Saturday, February 26, 2011

Anthem 5K - first leg of Triple Crown of Running in Louisville

I did it! I ran the 5K and I did run the whole way  - not that there is anythig wrong with walking. My last offical 5K was 18 months ago and I did it in 50 min 31 seconds. Today I did the 5K in 43 min 35 seconds.

I am not sure how I will do with the 10K in two weeks or the 10 miler in four weeks, but I feel great today! I am improving and that is all that matters. Not that I came in 7304 out of 8720 or 224 out of 389 for my division. I try not to compare to others - just improve on my time. So I am competitive but only against myself. LOL

My weight was up this week but I ate a couple times out and had one Mexican fiesta on Thursday evening but I am not worried. I am just getting back on plan. I can do this!

Just go out there and do it!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday February 20th

So my goal is to post at least weekly on here.

This week a few miilestones. I did get my 45 pound star - down 46 pounds total!! 
I ran 6.2 miles at the YMCA yesterday. I didn't do so well on time since I ran out of steam. I hadn't eaten breakfast but some coffee (because I was getting weighted at WW) and had some nuts before I left to run.  So I was kind of wobbly after I finished. I learned a lesson about fueling. I did run it in 1 hr 42 minutes which sounds like a lot but my 10K back in October my time was 1 hr 43 so I did it one minute faster. LOL  Oh well.  Next week is Anthem 5K and I am feeling okay about that.  Three weeks from now is the 10K and I am a little nervous and then five week from now is 10 miler which I am terrified of.  But I am tired of being scared and am just doing it. 
I have wondered why I sign up for races. I know I am not going to win the race (by far).  Since I am running to get fit what is the motivation on running races. ???  The only thing I can say is that it keeps me motivated to keep training.  Which is a good reason.

I did say I would post on my appetite.  I am amazed that I can go hours without eating. I never thought I could and would eat alot because I thought I wouldn't have chance later or that I needed to finish every bite. I found out the first few bites are so much better than the last few. I don't have to have second helpings - I can stop at one. And I am not saying it is good to go a long time without eating (especially before running - see above) - I think it was a breakthrough for me to know I could. I wouldn't die if my stomach growled.  Now if I feel shaky of course I eat.  I won't die if I don't have the candy or cookies in the break room at work. I won't die if I don't have whatever I want at Mexican and opt for the lower calorie dishes or take off the shell.  Food is losing the control it once had on me. Not that I have conquered it completely but I am getting better.

Last night my son came over and we made snickerdoodles cookies now that my oven is fixed. It had been broken for a few months.  And I had one and a half cookies. I threw the ones we had left in the garbage!!! Amazing. I don't even crave them - chocolate and cookies aren't as appealing as they once were. I am still working on pizza - that sounds great still.  LOL

Well goodbye for another week and hopefully a few more pounds down and a few more miles. I am hoping to have a good time on my 5K next Saturday and to do a long run on Sunday 7 miles (my longest ever).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday February 13th

Hello. I haven't been as faithful to blogging as I thought I would be. I thought it would be easy to log every day what I do but it is harder than I thought. I am going to keep trying so I can stay accountable and also so perhaps I can motivate someone else that has alot of weight to lose.

This week I did go ahead and sign up for the half marathon. 13.1 miles what am I thinking? The longest I ever ran was 6.2 last Fall. This year I have ran 5 miles. I have a 5K, 10K and 10 miler to do before the half marathon so I will have training. I am not too nervous about 5K or 10K. The 10 miler scares me a little but to me even if I have to walk the last part it will be success - at least this year!!

I am still a regular at the YMCA - my day doesn't seem complete without a workout.  I love the weights and I can see improvement in how much I can lift - my arms were very weak. I do not want to be a big bodybuilder but I do want muscles and some strength - you know I am 50 and need to maintain muscle tone (or get muscle tone in my case) . I am using the treadmill to improve my speed and endurance running. It allows me to run in the cold or snow or in the dark. I couldn't make myself get out there in the cold dark mornings but I can make myself go the YMCA in the early cold dark mornings. So it goes to show - whatever works for you and you have to find out for yourself. There is no right way or wrong way. Some people eat oatmeal for breakfast for me and it works for them and some eat eggbeaters and it works for them. Find your own way!  okay back to the YMCA, the next thing I am doing is swimming lessons. Today is our fourth lesson. My husband is doing it with me but he is the one training for a sprint trialthon. He is an avid biker and he has turned into quite the runner - already breaking 10mm easily and he is also taking the swim lessons with me - his weakest event.  I am very comfortable in the water and love it but I used to swim laps with my head out of the water which if you do enough of them your back gets very sore. So I am learning to swim with my face in the water and turning it to breathe. I am making progress and am loving the swimming. 

My weight - I was at 234.8 yesterday at Weight Watchers.  I was 0.2 away from my 45 pound. :(  next week!  I am making progress - slowly but it is going to stay off and I am relearning how to eat. that is a whole other post I will do later because it really has started to click for me - relearning how to think about food. Starting to click - not there of course all the way.  This weight is VFT virgin fat territory for me. So it is exciting. My next small goal is 50 pounds gone and my next big goal is to be under 200 for the first time in 23 years (my first child). Wow!  But I can do it - I have confidence - not sure how fast it will be but I can do it!

Okay I promise another post on the lightbulb on relearning how to eat very soon.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Here again...

I haven't been very good at posting. Not sure if blogging is for me. But I have been doing pretty good with my exercise and eating.  I am down to 235.4 which is the lowest I have been in at least 5 years - maybe more. I am going to the YMCA almost every day for either a run on the treadmill, a swim, weight machines or a combination. I enjoy the swimming but I am there more for the running. I am training for the Triple Crown of Running in Louisville - it is preparation for the Kentucky Derby. I think I wrote about it before.  A 5K 2/26, a 10K on March 12 and a 10 miler on March 26. I have ran a 5K and a 10K before but never a 10 miler. I am a little nervous. I have been doing good at the Y - I ran 5.25 miles yesterday with a pace right around 15 mm (which is good for me). I feel good and the 5 miles didn't take much out of me - I could have ran farther and I felt pretty good this morning. 
I am trying to balance my life. I have a demanding new work assignment that I love but it is well demanding. Then I have my weight loss and exercise goals as well as a church ministry position I love too. Then time for husband and grown kids. I am doing it! It appears at least. I want to make sure I am balanced.

The last thing is I am wondering whether to sign up for half marathon on April 30th.  I can't make up my mind. The times I saw others clocked last year are doable for me I think. Not fast but at least I can do that.

Enough for today but keep on the journey to health!! It is a reward in itself!