Friday, March 08, 2013
Tomorrow is my three 5Ks day: the Senior Game 5K Road Race at 8:30am and Senior Games Power Walk 5K at 10am both of those in Bartow. Then I'm going about 12 miles or so to Winter Haven to do the Shamrock Run, Walk, and Jog with your Dog 5K with my niece and nephew at 1pm. I expect a busy and fun day!! I'm going to pack my lunch and snacks, even though they will probably have bananas and water at the first two 5Ks. I don't know what will be available in Winter Haven.
This is my 3rd year to run the Senior Games. In March of 2011 I ran my first 5K at the Senior Games. I ran really for the first time (since I was a kid and just ran around for fun) in January of 2011. I was only running once a week and had only gone the 3.1 mile distance twice before the race. I didn't have anyone there with me and knew no one. I thought my time of 31:19 was respectable. I just left after I was finished to go to my Weight Watcher meeting to tell someone! The next week I found out I had placed 3rd in my age group. Was I surprised. I had to drive to the Senior Games office to pick up my medal.
The next year I recognized a few people I had run with the year before including Brenda who had told me about my medal at Weight Watchers. She was the second place finisher in our age group in 2011, but had moved up an age group in 2012. I ran the 5K in 30:23 last year, placing second in my age group. The first place finisher was only a few seconds ahead of me.
But this year I'm really excited because I am going to have a cheering section!! Aquagirl has committed to come to the stadium and be there for me. My nephew and niece may also show up -- he wanted to talk to her before committing. So, anyway, I'm really grateful to have that support. I hope to break 30 minutes, but will be happy to feel that I ran my best for the day and the conditions. The last half is a steady but not steep incline.
So, please send a positive speedy thought to me at 8:30am Eastern Standard Time! (Altogether now: Go, Marsha, Go!!) Aquagirl (Cyndi)'s support is greatly, greatly appreciated. Thanks to you, too, for any positive vibes you can send my way!!
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Yesterday I ran the trail near my house. After a good warm up, I ran fairly hard. I made one mile in 8 minutes and 50 seconds, the fastest I've ever recorded. I realized when I turned around something I hadn't realized when I was running. There was quite a wind. I read that gusts went up to 30mph yesterday. So that time was probaably a bit (or more) wind-assisted. After that I ran-walk-ran several miles very easily. Think I'm ready for my 5Ks on Saturday!!
Today I did half hour on the stationary bike with Aquagirl at the Y and then I did a half hour on the elliptical. Feeling good!
In case you didn't see it in my status, this morning I weighed 126.2, the least I've weighed in well over a year and just .2 from my happy weight. I've pre-planned my food for today, including going out to dinner with my local SparkTeam this eve. I'm committed to sticking to my food plan. I've pared down my morning and afternoon snacks in order to allow for my 780 calorie supper - six ounce sirloin (that's a treat because I only eat steak a couple times a year), plain sweet potato, and vegetable blend. I know that even when I follow it, I could be up 2 pounds tomorrow. Won't derail me. I'm going to have great races on Saturday and get to my happy weight next week or the week after. Just one more week until I celebrate 4 full years at a healthy BMI!!
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
I was excited to see a .8 drop on the scale this morning, taking me to 126.4, just .4 over my HAPPY weight -- also known as my target weight, goal weight, central weight, etc. It's been over a year since I've been at this weight:
The one thing I did differently is to pre-plan my meals and stick to the plan. I eat pretty well on the fly, but pre-planning helps me do even better. I plan to keep planning!!
Several times I've gotten close to my happy weight only to blow it. Well, not this time. I'm keeping my eye on the prize and redoubling my good efforts. Oh, don't think I'm starving; no way! I'm eating1510-1860 calories per day. That is what I get when I burn at least 2200 exercise calories per week and have my nutrition tracker set to lose 6 pounds in a year. It works! For years I tried to lose weight at 800 or 1000 calories daily. In the long run, that does not work for me. I proved it over and over.
Yesterday, as promised, thanks to MIRAGE727, I chose over 35 pieces of clothing that are too big and set them aside. I'm going to ask a few friends and family if they are interested before I donate them to the thrift shop that supports the wonderful literacy and basic needs nonprofit I retired from. I posted the opportunity for my local SparkTeam. Maybe someone local needs these clothes, especially as intermediate sizes. I have three really nice professional suits (like LeSuit) in size 12, a few 10's, and a bunch of 8's - mostly jeans and casual clothing. There are even a few size 6s that are too big. I don't think I have any 12s or 10s left in my closet. I kept my favorite pair of size 8 bermuda shorts. They are a spandex blend that still looks good and feels great -- just a little loose. I kept one medium sized white high V neck shirt, but plan to look for one just like it only smaller. I have a dressy jacket that is too big, but I need to replace it before it goes. Enough details!!
So, I'm going to keep planning my food and giving away the big clothes because my confidence is growing as I'm shrinking -- I'll never be fat again!!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Mirage727 is right. It's time to let go. I've given away my 2Xs, 1Xs, 18s, 16s, 14s, 12s, and all but my most favorite 10's. But I've hung on to many 8s -- some I feel okay in, but many are way too baggy and unflattering. Most of the big stuff is winter clothing that I only wear a few days of the year here in central Florida; my summer wardrobe is pretty slim. So I'm picking up on Monty's challenge. I'm going through the closet today and giving away at least 25 clothing items that are too big. I'm never going to see those sizes again!!
Monday, March 04, 2013
I like to have a lot of reminders of my success around me to keep me focused and motivated. On my car key ring I have my Weight Watcher Goal Weight Star, 3 Keys to Lifetime (I lost one), a Fifty Pound Weight Loss Award, and two 5K awards. On my bedroom mirror I have my WW 2009 bookmark with 10 monthly lifetime weigh in stars and on my bathroom mirror I have my 2010 bookmark with 12 monthly lifetime stars. I had my 2011 weigh in star page (no bookmarks that year) copied and on the refrig, but I need to do that again and add my 2012 page. Will do. Do have some WW magnets on my refrig, some I just got in a drawing and a few I earned (Incredible! Awesome! Believe!) I have eight medals from 5Ks and a half marathon hanging in my bedroom. I love my Spark trophies and my screen name and my positive password, too - though I'm not telling that one! These are things that help me keep going, no matter what!
Today I choose a new reminder, perhaps a little more subtle, but significant nonetheless. At the gym I have now decided to use locker number four whenever it is available. It is on the bottom and not on an end, so it is often unused. But for me it is a reminder of my favorite size, Size 4. I'm feeling just so good in my Dockers Size 4 pants these days. I have 3 pair of them. They fit right below the belly button and hug my hips with no gaps in the waist nor the seat. Love those size 4's!!! I do feel slender and healthy in them. Funny, but I seem to eat better and workout harder on days I wear those size 4's compared to when I wear my size 8 jeans that bag in the seat and need a belt. Some people might work harder when they were feeling fat, but I find that I work better building on success. How about you?
PS I weighed 127.2 today, just 1.2 pounds from my target weight!
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