Sunday, April 17, 2011
i did the wild women 8K a few weeks ago, enjoyed it, and was pleased with my results. yesterday i did another 5K in cold, wind and rain. it was not fun. but i was glad i did it. perhaps the weather inspiration paid off, i made my best time yet, 11:14 per mile. this is, of course, very slow, but i'll never be speedy. i WOULD like to get to 10 minute miles, which probably won't happen until i shed some of this incredibly persistent weight. but at least it seems somewhat possible now.
i've got to step up the training if i'm going to hit a half marathon by october. i'd hoped to come out of winter doing 8-10 miles regularly, but lately i've had a hard time reaching my short term goal of 6-8 once a week, and have only done 8 and 9 miles once each. doing over twice the distance of a 10K seems very daunting right now, but if i can bump up my training runs (which i'll have time to do toward the end of june through the summer) and get in a few 10Ks between now and then, i know that anxiety will subside.
now to get the portions back under control......
Saturday, November 20, 2010
yes, i'm still 10lbs over, but a shade UNDER 10lbs over (i take my little joys where i can get them.) i've dipped tantalizingly under 170 several times in the last month even if i haven't managed to keep it and build on it.
but i don't feel like a fat girl any more. i look good. my clothes fit well. i'm getting into stuff i haven't worn in years (and should have got rid of years ago!)
i can't say that i leap eagerly into my daily workout and probably never will, but i feel so terrific afterwards and have grown to love and anticipate that feeling so much that i know it's going to be easier to keep it going through the sluggy months of late winter when i usually spread out like melted butter.
i have more energy and mental clarity than i have in so long.
i was so convinced that if i hit 50 and wasn't at my goal i was sunk. it's just not true.
sparkpeople has been a miracle for me.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
well, my first target date has come and gone, and i'm more than 10lbs over where i'd hoped to be. not happy about that. it would be easy to sink into despondency and trash-talking myself and, of course, eating.
but i've made enough positive changes that i'm not going there.
i'm keeping track of my calories taken in and burned, every day. this keeps me mindful, and it has become a source of encouragement rather than a gloomy set of shackles.
i've lost 10lbs, more or less. i did dip below 170 for one halcyon day but quickly sabotaged it. but i'm close.
best of all, i'm fitter and feel better. i ran my first 10K a couple of weeks ago, and in a time far better than anything i've done before. i will never be fleet, but i've surpassed my own base goal of just finishing, and finished respectably. i'm thinking about a half marathon next year.
so it's all very good. and lots of room for improvement so i can see some exciting progress as i move forward.
Monday, July 12, 2010
hee! i've been in despair over my inability to drink even close to enough water every day. brian pointed out to me that my water bottles are one pint PLUS 9 oz, not just 9oz. i've been right on target just about every day.
gads, i'm an idjit.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
yesterday was our huge annual I-day picnic, tables groaning with amazing food. and i managed to eat fairly well (went easy on the potato salad, burgers and beans with bacon although i indulged in quite a few desserts) and actually lost a little. when i checked out my log from this time last year, i'm exactly where i was. obviously it would be better to have carved some away, but considering the alarming weight gain this winter, having no net gain is something.
i've been with sparkpeople for....5 weeks maybe, now? i highballed my starting weight a little so i haven't actually lost 10 lbs, but close to it. that's pretty slow weight loss, but as my wise younger son points out, doesn't matter if it's slow if it's a loss. and as everyone points out to older fat gals like me, we didn't put it on overnight and the older you get, the harder it is to lose.
so, i'll keep plugging on. i'm less than two pounds away from my next 'reward' which i have decreed will not only be a day dedicated entirely to the sun and the pool, but to indulge in buying both the tim burton 'alice' and the sy fy version. much celebrating will in order.
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