Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Update.

Oh man have I made some training progress! The other day, I finished 48 minutes at just under 5.0 non-stop. Sweet Corn!......that is a HUGE achievement for me. Last night, I don't know where I pulled out the energy to get 3.7 miles done but it's done. What the hell is going on?! I hate running. Yes, I seriously hate running but I'm trying to learn to like it. Ha! I know that sounds stupid but my desire to accomplish something as big as a half-marathon is greater than my hatred for running.......so I deal.

Now on to the weight loss. I'm down 27lbs. from when I started in January. The half pound a week stopped when I left for our 'out of town' project for 4 weeks. I had to stop running because of the constant travel every two to three days. It just got to be way too hard to keep up that exercise schedule when you drive 700 miles a week. So over that period of time, I neither gained nor lost any weight. Which is good I guess.

When I started on this training schedule back on the 15th of June, I had a really rough start. I only did about 8 miles for that week and then about 8 miles for the following week. Last week is when I really kicked her up a notch by going 16 miles total. Of course, this week - I'm not even gonna get close because of Bliss. .... sucky.... BUT it's ok, I still have 15 more weeks of pain.

Surprisingly enough, I have not lost any additional weight yet, even though I'm on a more aggressive running schedule than before. My appetite has gone berserk though. I want food. My stomach can handle about half of the food I want. I'm not talking like crappy food like BK or Mickey Ds but really good food like chicken with Kale or steak & summer squash or chicken zucchini stir fry. It's crazy! If I have nothing but restaurant food to choose from - like if I'm driving somewhere - I'm so picky to the point where I will nearly throw up my hands and go without if I have to. .... BUT if there's good fresh food ready to be picked right off the grill or out of the oven, gimme gimme gimme. I'm like the cookie monster!

Crazy!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I had a good week last week until Friday afternoon about 4:30 when a lady told me that we might not be able to use the material we delivered to the site not 8 hours earlier. I don't want to get into it because it's Sunday and it took me two whole days to accept that it's not personal, it's business. I admit, sometimes, I have a really hard time dealing with that but I finally found a way to, at least, get most of it out of my system.

Today, in efforts to follow my training guide, I did 3.2 miles. Ok, so it's about 2 miles short of the overall goal for the day but I can't forget that this is going to take some time --- as in, I can't expect a 5 mile day in the first week of training. I've never done that, not even back in high school sports, so I'm trying to hold the bar fairly low.

I did, however, pass a milestone today. One that I've never been able to do before.
I started out with a 5 min warm up, as usual, at 3.7 mph.
Then I jogged for 33 minutes at 4.2-4.3 mph
Walked at 3.5 for 4 minutes
Jogged again at 4.6 then up to 5 for 6-7 minutes
Cool down for about a minute or so at 2.9 mph
Total time was about 49 minutes.

Umm, 33 minute jog? Excuse me? I realize that time wise with regard to the overall distance isn't all that awesome but 33 minutes? I can't believe that I actually lasted that long. It'll be insane if I ever reach an hour without a break in between.

Today might be a good day. It just might.

Friday, June 19, 2009

UGH I've been through two days of training already and I'm feeling in it. Wednesday night was my 3 mile and last night was my 2 mile with strength training. Surprisingly enough, it was not hard to jump on the treadmill last night knowing that I'd run 3 miles the night before. The crappy part was holding my pace though. I ran out of gas way quicker than I expected. I guess I was mentally ready to go but my body didn't really want to move. I knew I should've had a wheaty samich for lunch instead of a big salad. I COULDN'T RESIST - small greek, feta and olives only, is my FAVORITE work lunch special.

I have a little dilemma when it comes to work lunches and calories. I need more good calories like hearty carbs, protein, and fiber but the only place to get that around here is Subway.....and even that's a little 'eh'. I would really LOVE it if I made lunches at home, with real deli delicious meat and cucumbers and tomatoes and mustard and soft, fluffy bread mmmmmmmmmmm ..... but then I feel like I'm trapped in this basement office for 9 long hours. At least if I get food from a place around here, I get to leave, even if it's for only 15 minutes.

I should find a bench and put it behind the sheet metal shop. You know what? I think I'm gonna do that. At least back there, I'll feel like I'm actually 'out to lunch'. Hmmm. Nice. Thanks blog. :-)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Well, it's been a month since I've last written. I guess I haven't been as vocal about the everyday diet because I was traveling back and forth between here and GR. And as we all know, traveling can be a BIG killer for a diet. I'm back now though, so I suppose I can talk about the results.

I'm proud to say that I've actually stayed pretty close to my target caloric intake. I'll admit, I had a few mishaps (totally on purpose) and blew it by having a few cocktails or 'lighter' beers a few nights out of the many that I was there but overall, I think I did alright.......in terms of calories. At least, I haven't gained any weight back. :)

I did not, however, run a single minute in three weeks. That's not all that great considering how difficult it is to break back into the routine when you've been out for that long BUT I have to try. You see blog, I'm on a mission now. I'm going to run a half marathon with a friend of mine in October so I don't have the option to stop anymore. I do NOT think that it'll be easy and I'll probably end up walking for a mile or two but I'd like to go for it anyway. It's a chance to really put in the time for a big pay off; both in accomplishing a goal that I'd never thought I'd even attempt and maybe wear a two piece this summer which is something that I haven't been able to do since I was 14. I'm looking forward to reaalllllly getting into it. I hope it goes well! Ha!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Total pounds lost on the P&J Exchange Program = 23lbs.

