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I’m a graduate!

3 May

Last night, I officially completed the Couch to 5K program!

I still can’t believe that I did it.   9 weeks ago, I could barely run 3 minutes, and now I can run for 30 minutes!   It wasn’t easy, and there were days that I wanted to give up, but I am so proud of myself for seeing it through to the end!

In the past 9 weeks, I have felt so much better about myself in general.   I might not have lost any weight (and since I didn’t take measurements, I don’t know where I stand there either) but I was definitely feeling pretty good.    During the final week, I strained my hamstring and had to take 5 days of rest.  It felt like 5 days of torture (I can’t believe I’m even saying that- the old me totally would have used it as an excuse to quit).   The longer I went without a run, the worse I felt about myself in general.  By day 5, I was back to my old ways of critiquing myself in the mirror and changing clothes ten times to hide all my “trouble spots”.  Then, miraculously, after just one really good run, I felt just fine about myself again.   I am starting to think that the runner’s high has a lot more to do with just how I feel immediately after the run!

As a reward for sticking with it, I got this :

For months now, I have been putting $1 into a jar for every 30 minute workout to save up for the Kindle.   I really needed motivation to exercise more consistently, and this plan seemed to work for me.  I knew it would take a long time to save up the money, but I wanted to earn it.   During the final week of C25K, my wonderful husband took it upon himself to complete my fund with a portion of his own “fun” money,  and the next thing I knew, I had a Kindle!  **Squee!**  I love, love, love it.  I pretty much haven’t stopped reading it since it showed up on my front porch!

So now that C25K is behind me, I’m definitely going to keep on running, but I feel like I can focus on other things again.  I didn’t want to overwhelm myself, so I wasn’t stressing myself out over food the last 9 weeks.  Now the next step is going to be to get my eating back on track and maybe actually lose these pesky 10 lbs I’ve been working on for 6 months now!

Changes

27 Apr

I had an amazing weekend at the beach with girlfriends.

I couldn’t have asked for better weather, a better time, or better company.   I definitely wasn’t ready to come home and we’re already planning the next road trip!  I just love fun times with good friends.

So despite eating out all weekend, and not making the best food choices in the world, I didn’t gain any weight.   I think I’ve pretty much got this maintenance thing down now.  Most weeks, I don’t really keep up with my food 100% and I haven’t gained or lost any weight in months.    I find myself making better choices naturally now- last week I actually chose to eat a salad for dinner over pizza!  Who am I???

I am now on the final week of C25K and I can’t believe I’ve made it this far.  I have never stuck with any workout plan consistently or for this long, and I can’t even express in words how great it feels to complete this goal!   I have seen so many changes in myself in the past 9 weeks.  I have so much more energy, feel more productive, find myself eating food for “fuel” rather than for fun/comfort/just because, and crave exercise rather than dread it.  The biggest change is that I am no longer really concerned about what the scale says.  Sure, I’d still like to lose a few pounds, but I love the changes I’m seeing in my body and how much stronger I feel.   I don’t feel ruled by the scale and I don’t weigh myself daily or even weekly anymore.  I finally took measurements last night and I wish I had taken measurements before I started for a comparison.  Oh well, I will just keep at it, and compare measurements after another 2 months of running.  =)

The rollercoaster continues

9 Jul

I gained 1 lb this week.  Even when I have a feeling it’s coming, it’s still disappointing.  I try to stay positive, and I realize that one week can’t make or break me, but it stinks when the numbers go up.  (Plus it’s frustrating when the very next day, my home scale shows that I’ve lost that and then some. I know I should avoid the home scale, but it’s so hard sometimes!)   Now that I have made some solid progress, I don’t get as discouraged as I once did.  I’ve come back from a gain more than once in the past 4 months and I know I can do it again.  I already know from experience what happens when I give up, and I’m not going down that road again.

I have to admit that I have been struggling this week.  I don’t think I’ve actually felt hungry in over a week, because I’m just constantly eating.  I haven’t really eaten anything “bad” per se, but have been eating too much and eating even when I know I’m not at all hungry.  I’m trying to pull myself back in though.  It can be done!

