Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'm going to sign up for a 5K

I am confident that I can complete a 5K (3.1 mile) walk. I've been walking 2 miles every almost every day (50 miles in January).  But I'm hoping to be able to run at least most, if not all, of a 5K by the time race day arrives.  There are about half a dozen 5Ks in our town.

I'm planning to sign up for one (or both) of these 5Ks.

Race for the Zoo (May 11th)
(This picture is from Albuquerque's BioPark, but it's a cool logo!)

and the

Alien Chase (July 6th)
I live in Roswell, NM.  On July 4, 1947, something crashed.  Was it a UFO? Was it a weather balloon? Was it an experimental aircraft?  During the Alien Chase, apparently people dress up when they run.

So, what am I doing to get ready to participate in a 5K?  I'm glad you asked!

I've been walking 2 miles almost every day.  And I'm including the C25K (Couch to 5K) program during that times 3 days a week.  The goal behind C25K is get you from "couch potato" to running a 5K in 9 weeks.  Each day starts with a 5 minute warm up and ends with a 5 minute cool down.  In between is about 20 minutes (ranges from about 19-21 minutes) of alternating walking and running.  The first week is 60 seconds of running followed by 90 seconds of walking. I did the first day of week 2 today.  This week I run 90 seconds and walk 2 minutes.

Right now, I am focusing on keeping up with the running. I'm not worrying about speed.  I'm walking and running about 2.5 MPH. (Which would make my 5K time about 75 minutes).  As I increase my endurance, I'll work on increasing my speed.

Have you ever done a 5K? How about a marathon?  I don't know that I'll ever try a marathon, but if I end up enjoying running...who knows?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Being content

I believe the 10th commandment reads something like this,
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's big weight loss numbers on the scale.
Or something like that.

I've been working very hard and eating well for a month. I did not expect to lose massive amounts of weight overnight.  I know that 1-2 pounds a week is recommended.  I know that losing 8.4 pounds in 4 weeks is something to get excited about.  (And I am THRILLED!!)  If I keep up this rate, I'll be 100 pounds lighter by New Year's Day 2014.

That said, it's tough when I log into MFP and I see people (also over 100 pounds overweight) who started the same time I did (4 weeks ago) who have already lost 20 pounds (or more!).  I am thrilled for them.  Really, I am.  I don't want to take their success away. I just want to join them there.  I always hear about a great 1st week weigh in.  My weigh ins have all been about 2 pounds less than the week before.

But, I will be content.  And I will keep going.  I will not give up.  And I will drop the remaining excess weight.  It might take 18 months. It might take longer. But I won't give up.  Instead, I will celebrate my victories.

In the past 30 days I have:

  • Walked 50 miles (exercise miles)
  • I have taken over 230,000 steps (roughly 117 miles total)
  • I have completed 6 Zumba clases (and mostly kept up!)
  • I have lost 8.4 pounds
  • I have run 24 minutes (one minute at a time while doing C25K)
  • I have lost about 3" from my waist, 2" from my chest, and 2" from my hips
  • I have walked through the first 9 books of the Bible (listening to the audio version while I walk.)
  • I have organized an exercise class (Zumba) at my office, and almost everyone has participated at least once--and plans to join us as often as possible. 
  • I have learned to like (not just tolerate) carrots.
  • I have drained my 32 ounce water bottle at least 3 times a day (=12 glasses of water)
  • I have had an average of one 12 ounce Pepsi per day (down from 2-3 64 ounce fountain cups a day.)
I may have "only" lost 8.4 pounds, but I am on my way to regaining my life!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sleep, glorious sleep....

I couldn't fall asleep last night.  I was still awake at 3 am. And I knew I needed to get up early.  I had my alarm set for 6:20, with a back up one at 6:40.  I needed extra time for a shower. (I usually try to shower at night.)

At 7:35, my MIL came and woke me up.  I overslept.  I normally get the kids in the car no later than 7:40. (They all need to be at school at 8--and I have to get to 2 different schools.)

Fortunately, the teenager gets dressed rather quickly (once he starts moving) and I got him to school by 7:51. Mind you, I was in my pajamas.  I just through my coat on over the top and prayed I didn't get into an accident.  Picture an almost 300 pound woman in lime green Tinkerbell jammies exchanging insurance information with a teenage jock right in front of the high school.  Better yet, DON'T picture that!

About the time I made it home, my hubby was leaving with the 2nd and 4th graders.  I'm not sure if they were late or not.

I went ahead and showered and got ready to leave.  But since I was running late, I didn't have time to walk before work.  And on Tuesdays I don't have the car after 11:30, so I couldn't get to my "gym" (cardio room at the adult center).  And the temperature dropped again, and it was too cold to walk outside.  And then I had a meeting right after work.  More and more reasons....