Workout Improvements:
I'm on a full on 20-25 minute jog on the treadmill with a good five minute power walk (warm up) at 3.8mph and a 5 minute cool down at 3.0 - 2.7. However, I started a new routine just last week that increases the overall workout time and is actually helping me push for a longer run times. When I first started, I gave myself a goal for the length of time I should stay at the jogging pace. It went from 10 to 15, and then 15 to 20 minutes (this was over a couple of months of course). If I couldn't push myself to get to the minimum, I would sprint at least 3 times at 8.5 for 30 seconds before the end of the workout. Now - my new thing - I add those sprints in there whether I complete or not complete the minimum jog time. Surprisingly enough, I've seen my jog times increase without even trying.

We also add some hand weights to the mix. I'm not really all that great when it comes to the exercises you should or should not do with free weights so I'll have to be that guy/girl who needs to print out directions on how to use free weights :-) Oh well!

Diet:
I haven't changed this much. Although I have flipped from Diet Cokes at home to Pomegranate juice and skim milk so I guess I have changed just a tad. I keep reading that some 'fake' sugars (aspartame?) are supposedly extremely bad for you and the caffeine is keeping me up at night. So after months of denial - I finally switched. I'm not really a milk drinker but it seems to be both adding to my fullness during meals and I sleep just a wee bit better. Nice huh?

Lbs:
Well, I'm down to about a half pound a week. I'd love to be losing more but I feel so good right now, I wouldn't change anything at all. I can handle the exercise and I LOVE, LoVe, lOVe food so I'm gonna stick with it. According to my height, I'm only about 15lbs away from my normal recommended weight. Isn't that insane?! I feel weird saying that. 15lbs. Like I was 38lbs overweight just 5 months ago. That's strange.

Well, I hope I get there eventually. It would be super nice to actually feel good in a bathing suit. It's only been like .....oh man ..... this is gonna sound bad but ....... wow, like 9 years, maybe? Holy schnikes it's been a while.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I had an embarrassing moment over easter. I bought a few shirts at this store last week, thinking that they'd go really really well with a pair of white slacks that I had at home. On Easter morning, after jumping out of the shower, I go to put on my outfit and oooohhh nnoooo........my pants don't fit anymore. My husband cheers a little while I show him the gap between my waist and the outside of the pant line but quickly stops when he sees the disappointment in my face. He curiously asks "What is wrong with you?!"

My response, "CRAP. The whole reason I bought this shirt was for these pants. CRAP. Now I have to go buy new pants." He looks at me like I'm crazy.

Seriously, I did not account for buying new clothes. I almost considered throwing half my clothes into the dryer for 11 hours just so I don't have to throw or give them away. I hate having a lot of clothes --- I know that sounds weird --- but I can't stand looking at something I know I hardly ever wear but can't seem to give away.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

So it's really funny when people are like "um whoa, ummmm {{pssssst}} so jackie, umm, so did you like, umm, lose weight, errrr?" It's like some people are really cautious about what they say when it comes to weight, even when you lose it. I suppose it's only the right thing to do considering how mortifying it would be if someone asked if someone else gained a lot of weight. SO I guess maybe it's a good thing people are nervous about the weight subject either way. So blog, I've decided to save you from the weird, awkward question, and just tell you what's happening flat out. I've lost a lot of weight.

When I got married back in '04, I was actually at my heaviest. Over the years, I've attempted to work out and eat healthier (and so on) and I did lose a few pounds here and there. I would say I lost about 10-12lbs over about 3-4 years while cutting a little bit of fatty or starchy foods and VERY little booze out of my diet. After a year long battle to rid myself of the a really nasty habit, I finally generated enough motivation to convince myself to live better. So on Jan 1st, 2009, I made a promise to commit to getting healthy for me and my family.

Since Jan 1st, I've lost 20lbs. Since my wedding in 2004, I've lost 32lbs. I LOVE the food I eat now - like sweet potatoe risotto or turkey burgers or beef pitas or rosmary mushroom soup - I love it so much that I would never, ever, ever go back to the standard staple like fetticine alfredo or chicken with green been casserole with one of two stout beers..........well at least not every day. :) and I LOVE that feeling after I run by behind off on the treadmill. You know, that "come on! 30 seconds! GO GO GO! YOU GOT IT!" feeling.

Quite honestly blog, I had no idea what I was missing. I really wish they had a nutrition class in college or high school. It took me so long --- so frickin long --- to do this. It took me 3 years to put on 45lbs and 5 years to lose 32. How sucky is that?!

AH well, you know what the key is? Committment and honesty. Being honest about what you are, where you really want to be, and committing to getting there safely. That is the key. Hey, I'm never gonna be a size 2 and that's cool. I'd just like my clothes to fit properly and I'd like to get rid of a sore back and maybe some heart burn while I'm at it.

Catch ya on the flip side-
J