Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I know, it's a crazy time to do this. That I could just keep at my routine through the holidays and maintain this pace, but I need to get back on the WL bandwagon.
I'm Melanie, a 37 year old stay at home mom to two of my own and nanny to another! I started my journey after my son was born nearly 8 years ago now. I lost over half my body weight over 4 years and lots of failures, before getting pregnant with baby 2. Who is now, nearly 3 years old! After my little ladybug was born, I focused not on losing weight, but getting healthy and fit. I'd become a runner during those first 4 years of weight loss, but I'm now a seasoned marathoner. (If you can call 3 marathons seasoned... emoticon ) But, while my legs are strong, the rest of me? Well, I'm softer and pudgier than I would like to be.
One of the things that happens while doing such intense training is you have to eat. A lot. And you can get away with eating a lot of pizza. And I stopped lifting weights, because with three little ones at home all the time, I just didn't have the time to both run and lift.
Now, I'm done training for a while. My body needs a break from running great distances for a while. So, while I've got the time, I'm going to get refocused. I'm going to re-learn to eat for WL. I'm going to re-learn the exercise habits that helped me lose weight and gain muscle tone.
I don't currently know what I weigh. In the mid 150s, I suspect. I don't need to know exactly what the scale says. I'll work hard, I'll do what I need to do. At some point, I will step up and get on the scale and face those numbers. But, I'm also wise enough at this point to know when a bad number will turn into a bad day... so for now, I'm skipping it.
I'm looking forward to getting to know folks again and to get these last 20ish pounds off my frame, for the final time.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Okay... I've been killing it with my steps of late. Seriously, no cheating lots and lots and lots of steps. 15-22k every day but one last week. But, I'm not working out. I'm eating crap. I'm sure I'm gaining weight, but I can't bear to check.
Last week was TOM and I started feeling gross and bloated then, but now it's over and it isn't going away.
And the reason I'm not working out? I'm terrified. I've got an ankle that's bugging me and I'm afraid it's broken. Or that I'm going to break it. It feels so wonky. But, I finally made an appointment for the orthopedist today... so hopefully, I can fix it and get it better. But, I'm going to have to weigh in at the doctor-- and I don't want to know. After FINALLY losing a few pounds after nearly 18 months at the same freeeking weight and getting closer to ultimate goal-- to have crapped out and have to face the scale? UGH! No! No! No!!
And it's birthday week in our house-- so cake, and cake, and cake-- oh and more cake. I baked a cake for a friend who got a job at NASA yesterday... My hubby has his birthday Thursday... I've got my birthday on Sunday... gah...
Monday, May 05, 2014
This is the second year (and final year actually) that I participated in the Titanium Girl Challenge. It is running two Half Marathons in one week. One is an all women's HM which is why the challenge is only open to women--
I ran my second race yesterday.
I finished in 2:29:06
I finished the first race in 2:31:31
Last year, I finished both races at 2:15 and 2:20. Which means, my times this year are much slower than last year. And it really got me thinking yesterday.
Why, why, why were my times SO much slower this year when over all, I am in far better shape than last year?
The answer simply is-- training. I didn't train very well for these races. I know that I have limited time to pound pavement. And I really thought that my general exercise routine would help me get to where I needed to be for the races. But, hard truth is-- if I'm not actually running-- I'm not actually training for running.
I've had added responsibilities these last couple of months, meaning my mid week running time is gone. I haven't been able to drop my tot off with grandma and go running a couple of times during the week. My weekends have been busy and my family demanding of my time, and I haven't even gotten a run in every weekend for quite some time. And when I did manage a weekend run, they were squeezed in, rather than having plenty of time-- meaning instead of running 9-14 mile distances, I was running 4-6miles.
So-- if you want to do the same or better in your races as you did last year-- the simple fact is, that being fitter and stronger and lighter isn't going to get you there. You have to train.
And since I didn't-- I just have to take this as a lesson on what to do from here on out.
(BTW-- the reason I will not be competing in this particular challenge next year is that the IronGirl HM I completed was horrid this year. They really made a hot mess of what was a great race last year. It's the most expensive race I run all year and with that cost, you expect a great experience-- but man-- did they not give that this year! I will save that money and find another challenge to complete. There is one called Half-Crazy to try!)
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