Monday, April 09, 2012
Since joining the Wellness Center staff at my local Y, I considered the gym my new source of inspiration. When I have all my cleaning tasks done, I basically watch people work out.
Today was more inspiring than usual. Today a member raised $7,160 for our Strong Kids Campaign by running 16 hours on a treadmill.
I struggle with one hour on the treadmill. Today Chris did 16 times that amount. So, if you think you just cannot work out today. I challenge you. Go to the gym. And, watch people work out. I bet you will get motivated to get moving in no time!
Sunday, April 08, 2012
It's a thought that I think about nearly everyday. Will I be part of the 15% that is determined to keep it off? I want to say yes. But, lately I am not too sure if I can beat the odds.
Today I was reading information about weight loss management from the American Council of Exercise, experts of the field. Honestly, it really got to me. If everything points that I will regain the weight within 5 years, why even fight it? Why not succumb it?
Than, we had Easter dinner. Well, you know I didn't eat well. In fact, it was like I was trying to shove as much food as I could in my mouth before everyone else got done. Basically, I was emotional eating. So, I am even further from being at the 160 point again.
Lately, I am not sure even why I want this lifestyle. Everyone around me seem to be heavier but happier. All I ever wanted was to be happy and feel good about me. No matter what size I am, I am fighting for myself. And, it's not going to be easier.
I need to figure this thing out before I sabotage myself even more...
Thursday, April 05, 2012
In my last blog, I admitted I gained approximately 10 pounds. That is the first step, right? Admitting you have a problem.
For the last three days, I have tracked and noticed I am over approximately 500 calories. Basically, the amount of calories I am supposed to be deficient in order to lose weight.
And, since my exercise has been squeezed out due to a busier life, the amount of calories I am NOT burning is increasing. In turn, I gained weight. Weight loss really is a numbers game.
So, I need to either eat less or exercise more. Eating less is not an option - darn, tasty food! Bring on the exercise. I really feel I can do this! It helps that next week my earliest class will be at 10 am. Just gotta get this butt out of bed earlier.
Exercise for 45 minutes everyday.
Strength train 3x a week.
And, maybe start walking to campus more.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Besides having limited time to train for Grandma's Marathon, I have gained approximately 10 pounds since the first week of February. Specifically, my weight has gone from 157.6 (February) to 165.6 (today).
I think gaining the weight and seeing my weight continuously creep up bothers me the most. Maybe mentally I wasn't as prepared as I thought to train. I say this because I used my training was my excuse to overeat.
So, I am setting my training aside and going to try to focus on losing these pounds. I want to be able to say with no but attached that I have lost 100#. I want to be under 160 again.
In fact, I started tracking yesterday. I was over 2500 calories when my range is 1300-1600. No wonder my weight is creeping up. I cannot eat more than I burn off! So, here I am, going back to the basics... tracking and strength training 3x a week. By the way, I ordered my lifting gloves today.
Overtime, I want to work on getting my Half Marathon time down to 2:30. Currently, I am around 3:00. So, I might be implementing some speedwork as I maintain my running base!
In summary, these are my April goals to work on getting back under 160.
-Maintain running base to be able to run long runs of 10 miles or more
-Track everything (Laura you have inspired me to do this again!)
-Strength train 3x a week
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
For the last few weeks, I have been pondering if I really want to run Grandma's Marathon. Every week I ask myself the same thing: "When am I going to run the long run?"
In fact, I have tried blogging about it. The response I get is that training has to take priority. I get what you are saying. Fitness has to take priority. But, so does the rest of my life. Like my college classes. Or the three jobs I have. Other priorities, like friends and family, I can rearrange. But, college classes and jobs has to take some precent over my running at times.
So, back to having time commitment issues. When am I going to do long runs? I work every Saturday from 1-7 pm. So, EVERY Saturday I stress about completing my runs. Is this really necessary? Shouldn't training be fun?
In fact, since I started training, I feel like there are all these rules I have to follow which has sucked the fun out of it. It's like every time I want to try something new, there is someone there saying, "You can't, you're training." Well, if that is the case, I don't want to train anymore. I want to have fun. I want to try new things, like rock climbing, like kettlebells, like cardio kickboxing.
Today when I talked to my parents and sisters about it, I cried. It's like I am giving up on me. Like they said, I am not quitting, I am delaying it. So true! Maybe this year is not the year. Yes, I wanted to run 26.2 miles the year I turned 26. Yes, I wanted to run before I graduated and moved away. But,
maybe it's not meant to be ran in 2012. Maybe God has another plan for me.
So, this is alot of food for thought. What have I decided? Absolutely nothing.
I do know these things.
I cannot defer Grandma's Marathon entry.
I cannot get my refunded for my registration.
I can volunteer at a water spot at the Grandma's Marathon (around mile 19).
I cannot downgrade my entry to a half marathon.
I could potentially get a half marathon entry from my running group that I coach for, if they have one left.
So, I think this is the plan as of tonight. Tomorrow it might change.
Continue to follow my training program. Talk to the interns about staying late. See if I get the Half Marathon entry. If I can, great! If I cannot, than I will continue to train trying to make the schedule work. If it doesn't, to not stress about a missed run. Closer to the race, make a final decision about running the full marathon. If I decide not to run the race, I hope to volunteer at water spot my college sponsors. I have never volunteered at a race and it might be an interesting experience.
So, folks, there you have... what is going on with me and Grandma's Marathon.
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