OWiS #15

10 04 2010

Before I get to the numbers, I’ve got a special shout out to my Sister in Sweat Meegan over at RedStar5. Today is her first 5k and I just want her to kick ass and enjoy the hell out of herself!!!!

WAY TO GO MEEGAN!!!

Okay, now down to business. A hard week of commitment, brings about a change. A change in the right direction…

 

I am officially in the 220’s!! Despite it being TOM, my body didn’t let me down. I pushed my body hard this week and today it woke me up, thanked me for my hard work and gave me numbers to be proud of. Thank you body! That’s a total of -35.7 and a -2.2 loss for the week. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I could 35 pounds lighter in just over 3 months with nothing but eating less and moving more.

The numbers:

  • Week 0 = 263.5 (-0.0)
  • Week 1 = 257.4 (-6.1)
  • Week 2 = 255.0 (-2.4)
  • Week 3 = 254.6 (-.4)
  • Week 4 = 253.8 (-.8) *I started c25k
  • Week 5 = 248.2 (-5.6)
  • Week 6 = 247.2 (-1.0)
  • Week 7 = 246.2 (-1.0)
  • Week 8 = 244.4 (-1.8)
  • Week 9 = 241.0 (-3.4)
  • Week 10 = 240.6  (-.4)
  • Week 11 = 238.0 (-2.6)
  • Week 12 = 234.8 (-3.2)
  • Week 13 = 232.8 (-2.0)
  • Week 14 = 230.0 (-2.8) *graduated c25k
  • Week 15 = 227.8 (-2.2)
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    Weigh in #14

    3 04 2010

    I really want to run today (I did run after this post). This damn rain is upsetting me. I’m up early on my day off to get out there and move. Instead I’m having to wait for the gym to open up (one hour to go) so that I can at least get a good swim in and some time on the elliptical.

    Today is Saturday and if you’ve been around for a while then you know today is Official Weigh in Saturday or what I like to call: OWiS! Let’s get to the numbers.

    That’s a -2.8 loss this week. A total of 33.5

    I’m a extremely happy about this, though I’m still trying to recover from yesterday’s mind session. Today is going to be a great day because I’m going to go out and get moving and then just enjoy the rest of the day…my mind might have other plans for today but this is a “fake it till you make it” situation here.

    Here are the numbers:

  • Week 0 = 263.5 (-0.0)
  • Week 1 = 257.4 (-6.1)
  • Week 2 = 255.0 (-2.4)
  • Week 3 = 254.6 (-.4)
  • Week 4 = 253.8 (-.8) *I started c25k
  • Week 5 = 248.2 (-5.6)
  • Week 6 = 247.2 (-1.0)
  • Week 7 = 246.2 (-1.0)
  • Week 8 = 244.4 (-1.8)
  • Week 9 = 241.0 (-3.4)
  • Week 10 = 240.6  (-.4)
  • Week 11 = 238.0 (-2.6)
  • Week 12 = 234.8 (-3.2)
  • Week 13 = 232.8 (-2.0)
  • Week 14 = 230.0 (-2.8) *graduated c25k




  • Weigh in #13 (or what I like to call “Just when you think you didn’t”)

    27 03 2010

    Up bright and early today.

    So much to do.

    So few hours to do them.

    • Walk the dogs
    • Run the first day day of c25k week 9 (30 minutes)
    • Get to gym for first training
    • Work out (this is yet decided)
    • Head down south to Chehalis to help my husband cater a wedding

    Oh yes and Weigh in…

    This has been the strangest week as far as what the scale is giving me in numbers. Up, down, up, down, up down. I resolved myself to not being freaked out. Give me a gain, fine. Stay the same, fine. Give me a loss, fine.

    This is more about numbers now.

    This is about challenging myself to move more and eat less.

    To run 2 minutes longer.

    To swim an extra lap.

    To go an extra 30 seconds on elliptical.

    To become the person I’ve always wanted to be and never had the determination to get there.

    This week I was ready for anything.

    I got a loss:

    I’m almost without words to describe what this number means to me. I have officially crossed over the -30 pounds mark. There was so much tweaking this week with calories, workouts and sleep I thought for sure I’d see a little bit of a gain or nothing at all.

    I was not expecting a -2.0 loss.

    This week has been filled with so many positive movements forward in this lifestyle changing journey that to get a number like today is just about the bees knees!

    So here are the numbers:

  • Week 0 = 263.5 (-0.0)
  • Week 1 = 257.4 (-6.1)
  • Week 2 = 255.0 (-2.4)
  • Week 3 = 254.6 (-.4)
  • Week 4 = 253.8 (-.8) *I started c25k
  • Week 5 = 248.2 (-5.6)
  • Week 6 = 247.2 (-1.0)
  • Week 7 = 246.2 (-1.0)
  • Week 8 = 244.4 (-1.8)
  • Week 9 = 241.0 (-3.4)
  • Week 10 = 240.6  (-.4)
  • Week 11 = 238.0 (-2.6)
  • Week 12 = 234.8 (-3.2)
  • Week 13 = 232.8 (-2.0)




  • Weigh in #8, where I didn’t eat yesterday and 5 minutes of pure (insert word here)!

    21 02 2010

    Weigh in #8

    December 29th, 2009 = 263.5lbs

    February 20th, 2010 = 244.4lbs

    I lost 1.8lbs in the last week and a total of 19.1lbs.

