Sunday, December 30, 2012

Week 7 - C25K

Today marks a pretty huge milestone for me.  You see, back in 2011 when I was doing C25K I never made it up to Week 7.  It was Thanksgiving day and I did my last run of W6D3 and I have no idea why I stopped.  There really was no excuse for it.  But I just did.

So today is officially the furthest along I have ever gotten with the program.  Now my pace is really slow but I'm not too concerned.  Once I drop some more weight I think I will increase time.  But for now, I just ran every step of 25 minutes.

That is my non-scale victory for today!

Ok time to go make some breakfast and sit on my behind for the rest of the day :)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A morning at the Lakes

Instead of hitting the gym this morning, hubby and I decided to take a drive to the LSU lakes and exercise there.  He brought his bike and I opted to walk.  It was a bit cool and windy so I grabbed my "bundle up" gear.  40ยบ is quite cool for us Louisianians who aren't used to such weather.  Yes we are wimps heh heh.  I got my gloves, earmuffs, and a sweatshirt and we were ready to go.

No sooner had we arrived, I get a phone call from my daughter.  Her job called and she needed to go in.   Chris had the only set of car keys on him and he very generously, opted to go pick Dev up and bring her.  (Her car has been in the shop for a while now...hopefully it will be fixed soon!)

So I started my walk.  I don't ever have the fastest pace but I felt good about it and I'm not to terribly sore (as of now..)  I think I finished my walk around 84 minutes, which is just over 4 miles through the whole thing, but Chris wasn't done yet, so I looped the parking lot until I hit a total of 90 minutes.  And here is the end result: 

Along the way, I did snap a few pictures as well.  Some feathered friends decided to cheer me on:







So despite it being windy I did the whole thing.  It's such a beautiful change of scenery from my normal going up and down my road.


Friday, December 28, 2012

W6D3

Today was W6D3 for me and it, um, didn't quite go as expected.  I did manage to get my 25 minutes in but it wasn't at one time.  I had to make an emergency run back to the house for a bathroom visit.  :(   Once I got back on the road, I had roughly 16m45s to finish and I thought that I really wanted to try to squeeze a mile in just to see what that pace was.  My C25K timer went off but I still had less than .10 of a mile left so I opted to run it out and make a solid mile.   That put my mile pace at 17m30s.  Completely SLOW.  But I'm not going to try to stress too much about it as I figure that I will work on timing later once I'm running distance more regularly.

I did manage to map out a route that will put me at an official 5K.  I will drive to that location and do that run maybe on the weekend or in the evenings.  The morning runs that I do during the week will be as they are now, just running up and down my road and close to the house so I can easily pop back in in case of future bathroom emergencies and proximity to the shower.

If the weather permits on our long weekend, hubby and I may go out to the LSU lakes and do a bit of walking (for me) and biking (for him).  And if it should fall on my next C25K day I would like to run it out there.  Just a change of scenery will be nice.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

50 Days

Today marks Day 50 of my lifestyle change.  And while the scale hasn't been being too nice to me lately, here's a few things that I have accomplished:

  1. 50 Days since I have had a sugary drink of any kind (of course, once in a while I do get a margarita or a light beer.  I can live without the cokes and other soft drinks but the margaritas get worked into the equation.  :)
  2. In the last 50 days, I have exercised at least 4 times per week.  I am ok with that but I think I want to try to bump the exercise up a bit.  I'm so very very sick of seeing 228-229 on the scale.
  3. Every single day, with a few exceptions I have logged every meal and accounted for everything using My Fitness Pal. 
  4. In the last 50 days, I have offically lost 12 pounds.  I know the scale will start moving again soon but I sure wish it would do it sooner rather than later!!!!
  5. In the last 50 days, I have managed to work myself up to running 20 minutes at a time.  As of tomorrow, hopefully that will be 25 minutes!

Now this is what I'd love to see happen for the next 50 days:
  1. Lose at least 15 pounds
  2. Go down a size in pants
  3. Run a 5 K (virtual one or IRL..)
Also, today I have made a ton of new friends on My Fitness Pal!  I can definitely use all the accountablity that I can get!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Oh the weather outside is frightful..

Well, that is how it was on Christmas day here!  We experienced some really rough weather.  Fortunately we never lost power but we did have to stay at my moms for a bit until the weather cleared.  There actually was reports of a tornado touching down nearby. 

We had a nice Christmas!  It was pretty quiet but we still ended up being busy for 2 days straight.  I did score some new earbuds and a cellphone holder armband.  Hubby also said he will get me some shoes in a week or two so I will have some new running shoes shortly!  Can't wait for that and I am determined this time to not use them for everyday use like I usually do!  These will be running and running only now that C25K is on the downward slope.

