Friday, June 29, 2012
Well, things have been going well (current weight 155.0, down 41.5 pounds total). In June news:
--I finished my first 5k! I went out really fast, planing on checking my time at the first mile marker and slowing down accordingly. Unfortunately (or fortunately) there were no mile markers, so I just kept cruising. I finished in 33:47, which is not really fast, but it certainly was fast for me! It felt great, especially because two weeks early I had run my first 3.1 mile distance, and at that point I was wondering whether I was going to be able to finish without walking!
--I had a slow down in weight loss, losing only 1.5 pounds one week and 2 pounds another. I was quite down about it and wondering if I was seeing a new, lower average weight loss per week. I saw my doctor, and she said it's possible that my metabolism is slowing down, since my resting pulse rate is down to 54, I'm cold all the time, and my weight loss is slowing down. She told me to add a snack bar a day and another half of one if I was hungry at night.
--But luckily it was just temporary. In fact, I think a lot of it had to do with TOM, which I knew would slow me down, but I didn't realize it would last 2 weeks. Last week, though, I lost 3.5 pounds, and I've lost half a pound each day this week, in line with a 3-3.5 lb. loss for this week. I'll be out of town for the next week and a half, so it will be fun to come home and see the scale move. I'm hoping to be out of the 150s when I come home or shortly afterwards.
--I've started the Jeff Galloway half marathon training program. I strained my hip flexor and my knee was sore after my first 5k, and I was looking for a 10k training program that would not be too hard on my body. Since I want to run a half marathon anyway, I figured I could start with my training now, especial since Jeff's method stresses rest days and cross training. I have 44 weeks before the April 1/2 I want to do, and the training program is 38 weeks for total beginners--plenty of time! I'm worried that I won't improve my time significantly using the run/walk/run method, but I think that the conditioning I'm gaining and the enjoyment of running a bit more sane training schedule will be worth it.
--I started Body Pump and also cycling. I'm planning on running three days a week, and doing Body Pump on two of those, cycling two days a week, doing body pump one more day a week (for a total of 3), and then having one rest day. Doing body pump after running will mean that my non-running days are really rest days (even though cycling doesn't feel like "rest" it doesn't use the same muscles as running). That will give me 8 hours of exercise a week and I'll still have a day of rest. It's nice to have a more flexible schedule in the summer and to actually be able to make these goals a reality.
--Overall, I feel like my attitude is positive. I'm pleased with my non-scale victories (resting heart rate of 54, 200 point drop in my triglycerides, 101/65 blood pressure), my clothes fitting better (had to get my "skinny clothes" bin up from the basement--14s are mostly fitting now!), and I'm not embarrassed about the way I look. Still have 30 pounds to go, which is a lot for someone as short as I am, but I am feeling like I look more fit. And I just recently crossed the threshold of weighing less than my 6'1" husband (I'm 5'3"!) I just need to keep on doing what I'm doing, and I think the results will keep coming.
--I just can't wait until the 140s! I have a lot of milestones coming up: getting out of the 150s (I told myself that I'd feel ok about the 150s, good about the 140s, great about the 130s and ecstatic about the 120s). At 146.5 I will have lost 50 pounds, at 144 I will 3/4 of the way to my total goal, and at 141 I will no longer be "overweight"!). I don't think I'll be able to meet my June goals because of my two week slowdown, but I'm hoping to be at 150 by 7/11.