Friday, July 30, 2010
Michelle wasn't feeling well to do our morning walk so I was on my own. Leo and I headed out and I decided to do a 5K and time myself. I told Leo that I wanted to do a 5k and set a goal for 38 minutes. 38 minutes was my goal for my last 5K race, but as it turned out they didn't officially time that race and Leo wasn't in my life then so I never really knew.
So I set out running and just kept running until I couldn't anymore. And Leo was teasing me because he wasn't telling me the time, just how far I had gone and what my pace was. I know, I could figure it out by the pace but I'm not quite that coordinated with my brain when I am exerting myself so much physically. I knew that I had ran 1.25 miles straight a couple of weeks ago so I wanted to at least run that much. Then I also set a goal for a certain place I wanted to be able to run to on my route. Ironically, that place was a local bakery. No, I didn't stop at the bakery! In fact, I couldn't quite run that far and ended up picking up my run again at the bakery. That's right, run past the bakery as fast as you can!
Anyway, my first run was 1.6 miles! That is the most I've ran outside so I was really pleased with myself. I did run a little bit after that and ended up walking the last mile of my 5K. I'm just going to admit right now that even walking that last mile was hard. I really wanted to slow down, but I also really wanted a good time so I kept walking at a fast pace.
When the 5K distance was reached, do you know what Leo told me? He said, "You won!" , I just love that guy! My time was 36.58. Mile 1- 10.57, Mile 2-10.43, Mile 3-13.46., last .11-14.10. Pretty great for me! I feel very happy. I'm hoping to cut more time off of that before my official 5K race in two weeks.
The scale has been moving pretty great for me the last few weeks, but I know that may not always last so NSV's are very important to me. Hooray for this one! I hope you all have a great weekend.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I have to admit my eating wasn't that great at the first of this weigh-in week. Last Wed-Fri wasn't pretty. I tried really hard over the weekend and especially hard on Mon & Tues. So my new goal for this week is to have good eating the WHOLE week. I probably ate less the last couple of days than I would have normally eaten just because I wanted a good number today ( In all honesty, I was just hoping to be able to maintain last week's loss so the number today is a big bonus). I don't want to feel like I have to eat less than I really should so I need to do a better overall job with eating throughout the week. Does that make sense?
I want to welcome my new followers. I've noticed that my number of followers has recently jumped up. Big Clyde is a new follower and he joins Kyle as my only two male followers. Clyde asked about my running/walking schedule. He asked if I do it each week and if so how long I've been doing that. Well, Clyde I can't really honestly answer that because before I got my Garmin I really had no way to keep track of it all. I will say that I have been walking with my friend in the mornings (March-October) for about 3 years now (although you never would have guessed it by looking at me). Over the years we have upped our walking a bit. The past year or so we have probably been averaging 12 miles a week. It wasn't until this summer that we have kicked it up a notch and are adding running. In January, I turned to the treadmill for exercise during the winter months and have added running little by little since February.
Once our early morning strength training classes start up again in August we will not have our morning walks on Tues/Thurs. I am going to try to still go after class and the kids are in school though once school starts up again. I think averaging a 5K each week will really be great! Eventually, I may even add a 4 mile walk in there each week.
I am planning on signing up for a 5K that takes place on August 14th. I am really excited about this. I know there will be a timer this time (unlike the Race for the Cure) because they are awarding medals. Not that it matters now that I have Leo to time me.
I also have plans to do a 5K in September. Many of you probably remember that one of my goals this year is to run an entire 5K. I'm thinking it better be in September because my window is closing the closer the winter months get. However, I guess it doesn't have to be an official 5K race. Now that I have Leo, I can keep track and run it on my own around the neighborhood.
I hope you all have a great day!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
We went to the water park inside the amusement park this time and we also went swimming one other time last week. That means I had two opportunities to wear my new swimsuit. I really like how it fits and am glad I spent the extra money on a good well-fitting swimsuit. Of course, I think I'll like how I fit in my swimsuit next year even better, when I'm 20 pounds lighter!
