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Saturday, August 15, 2009

I’m a Real Runner now

I swallowed a bug on my run last night! And I got hit by several sprinklers in the common areas in my neighborhood.  I had to run through them in the path right in front of my house. It was either that or go all the way around and run up one last hill. I was so done by then that the sprinklers were a nice way to cool me down. I’ve never felt more like a runner than I did last night!

It was a great run too. My longest, and fastest, outside run yet. 3.4 miles in 39:27!  I even had to walk a good chunk of the second big hill I came across. I mistakenly decided to around the huge pre-k to 12 school down the street from me thinking the first ginormous hill would be the only one and I’d coast the rest of the way. Yeah. It leveled off for a bit once I got past that first hill, but there was another, even longer, hill waiting for me just up ahead. Once I got past those two, however, it was mostly downhill or fairly level the rest of the way home. 

Am I the only one who doesn’t like running downhill? That’s when my knees start to hurt. I’m just waiting for the day when I go too fast and fall on my face. I’m such a klutz I’m amazed it hasn’t happened yet!

Weigh in this morning was successful. I was down .9lbs, bringing my total weight-loss to 13.5.  I didn’t achieve my goal of losing another point, but I’m so close! I’m now at 170.7.

This week will not be pretty. An old friend is coming to visit us for the week and tomorrow is Damon’s birthday. I’ve already made him banana chocolate chip bars, and will be making caramel bars and a malted milk chocolate cake. Tomorrow’s dinner will be grilled NY steaks, mashed potatoes, and fresh baked bread. Too. Much. Temptation. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Plan

I’ve been trying to figure out how to run and shred in a week. My original plan was to run 3 days and shred 3 days, with one off day during the week sometime. Is that enough shredding though? I feel like I should be shredding more often, but I also don’t want to stop running altogether. Last week was a no-brainer since I didn’t run at all; I shredded every day but Tuesday. This week, I’m going to shred every weekday but Tuesday again, and will double up today. I’ve already shredded today, so I’ll go for a run this evening. If all goes well, I’ll do it again every Wednesday. Then, I’ll be shredding Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays, and running on Wednesdays and weekends.

A bonus to having such great runs this weekend is that I have no desire to eat junk right now.  I busted ass, so I don’t want to spoil it with bad food.  The last couple weeks I’ve just been going through the motions, diet-wise, but now I feel like I’m ready to really work for it again.  It was the kick in the ass I needed!

Unfortunately, it all went out the window on my rest day yesterday.  Yesterday was probably the worst food day I’ve had in a long time. Today, I feel sluggish and out of sorts. I shredded, but it definitely wasn’t my best effort thanks to yesterday’s food choices. When will I learn? !

In Weight Watchers, the first two numbers of your weight make up the bulk of your points allowed, then you add points for your age, lifestyle, and a couple other factors. When you lose enough weight to get into a lower set of “tens” in weight, you lose a point. My goal for this week is to get into the 160’s and lose that point!

I’ve had some great incentives recently. I was looking in the mirror after my shower this morning and realized I could actually see changes in my body. When I got dressed, I realized I’d buckled my belt on the second-to-last hole. And it was loose! I tried the last hole and was able to buckle it easily. It was a little tight there, but it didn’t give me a muffin-top from being too tight.  I also dug out a pair of  jeans I bought a couple months ago that were my size, but fit too tight. They’re also loose now!  Finally, I was stretching in what I call the “girl corner” of the gym Saturday after my run and could see muscles in my legs when looking in the mirror! I call it the girl corner because it’s a corner filled with mats, bozu balls, and those big balls for abs and such. I only ever see high school/college aged girls in too short shorts in that corner.  And they’re typically working their vocal cords more than their muscles.

