This week has been pretty great in terms of workouts for me! I ran a frosty 3 miles Saturday, and another frosty 3.6 Tuesday. Then Wednesday, I had a cancellation and went to the gym. I tried something new – I did a warmup 20 minute run on the treadmill and then I switched off lifting for 5 mins and climbing the stair stepper for 5 minutes. I only did two sets of intervals, but also did an extra round of lifting on the 30 minute machines.
I really thought I’d be sore today but I’m not as much as I would have liked. Aaaaand so I went back to the gym again. I did 4 miles on the treadmill and then one round in the 30 minute machines. I can already tell my upper body is sore from yesterday (it always is worse the 2nd day) so tomorrow will be a perfect rest day.
Anyways, it adds up to about 12 miles this week, which is awesome! I feel good about my food choices and also am happy about my workouts.
I had a non scale victory today as well — I tried on Jared’s Columbia zip up because it’s freezing and it fits AND looks good. I’m definitely using it as often as I want since he has so many coats.
I follow From Fat To Finish Line private group on Facebook and saw someone had posted about a good discount on oldnavy.com, so I ordered several things at half off, all of which are size 16 or size Large. I haven’t been able to fit in things that size in like 7 years. Ahhhhhhh!!!!
Feeling selfietastic because losing weight and working out are cooooool. 😎
I have logged in nearly every day for two weeks but just didn’t feel like writing. I missed two official weigh in posts, but I’ve still been weighing in and on the decline. Maybe I’m just not as excited because they weren’t huge losses?
Regardless, I’m hanging in there. I’m in the 230’s and have set myself up to hit one of my 2016 New Years goals; to end the year weighing less than I did at the beginning! The number to beat is 238.4 and I’m hoping to be under that despite eating my heart out all of Christmas weekend. It would be a huge accomplishment since I got pregnant and had a baby this year lol.
So far I’ve already run three days this week and two of them were over four miles. I’m hoping for one more high intensity run on Thursday but family will be visiting and that always makes things tricky.
Here I am on Christmas Day running 4 miles so I could eat dessert with no guilt!
Here are the highlights of Christmas and felixs birthday.
Here’s to hoping I can moderate my eating for a couple more days to end the year on top!
It’s been an odd week. I got in 3 decent runs, I hit under my calorie goal every day… and I lost 5 more pounds. 😳
I feel odd because it happened two weeks in a row. I was genuinely expecting a small loss, like a pound, or two at the most.
So. I’m in the 240’s??!! It’s hilarious because instead of being totally excited, I’m kinda confused. I logged everythibg I ate and I didn’t deprive myself at all so I have no idea what the heck happened. I don’t actually want to lose that much weight at a time because I know that it’s healthiest to lose 2ish pounds per week, not twice that.
I should be grateful and proud. I am. Just a little leery too.
My last run I only had about a half hour to get it done before going back to work. As I was going I kept upping the speed to race the clock. When I realized I could probably do 2.5 miles and still have time to shower, I sped up more than I have in a while! It averages to about 14 minute miles, which doesn’t sound that great, but two minutes were warm up walking so it’s closer to 13 minute miles. To be able to do that for 2.5 miles is a big deal since I’d like to run a 5k in under 40 minutes at some point (yeah I know, what happened to clear goals?). If I can do it by the new year, I’d like to sign up for a race and actually test it out. That may not be doable since the weather here sucks then, but it is nice to have some ideas.
In other news, I’ve had more energy to love my babies, which is always a nice side effect to the weight loss / exercising. I feel good about myself so I also WANT to be more active and spend time with them. I need to remember that when I start to struggle again.
It’s been a week of cold viruses, pink eye, cluster feeding, and pure exhaustion. Somehow, tho, I managed three runs since my last weigh in, one of which was 3.26 miles on the treadmill! That’s my first official 5k+ recorded since I found out I was pregnant. Wow!
Sunday was a gorgeous day for running and Felix and I really took advantage of it!