I promised I would post about what I've learned from Leo, thus far. Leo is my Garmin, in case you didn't know.I've been analyzing the data using the software that came with Leo. Here's what I've learned:
*Michelle runs faster than me! No wonder, I always feel so pooped by the end of our runs even though they are shorter than when I run by myself.
*I run faster outside than on the treadmill. No wonder, I can't run quite as long outside than inside.
*I walk/ran about a 5K, 6 days last week. Hooray for me!
*I need to become more consistent with my pace because the graph of my runs are all over the chart.
*Leo is really cool and I'm glad I found him! He really is going to help me become a runner.
Here is my walk/running schedule from last week and my times:
Monday- 3.09 miles (38.49 min) I was alone for this one.
Tuesday- 3.0 miles (38.55 min)
Wednesday- 3.13 miles (44.59) No running.
Thursday- 3.36 miles (42.44) I was alone.
Friday- 3.26 miles (43.16)
Saturday- 3.11 (43.54) No running.
I feel really good about my running. I used to think that the treadmill was great and couldn't understand why people hated it. Well, now that I have been running outside, I really am dreading the winter months when I will have to go back to the treadmill. I love being outside and the challenges of the normal inclines and the relief of the descents.
On Saturday, I wanted to exercise but knew I shouldn't run. I had already ran 4 days, which is a lot for me. My body was telling me to take a rest from running. So I opted for a walk instead. It was sooo hard not to run. I really wanted to! I can't believe I actually WANTED to run. Wow! I really am changing on this journey. It feels good.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I'm pleased and excited but I'm trying not to get too excited since I know what my pattern of weight loss has been. These two good losses probably mean a month's worth of maintains or minimal losses is ahead of me. Sigh. But I have learned that remaining consistent and staying diligent will lead to results. The great losses every few weeks are the pay off for all my hard work. Just when I thought I was destined to be in the 170's forever, I am granted two good week's of loss and the 160's seem on the horizon.
I've been trying to pinpoint what the difference could be that accounted for the losses. I know that changing up your workout can always make a difference. Here is how mine has changed over the last couple of weeks. I have not been doing any strength training. The gym floor at the church we were holding class at is being redone so we can't have class until August. Also my Monday early morning class has been suspended until fall. I have missed these classes a lot.
I lent my Jillian Shred video to a friend so haven't been able to do that. So basically, I have not done any strength training. That could be the difference. We all know muscle adds weight. Maybe mine is just burning fat right now since I'm not building muscle.
I will definitely go back to the strength training next month since I want to be thinner and toned, not just thinner. Also, I would sure hate all the muscle I've worked hard to build up over the last few months to turn to fat!
I am hoping that once I go back to my classes it will be another good change in my workout routine and I will see good results. For now, I have been enjoying more cardio. Michelle and I walk/jog a 5K every morning and it feels great. I am also trying to do the exercise bike for 40 minutes at least every other day.
Stay tuned for my next post, in which I will share what I've learned from Leo (my Garmin) so far. It is very interesting. I just love Leo!
Have a great day everybody!
Monday, July 19, 2010
I must admit my eating has not been very stellar this week. I need to learn to moderate myself better when life happens. What happened you say? Well, the amusement park happened, we had a pic-nic with friends and my hubby's company party happened. I will try to do better the rest of the summer. But I do know it could have been worse.
And because I am still weighing myself everyday (nope, I couldn't stay away from the scale) I know the scale could be worse (and it could be better). I've decided weighing myself everyday is the best way to keep myself in check and I feel fairly confident that I can manage how I react to the number on the scale. I do hope to get to the point one day that I don't feel it necessarily to weigh myself everyday to stay on track.
Another thing that I can use for motivation is the fact that I went swimsuit shopping on Saturday. Ugggh! Even 30 lbs. later, I still hate swimsuit shopping. I definitely know I really want to lose the last 20 pounds now , if I wasn't sure before. I know that even after I reach my goal swimsuit shopping won't be fun (I've had 3 kids after all) but it will be better. I did find a cute, flattering swimsuit though. I did spend a lot more than I ever have before, but it will be worth it when I take the kids swimming later this week.
