July Progress

January 2013

It’s been awhile since I did a progress report so here goes:

Bust   44″ now 40.5″   -3.5″
Rear 47″ now 42″         -5″
Waist  42″ now 35.75″    -6.25″
Arms  17″ now 14.75″       -2.25″
Thigh   29.5″ now 24.25″    -5.25″
Calves  20″ now 18.75″     -1.25″
BMI  37   now 31.5
Total Measurable Losss   23.5″ and 35#’s
Total miles for July: 87.5
Miles ran: 247 /700 for 2014
WEIGHT photoLOSS: While the progress has been incredibly slow at the beginning of July I was at 212#’s and I am now sitting at 201#, I will be breaking through into Onderland before the week ends. I gave it some thought and it’s been 6 years since my daily triple didn’t begin with a 2. I feel very confident that this time I am making weight loss for life a lifestyle, not just another temporary visit to a smaller size. I know this last month dropping 11 pounds is not typical, but it’s a good kick start to more steady loss over the coming months.
RUNNING:  Facebook had this challenge group to run 100 miles for the month, I joined mostly to be motivated on days where I wanted to rest. I pushed the last two weeks of the month, down to the last few days and woke up on Wednesday the 30th with 12 miles to go and two hamstring cramps. I knew right then and there I wasn’t going to make 100 miles. I let my body rest, 3 days before heading back out. I was exhausted. Yesterday I did my second 10 miler ever and improved my time by 9 minutes. It was tough but I feel in control of it and my preparation for two half marathons in the fall is right on schedule.
OTHER PEOPLE IN MY LIFE: The husband is has now lost a total of 74#’s. He looks like a totally new man. We have had to replace all of his shorts and  we have been able to switch to regular 2XL shirts, probably XLT if I could find them, he stands 6’5″  the tall is important. My sister and her son have taken up the C25K program and they both seem to be enjoying themselves. My sister-in-law told me last night that she wants to start running again and has a lofty goal of completing a Tough Mudder – I may be ready for that next year myself.
MENTAL HEALTH: I have put the counseling to the side, like my previous attempts at talking to a therapist all they confirm is the things I already know. I have come to the conclusion that the only answer is to tell myself to stop when I start over-thinking and over analyzing, distracting myself with something else seems to help.  I allow myself a few minutes a day to think about those topics that seem to be my constant worry and then put it to the side as best I can.
In the month of August I have 2 -5K events, one in Colorado on the 16th and the other here in KY on the 24th. I am hoping to set a PR for the event on the 24th. I will celebrate one more trip around the sun, thankful for each and everyday that I have been given, trying to get the most out of each of those days, loving life with my family, friends, and running shoes.
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Running is better than therapy

 

oday’s Lunchtime run

I have never considered myself a runner, I have always hated it, anyone who played ball with me knows my theory, “hit the ball long and hard so you don’t have to run fast or slide”.  But when my elliptical broke, I joined a gym and that solved the what do I do to work out quandary; I loved it went 6 days a week and was logging some miles on the treadmill and elliptical really enjoying the “me time”, then I lost my job (something for which I am very thankful now for happening) and could no longer afford the membership.

I stopped everything for two weeks.

NEVER would I have thought that within 7 weeks of that first run outside would I be someone who would run, at lunch break, miles – more than one!  My body doesn’t protest as much as it used to, I’m still running intervals but I’m up to 5 minutes with only 1 minute of walking in between. I am listening to myself breathe, my feet hit the pavement, the sun or rain as the case is some days beating down on me, and I let everything go…my tension, my usually uncontrollable thoughts, my anger or frustration, for that hour I give into my body and just go.

I am not ever going to be the fastest, but I won’t be the slowest, I will more than likely never be the first to finish, but I won’t be the last. This week I have my first event – The Warrior Dash http://www.warriordash.com  in Ohio – this event raises money for St. Jude, a charity my parents have donated to for years. I am joining some experienced Dash runners and am very excited to see them and share the event.

 

This is another anchor I have for myself – every Monday I put up a note stating my goal for the week, how much loss I would like to see and anything else. The seven push-pins are for each 10# I want to lose, the clips are a pound each. I put my key chain on pound #23 and the weight is my 25# loss token.

 

This week my goal is to run at least 15 miles, and to break through a zero – inching my way to being less than 200# in over 5 years. I was just about this time 2008 I crept over 200 while expecting my little Miss #1.

