Saturday, February 26, 2011
I am just amazed by my progress. I only have 2.6 pounds to lose until I have lost 54 pounds- half my 108 pound goal! I haven't been this close to my healthy, ideal weight in at least 10 years. It's probably more like 15, but there is a time back there, when I chose not to acknowledge what my weight was, because it was too depressing, and frankly, I didn't think I ever had a chance of seeing a healthy weight ever again. I certainly never would have dreamed that I would be well on my way to reaching that goal as I approach 40 years old! I would have thought I was destined to be over-weight forever, since I hadn't been able to get control over it before now.
I'm also really happy with where I am now, because it seems so easy to keep plugging along. It hasn't even been bothering me when I have little or no loss in week. I have let that kind of thing crush my spirits in the past, but not this time.
My small weight loss goals have really helped me stay focused, along with those non-scale victories. The one that really continues to stand out for me is the absence of pain in my heels- especially at night and when I first get up in the morning. I had so much pain in my heels from plantar facciaitis and the immense extra weight I was carrying around every day. I didn't want to do any extra walking/running, because at night my feet would hurt so badly. Heaven forbid I should have to get up in the night to use the restroom- walking downstairs was excruciating. I had to walk down like a toddler does when he or she first learns to walk- leading with the same foot for each step- and man it hurt. I remember thinking, "what would I do if I had to exit the house quickly because of a fire?" I can now get up and go down the stairs normally and with no pain! This is so exciting to me. I don't feel like my body is acting older than it should anymore!
I NEVER would have dreamed I would ever become a runner...and like it! I'm not a fast runner, but my stamina builds every day. I'm less than 2 weeks from completing the Rookie Running program, and I will be running in my 2nd race on March 12. My goal is to simply improve my pace from the first one, and I'm confident that I will.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
I kind of fell behind on my updates on this-
Between being sick during week 3 and switching my schedule and the big snow that disrupted week 4, I still managed to keep plugging along. Day 2 of week 4 was the race that I competed in- although it was more like a day in week 5, because it took more intervals to complete the race than the prescribed 5.
Starting week 5 today. I had to drag myself to the chiropractor yesterday. I have been having trouble with one of my feet since the race, and it just feels like I have some bones out of place. The adjustment seems to have helped it feel better. We'll see how it feels when I'm finished with my training today.
I'm really surprised by my increased stamina. I have NEVER run a mile in under 12 minutes in my life, but I'm hoping to be able to do that by the time I run in the next race(I'm at 14 min mile right now). That will be better than what I could do in high school.
Small steps really do accomplish some really awesome things:-)
Monday, February 07, 2011
Ran my first race on Saturday! It was 4 miles, and I did it in intervals of walking and running, because I'm not ready to run the whole thing yet. It was a fantastic day- snow and all. Finished it in under an hour- that was my ultimate goal!
I wasn't even horribly sore the next day. I little stiffer than usual, since my run/walk training sessions haven't gone past 35 minutes yet, but all in all, it was great!
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