Monday, February 07, 2011
Most of you know I am mom to 5 kids ranging from 13 to 21. Well this past week has been, shall we say "challenging" where my 21yo DD is concerned. As if that wasn't bad enough, my 20yo DS picked yesterday to go off on me because I had the nerve to share what I knew of his recent "girl" experience with his GF when he asked how things were going. Matthew is a kind (usually) sensitive (OBVIOUSLY) young man with strong values. He has not dated much because he is not looking for a cheap relationship. He has had his eye on a certain young lady for months now and finally decided - at the prompting of HER friend - to ask her to be his GF. I only know all this through DH because Matthew isn't one to talk feelings with mom anymore. Apparently the young lady in question would prefer to keep it casual and
he gave his dad the distinct impression that he was heart broken. His GF knew of his interest in this girl and asked me how it was going. I told him what I knew. My MDD heard me on the phone and promptly called her DB and told him what I said. He them called me, chewed me out for talking about things I knew nothing about, was obviously very angry at me and hung up on me. He then blocked me from his FB. This is the same kid I was JUST bragging up to his GF because I am so proud of him and wished his older sister would take a lesson from. SHE has apparently decided the sun rises and sets on her and no one else matters as long as she is happy. This is a normal part of becoming a young adult but it doesnt make it any easier.
Anyway my DH is, of course, OOT on business while I am dealing with all this from two kids who have never really given me an ounce of trouble until recently. Again, very normal part of growing up. I was SO upset and felt SO alone that I cried all night long and never got to sleep until 5:30am. When I woke up 4 hours later, it was to a not so very nice text message from my usually wonderful son. That did it! Talk about being drained emotionally, mentally and physically! What I wanted to do was crawl in a hole and die. What I chose to FORCE myself to do was hit the pavement.
This is where the good part comes in - FINALLY!!! I did W6D1 of C25K for 8 miles (4 rounds). When I ran up my driveway, I was amazed at my time. 1hr 59 min!!!! TWELVE MINUTES FASTER THAN TWO WEEKS AGO!!!! My pace has gone from a 18:34w & a 14:56r to a 17:22w†& a 13:55r!!! And this is after doing almost 11 miles in not quite 3 hours on Saturday!! Thank you God, for giving me something to smile about!!!!
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!
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