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Bouncing towards the 180s

April 17, 2011

Weight this a.m.: 190.6 (down 1.2 from last week).

But the most exciting thing about weigh ins this week is that my weight dipped into the 180s this week (then I promptly gained my regular 2 pounds of monthly water weight, which always happens to me overnight mid-cycle).  I can’t even wrap my head around it, as I am very used to weighing in the 190s and haven’t been in the 180s for forever.   I am almost in denial about it — for example, I usually think about my weight in terms of planning in my head.   For example (to self): Ok, you’re 192.2 now, if you lose x you will be y by z date.   I’m so unused to the 180s that I started transposing the numbers.  Instead of planning for “189” I was planning for “198.”   Hopefully the 180s will become a new and temporary “normal” for me!

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Heading into “old fat” territory

April 12, 2011

My weight is at 191.8, the lowest it’s been in 8 years.   In fact, my most recent lowest weight below that was when I was 187 at 17.    I’ve heard that it’s harder to burn “old fat” than it is to burn “new fat”.    I haven’t seen anything definitive on this, just a lot of speculation.   First up 3.8 pounds of sort of old fat .  Then onto the really old stuff 25 plus pounds of 14 year old fat — like my very own insolent teenager!   I guess I will be my own experiment.

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Healthy You Challenge Check in

April 11, 2011

Weight: 191.8 (down 1.6 from last week)

Food: I’ve mostly stuck to 1500 calories during the week, but various celebrations and eating out came around this weekend and I ate 2,000 calories Friday and Saturday and close to 3,000 on Sunday (my long run day, so hopefully that mitigated any damage……Which brings me to ….

Exercise!:  Going great.   I have kept on my running schedule.   I ran a 10K on Sunday and had my best pace per mile time I have ever had in a race. I finished in 1:04 with a pace of 10:19/mile.  I did cardio resistance training from the program on Jillian Michaels’ website and it kicked my butt!   Three days later and my shoulders and butt are still a bit sore.   My ankle has been bothering me a bit the past week or so, especially while running, but I am trying not to freak out just yet.   If it gets worse or keeps on like this for a little while I will make an appointment with my ortho.

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She’s too fat to run

April 3, 2011

This morning I got ready  to do my long run of the week for my half-marathon training plan.   I ran 6 miles on last week’s long run and, because I had to switch some of the mileage of the program around due to a race next week, my long run this week is 8 miles.

Anytime I run more than six miles, I need to carry water and (usually) sport beans.   Last year, I ran with a friend and we always ran by an outdoor vendor selling water, so there was no need to carry water.   This year, I have moved and my mostly solo long runs do not take my by a water vendor.   So I bought one of those belts that holds four 8 oz water bottles (two in the front and two in the back) and wore it for the first time today.   I felt amazingly self-conscious walking from my house to the park wearing my water belt.   To me, the water belt is something that “serious” runners wear.   I kept thinking that people who saw me walking with the belt on were thinking “Why is she wearing that?   Why would she need that?   She’s too fat to run far enough that she would need to carry water.”

I get that I am a runner — maybe not as fast as others, but relatively solid.  It’s kind of crazy to me that I still have a “she’s too fat/I’m too fat” complex.

And yeah, I did my eight miles!  At a 10:35 min/mi pace, which I was quite pleased with.

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Week 3 Weigh-in

April 3, 2011

Weighed in this morning at 193.4, representing a 10.4 pound lost since I restarted my weight loss journey (Phase 2!) and a 60.4 pound loss overall.   Feeling very good about this.   14.4 pounds to go til my half marathon weight goal.   To reach that I will need to lose just over 2 pounds a week.

I updated my stats

Exercise plan for this week:

Sunday: 8 mile run (am), light weights/conditioning (pm)

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 mile run

Wednesday: 3 mile run

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 3 mile run

Saturday: Crosstrain day (probably 20 sets weights, 45 minutes elliptical)

 

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I keep holding on!

March 27, 2011

I noticed a few people still look at this blog and wanted to update in case any one real is out there reading this (versus vitamin sellers and spammers)!

I have been maintaining about a 60 pound loss for the past year and a half.   My weight bounches between the low 190s and low 200s.

I started running and I have a true love/hate relationship with it (but mostly love).   I ran the NYC half-marathon last year — all 13.1 miles!   And I’m training for another half in a few months.

My life has changed for the better in ways I couldn’t have imagined.   I am so much more at home and comfortable in my body and in life.   I feel things — the mostly good the sometimes bad —  instead of being comfortably numb.   I found a new job — one of that gives me so much more autonomy and that doesn’t require constant sacrifices from and intrusion into my daily life.

I am thrilled that I maintained my loss, and I’m planning to move on to my next plan to lose 25 pounds before my next half.  That would take me to 75 lost total — 8 down in two weeks (hello water weight gain/loss!), 17 to go in the next 8 weeks.  My plan:  1200-1500 cals day/5 days a week; 1500 net cals or less one day a week; 1800 net cals 0r less the day of my long run.   Exercise Minimum: Running – Marathon half plan.  Equals — One long run a week (starting at 5 miles and building to 12 — currently am on 6); Run outside 3-5 miles two days/week; speed and hill training on treadmill one day per week.   Cross train one day per week.   Plus I am trying to do at least 15 sets of weights twice a week.   I really can’t get excited about doing weights, but it will be good to do some functional training for my legs.   Plus going to try: More yoga, walk to or from work (3.5 miles) once the weather gets warmer, one or two “fitness ridge” days where I basically exercise all day!

 

I just need to do it!  I don’t want to waste my life and regret that I didn’t do this in ten years.

Maybe I’ll even start blogging again!

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Bad blogger!

December 20, 2009

So I think I’m just not really a blogger.   My posts feel uninteresting and burdensome.

I am still working on my weight.   Yesterday, I hit the 100s for the first time in 6 years!   199!    And I have been running.   Yesterday I ran 3 miles through the snow!

I am retiring or taking a hiatus from posting for now.   But I am continuing to move forward with weight loss and fitness.   Best wishes to everyone.