Saturday, February 05, 2011
Well, I made it. I survived my 20m run, not once, not twice, but 4.5 times!!! That's right. 90 minutes total of running today! I'm stoked! But get this. Since I was working so hard I decided not to do my 10.6 route. I took another cut off which I thought would end up giving me around 9.5 - 10. Smart huh? Uh, not so much. It ended up being LONGER, not shorter! So I finished with 2 hrs 54 minutes and 10.82 miles! LOL but the joke was on me!
Oh well, here I come!!
Thursday, February 03, 2011
I am declaring the month of January to be a huge success. Iíve been working hard since August to make changes but the holidays kicked me in the butt a little. Combine that with the shorter days and colder temps and it wasnít looking too good for me. I knew I had to do something about it and since so many of my BLC friends were talking 5K, 10K and Ĺ marathons, I decided to give running a shot. That was huge for me since Iíve NEVER enjoyed running. Biking I love but with snow and ice and sub zero temps, my bike is not an option right now.
My first day of C25K, I ran on the indoor track and absolutely hated it. Iím truly an outdoor person. I NEED the sunshine and fresh air. Put me on a treadmill and the clock stands still. Put me outside and I can go for hours without realizing it. I invested in some YakTraks, and some UA and gave outdoor running a shot. IíM HOOKED!!! I still canít believe it but itís true. Not only that but my seasonal depression is totally under control AND Iím losing weight. January is usually my worst month for both SAD and weight gain. Not this year. But thatís not all! Isn't it funny how much being a part of the BLC opens us up to things we wouldn't have tried, or even known about before.
In January alone, Iíve:
* found I love green smoothies
* become a (gasp!) RUNNER!!!
* ran 10.6 mile twice this month
* researched barefoot running, chi running and Vibrams
* EXCEEDED 1500FM by 193 minutes for the month of January
* covered nearly 90 miles on foot with my C25K program
* discovered Wii Zumba
* lost nearly 8 pounds
I'm sure there's more but all that in one month as a result of being an active member of BLC15 is pretty amazing!
My goals for February are:
100 miles on foot monthly - I hit 89.65 in January.
7 hours sleep nightly
64 oz water daily
stay within my calorie range 6 days a week
Get out of the 170s
Iím currently in Week five of my C25K multiples and I'm running, rather wogging, anywhere from 5.5 -10.6 miles each time I'm out. My total WL for January was 7.8 pounds. I'd like to match that for February. The past two weeks have been losses under 1/2 pound so I'm going to have to step up my game to accomplish that goal. If I stick to my list, I think I can do it.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
After dinner out two weekends in a row and hopping on the scale the morning after both only to find NO CHANGE!!! I am finally feeling like I've figured this whole weight loss thing out. And let me tell you this, it's a GREAT feeling!
I'm eating what I want, realizing when I'm full, allowing myself to splurge on special occasions, pretty much living a normal, HEALTHY life! My body is strong, my waistline and I are getting reacquainted, I'm learning to not only work freggies in to my diet but also to enjoy them.
My mind is in a happy place. My body is in a healthy place. I'm taking the high road and coming out on top. I'm nearly half way to goal and I'm actually beginning to believe this is doable! Yes, I still stumble, but when I do, I don't give up. I pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on my path. This is no longer just a diet to me. This is a lifestyle. After nearly 15 years of dieting and failing, I'm now living a happier, healthier lifestyle that just happens to be putting me in progressively smaller pant sizes. Ben and Jerry's has found it's way back into my freezer but it isn't disappearing anywhere near as fast as it use to. Four pints is no longer gone in four days. I can have a sample to feed a craving, without it turning into a whole pint affair. My carb addiction is a thing of the past. My sugar addiction is under control.
Are you noticing a pattern here? Look at the number of times I typed my or I. I have taken ownership of MY lifestyle, MY choices, MY health, MY happiness, even MY slip ups. It's all good!
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Let me just say BLC is the BEST SP thing that's happened to me and BLC14 is the best round ever! I've had my ups and down along this journey, that, so far, has taken me from 197 to 174. I've gone from being a couch potato who could barely squat down and get back up again, to a healthy, active, fit person who now knocks down 20+ miles on her bike, like it's nothing. When I first started riding at the start of my journey, 6 1/2 miles in 32 minutes left me sweaty, sore and tired. Just yesterday, I headed out for a "short" ride. 1 hour 44 minutes and 21.6 miles later, I was pulling into my driveway again ~ WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE! Hills that use to kill me are nothing now, but the best part is, hills that made me panic, NOW, I'm ABLE TO RIDE UP!!! Last summer, I rode my bike to and from work one day, on a road that includes massive hills. My thought was to ride it daily for the summer. That lasted all of ONE DAY! I could barely move for days after. I had to walk up several of the hills because I just couldn't make them on the bike. That same road,... those same hills, ... are now the LAST STRETCH of every ride I take, and I ride them with ease. I still have 31 pounds to go but now I know I will get there. I'm sure I'll still struggle from time to time, but my friends here at SP, esp. my BLC friends, will be there to pick me up just as they have been for the past 5 rounds.
Laughter is the best medicine and friends are the prescription.
Oh yeah, and the OUTLAWS will be wearing GREEN Next week! and these two are just for you, Mel!
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