I have walked over 50 miles this month.  So I am not going to beat myself up over the missed workout. I'll get back on track tomorrow.  After a good night sleep tonight.

Wait!  I forgot to tell you....I lost another 2 1/2 pounds!  I'm down 8 1/2 pounds since January 1st!  Slow and steady wins the race.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Deja Vu all over again

A couple of days ago I pulled out my old binder from when I worked with a personal trainer.  I met with her a couple of times to be evaluated and to learn my exercise routines.  I then gave her my daily eating/workout logs once a week.  She would suggest changes for the week.  While I worked with Angie, I lost about 35 or 40 pounds.

While I was looking at the binder, I shocked when I saw the dates on my daily sheets.  It was 5 years ago that I started with Angie.  5 years.  And what do I have to show? I'm at least 30 pounds heavier than my starting weight.

I went back to my old blog to see what I had been doing back at the beginning of 2008.  And I found this post:

Growing up, I always felt like the fat girl. Oh how I wish I was that "fat" now. When I got married, I weighed about 150 pounds. For the next 10 or 12 years, I gained about 10 pounds a year. No super quick weight gain. No illness, pregnancy, or other event to blame it on. Then my Daddy died. He was 61, and always seemed so strong. But his heart gave out. My mom had already been on heart meds for 10 years. I realized I needed to do something--and fast. I talked to my doctor and started making some changes. I gained and lost the same 20-40 pounds a few times over the following 9 years. Yes. 9 years. Saturday (January 26th) marks 9 years since Daddy went to meet Jesus. His polio stricken legs now longer hold him back.

9 years and what do I have to show for it? I'm still sitting right where I was 9 years ago. I have the same bad habits (Pepsi and chocolate). I still hate to exercise. And I'm still carrying an extra 100+ pounds.

But I'm ready to change. When I see the doctor on Wednesday, I'm going to ask for help. Maybe I can see a nutritionist who can help guide me. I might even check into hiring a personal trainer to keep me on track. But I am determined that this is the year my journey will start. This year (October) I turn 39. I know losing weight and getting in shape won't be easier in my 40s.

As Bob (from Biggest Loser) says, "Game on!"

Wow.  5 years and I'm back where I was before.  What do I need to do to make it stick this time?  Last time, I lost focus when my daughter (almost 5) had a seizure and was hospitalized.  I have to find a way to keep going--no matter what the world throws at me.  The song Thankful by Caedmon's Call has been on my mind all weekend.

I ran across an old box of letters

While I was baggin up some clothes for Goodwill

You know I had to laugh that the same old struggles

That plagued me then are plaguing me still

I know the road is long from ground to glory

But a boy can hope he's getting some place

Cademon's Call Thankful

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Variety is overrated!

I have had the same lunch (with a few variations) every work day for the past 3 months. (Except one day my husband took me to lunch and one day my boss brought baked potatoes and salad bar.) I have found that is easier for me to just do the same thing every day, rather than try to create something new every day. I'm sure I will get tired of this combination, and I'll change it up to something else. But I find it comforting to not have to think. 

My daily lunch (for now): 
Whole grain Sandwich Twin with Laughing Cow and one serving of lunch meat. 
A pile of carrots 
A serving of cottage cheese. 
A serving of pineapple chunks. (I bought a plastic jar, so I can easily take a few at a time).

Food Tip: Laughing Cow Cheese

 I use Laughing Cow cheese wedges (between 35 and 50 calories) in place of both mayonnaise and cheese on my sandwich. I don't like mustard. And I can't eat dry sandwiches. The wedges are available in a variety of flavors: 
Creamy Swiss, Light Creamy Swiss, Sundried Tomatoes and Basil, Garlic & Herb, and more. 

This is what they look like: 

Contents Under Pressure

I needed to be labeled "Contents Under Pressure" today.  I pulled out my Enell bra that I bought about 5 or 6 years (and 30 or 40 pounds!) ago.  It is a size 6. Which actually isn't as bad as I thought. I think I would be in a 7 by their size chart.

If you haven't seen the Enell bras, they looks like a straight jacket. The have a full back and go on like a vest. Mine has 12 hooks.  To put one on (even if they aren't slightly smaller than you need) is quite a challenge.

From the website:
Secure hook and eye closures make it easy to put your ENELL Bra on. It is important to fasten from the bottom and work your way up. As you hook each closure, adjust your breasts for the best possible fit. Once your ENELL is fastened, the breasts should be held firmly in the upper center portion of the bra.

Basically, you start hooking and poking and keep hooking and poking until you get to the top. Then you do your best to adjust any part of the boob that didn't go where it was supposed to go.  And you just hold your breath and hope the hooks don't start going, "ping, ping, ping" until you are standing there totally exposed, but breathing.

