March 2014 archive

Day 224 – My Buddy, the Ice Pack

Well, I have my first knee injury.

Luckily, it doesn’t seem to be too terrible, just kind of twisted.  Either way, I couldn’t risk it not being 100% for this Saturday’s race.  So I’ve spent the past couple of afternoons like this:

Day 224

This week has been pretty uneventful so far.  Tomorrow is weigh-in and I’m really hoping for a big loss this week.  I know that working out is causing me to lose weight faster, but I’m dropping inches rather quickly and I have found that I prefer that…most of the time.  I haven’t seen a real budge on the scale in several weeks, so it would be nice to see that number go down a bit.  In order for me to be in the 220’s before we leave for vacation I would need to lose three pounds a week between now and then.  However, I’m already three pounds behind.  I would need to weigh in at 254 tomorrow morning in order to be back on schedule.  I highly doubt that’s going to happen.  I would be happy to just be down to 257.  I don’t think my fat percentage will be down because I haven’t worked out since Saturday.  For this week, I’m 100% ok with that.

I have to stop and pick up a black compression shirt for the race this weekend.  I think while I’m out I’m also going to pick up a new pair of shoes.  My toe has been poking out of the mesh on my everyday shoes for a couple of months now.  I think it’s time to finally get a new pair.  That can be my little gift to myself for the race.  J

Just one more week of class and then I get a little break.  I can’t wait to be finished with this degree.  A Bachelor’s in Business is going to be a cake walk compared to IT.  Just three more classes.  Just three…

Now, I’m going to spend the rest of my evening vegging out to Once Upon a Time and then to bed.  I’m definitely going to be catching up on some ZZZ’s this weekend.

Day 222 – Nothing to see here

Not a lot to report in the past few days.  Went to the gym, went to Aalasia’s dance competition, and did homework.  I just have one more week of class and then finals.  I have never been so happy for a semester to come to a close.  Three classes and a full time job is just too much to juggle.

This week is going to be ridiculously busy.  I have finals next week, a 7 page research paper due, and a huge project for my Object Oriented Programming class.  Plus, I’m going to Lexington Friday night so that I can get up early on Saturday and run my very first race.  I registered for the Shamrock Shuffle with most of the girls from my fitness club, Fit Nation!  I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone, but I’m a little nervous about the race itself.  I thought I would be running much farther and much faster by now, but that isn’t the case.  I still can’t seem to get passed three minutes and that’s in perfect conditions.  If I’m having a bad day or didn’t stay 100% on par with my eating plan, the I’m still hovering around two and a half minutes.  I know that I should look at the macro and remember when I couldn’t run for 30 seconds, but I really expected to be farther along in my training by now.  At this rate there’s not way I’m running a 5K by June.  However, that doesn’t mean that I plan on quitting anytime soon.  Even if I don’t run the 5K, I know I can finish it and that’s still a huge accomplishment.  So what if it takes me a little longer to get there, I can deal.

But I wouldn’t mind showing up at the gym one day and busting out a mile in 13 minutes or something.

Just sayin’

Now, it’s time for bed.  The time change is already messing with me.  It certainly doesn’t feel like it should be 9:30 at night.  5AM gets here way to early no matter what time of year it is.

“Victory is the child of preparation and determination.” ~Sean Hampton

Day 219 – Busy Bee!

So…over two weeks this time.  Sorry about that.  What can I say?  School is brutal. I’ve been working on this post for days and I just couldn’t do it anymore.  Five pages of content is just too much for one post (for me as much as my tiny audience). I promise that it isn’t intentional; it was just unrealistic to think I could work full-time, go to school full-time (and make Dean’s List) raise two dogs and a husband, and still have time to post on a blog every day.

Dean's list

 

With that being said, I will try to do better.

Rather than take hours and hours writing down every waking moment of the past two weeks – I thought I would just hit the highlights a la list style and then I’ll go back to posting more in depth posts this week.

First, let’s get the crappy stuff out of the way.

Bad Days

 

  1. My worst run to date.  Yes, it was outside.  Yes, it was freezing.  Yes, it was windy as hell.  No, none of that made me feel better.
  2. Almost giving up after not being able to even keep my heart rate in the 120’s and couldn’t even jog for 30 seconds without feeling like my lungs were going to explode.  Thanks cigarettes.  Have I mentioned that I have now recommitted to never smoking another cigarette as long as I live?
  3. Breaking off half of my toenail (reasons unknown – but I really want to just keep calling it a “running injury”)
  4. Going back up to 264
  5. Almost giving up after only losing half a pound after working my ASS off for a week straight.  (not pictured…it was not pretty)

Now for the good parts:

Good Days

 

  1. The best mother in the world FINALLY finding caramel extract, thus allowing me to make the best protein Snickers shakes on the planet.
  2. Finally hitting an average heart rate of 150 for a workout (I’ve done it again since this picture was taken).
  3. Getting down to 260.8
  4. Finally getting a Canon Rebel.
  5. Seeing my waistline for the first time.
  6. Being able to pull my Wicked socks all the way up.
  7. Getting over a huge emotional meltdown long enough to realize that even though I had only lost half a pound, I had also lost almost 5 inches and went from 44.4% fat to 43.3%, a full percentage point!  I started the day planning to cheat all day long and instead ordered my first chef salad for lunch. (no picture…it really was terrible)

There have been some other ups and downs, but just the normal stuff.  Since I haven’t been able to sit down and blog every day I started keeping a little journal in my pocket so I can still keep track of things.  It’s just much easier to jot down a few lines than to type out a 1000 word blog post.  I’ve also started tracking things in FitNation since we get points for things like posting a sweaty pic after a workout or a screenshot showing  that you were under calories on My Fitness Pal.  My FitNation posts on Facebook are pretty much a summary of what I would post on here, so it’s allowed me to still write about our weight loss journey.  Eventually, I’ll probably make a page that is basically just my Facebook feed from the past two weeks.  Does that count towards my daily post goal?  😉 Well, that’s the past two weeks in a nutshell. Today I decided to try my own little running program that was a little more difficult than Week 2 of C25K but easier (or so I thought) than Week 3.  I still haven’t been able to get through another day of Week 3, even after trying to over two weeks.  I’ve only managed to run for three minutes one more time since then.  So today’s intervals were supposed to look like this: {insert pic} But they wound up looking like this: {insert pic} However, now I feel like I have a goal to reach before trying C25K again and that makes me feel better about the whole running thing.  The first thing I want to do is be able to fully complete my planned intervals and I’m going to run this schedule three times a week until I can do it.  After that, I’m going to see how far I can run right out of the gate instead of going straight back to C25K.  Runs for Cookies has a training program for beginners that gets all of the running out of the way in the beginning of the workout, rather than in intervals.  I’m interested to see just how far I can go without being timed at all. Even though I will try to post more, keep in mind that I am also coming up on finals and have big projects due in the next two weeks.  That should be the last disappearing act (maybe, I still plan on trying to blog, at least a little every day) for a while.  I only have two classes the next two quarters and then I graduate!  I will be so happy to have a couple months off of school.  I’m sure I’ll have so much to do that I’ll wish that I was actually in class. No, I won’t.  That’s false.  I will always rather be doing something other than homework. “You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you’ve got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes, but never regret.” – Unknown

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