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Thursday, September 30, 2010

5K Workout Week 3 Day 2 Done

Did you think I ran away? I didn't. Just been super busy lately.

Went out to the good old path at the elementary school tonight. Here's what I did:

Walk to school: 0.35 miles
1 lap walk: 0.4 miles
1.25 laps jog: 0.5 miles
0.75 lap walk: 0.3 miles
1.25 laps jog: 0.5 miles
0.75 laps walk: 0.3 miles
0.5 lap jog: 0.2 miles
1.5 lap walk: 0.6 miles (with hubby talking, so pace was slower)
Walk back home: 0.35 miles

Total Distance: 3.5 miles
Total Jogged: 1.2 miles
Approximate time: 60 minutes (sorry no timer pic...hubby had stopwatch and the kitchen timer was having issues)

Thoughts: Still love outside and I kind of like doing my own type of workout. Now, some might roll their eyes, but I've gotta find what works for me. My goal is still to be able to jog 3.1 miles by Sunday, November 14th. That'll be the end of the nine week program that I started.

I should be able to get a workout in tomorrow, may try and get something in Saturday morning after my massage but before we head to Iowa City to cheer on the Hawkeyes versus Penn State. We're tailgating and there will be food and there will be beer. My goal is to enjoy but not indulge and overeat. Sunday should be another day of workouts.

I know that I feel better know that I'm working out and I think I'd feel even better if I was stricter about my food consumption. It's like I have the munchies. Those add up. I've also noticed my digestive system is working better when I'm moving more.

So, until next time!

Monday, September 27, 2010

5K Workout Week 3 Workout 1 Done

So, today's post isn't titled C25K because I did my own thing today. I needed to get out and off the treadmill. Since it was absolutely gorgeous outside (sunny, 68 degrees, slight breeze), I decided to head back the good 'ole trail I ran on last year. I loved it. I don't think I've said that yet. Since I didn't want to mess with a timer too much, I did my own workout.

Today's workout:
Walk to elementary school where trail is: 0.35 miles
One lap walk: 0.4 miles
One lap jog: 0.4 miles
One lap walk: 0.4 miles
One lap jog: 0.4 miles
One lap walk: 0.4 miles
Half lap jog: 0.2 miles
Walk one block: 0.11 miles
Jog three longer blocks: 0.24 miles

Total distance: 2.90 miles

Here's the picture of my timers. Yes, it's stopwatch and kitchen timer. I used what I had!! The stopwatch is the total time I jogged and the kitchen timer is the total time out from when I left the house to when I returned.

Treadmill vs. Outside
Treadmill +: Consistent speed, Easy time
Treadmill -: Mental game with time and speed

Outside +: Fresh air, control own speed/distance
Outside-: Speed may not be as fast

Still like outside, but it's getting colder, so I'm going to have to figure out how these workouts are going to go.

I did it! I feel good.


So, you know how I had a decent weigh-in and wrote my challenges as my Week 3 workout for C25K and a work picnic? Yeah, they were challenges because 1. I didn't do the workout and 2. I ate more than I should have at my work picnic.

While I could sit here and beat myself up about it, but I'm not. Today's a new day. I will get my workout in tonight (might try it outside since it's gorgeous outside and see if it's better than the treadmill). Also, back to focusing on what I'm consuming.

Who invented Mondays?????

Sunday, September 26, 2010


I don't know how or why, but I'm down. Weighed in at 241.0. That's a three pound loss in two weeks and a 1.2 pound loss in a week.

It's not a lot, but I'll take it. I really want to get back to the 230s next week.

Challenge today: C25K week 3 and work picnic

Stay tuned later today for the workout update.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tae Bo Saturday

So, instead of being a lazy lard today, I decided to try tae bo. If you remember me at all from the past, I'm a tae bo fiend. I haven't done it in months, so I thought it was time to pull out the "Fat Blasting Cardio" DVD. This uses the boot camp resistance bands for added burn. Let me tell you. It burned!

In fact, I made it 30/45 minutes. I was pretty happy with that. Holy cow, I'm outta shape! I remember when that DVD barely made me sweat.

I've got my work cut out for me! I'm thinking I need to incorporate more exercise other that C25K (since I know that only burns a couple hundred calories).

Stay tuned for tomorrow's weigh in. Hopes are high!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

C25K Week 2 Done....and it hasn't gotten any easier

After two weeks of these workouts, you'd think the runs/jogs would get easier, right? I think they're getting harder. I jumped the treadmill twice tonight because it hurt. My legs hurt bad tonight and I stretched a lot.

Here's the results:

It's just not getting any easier and I'm starting to get discouraged. Any advice?

