Week #7 weigh in and new running partner!

13 02 2010

Weigh in Week #7

December 29th 2009 = 263.5 lbs

Today = 246.2 lbs.

Total loss = 17.3 lbs

I lost a little over a pound in the last week. It’s not as fast as I want but I’ll take what I get. I really thought I was going to have a gain this week. I made some food decisions that might not have been the best choice (dim sum, pasta, frozen yogurt) but I managed to stay mindful about the amount going into my mouth and ate what I consider moderate portions (by moderate I mean what I think a conscious person would eat). Tomorrow begins week #3 of c25k and to say that I’m a little intimidated is an under estimate of my feelings. I’m very intimidated. With my best attitude I will go to the track tomorrow and give it all my gusto.

I’m starting to get a lot more comments on people being motivated by my desire to make positive changes. It helps me to keep going. I want to move more. I want to weigh less. I want to succeed in making the right choices for me. Knowing that other people are now thinking about doing the same because I am putting it out there without shame (okay maybe a little shame) gives me the boost I need when I’m just not feeling like doing much of anything. So thank you to anyone who is moving a little more because of what I’m doing / writing / saying.

New running partner

Say hello to my new friend, Saucony Running shoes. My old sketchers just are not cutting it for me anymore so I spent some time over at South Sound Running yesterday and this is the pair I left with. The staff (Emily helped me) was so friendly. I went in there and basically said I didn’t know the first thing about running shoes but I’ve recently started the c25k and need something more comfortable. She started out by having me wear a pair of “neutral” shoes and then watched me jog to see where I needed to have the most support. I over pronate (roll in) so she brought out 3 different pairs that have dense arch support around the shoe. These particular beauties have more cushion on the inside of the shoe so were my ultimate choice. Not to mention the hot red! When I put my sketchers back on I could immediately feel the difference between the two.

Today was really the first test. I took my dogs for a long walk (approximately 2.5 miles) and my feet are giving these shoes raving reviews. Hopefully these babies will take to a real 5k run! I feel so professional with my running pants and new shoes.

Almost like I belong!

Weekend recap, library visits and hello there 246!

8 02 2010

Hello there 246: That’s right the scale said 246 this morning.  I’ve officially picked a weigh in date (Saturdays) but have a hard time not checking everyday.  I know it’s not good for me to check everyday because it can lead to some serious heartache. Today was not that kind of day.  When I got on the scale this morning I was pleasantly surprised by the number 246. That brings me up to a 17 pound weight loss since starting this journey at the end of December. I won’t be making this my official weight since it is only Monday but it was a nice pat on the back.

Weekend recap: This portion of the entry needs a picture…

Though I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing that outfit that was me this past Sunday. It wasn’t pretty but I’ll be damn if I didn’t finish the 2nd week day one of the couch to 5k program. I was so nervous to get up and out of bed Sunday morning. I’d been out the night before (I’m a sucker for the UFC fights at my local bar) and while I did count my calories all day Saturday and took the dogs on a long long loooooong walk to help combat bar food calories I had 2 kamikazi drinks (and since I know the bartender it was more like 4) and a chicken burger…fries jumped in my mouth during a really good fight but I managed to keep them at a minimum. That being said I was a little groggy Sunday morning. Nothing says stay in bed like a “greasy food, alcohol induced” hangover. Add to that feeling scared about adding an additional 30 seconds of running to my already “this is too hard” attitude.

However I made a commitment to myself.

I chose to go to the community college near by for it’s track. During my 5 minute warm up I gave myself a little pep talk and then just got down to doing the six intervals (90 sec running / 2 minute walking). Then it was over.  It wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be but not as hard either. So that was Sunday. My next attempt will Tuesday (tomorrow). I really liked the track so I think I’ll go back up there early in the morning before any classes begin.

Library visits: Because I am going to be sticking to a running only 3 x a week regimen I need to fill my “off” days with something else. I’ve put a reservation payment on the Wii fit but it’s not due to arrive until the end of this month. I thought I’d check out my local library to see what they have to offer. I was surprised to find such an array of dvd(s) I had to pick from. I renewed my library card and left there with the following dvd(s).

  • The biggest winner! How to win by losing. The complete body workout. (Jillian Michaels)
  • The biggest loser, the workout. Power sculpting
  • Fat-burning kickboxing workout for dummies.

I have these for exactly 7 days.  I can’t renew them (I guess there are a lot of us poor fat people out there) so I’ll give them a try to fill in time between runs and until my Wii fit gets here. I also walked out with some good music to put on my ipod shuffle for those early morning dog walks.