Sunday, November 15, 2009
I headed out on my run today with the intention of running my 10K training run in 75 minutes, knowing that would put my pace at 5 miles an hour and give me an awesome calorie burn. I pushed myself hard the whole time, making sure my heart stayed above 160. My max was 181 for a second or two. Once I was getting close to my "finish line", I realized that if I just pushed with every ounce of energy, I could finish in an hour! So, that is just what I did. I finished out at 58:13, more than 8 minutes faster than my race time of 1:06:36! I did some leaps of joy, yippeed, and totally grinned the entire time I cooled down back to my home. I am so totally incredibly proud of myself.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I blogged a long time ago about the fact that I am considering breast reduction when I reach my goal weight, if I still feel that I would benefit from it to reduce the constant pain and discomfort I have as a result of my well endowed bosom. I met with the plastic surgeon yesterday to discuss the surgery, and it was certainly a meeting filled with information. I learned a lot about the complications and risks, however small. I learned about the scars and side effects the surgery can cause. I also learned about the wonderful relief so many women experience after undergoing this procedure. I really want to go through with the surgery, but golly, it scares me! I am not going to have to decide this immediately, I won't undergo it until I reach my goal weight and maintain for at least 2 months, so I have time to decide. It has really lit a fire under my kettle though to really work at it and reach my goal. Even if I don't decide to go through with the surgery, I want to be at goal, and soon! Once again, I have been running numbers through my head, trying to figure out the earliest I can reach my goal, and how hard I have to work to see those results. I figure, with my BMR being 1500 cals or so, I will be eating right at the top of that number, because I find it hard to continue running when I go below that. In order to make a calorie deficit then, I have to burn them. If I want to lose 2 pounds a week, I need to have a calorie deficit of 7000 for the week. In order to achieve that, I have to burn 1000 cals every day, but I have 2 rest days, so I have to burn 1400 cals on each of my 5 workout days, or have 2 days with 2000 calories burnt. I have already started to up my burn (over 1500 yesterday), but I won't really start tracking my deficit until next week, because this week is almost over! By following this plan, provided I drop 2 pounds a week, I will reach my goal by March 5. That is good timing. With my 30K run at the end of March, I will be tapering my running towards the end of the month to be ready for the big race. When I prepared for my October 25 10K race, the week before was a bust weight loss wise, and a week after that I took my full rest week, so that is when I regained some weight. If I can reach my goal weight by March5, I think that will put me in good shape. Any sooner will have me ecstatic. I am going to spend some time making some inspiration collages to post around my house and print off some quotes and stuff to carry with me and remind me constantly to stay on track. I have had it with rebound pounds!
Monday, November 09, 2009
Oh boy, did I come back with a bang! I ran with my best friend this morning for 31 walk/28 run totalling 59 minutes. She did 13:12 running non-stop, her record so far! Way to go friend! When we were done our work together, it was time for me to start Week 1 of my 30K training program. It called for a 10K easy run. Off I went knowing it was going to be a long run, and figured on around 80 minutes. It took me 80:49, and boy, was I burnt when I stopped. Walking was more like waddling at first! The outside of my thighs was BURNING! I am feeling much better now, over 3 hours later, but at the time, it was painful! It felt really good to be back to it though, I really needed the rest, and now I really need to stop resting, and start fueling my running machine right again. I have crept back up to 170 lbs, and I intend to be down to 165 by November 30. I will track my food, follow my running program, and really take good care of myself by getting a good night's sleep each night. I am also still plugging away on my house, the basement is really getting cleared out, lots more to do. I will get it done though! Thanks for all of the encouragement from my Sparky friends! One of the other things I will be doing to stay focused, is spending less time at the computer. So, I am not going to be as active here at SP, but I am still around!
Friday, November 06, 2009
I decided to make this week an exercise rest week. Good thing too, because my schedule hasn't really worked out for it to happen, and I would probably be a basket case stressing myself out over not getting in my exercise. Also, I have continued to bombard my body with junk junk and more junk. I have no self control, or else I am just choosing to poison myself with sugar. I need to do better. Today, I resisted cravings one time more than I did yesterday. I know it is purely emotional stuffing, and I need to stuff the emotion less, even if it is one time less one day.
I received a phone call yesterday that my uncle has been diagnosed with Stage 1 lung cancer ( BAC cancer). He underwent the removal of the lower left lobe of his lungs today, and I haven't heard anything from my aunt today, so I am going with a positive attitude that no news is good news, and that she is by his side supporting his recovery. My husband and I agree that I will make a trip to see him one day next week. I am having a really crappy week this week. Feeling run down, dealing with behaviour issues with my youngest child at school, trying to achieve balance in my marriage, trying to get my home organized, coping with the news of my Uncle's diagnosis. Feeling totally overwhelmed. And, through it all, I am not getting enough sleep, and not getting the right foods. And, not having my exercise outlet, it is totally stressing me out. I am feeling frantic! I need to go sleep, so I will update tomorrow with any news about my uncle and hopefully with some news about me getting some sleep. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Every time I decide to "get serious" about this weight loss stuff, I fall off the proverbial wagon. I need to get my head in a different place. A couple of days ago I felt like I was bouncing along behind the wagon, holding onto a rope attached to the back. I really wanted to climb that rope and get in the wagon! Gosh darn it! Then, today, I had a bit of a realization. Sitting on the wagon, proverbially of course, does not burn calories! Running sure does though! So, I have decided to stop trying to get on the wagon, and I am going to run behind it for now! I will burn more "proverbial" calories that way! I love running, and I never miss a run unless I am resting an injury. Now, I need to start fueling my body with what I need to make those runs possible. It will be a different way to look at things.
Some things that ARE working for me right now.
1. Running! Gotta love the calorie burn, and I am always motivated to get out there.
2. Strength training 3 times a week. I don't love this part of my program, but golly, it sure does pay off! I am going to take my measurements tomorrow, because I think I have lost some inches as a result of all this work I have been doing.
3. 100 push up challenge, and 200 sit up challenge. I look forward to doing these sets and reps 3 times a week! I never thought I would look forward to any strength training!
4. Drinking water, 8 - 10 cups a day.
So, I am going to work what is working for me, and make a concerted effort to get back to preplanning my food and making sure I fuel my running machine properly!
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