We also took advantage of my parents’ hot tub post run.
The rest of the week I was sick and emotional and overworked. My eating was way out of whack because of the fever and sore throat but I did track everything… I just happened to skip a couple of meals. I don’t like doing that. I know that everything about it is wrong for long term weight loss. So the scale may say something odd this week and next week may be a bit more accurate. Buuut it’s about the journey I guess. I’m just glad to be on the mend. I haaaate having a fever. 😷
Three pounds down and a little more fat percentage gone. A week filled with four decent runs since the last weigh in and eating on track. Feeling good! I started the 10K program and I’m enjoying it so far for the most part. It’s just an adjustment setting 60 minutes aside for working out instead of 30. I’ll get used to it I’m sure.
So, I’ve been running and finding successes and taking pictures to post… and I’ve done none of those things.
Last week I lost 1.4 lbs which is completely healthy (but a slight disappointment).
But, I am down 3% body fat since purchasing my new scale! I also finished c25k, which is exciting! Aaand I used running as a coping skill and avoided a binge, even after stopping at Taco Bell after a horrible meeting that didn’t go how I wanted. Yay again!
Sunday I started the c25k 10K program.
Felix enjoyed the first run in the cold (and wind)…. okay he slept about half the time. Frankly, that was exactly what I wanted him to do since he was tired but it was too early to really nap.
Sebi turned 3 months old AND I got my first decent picture of a real smile. Yay!
Lots of yays, no motivation to write. I’m on track and doing well, tho, so for once, a slight distance from the blog is not a bad sign. I’m still logging in almost daily to read my favorite blogs (like this one) that help me relax and regroup. All in all, it’s a good week!
I lost just over two pounds this week and was notified I’ve been logging food for 50 days! Wow! I gained the first couple weeks of that, but I don’t want to not count it since it did help me get my head on straight. Plus, I’m learning to embrace the struggle.
I went to the gym twice and plan to run tomorrow to get my third workout in. Fitting the gym into work time is getting more difficult but it does feel good so I’m gonna do it until I can’t. Then I’ll figure something else out. For now, I’ll take it.
My first two days back went very smoothly. I acquired some new clients, I caught up with some old clients, and I went to the gym both days. Boom! Cue total body exhaustion at 8pm haha.
So, yesterday was the C25K day that required me to run 20 minutes. That isn’t that long unless you’re on a treadmill. Haha.
This is what a slooow jog looks like haha. Im not even mad cuz I got it done and didn’t walk like I wanted to. I did forget to wear the heart rate band for my new Polar running watch, so I don’t have any new and exciting data for yesterday.
Today, on the other hand…
All kinds of fun stuff. The most important to me is the info about what Zone my heart rate was for my run. I kinda like that there was a variety because supposedly that makes for burning more calories. I need to read up more on it though since I’ve heard about endurance training requiring lower intensity for a longer time. We shall see what I come up with in my lack of free time haha.
This weekend I visited my older brother in the middle of the state. We left Felix with my parents and got a weekend with only one kid. It was awesome. We went bowling and played cards, and then Jared and I took the baby to a WWE event.
My eating was right around 2000 a day on both Saturday and Sunday, so I’m hoping for another loss this week, but it may not be so kind on the scale.
It’s funny, I already feel like my face is getting thinner tho so I’m taking more pictures. I like it. Even if it’s not true, working out gives me confidence so I think I’m getting thinner. It’s a good thing overall I’d say. Someday I’ll look back and want pictures of me from my babies’ childhoods. 😊
I wrote earlier this week about some household projects that I wish would be done by the time I went back to work next week (a little late to plan, right?). I am proud to announce that I actually did finish one of them with Jared’s help! We had alllllll these bushes in the front yard that were huge and appeared to be swallowing our house.
We now have a window! Ha okay the window was already there, but two days ago nobody could see it because the rhododendrons were swallowing it. It may not look like much but it was a lengthy process involving borrowing the neighbors sawzall, digging with a shovel, and having my dad over to help haul in his truck. It took some real elbow grease (can you say that for outdoor work?) to get the tree-sized plants cut out and hauled off. So, success with one of my vague wannabe goals! Yay!
