Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday July 10, 2011

I finished my first week of half marathon training.  I did four days (3 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles and yesterday I did 5 miles).  Here I am after the 5 miles - not very flattering but it is real.

It was a pretty good time for me. Thursday I did 4 miles in an hour which is a pretty good pace for me. I have been running in the 14 mm but after so many miles I slow down or walk.  Saturday I did 5 miles in 1 hr and 18 min but my 4 mile cut was in 1 hour.  I will keep plugging along - I am carrying alot of extra weight so I can't be too hard on myself.

I watched an Ironman video posted on bendoeslife blog and it was inspiring. Not that I could ever do that but a girl (or old woman) can dream can't she?   here is a link
Ironman Louisville 2010

No update on weight - same. :(
Okay heading off to swim at the YMCA! Later.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday, July 3rd

Swam 1/2 mile 18 laps today (almost 60 minutes I was in pool - not always swimming though) - I did freestyle one way and backstroke the other - I think I made progress. :)
Too hot to run outside but might take dog later for a short walk and/or do some weight work - I keep saying this but hard for me to actually do it (lunges, squats, planks, etc.)

So far so good - I had my oatmeal breakfast with coffee and a lite hotdog (80) and a lite hotdog bun (80) with ketchup and onion. Lunch was after swim so I added a cup of lite chocolate soy milk and a banana.

Plans for the rest of the day
hmm - resting, relaxing, reading, it is my 3 R Sunday afternoon
Might take groceries to my son that I picked up for him the other day when I did my shopping.  Besides that I am all into taking a nap, doing some reading, sitting outside (kind of hot though).

Saturday, July 2, 2011


I can't believe I haven't been posting since the end of March!  It has been a busy and stressful few months.  I looked at my weight journal and I weighed about the same the last time I posted then I do now. Kind of sad but kind of good it didn't go up.  I am at 235.6 at WW this morning and 235.2 on my scale.  So I am going to update on my life right now.

I am doing pretty good eating "good" foods. No chips, ice cream (except an occasional WW fudgsicle), sugary snacks (except an occasional peanut butter cookie).  I eat oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning with 1/2 cup fat free milk and some walnuts and usually a teaspoon or two of oil.  Lunch is typically a sandwich made of either a bagelthin or this awesome bread I found for 50 calorie a slice - not even diet bread - looks like realy bread and then turkey lunchmeat, low fat cheese slice and spinach, red pepper, onion some vegs - cucumbers are good on it too. Snacks are nuts (which I can over indulge in) and fruit (grapes and berries are my favorites but I do have apples and bananas too). Dinner is some kind of meat (93% ff ground beef, chicken, pork loin, fish), rice and vegetables.  Trying to include more salads - but have to watch salad dressings.  Where I mess up on is when I go out to eat with my work buddies - I have a tendency to indulge or when I get snacky and have alot of nuts or peanut butter and crackers.

I have been pretty consistent with my running/walking but haven't boosted up the mileage again - would like to get to 5-6 miles but I need to be faster. My runs are about 2.5 to 4 miles. I am slow so that comes out to 45 to 60 minutes.  I haven't been swimming or doing weights at the YMCA lately and need to get back to doing both again. Swimming is such a good exercise.  And I would like to start doing some planks, squats, lunges, etc at home.

Good - busy but challenging and interesting

My husband is wonderful and he has lost about 50 pounds and is at goal (probably a little too thin) and is working out like a fiend. He did one triathlon and a half marathon besides the races he did with me. He is doing awesome and is very consistent with his training - unlike me.   He swims, bikes, and runs. Training for a marathon and another triathlon. He is great for my motivation and it is nice to share out love of working out.
My four sons are another story - where I get most of my stress.  They are 23, 22, 20, 19.   Enough said about them. We are trying to sell our house and that has been stressful with the housing market. We found a condo we want but we need to sell our house first. It has been for sale over a year now. :( 

They have been great and supportive to me but I think I have been pulling away - ashamed or maybe just overwhelmed with personal stuff.  But I have wonderful friends even though they are across the country. I am going to an annual gathering in a few weeks and then to a girls weekend in San Antonio in October. Looking forward to both. Oh and I forgot we have a whole week scheduled at the lake with some friends. Hoping to work on my tan, swimming, and get alot of books read. I love to read!! and I have a new Kindle to do my reading with.

Well that is enough - more than enough I guess - I will try to post my workouts, meals, and weight more often. Have a good weekend! Eat more vegetables and fruit when you can, take a walk when you can, be preventive and get all your yearly doctor visits, tests, dental cleanings, etc.,  take your vitamins, and just be healthy!! 

BTW - a shout to the Davis family (Pa, Jed, and Ben) from the Do Life movement (,, and on facebook. It is a terrific get healthy and start living movement.  I love their message!

And - sorry I am a run talker - I love Ben's girlfriend new blog - well it is Ben's dog that she is taking care of Sherman.  I am addicted to it. LOL