Friday, September 06, 2013
Hi friends (if anyone is still paying attention!)
Sorry I've been away from Spark for awhile. I've actually been living pretty healthy. My eating has been probably 75% healthy, with some candy/ice cream/beer excesses that have kept me from LOSING any weight, but I've managed not to gain more than 5 lbs since the spring when I was getting in good shape again. I did a half marathon in April, which was a lot of fun. I'd say that I ran 2/3 of it, which after having only trained for 8 weeks was pretty good! I signed up for another at the end of October, but have had knee pain this summer, so have transitioned to almost all walking as that doesn't hurt the knee. Still going to do the half, but it may be slower.
Started honing in on eating again at the start of August, and saw a quick drop of about 5-7lbs in two weeks, which was fun (gotta love losing that bloat/water weight in the beginning!) Then I went on vacation to the beach for two weeks. We live a pretty active lifestyle at the beach (lots of beach walking, some running, some kayaking, a few 15-20 mile bike rides) and my daytime eating was pretty good, but I definitely enjoyed myself too, and had a beer almost every day, and ice cream many days. Plus some amazing BBQ, but hey -- it's North Carolina. That's a given.
Since getting back from vacation a week ago, I've hit it hard. Tracking everything, really eating very well (aiming for a 50-100 carb range daily, and very very limited processed foods, so I'm getting lots of veggies, protein, and healthy fats.) I'm also ramping up the walking efforts to get my legs ready for the half. I'm aiming to walk for at least an hour most weeknights, and 2 on the weekends (with rest days as needed, of course.) I'm also doing squats and pushups on alternating days to start getting some strength back. The squats with no weight don't bother my knee, which is great. They'll probably actually HELP the knee by strengthening the surrounding muscles.
So that's the plan and the current status. I've lost back the 2-3 lbs I gained at the beach already, and am feeling steady and good. My fiance is in really awesome shape now and eats really well 90% of the time, so it's easy to eat well at home provided that we both keep encouraging each other. I think he's really happy to see me back on the healthy path, so I think he'll be very supportive.
That's it for now. I'll try to blog every couple of weeks to keep myself focused and keep my chickens updated!