Monday, October 24, 2011

Blogging Again

I'm going to try blogging about my weight loss again.  Hopefully on a weekly basis at least.

Update:  I'm still slowly working on losing the weight...I'm closing in on 30 pounds lost (2 more pounds).  I'm still able to stick with exercising much better than eating well.  I've run 3 more 5k's bettering my time almost every time.  The last one I finished under 40 minutes, which means I cut 7 minutes off my time this year.  I've started to start over the Couch to 5k program, mostly just to get back to a plan again and work towards actually running an entire 5k.

That's about all for my update.  Happy running!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Thoughts on Weigh tloss

Lately I have been paying a little more attention to any weight loss products I might hear about or see about on TV. I've never really been into the weight loss supplements (o.k. I did try Slim Fast before my wedding, but that's the extent of it for me) because I truly believe that it is too good to be true. There is no magic pill, formula, or anything else that is going to help you to lose weight. If it were that simple, everyone would be skinny, right?

So what made me stand up an pay attention? The success of a friend . She is taking a certain type of supplements and she has lost a good amount of weight and inches...and she looks great!! So I started looking into what she was taking, but a month supply of some of that stuff was going to cost over $100. And that made me think can't take this stuff forever....what happens when you stop taking it? Isn't this why almost all diets fail, no matter what they are? You can't buy the supplements, special food or whatever else you are doing forever. What then? Not to mention the possible side effects of this stuff (remember the pill that was killing people??)

So, even though my friend looks awesome, I'm gonna pass and stick with the tried and true method. Healthy diet and regular exercise. This is not a diet to me, it is a lifestyle change. I have the exercise down pretty well, so it is now time to concentrate more on the food I am eating. So far, I have lost about 10 pounds, and even more exciting...I am down two pant sizes!!!

(originally posted on my other blog, A Busy Mom in Iowa)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Update rambles and clothes shopping

Usually when I don't blog on a regular basis, that means that I have fallen off the wagon, but I'm happy to say, NOT THIS TIME!!  I have not been following the Couch to 5K program, I've been trying different things to push my limits; running programs on the treadmill, upping my speed to see how long I can last and stuff like that.  I have also started using the EA Sport's Active 2 for the Wii.  I have the first Active game they came out with and really enjoyed it.  Actually it was what gave me the best results when I was working towards weight loss before I got pregnant with my second son.  I think they have refined this version to make it a little more user friendly.  Also, the program is a 9 week program instead of 30 days.  I'm only on Day 2, but my muscles are feeling the pain!  Today is my off day for the Active game, which means it is my running day. Depending on what time I get on the treadmill tonight, I might shoot for 3 miles and see how long it takes me to get there.  We have finally subscribed to Netflix, so I can actually watch a TV show (I'm on Dexter right now) while I'm running and be able to hear it!

I'm still hovering around 10 pounds lost, which is a little discouraging. But I found something to show me the progress I am making...clothes shopping.  I was on a mission to buy some new capri jeans this weekend (which I didn't up buying any, come to think of it).  I grabbed my usual pant size in about 4 different pairs of pants and headed to the dressing room.  I like my pants to fit loose, but when I put them on, they were pretty big, so I asked the nice lady if she could find the next size down for me.  The dress pants were still a little loose, so I decided just to try the next size down...just to see...and holy crap...they fit!!!  I had found a really cute pair of jeans on the sale rack, but they were 3 sizes smaller than what I was currently wearing, so I initially thought there was no way I could fit into them.  But now I was in a pair of pants just one size bigger, so I decided what the heck...and guess what...I might wear them to work tomorrow!!!  They are a little tighter than I usually like, but they fit!  They are my current goal jeans :-)  I haven't been able to enjoy clothes shopping for such a long was a great day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Getting some help

My employer has what they call a "Live Well" program.  As part of this program, they have two health people on staff (I don't know what their official titles are, but they know all about food, exercise and all of that stuff). These people do classes like Yoga and a Boot Camp thing, but they are never offered at a time that I can make it.  Now, they are offering personal coaching sessions. They have 4 sessions - the first one is about 45 minutes and the rest are 30 minutes.  They will help you set out your goals and the plan to achieve them.  I signed up for this yesterday, but haven't been contacted yet to schedule my first meeting.