Speaking of stretching, does anyone have advice on good quad stretches? I think that part of my problem is that I don’t properly stretch that part of my legs, but I can only think of a couple stretches for it. Thanks!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Playing Outside

Bill reminded me that I can go faster outside because I have to rely on my own ability instead of the set speed on the treadmill. It was a perfect evening, so off I went! The hills here are going to kill me, but it did feel so good to be outside again. I’m not as obsessed with the time outside like on the treadmill. When I’m on the treadmill, I’m constantly checking my running time to see how much longer I have to run since it’s RIGHT THERE. Outside, I just go. The time tends to fly by when I’m not checking it every few seconds, and before I know it my run is over.

I went a different route yesterday because I get bored easily. The hills! I ran an entire mile uphill, and climbed 200ft. The worst of it was definitely the last half-mile. That’s where it got really steep! Again, I ended up running just shy of a 5K, but I wasn’t paying attention to my distance so it’s ok. 

As an incentive to continue running, I signed up for the Race for the Cure 5K next month. It was my first ever 5K a few years back, so I’m looking forward to it being my first 5K again. It has even more meaning to me this year since I had cancer this past spring. I was very fortunate that all I needed was surgery and no chemo or radiation. If you’d like to sponsor me (no pressure!), you can do so here or click the link in my sidebar. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I Ran!

And it was good. It was my best run since I started again! I started a little slower than I should’ve, so I only averaged 5.12 mph on the treadmill. I ran for at least 1.5 miles at 5.4 though! And even threw in a 5.5 for a minute or two at a time. My original plan was to run for 35 minutes, but I felt so great as I approached it I decided to go for a 5k. I was too close not to at the 35 minute mark. I even pushed it up to 5.7 for the last 1/10th of a mile.

Then my hand accidentally hit the stop button at 3.08 miles.

I was so close I could taste it! I’m proud of me for having such a great run, but it was frustrating to not quite get to my goal. I stopped mere feet from the finish line!

My leg also felt great during my run. I think it really helped relieve whatever was going on in my quad because it feels great now!  My legs and my lungs felt like I could’ve run the entire thing at 5.4. I was in the zone. After a few minutes at 5.4, everything eased up and I was breathing easily instead of huffing and puffing. If it wasn’t for a stitch in my gut I wouldn’t have had to slow down periodically. The weird thing about the stitch was that it wasn’t in my side, but more right in the middle in my diaphragm.

Taking a couple weeks off from running was really good for me. I thought I’d lose some speed, but I actually had my fastest run yet! The break also renewed my love affair with running. While I can’t say I love to run while I’m actually doing it, there’s nothing better than that endorphin high when the run is over.  Especially when I’ve had a great run.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Week 6

My Weight Watchers meetings are Saturday mornings.  I was up just under half a pound this morning (.4 to be exact), but that’s ok because I lost another 1/2 inch in my waist! I didn’t expect a big loss this week since I’ve only been shredding and with a house full of sick people (Damon is now sick too!), I haven’t been eating the best.  Now, it’s time to buckle down and get back to it!  Past experience with the Shred showed that I won’t lose much weight doing it, but I’ll definitely lose inches. And really, I don’t care much about the number on the scale as long as I look good in my clothes!

I had every intention of running this morning, but Emma woke up at 4:30 (and woke Cora too) so I didn’t get back to sleep until almost 5:30. And I was going to get up at 6:15 to run. I must’ve turned the alarm off because I don’t remember hearing it! I will run today, but now it’ll have to wait until I can get to the gym this evening. 

I did shred yesterday as well, so my only off day this week was Tuesday. I noticed some pain in my hamstring during the lunges, and for the rest of the day after. It’s still a little sensitive, so I’m hoping a couple days off from shredding will help.  It’s not muscle soreness, but actual pain on the outside of my thigh a couple inches above my knee. It feels like it’s bruised when I touch it.  If it gives me trouble while running today, I’ll take the weekend off completely and start again Monday.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Back on the Shred Wagon

After months away from it, I started Shredding again this week. And it’s not nearly as tough as it was the first time around! Don’t get me wrong, it’s by no means easy, but I don’t feel like I’m going to die like I did the first time around. In fact, I’ve even been keeping up with Natalie for a good chunk of it!