 

 25#’s less of me – that is 100 sticks of butter

Here’s some updated photos of me. I am starting to see the loss, especially in my face, it would be really nice to be able to choose where the weight loss happens, but I know eventually it will even out.

25# down

50# to go

Goal date: Sept 22,2013

12 Weigh-ins later….and my Anchor

1/20/13 236# *23.4 pounds lost* 4/28/13 212.6#

Well it’s been over a month since I posted, and a lot has happened. I had joined a gym and was up to running intervals up to 5 minutes each, about 50-60 minutes 7 days a week, all seemed to be going really well and then I lost my job, so I also had to quit the gym. I was (and still am) struggling with issues regarding that, but I didn’t let it ruin the personal progress I was making here, if anything it boosted me to stay with WW and exercise was it remained the constant positive thing I was doing for me to let off emotional issues, in lieu of feeding I worked out.

I had interviews within two days and accepted a job offer by the 4th day after. The best part of that was finding business attire in my closet and it actually fit, a little outdated but none the less fit.

The second hurdle was surgery, it was minor and outpatient but I tried to go back to my routine a little too quickly and ended up having to lay low a few days longer than I initially had thought.

It has been difficult for me to find time to work out, my new schedule combined with Scott’s, new childcare and bedtimes I gave myself that first week to focus on that and this week my goal is to get back out and start rebuilding my running stamina, the dash is a little over a month away.

Since the last post I have continued to lose and I am now at 23.4# loss, next week I will hit both my 10% and 25# loss mark. Notice I use the word WILL not WANT TO, I choose the work will because it commits me to achieving this goal. I had thought when I started this I would be able to drop weight like I did the last time averaging 10# a month, but honestly I am 10 years older I realize now that it isn’t the same as it was then, and I accept, this short term goal is very attainable, and I am a third of the way to my long term goal.

 

ANCHOR

This morning the meeting topic this morning was anchors. A tangible or intangible item or thought that serves as a reminder to keep your goal in mind. As soon as my leader mentioned the topic I knew exactly what mine was.

 

The ring on the left is mine, I got it when I was about 10, the ring on the right belonged to my Grandmother. I was given this piece when she became an angel last year, I am the only August grandchild. I have always loved that ring, I want to wear it. It’s so small, but I remember when mine was too big and I had to wear it on my middle finger.

 

Why is this a good piece for me?

My grandmother was a strong woman, but as she aged and her hips were both replaced, several broken backs, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, COPD, and other accompanying health issues combined with being overweight led to her mobility decreasing over the years she was unable with diet alone to lose weight. I know some health issues cannot be prevented but by getting my weight under control now I only make it easier for me to combat anything that may come up, I prepare my daughters to hopefully make the better choices as they grow up so they do not struggle as I have, that hopefully my husband follows suit and joins me in my campaign for health and wellness.

 

So when this ring fits, and I say when because it will one day, I will move mine over to my middle finger and I will have mine that shows me where I was, and hers to show me how far I have come.

win, win, win, WIN

Starting with Week 4 I am really dedicating to making exercise a priority. The weather is rapidly changing, this girl does not do cold well so the option of  walks outside are slimming. So I dusted off the elliptical, yes it had cobwebs on it, armed myself wit my MP3 player (don’t hate ghetto technology it’s 7 years old and still works just fine for me), big cup of water and nothing but 30 minutes ahead of me. I sing silently and in my head hell yeah I sound just like Katy Perry in my head. My goal is to log 210 minutes this week. It’s realistic and I know the benefits:

1) more energy

2) better sleep

3) decreased appetite

4) feel a sense that I am DOING something not just talking about it

5) weigh in next week will yield that 5#  total loss I’m hoping to see

 

So it’s a win, win, win, win, WIN!

It was really encouraging tonight when I laced up and hopped on, Scott was at work and I needed to do this before the night slipped away from me.

 

Piper stood in the door :”Mommy, you esecise?”

Me:” Yes Piper. Be careful.”

Piper: “Good job Mommy!”

 

Who needs more affirmation that you are doing good than the encouragement of an adorable 2 year old?

After all she’s one reason I want to be fit, so that I live long enough to watch her experience life, so thank you Piper for lighting my fire.

 

 

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