On the food front, I did ok.  I didn't over eat but I didn't exactly eat what I should have either.  I also skipped 2 meals on purpose Christmas Eve and Christmas day to allow for more calorie consumption.  Unfortunately exercise did not happen.  Other than cleaning on Christmas Eve that was pretty much the extent of exercise on those days.  

I adore Christmas as a holiday but honestly, I'm glad that it is over.  Now I can get back to a regular routine that doesn't involve planning, baking, Christmas present buying and all the other stuff that goes along with it. We plan on having a very very low-key New Years so as of today I'm offically saying that I'm back on plan and trying to kick it up a notch.

Weight is back to 228.2 so still not much change there but at least it is down .8 from last week.  And honestly, I am THRILLED with that because with Christmas and all the eating it could have been so much worse.

I did Week 6 Day 2 of C25K this morning.  I felt my pace was slow but the wind was blowing something fierce!  I think had the wind not been that bad, I would have done a bit better.  Endomondo said my pace was 18min/mile but that also included a 5 minute warm up walk.  I think I'll have a better grasp on pace once I actually key just the runs in.  I will do that on Friday's run I think.  I won't start Endomondo until the actual run, then I will stop it for the cool down walk.  It's so hard to fumble with my cell phone and run.  Then I will just go back and manually enter the 5 min start up walk and 5 min cool down walk after.  The interval timing is a beast to calculate.  And plus, I hate math. 

So after my run this morning I had a little time to kill before bloodwork and actual work so I decided to dust off one of the dvd's I own and get some more minutes in.  I was looking for my Biggest Loser dvd but couldn't find it.  I did find my Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred.  Now... I have heard some stories about how tough this dvd is, so since I was out of options with the other dvd, I said what the heck and put it in the dvd player.  Can you say OUCH?!  Holy crap that thing kicked my butt!  And that was the lowest level of endurance too!  Sheesh.  But now that I've started it I feel obligated to give it a try and keep at it.  I took some before pics for starting the 30DS and we shall see how this goes.  I have a feeling that I will be sore tomorrow. 

Oh and one more thing.  Jumping jacks and large boobies do not mix.  Just sayin'.   Oh. Em. Gee. OUCH!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!

Just a quick post!  Life is going to be busy around here today and tomorrow but I wanted to take a little time and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Chasing Pavements / W5D3 of C25K

Should I give up or should I keep on chasing pavements?


Holy crap, I did it! When everyone says that this is the toughest mental day, they arent kidding! I had talked myself out of running and back in at least a dozen times before I finally got out of bed and ready to head out.  (It's too cold; I'll never be able to finish this; I didn't sleep well last night so I could use the extra snooze).  It is 37 degrees here and I still did it!

This is a huge nsv for me. I have been struggling with the scale for 3 weeks now and this was the confidence boost I needed to keep me pushing forward. Trust me when I say, if this 38 year old and overweight woman can do this then you can too!!!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Frustrated!

The scale is not being nice.  In fact, it's been a meany butt.  I have been hoovering around 229 for 3 weeks now.  I'm still counting my calories and I'm still exercising regularly.  I guess my body just doesn't want to let go of all this fat.   Not sure what to do or if I should change things up or just keep plugging away.

I did finish Week 5, Day 2 yesterday.  WOW that was quite a challenge.  I knew going into yesterdays run that I haven't been hitting my water target the last 2 days and I did feel sluggish when running.  I'll need to really get my water in today since tomorrow or Friday I will be running for 20 minutes straight - (Eeep!)  But the bottom line is that I actually finished it.  And I felt good about it too.  I am still worried about the 20 min run.  We will see!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

:(

I can't stop thinking of the victims of the Newton, CT shooting.  Myself, like everyone else I'm sure is just devastated by this senseless tragedy.  I just can't wrap my head around it.  How scared those poor babies must have been!

Ok on a lighter subject, the scale just isn't moving.  I'm still plugging away and eating under my calories and exercising.  I know eventually it will budge but there is a lot of temptation just around the corner with Christmas coming.  We will see what Wednesdays weigh in brings.

