Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Well, I've lost 20 lbs in the last few months, but in the last few weeks I haven't lost an ounce! It's starting to get really frustrating. I finished the Couch to 5k program early in August and since then I have continued to increase the distance and speed that I run, but it isn't showing on the scale.
It's true I haven't been the best about staying within my calorie guidelines, but usually if I go over it is only by a hundred calories or so. I guess the answer, though, is to try harder to stay under the limit and maybe also to keep nearer the lower limit than to the upper.
I'm also going to *finally* start adding resistance training to my routine again. Some of that will be through a yogalattes class I'll be taking on Mondays, some of that will be through a full body resistance training class I'll be taking on Wednesdays, and some of that will be through a boot camp class I'll be taking on Fridays - all along with running on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I'm hoping that if I stick to all of that and try to be more careful about how much I eat that it can send my weight down.
All just in time for the Falling Into Winter Challenge (Go Hot Chocolates!). I think it will be great having a challenge to motivate me. I really think that having a team to be accountable to will keep me going to the gym and keep me away from the cheetos... (mmm, cheetos)...
Wish me luck!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So today I finished week 7 of the Couch to 5k program ( www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181
.shtml ), and it feels really good! I can't believe how far I've come. I still haven't signed up for a 5k, but I plan to do so soon. I'm feeling pretty good about it because I timed my run a few days ago and I am running 11 minute miles. It's really slow compared to what I ran in high school, but its not too far from my goal of 10 minute miles. After that I want to go for 9 minute miles.
I have been thinking about what to do after I finish the program. For now, I think think that 5k races are going to be my distance. At this point I have no interest in running longer races, though for the sake of training I want to increase my weekly mileage. So after I finish the C25K program I'm going to do the One Hour Runner program ( mindplunge.com/c25k/one-hour-runner.
html ). The OHR program is another 3 day/week running program where the first day of each week is 30 minutes and the last day of each week gradually increases until you are running one hour straight.
I like the program because 1) it will increase my stamina and general running shape/ability, 2) it is gradual and reasonable like the C25K program, and 3) it is another regimented program that I think will help me stick to working out. I plan to make the 30 minute runs my "fast" runs where I try to increase my pace a little bit each week, inching towards my 10 min/mile and 9 min/mile goals. The other two days will be slower jogging days, with two days of rest after my long runs.
In other news, my weight has stayed pretty much the same for several days now. That must be, in part, due to the fact that there have been several days where I have either gone over my calories or eaten near the top border of my calorie goals. Parties and beer with friends are to blame (though dancing into the night had to have burned some cals, right?). The interesting thing is that in the same time period my percent body fat has dropped 1.5%. So that's pretty sweet. Right now my percent body fat is 33% which is considered overweight, but I just have to get down to 31% or lower to be "acceptable." So I'm edging closer and closer. When I started SP my percent body fat was 37%. Oh, and I have lost 15 lbs since then too. :-)
Monday, July 13, 2009
So I'm still going strong on the couch to 5k program! I am in week 6 of 9, and I finished day two on Saturday. I should have run day 3 today, but after I ran on Saturday I went to Boston for the weekend. I walked all around the city carrying my backpack full of stuff for two days while I explored and shopped. I must have burned 100,000 calories in the hot sun, and the trip left my tired and mildly sore, so I decided to put off my week 6 day 3 run until tomorrow so that I don't sabotage myself. Its 25 minutes straight tomorrow!
I'm also still dropping the pounds. I have lost 13.4 lbs so far! Pretty soon it will be 15 down and 8 to go until I am no longer technically overweight. Then its just 14 more lbs until my goal of 135. I am feeling better already. My clothes are not only fitting better, but are starting to be a little too loose (luckily I have an entire "skinny" wardrobe of old clothes waiting for me at home in California). I am more approving of what I look like in the mirror, and I am just feeling healthier. I can see in my legs that I have gained muscle, and my stomach is looking flatter. Its a good feeling! I also feel like I am developing habits that will stick with me. This isn't a diet its a lifestyle change.
Now I only have 24 days left doing this job in Massachusetts, and then I get to go home to California! I have been here for 43 long days and I can't wait to get back to sunny, non-humid weather, my friends, my home, my bed, my pillows, my car, my favorite haunts, and most of all my boyfriend (we had to celebrate our 5 year anniversary on July 1st from 3000 miles apart! boo!). But its only a few more weeks now, I can make it. And when I get home he will get a skinnier, healthier, farther-running me.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Today I did week 4 day one of the couch to 5k program! I'm trucking along. It still felt good even though the total minutes run was almost double compared to last week. I am running according to minutes rather than distance, but if I run about 10 min/mile (which may be a little optimistic) then I did about a mile and a half today! With some walking breaks of course. In fact, since I had the C25K walking breaks, plus the 5 min warmup, plus the 5 min cool down, plus the walk back home afterwords I walked about 28 minutes today in addition to running 16 minutes. Not too shabby.
It was also sunny today, finally. This is the 4th day I have seen the sun since I got to Massachusetts on June 1st. Its beautiful! It was great to soak it up while I ran even though I had to spend the rest of the day inside working. Unfortunately its supposed to storm again tomorrow and be rainy all weekend. :-(
On the bright side there are only 42 more days before I get to go home to beautiful, wonderful, more-awesome-than-I-knew California! I can't wait to get home and sleep in my own bed and drive my own car and see my boyfriend and all of my other friends! It's going to be awesome... I just gotta get there. And by that time I will be able to run 30 minutes straight 3 days a week. I just gotta get there.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Well, Thursday I do W3D1 of the C25K program. I combined weeks 1 and 2 into one week, but starting tomorrow and for the rest of the program I will be running as prescribed. It turns out that if I stay on schedule then I will finish week 9 only a few days before I leave to go home to California (51 days from now if anyone is keeping count).
My weight is still up above 165 and below 166, but my percent body fat is still going down, so I'm not going to sweat it. I hope it means that I am building running muscles and losing fat. I think my legs seem more muscular already... its a nice feeling.
Lately I have felt really huge. There seem to be a lot of skinny people around me. I just keep looking ahead and reminding myself to be patient. I am following my calorie guidelines carefully and also working out as much as I am supposed to. I know that if I can keep doing everything I am supposed to do that one day I will be there.
That's all for now. I'm working right now, and I'm working late tonight so I can't post much. More soon!
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