Friday, May 10, 2013
As I look back at those other entries, I can barely believe myself. Not because I was so very different but because I had set myself some totally achievable goals and usually have a hard time doing that!
#1: For 2 years I was doing this> Walking 10,000 steps per day not including running. Let me tell you how hard that can be in a building that is barely 2000 sqft! I was often pacing and practising rote memorization just to keep moving.
#2: I never actually completed the C25K program but I have run well over 5k's in races and on a daily basis. Currently I am running 3 miles on easy days and more on training days and at least 4 days/week.
#3: Oh yes. I needed this reset in visualisation and it made a HUGE difference. I am now MUCH more mindful about portion size and recheck my "eye" every week.
#4: Not so much any more but I just got a new kettlebell AND a new DVD and am excited to get into it.
I lost 70 pounds over the course of a year doing the above and while I kept it off for a year, 10 pounds have crept back on with some depression. However, I am not letting it get higher than this so more running has begun again (See #2) and I have race plans that I am GOING to meet. Starting again stats: 170lbs, 69" tall, 27.1% body fat.
Goal weight: 155 and 22% body fat.
Friday, January 29, 2010
So....Its been a while since I posted here...4 days away from 2 years type of "a while". Looking back, I was so proud of myself for the running I was doing every day and the workouts with other women my age. I've since moved from that town and my life changed dramatically in these last 2 years. I managed to keep the weight off and down for the most part until last May when it slowly started to creep back on again due to stress from work and a very rural community in AK in which we dont have a grocery store and produce is next to impossible to get.
But no more time for excuses. Here is my regime and what I am working to stick to.
#1: 10,000 steps per day, not counting any running. I walk Sisu (dog) for 2 miles at lunch and then 3 in the evening but I need to make sure that I am getting those steps, both for me and Sisu!
#2: Work through the Couch to 5K (C25K) program. I'm already on week 3 and eventually want to work my way into being a One Hour Runner so that Sisu can run with me and get her workout too :) Also eventually, this is in addition to walking at lunch time.
#3: Measure EVERYTHING that I eat. I need to re-set my visual serving size memory. The good thing here is that I always eat at home (no restaurants) so I can always measure!
#4: Use weights 3 days a week. This has always been harder for me as I started on my weight loss journey with cardio classes at the YMCA and never touched the things but I was good using them with Jillian Michaels Biggest Loser DVDs and this week so far of following the Spark plan so I think that this is do-able :)
I am taking Phentermin under the watchful eye of my Nurse Practitioner and my co-worker (we are both Health Aides here in this village) and began taking it on Wednesday. Please dont ask if I've done my research because I really did a lot. My whole reason for taking it is to jumpstart my weight loss and give me the edge that I need to keep rolling. I'm making the healthy changes I need to keep the weight off after my 3 months of the meds and I will be working hard all the way. This medicine alone isnt going to do anything for me, its the changes I need to make that will be the difference and I am making those changes.
Friday, February 01, 2008
On my workout path, I am doing so well! I have managed to workout 6 days a week for at least 70 minutes a day for over a month now and though I am too scared to see what the scale says, I know that fantastic things are happening to me. First of all I am loosing my, um..pooch? I dont know what else to call it! Its that fantastic layer of fat right below my belly button and right above my girly bits and for years it has plagued me. While I was really active in Cardio Kickboxing I had it way reduced but over the last 3 years it was slowly creeping back. Not any more! I can stand up straight and see my...well, lets just say I can see everything below my belly button (and I could always see my toes!)!! This morning I had the dreaded task of having to put on a clean pair of jeans. As always, I dreaded it. That too tight feeling that every pair has unless it is a size or two big? Yeah, that one was nonexistent in my pair of 12's. Yes, in my 12's. 1-2. I stuck my legs in, pulled them up and buttoned them without one single tug, moment of breath holding or roll of fat. I was/am so excited that I even woke J up and made him look and admire me. He was suitably impressed so I let him go back to sleep but man, am I ever excited. I bought them August 2006 but they had been getting slightly tighter from then onwards, mainly from my lack of regular exercise from that month on. I had done Tae Bo with students the year before but just didnt do it again during the 06-07 year. They became more loose during the end of the 07 school year and the 07 fishing season but were never as comfy as they were in August 06 or as perfect as they are now!! I look better in them now than when I bought them!
