25 September 2013

Weight Watchers

Well, I've been thinking about it for months, but I joined Weight Watchers yesterday.  I'm really curious to see what's changed between my last go-round and now.

I've got a good friend doing it and she's lost a lot of weight and not gonna lie, my bitter heart was jealous.  So after rolling it over in my head for a few weeks, I went ahead and joined.    My first meeting isn't until this weekend, but I am on plan as of now. 

Maybe standing on a scale in front of someone will give me the accountability I need.  I'm really hoping that I can get my nutrition in step with my exercise and just move slowly downward.  I don't need big, flashy results.  I just need to be a little better today than I was yesterday.

Sunday is my first 10k.  I'm nervous about it.  I know I can move the distance but I'm a big girl and I am likely to be the biggest person signed up for the 10k distance.

I've got this, anyway. 

11 September 2013

A New Approach

For the past 25 years or so, my diet approach has been 'Lose the weight as quickly as possible by restricting this or that or the other thing"

Well, that's frustrating because eventually you want one of the forbidden items.  and then the floodgates.

So, I changed my goals.  My goals now are to move SOMEHOW every day for at least 40 minutes, to do at least one strength training item per day and to eat about 2,000 calories per day.  If I run/walk for over an hour, I add a few more calories in.  I can usually make room for an indulgence or two every day.

It's not perfect, but it works for me.

I'm feeling happier and more comfortable with where I am.  Just watching now, to see if this is the honeymoon phase.  I hope not.

07 September 2013

My week

So this week kicked off with a bang and a whimper. The bang was a shitload of jumping jacks. Like really really a lot of jumping jacks. Sunday was 300 and everyday added or stayed the same. Today's was 800. The whimper was me whining about the jacks.

The next bang was me committing to three six-mile runs this week. The whimper came from my poor, sad, blistered toes.  For some reason I decided that I needed to do that distance for the first time  three times. But I said it. And so I did it. Sunday morning crazy Conner and I went out and knocked that out. Slowly. I'm not a fast runner y'all. I planned to knock it out consecutive but Monday was a big no can do. I went for a four mile walk instead with friends Becky and Cooper. We had a lovely time taking notice of the day. Tuesday was OMG first day of kindergarten so sad old mom took the day off and ran with my friend Sara. She had no schedule or agenda and was just there for me. It was perfect. Six miles and one to go.  Wednesday was guilt day but more on that later. Thursday after work was my day. Hydrated all day and home long enough to put on my sports bra and my sneakers. I start off slowly and stay that way but meander my way around the neighborhood ticking off miles little by little. It was a pleasure although some of the actual miles felt rough. By the end of mile six my aforementioned blistered toes were voting to secede from their union with my body. But I did it. Goal met. Five points for me!

Guilt day. Dev had a fever. Dev had a cough. We treated symptoms but didn't really worry because he was acting fine. Not remotely like a sick person. Saturday morning we all did Color Me Rad. We get home. Whoa. Biiig fever. Give my little busy some Motrin and on with our day. Not acting sick. Sunday sick off and on. Monday same. Tuesday no fever so off to kindergarten we go. Mention to the teacher that he's not feeling perfect. Get a call from the nurse that he was in but not acting sick so she sent him back to class. We pick him up and take him to urgent care. Oh, have we met? Worst mom ever. My kid has pneumonia. Ten seconds after his first dose of his antibiotics and he's so much better.
I'm going to feel better about this in about a dozen years.

Moving into next week. My goal for this week is active recovery. Run our walk with Conner six days. Happy mom, happy dog.

Keep moving forward everyone.

01 September 2013

Trying out blogger for the tablet, Weekly and Monthly goals +Challenge

My laptop had been functioning just fine until Thursday when it wouldn't boot. It hasn't booted since. My husband's computer is usually occupied by him, so my screen time is vastly diminished. This is a good thing as my first 10k is in less than a month. I've been struggling with my runs lately, so I devised a new plan. At least twice this week, I will go out and cover at least six miles on my feet. On off days I will work on my legs and back and core.
I've downloaded a Tabata timer and set it for 12 intervals of 5 minutes running/one minute walking. It is my hope that this will allow me to get the six miles under my belt. If I can keep this up I should be ready for the 10k by the end of the month.
Because I'm posting this blog from my tablet I can use voice recognition to type. This is super cool. The only thing is I don't always speak clearly enough and sometimes voice recognition thinks I said something kinda weird. I mean, I usually am saying something weird but not the way it thinks.
I met and exceeded my  goal to run 40 miles in the month of August. I'm really really proud of this. It was in no way easy for me but what it did was prove to myself that I'm far stronger than I think.
For the month of September it is my intention to continue the training program by running three days per week, to track my food every single day even when I don't want to, do at least 15 minutes of yoga focusing primarily on my back my legs and my hips, and to stay within my calorie range at least 5 days per week.
I'm in a fall challenge with my trainer so I will have lots of other goals to me throughout the month too. I'm looking forward to this new challenge and I'm feeling pretty good about myself despite the fact that I still haven't lost any weight. I met with my trainer at the end of last week and had a fat caliper test. I've lost inches just about everywhere and I have definitely lost fat everywhere. Seeing that has made it far less painful that I have actually gained 4 pounds since I started working with her at the beginning of the year.
The fall challenge requires me to make a weekly goal. For me this weeks goal is to do three six mile interval run walks.
I'm still really struggling with my food but I feel like I'm stronger and better. I know that if I keep staying the course I will eventually reach my goals. I just need to get my food in line.  This challenge should help me with that.
Be well, everyone. I hope you're also also moving towards making yourselves proud and meeting your goals.