I'm on the right)
Right before heading onto the start corral!
Elvis has LEFT the building!
Running with the Elvises
Running with the Elvises
Running along the Chicago lakefront
The finish line!
After the race (I'm on the left)
After the race with Elvis
After the race drinking our beers
Entered in the Elvis costume contest
Me with my cape on, trying to get the crowd to cheer (and my arms don't look too bad here!)
Monday, August 02, 2010
July Progress Report:
Start weight: 234
End weight: 230 (this was my Goal for the month)
Weight lost: 4 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 27.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 68 lbs.
Measurements: I’m going to take these tomorrow morning and post.
Grade for the month: A+
I am on week 9 of C25K and can run for 30 minutes straight!
I am starting to feel abs of “steel” where my love handles used to be!
I was busy with board meeting stuff for a whole week and couldn’t run and felt itching to get back out there!!
I reached 1,000 fitness minutes!!! I realized on 7/22 that I only had 290 fitness minutes but worked my butt off to reach 1,000 minutes in July anyway!
Wearing my green dress, my husband couldn’t stop looking at my legs and complimented me right and left. It felt good!
I have been splitting my food and snacks. Meaning if I have a sandwich, I may only use half of a flatbread or piece of bread, and half of a piece of cheese instead of the whole thing, and I don’t miss that extra stuff! Cuts the calories in half! I also split Yoplait yogurt, the high calorie version and spread it out into 3 different snacks.
I made popcorn at the request of my husband and daughter one night for a movie night, but I didn’t have any more calories left to the day, so I resisted the popcorn! And I know it was good because I made it!
My legs are getting stronger and firmer. I feel strong!
Turning down the crispy chicken on McDonald's Bacon Ranch salad - the bacon and the ranch are enough, thank you very much.
My neighbor saying "Hey, you look great!"
Seeing my abs start to emerge
Looking at my own Spark page inspires me!
I like how I look in my sexy undies!
I got rid of my old grandma panties!
I have a bag-full more of clothes to give away!
I made an order of Pad Thai stretch four ways! Measured a serving for me for dinner, for my husband, and the next day had brought the rest for lunch, but it was too much! Had half for lunch leftover, still another serving left. In the past I have eaten that whole THING for dinner!
My beloved Coach watch is now floating down a good inch ˝ from my wrist instead of being tight on my wrist like it used to be (but I “made it work”!)
I turned down a pre-made ice cream cone! Hubby thought he was being sweet by having two cones waiting, one for each of us, to relax and settle down. However, I had just finished an hour long workout, looked at the cone and said “no way”! He was slightly reprimanded, but it was very sweet of him to think of me.
Had the nerve to TRY ON a running skirt. Didn’t purchase, but I didn’t look entirely terrible in it either.
Turned down stuffed pizza. Ate a healthy sandwich instead, made at home.
Fit into a size LARGE workout pant from JC Penney, and a size LARGE shirt!!!! I was so shocked that the XL was falling off of me!!!! And my rear looked quite good in them, if I do say so myself!
I ordered a healthy salad at the restaurant when going out, and asked for no fried onion strips on the salad AND balsamic dressing! Boo yah!
I went to the gym late at night this month (9:15 p.m.) and early in the morning (6 a.m.) (both firsts for me) I went to the gym at 9:15 to get my C25K run in before they closed at 10! I was one of the only people there.
My wedding set that hasn’t fit me in TEN years FITS!!! Comfortably I might add.
No PMS weight gain!
Things I’ve learned:
It’s good to have a balance. This month at the beginning of the month I had too much laziness due to vacation, and then a stressful week at work where I didn’t get time to workout. But I wanted to make my 1,000 fitness minutes, so I pushed at the end of the month. But it was very difficult to get those minutes in. I’ve learned that although I may be busy, or on vacation, I need to take time to move every day. Then it will just all add up and help to become even more of a lifestyle.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
So this morning I woke up at 4:30 AM. Now I typically sleep until 6:30, 7:00. Sometimes I do get up at 6 a.m. if I want to get a morning workout in. But 4:30? This was just ridiculous. I tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't. I've never gone to my gym before work, it's just always seemed easier to workout at home if I am going to work out in the a.m. But...the kids were asleep, my husband was asleep, and today was my running day. Today was the day I was going to finish Week 8 of C25K.