What I am hoping to get out of this?  I'm hoping they can tell me what kind of strength training I can do to compliment my running.  Also, I need strength training for an overweight beginner.  I've found tons of stuff in the magazines that I get in the mail, but they are all geared towards women that are already in shape.  I need a starting point, and I think these people are the perfect people to help me out.  Also, I'm not doing so well in the eating department. I have a lot to learn about nutrition and how to work it into my life.  And they will be there to help me hold myself accountable for the food I'm putting in my mouth!

On another note, I went to the gym today to do my last day of the faster week 2 Couch to 5k.  My legs were not ready for that after my 5k over the weekend.  I had to skip one of the 90 second runs because my legs were burning so much, they just couldn't take it anymore!  Not sure what I'm going to do the rest of the week!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My First 5k!!

Before the Race
I completed my first 5k of the year yesterday. It was to benefit a group for crime victims.  Since I had to take 3 weeks off, I wasn't going to press myself too much.  This race was a starting point and setting a time to beat.  As long as I beat my walking time for the 5k I've walked the past 2 years, I was going to be happy.  I woke up to freezing temperatures, noisy wind and SNOW!! Yep, you read right, snow in the middle of April. My friend Lisa who ran with me said Mother Nature needs to get back on her happy drugs, and I must agree.

I picked a yucky course to do my first race...there were 3 or 4 good size hills we had to go up.  We walked a good part of the course, but ran at least 5 times, for different distances, and usually down hill ;-)  We survived and we made it! And we beat our time by almost 30 minutes! We finished in 47 minutes, which probably seems slow to most people, but I'll take it!

After the Race, We made it!!
My next race is called the Tutu trot and is scheduled for May 15th to raise money for 4 year old girl fighting cancer.  I have about a month to up my speed to beat my 47 minutes!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


So, I do not have any stress fractures and was given the go-ahead to slowly start getting back into running.  So this week I have done 2 days of week two of the Couch to 5k training.  Starting next week, I'm going to slow it back down and see how long I can run, since I have my first 5K coming up on Saturday. I'm not expecting to do my best, but it will be a good starting point for me to see how far I have come and how far I need to go yet.

Other than this, I don't have much more to update.  I'll post after my 5K next week. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More of the waiting game...

Well, I went to the doctor yesterday and they took x-rays.  Must not have seen anything there, because he has now decided to send me in for a bone scan of my feet and legs to make sure I don't have a stress fracture.  I won't go into all of the details of how awful the doctor was, but I will say I will not continue to see this person if this ends up being a long term thing.

My appointment for the bone scan is not until next Tuesday, and I have been ordered to rest and not do any exercise until we have the results of the scan, so I am sidelined once again.  I'm supposed to get the results sometime on Thursday. 


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Week 2 - Round 2

Take 2
I've completed two days of week 2 in the Couch to 5K training.  I should have ran yesterday and didn't, so I should really run today, but I just ate supper and a hot fudge sunday (yeah, yeah, not the best eating this weekend).  We'll see if I run or not. 

I've been doing pretty well though.  Week 1 at a higher speed was pretty easy (I've gone up to 5.0 MPH).  Week 2 has been a little more difficult. And day 2 I hit the roads for the first time -- with the dog.  Between pulling my dog away from other dogs and the kids walking home from school, and dragging him with me when he wanted to stop and pee or smell something (he is a beagle, ya know) it was interesting.  I was defiantly more sore after that run, which is no surprise.  Wish I lived in a less hilly neighborhood! 

In other news, I signed up for my first 5K this week, it is on April 16th.  It sounds like it is a pretty easy track and it starts and ends at the local park.  I'm hoping daddy and children can hang out there and cheer me on :)

In anticipation of my first 5K, I decided I better make a Dr. appointment to check out my feet/ankles/calves to make sure I'm not doing more harm than good.  My theory is that I have flat feet and that is what is causing all of my pain.  I just hope they don't tell me I have to stop running, because as much as I hate it, I have stuck to this program longer than any exercise routine I have tried.  Don't believe me? Just go back to the beginning of this blog!

I have saved the best news for last...I have now lost 10 POUNDS!!!  Woo hoo!!!  To celebrate, I bought myself two new purses :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I'm back and kickin' some booty!!

