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Weird but so good!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I just ate a baked sweet potato topped with sauerkraut and spicy mustard, and it was delicious. Sweet potatoes are my new favorite food, and to think I used to not like them at all. Crazy.

Running progress

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I'm slow, but that's okay. I noticed at the gym last night that pretty much everyone can run faster than me. It's alright, though, because I'm improving. I did my personal best so far last night: 3 miles in 45 minutes. Just a couple of weeks ago, I didn't think I could run at all, and last night I ran several 3-minute stretches at 4.4-4.6 mph. That is huge for me. It felt so good, and I'm not even sore today. Can't wait to do it again tomorrow, maybe faster.

Next goal: 3 miles in 40 minutes.

Weigh-in Day

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Down two pounds this week to 130. I'm trying to lose about a pound a week right now because I think that's a reasonably slow weight loss (I think it's true that weight that's lost slowly is easier to keep off than weight that's lost quickly), but I'm not surprised that I lost two pounds this week because it's been an incredibly stressful week and I really have not been eating enough.

My dad had a bike accident (not wearing helmet) and fractured his skull and was in the hospital for a few days. He's going to be okay, but it was very scary and he's in a lot of pain. Please, wear a helmet, people! I'm also having issues with my mentally ill exhusband regarding child support and his visitation with our 15-year-old daughter who does not want to see him. As far as that goes, it's all up to the courts now because I'm not going to attempt to deal with him directly anymore.

This week should hopefully be better. I have three tests (anatomy, US government, and algebra) coming up this week, then a paper due next week. If nothing else happens and I can concentrate on studying and catching up with the work (job, not school) I missed while being at the hospital with my dad, then things ought to not be so stressful.

One thing I've learned: Running = awesome stress relief! It feels wonderful!


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I'm attempting to take up running. I say 'attempting' because all my previous attempts at running have ended after a short time due to knee pain. This time I'm only going to run on a treadmill (no concrete) and really pay attention to my body so that I don't overdo it. I'm starting the Couch to 5K training schedule, and after two runs, my knees seem to be okay. I'm excited and can't wait for my next run tomorrow!

Weigh-in Day

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Down to 132 this morning. This is the lowest weight I've been since 2007 when I briefly followed the McDougall diet after my son (baby #3) was born. My highest weight after baby #4 was 168 - this was almost a year after she was born and about 10 pounds more than my highest pregnancy weight.

So, in total, I've lost 36 pounds in the last two years. I think I'm going to change my ticker to reflect my highest starting weight and not just the weight I was when I joined SparkPeople. I lost the first 30 pounds by making changes like not eating fast food and pizza except on rare occasions and not drinking calories. Giving up wine and late night take-out was all it took to lose 15 pounds in a year. I know these last 10 pounds will require more effort, and so far the effort is paying off. emoticon

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