Crossing Things Off My List

So on my birthday, I made out a “bucket-list” of things I want to accomplish before my next birthday. It’s kind of a long list. I have been good about referring back to that list and accomplishing a couple things.

One of the BIG things on that list is doing a half-marathon. I know right . . . crazy. My original plan was to do it around September or Octoberish, but after talking to a co-worker, I’m doing it March 1st!! So here it is ——— The Phoenix Marathon.

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Let me just say that I am afraid. I’m afraid of how badly my butt’s gonna get kicked in the training alone. I’m afraid of how badly I will be gasping for air by mile 3. I’m afraid of how much my knees are going to ache after mile 7. I’m afraid of the commitment. I’m afraid of how hot it will be by 7am in March.

I’m afraid I’ll fail ——– epic-ally.

For a while I kept having an internal dialogue about how I already made a commitment to be BRAVE. I needed to ignore all those fears that I have or yes, I will fail.

Yes, it’s going to hurt.Yes, it will be hot.Yes, it will take time away from sleep (but who needs that?).  And yes, there is a strong possibility that I may not be able to run the entire race.

And that’s ok. I just need to suck it up, or sit it out.

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So I looked up a plan for beginners like me. I found one  HERE. Training stated on Monday with week 2. I did 2 miles and I won’t lie . . . I struggled. I saw my co-worker and confessed I was a little worried. She seems to think that I will be fine. I’m glad one of us is positive.

I’ve done a big race before, but it has been a while. So here’s a tip that I’ve learned when committing to a big race:

Have a game plan.

Write it out.

On my calendar, I figured out which days I was going to run on and how many miles.

It makes the goal more real.

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All right!

I’m ready to tackle my first big goal. You can follow along on Instagramm with me to see my progress.

What’s your big goal you’re tackling?

 

 

 

Weight Loss Diaries: WEEK 5, 6, & 7

Week5,6, & 7

Sooooooooo. I will start off by saying that I am ashamed that I have been M.I.A. for 2 weeks with my weight loss journey. Even though I haven’t been here at the site I have been sort of doing it at home.

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I usually start out pretty good, with a tasty grilled chicken on a salad bed, with a side of sweet potato. And then it gets followed by 4 chocolate chip cookies. They truly are a weakness. I think I need to stop buying chocolate chips, because my daughter makes the most perfect chocolate chip cookie, and whenever she makes them, all good intentions evaporate.

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Having Labor Day and spending a long weekend with family didn’t help me either. At least mentally. Whenever a holiday rolls around, I tend to think that I have an excuse to eat whatever I want, because the holidays are meant to be enjoyed. Although, I’ve found that since I’ve been keeping this “diary”, I’ve actually felt disgusted with myself when I give in to these excuses. So in the end, I lose (not pounds unfortunately). I end up gaining and being unhappy with myself, and not feeling my best on top of it all.

I do thank you for listening to my whining.

 

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So here you can view my progress, and see where there is a lack thereof. It was kind of sad to see how high that line went when I owned my downfall and entered in my numbers for the week. It was one pound but, to lose it does take a lot. I’ve noticed that this is about where I plateau and lose interest.

Wait, wait! I’m getting an epiphany! Ok, I’ve always heard that you should make small goals in order to easier accomplish your big goal. It all makes sense now. So total, I’ve probably lost about 5 pounds, which I am proud of. My new goal for the next month, another 5 pounds. Wish me luck.

 

Starting weight —— 183.2 lbs

WEEK 1 ——178.9 lbs         Down: 4.3 lbs              Total: 4.3 lbs

WEEK 2 —— 178.0 lbs        Down: 0.9 lbs             Total: 5.2 lbs

WEEK 3 —- 177.0 lbs         Down: 1.1 lbs               Total: 6.3 lbs

WEEK 4 —- 176.8 lbs        Down: 0.2 lbs              Total: 6.5 lbs

WEEK 5 —– 177.2 lbs              Up: 0.4 lbs              Total: 6.1 lbs

WEEK 6 —– 177.7 lbs              Up: 0.5 lbs              Total: 5.6 lbs

WEEK 7 —–177. 8 lbs               Up: 0.1 lbs              Total: 5.5 lbs

Weight Loss Diaries: WEEK 4

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Now it seems like the weeks are flying by.

This is going to be a really short post. A really short post.

I forgot to take pictures. That’s ok, because you didn’t miss much.

And to be honest, it wasn’t a terrible week, but it wasn’t anything amazing . . . which would probably explain my results for this week.

Here are my results:

Starting weight —— 183.2 lbs

WEEK 1 ——178.9 lbs         Down: 4.3 lbs              Total: 4.3 lbs

WEEK 2 —— 178.0 lbs        Down: 0.9 lbs             Total: 5.2 lbs

WEEK 3 —- 177.0 lbs         Down: 1.1 lbs               Total: 6.3 lbs

WEEK 4 —- 176.8 lbs        Down: 0.2 lbs              Total: 6.5 lbs

 

Not a major loss, but a loss nonetheless, and I’ll take any victory that comes my way.

