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This is week 5 of the Losing It challenge.  Head over to Giving Up On Perfect to see how everyone is doing!

Goals:

  • Track: so far, so good
  • Run: yeah, baby!  I have run 4 times since last Friday… a total of 8 miles!  I’m gearing up to do a 3mi run some time this weekend.
  • Drink: yup!

So, this week sticking to my goals has been something that I have been able to do.  I’m not sure that I’m seeing the results on the scale… but we’ll see.  Earlier this week, I weighed in at WW and lost 1lb.  That brings my total weight loss percentage for this challenge to 3.8% (if I did my math correctly).

My college roommate posted one of my favorite weight loss sayings in her FB status today.  This is what she wrote:

“They say ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’.  I don’t know, I’ve been skinny and I’ve eaten great food…they’re both pretty awesome.”

What do you think?  Does “nothing taste as good as being skinny feels”?

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This is week 3 of the Losing It challenge.  Head over to Giving Up On Perfect to see how everyone is doing!

Goals:

  • Track: ummm… about 60%
  • Run: ran once-then got sick
  • Drink: doing ok with this one

This week I lost 1.1% of my total body weight (1.6lbs).  Not bad but I need to kick it up a notch if I want to reach my goal weight before vacation.  I have 10 pounds to go!

I weigh in at WW earlier in the week so I have already begun looking ahead toward my next weigh in.  This week I decided that I was going to mix things up and try my South Beach/WW combo diet that has been successful for me in the past when I have wanted to kick it up a notch.  So this week I have been eating eggs (local duck eggs from What Did She Do Today -thank you, again!) for breakfast, cheese sticks, and lots of salads with chicken or tuna on them.  I am hopeful that this will prove to be a banner weigh in next week!

In other news, the whole family has been sick so that has made it hard to exercise.  I’m hoping that once we get over these colds that the husband and I can spend some quality time at the gym together.

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A few things to know about me: I love food.  I am not an athlete.  I struggle with my weight.

In my 9 year journey of becoming more healthy I have set many goals for myself (several of which I have accomplished) – and one that I thought would never really happen was to run a 5k race.  You see, I was not a runner.  I could never pass the Presidential Fitness Test in school.  I hated gym.  I was in the band. 

In my 20s I began to set some healthy goals for myself.  I would workout quite a bit… but I would never run.  I loved the elliptical, the stairmaster, and walking on the treadmill.  But I would never run.  I just didn’t think I could do it.  When I would be daring enough to try, I could never go for more than 5 minutes max… and after those 5 min I thought I was going to die.

After my second miscarriage a few years ago, I faced a period of time (months) that I was going to have to wait before I could have some testing  done (in regards to the multiple losses) and I was going to have to wait to try to get pregnant as well.  I decided I need something else to focus on besides my fertility issues.  I set two goals for myself: 1) get back to my WW goal weight and 2) run a 5k race.  It was just the thing I needed to get my mind off my other health issues.  And as a bonus, running provided a sweet time of mental processing. 

I had no idea how I was going to train to run a 5k until I found thisThe Couch to 5k Running Plan works!  Within weeks I (the non-runner) was running for 10-15 minutes straight!  About 10 weeks after starting my training I ran in my first 5k.  I finished the race and ran the whole time.

me - right before my first 5k

If you are a new runner and want to try to run a 5k race here are my humble suggestions:

1) Use a training plan like The Couch to 5k Running Plan.  Unless you are a trainer, people like myself don’t have the knowledge to know how to reach these fitness goals.  Plans like this are great resources to help you reach your goal with reasonable expectations!

2) Run with someone!  Find a friend that you can train with.  Not only will this hold you accountable on those days that you just don’t feel like running, but it will give you someone that can help you process through this experience with.  Plus, I think it is just more fun to run with someone than it is to run alone.

3) Celebrate small accomplishments.  For me it was very helpful to set small goals and to celebrate when I reached them.  When I was able to run a mile without walking that was a huge milestone for me!  Focusing on the short-term goals helped me to not get overwhelmed.

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