I have updated my blog a little in honor of the occasion. I also saved an award that was given to me by I Said So and Whitney for today! So thank you to J and Whitney for thinking of me! Here is the award:
Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I still haven't decided if I'm going to not step on the scale for a whole week. I have until tomorrow morning to decide. I appreciate everyone's input on my post yesterday. I think the main thing I took away from all the comments is that it really doesn't matter if you weigh once (or twice) a day, once a week or once a month. What matters is your reaction to what the scale says. I think the important thing for me is not to let the scale dictate my attitude and mood so much, like it did last weekend. Maybe taking a week off will help me sever the emotional ties I have to the scale. Maybe. We shall see.
I hope everybody has a great day!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This morning while my friend and I were on our jog/walk with Leo we had a discussion about the scale and how often one should weigh themselves. My friend goes to Weight Watchers every Monday and told me how last night her group leader emphasized only weighing once a week. I know many of you adhere to this routine and do it because the scale can fluctuate so much from day to day. This definitely happened to me last weekend after my PF Chang's dinner. As many of you mentioned yesterday, I'm sure it was due to the sodium. I just wish I would have thought about that on Sunday instead of eating a bunch of brownies because I was discouraged.
Up until now the scale has never fluctuated too much from day to day. I have not been one to get too frustrated if it was up a little one day and just used it as motivation to do better the next day. Well, that has changed over the last couple of weeks and I am beginning to wonder if I should stop weighing every day. Okay, I'll admit it. I actually weigh myself MORE than once a day. It has become a bit of an obsession.
It makes me a bit nervous not to do it. In the past, I never weighed myself. I can't even tell you how much I weighed in high school. I never considered myself overweight, but I certainly wasn't skinny either. In fact, when I came back from summer break my senior year I had people commenting on how good I looked and asking people (not to my face) if I had lost some weight. I wasn't sure there was a difference. The only thing that had changed was that I had gotten a job at a pizza place and was eating pizza everyday. Lol! I had also cut my long hair off so maybe that was really the difference in what people were seeing.
Anyway, I never weighed myself very regularly and we all know where that got me. It wasn't until I started noticing differences in my clothes and had to start buying bigger sizes that I knew I was gaining weight. Then I stepped on the scale more often and when the 190's turned to the 200's I decided I better do something about it.
So you can see why weighing myself everyday seems to be so important to me. However, I am leaning towards taking a week off from the scale. I will weigh-in tomorrow and then not look at the scale until the next Wednesday. Even writing that plan makes me laugh and have doubts that I can actually do it!
So as you can see, I am not totally committed to the idea. I have until Thursday morning to decide. I am taking a poll of all my fellow bloggers. How often do you weigh? Have you tried more than one method and why do you like your current way of doing it? I would love to hear all your thoughts on the matter. Thanks!
By the way, I'm still loving Leo. I love how he beeps at Michelle and me while we are running to let us know it is almost time to stop. Why do I love those beeps so much!? We are currently working on interval training. Michelle hasn't been running like I have so our intervals are a little spaced out now. We run 1/4 mile, walk 1/2 mile for three miles. Today we shaved a couple of seconds off our previous time.
Monday, July 12, 2010
It started off pretty well. The scale was down and I was happy. I went for a walk on Saturday morning with my new best friend, Leo. I'll tell you more about him in a minute. I ate a light and healthy breakfast and lunch.
Then, I made banana bread after lunch. I just hate to waste mushy bananas and my daughter had been asking me to make it for a couple of days. I ate a couple of small pieces and thought that was okay.
My hubby and I went out to dinner on Saturday night. We went to PF Chang's. I ordered brown rice and didn't eat it all. We got a dinner for two and I made sure one of our entrees was the lower calorie beef with broccoli. I actually felt okay with how I'd eaten on Saturday.