I’ve shredded 3 of 4 days this week, and I really think the day off I took after the first day was the best thing for me. I was really sore that day, but not as bad the next day so I decided to do it again. Day 2 really helped relieve the rest of the soreness.  I’m a  little sore today, but it’s not a “how am I going to go to the bathroom when I can’t bend my legs” sore. It’s a good sore.  It’s a reminder of muscles past.

I really think running these last couple months is the reason shredding is much better this time around. I’ve definitely built up some endurance!  Unfortunately, it looks like I won’t be able to run this week either. Tuesday morning, all three kids woke up with colds! I can’t get myself up before Damon has to go to work to run, so my options are to take everyone to the “kids cabin” at the gym, run in the evening, or take Abby to the cabin when Damon gets home. I usually opt for the latter because the twins are having separation anxiety issues so they cry for a good part of the time they’re in the kids cabin, and Colorado summers = evening thunderstorms. I’m not willing to risk my life to run, so the gym it is.  On the days we don’t have evening thunderstorms, it’s too hot to run. I don’t know people can stand to run in the middle of the day! It’s 7:30 right now and still 80 degrees.

With three sick kids at home, I haven’t made it to the gym to run in the evenings. They all want their Mommy right now, so I can’t bear to leave.  My plan was to run/shred 6 days a week. Ideally, I’d do 3 of each, but since I can’t run I’m making the best of it and shredding everyday instead. Nobody’s sleeping here right now, least of all me since I’m the one up with the sickies, so I’ve started taking them all to the basement with me to shred so I can nap when they do.  It’s actually worked out really well! The twins thought it was hilarious the first time to see me copying the tv, and they tend to crawl on me during the ab exercises, but mostly they just play. On the bright side, having one or two babies putting weight on my abs while I work them is surely to make them stronger faster!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Week 5

1.8 down, 13 total! Another great week! I honestly wasn’t expecting to lose too much this week since the only exercise I’ve been doing is deep-cleaning my house. My house is big, but still…  I’ve also lost 3 inches in my waist since starting Weight Watchers!  In my chest/waist/hips alone, I’ve lost 7 inches! 8.25 total throughout my body.  In a month!  I started taking my measurements on July 1st.

The weekend has been a trial since my in-laws have been here, but I haven’t done all that bad. I cooked dinner Friday night: grilled salmon, brown rice, and steamed broccoli. Yesterday was my twins’ first birthday party, but that’s ok because that’s our designated “cheat” day. On Saturdays I don’t count points.  I save my 35 weekly bonus points, and whatever activity points I’ve accumulated and eat what I’d like. What I’ve found, though, is that I just don’t have any interest in pigging out anymore. Usually, my Saturday “cheat” is going out to a restaurant for one meal and getting a soda and a few bites of dessert. Yesterday, it was birthday cake and movie theater food.

Last night, Damon and I took advantage of having the in-laws in town and went to the movies for the second time since Abby was born! Abby is now 4.5.  It was a very special treat for us to go to the movies together, so I was going to indulge on theater food without guilt.  I had my usual popcorn, ginormous Coke I couldn’t finish, and peanut M&Ms. Because I can’t eat popcorn without peanut M&Ms.

And I couldn’t sleep last night because I ate too much junk!

By the way, we saw The Hangover. HILARIOUS movie! Bradley Cooper is so my new crush.  Yum!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

11.2

Weight Watchers weigh-in was yesterday. Last week, I sadly gained 0.6 pounds, but somehow I managed to lose 4.6 pounds this week to make up for it! This was week 4, so it will probably be the last time I have a big loss like that in a week, but it still felt GOOD! I got “5 lbs. lost” and “5% lost” stickers. My next goal is to lose 10% of my original weight. 7 more pounds to go! When I reach that goal, I get a key chain. I WILL get that key chain next month!