As promised, here's my journal I created:

One problem is that I haven't recorded in it since Tuesday. So, that changes tomorrow.

Got our school pictures back today. I look disgusting. I have kept a picture every year to compare and this is the worse I've looked in five years. Here's the thing I don't understand. Before starting this, I ate what I wanted, didn't work out and maintained 240-244. Now, two weeks into it, as of this morning, i was 243. I'm watching what I eat and sticking within my calories and I'm adding workouts. I know a miracle isn't going to happen overnight, but shouldn't I see some change? I mean usually the first week you watch calories and work out, you can lose 5-10 pounds. Me? Nope. What's wrong with me??

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

C25K Week 2 Day 2 Done...and a little strength training..

Hi all!

Well, I'm almost nearing the completion of Week 2 of C25K. I wish I could say it was getting easier. Jillian Michaels would have kicked my butt today. Why? Because I jumped 10 seconds short of completing my second run. Seriously? I couldn't go 10 more seconds?? Yes I could have. But I told myself I was too weak and I did it. Funny thing was that I was watching Biggest Loser while doing this.

Speaking of Biggest Loser, I cried tonight. Not because of some of the sad stories. Not because I was touched by the contestants. Why you ask? Because I weighed more than some of the people who wanted to be on there. I could be on the Biggest Loser. Nice. That does a lot for the self esteem. I watched the people do the 500-step and one-mile challenge. I wonder if I could do that... Do I need a challenge? I just might.

So, back to the workout. Completed the furthest distance yet, so that was a bonus. Added in some hand weights and arm exercises. Started off slow with 2-3 reps of 16. Also threw in two sets of 25 sit ups. Here's my treadmill pic:

And just because I sweat my bootay off, here's a sweat pic. Jen at Priorfatgirl likes to incorporate these. Notice the cheesy stands for "I'm smiling because I don't have to run again until Thursday!!"

One more thing, but I'll save the pic until Thursday. I created a tracking journal for food and exercise to keep me focused. I like the paper version instead of the online version. It's a constant reminder of what I'm working for...stay tuned for the pic.

Grad class tomorrow night, so probably no blog. Until next time...

Monday, September 20, 2010

C25K Week 2 Day 1 Done!

Here's the 30-minute C25K:

Here's after 50 minutes....kept walking. Sorry, the jogging killed me the first four times around.

Thoughts on Week 2. HOLY COW! Seriously, adding 60 additional seconds to each run is this difficult? Holy cow!! I felt like I was a 90 year old 400 pound woman trying to do those runs!!!! But you know what? I did 'em. I met my 400-500 calorie burn goal, even if the treadmill's count is 100 calories off...

My Plan

I'm putting it here to hold me accountable, but also for me to keep track of what I'm doing. I did week 1 of C25K and that was it for workouts. I'm not going to lose weight by just doing that. So, here's my weekly plan with my options. I like options.

Sunday-Day 1 Week ___ C25K, strength training (weights or resistance bands)
Monday-Cardio (tae bo, walk/jog intervals on treadmill, elliptical, etc.)
Tuesday-Day 2 Week ___ C25K, strength training (weights or resistance bands)
Wednesday-Off (darn grad night class)
Thursday-Day 3 Week ___ C25K, plus additional walk
Friday-Cardio (tae bo, walk/jog intervals, elliptical, etc.)
Saturday-Strength & Cardio

I will work out for no less than 45 minutes (that shouldn't be too hard), with the exception of Friday. Friday, I can do 30 minutes only if I have plans that evening.

Now, the important part that is the make or break part of getting healthier. I can work out to my heart's content, but I'm not going to see a noticeable change if I don't change my food intake.

Breakfast-Limit to 300 calories
Snack-Limit to 100 calories
Lunch-Limit to 400 calories
Snack-Limit to 100 calories
Dinner-Limit to 800 calories

Total: 1700 calories

If I want to indulge, I have to compensate from another meal or snack. 800 calories may seem high for dinner, but I'd rather overplan than underplan and wonder why there are no results. One meal a week will not be counted. That will give me that one chance to have what I want.

As much as I hate it, I'm sticking to my Sunday weigh-ins. Weekends tend to be horrible for me, so I've got to keep myself accountable. I will admit that my weigh-in yesterday probably would have been lower had it not been for the eating Saturday night at my in-laws.

I'm making myself a paper food journal to document what I eat and approx. calories. I've done before, but I think having the proof right there in front of me will help.

