Saturday, April 21, 2012
I did it! In spite of nerves, some digestive issues before leaving the house, and a somewhat sore right calf, I made it through my first 5K with flying colors! The official numbers:
33:20 was my 5K time, best ever!
Out of 850+ runners, I finished 350.
In my age group (55-59 males), I was 12th (not sure out of how many)
What was really great was the atmosphere of the race! I really fed off of that, and I am certain this lead to a really good 5K time.
My right calf is pretty sore, so I plan to take some time off from running (at least a week). But you can bet I will find another 5K to run in soon!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Less than 24 hours until my first ever 5K race. It is a charity race -- benefits Ronald McDonald House here in Delaware! Race info: http://www.running4thehouse.com/event_deta
Lots of good info on race prep, etc out on the web, plus some friends who are veteran racers have been of great help. My right calf is still not 100% (got a cramp last Tuesday), but I am trying to keep it stretched out and loose.
My goal is 35 minutes for tomorrow. In my training, I've hit 35:30 a few times, so I think 35 is very achievable. The calf could be an issue in getting there, but as I have read a few places, I need to keep my pace down early on and look for the big finish, which I have been working on while training, hitting close to 7mph in the final 1/4 mile. I'm sure as long as I don't get a new cramp, adrenaline will take care of any lingering soreness in my right calf.
I'll post with my results tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Monday, April 16, 2012
I'm sure many of you remember the slogan from President Clinton's 1992 campaign: "It's the economy, stupid!". It had been dawning on my over the past 200 days since my Lap Band surgery that I've been living a variation on that theme: "It's the food, stupid!"
Not that food itself is stupid -- it is important and life-giving. But it is HOW we humans (and I can probably even tailor that to humans in the US) deal with food, and I was as guilty of this as anyone For so many years, it was "how much" food could I eat (or drink). It was like wearing a badge of honor! Well that badge became a bulge in so many places, and with it came all of the issues associated with being overweight: diabetes, sleep apena, knee surgeries due to weight stress on the knees, ED, etc, etc....
The sad part is that while each of us is responsible for our health, the BARRAGE of advertising that encourages, promotes, even idolizes over consumption is mind boggling!
Thankfully there appears to be an ever so slight shift to healthier eating in the food ads, but it is moving at a glacial pace.
I am so grateful that I work for a company that provides outstanding health benefits that allowed me the opportunity to take a somewhat radical step, have the Lap Band surgery, and truly see the benefits: 64 pounds GONE! Being able to run in a 5K race virtually pain free this Saturday! Numerous inches (10 around the waist, 7 around the hips) GONE!! And just feeling good about life!
Oh yeah, and enjoying food in a whole new way -- savoring each taste, thinking responsibly about what I am eating, and making sure I eat the right amount nearly every day!
So for those of you struggling with how to get the scale to move the "right" way, to remove those unwanted inches, I offer this catchphrase: "It's the food, stupid!".
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Today marks 6 months since I had my lapband surgery. I decided earlier in the week that I would alter my normal Friday weigh-in and jump on the scale this morning (Wednesday). But I had a not so good night sleeping. Tightness in my legs from a great run yesterday and very good night at bowling (658 series!) made it tough to get to sleep, and then to add insult to injury, I've been dealing with a minor medical issue that, shall we say, is a pain in the butt, then to top it off I was testing a sleep manager gadget where I had the device strapped to my forehead! At 3:45AM, I woke up and could not get back to sleep, as in addition to all of the above items, I started thinking about how my weight-in was going to go!! After about 45 minutes, I went and took a Tylenol, removed the gadget from my forehead, and FINALLY went back to sleep.
6:00AM, the alarm went off and I very quickly turned it off! At 6:30AM, my male greyhound Tomas decided I needed to get up and get my weigh-in done, along with my AM yoga practice, so he proceeded to come over and repeatedly "nose" me until I got up! SIGH!! I really didn't want to, but I knew he was right. Up the stairs, onto the scale...
206.2 pounds -- down 3.6 pounds since last Friday's weigh-in, and in an amazing amount of symmetry, EXACTLY 60 pounds down since surgery 6 months ago!!!!!!
So I guess Tomas knew it was going to be a good weigh-in!
I found a SP blog from KEZRARAYNE where she describes things that weight 60 pounds -- some more interesting than others:
"SOME THINGS THAT WEIGH 60 POUNDS
5 adult 10 pin bowling balls (the BIG ones)
Elephant's penis (seriously? Who took the time to weigh that?)
46 large thin crust pizzas (that I don't even lust for anymore)
About the average fats and oils that go through an american dishwasher per year
60 pints of beer
Beth Chapman's breasticles (I've been big on Dog the Bounty Hunter lately)
778 pairs of D&G sunglasses (which I am looking FLY in)
One bushel of canola"
Here is the link to her blog: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
Anyway, today is turning out to be a GREAT day! Yes, I am tired, but I know that I have accomplished a lot in the 6 months since surgery, and look forward to continuing the downward trend!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
So, like the soccer announcer who shouts out "GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL", I scored one today -- I hit my first target weight of 210 (actually 209.8) at my weigh-in this morning (at 5am no less!). This is even sweeter given that I went up a full pound at last Friday's weigh-in!
But I am not done...nope, not even close. Next intermediate goal: 199. Final goal: 179. I'm on my way.....
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