Anyway....I managed to get into the bra. (And still breath).  I hopped in the car and drove to the gym.  I managed to get through my work out (48 minutes on the treadmill) and back home without popping any hooks.  But you bet I took it off and replaced it with my old faithful bra as soon as I got home!

Not me (below) and mine is not this pretty orchid color. Mine is white.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Before pictures

I will be taking pictures on the first of each month and posting them here. I plan to use the same outfit (or a similar one) each month. I hate before and after pictures that look like they just put on a more flattering outfit!
January 2013
Starting Weight 306

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January 2, 2013

This morning I ate a banana before I left the house. I wasn't necessarily hungry, but I know I need to eat something healthy in the morning.

Then I bundled up and walked 2 miles.  It was coooold!  (brrr)  Siri said it was 16 degrees when I started and 19 when I finished.

I went to Wal-Mart and bought some food for my office.  If I have healthy stuff, I won't waste money and calories on junk food.  I bought apples, bananas, a jar of pineapple, cottaage cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, sliced ham, whole grain thin sandwich rounds, laughing cow cheese, carrots, raisins, and cashews. I also got a case of SlimFast shakes for when I can't get a healthy meal. I got back to the office and portioned stuff out.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1, 2013

Today is the beginning....

Starting weight: 306.2 (officially, the highest weight I've ever seen on my scale!)

I woke up about 10, but stayed in bed to finish my book. :) (Last year I read 36, I wonder how many I'll finish this year?)

I went for a walk today. 2 miles at the soccer park. I finished just as the sun was setting.  It was really cold! But I didn't stop until I finished both miles.

Today, I avoided the left over Christmas candy and salty snacks that were available in abundance!

New Year....New Determination

I created this blog months ago. Maybe even a year ago.  But I never posted even an introduction.  This morning, I logged into Blogger to create a new blog to chronicle this journey. But I guess this one will do.

I have struggled with my weight for about 14 years.  I have actually been overweight my entire adult life, but it didn't bother me (much) until my Daddy died. That was my first wake up call. I went to my doctor. I started some medications (not diet drugs, but something my body needed) and lost 20 pounds over the next few months and then lost another 30 pounds on Atkins.  Then I got derailed.  Slowly the pounds came back.

Over the past few years, I've had other wake up calls that got me started.  I have not been on a constant diet, but every year or two I've started something.  I've gotten down as low as 220.  But each time the weight crept back on.

My latest wake up call came, literally, as a phone call. My oldest brother was in the hospital.  We found out later, he walked into the hospital with blood sugars over 800.  This was after he lost about 200 pounds after his diabetes diagnosis a couple of years ago. He started getting comfortable and not being careful about his diet.  This, along with a myriad of other issues (severe infection, temporary kidney failure, and more) left him in the ICU at death's door.

My two sisters, one brother, our spouses and I gathered with my niece (his daughter)  contemplating the future.  We prayed for a full recovery, but it didn't look promising.  We knew we'd have to go to our homes soon.  But we also knew we needed to make some changes.  We could not continue to drift further apart.  We had to choose to be intentional about our relationships.  And we also needed to take our health seriously.

I promised my family that day that I would begin to make the changes I need to make for my health.  When I got home, I called my doctor to schedule an appointment. I knew he would be thrilled to help.  He's been after me to lose weight the entire 9 years I've known him (since I moved to New Mexico.)  I asked for a referral to a dietician (which he was happy to give) and he gave me a prescription for a diet pill. I haven't filled the prescription yet--and I'm not sure if I'm going to.

I met with the dietician the Friday before Christmas.  She didn't expect me to make huge changes with the holidays looming, but we came up with some goals for the new year.  I've been slowly making changes this week.

I know my biggest food obstacle is the liquid calories I consume with Pepsi.  Depending on the day, I will drink 2 or 3 64 ounce fountain Pepsi in a day.  This week, I have been working on having only one a day---and filling the glass completely with ice (which I either eat or add water to).

I left the office with two goals:
1. Drink no more than one Pepsi a week. (Replace with water).
2. Walk at least 1 mile, at least 4 days a week.

She also asked me to request a fasting glucose and an A1C (long term blood sugar). She told me new guidelines put a diabetes diagnosis at 6.2.  I have had as high as 6.0.  Yikes!

Last Friday morning, I had my blood work.  I see Dr. P. on January 10th. (I don't know if I'll get the results before then.)  I see my nutritionist again the first week of February.

This blog will serve as a daily log of what I eat, how I move, my progress, and my setbacks.  Some posts will be boring. But really, it's more for me than anyone.

If you are readying this, hanging on. It's gonna be a bumpy ride!