Saturday, September 06, 2008
Personal GOALS for this weight loss and strong, healthy body trip I'm taking:
1. Thurs 9/4 - 140 lbs.
2. Thurs 9/11 Goal: 139 (ACTUAL: 135 - Yay!!!!!!!!!!)
3. Thurs 9/18 Goal: 137
4. Thurs 9/25 Goal: 137
5. Thurs 10/2 Goal: 136
6. Thurs 10/9 Goal: 135 (REWARD: TBA)
7. Thurs 10/16 Goal: 134
8. Thurs 10/23 Goal: 133
9. Thurs 10/30 Goal: 132
10. Thurs 11/6 Goal: 131
11. Thurs 11/13 Goal: 130 (REWARD: TBA)
12. Thurs 11/19 Goal: 129
13. Thurs 11/27 (Thanksgiving Morning!) Goal: 128
14. Thurs 12/4 Goal: 127
15. Thurs 12/11 Goal: 126
16. Thurs 12/18 Goal: 125 (GOAL REACHED!!!!)
January 2009 - Cruise the Carribean with my baby of 10 years. Wear as little as possible as often as possible and look DANG good doing it. WAHOO!!!
Saturday, September 06, 2008
O.k. I'm so not happy about this, but I'm biting the bullet and measure myself. Sigh....here goes nothin'.
Waiste: 29 3/4
Hips: 37 3/4
Welp, here's to seeing a nice reduction in numbers next month.
Friday, September 05, 2008
So, I was just talking to a friend of mine at a Back To School Picnic for the kids (and parents). :) She's very similar to me in the running department. Loves it, doesn't regularly go very far, had an injury that kept her out for about 3 months this summer, and is now back. Like leading parallel lives.
Well, we're both running our Monster.com 3.5 mile race on Sunday, and we're psyched about that. Then we got to talking and we decided then and there that we would sign up for the Tufts 10K for Women on Oct. 13th. YAY!!!!!!!!! I've never done a 10K. Only 5Ks. No 10Ks. YAY!!!!!!!
Now, I'm almost too scared to be too psyched because if she has a schedule conflict (it falls on Columbus Day) we may not do it together, and I don't know if I would want to take on my first 10K alone. So, fingers crossed that this works out. And I will report on Sunday's race, well, on Sunday. But it's supposed to rain and rain hard - like all these hurricaines that are barreling up the coast should be hitting the Boston area tomorrow and Sunday, so that could "put a damper on things" (excuse the pun).
I just couldn't get any more excited...
Thursday, September 04, 2008
So, today is the first day I have actually written down specific goals, as well as specific WEIGHT TRAINING work outs to add to my cardio.
I'm feeling pretty good. It's 5:30, I've just had a nice, large snack of natural p.b. & J on crackers after school, and it's time for dinner and I"m not hungry. Will definitely have roasted asparagus anyway, but I'm going to be happy with just that. I got my protein and bread from the snack, as well as my sweet tooth craving fixed from the jelly. Now I'm ready to enjoy some summer veggies with my family and our company from Florida.
PLUS, although I couldn't run today due to my new blister from my new running kicks, I DID do an hour on the bike in the basement, and started up my upper body weight training. Got the rubber arms. LOVE rubber arms!
I'm feeling so good today. I think I might not even crave snacks after the kids go to bed. But if I do...I'll jump back on Spark and kick those cravings to the curb.
Onward and downward!
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
O.k., don't know why I am finding 2 totally different BMR calculators, but the most recent one shows a much lower result than the first one.
Here's the new formula:
WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x weight in lbs) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years)
MEN: 66 + (6.23 x weight in lbs) + (12.7 x height in inches) - (6.8 x age in years)
So, for me, right now, at my painfully high weight, I calculate at 1334.15. What I need to do is focus on staying around there in calories, and continue with my upswing in exercise activity. The original BMR calculations (see BMR blog) put me at about 1500. Not even close!
