Thursday, April 12, 2012
My 1st 5k for this year, and my 2nd in history, is this Saturday. I've expressed how i'm a bit nervous because of my time. I've been clocking 3.1 miles in about 67-71 minutes. I just see flashbacks from the horrific experience that i had almost four years ago. last night i had my friend come over, the girl that i roped into walking with me. She had her pedometer on and i had mine. We set out to walk the 3.1 mile course i figured out by way of my pedometer throughout my training walks. WELL...at the end of the night, in the 70 minutes we took to complete my route, my pedometer read that we completed 3.17 miles...her pedometer read just under 4.0 miles...WHAT??!! I must admit i knew something was up with my pedometer because every time we rounded the starting point it gave my a different distance. So here's the thing...we won't really know how well...or bad...we do until saturday with the official clock. We've decided to both wear our pedometers and see what they tell us at the end of our 5k. Part of me SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hopes that hers is accurate. That would mean i've been walking a whole lot more then what i've been logging! I am in love with that thought. That would also mean that i've been walking closer to an 17.5 minute mile walk versus the 23-24 minute mile walk that i've thought i've been doing. We'll see what Saturday tells us...
This is pretty much how i felt at the end of my walk last night. There are HUGE/STEEP/LONG hills on my walk. My friend, who is 50lbs lighter then i am, was trying to keep up with me. I cannot lie and say that didn't put a silent smirk on my face. At the 2nd bend she made a statement from behind me..."if we make this the last loop and call it a night i won't be mad." HA! I just kept quiet and continued on to the final loop around. She looked like she was about to collapse. NOW i was a good friend and continually asked her if she was ok or if she need to stop or slow down. I knew she wouldn't say so...that would mean that she gave up and she wasn't about to do that. Good for her! The last little stretch is going up one of these two hills...at the base of this hill she said..."if i'm going to make it i'm going to have to run it." So we took off...or at least in my mind we were sprinters at that moment. But we did it. Side by side we ran up that stinking hill. With PAIN...much PAIN shooting into my sides we completed that walk!
One of my fears about jogging, and i shared this fear with my friend last night, is jogging in front of others. I'm so self conscience when i'm out there that i feel that i would terribly embarrass myself. My friend asked me if i saw other big girls running. I do see other women my size or bigger out there jogging. I even cheer them on as i'm walking past them. It has to start somewhere doesn't it? So i'm going to do it. At least once a week i will walk/jog OUTSIDE regardless if others can see me or not. AND since my walking route is on main streets, i will be seen. So i'll put my big girl panties on, suck it up, and let the girls jiggle!
But first let's see what this darn pedometer tells me on saturday...
Walk 4 miles
calf raises 125
jumping jacks 150
jumping rope 150
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Have I told you all just how much i truly appreciate and love you all? I know you don't always leave comments on my blogs, but for the most part I know who keeps up with me. It's in the small, sporadic comments. And i appreciate the support.
There's been a lot of talk about the Biggest Loser episode that aired last night. And one particular scene got to me. It's the scene where Chris decided to binge eat when life threw her a curve ball. so...
Moment #1: This scene made me self reflect. In the last few weeks instead of saying "eff it" and start eating anything and everything in sight, i lace up my shoes and go for a walk to get some air.
Moments later in last nights episode,when it was Chris and Kim up for elimination, Chris made a plea. She stated that the act of her binge eating should hopefully be enough to indicate that she still needs time at the ranch. Hmmmm...
Moment #2: That was a flipping lame excuse...it was an EXCUSE. So another self reflection...I may state that i'm tired or busy BUT by the end of the day i will still do what i need to get done in order to reach my goal. At what point will people stop making excuses for their laziness? There will always be an excuse, but it's still just an excuse. I work 8 hours a day, i volunteer for a singles group, i'm an activities volunteer at church, I volunteer at a homeless shelter, BUT i still find the time to get the workouts done. I may not reach every daily goal that i make, but i at least do enough to make myself proud at the end of each day.
I got serious about my health and my goals right around Thanksgiving of 2011. My all time high weight was 319. In November i stepped on the scale just to see where i was at and it read 313lbs...it was time to make a decision. So i did! I chose to live! I wanted more out of my life then what i currently had. So i made a plan and i set out to achieve my goals.
While my LONG-TERM goal is to drop 169 pounds, i knew if i just focused on that number it would make me cry. BUT if i broke it down and set about some monthly goals then at least i have a short time to race towards that finish line. 10lbs at a time is LOT more realistic to me then 169lbs. I'm down 40.4lbs since Thanksgiving. That's roughly 10lbs a month. When made my goals i had to be realistic. While i would LOVE to lose 15-20lbs a month I also want to ensure that the weight will stay off. Losing to quickly, to me, is an indication that i will probably pack those pounds back on. Why? Because whatever i would have done to lose that much weight that quickly i couldn't have kept up with. Think about most of the Biggest Loser contestants. Most of them put SOME weight back on. Not a lot but some. Why? Because they couldn't keep up with the lifestyle that allowed them to lose a HUGE chuck of weight so quickly. Instead of working out for 8+ hours a day they may only be able to work out for 2-4 hours a day. The same goes for me. What i'm doing now, is something that I can keep up with later.
Moment #3: my attitude about how i'm going about to lose the weight is different this time. I'm not looking for HUGE numbers. I'm looking for realistic numbers.
One of my goals for the month of April is to lose 15lbs. REALLY what i'd like is to be under the 270's. What does that mean? It means losing another 9.1lbs this month. Can i achieve this goal? Sure...why wouldn't i be able to achieve it? That's the number i'm keeping my eye on...269.9...
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
So when i first started doing the 4 mile Leslie video i burned an average of about 450 calories. Now it's under the 400's. I guess it takes less effort for me to do them. It's still a great exercise for when i need to stay indoors but i need to push myself for a harder workout.
So yesterday my eaten calories totaled just under 1650 calories. And i guess i only burned about 400 calories. I need to step it back up so that i can start dropping some of these pounds.
Now I know that my April Goals state that i want to lose 15lbs this month, but the truth is any loss would be great. But i like to aim high.
So i stated a few days ago how i needed to change WHAT i ate. I wanted to steer clear of the frozen foods and start eating more fresh foods. So i picked up some low sodium lunch meats (Hillshire Honey Baked Ham), some 2% pepperjack cheese, sandwich thins, and Jennie-O Turkey Burgers. Now I have to tell you I was a bit nervous about the turkey burgers. I've had soy and veggie burgers in the pat and they were GROSS - sorry if you like them, but I do not. So yesterday I had me a ham sandwich with Quaker Cheddar Rice mini cakes and i was so full! Then for dinner i grilled up a turkey burger on my george foreman (gotta love that thing). I was a bit nervous...but it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! Maybe it was because it's been forever since i've had a burger, but damn that was good! One burger with some more rice cakes was what i needed. I was so full! Now my sodium was way high - mainly due to my breakfast that had a smoked sausage link and some bacon. And i need to watch the rice cakes as they also have quite a bit of sodium. But overall, i'm quite proud of the small changes in my food.
Now for what happened during much of the day yesterday..
I'm happy to report that there were NO deaths from the 12 tornadoes that hit the DFW area. THANK YOU JESUS! There were about 10 injuries, but none fatal. About 650 homes were damaged. You can replace things - you cannot replace loved ones! Here's some photos that I grabbed from friends or off the news...
Yesterday was a VERY eventful day.
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