Thursday, July 30, 2009
I think I have hit the first big obstacle to my motivation. Yesterday my ipod stopped working and after 16 hours of trying all the tips and tricks I could find to fix it I finally had to admit that it is broken and it isn't coming back. There are several reasons this is affects my motivation. First, I can't finish the couch to 5K podcasts (and I was really enjoying them). Second, when I don't have music I feel like I run slower and I get bored faster. Third, I have the Nike+ accessory so I always had an indicator of how fast I was moving and how far I was jogging.
I still woke up early and headed out for exercise... running for awhile, walking for awhile and repeating, timing myself for thirty minutes of intervals and a five minute cool down walk. I just feel less motivated. I need the music to keep my pace, I need the podcast to have that goal to work toward, and I need the information to have a reward. I will keep running and follow the program as much as I can (at least until I can afford to replace my ipod, but I have a big vacation coming up soon). I just have to force the motivation a little more than I did before.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Hope you are all having a fantastic week.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Just to recap, starting weigh 264, week 1 259, week 2 258.
I got on the scale this morning and was pleasantly surprised... 250.2.
That means 7.8 pounds vanished this week!
What a great way to start the week!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Weigh in day is tomorrow morning. Wish me luck.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Running went well this morning and I must have put on about 8 miles walking around town today. I had my littlest niece today (see is a very cute 1 1/2) and she loves to go for walks. We wouldn't be back at the house for 30 minutes and she would be pointing outside and asking to go again... and as her aunt I reserve the right to spoil her and do whatever she asks me to do.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Started the second week of couch to 5K and it went better than I expected, I didn't have to pause the podcast to catch my breath and I ran for all of the 90 second intervals. It is surprising how much longer 90 seconds feels than 60 seconds when you're running. I have also added an arm workout to my routine in my new quest to get Jillian Michaels arms... it is three sets of seven exercises every other day (Lateral Pull Down, Upright Row, Bicep Curl, Triceps Kickback, Lateral Raise, Front Raise, and Butterflye).
Lastly, for today, I am looking to accumulate a collection of songs that are great for working out. So I am wondering what is your favorite work-out song(s)?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I had a healthy weekend of hiking and biking planned, but it didn't quite turn out that way. On Friday I got a phone call asking if I could watch my niece for the weekend. Of course I said yes because I love that girl. I don't, however, think she would make a great hiking companion. Instead we went to the zoo in the morning (we did hike it up to the top of the observation tower which was a bit of a struggle for me but she ran right up with no problem). In the evening we had a tea party for her and a couple of her friends. Sunday morning she went home with her dad and I was back on track doing my weekly weigh-in and day three of couch to 5k.
OK.. the details. The weigh in was less of a success than I hoped losing only 1 pound this week... making it 258. But at least it's another pound gone and I planned about 2 pounds a week so I am still right on track. The run was great, although I am supposed to move on to the week 2 podcast I think I will do this one a couple more times this week and move on to podcast two on Friday.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I just finished Day 2 of the couch to 5K. Today went much better and I think it is because I was on a walking path rather than a treadmill. I made it through all the running/walking intervals without feeling like I want to quit. The only problem I have is I am not sure my form is right... when I run I feel like I could easily get a grant from the Ministry of Silly Walks (you non-Monty Python fans may not get that reference). I should ask my niece for some pointers. My niece Claire just turned twelve but she is a champion runner. I was at one of her basketball tournaments (yes, she is good at that too) watching her team warm-up. Two girls who had just finished playing came and sat on the bleachers in front of me. They were talking and putting on their street shoes when one of the girls looked up at the Clarie's team. The conversation went like this:
"Hey look. That really good runner is on that team."
"Don't you see her? She's the one who ALWAYS wins the mile. (Always was said with a lot of exasperation)
"I don't see her."
"There she is... she has the ball right now."
"Oh yeah. She's fast."
I later told the story to Claire and she got a little mischievous grin on her face and said, "I'm famous." I love that girl.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I did have to pause my ipod once and walk for a couple minutes, but then I started back up and finished the whole thing. I decided two things. First, the next time I run I am going to forgo the treadmill, I think setting my own pace instead of selecting a pace from a list may be easier. Second, I may need to do the "week one" podcast for more than one week. I will see how Friday goes.
Monday, July 13, 2009
This is one of my nieces, she is six years old and ran her first race this weekend. She did great and was very proud of her new running outfit and the ribbon she received when crossing the finish line.
I have been thinking about exercise today... what do I want to do, what should I do, what can I do? I was reading the Fat (free) me blog and she mentioned the couch to 5 k program. The reason I think running may be something I could get into is because my family has really gotten into running in the past couple years. They spend many weekends participating in 5K's ,10K's and half marathons. They seem to enjoy it and I enjoy going to cheer as they cross the finish line. I can only assume I would also enjoy a good cheer from the crowd. I did some poking around on itunes and found a couch to 5k program that I subscribed to. It suggests starting out with three days a week, so for "Week One" the goal is Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday for the fist podcast. I will reevaluate after week one.
Wish me luck!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Hello my name is Lori and I am addicted to my bathroom scale. I don't know why but all week I have been dieting and I can't walk past my scale with out stepping on it. I know what you are going to say, I am not supposed to do that because daily fluctuations can make you feel like you aren't doing as well as you really are blah blah blah. I know all this and I am going to try to stop doing that. Anyway, I talk about the scale because it is Sunday and I did my week one weigh in this morning. Can a girl get a drum roll please p-u-r-r-r-r-r-r-r. 259! I am feeling pretty great about that, 5 pounds gone. Vanished into thin air. Just as a quick side note... I have little bit of "crazy eyes" going on in this photo, I really don't look that crazy in real life.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Two hundred and sixty four... it's not a bad number I would like to have an extra 264 dollars in my wallet and interstate 264 goes to Virgina beach and it is the area code to a very sunny and beach filled vacation destination. However, 264 as the number that appeared on my scale this morning is definitely not great. It seems a bit daunting to say how much I have to lose since it is over 100 pounds... so while standing on my scale this morning and waiting for a number to appear between my toes I decided two things. First, I need to give myself a pedicure and second I am going to start with a smaller goal. I want to be at 240 pounds for my birthday (which is September 10th). Once I get to 240 I only have 90 pounds to lose. I don't know why it makes me feel more hopeful if my "pounds to lose" number has two digits instead of three, it just does.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Well, enough with the goofy analogy. The purpose of setting up this blog is to document my setbacks and successes associated with losing weight. I am not intending this to be a weight loss journal in the traditional sense of the term, I won't be posting lists of what I ate today (although I may share a few recipes) and not every post will be about the scale or the treadmill (but there will be some).