It seems like there’s some greater force out there that knows when I’m feeling discouraged.  Every time I’m feeling down about this weight loss journey, something happens to motivate me again.  Today at work, one of my coworkers noticed my weight loss!  She mentioned it out of nowhere and said she could definitely see it in my face!  Woohoo!   Nothing like an awesome compliment to get me back on track!  That made my day.

Focusing on the positives:

  1. I’ve been working out a lot lately, and I can really see and feel the changes that are coming from that.
  2. All of my work clothes are almost falling off of me.  Nothing is more motivating than buying smaller clothes!
  3. I can pretty much wear all of the clothes in my closet again that I have from the first time I reached my goal (even though I’m still 15 lbs away from that number)!  That includes a pair of jeans that I bought 3 years ago (after I’d already gained some of the weight back) and never wore because they were too tight!

Headed in the right direction

24 Jun

I lost 1.6 lbs this week!! Woohoo!!  That puts me at a total of 9 lbs lost, which also equals a 5% loss of body weight!   I have been struggling for the past 2 months, but I finally broke through the threshold and am headed in the right direction again.   I’m losing at an extremely slow pace (an average of 0.3 lbs per week- yikes!), so I’m extremely proud of myself for pushing on and not giving up!

Sticking to the Weight Watcher’s plan this week almost seemed too easy.  If only every week could be like that.  Between my husband’s birthday and 2 separate Father’s Day dinners, I really didn’t foresee this week going very well.  I just knew I couldn’t face another gain on the scale without major disappointment, so I dug deep for the motivation to succeed. Somehow, I made good choices despite all of the temptations around me!   I honestly don’t know how I did it, but I just hope I can keep it up!

That’s not to say this week was perfect.  I definitely indulged in my in-laws southern fried food and amazing dessert until I was hurting!  I immediately knew I had eaten too much, but the food was just so good, it was difficult to stop eating.  That’s the beauty of WW though- nothing is off-limits and it’s ok to indulge every now and then.  The key for me is knowing when to stop, and not turning a one night indulgence into an all week food failure!

The next couple of weekends hold a few more challenges.  This Friday, I’ll be going out for dinner and drinks with coworkers to celebrate one of the girl’s acceptance into PA school.  This weekend is also my dad’s birthday which I’m sure will include a meal out somewhere.  Then next weekend, for 4th of July, my sister-in-law will be visiting and we have a very full weekend planned.  Hopefully, the motivation I had last week will stick around for the next 2 weeks (and beyond)!

In my past experience with WW, I have always struggled in the summertime because my family has so many birthdays and celebrations in the summer.   Not to mention Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day cookouts and summer vacations!   We are always on the go and tend to cook less and eat out more often.   It seems harder to get in exercise because the weeks are so packed, and I’m not motivated to go hiking or do other outdoor activities in 100+ degree weather.    I’m hoping this year will be a different story and that this week is only the beginning of a weight loss streak.  Fingers crossed!

Someone noticed!

30 May

Just when I was starting to lose hope, someone noticed my efforts!  Our physical therapist at work asked me if I’d been working out.  He also said my face was looking really thin.

It’s amazing how one small comment or compliment like that can turn everything around.  Even though I had been sticking to the plan and trying to work out, I was losing motivation and my attitude wasn’t the same as a few weeks ago.  That comment really helped me pull it all together and get motivated again!  If someone is noticing, then I’m doing something right!

Now if I could just lose some weight at this upcoming weigh in.   Although, I did go a little crazy last weekend while the hubby and I were out of town, I had planned for it.  And I have done extremely well this week.  Keeping my fingers crossed because  I don’t know if I could handle 3 gains in a row!

The husband and I are going for a 7 mile hike tomorrow.  I’m very excited and plan to use my new camera to get some great pictures.  If a 7 mile hike in 80 degree sunshine doesn’t help me lose weight, then what will?!  =)