I want this.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Week 1 Weigh-In

Starting Weight: 244.0
Week 1 Weight: 242.2

Week 1 Loss: -1.8 pounds

Things that went well: C25K workouts

Things that need to change: Food intake volume and kind

Goal for next week 239.8.....I want to get out of the 240's for good!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

C25K Week 1 Fully Complete


That was a workout. I did three minute walks at 3.5 mph and 2 minute runs at 5.0 mph. Only delay was that I had "bathroom issues" after every single run....four times!!! So, it took me about 10 minutes longer to complete the workout! I guess that's my digestive system enjoying the physical movement. Anyone else had this problem?

Here's the workout:

Slightly longer distance...

I am exhausted. Work is stressful. Grad school is scheduled. I feel like I'm never home to just relax. Because of it, my eating is mediocre. I'm working out a plan so that my busy life doesn't affect my eating. Tonight was pretty good. A grilled chicken wrap and skim milk. Filling.

I may weigh in tomorrow because I'm not sure of this weekend's plans. I know I said I'd weigh in on Sundays, but I have the right to change my mind, right? As of this morning, I had a 2 pound loss so far this week. Hoping it says that again in the morning.

This tired C25K Week 1 grad is gonna get some shut eye. But I did it. And I'm proud of myself. Eight weeks to go.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

C25K Week 1 Day 2 Complete

Tired. That's how I can explain it.

I added two extra minutes of jogging but jogged only at 4.5 mph today. Went a little further and burned a couple more calories. That's probably a good thing considering it's about a day before my TOM and I want to ravish everything in sight.

Here's the pic:

Added some stretching exercises at the end mostly because I have an IT band issue from my right hip down to my right knee. Not pain, just tightness. I'm not going to let a tightness issue stop me from doing this.

Tomorrow is class, so probably won't be a blog post. Unless, I get bored in class!!! :)

I'm doing this. It's just going to be a long process. But like I've always said...I didn't get this way overnight. I'm sure as heck am not going to get normal overnight.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day 2 of getting healthy

Hi everyone! Here I am at the conclusion of Day 2 of my LCJ. Here's how I did:

Breakfast: Special K with skim milk
Snack: 100 calorie granola bar (forgot my fruit at home)
Lunch: 3 inch sub (leftover from Friday), 2 helpings taco salad, 1 helping pasta salad, 1 piece German chocolate for improvement here
Dinner: homemade grilled chicken wrap (multigrain wrap, spinach/romaine, some shredded cheese, grilled chicken) and some ranch, waffle fries with melted cheese and some ranch.....cheese and ranch???

Exercise: 1 hour walk around the neighborhood with hubby Food is an issue. I have an obsession with carbs (at least it seems that way), so I'm going to start improving it. I purposely made extra grilled chicken and will be having a grilled chicken salad every day this week for lunch. I also bought Honeycrisp apples (YUM!) so that will round out my lunch. Yes, I will have my regular ranch dressing, but I'm not one to completely soak my salad in dressing, so I don't think that will make a huge deal right now. Breakfast will continue to be special K until I finish my box. Then, I have english muffins and plan to make an egg and put it on the toasted muffin. From past experience, that type of breakfast will keep me fuller longer.

Tomorrow will be Week 1 Day 2 of C25K. I'm trying to decide if I want to do the same sequence I did yesterday (jog 2 min, walk 3 min) or do the original program (jog 60 sec., walk 90 sec.). I guess we'll see what trips my trigger tomorrow!!!

So, stay tuned!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

C25K Week 1 Day 1 complete

I bit the bullet and I started it over again. I'm on a mission to complete the Couch to 5K program.

Tonight was Day 1 of Week 1. I modified it a little bit. Here's how my workout went:

Warm-Up 5 min. walk at 3.5 mph
Run 2 min. at 5.5 mph (too fast)
Walk 3 min. at 3.5 mph
Run 2 min. at 5.0 mph (still too fast)
Walk 3 min. at 3.5 mph
Run 2 min. at 4.5 mph (better)
Walk 3 min. at 3.5 mph
Run 2 min. at 4.5 mph (was tough to finish)
Walk 3 min. at 3.5 mph
Cool-down 5 min. walk at 3.5 mph

I ran a total of 8 minutes and I feel like I'm about to die. How did I let myself get this way?

Here's the picture of my workout:

My treadmill asks for your weight before the workout, so I'm going to assume the calorie burn is semi-accurate. In 30 minutes, I made it 1.87 miles. It's not 5K, but it's progress and that's what this is going to be all about. I'm stealing an acronym from another blogger and calling this my LCJ or Life Changing Journey. It's high time I get my ass in gear.