Last Thursday I finally went to the gym to run after my two week detour.  I wasn't sure where to start, so I decided to let my body tell me when to stop.  After my 5 minute warm-up walk, I ran for 19 out of 20 minutes.  At the 15 minute mark, I decided I better walk for a little while but after a minute decided I could run for 4 more minutes.  Then I finished with a 5 minute cool-down walk.  I could have done more, but I figured I better take it easy for the first day back and see how my leg felt afterwards and the next day. 

The next day I felt great.  This weekend is a very busy weekend for me and I wasn't sure if I would be able to fit a run in or not...but after much debate in my head deciding if I should run at 9:00 at night or just go to bed, I decided to run.  About 1 minute into my warm-up walk, I knew I made the right choice - it felt good to be exercising!  Yes, I really did just say that!

Again I didn't know how long I was going to run for, but I was going to let my body and especially my leg tell me when to quit, but I at least wanted to run 20 minutes.  At about 10 minutes into the run I started to wonder if I could do 30 minutes.  At 20 minutes, I decided I could do at least 25.  At 25 minutes, I knew I could do 30 minutes.

I did it! I ran for 30 minutes straight, without hating any of it! 

My first 30 minute run (time includes warm-up & cool-down). Yes I realize I'm slow, but I'm short too!
Never was there the debate in my head about stopping or keep going.  I just wanted to keep going.  I even upped my speed for the last minute to try to run just a little bit further. 
There are two things I have learned about running from my 9 week journey.
  1. I am not Superwoman.  I am not going to be able to run at the same speed through the entire Couch to 5K program.  I must slow down if I am going to complete the long distances.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race, right?  For most people, running 30 minutes is running 3 miles.  Not so much in my world.  Running for 30 minutes got me just under 2 miles - short by about .10 miles.  But I need to forget that and look at what I have accomplished.  Nine weeks ago, I could barely run for 60 seconds at one time, and now I can run for 30 minutes.  How awesome is that??
What now?  I'm going to complete my 2 final days of running for 30 minutes and them I'm going to start over.  Yep, you read right...I'm going to do it all over again!  I'm going to up the speed a little bit so I can run faster.  And I need to find the perfect 5k to be my first!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Back on the Bandwagon

Last week was a week off for me, to give my leg some time to heal and feel better.  I did do some strength training on Thursday and found a routine that I really like. I was a little sore the next day, but not so sore that I couldn't walk or lift my arms.

So tomorrow I plan to get back to the gym and test the waters of running again.  I have to admit, I'm a little nervous.  I'm afraid I won't be able to start were I left off.  I'm hoping I'll still be able to jog for 25 minutes, but we'll see.  Hopefully I have given my leg enough time and I won't be in too much pain afterwards.

If this run really irritates my leg again, I'm going to have to make a trip to the doctor to make sure I don't do more harm than good!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Road block

So close, yet so far away.  With only 1.5 weeks to go, I had to put a stop to my running because of an injury.  I haven't gone to the doctor yet, but I know enough that I should be giving my leg a rest.  I don't know it is just the stress from running catching up to me, or if jumping a curb in my Trailblazer last week aggravated it, but my lower right leg/ankle/foot has been bothering me since late last week.  So, when it still hurt two days after my last run on Thursday, I decided it was time to give it a rest.  I don't want to stop because I'm afraid I'll lose all of my progress. But if I keep going, I know I will just make things worse.  I'm planning to go to the gym tomorrow and do some strength training as well as the elliptical machine to get some low impact cardio in.  Fingers crossed my leg gets better quickly and I can get back to running next week!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Week 7 - Amazing!!

Last week I ended the week feeling disappointed in myself.  In 6 weeks, I had only lost 3 pounds, and for the first time ever, I wasn't able to finish a day in the Couch to 5K program.  So this week my goal was to do week 6 over again and complete it.  I also decided to add strength training to my agenda on my off running days...need to re-think this one a little bit. 

I found a workout routine in my Women's Health magazine that I thought I could do, so Monday I started off with that.  Um...yeah...I could finally walk normal on Thursday from that workout.  Might be cutting out the extra exercises for my legs since they get a workout from running.  I'm going to keep looking for other strength training routines for the rest of my body.

