Monday, September 02, 2013
For years, my DH has been a major roadblock to my various get-fit activities. In his opinion, running takes me out of the house too much, batch cooking my lunches on Sundays is too much work, and going to the gym at 5 AM is crazy.
In reality, batch cooking takes much less time, my gym time is hours before he and DD wake up, and my Sunday crack-of-dawn long runs are done before anyone else is ready to even think about the day. He just gets a little cranky when my get-fit efforts go well, as he’s been less than happy about his own body for a long time.
WELL, this year my employer started a new program that pays us to get our annual physicals. Excited by the promise of an extra $300, DH happily visited his GP for his first well visit in years.
You see where this is going, don’t you? After the visit, DH qualified for an employer-sponsored research study on weight loss with an internationally recognized weight control expert, with the promise of another $300 after a successful return trip to his GP.
Of course DH signed up, and immediately began following the major tenants of the study: keep a log of everything you eat, weigh in daily, and commit to a small amount of exercise every day. (Geez that sounds familiar… where have I heard all of this before, fellow Sparkies?)
Because committing to a 1500 calorie diet is a HUGE undertaking for someone who’d been eating closer to 3500, I told DH that I would commit as well. So together, we began watching our portions and finding healthier options for his favorite meals. Cooking dinner became a team effort, and I ramped up my meal-planning efforts to find new veggie-packed recipes that we’d both like. We began experimenting, roasting veggies on my pizza stone, grilling them, and making homemade salsas to serve with grilled chicken.
We’re currently 5 weeks in, and I’m thrilled to report that DH is down 17 pounds!
The unexpected benefit is that my weight also started to drop. Because we’re in it TOGETHER, I had to step up my own habits in order to support DH and I also wasn’t being influenced by his bad habits. The weight fell off seemingly without effort, and I’m now down about 8 pounds from my highest weight this summer.
Also, after a cranky start, DH is now in a place where he can return the support. The pinnacle was this past weekend when I was scheduled for an 11 mile run as part of my training for an upcoming ½ marathon. DH helped me plan my route, made suggestions for a safer, more scenic course, and promised that he’d pick me up if any thunderstorms popped up (meteorology in New England is an imprecise science…).
Pre-run, DH made sure that I had enough nuun and gu, and reminded me to start refueling before I felt that I needed it. When I made it home – drenched from the rain I’d been assured would not happen by the aforementioned meteorologist – he reminded me to stretch and use the foam roller. He said that he’d actually come to watch my race this year!!
While I’m sure that we’ll still hit an occasional rough patch – and he continues to joke that I should take up an easier sport, like ping pong – I can’t put words to how happy I am about our combined success. I’m excited about our weight loss, but I’m thrilled by the TEAM we’ve become in the last few weeks.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
I’ve been going a little crazy these last few weeks, but I’m ready to get back on track! It’s time to get back to basics, working up a good sweat and eating well!! I’m planning to do 2 half marathons this fall, and I’m actually excited to start training again.
To paraphrase the advice a fellow runner gave me: Your first half marathon is really training for your second. I plan to take those lessons from last year’s race to heart, so I can ROCK the next one!
With a Little Help from My Friends... Last year I trained and supported myself – aside from my Spark Friends, of course – but this time I’ve realized that there’s no reason to go it alone! My friend is also ramping up her mileage right now, and we’ve agreed to do a lot of our training together. She’s also a devoted yogi, so we have a standing power yoga date to work out the kinks.
Born to Run... Another problem with last year’s training was Mommy-guilt that I wasn’t spending that available time with DD. I’m already psyching her up to hit the road more often with me for shorter mid-week runs. Bonus: I’ve heard that pushing the stroller burns 1/3 more calories, and it’s motivating to hear that little voice call out “Go, Mommy!” as I slog through the miles.