Stay tuned for next week’s check-in.  Thanks for sticking with me so far. I promise there will be pictures next week.

May you all have a good week.

Weight Loss Diaries: WEEK 3

Week3I’m back to post about another week in my weight loss journey. As you know last week was a little rough. So I tried to prepare myself a little better.

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I went to the grocery store, and they were having a sale on Lean Cuisines. I love using those when I’m running low on calories. I bought about 11 of them. I was feeling very ready to face the week.

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Then my husband and I went out on a big group date with friends. I started out well, and then someone ordered the breaded mozzarella. Then it just spiralled out of control from there with the cheesy fries, and chips and salsa. I did manage to stay away from the rice that was mistakenly put on my plate. My actual order was the mahi mahi tacos with a side of steamed veggies and the sweet potato fries. I figured after eating all my appetizers, and everyone elses’, along with my actual meal I ordered, what more damage could some bread pudding and ice-cream do . . . . . . . . oh yes I did.

I did contemplate fasting for about two days to see if I could correct this horrific act of gluttony.

 

 

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The next day, I reset myself and  repented of my over-indulgent ways, and tried to climb back onto that saddle again. I did purchase some skinny cow ice-cream sandwiches, which were a life-saver for those craving moments.

 

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I even managed to go running about 3 times this past week with some weights for my arms.

LESSON LEARNED FROM THIS WEEK: To have a plan before I go out to eat and be firm with myself, because the saying is true, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

How did I do over all for this week. I did close my eyes as I waited for the scale to reveal whether or not this week was a fail.

Starting weight —— 183.2 lbs

WEEK 1 ———178.9 lbs         Down: 4.3 lbs              Total: 4.3 lbs

WEEK 2 ——— 178.0 lbs        Down: 0.9 lbs             Total: 5.2 lbs

WEEK 3 —- 177.0 lbs             Down: 1.1 lbs               Total 6.3 lbs

 

 

 

 

 

I was pleasantly surprised.

 

 

 

The Weight Loss Diaries: WEEK 2

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I’m baaaaaaack!!!

Phew. I made it through another week.

 

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The week started out great. Me eating healthy and what not. I bought some low carb wraps and have been eating a lot of those. Strawberries are one of my favorite foods. I can eat those for days.

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So I began to get a little lax by Sunday. I figured I did really good last week, I can afford some naughty food. In my defense, that canolli wasn’t mine, but I did have a bite of it, along with few bites of the macaroon I had. Between my crazy work schedule this week, which didn’t allow me any time at all to exercise, and the activities I was helping my kids out with, and not eating as many salads as I did before, I knew this week wasn’t going to be as good as last.

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Before weighing myself this morning, I happened to see a quote on good ole’ pinterest. The quote said:

“IF YOU’RE TIRED OF STARTING OVER, STOP GIVING UP!”

That kind of spoke volumes to me. I don’t know how many times I’ve started up my dieting and exercising. Just from reading my blog, you know that it’s been many times. I thank you for not being sick of me.

WHAT I LEARNED: If you’ve had a bad week, learn from it and move on. It’s so easy to get discouraged and give up. My advice —— DON”T!!  You can do it . . . . . . and eat more salads ; )

 

So here are my stats for this week:

 

Starting weight —— 183.2 lbs

WEEK 1 ————— 178.9 lbs         Down: 4.3 lbs                  Total: 4.3 lbs

WEEK 2 ————— 178.0 lbs        Down: 0.9 lbs                  Total: 5.2 lbs

 

 

Keep on going!!

 

 

The Weight Loss Diaries: Week 1

The first time I wrote this post, it was kind of long. Maybe it’s good that I accidently deleted it. I’ve decided this second time around I’m gonna keep this short and to the point, or at least try to.

So here it is:

I AM LOSING WEIGHT.

GOAL:

To be 150 LBS. – that’s going to roughly be about 33 pounds.

GOAL DATE:

BY MY BIRTHDAY – NOVEMBER 21ST, 2013, that’s in roughly about 3 months.

METHOD: I figured out that for my height and current weight, if I consume around 1500 calories a day, I should lose about 2 lbs a week, which is just plain rough.

My goal is to also exercise 3 times a week. I plan to do running, mixed with weights.

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This first week was honestly not too bad. I tried to change some the foods that I ate – salads are becoming a staple.

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I have really had to make a conscious effort to eat more fruit in my diet.

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I can eat cereal like it’s going out of style. I have done much better this past week in eating only one bowl of cereal when I do have it. Some mornings I had oatmeal, and some were just yogurt.  I did poorly with working out, only running for 22 minutes this week. On the day that I did run, I found I should have loaded up more on my protein at breakfast, to avoid the headache I got later in the day.

LESSON LEARNED FROM WEEK 1: Write everything down. When you go back and see what you ate, you will realize where your problem areas are. This past week, it’s been my snacking. I tend to snack too much and on things that are high in calorie . . . dang cookie-brownies.

So here’s my progress from WEEK 1:

Starting weight —– 183.2 lbs

WEEK 1 ————— 178.9 lbs

Week1: Down 4.3 lbs                        Total: 4.3 lbs

Not a bad start.