Sunday, January 06, 2013
Today ended week three. The "big" assignment for today was a 2 mile brisk walk. Got that down first thing this morning! Feels good to cross off each day as I complete the assignment. I have not missed a day yet in the 3 weeks!
Next week the daily assignments increase each day by 5 minutes. They are very easy assignments, nothing challenging yet. But next Saturdays longer distance is 5 miles. I don't remember the last time I walked 5 miles all at once. I've done it twice this week but each time they were spread out in two different workouts.
My new shoes are doing great. Still having feet pain. I'm sure some of it is from wearing bad shoes and will take awhile for my feet to feel better but I do think some of it may be medical. I'll have to check it out. Need to stay healthy for the Half.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Today has been a huge, wonderful day!
Stayed on track with my eating!
Did my Half Marathon training! It was a rest day, so that was easy!
But what has made it a wonderful day, and an exhausting one, is stepping out of my comfort zone. Not just once today but TWICE!
It's been awhile since I've been back to the gym. I was nervous about going, very apprehensive but I knew if I could just get back there and walk through the door it would be easy breazy the next time I go. I warmed up with the elliptical, did 45 min of ST then cooled down with the bike. Had a wonderful visit with the gym manager before I left, even cried, but felt so supported and motivated! YAY Me!
Yesterday I walked a total of 5 miles. My feet HURT! They didn't hurt just because of the mileage, my feet ALWAYS hurt. I know I needed a new pair of shoes but just didn't. There was a reason, one I'm severly sensitive about....I have EXTREMELY large feet. I wear women's 13. Shoes are not FUN for me at all! I dread needing them. Athletic shoes are worse. I don't want to buy them online so it means I have to go into a store. But to purchase them in a store requires me wearing men's shoes.
I decided if I'm going to treat me right and truly train for the half marathon the most important thing I need is a GREAT pair of shoes. My sister knows of my anxiety over my feet. She went a few months ago to the running specialty store in our town. The sales rep who helped her was Marvelous. So tonight my sister went with me to hold my hand. I was up front with Jessie (yay, the lady who helped my sister was working!) and told her I hate my feet and that they are extremely large (For some reason a woman's 13 shoe translates to a man's size 12 athletic shoe). Just so you're not invisioning a normal size woman with shoes larger than the men in your life let me just remind everyone that I am 6' tall. (It's very hard to have to wear shoes larger than most men I know).
Jessie was wonderful. She looked at my old shoes, looked at my feet without shoes on them, watched me walk and jog in my old shoes and the many she brought out for me to try on. We were successful in finding a pair of shoes that felt great, fit right, I hope will help with the pain and were Cheaper than I planned.
It's amazing how ALL steps, choices and decisions on this journey make us stronger. I feel AWESOME with the choices I made for a healthier, better ME!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
For the past 3 years we've had a tradition (my sister, daughters and I) to do our own 5K on January 1st. For the other three times it had been pouring! Today it was Beautiful but Cold! Due to some illness and scheduling problems it was just my sister and I doing it today. Having had a yo-yo-ing year my endurance wasn't where it should have been or could have been. But I was pleased with my time, 54 minutes!
As I was walking it was time to spend on reflections. I'm discouraged where I am at the end of the year. I had so many goals set for 2012, I had posters made, signs on my bathroom mirror, a vision board made and ALL the numbers figured out for where I needed to be to get out of Morbidly Obese, Obese 2, Obese, Overweight and normal.
It didn't do me any good! I did great the first quarter of the year then spent the remaining time trying to get my head on straight again and find the motivation.
In 2011 I weighed my heaviest, 325. Set tons of goals and ended up losing 8lbs.
In 2012 once again the goals were made and instead of the 112 lbs set it was 14.8.
Good news? I can at least say that over the year I still came up with a loss. Bad news? Still in the 300's, still morbidly obese....BUT...the mind set is back and I'm ready to do this!
What will be different? I feel I've fixated on all the numbers associated with weight loss too much! My goals have always been to lose XX amount of weight by a certain, date or occassion. There have been times when the special occassions have come and my goal number was met but then immediately after the number on the scale starts increasing again.
This time I'm not focusing on the numbers. I know what the ideal range for my height is. I don't need to spend every day recalculating all the different ways to get there. The true desire is to be healthy, to commit to a healthy life not just until I see a ceratin number on the scale. My goals for this year will focus on that. By focusing on the actions/habits I need to change the weight will come off and eventually I'll be out of the obese category and someday (hopefully sooner rather than later) I'll be in the normal range.
I have three simple goals for my healthy lifestyle change:
1. Follow my half-marathon training (will change that after May 11th)
2. Do at least 60 min of ST a week
3. Eat within calorie range at least 5 days a week.
Here's to a HEALTHY 2013!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Yep, I have signed up for a half marathon. The date is May 11th, 19 weeks from today!
The Half, or quarter, marathon is for women only. Last year over 20 women and daughters from church signed up to do the 2012 one. As it got closer I was hearing more and more chatter and excitement about it. To be honest I allowed my feelings to be hurt that I hadn't been informed or invited to participate. But then who would have thought that an over 300lb woman would even be interested in doing it.
I decided THEN that I would be doing it for 2013. My weight is not much different now, but mentally I made this commitment at the begining of the year and I WILL DO IT! Registration was Nov 1st and I stayed up until midnight to sign in right away before I could second guess myself.
I am not planning on running or jogging the 13.1 miles. I need to get weight off my joints before I even contemplate doing that. Having been inspired by SLIMKATIE's huge success I'm trying the half marathon training program she recommends, Hal Higdon. He has several levels, even one for walking.
So today I finished week two of the training. Assignment today, 3 miles. Very doable. I've walked several 5K distances. It'll start getting interesting at week 4 when the Saturday's assignment will be to walk 5 miles. Thankfully most of the time he says to do it easy. The program is 12 weeks but I have 19 more weeks so after finishing the 12 weeks I'll start back begining with week 4. Who knows, after 12 weeks of walking maybe I'll feel strong enough, with some weight gone, to try some walk/jog. We'll see.
For now I'm thrilled to be moving again, with a physical goal to keep me going.
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