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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