In my sleepy state I briefly thought that perhaps I should go to the gym. I quickly swatted that idea away, willing my body and mind to please, please, GO BACK to SLEEP.
But God had other plans for me this morning. I realized that if I got my morning run in I could spend some much needed time with my wonderful husband and kids. I could go straight home from work, something I haven't done on a Wednesday for a long time.
So, after about 30 minutes of staring at the wall, up I went, into the shower (yes, I know only to shower again, but I couldn't go to the club looking like I did, my hair is like a porcupine when I wake up in the morning).
I left hubby a post it note on the computer that simply said "Be back soon, honey. Went out running." (And felt like such a cool athlete just WRITING that!)
I was at the gym by 5:45 a.m.
But I DID IT.
I DID IT with the other committed, hard-bodied runners at my gym.
I DID IT among the pack of boot camp gym rats who whooshed past me at an alarmingly fast speed.
I DID IT even though I hadn't had my morning coffee.
I DID IT although after 5 minutes I could tell it was going to be a hard run for me.
I DID IT although my shuffle kept giggling against me and the cords kept falling out of my ears.
I DID IT even though I am bloated in my mid-section right now thanks to that time of month and felt like I was running with a tire around my belly.
I DID IT even though I'd rather be sleeping.
And I realized that I LOVE THIS.
I love the arm sweat, the face sweat, the feel of the soft track under my feet, the many windows around the track with the first signs of morning movement, birds, sky, grass.
I also discovered that running around the track at 5 a.m. is a good natural blow-dryer for my hair.
I finished my 28 minute run (the last day of Week 8!!) with a 5 minute warm-up and cool-down, stretched, showered and was home by 7 to make breakfast for my family and relax before work.
It's been a great morning!
Now onto work.
I'll leave you with my favorite lyrics of the day, courtesy of Missy Elliot from her song "Lose Control" feat. Ciara and Fatman Scoop.
"I’ve got a cute face
Thick legs in shape
Rump shakin both ways
Make you do a double-take
Planet rocka show stoppa
Flow proppa head knocka
Beat spalla tail droppa
Do ma thang..."
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The past 3 months I have reached 1,000 fitness minutes and this month I've been so busy with work that at the end of the month, on 7/22, I only have 290 minutes under my belt. There is a challenge at the DONE Girls team to reach 1,000 fitness minutes and I initially thought, oh, well, not gonna make it, it's too late.
But then I thought. Could I do it?
I decided that I CAN get to 1,000 fitness minutes in July, although at this point, on July 22nd, I only have a piddly 290 minutes.
Here's how I'm gonna do it:
I am going to plan on walking or going on long bike rides with my family, either all together or a combination of minutes, to equal an average of 2 hrs. on Saturday, 7/24, Sunday, 7/25 and Saturday, 7/31. This equals a total of 360 minutes., which combined with my existing 290 minutes is 650 minutes.
Then my C25K workouts equal 40 minutes each. I'm going to do that on Friday, 7/23, Monday, 7/26, Wednesday, 7/28 and Friday, 7/30. This equals a total of 160 minutes, bringing my total up to 810 minutes for the month.
So 810 minutes minus 1,000 equals 190 minutes left to reach my goal. I have 3 remaining days that aren't slotted for my family outings/exercise or C25K.
So 190/3 = 63 minutes a day for the 3 remaining days.
To fill this time I plan to do Jillian Michael's The Shred (20 minutes) in the morning, and then walk 3 miles with Leslie (43 minutes) at night. Or vice versa, but either way, it's gonna get done!
The hard part is going to be today - since I've already obviously missed the morning workout I'm going to need to get a good hour (and 3 minutes) in. I may do a long hourish Leslie tape, not sure I can do both The Shred AND walk 3 miles all in the same sitting. Plus I have a class tonight and need to clean for an out of town guest, so time will be at a premium.
Whew! Let's see if I can reach this goal!!
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