Today was w5d1 of C25K and surprisingly I did ok with it!  Now, I'm really really nervous about the 2 upcoming 8 minute runs and of course Day 3 and the 20 minute run.  I'm already starting to freak out about it.  Everything I've read said that this is a mental challenge run and I suppose that may be right since I am seriously wigging out.  What does keep me going is knowing that I did this before and I can do this again.  In fact as of today, I'm 2 weeks away from when I had stopped before.  I will finish this time around!  Just gotta get past a certain 20 minute run.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holding steady

I'm definitely seeing a pattern emerge with my weight loss.  It seems I'm going every other week and then boom... 3-4 pounds gone.  But the other weeks I'm only seeing slight movement.  We are talking like 0.2 pounds.  It's really strange but I'll take it.  As of yesterday I'm down 11.2 pounds since November 6th.  Not too shabby.  I'd love to see a solid 15 pound loss by Christmas.

I've been reading alot of posts and comments about whether or not you should eat back your exercise calories.  I personally am just sticking with the 1200 calorie per day method.  If I try to eat back my calories I ususally end up feeling way too full and miserable.

Today should be a challenge.  We don't normally go out to eat but we are tonight with the in-laws.  I've taken a look at the menu and have and idea of what I'm going to get (Boiled Shrimp and a salad).  The problem may be the appetizers but I'm really going to try to stay within my range today.  I also need to squeeze in some type of exercise today since I totally skipped yesterday.  I can either do the next C25K day today or tomorrow so I am flexable there but I may end up just going to the gym and doing some actual weights today and maybe walk around the track for a few minutes.

I did sign up for a December Exercise challenge of doing 1000 minutes.  So I do need to amp up my exercising some more to make that goal.  I think as of the last day I exercised I am at 257/1000.  So yea, I really need to do something every day so I can hit that goal. 

Ok work becons so you guys have a great day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Signed up to complete my first 5K!

Ahem, guess I should explain.  It's actually not a "real" one but a virtual one.  Katie at Runs for Cookies is planning on hosting a Virtual 5k on her birthday, January 25th!  And by my calculations I should have finished Week 9 of C25K the week before.  Soooo, there it is.  While it's not an official one, I'm still pretty excited about it!   After I get past Christmas, I will start mapping out and planning some actual 5Ks.  I want to do this! 

One kinda major thing that kinda gives me anxiety about running a real 5K is my shyness.  I'm just not good around people I don't know and especially in large crowds.  I really wish I could find a running buddy that is local so at least I could have someone to talk to at the races.  And honestly, I am SO much better than I used to be but I will never be one of those types of people who go up to strangers and introduce myself.  But I think my determination to actually do a 5K may put me out of my comfort zone anyway so who knows what will happen between now and next year.  I hope my insecurities don't come up and bite me in the butt.

Oh well, Week 4 Day 2 tonight and possibly some elliptical time in.  The scale hasn't moved much since last Wednesday so I'm hoping to give me a little bump so I can show a loss tomorrow. 

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

W4D1 redo and weekend eating habits

Well I just came in from finishing W4D1 again.  I felt better doing it again since running was quite sporadic last week.  The run itself was not so great.  In between smelling Mary Lee donuts wafting through the air and having to dodge a poor dead kitty in the road, needless to say I'm glad today's run is done.  I guess on the bright side, the weather was spectacular, so there is that!





And it appears that if I stay on target and run again on Tuesday and Thursday this week, the weather *should* cooperate.  Of course, this is Louisiana and they say if you don't like the weather, just wait a minute and it will change. 

Oh I found this great link about C25K that makes it easier to track instead of having to do the math in my head each time in order to enter it in MFP.  Check it out... Visual C25K

I did an impromptu measurement today and it's practically close enough to a month from when I did measurements before and I'm very happy to note that I'm down an inch just about everywhere!  It's the small victories, right?!

Despite all that I still have the worst time eating on the weekends.  Even after carefully planning out our meals, I think we just sometimes forget about it.  For example, yesterday I got up early and went to the gym.  Afterwards, my mom wanted Chick-fil-a and I really didn't but ended up getting a fruit cup.  That was essentially my breakfast.  After I got home, Chris and I looked at our bills and planned those out and started our grocery list.  Then we hit Sam's and Target to get those, came home and by that time it was around 2pm that we ate lunch.  I'm really trying not to eat anything after 7pm so by the time it was 7 I still wasn't hungry.   So after totaling everything including snacks and coffee yesterday my calories came to 995.  Not good.  So I really need to work on that some more.

Tomorrow I may nor may not have Jury Duty, so I will have to figure a way to work around that if possible.  I have to call at 8pm tonight so see if I need to report.  I'm not one of those people that dread jury duty actually.  I kinda look forward to it!  But what I do worry about is how I'm going to keep on plan food wise.  Chris and I did buy some wheat bread and sandwich stuff so I suppose I can do that.  We had made some leftover food yesterday and will again today but that is stuff that needs to be heated in the microwave.  I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have access to anything like that, so I'm thinking sandwich may be the way to go.