I also went running yesterday and Monday. I’m hoping to run this afternoon too, which I wouldn’t normally be able to do, but felixs old babysitter wanted to spend some time with him so I’ll have some time with just one baby for a while. Another yay! Being with both all day is awesome and exhausting and I’m looking forward to a little break.
Sebi and I have been bonding over the last couple days between endless nursing sessions and longer awake time.
My teeny baby is almost two months! 😩 I knew it would fly by but it is quite sad and happy all at once. Time goes on whether we want it to or not.
That goes back to the quote “6 months will pass whether you’re working out or not.” So, might as well work out, hold my babies, and take a million pictures as life changes.
One last small celebration today:
Yesterday I gave up my right before bed / bedtime nursing treat of a no sugar added Klondike in order to stay in the green. It was worth it. I didn’t even dream about ice cream 😜
Today marks the one week countdown until my return to work. I can’t lie, I’m excited and dreading it all at once.
I don’t think I’ll be as emotional this time, buuut we still don’t have daycare totally figured out since our babysitter had to go back into the workforce. Ignorance is bliss, which has been my lax attitude while I don’t panic despite not having a sitter for 2 of the 5 workdays per week. Ugh.
Anyways, I have a few projects I’ve been thinking about doing this week as a “I know I won’t have time to do this any other time” projects. For example, painting the downstairs of my house, removing any or all ugly wallpaper, completely overhauling our overgrown and hideous gardens, etc etc etc. The reality is, it’s nearly impossible to do any of these with a toddler, since the gardens I want to mess with are in the front and i can’t have him outside while I do it. Painting would be a mess too, since he’d inevitably touch the paint on the walls and mess it up. So I either have to peel wallpaper and not paint the remaining walls, or I have to do the work while my husband is home. The second option would work, but as I mentioned before, he’s been oddly tired lately and not too focused on the family.
So, I’m not sure what I’ll do but I would like to do SOMETHING so I feel a little accomplished after leave ends.
I will say this, though: running has made me feel like I’m working in a positive direction and I feel like I am doing something for myself and making the most of my leave. So even if I don’t do a project, I’ve still been exercising at least 3 times a week and gotten back into a healthy eating routine. Now I need to continue that when I go back. Finding time to work out will be significantly more difficult; however, I never got rid of my gym membership even tho I wasn’t going, so I can go back and workout on lunch if I need to. In fact, I would reeeeally like to do that if possible. We shall see.
Today I took Sebi when I went out to run. It was a good workout and I felt good. I spent time thinking about long term goals and what I’d like to see happen over the next several months and year. Obviously, each week I want to lose weight and continue working out at least 3 times. But, I know when c25k ends, I always get stuck trying to find a new goal or program. So, while thinking about what that means, I decided that I will do the 10k trainer too, if possible with the time constraints, and then stick to that distance as a max while I work on improving my speed. That means I will be able to run 6ish miles as a long run, and do some speed work as an attempt to drop my average speed per mile while I also drop weight. I follow the Runs for Cookies blog and I’ve noticed over time that her time improves when she is at a lower weight (yes, this sounds obvious) so I’m not going to try to improve speed as much as endurance while I’m still at my heaviest.
Jared wants to go to Florida around the new year to meet my parents for a vaca, so that is something else that is in the back of my mind as far as goals are concerned, because id like to be in the 240s or lower by then, equalling about 10lbs per month. It’s reasonable for a goal and has been achieved in the past, so I know I can do it, but it does help to have some things to look forward to and aim for while I’m on this long journey. My goal weight is 160 (kinda just a number I picked within the healthy range) so I have a loooong way to go. Little things along the way will help. First number goal is 10%, which would be 245 lbs, so December may be an exciting month for me lol. Other things that I’ll be excited for will be noted and celebrated along the way.