Sunday, July 01, 2012
My goal for June was to lose 12 pounds, going from 162 to 150 pounds by July 1.
That didn't happen. I actually ended up at 153.5, a loss of 8.5 pounds for the month.
So, for July I'll be a bit more realistic, but still ambitious: 10 pounds. I think I can do it, especially now that I'm upping my running distances to train for my upcoming 10k races. By the end of the month, my running schedule has me doing 2 50-minute runs and a slow 5 mile run each week.
Hoping that will be enough to give my body a kick in the pants. 143.5, here I come!
How I will get there:
Exercise 6 days per week:
Run 3 days a week, Body Pump afterwards on two of those days.
Spinning class 2 days.
Body Pump 1 day.
Eat on plan.
If all goes well, I will be out of the "overweight" range by mid August.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Well, things have been going well (current weight 155.0, down 41.5 pounds total). In June news:
--I finished my first 5k! I went out really fast, planing on checking my time at the first mile marker and slowing down accordingly. Unfortunately (or fortunately) there were no mile markers, so I just kept cruising. I finished in 33:47, which is not really fast, but it certainly was fast for me! It felt great, especially because two weeks early I had run my first 3.1 mile distance, and at that point I was wondering whether I was going to be able to finish without walking!
--I had a slow down in weight loss, losing only 1.5 pounds one week and 2 pounds another. I was quite down about it and wondering if I was seeing a new, lower average weight loss per week. I saw my doctor, and she said it's possible that my metabolism is slowing down, since my resting pulse rate is down to 54, I'm cold all the time, and my weight loss is slowing down. She told me to add a snack bar a day and another half of one if I was hungry at night.
--But luckily it was just temporary. In fact, I think a lot of it had to do with TOM, which I knew would slow me down, but I didn't realize it would last 2 weeks. Last week, though, I lost 3.5 pounds, and I've lost half a pound each day this week, in line with a 3-3.5 lb. loss for this week. I'll be out of town for the next week and a half, so it will be fun to come home and see the scale move. I'm hoping to be out of the 150s when I come home or shortly afterwards.
--I've started the Jeff Galloway half marathon training program. I strained my hip flexor and my knee was sore after my first 5k, and I was looking for a 10k training program that would not be too hard on my body. Since I want to run a half marathon anyway, I figured I could start with my training now, especial since Jeff's method stresses rest days and cross training. I have 44 weeks before the April 1/2 I want to do, and the training program is 38 weeks for total beginners--plenty of time! I'm worried that I won't improve my time significantly using the run/walk/run method, but I think that the conditioning I'm gaining and the enjoyment of running a bit more sane training schedule will be worth it.
--I started Body Pump and also cycling. I'm planning on running three days a week, and doing Body Pump on two of those, cycling two days a week, doing body pump one more day a week (for a total of 3), and then having one rest day. Doing body pump after running will mean that my non-running days are really rest days (even though cycling doesn't feel like "rest" it doesn't use the same muscles as running). That will give me 8 hours of exercise a week and I'll still have a day of rest. It's nice to have a more flexible schedule in the summer and to actually be able to make these goals a reality.
--Overall, I feel like my attitude is positive. I'm pleased with my non-scale victories (resting heart rate of 54, 200 point drop in my triglycerides, 101/65 blood pressure), my clothes fitting better (had to get my "skinny clothes" bin up from the basement--14s are mostly fitting now!), and I'm not embarrassed about the way I look. Still have 30 pounds to go, which is a lot for someone as short as I am, but I am feeling like I look more fit. And I just recently crossed the threshold of weighing less than my 6'1" husband (I'm 5'3"!) I just need to keep on doing what I'm doing, and I think the results will keep coming.
--I just can't wait until the 140s! I have a lot of milestones coming up: getting out of the 150s (I told myself that I'd feel ok about the 150s, good about the 140s, great about the 130s and ecstatic about the 120s). At 146.5 I will have lost 50 pounds, at 144 I will 3/4 of the way to my total goal, and at 141 I will no longer be "overweight"!). I don't think I'll be able to meet my June goals because of my two week slowdown, but I'm hoping to be at 150 by 7/11.
Saturday, June 02, 2012
My goal is to lose 12 pounds in June, and end up at 150 pounds by July 1.
How I will get there:
Exercise 6x per week: run 3-4 times and elliptical or bike 2-3 times.
Go to Body Pump 3x per week (starting in the 2nd week of June).
Eat on plan.
If all goes well, I will then be at 138 pounds (and a healthy BMI) by Aug. 1 and 126 pounds (my goal) by Sept. 1.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
So, I just finished my 9th week of weight loss. So far I've lost 32 pounds, down from 196.5 to 164.5. I'm almost halfway to my goal, which is 126.5. My BMI has dropped from 34.8 to 29.1. My blood pressure has dropped from 138/80 to 106/65. I am getting my lipids screened today, so we'll see how my cholesterol and triglycerides are doing. Updated to add: my cholesterol is now 112 (down from 184) and my triglycerides are 59 (down from 254). My body fat dropped from 51% to 43%.
When I started running, going 90 seconds at a time was hard and made me breathe heavily. I can now run 20 minutes at a time, and can go 2.6 miles interspersing running and walking. I signed up for 3 5ks and 1 10k race this summer, and the first 5k is 6/13.
Overall, I feel great, definitely more energy and feeling more healthy. I've noticed an improvement in my mood, I've started wearing smaller sizes (down from 22 to 16), and I feel better about myself. My weight loss has been averaging about 3 pounds a week lately, which I feel good about.
No one (who doesn't know I'm trying to lose weight) has noticed yet, and even those who do have not said much. I think this is the kind of boring phase of weight loss, where you still look fat but just not quite AS fat.
My challenges right now are I've started to think about food more, and I'm getting more fixated on maintenance and thinking about recipes and what I will and won't be able to eat (good news is that I'm looking forward to going back to fruit rather than Cheetos!). I am also a bit discouraged by the fact that no one has noticed my weight loss, though the good news with that is that it matters much less to me since I'm really doing this for my health this time around, not for external validation.
I feel like I'm in that boring middle part where weight loss is no longer fun and exciting, but I'm also not close to being at the end and so I'm not seeing exciting changes in my body getting slim yet. I know I just have to hang on for another 15 pounds or so, and by then I think I'll start looking appreciably different (and then light at the end of the tunnel will be in sight.)
Sunday, May 20, 2012
I got this idea from a Sparkfriend--to write an identity statement--kind of a mission statement for your life and lifestyle--as though you've already gotten to maintenance. It seems to make sense: if you can start living now the way you want to be when you are already successful, it will make that success all the more attainable.
I am an athletic, energetic, optimistic person. I run, bike, hike, and nordic ski, and I love being outside. I exercise just about every day, because I love being healthy, strong, and fit, and I feel so good when I'm active. My fitness also allows me to try new activities on a whim and participate in daily physical chores like gardening without difficulty. Food isn't an especially important part of my life; I view it only as fuel. I follow a vegetarian, low-carb diet, eating mostly fruits and vegetables, beans, and nuts, along with some dairy. I limit my starches and avoid sweets. This combination of regular exercise and healthy eating allows me to be my best, most energetic, happy self, to set a great example for my kids and to look forward to growing older.
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