So when the scale was up 2 pounds on Sunday I was shocked and frustrated! I have always been a proponent of weighing myself every day because it keeps me in check. It didn't serve that purpose yesterday. Instead of wanting to eat great all day because I was up I had the mindset of I might as well eat what I want because it doesn't matter I'll still gain. Not good.
I was assigned to bring dessert to my mom's house for dinner. My Grandpa was going to be there and my mom had mentioned how much my grandpa likes chocolate, just like the rest of us. I planned on making chocolate peanut butter chip brownies. They are so yummy and way fattening! I had told myself I would only have one. Well, I lied to myself. I tasted the batter, I had to taste them when they came out of the oven and then had a few more "tastes".....errrr brownines. Did I mention they have cream cheese in them, too.
So anyway, if I maintain this week or am up on the scale come Wednesday I only have myself and my chocolate addiction to blame. I have done better today and will do good tomorrow so we shall see.
Can't we just pretend like weekends don't count?
My last post was all about my new Garmin and someone asked what kind it was. That would have been good information to give you all. Sorry. It is a Garmin Forerunner 305. Check it out here.
I asked everyone on advice for a fun name for my new running partner. I really like all the different suggestions. I really liked Cammy's suggestion. She asked if I was a Leo since I had mentioned my birthday was next month. She suggested I choose Leo since it is my astrological sign.
And that is just what I have done. Leo is now the name of my Garmin. I was doing some "research" into astrology. Some positive traits that a Leo supposedly has are: Dignity, will-power, generosity, loyalty, confidence, ambitious. I would say that I lack a bit in the will-power (re-read the paragraphs above if you wonder what I'm talking about). I can also use a bit more ambition and confidence when it comes to running so I will depend on my new running partner, Leo to help me to become the best Leo I can be. :)
As far as the negative traits of Leos, they are: Conceited, arrogant, laziness. Hmmmm.....I don't think these apply to me at all. I am perfect. :)
So there you have some Monday thoughts from me. I hope you all have had a great start to the week and that is a healthy one. That is what I'm wishing for!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The first was from the blogger, I Said So..., she wrote,
"Sounds like so much fun...who cares about weight loss when you're doing things like that with those you love!" I really loved this quote because it is definitely the mindset I want to have. I don't want to have to worry about my weight so much. I want to enjoy life without my weight being an issue. Once I get this whole healthy lifestyle mastered, I will be able to do just that!
The second comment was from http://www.myjourneytofit.com/... and she wrote:
"Sounds like you will be excellent at maintenance, once you truly want to be there, lol. I had several, many, ok - LOTS of weigh-ins where I "practiced maintenance." ;) "
I really respect Shelley. She has lost a lot of weight and has maintained her new weight and is working towards being even more fit each day. To know that she "practiced maintenance" as well makes me feel a lot better.
So thanks to all my commenters you guys spoil me with encouragement and support.
My hubby also spoils me. A few weeks ago I mentioned to him I would really like a Garmin watch and explained to him what it is. I even emailed him a link to the one I wanted. Well, a few days went by and we didn't talk much about it and then we got our new exercise bike. I figured the prudent thing to do would be to ask for money from my parents for my birthday (in August) and put it towards a Garmin.
A week or so ago, my husband said, "Guess what I did?". Now I know when he says that in the mornings before work and he has been on the computer that he has ordered something online. Sure enough, he had ordered my Garmin! First, I chastised him a little. Telling him, we don't need to buy everything we want right when we want it and how I was going to use birthday money to buy it. He told me I could wait until my birthday, if I wanted. I, of course, declined and told him "thank you, thank you!". It would probably be a good idea to still ask my parents for money for my birthday and just put it in the bank to cover the credit card bill for the Garmin....but.....I won't! :) I like presents too much.
Anyway, here is a picture of my new Garmin :
I love it! I am still learning how to use it and all it's features. I haven't even explored the software that goes with it. I am loving tracking my distance and calories burned when I am walking/running outside. And my friend and I are going to utilize the interval workouts on our morning walks.