    Here is an interesting tidbit (and probably TMI), but this is the first time I didn’t gain any weight during my “girl time”. I am actually continuing to lose (as I saw the scale say 243 yesterday).

    So here’s what the weekly breakdown has looked like

    • Week 1 = 257.4 (-6.1)
    • Week 2 = 255.0 (-2.4)
    • Week 3 = 254.6 (-.4)
    • Week 4 = 253.8 (-.8) *I started c25k
    • Week 5 = 248.2 (-5.6)
    • Week 6 = 247.2 (-1.0)
    • Week 7 = 246.2 (-1.0)
    • Week 8 = 244.4 (-1.8)

    The numbers are slow moving but dammit if they aren’t still moving!

    Where I didn’t eat yesterday

    Yesterday I had to take my car in to have a tire looked at. They told me it was going to take 90 minutes. I needed to get to the UPS store and do my food shopping for my new experiment (Moroccan chickpea chili – which is the next post). It was getting late and instead of waiting around for my car to be finished and then go to the store I decided to walk the 1.5 miles, do my food shopping and then walk back to pick up car.

    It was an impromptu workout that I enjoyed to it’s fullest. The walk was nice, the sun was out and it was a nice way to pass 90 minutes. I also took note of all the food places between my starting point and my ending point. Here they are for your pleasure (or nightmare):

    Playplace? More like “get fat and sit around” place. It was so busy there. So many other places to be and for most people this was going to be the high light of their day.

    If there is a Shari’s around you know there is a Denny’s close by. After you eat your eggs, potatoes, ham and pancakes you can pick up a whole pie to enjoy!

    Or you can go here and get a “Gotta Have It” size ice cream that is sure to cause you to go comatose.

    So wrong on so many levels.

    Hamburgers or Chicken? Hell why not both!

    If having these 5 options wasn’t enough in less than a mile there was a Dairy Queen on the other side of the street, but I hit the UPS store at this point so had to deter from my mobile phone photography session and get back to what I was doing.

    What was I doing? Oh right, I was going to the store to get the makins for my first “Clean Eating” recipe attempt. I made Moroccan chickpea chili. Instead of eating at the places above I ate this:

    I’ll take two cups of this delicious masterpiece (397 calories, Fat 9g, Carbs 51g, Fiber 11g, Sugars 12g, Protein 29g, Sodium 267 mg, Cholesterol 43mg) over a Big Mac (540 calories, Fat 29g, Carbs 45g, Fiber 3g, Sugar 9g, Protein 25g, Sodium 1040mg, Cholesterol 75mg)

    5 minutes of pure (insert word here)

    Let’s start off with a picture:

    That’s not a high five I’m giving you (though if I could I would). That’s me saying “I JUST RAN FOR 5 MINUTES”

    Today was week #4 of c25k.

    It went something like this…

    * 5 minute warm up – Got that down like a pro.

    *3 minute run –  I had done this 6 times last week so I was confident this was going to go fine. This came and went faster than I had anticipated the first time around.

    *90 second walk – again pro like!

    *5 minute run – So here we go…I kept it real slow. 3 minutes I knew I could do. 5 minutes I just don’t know. I did the same thing as I did during my first 3 minute attempt and picked a spot way in the distant and focused. I kept the music down low so that I could hear the water, the seagulls and the trains and still hear when Robert (podcast man) so mercifully tells me it’s over.  I try and keep my mind clear of any thoughts about what is happening to my body (cause it has a way of trying to cheat me out of doing something) and keep my breathing slow and monitored. 5 minutes later, Robert’s voice tells me it’s time to walk and for the first time in my life I have just run for 5 minutes. I cry (as I seen to be doing this a lot during this program) but don’t feel bad about it. The first time I cried (during week 1) it was because I hated being fat. This morning I cried because I didn’t give up.

    *2.5 minutes walk – someone should give me a medal for my pro like walking!

    *3 minute run – Now this is starting to feel easy. I just ran 5 minutes!!

    *90 second walk – no need to explain.

    *5 minute run – Slow and steady. Breathing in, breathing out. Tired = yes. Giving up = no. I’m not running very fast but I’m still running. The sun is rising. The mountains look beautiful. This 5 minutes is about making good choices. It’s about leaving behind the old Tara and finding the girl I’m supposed to be. It’s about moving more and eating less. The last minute is tough. I feel myself slowing way down. I give myself a little pep talk (“Run like you know what your doing or at least fake it for the last minute”) and keep going.

    It’s over.

    To celebrate, I walked my dogs for an hour!

    As a reward for my hard work, the scale decided to say 242 for the first time in FOREVER! But I’m not counting that number just yet…

    Fri 1st Jan, 10 263.2 lbs 38.9 YES MEDIUM
    Tue 5th Jan, 10 257.4 lbs 38 YES HIGH
    Tue 12th Jan, 10 255 lbs 37.7 YES MEDIUM
    Sun 17th Jan, 10 254.6 lbs 37.6 YES MEDIUM
    Mon 25th Jan, 10 253.8 lbs 37.5 YES MEDIUM
    Mon 1st Feb, 10 248.2 lbs 36.6 YES MEDIUM
    Sat 6th Feb, 10 247.2 lbs 36.5 YES MEDIUM
    Sat 13th Feb, 10 246.2 lbs 36.4 YES MEDIUM
    Sat 20th Feb, 10 244.4 lbs 36.1 YES MEDIUM




    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!