Tuesday, with my legs killing me, I hopped on the treadmill for day 1 of week 6 - take 2.  Started the treadmill, pushed play on my iPod and got silence.  My iPod died.  I was pretty irritated, because I couldn't remember what day 1 entailed, but I decided to just wing it.  I did my 5 minute warm-up walk and then started on my first run, which I thought was supposed to be 5 minutes.  After that run, I slowed down to a walk.  But as I was walking, I kept thinking was that really 5 minutes? It was too easy, I wasn't even breathing after walking for a minute, I decided to go back to running and just see how long I could run.  I ended up running for 25 MINUTES STRAIGHT!!!!  For my slow run, that worked out to be about 1.7 miles, but oh my God I was thrilled.  The longest I had ran before that was 13 minutes.  And I actually felt like I could have gone longer, but I had to stop and get back to work.

Wednesday was a well needed break.  I actually had an appointment during lunch so I had to skip working out, but my legs thanked me.

Thursday I decided to just run for as long as I could again, which ended up being 20 minutes.  Finally I went online to see what week 7 was supposed to be and it was 3 days of running for 25 minutes.  So I decided that I was close enough and I'm officially on week 7.  Only 2 more weeks to go.

Today was day 3 and again I was able to run for 25 minutes and felt like I could keep going.  Good thing because I have to run for 28 minutes next week.  But I'm positive I can do it!!  I have slowed my speed down now that I'm doing the longer runs, but at least I'm completing them :)

To add to my great week, I have lost another pound, and I found a pair of jeans I forgot I had, that I could actually fit into.  They are a size smaller than my current size, so I'm stoked!!!  I needed a good week this week to boast my confidence.  I can do this.  Only two more weeks!!!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Week 6 - Not so much...

Everyday: 5 min walk warm up; 5 min walk cool down
Day 1:  Jog 5 mins ~ Walk 3 mins ~ Jog 8 mins ~ Walk 3 mins ~ Jog 5 mins
Day 2: Jog 10 mins ~ Walk 3 mins ~ Jog 10 mins
Day 3: Jog 25 mins

Well, it just wasn't in the cards for me to complete Week 6 this week.  I was able to complete day 1 on Tuesday, without much problem.  But because of appointments for the kids, homework, and a day off from work, I wasn't able to even attempt day 2 until Saturday.  I did the first 10 minute jog pretty well, but at about 7 minutes into the second 10 minute jog, I stopped to catch my breath.  I tried to start running again after a minute or two, but I was starting to feel light headed.  As much as it hurt my ego to throw the towel in and not complete a day for the first time would have hurt my ego and my body much more to pass out on the treadmill and end up with broken bones and 'road rash' down my face!

So, I will start week 6 over again this week.  To help in my weight loss, now that my class is over until March, I'm going to add strength training to my schedule on my non-running days.  This should help burn off some of the fat.  I'm going to be one hurting mama this week I have a feeling!

On the plus side, somehow I managed to lose 2 pounds this week!  I have been watching what I eat a little bit better, but I haven't been perfect. 

Monday, January 31, 2011

Did I do it? Week 5

I'm sure everyone is just sitting on the edge of their seats wondering if I moved on to week 5, and if I did, was I able to run for 20 minutes straight?  Let's start with the first part of the question.  I did move on to week 5.  This week, each day was a different program. Of course, each day starts with a 5 minute warm up and ends with a 5 minute cool down.  Here's week 5:

Day 1: Jog 5 minutes ~ Walk 3 minutes ~ Jog 5 minutes ~ Walk 3 minutes ~ Jog 5 Minutes
Day 2: Jog 8 minutes ~ Walk 5 minutes ~ Jog 8 minutes
Day 3: Jog 20 minutes

Day 1 I did pretty good.  I was pretty tired by the end of it, but I survived.  Day 2 I did on my home treadmill instead of at work.  Oddly enough, it seemed as if I was moving a lot faster at home at 4.3 miles an hour that I move at work, so I slowed down to 4.0 when jogging.  It survived this one while watching Oprah (you have any idea how hard it is to tear up and cry at 4.0 MPH?)  The first 8 minute run was going well, but the second one it felt like my legs just didn't want to get going again after walking.  I almost thought it would have been easier on my legs to just keep running the whole time.

