Saturday, March 10, 2012
I just signed up for my first official 5k!!! It is being held next Saturday, March 17th, and is at a town 25min away.
My 12 and 13 yo daughters are signed up too. The three of us will be setting our first 5k time. A time that we'll be able to improve on as we get stronger, fitter and healthier! We're still preparing for our Sprint Tri in July and this will be great training for us!
This morning I woke up early and did a 5k on my treadmill. I broke my previous time of 55:38 by 2 minutes. Today's time, 53:38. I did it HIIT style and was able to jog a few minutes at 3.8mph and, YES, even at 4.0! That's a first for me!
Not sure how my outdoor, crowded 5k will compare to my treadmill 5k but I'm looking forward to finding out.
Now to commit to and sign-up for more races to keep me focused on my goals for 2012!
Today is Day 67. Took a peak at the scale. 281.8 Down 35.2 since January 3rd. Add the 8lbs from 2011 and I'm down 43.2 from my all time high of 325!
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Last night I needed to run to the store to get spiral notebooks for my high school boys and stock up on some healthy food for me. My little 4yo wanted to come. I hesitated taking her because it was 7:45 and she was already an exhausted mess. But I was game, the healthy me has A LOT more patience and energy to deal with that.
After finishing up the shopping, which, by the way, my little one did great, we headed back out to the car. SHOOT! Someone parked TOO close to me. I hate that. In the past I've had someone climb in and back the car out for me (if they were a driver) or would have climbed in from the other side and tried to climb over to the driver seat. I was able to open the passenger side to have my little one climb in but, dangit, her carseat was behind the driver seat.
#1 NSV - I was actually able to open my driver door open a crack and squeezed myself in!!!
#2 NSV - Once in the car, with the driver door closed, I was actually able to turn completely around in the driver seat to buckle up my 4yo.
Okay, small NSVs but the times I haven't been able to do either of those have mentally beaten me up and left me feeling embarrassed, devastated and unworthy.
Can't wait to see how tight of space I can shimmy through as the weight continues to drop!
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
It's amazing how fast time goes by. March 6th would have come today whether I was here on SP, had lost weight, or not. Thank goodness I am here, Have been here, for the past 9 weeks. I'm really enjoying the results! But it's just the tip of the ice.
I guess my results have been enough to have people notice. Last night I ran into a friend at the high school orientation for our 8th graders. This morning I received a phone call from her. "How are you doing it, how are you staying away from the junk?" she asked. With a bit of a pause from me she then said, "Or are you?"
That's the thing I'm NOT staying away from the junk. Am I eating it every day, NO! Is it the main dish for my meals like before? NO! I was honest and told her I've been to the movies with my husband and had popcorn and M&Ms. I had cheesecake with cherries for our family Valentines dinner. I've had birthday ice cream for my kids and, yes, even a cupcake. But the key, at least for me, I told her is that this is a lifestyle change. I can't realistically give up 100% all those things for the rest of my life. But I pick and choose what I want and when I want it.
At the last two basketball games for my son my in-laws came too. And with them they brought hot tamales, chocolate pieces, cashews loaded with salt. While there they purchased soda and popcorn and skittles. All of those items were offered around to our group. I said No. I had my almonds, water bottle and dried apricots to eat for my snacking if I had the need. I will not accept everything offered to me, I will consciously make my food choices.
I felt great getting the call from my friend, saying she's noticed my hard work. Later today I saw a lady I haven't seen since before Christmas. She too noticed that I've lost weight. What a great feeling. I have to admit I did stand a bit taller and tucked my belly in (as much as I could).
I've had very satisfying results for these 9 weeks. I can't wait to see what another 9 weeks will bring, then 18, 27, and even 99!
Sunday, March 04, 2012
At the beginning of this journey, for 2012, I had set the goal for me to no longer be Morbidely Obese by my 45th birthday (March 21st). To do so my BMI needed to be 39.99 or lower. Starting on January 3rd, with a weight of 317, (all time high 325) my BMI was 44.21. To get out of the Morbidly Obese classification I had to lose 31lbs.
Well, as of this morning I DID IT! I weighed in at 285.6 A total pounds gone of 31.4 My BMI is currently 39.83
I'm still in the Obese category, Class 2 but that WILL change too. To get into the Class 1 Obese range I have to lose 35.6. That will happen this summer!
On to another note, a NON Scale Victory. Yesterday, being Saturday, I decided to try a longer workout on my treadmill. I watched an old episode of Biggest Loser. The online program said it was 1 hr and 25 minutes. I've walked for 60 minutes before so felt confident I could add another 25 minutes to my workout. (I did lower my incline to a 2).
It was quite the workout. My cardio and lungs seemed to be fine but my hip area and feet were the problems. I think for long workouts I need to find better socks. No aches today so I know I didn't overdo it. But as I stayed committed to working out until my show was over I ended up walking 96 minutes. Hmmm, maybe the little commercials they throw in weren't counted towards the 85 that were listed. According to my treadmill I walked 5.1 miles in that time. I kept my pace mostly at 3.1 with a few moments of higher (actually jogged for just one minute at 3.8).
I'm feeling great and looking forward to upcoming challenges I have. One team is starting another blackjack challenge tomorrow. Instead of trying to walk 21 miles it's to see who can exercise for 21 hours. Then the Biggest Loser Spring Challenge starts back up on March 15th!
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