Running has been nonexistent this week. My in-laws are coming Friday, and the twins’ first birthday party is Saturday, so I’ve been cleaning and shopping like a madwoman.  That’s been my exercise this week.

One thing I’m a little disappointed by is the shape of my arms. I carry both babies (about 45lbs. total) up and down our stairs at least a couple times a day. Then there’s the constant lifting of the stroller to get it in and out of the van, and pushing it around with both babies and groceries in tow. I add one of those little baskets they have at grocery stores to each handle and fill them both and the basket underneath the stroller.  Or, I use one of those ginormous double carts when I can find one outside. We typically hit Super Target, so I’ve been able to find one most days.  Abby climbs in that little corner towards the back and I push all three through the store.  Granted, it’s a lot more leisurely than a power walk through the neighborhood, but I should be rewarded at least a little!

I’ve signed up for the shredheads “buddy” program they’ll be doing in August, so I’ll start shredding again. The last time, I did really great the first 10 days, advanced to level 2, did it once and called it quits.  In my defense, I had cancer! That’s so my excuse for everything. The last time I shredded was a few days before my mammogram where they found a lump.  Everything went downhill for a few months after that. I won’t be shredding every day this time because I’m going to continue to run as well, but I am going to do it on my “off” days.  Hopefully, I can lose another 10lbs. before we take off for California right before my 31st birthday in September.  We’re driving so we’ll get there on my birthday.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Another Day, Another Run

I had an awful run Sunday. I ran to the neighborhood across the street, sort of, for something different. I thought my neighborhood was hilly, but it doesn’t compare to this! I ran uphill for more than half a mile. There was no end in sight! Every time I turned a corner, I saw more hill. Finally, I got to a point where I could turn around and fly down the hill. By then, I was exhausted.

Did I mention I still had to run up my own hills to get home?

Yeah. I ended up walking the last half-mile home, and cutting my run short, because I was d.o.n.e. I was surprised at how much of an emotional toll that ginormous hill took on me.  I could’ve continued running at a slower pace, but my brain more than my body decided I couldn’t do more. Don’t get me wrong, I was HURTING by then, but I probably could’ve pushed through it. I let the hills defeat me.

I think I’ll wait to run through that neighborhood again!

Today, I woke up grumpy and in a pissy mood for no reason. Emma’s teething, but she only woke once in the night and about 1/2  an hour early this morning, so it wasn’t due to lack of sleep. PMS maybe? Who knows. All I know is that I had to get out of this house because I was driving myself crazy.

After naptime, I loaded everyone up and went to the gym.  What better way to burn off a bad mood than by leaving the kids with someone else and getting the endorphins pumping! I love that stoned feeling after a run, once my heartrate starts to settle.  I had my best treadmill run yet!

The twins aren’t comfortable being left with someone else yet, so I try to keep my treadmill runs shorter. Sure enough, they told me Emma screamed the entire time until they finally made her a bottle. 

Today, I ran 2.88 miles in 34:57 total, including about a 2-minute warmup and cooldown.  With the walking portions in the beginning and end, I averaged 4.94mph. I ran the entire middle at 5.0-5.2, with a couple 5.3 intervals as well! When I started running again a month ago, I could barely run for 2-minute stretches at 4.3! Today, I WALKED at 4.3. I’d originally set it for 4.6, but it was too easy! Running outside in my hilly neighborhood has really helped my endurance.

Even better? I could totally tell I’ve lost weight in the clothes I wore to the gym today!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Seven Pounds

I had my second Weight Watchers weigh-in this morning. I’m down 7.2 lbs. in two weeks!! My goal for this week is to lose two more so I can get my 5% keychain next Saturday. I’m liking the WW points system a lot more than I expected to. I like math. And charts. And statistics. The only way I’ve ever been able to lose weight is if I keep track of everything I eat and use a website like <a href=”http://www.fitday.com">Fit Day</a> to keep track of everything. I love seeing my daily statistics and graphs! WW has a great tracker on their website for points, weight and measurements, activity, and even recipes. I can input all the ingredients and the amount of servings, and it’ll figure out the points for me. I just wish it also gave me the nutritional information too. I’m also keeping track of everything on my phone with an app called Lean Me, but it doesn’t use points. It’s nice to be able to see the actual amount of calories I’m eating.

