Monday, September 13, 2010
I officially completed Couch to 5K on Saturday! I was able to jog without the stroller and it was a nice cool morning. I jogged 3 miles in 43 minutes, which puts me faster than a 15 minute mile. I went out early today, another beautiful morning, and jogged my 3 miles in 43 minutes, so that wasn't a fluke. I still plan to keep jogging 3 miles, hopefully 3 times a week. Looking at the weather, I'll have to elliptical on rainy days. I did that last week, and I managed to jog three days, elliptical twice, and go on a bike ride one day. I'm pretty sure last week was my first six day exercise week.
Now I just need to sign up for a race. The "Free to Breathe" race in Omaha works with my work schedule, Mary's volleyball, and Mikey's football schedule. I think the family will enjoy being on the riverfront. They have orders to cheer me on.
The exercising is going great; the eating needs work. I had ice cream sundaes three times this weekend. Instead of me being a good influence on Hubby, I allowed Hubby to be a bad influence on me. Sunday night, Mikey (my oldest) helped me stop. He reminded me all the progress I've made and didn't get me more like I had asked. What a good kid! He even reminded his dad that he wouldn't start feeling good until he started eating good. Yep, he's a smart kid too!
Well, I'll try not to beat myself up too much about the ice cream. I know I need to get back on track. I work this weekend, and I always bring my food. It's funny. I used to eat all the snacks at work. Now, I do better at work than I do at home. This is my weekend where I work 10.5 hour shifts, so the exercise may fall off on Fri - Sun. I'll just be sure I work out Mon - Thurs. Monday's exercise is almost done (still have to do weights), so I'm doing great so far.
Have a great week everyone and keep moving!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I did it!! I actually did it!! I completed my first three mile jog; and I did it WITH the twins in their stroller! I still can't believe I've made it to week nine of C25K. When I'm walking, I'm at a 17-20 minute mile. When I'm jogging, I'm at a 15-15.5 minute mile. I think that's pretty good for a 42 year old mother of six who's still carrying some extra weight.
I'm noticing my increased fitness level. Saturday morning, hubby and I went on an exercise walk over the pedestrian bridge into Omaha. I slowed down for him, he's still not consistent with exercising, but I'm happy to go with him whenever he wants. It was a beautiful morning and I loved that it was too early for tourists. There were just a lot of walkers, joggers, and bicyclists getting in their workouts. For Brian, it was a strenuous walk. His heart rate increased and it was a good workout for him. For me, it felt like a leisurely walk, and I was talking the whole way, no sweat, no real increase in my heart rate. I was glad to be out with hubby walking and I enjoyed the walk very much, but part of me wanted to start jogging across the bridge.
Monday, we went up to Carroll, IA to check out the bike trail around Swan Lake. We took the whole clan. This trail turned out to be more difficult than we expected. It was very hilly. Brian's not in shape, and I have to pull one of the twins behind my bike in a kid trailer. We ended up walking up quite a few of the hills. Even the kids had to walk up the hills. Oh well, now we know, and Brian thanked me for the hard workout. The kids thought it was like a roller-coaster, especially the twins in their trailers. I did make it up one of the last hills and was determined not to stop. I huffed past Brian, he was walking. He commented later when he caught his breath that he wanted to shout out, "Show-off!"
Friday, August 27, 2010
I finally went shopping for new work pants. I only have one pair left that don't look like clown pants on me now. All those clown pants used to be tight on me! I went into CJ Banks like I normally do and tried on the 16W and a few 14W. A few almost worked, but were still kind of big in the legs, so I went next door to Christopher & Banks. I was able to get a pair of 16 pants on and they looked good. I tried the 14 also in the same style, and got those on. The 14 being a little too snug and not comfortable to move in, I decided on the 16. I went back to CJ Banks to tell my friend who works there. We both did a happy dance at that point. During the happy dance I noticed some size X shirts on sale. Size X seemed possible now if size 16 pants worked! I bought two size X shirts, not 2X, not 1X, but X!!! (Envision happy dance again.)
I realize I'm still at that awkward size at the big end of regular sizes, small end of plus sizes. I don't plan to replace my entire wardrobe yet, nor do I have the money to do so. I'm just so happy to see progress. I don't weigh myself often because it can really hurt my motivation. Doing Couch to 5K has given me a goal other than weight loss on which to concentrate. I know I'm making progress because of my clothes. I do plan to weigh myself in September, probably after my work weekend. I always eat well at work since I bring all my own food. I can't remember the last time I got into any of the candy at work.
I just wanted to share my good news.
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