**(For what it’s worth – I started writing this post Tuesday night and this is the first time I’ve stopped since then.  I’ll do better this week!)**

I know, I know.  I said three times a week and I failed almost immediately.  School and work is demanding much more of my time than I thought it would at this point.  I’m trying (sort of) to get a promotion at work and it’s consuming a lot of my on and off the clock time.  Mainly from training documents, but also because it’s causing my brain to be even more of a whirlwind of activity than it normally is.

I’ve also been trying to spend more time on getting my house organized and training the puppy. I, honestly, don’t see how parents of human children do it.  I feel like I have absolutely no time for anything except work, class, homework, house work, and exercise.  I keep trying to tell myself that it’s only temporary and that school will be over eventually, but sometimes it just seems endless. At least I can say that all that time is time well spent.  At the rate I’m going I’ll graduate with my Associate’s Degree in Information Technology in September (with honors!)

The rest of my spare time is dedicated to weight loss.  I’ve had my ups and downs in this category, but thanks to hard work and dedication I’ve had far more ups than downs (except pounds – where I’ve had more downs 😉 I’ve logged into My Fitness Pal for 203 days in a row and have lost a total of 55.6 pounds since 7/7/13 (for an average loss of 1.99 pounds per week – which is technically over target, which is 1.92 pounds per week to lose 100 pounds in one year!)  I also just completed my first week of Couch to 5K and start the second week today after work  finally made it past the first day of the second week after trying twice last week. I didn’t die – so that’s a start.  It certainly wasn’t easy though…who would have ever thought running would be hard!  😉

I’m definitely feeling the aches and pains of someone that weighs 268 265.8 pounds trying to run, but I’m doing my best to look past that and into the future where I don’t walk with a stoop or limp because I ran for a total of 10 minutes the day before.  I do like how I feel right after a run, but the next day is still pretty rough.  Most of my pain seems to be localized in my back, so perhaps I should look into taping down the twins while I’m at the gym.  😉  I ordered a book that I hope helps with some of my questions – I’ll be sure to post a review as soon as I’m finished with it.  Amazon is currently telling me that I may not receive it for another 2 weeks (that’s what I get for only paying $4 for a used book instead of Amazon’s $15 for a new one).  So, we’ll see how that goes.

Cliff and I changed our weigh in day to Wednesday because I have to eat late on Monday nights (in class until almost 10PM).  I PROMISE will tryfailed to post an official weigh on Wednesday, including an updated progress picture(s).  So here it is today!  One is from this week’s weigh-in and the other is for overall progress.  I’m really starting to see the difference!

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Tickets for my first 5K go on sale the Saturday, February 1st!  I’m sooo excited!  My goal is, of course, to run it without stopping – but I’ve already made up my mind that if I can just finish then I’ll be ecstatic.  I would like to finish it in less than 50 minutes (16:30 mile).  That’s the pace that I kept while finishing up my first week of C25K.  Obviously, I feel like it should be much better than that since I still have 5 months to train, but I definitely don’t want to have a negative first experience simply because I put too much pressure on myself.  I should be down to ~220 pounds by the time of the race (my goal being 211 by 7/7/14) and I’m hoping the weight loss, coupled with the training, will let me finish the race with less than a 15:00 pace, but I don’t even want to say that out loud.  J  I know that many people can walk it faster than that (me included at this point) but that’s not my goal.  My goal is to run it.

Cliff and I are still going strong on our restaurant challenge.  We’ve decided that we’re going to have our post challenge meal at Wild Eggs.  I can’t stop thinking about grits lately and they have some of the best I’ve ever had.  I really, really, really hope that they have the bacon and cream cheese grits as their grits du jour when we go.  I’m also looking forward to our upcoming trip to Nashville.  This is our fifth annual V-Day at Ellendale’s and for the second year in a row we’ll have friends joining us.  Rodney, Sarah, and Ashley are all going to drive down with us and stay the night.  I hear Blackberry wine and Cards Against Humanity calling our names!

Right now I hear dinner calling my name (thank you Jenni-O for making your delicious 180 calorie hamburgers…you’ll never know how much they mean to us).  Time to grub!

(I’m particularly fond of today’s quote.  It really sums up how I’ve been feeling about all my hard work lately)

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”  ~ Vincent Thomas


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