Out on the town
First flight lesson - such a thrill!
Hiking in August 2015 on the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park, MT.
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2/3/2017: I've been adjusting to several big life changes since my last post in November. Mostly they've been very positive--falling in love! moving!--but all changes impact routines.
Throughout December, I found myself with no time to run, dance or do yoga, and developed a fast food habit out of necessity, being on the road constantly in December. Nevertheless, I did run the Hot Chocolate 5K on 12/11. It was a really fun experience to share with one of my best friends--and my beau was there at the finish line!
In January, I got out my yoga mat again, and also started attending Blues dance and Swing events, which are sociable and great exercise. I've run 3x this week for the first time since November, and I've begun tracking meals again.
My goal this year is to lose 20 lbs before my 49th birthday in July. I'm gonna rock it!
11/25/2016: On Thanksgiving morning yesterday, I ran my first 5K race in 19 months--and it felt great! I walked only a few steep hills. Looking forward to the next 5K on December 11th.
And this morning I stepped on the scale and discovered I lost 1.2 lbs this week. That means I've lost 25 LBS since July!
11/7/16: This week I'm grateful that my running game is back on track. It took me about 10 days to figure out why I went from breezing through 20 minute runs to feeling spent after 12 to 14 minutes.
I slowed down--that was key--and worked on hydration and stretching. Bingo--a 2-mile, 24-minute run felt fantastic. Today I ran 28 minutes but split that into 5 intervals. Suddenly, that 5K distance doesn't seem so far off.
10/21/16: I did it--I finally lost 20 pounds-woohoo! About 24 to go, but it doesn't seem so daunting now.
10/1/16: Life is good. I've lost over 16 lbs to-date--which means I'm finally in the 170s! My run intervals have progressed very well in the first 5 weeks--I'm ready to move up. Blues dance class has been a perfect complement to running. I still do yoga once a week, and have some group hikes planned for October.
9/13/16: I've lost 14 lbs since mid-July! Started running again at the end of August. I feel so much stronger and more energetic, with less pain and stiffness...which allows me to hike and take a fun dance class!
There's a long way to go, though, so to give me a boost and be part of a team, I signed up for the Fall 5% Weightloss Challenge. I'll be looking to lose at least 9 lbs in 2 months. Join me on Team Tiger Monarchs!
8/15/16: I lost 10 lbs in the first month! I'm tracking what I eat (even if I overdid it) and being mindful of both food and activity levels. I have regained strength and flexibility through yoga and walking, and feel so much better!
It's a relief to be 25% of the way to my goal. A long way to go, but it sure is better than a month ago, standing at the foot of the mountain and taking that first, small step.
START--7/16/16: After losing 45 lbs, much of the weight has crept back over the past 2 years. But what's done is done. What's important is what I do about it today and tomorrow and in the months to come. In two years, I'll turn 50, and I want to greet that day being the healthiest, strongest, most energetic "me" I can be.
Lose an average of 1 lbs per week. Improve cardio fitness, strength, flexibility and balance through yoga, hiking, dancing, walking and running. Run 5K again by Thanksgiving.
Increase run interval times, up to a full 5K. Do yoga in the park on Saturday mornings; walk the dog, and with a friend on Wednesdays. Take a dance class and go out dancing whenever I can. Hike with the dog and friends. Monday evening blues-dance class and social dancing one or twice a week. Strength train at the gym, focusing on improving my weak left hip and leg. Try more of those short SP workout videos! And start running again--intervals at first, working up to 20 minute runs. Track what I eat and drink. Have fun, seek inspiration and encouragement, and keep my eyes on the prize!
I guess the good thing about being under-employed right now is that I have a lot of extra time on my hands to work out and track everything I eat.
Trying new activities makes working out so much more fun.
Secrets of Success
| current weight: 177.2
You are doing fantastic!
140 days ago
I wanted to swing by your page and thank you for requesting the Shooting Stars for the 5% Fall Challenge. Our Overall Leaders are in the process of putting the teams together, so we can start with a HOORAY on September 24. I sure hope you will be placed on our team.
Sending some love and cheer from NY!
Ute (Motivational Leader for the Shooting Stars)
165 days ago
Good results this week, keep up the great work.
211 days ago
Thanks for your blog comment, and I agree!
890 days ago
Happy New Week!
1126 days ago