One thing that does bother me about the points is the calories. Since I’m so heavy, I got 26 points for the day (25 now that I’m in the 170s!). Well, I’m coming in at 1,100-1,200 calories total. Everything I’ve read says not to go under 1200 calories in order to lose weight, so I end up using a bonus point or two on the days I’m under. How few calories are thinner (or older) people eating?! The meeting leader mentioned she only gets 18 points for a day.  I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

On the exercise front, I can’t believe how much faster I’ve gotten since I started running a month ago! When I started, I could barely run a minute or two. I was at about a 15-minute mile. Now, I run the entire way, typically 35-45 minutes, at 12:45-minute miles. Losing weight will only make me faster because I won’t be carrying around so much bulk.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I’m back

After my whole cancer ordeal this spring, I gained 15 pounds. I’m such a stress/emotional eater that the cancer really took a toll on my weight. Now that it’s all behind me, it’s time to take control once more. I’ve decided I can’t do it on my own. I need the accountability of a group setting, so I’ve joined Weight Watchers. I joined 10 days ago, and have already lost 6 pounds! Unfortunately, I joined the week before the 4th, so I have to wait until this Saturday to get my official weight after my initial meeting. At my first meeting 10 days ago, I weighed 184.2. My heaviest non-pregnant weight ever.

No more!

In addition to Weight Watchers, I’ve also started running again. I used to run a few years ago, but I got a black toenail after running the Bolder Boulder. We moved into our house right after that race, then life just got in the way. A few months after my toe healed, I was pregnant with the twins, so I haven’t run in 2 years. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it! I’m already seeing great improvements to my times in the few weeks since I started. I’ve decided to run the Race for the Cure in September. That gives me plenty of time to train. I’m already up to running a 5k, so it should be a great race. I’m trying to convince some friends to do it with me so we can create a team. Hopefully!

Friday, May 1, 2009

On Hiatus

As I'm sure you can tell by my silence, I haven't been doing so well on the diet and exercise front. It's been a stressful month, and I'm totally an emotional/stress eater, so it hasn't been pretty around here. If you read my family blog, you know I've received some bad news this week. I'm going to be fine, but I'm not going to be able to exercise at all for probably a good couple months, depending on when my surgery date will be. I'm getting a mole removed on Tuesday first, and going by past experience, I'll be very sore for a good couple weeks. Once I'm healed from that, I'll have my lumpectomy. The surgeon told me I'm not to do anything that will make me jiggle too much for at least 2-3 weeks after because she doesn't want my incision pulling in any way. I'd say I'll try to diet during this time, but it would be a lie. There will be way too much going on for me emotionally to diet. I hope I can give this blog a rebirth maybe this summer, but who knows...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Still Shredding: Days 2-6

I've been bad about posting here, but I have been shredding every day. I just completed Day 6 today. I don't know if the heat was coming on more than usual since it was snowing outside, but I was sweating way more than in previous days!

Working through the soreness in Day 2 was really tough, but it seemed to go a little faster than day 1. It felt like I was working out for an eternity the first day. Now, at Day 6, I find myself thinking, "That's it?" a lot. Since I know the routine, I tend to zone out during the moves and before I know it, it's time to move on to something else. Today, I felt like I'd just started when suddenly I was in the third circuit!

Today, on Day 6, I did 6 REAL pushups during the first set! I found myself able to do 15 modified pushups during the first set and 10-12 during the second, so I decided to push myself and do some real ones. They were TOUGH, but I did it! I went back to the modified ones during the second set because I was feeling pretty rubbery already and had a lot more to do yet.

