Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yes, I had a gain last week. We're not going to dwell on that. Let's talk more about running.

I am not a runner. There's nothing even remotely fun about it. But it's such good exercise, and I WANT to love it, and I want my kids to love it. So we decided to give running a try.

The first day, I "ran" a mile in 16 minutes. The next day, I didn't run at all, but I walked the mile fast than I ran it the day before. Yes, I am an extremely slow runner. After that, I sat on the couch.

But "running" two days a week isn't bad.  I figure that's a starting point. I just need to work on it not hurting so much.

Yes, it hurts. So bad. I only ran maybe half the distance the first day, and my feet hurt so bad. This was the main reason I walked the mile the second day, running was out of the question. Four days later, and my feet were still in pain. I'm fairly certain that I have arthritis in my feet. Or maybe plantar fasciitis.  

My husband doesn't believe me, but then again, he doesn't do any running at all, so he really can't talk.

A coworker told me yesterday that new research suggests that walking is actually better exercise for you than running. I don't know what this new research is, but I'm for sure on board with it!

What about you.... are you a runner?






Monday, March 20, 2017

Weight loss-- week 11

Starting 1-1-17 weight: 239.8
Last week's weight: 210.8
Cruise Weight 190.8
Ultimate goal weight: 175
TODAY'S WEIGHT: 217.9
Weight loss this week: GAIN 7.1
TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 21.9


Yikes. Binge much, Lovely? 

I guess they can't all be good weeks. 



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Running


Hi.

I'm on vacation this week. The kids are off on spring break for the next two weeks, so I'm with them for the first week, and my husband is off the second week. We have nothing planned, so we've been sitting around and eating a lot. I've gained four pounds this week so far, and it's only Wednesday.

My daughter is 11. She just finished basketball season, and I noticed while she was on the court that she's like the funkiest runner ever. Like have you ever seen Phoebe run, on Friends? That funky.

Phoebe Running - Friends
 
There's something wrong with her ankles, they're turned in. I'm worried  that she's going to trip and fall and break an ankle. So I told her that during the off season, we would work on her running.

I took her to one of those over priced running shoe stores to have her feet measured and her stance evaluated and all that. Wow, they saw me coming. $250 later, we walked out with running shoes, insoles, and special compression socks. Apparently, whatever's wrong with her is fairly common and nothing to worry about. Good to know.

I told my daughter that if I'm going to spend that kind of money on shoes, she was going to be using them. And not just to walk around the mall, she was going to running in the off season, every day.

My daughter replied, "OK.... but you should run with me."

I'm not sure why my children hate me.

So, we are about to leave right now to go on our first run ever. We have our shoes, our water, our cute little running outfits....

I'll let you know how it turns out. I'm guessing we make it about three steps.




Monday, March 13, 2017

Weight loss-- week 10


Starting 1-1-17 weight: 239.8
Last week's weight: 213.2
Cruise Weight 190.8
Ultimate goal weight: 175
TODAY'S WEIGHT: 210.8
Weight loss this week: 2.4
TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 29.0

I'm SO close to 30 pounds!

So, hitting 30 pounds is my first major goal. I didn't actually expect to lose 30 pounds in 3 months, but it's happening. Now it's time to move on to the next goal. Here are some goals that I've thought of:

Pre-pregnancy weight: 208. Not much of a goal-- it's only 2 pounds away.

ONE-derland: 199.8. While it will certainly be exciting to be less than 200 pounds, at the rate I'm going, I'll be there by the end of April.

Little black dress weight: 190.8. The whole purpose for the weight loss, the weight my husband said we would go on a cruise if I hit this weight. It's happening, hopefully by the end of May.

Danger Zone Weight: 185. I'm calling this the danger zone because when I lost the weight before, this was the lowest I got.... before I starting gaining it all back. If I stay on track and keep losing 2 pounds a week, I'll be there by mid-June.

Ultimate goal: 175. I say this is my ultimate goal, but mostly because I haven't seen this weight since college. I don't actually know what it looks like. I'm so tall, and I like my curves, so I don't think I'll want to lose much more than that. I know when I was a senior in high school I was at 167 and I was pretty happy with that,  but my high school days are definitely over! I also know that when I was a freshman in college, the stress of the change brought me down to 145 and people were concerned for my health, so I know that's too low. So I think I'll just shoot for 175 for now, and take it day by day after that.

How is everyone else's weight loss journey going? Do you make goals?


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

progression shot-- 25 pounds gone

It's time for a progression shot!

Here's what I've been using as my before shot. I probably should have taken a more "official" before picture, but I didn't. This is all I've got:



And here I am, in Las Vegas, 25 pounds less of me:


Still not much of a difference, but I can see it in my face. And my confidence level has increased--- I never wore a shirt tucked in before January. Progress, little by little!



 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Weight loss-- week 9



Starting 1-1-17 weight: 239.8
Last week's weight: 214.8
Cruise Weight 190.8
Ultimate goal weight: 175
TODAY'S WEIGHT: 213.2
Weight loss this week: 1.6
TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 26.6

How is this even possible???? I go to Vegas, eat a bunch of french fries, and STILL lose a pound and a half? I can't even explain it.

OK, maybe I can. I walked around a lot when I was in Vegas, and I was on full on salad mode once I got home. I have really cut back on the random snacking. I have been TRYING to lay off the alcohol.... some days are more successful than others in that arena.

This is my biggest win for the week. My living room looks like this right now:



I am the cookie manager for my daughter's girl scout troop, so I have to keep an inventory on hand during cookie season. Please buy these so I'm not tempted to eat them!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday

It's my daughter's 11th birthday today. Happy birthday, Baby Bug!

It is also Ash Wednesday. And if you're a good Catholic girl.... well, you're probably not ready this. But if you're a regular Catholic girl, just doing the best you can, then you might be thinking about giving up something for Lent.

That's where I'm at right now. What am I going to give up? It needs to be something meaningful, a true sacrifice. But it also needs to be something achievable. There's no point in setting myself up for failure.

But here's the thing. I've already given up coffee and soda. I haven't been going out to fast food and I've cut out a lot of sugar. I don't have rice or pasta or bread. Foodwise, I really only have two vices: French fries and alcohol.

I ate my share of french fries while I was in Vegas last weekend. They're so good! They're my weakness. But I also drank my share of alcohol this weekend, too. The weekend would not have been as good without alcohol... or french fries.

So, I covet both of these indulgences. If I'm being honest, I probably covet alcohol more than french fries. So  it makes sense to give up alcohol, right?

Right.... but man. It's a long time until Easter. And there's crab feeds and birthdays  and basketball and baseball and girl scout cookie booths. Yeah... I just don't think I can do it.

Maybe I should just give up red meat instead.