Thursday, August 11, 2011

The last month or so...

All right, I have been terrible about updating. Between my birthday week (when I gained 2 pounds, not surprisingly), and being gone on a ten day trip to Canada, I have been busy! The most surprising thing concerning my weight/health in this time is that I lost 5 pounds at my weigh-in yesterday. I didn't have a weigh-in last week, since I was out of town, but I was expecting to gain or hoping to break even. I am thinking it may relate to what I did when we got back from Canada...
We got home Sunday night, and I felt like I really needed a detox/cleanse of some sort- I had eaten some rich stuff and plenty of trail mix. So on Monday and Tuesday, I ate nothing but fruits and vegetables. It was actually really cool and gave me a greater appreciation for those foods and what they can do for you. So at this point I am restructuring what I eat to be largely fruits and veggies, also have lean protein regularly, and eat much less grains and dairy. We'll see how this comes out, but I think it's going to be a great help in re-jump-starting the weight loss. I looked at my chart and I spent 8 weeks in about a 3 pound range. I have finally tipped over the edge of 40 pounds gone (40.8!) and want to ramp the losses back up. Bring it on!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Weigh In

Endomondo Running Workout: "was out running 3.53 miles in 34m:00s using Endomondo."

I lost 2.2 pounds this week, for a total loss of 37.4 pounds! And I did well on my run today :-) I actually felt good at the end rather than miserably tired or exhausted, like last time. I started carrying a small water bottle with me, which I think helps. Also running in cool weather is far superior to running in the heat.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Training Begins.

Endomondo Running Workout: "was out running 3.53 miles in 34m:28s using Endomondo."

So first off, at the weigh-in this week I went up .6. I did great at the beginning of last week and then kind of slacked off, what with 4 or so meals that were just not great choices. But that's okay. I did Butte to Butte on Monday and I was feeling fatigued for a good part of this week. My Wednesday run was really weak- I barely made it two miles. Today, however, I went 3.5 without a problem. I am officially picking up on the training schedule as of today. It has 3 runs per week, with two short-ish runs (3-4 miles) and then a long one at the end of the week (today's was 3.5, and it works all the way up to 12). For the long runs, as they actually get longer, I doubt I'll be able to run the whole thing, which I am fine with. I am switching mental gears from "how fast can I go" to "get through the whole thing."

Friday, July 1, 2011

Holy Crap!

Endomondo Running Workout: "was out running 3.11 miles in 28m:50s using Endomondo."

Okay, notice above- not only did I crack the 30 minute mark for my 5K, I dominated it!

I found that once again Mike's ideas concerning fitness (particularly mine) are really good ones. He had suggested going hard for the first mile and easing off for the second, then picking up the pace at the end. That's what I did. I also decided that the times I wanted to walk I would just slow down my run instead, and that was a really good idea.

And big news- yesterday I signed up for a Half Marathon in October!!! It's just what I needed for motivation and taking things to the next level. I'm stoked!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A variety of good.

Endomondo Running Workout: "was out running 3.60 miles in 34m:37s using Endomondo."

Today's weigh-in was a success! I am down 1.6 pounds for a total of 35.8 pounds lost. It wasn't a huge loss for the week, but considering the actual week and the fact that I was stuck at the same number three weeks in a row, I am pleased!

Today was also an awesome running experience. I heard about Walk it Off Wednesdays from my WW group. It is where you go to Alton Baker Park (Mike and Annie and I went) and sign in, choose your course, and walk (or in our case run) however far you please. There are prizes at the end of the summer and it's a great way for us to get out and have a "family" run :-) It was also the farthest I have run, I think ever. I walked for about a minute at one point, but ran the rest and got a good time too!

I have also been continuing to clean out my closet- Pictures to follow.

I went shopping recently for a few things I desperately needed, clothing-wise. I got a cute pair of shorts that actually show some leg, because I actually am starting to feel comfortable with that again! I got some great running shorts that will fit for a long time, and, hallelujah, some new bras. My old ones just didn't fit anymore and I forgot how awesome you can feel when you have a good-fitting, comfortable bra on.

J out!

Monday, June 27, 2011

New Records!

Endomondo Running Workout: "was out running 3.11 miles in 30m:02s using Endomondo."

So, today was the first time I have run a 5K since the Weight Watchers 5K. It has been awhile! I ran a couple of times last week, but that route is just over half the distance of a 5K. I knew today would be a challenge.

The up- New fastest mile ever- 8:45! Holy crap!!!
The down- I did have to walk two different times, and I allowed myself a minute each time, while still keeping the timer going.
The up- even with those two minutes of walking, my 5K time today was 30:02. That's, like, amazing!!! I've had a goal to run a 5K in under 30 minutes for several months now and I just kicked my previous time's ass!

Weigh-in on Wednesday. Please let the plateau have passed! I don't want to weigh in at the exact same number for a 4th time in a row.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Record!

Endomondo Running Workout: "was out running 1.71 miles in 15m:51s using Endomondo."

I did my short loop in my fastest time ever- but I also finally cracked the 9 minute mark for my mile. 8:58! I think tomorrow I will run just a mile and see how fast I can go.

Thanks to my awesome running partners, Mike and Annie! :-)