I am hoping that this new gadget will help me become a true runner and not just a treadmill runner. I think I need that timer and distance alert to help me keep going and push myself. And now I have it!
Some people (like Shelley and Kyle) name theirs. I am not that creative. So....if you have any good ideas, send them my way. I think naming inanimate objects is fun!
Well, that is it for today! Today the kids and I are off to visit a Children's Museum. Apparently, the kids think I am suppose to entertain them all day, every day of summer break! They also think money grows on trees around here. Good thing we have a free coupon for today's activity.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
So what did you all do this weekend? For those of us in the USA, it was a long weekend for celebrating. Here is a brief synopsis through pics of what I did:
I started the weekend off with a girl's night out and this:
Need I say more...didn't think so!
Saturday was spent doing yard work and then the family and I went to see this:
We loved this movie! Can I just say....Jaden Smith is such a cutie and he is going to be a successful actor just like his dad. It did make me feel a little old though because I remember the first Karate Kid very well. I even had a scrapbook devoted to Ralph Macchio!
a little hiking......
We spent Monday evening at a rodeo and fireworks show in a small town near the cabin.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Well, there is the confession and the bad of this post. Now on to the good part. Despite eating cookies for breakfast and really not wanting to I got on the treadmill this morning and was able to complete Week 7, Day 2 of the C25K training. For those of you who may not know what C25K is click here. Week 7 is the same each day. It is running for 25 minutes at a time. I am nowhere near the distance goal. But I have been aiming for the time throughout the training so I will be happy with it. I ran for 1.8 miles. I have decided that once I complete the training by time, I will go back a few weeks and try for the distance. That will be a new challenge and provide me with new goals.
There was a great column in today's newspaper by a sportswriter, who also writes a column called "Losing It". His name is Jody Genessy. He talks about his triumphs and struggles on his own weight loss journey. Today's column focused on tracking what he eats as well as accountability. Here is an excerpt from the column:
"If I end up being obese, it's because I choose to be obese and do the things that make me that way. It's nobody else's fault. And if I end up being thinner, it's because I choose to be thinner and do the things that make me that way.
In a way, I'm pretty dang lucky. It's all up to me. I get to choose.
It's important for me to realize that I'm in control. That's scary because I know the damage that can happen when I let go of the wheel and allow my natural instincts to drive for me. (The fact my inflated body looks like a couple of air bags exploded inside my clothes is proof of that.)"
You can read the entire column here.
Reading the article got me thinking. It really is up to us. We have all the power in this journey. Of course, there are many of us that believe God has power too and I truly believe that. But that is a post for another day. I think once we allow ourselves to believe that we have the power to change ourselves and determine our own journey we will be successful.
Of course, this takes courage. It is a lot easier to blame other people or circumstances for our problems, be it health issues or other problems. It is easier to keep going a long the way we have been and chalk it up to how we were raised or how we've been treated. But once we do it we feel so empowered.
I determine where my journey will take me. Sometimes things have happened to us that are HARD and UNFAIR. Sometimes we turn to an unhealthy lifestyle to cope with these issues. I feel like I have had a pretty good life and know others have a lot more challenging personal trials than I have or will ever experience. However, there are some experiences or circumstances of my life that have left me feeling sad and wishing things could be different. I have no control over these circumstances and cannot change them. But I do have control over how I react to them and cope with it all. I feel like I learned this a long time ago and have been a pretty happy person because of it.
This applies to our weight loss journey. We are in control. It is up to us. We can choose how we react to stress in our life. Are we going to eat a donut or go run a mile? Are we going to go on a binge or have a good cry (this always helps me) and let it out at once so we can move on? We choose to get outside help if we need it. We choose what foods we make (ugggh...shouldn't have made those cookies). We choose what we order at a restaurant. We choose to exercise or not to. We choose whether or not to let God into our journey. We choose to live healthy or not. We have the power. We can do this!