Against the Wind... I refuse to let weather derail me when I need to log some miles! I cancelled more runs last summer because of the heat, humidity, air quality, and rain, and the lack of a good base of miles really showed when I was trying to make it to the finish line. I ran consistently, if a bit reluctantly, on the treadmill all winter, and will commit to logging those miles indoors whenever I absolutely can’t run outside.
We Can Work it Out... The biggest issue last summer by far was DH sabotaging my efforts, as he was a bit resentful of the time running took me away from the house and caring for DD. (Fellow mother-runners report having this problem a LOT.) Lately though, we seem to have reached an accord regarding my running, and he hasn’t been grumbling as I head out for my long runs. I’m not expecting entirely smooth sailing, especially as I hit double-digit mileage and need to spend more time out of the house, but I’m optimistic that we can get through it.
So, my Sparkly friends, what obstacles have you run into while training? How did you work through them?
Monday, December 31, 2012
I love new beginnings…
I'm starting the new year with a clean slate. I've developed a lot of healthy habits over the past year, and 2013 is the time to put them all to good use. Tomorrow morning I'm going to weigh in and take measurements, and we'll see how far I can get!
I'm going to take 2013 a week at a time, but for today I'm focusing on the big picture:
THIS YEAR, I RESOLVE TO BE THE HAPPIEST, HEALTHIEST PERSON I CAN BE.
To accomplish that, I will:
* Put in a minimum of 1,000 fitness minutes each month (approx. 30 minutes each day)
* Eat as cleanly as possible; consistently track what I eat and stay within my calorie range
* Run more; make running dates with friends to keep it fun and challenging; put aside $1 for every mile I run to put toward something fun; train for a half or two
* Spend as much quality time with DH and DD as possible; plan fun, low-cost activities
* Be present; whether I’m at work or at home, I need to focus on the tasks at hand
Friday, November 30, 2012
This fall completely got away from me, but I'm soooo ready for a big finish to 2012!
I've been doing great at hitting the gym in the morning before work, and eating pretty cleanly... if a bit too much.
I know -- I KNOW -- that it's all in the plan. If I don't have to think about what to eat, because it's all organized and ready to go, good things happen. So tomorrow I'll be planning out my meals for the week before hitting the grocery store, and then I'll be prepping for the week on Sunday.
Also -- just for fun -- I agreed to help a friend train for a Tough Mudder next spring, and I've conveniently found a half marathon around the same time (hey, if I'm running anyway...), and I love the idea of having so long to build up to an awesome race! This winter is about getting leaner, faster, and stronger, so I can kick buns next May!
So for December, the goals are:
* Continue hitting the gym before work, add in more strength training and pilates in the evenings
* Add in "the daily minimum" push-ups, crunches, squats, and lunges
* Continue packing my healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for work
* Get back to planning dinners
* Cut waaaaaay back on the sugar and salt
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The theme for this month is getting organized, and getting back on track!
I’ve got a LOT on my plate right now, a very full schedule, and a DH with lots of homework and projects, so it’s all me this fall. But the trade-off is tons of time with DD, so I’m a very happy camper.
Here’s the plan:
* 20 push-ups, 20 crunches, 20 crunches every night before bed, for a little extra boost
* Run 3-4 days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
* Pilates (with my little workout buddy!) 2-3 days (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
* Start kicking buns with 30 Day Shred in the mornings... I need to get back to AM workouts!!
* Keep planning meals and/or leftovers, NO take-out
* Keep preparing healthy lunches and snacks for work
* Log every bite (I instantly see the number on the scale drop when I'm aware of what I'm eating... funny how that works!!)
* Watch the coffee
* No snacks after dinner
* Log all money spent (There's an app for that...); I want to start seeing trends.
* Keep to-do list updated
* At the end of each workday, review my most important tasks for the next day so I can start each day fresh and ready to go.
Ok, clearly this is a big list and I'm far from perfect. But these are all things that I'd like to keep in the front of my mind throughout this months... healthy habits that I really want to work on.
What’s your plan for the month?
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