On Saturday, after day FOUR, I had to tighten my belt already! I was so excited that I cheated and took my measurements again today instead of waiting until day 10. I've lost SEVEN inches overall! I've lost 1.75 inches EACH in my chest, waist, and hips! Granted, Damon took my measurements in the evening last time and I took them right after working out this morning, but still. I'm sure my chest measurement is off to since I was wearing 2 sportsbras this morning, but only 1 last time. Still, I can't believe how much progress I've seen in just a week!
Maybe tonight I'll get really brave and step on the wii fit to get weighed.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I Can't Believe I'm Showing these Pictures to the Internets

I suck. I don't how those of you with multiple blogs do it! I barely update my family blog, so this one tends to get neglected. I really need to give it more love because I think it's just what I need to keep me in check.

So, I'm going back to the beginning. Again. A few of my "real life" friends have decided to do the 30-Day Shred DVD, so I'm joining in. The DVD is broken down into 3 levels, and each level is only 20 minutes long. You do the first level for 10 days, then graduate to the second if you're ready. I did it for the first time today. Those are the longest 20 minutes of my life!! I feel great now that it's over, though.

I also updated my stats in the sidebar. Holy Cow! Since I started this blog several months ago, I've GAINED 8 lbs., 4 inches in my waist, and 3 inches in my hips. What a wake-up call!

And now for my most embarrassing pictures for the world to see. I look pregnant! Hopefully, you'll be too distracted by the empty frames in the background to notice my fat gut. The in-laws were in town recently, which is the only time anything ever gets done around the house, so I had my father in-law hang them despite not having taken pictures for a couple yet. I'm pretty proud of the ones with pictures, though, since I took them all myself.






Sunday, March 1, 2009

Poor, Neglected Blog

I've been horrible about updating this blog because I fell off the wagon before I even started. The holidays weren't pretty, and it bled into the beginning of this year. I'm so embarrassed to admit that I ended up gaining almost 15 lbs! A couple weeks ago, I finally started to change. My in-laws decided to give us a wii for Christmas rather than buy individual presents for everyone. With this in mind, I bought myself a wii fit when I found it in stock around Christmas. We finally got the wii about 3 weeks ago, and we've been having so much fun with it since.

The wii fit is great because the balance board makes sure you're doing things properly, but it's frustrating because you're constantly stopping. After a couple weeks of it, I found myself doing the same exercises/games over and over and was getting bored, so I bought My Fitness Coach.

For exercise, MFC is so much better! It's essentially a workout dvd that changes with every workout. You start by taking a fitness test to see where you're at. The 2-minute jumping jack drill KILLED me! 2 minutes feels like an eternity when doing jumping jacks! You can also customize the workouts by using hand weights, a balance ball, etc. The workouts are in 15-minute increments and can last up to 75 minutes. Finally, there are 6 different workout types you can perform: yoga, flexibility, upper body, core, lower body, and cardio.

Can you tell I love My Fitness Coach?

I've been doing some combination of wii sports, wii fit, and My Fitness Coach since. At my heaviest according to wii fit, I was 173. Last Monday, I was 171.1. Tonight I was down to 168.2! After not seeing any progress for a couple weeks, I finally started to change my eating habits this week. Right now, I'm using the wii as my primary form of exercise, but I have made it to the gym to run/walk for 35 minutes once a week. That's all my schedule would allow since I was taking a really tough class this term. Now that the class is over, and I won't be taking any classes this upcoming term (2 months off!), I'm going to make it my goal to have a date with a treadmill 2-3 times a week.

I've been inspired by Kristen at Motherhood Uncensored to take some before pictures. After being pregnant with twins, my belly's a road map of stretch marks, so you won't be seeing any belly! I will, however, put myself in the embarrassing workout tank top that shows everything so I only wear at home and have Damon take some honest pictures. That's one thing I've never done because I haven't wanted to admit to myself how bad I've gotten. I'm going to start my stats in the sidebar as of tonight. I'll take measurements tomorrow as well.

It's time to take the blinders off and really see myself. Warts and all.