I know that I love to run and I started a new programme where you slowly build to running for 30 min straight and then I want to work up to a whole hour. Since I was already running for 20 minutes straight, I skipped to week 7 of the 10 week 30 minute plan (walk 1 min, Run 9, Rpt. 2 more times) and did just fine. J was wondering if this would make me lose milage and/or speed but I did 2.7 miles so that means that the whole things was just under a 10 min mile (6 mph). Not shabby at all! The girls and I did a bellydancing video and we are all better at it now than when we started.
I've finally got my workout buddies convinced that we need to do a hard cardio workout at least once per week instead of strength training and more not quite cardio workouts...FINALLY. I started running because I knew that I just wasnt getting the cardio that I need to reshape my body but they felt that any workout where their muscles got tired was cardio enough. The only thing that convinced them was their Wednesday workout where they almost quit part way thru the Tae Bo workout that they hadnt done in about a month. I had been saying how important it was to keep up the cardio but they didnt listen to me...now they listen to their bodies! They were both at a plateau so hopefully this cardio change will give them the boost that they need.
This month my goals are to work my way up to running for 30 minutes solid and staying there for the last 2 weeks of the month. I want to be ready to move into the plan of becoming an OHR starting in March. I've reworked my workout schedule to give me the days that I want on, on and off, off, as well as to do what ever it is that I want to do when I want to do it :)
Also, I have found that logging my foods is fantastic for me and really makes me aware of what I eat, what I want and what I am blindly snacking on. More than once have I put a cracker between my teeth and then though, Wow, I really dont want this Ritz! and then handed it to J. Good for me that he doesnt mind this! The idea of "Bite it, Write it and Move On" is fantastic and I have become really mindful. Drinking water is the easy part so there is no real goal there but I would like to keep up the good habit!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I am always happy with the little successes in life. Right now I am getting the most joy out of running and improving myself (my distance and time) that way. Yesterday I ran 1 mile at 5.5 mph (11 min mile) and then pushed it again to 6 mph (10 min mile) for the last .5. I LOVE how good I feel afterwards. Much better than I felt on Saturday when I first did it :)
Sadly, I tried to follow that up with one of my harder kickboxing workouts and felt like I was going to die but at least I know that I was working hard!
I can see changes in my body already and I love that. My trousers are fitting better and that lower belly pooch that I have had for years is certainly diminishing. My fiance, J says he notices a difference and is really proud of me for all the hard work I am doing. I'm proud of me too and I cant wait to show off to my family in June.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
So this week I'm going to short myself of 30 mins of cardio today in the efforts to get back on a more "normal" schedule for myself. Granted, I was already way over cardio time for this past week so I don't feel too bad about it :) I have a very sore right calf and can really feel a pull coming up my achilles (sp) tendon. Now, I KNOW that this is not good. The idea of running on a leg that has any kind of pulling feeling is totally turns me off and I would rather pay special mind to my food than possibly put me out of running commission for a long while. So I am passing on the running for today.
Contrary to my last post, I'm going back to my Wednesday workouts because I really, really like having Sundays totally off. I am working 2 jobs right now so Sunday is my only day off and today it wasnt even off...I had to work until noon.
So with my change back I am once again back to MWF Strength and M-Sa with Cardios.
I think that I kind of made up for my lack of running today by my workout yesterday. I pushed myself hard yesterday and ran 1 mile at 12 min/mile pace and then pushed even harder and finished with a half mile at an 11 min/mile. Grand total: 1.5 miles and a cool down in 20 mins. GO ME! THEN, I did a Tae Bo advanced tape (45 mins) and then the Strength training workout...I was so dead but felt so good.
Now I am relaxing, have a hot rice bag taped to my aching leg, took some Advil and am feeling great. Hopefully my new shoes will be here tomorrow along with the new DVD's so A) I will have a new workout to try and B) I will have fully supportive, un broken down shoes!
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