Ok, well I guess I'm procrastinating enough here.  I've got a ton of cleaning to catch up on and Borderlands 2 to play.  Have a nice Sunday everyone!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Orleans Comic Con

I know this is non-diet/exercise related but just wanted to share a little of my experience Saturday at Comic Con.  This will be the 3rd  year that we have gone and each year it keeps getting better and better!  Unfortunately this year we were only able to go on one day, whereas in years past we have managed the whole weekend.  But despite that we had a phenominal time!  So much geeking out was done and there was much celebration!

The first thing we did after arriving was basically walk around for about an hour and a half.  We also window shopped at some of the vendors and checked out alot of the comic collections that were there.  From there, we walked around the Cosplay groups and stopped to chat with a few friends of ours that run our local Star Trek group in Baton Rouge.  I also wanted to check out the Krewe Du Who, a Doctor Who fangroup based out of Nola.  Here is me in front of their awesome tardis: 


Next up was Eliza Dushku's panel.  I have loved watching her career since True Lies and of course, Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse.


After Eliza, we walked around a bit more and got some lunch at the cafeteria then we waited in line for Stan Lee's panel for about an hour.  Finally it was time to go in!

We had missed his panel last year and we were so disappointed then so I wanted to make sure that we wouldn't miss this one.  It was amazing.  That man is sharp and so witty.  He had a little trouble hearing (hence the moderator in the pic above) but honestly this was hands down the best panel I have ever attended (Even better than Shatner's last year!).  We laughed at his antecdotes and also sang him "Happy Birthday".  He was quite amused by the birthday greeting but told the moderators that he would donate the cake to a local charity but wanted to make sure that someone took a picture of it for him first.  Gosh, I love that man!   He kept us entralled the entire hour. 

That was the last panel we decided to do and by this time it was around 3pm so we went back downstairs to do more window shopping and celebrity visiting.  I was shocked that I didn't buy anything.  It wasn't that I didnt want to but nothing really stood out to me this year.  T-shirts, I can order online but I do also want to wait until I lose a bit more weight before I buy more clothes and we have alot of nerdy stuff already. I think the only thing we did buy was a "Daryl" bobblehead that we got Norman Reedus to autograph. 

We did have a blast meeting some of the actors from The Walking Dead, our favorite current show!  Here are a few pics:


From L to R: My husband, Chris, family friend, Eden, Me, Norman Reedus (Daryl from The Walking Dead and Murphy from Boondock Saints), and my daughter, Devyn

Me and Jon Bernthal (Shane from The Walking Dead)


Me and Michael Rooker (Merle from The Walking Dead and tons more movies like Slither, Eight Men Out)


This guy was just walking around the Con with his brother.  I recognized him immediately though! He was the prisoner Tomas from early in season 3 of The Walking Dead.

Everyone we met was just super nice.  Not the typical stereotypes you would expect from celebs!

Oh! One final note, just about everyone went crazy over my daughter's "costume".  She ordered the kit about a week before and applied it and did all the make up herself. I think it came out fantastic!  Alot of people pulled her aside for some pics and the celebs themselves also loved it!


By the time the con ended we were just so exhausted.  But we had an absolute blast. I am looking forward to next time!  But hopefully I will be alot smaller by then and be able to wear a cute little costume.  Maybe something Who related!  We shall see!  If anything these pics show that even though I am in progress, I am not where I want to be.   I have a year and 2 months to work on things.  I can do this!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2 posts in one day... what!?

So I just had a surreal moment and I had to share!

I just dropped off some pc equipment to LSU this morning and as I was driving back, I took the route that goes around the LSU Lakes (its a popular place for runners/walkers/bicyclists).  The most perfect song came on 80s on 8 as I was driving so I rolled down the windows and blared the speakers.  Hopefully I've given some inspiration to some of the runners/walkers out there this morning by having them jam to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger"!

Now I'm actually pumped to go the gym myself today! 

Start of Week 4 today

This weekend was crazy!  We had so much fun!  But as of yesterday I am back on track.  Funny how one little trip to New Orleans can send your diet into a tizzy!

I've been holding steady at staying on target with my daily calories, but exercise has been non-existent since Friday.  So I'm back on W4D1 today, then again Thursday and Sat.  I'm hoping to get back to my normal schedule of Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday or Friday next week.

Hope the scale behaves tomorrow!  Until then, have a great Tuesday everyone!