My starting weight of this LCJ is 244.0 pounds. It's only down from here. There will be highs of emotions and lows of scale numbers and everything in between. I've started Couch to 5K and will finish on Sunday, November 14th. I'm going to do my weigh-ins on Sundays to keep me accountable for weekends. The record has shown that I can do okay Sunday through Thursday but when I did weigh-ins on Fridays, I give myself freebies all day Friday, Saturday and then realize about Sunday night that I have a weigh-in in a few days and have to work my butt off to make progress. I don't want to do that. I want consistency. Now, this is hard with football games, birthday parties, class, school, etc., but I HAVE to make an effort.

So, here goes nothing....stick with me here. Please.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gotta love three-day weekends!

Don't you just love waking up on a Tuesday knowing you only have to make it through four days until the weekend! My Labor Day was jam-packed with football games and family get togethers. And you know what that means? Food. Social gatherings seem to revolve around food. Take Saturday. We went to my in-laws to watch the Iowa game (Go Hawks!). At the end of the first quarter, my MIL, bless her heart, brings out the food. We had sub sandwiches slathered with spread (which I actually don't like), carrots and full fat dip, watermelon, and a plate of Ho-Ho's. Not to mention bag upon bag of chips. I spent most of my time attempting to get the spread off of my sandwich. If there's one thing I don't like on a sandwich, it's any kind of mayo/spread. I like mine dry! So, I ate that, carrots, chips, and the dreaded Ho-Ho's. Why do those stupid little things taste so good? I drank almost two bottles of water, so I am proud of that. Exercise Saturday? No.

Sunday. Family get together and my brother-in-law's house. We had lasagna, cheesy potatoes, homemade mac and cheese, chicken and cheesy noodles, ham, coleslaw, baked beans, you name it. I won't even get started on the dessert table. I took a spoonful of each thing I wanted. Ate that. Went back for dessert but only took a brownie that I made (remember this later...). I was full but not stuffed. Again, downed two bottles of water. Exercise? No.

Monday. Work day. I had classroom stuff and grad school stuff to catch up on. Worked most of the morning and in between, did laundry and picked up around the house a bit. Almost any time I was in the kitchen, I opened up that silver pan containing the cheesecake brownies I had made the day before. I figured if I took a bite that it wouldn't be so bad. By the end of the night last night, I had eaten an entire row and a half! Seriously? I cannot have those types of things in the house. It's an addiction I tell ya. Did manage to get our new grill assembled. It was supposed to take 30 minutes. Instead it took an hour and a half. But it works, so we have our grill back. Nothing beats chicken breasts, steaks, burgers on the grill.

So, here we are. Tuesday. I'm going to write down everything I eat today and add up the calories to see where I'm at. If I don't exercise, I have to stick to 1500 calories. If I do, I can eat half of what I burned working out.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The lost is found.

Did you miss me?

I've still been here. I've still been reading your blogs. I've still been thinking to myself, "Tomorrow, I'm going to start." "Monday, I'm going to start."

Start what?

I need to start living. Over the last year, I've been existing. My body is functioning, my lungs are breathing, my mouth is moving, but have I really been living? I've been getting by. I have maintained my weight within 1-3 pounds, but I haven't done anything to decrease it. This week, I've gone on 30 minute evening walks with my husband. It's the most exercise I've done in two months.

I've been eating what I want. In fact, I have a gross confession to make. You know those new, yummy pretzel M&Ms? Yeah, they're the devil. I'm ashamed to say I've consumed about a third of a large bag today. And why? Because they taste good? Do they really? Sure, they've got the sweet/salty combo I enjoy, but after four handfuls, do they really still taste good?

So, why not start living my life now? What am I waiting for? One last french fry? One last M&M? They're still going to be there. I'm still going to eat them. But there's that "m" word....come on now, you know it. MODERATION. What fun is life if you still can't get a piece of pizza from time to time? A piece of cake (although, not a huge cake fan here)? A few french fries?

I've kept telling myself that when tomorrow or Monday comes, it's salad and fruit. HA HA HA!!! Yeah, that's gonna last.

So, it's time to begin recording what I eat, calculating the calories, and getting my butt moving.

Tara over at 263 and counting is a huge inspiration for me. Is it easy? Heck to the no!!!! But you can do it. It's hard and I'm going to want to quit. A lot. But I have to do it.

Want to know what else? My mom called me earlier this week and said she had a physical with the doctor. He had a heart-to-heart with her about losing weight. Her blood tests came back and she's prediabetic. Her cholesterol is borderline high. If she doesn't change, she's going to be on meds or could die. I don't want to be like my mom. She's been morbidly obese for 30-some years. She's just now scared enough to start doing something about it. Her doctor told her she has to eat 3 meals from a dessert plate and work her way up to walking 30 minutes a day. When she does, she will start taking phentermine to help her boost her weight loss. She called me last night. She's to that point right now.

I don't want to take meds. I don't want to die. I want to live.