So, I shall try to stick there. If I ingest 1335 calories, and burn 400-500 5-6 days a week, I will have a calorie dificit of 2000-3000 per week. The sad thing is that's technically not even a pound a week loss. But I know my body and there's no way I will be able to stick to much less than that for any amount of time. Whenever I do weight watchers, and try to stick to the 18-20 base points (basically 1,000 or so calories) I am starvin marvin by day 2 or 3, and blow it all.
theoretically it all makes sense. But it's so hard at night.
Ya know what? Getting my Masters while working full time was hard. Giving birth to 2 children was hard. Not eating cookies after 8:00 is hard...but not THAT hard. I am strong. A bit flabby on top of the muscle, but I'm strong and motivating more every day to stay strong.
In fact, I just ran 5 miles for the first time ever. Ever. I've been running for years. Psychologically I think 3 miles is my limit, and when I know I've gone my 3 mile route, all I can think of is "I'm almost done." Welp, today I got motivated. I even went out and bought some (what I thought were) fantastic new Newbalance kicks for the ride. I skipped out of work early on a beautiful sunny afternoon, and I went to the track with the magical, mystical number of "6 miles" in my head. Had been thinking about it all day. don't know why 6 miles, but it is what it is. Maybe it's just because 6 miles is a nice, even 4 times around the track on all 6 lanes. 24 times around the track = 6 miles. and I've never DONE 6 miles before, so it seemed like a good enough goal.
Out I go. Even had my friend and our kids with me. My friend was encouraging me every time we passed on the track (she is a walker/runner) and the kids played. But my son, 6 year old love that he is, cheered me on good and loud whenever he looked up and saw me run by. LOVE that!
At 3 miles (2 sets of all 6 lanes) I was at my usual "phew" place. But I knew I had to go on. I wanted to go on. All I could think about was that I wanted to go home and tell my hubby that I ran 6 miles (he's so proud of any of my running accomplishments - thank you baby!). I wanted to shout it out to my "skinny chix" friends who I walk/run with and meet each week for some diet motivation and physical movement. I wanted so badly to be able to share my 6 mile accomplishment with all the fantastic people on SparkPeople. I KNOW you all would be proud of me, too!
At 4 miles I was still going strong. "only 2 more lanes and then I'm on my last set of 6...I can SOOOO do this!" But I started doing it with a limp. I could feel the blister starting on my arch. In my new sneaks! AAAHHHH! I can do it. I can plug through.
By 4 1/2 miles it was really painful. With each step I could feel this blister thing growing. I was so aware of each step, I didn't know if I could even finish 5 miles. But I persevered.
At 5 miles ( I honestly don't think I've ever run 5 miles before...4 1/2 I've done once or twice but not 5) I physically felt like I could absolutely finish the last 4 lanes and make my 6 mile goal. No problemo with the legs and the breathing and the psyche. No problem at all. But this BLISTER must be the size of my foot by now and I"m running with the right foot turned in. I don't think I should do this for another mile. I'd better just adjust the sneaker or something. So I finished mile 5 and "pulled over". Took off the shoe, took off my sock and saw the quarter sized blister pulling apart my arch. Well, everything else feels ready to finish that last mile, so back on with the sock, back on with the shoe, and I was about 5 steps in and I just couldn't even walk. Probably shouldn't have even stopped at all. But I have my 3.5 mile race this Sunday (4 days!) and if I make this m onster even bigger now, I won't be able to do my race, and I 've waited all year for this race. I LOVE this race. So, I limped over to my friend, gathered up my kids and limped to the car.
So, what are you supposed to do to prevent blisters? How do you deal with them when you get them? Can I continue running, like tomorrow? Or do I need to move to biking until Sunday to give it time to heal for the race?
I shall seek out the answers to these questions right here on Spark. I know my running friends here will give me great advice.
But for now, I have run 5 miles. a new "milestone" (excuse the pun). 6 miles looms in front of me still. I'll meet it head on soon. Today, I'll be proud of my 5. My first 5.
That's pretty darn cool...
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