So...did I survive Day 3?  Mostly.  At about 13 minutes, I stopped the treadmill and took a breather for about 30 seconds to one minute.  Then I continued on and finished the 20 minutes. 

The new question is - do I continue on to week 6, or do I re-do week 5 since I didn't run straight through?  I don't know what week 6 holds other than a 25 minute jog on day 3.  If I couldn't do 20 minutes, what makes me think I can do 25?  After chatting with a runner at work who has been very encouraging for me, she told me I should move on to week 6.  She told me that only having to stop for a minute during the whole 20 minutes was awesome.  She's like my own personal cheerleader :)

Tomorrow I will start week 6.  Already dreading the 25 minute jog.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today was War

Today was a war between my determination and bull headedness and my pure hate for running and exercise in general.  Today there was a fine line between 'I need to stop for a break' and 'I want to stop for a break.' I had to decide how far I wanted to push that line.  Just when I was starting to think running wasn't so bad, I stared week 4 of the Couch to 5K training.  It has been the hardest since I started - by far.

Today was day 3, my last day of week 4. Usually day three gives me the confidence to move on the the next week. This day 3 did not leave me very confident.

But my bull headedness won (shouldn't be a surprise to those that know me), and I completed day 3 without slowing down or stopping.  I covered 1.92 miles in 32 minutes.  I have cut my 1 mile time down about 2 minutes from when I started.

So...I'm moving on to week 5.  By day 3 of week 5, I'm supposed to be able to run for 20 minutes straight.  At this point, I'm kinda doubting that I will be able to do this.  If I really feel like I can't do it, I'm going to back up and week and do week 4 over again. 

Stay tuned to see how next week promises to be a challenging one!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Week 4

Holy Shit!  Oh, I'm sorry, I meant, HOLY SHIT!!!  Sorry for the potty mouth, but I can't think of other words to explain the pain and suffering caused by day one of Week 4 of the Couch to 5K program.

This week's workout is: Walk 5 min - Jog 3 min - Walk 90 sec - Jog 5 min - Walk 2.5 min - Jog 3 min - Walk 90 sec - Jog 5 min - Walk 5 min

My legs actually felt pretty good during the workout, but about half way through I felt like I could barf at any minute.  The fact that I ate lunch about an hour and and half before I went to the gym probably didn't help.  I was temped a few times to slow down my speeds, but I didn't.  I kept them at my usual pace. I was not sore at all today either, which is pretty cool!

I'm a little bit scared, but curious to see what tomorrow will be like. The second day is often the hardest day of the week for me.  I will not be eating lunch first, that's for sure!

I'm pondering signing up for my first 5k on Memorial Day weekend.  I was told it is pretty easy and a good one to start with.  We'll see, I haven't looked into it yet.

Oh, and some other good news...the scale has finally moved down, by one whole pound.  Not a lot, but I'll take any downward movement I can get.  Hoping now that I finally got the darn thing to move in the right direction, it will continue that way.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week 3 Complete

Week 3 is done.  For the last day of the week, I decided to do my 90 second runs .2 MPH faster than I usually do.  Then I also did that for my final 3 minute run.  I finished and was feeling pretty good! I am a little bit sore today, but nothing like I have felt in the past.

On to Week 4 on Tuesday.  Haven't looked to see what the week is going to bring yet.

I'm also starting the Live Healthy America 100 day challenge this week, on the 20th.  We have two teams competing against each other in the department.  This could be interesting!

Friday, January 14, 2011


I only had weeks 1-3 podcasts on my iPod, so I finally went back to download the rest of the podcasts for the Couch to 5K program (I use Ullreys podcast.) As I've said before, I don't look ahead to see what it waiting for me in the coming weeks.  It just causes unnecessary--so far anyway--panic.  But as I was downloading them, it hit me...I'm almost half way through this program!  It is a 9 week week I will begin week 4!

I've tried to start this program a number of times, but never did more than 2 days of week 1 at once.

Wow, that's exciting! :-)

Week 3!!

Week 3: Walk 5 mins (warm up) - Run 90 secs - Walk 90 secs - Run 3 mins - Walk mins - Repeat - Walk 5 mins (cool down)

Oh my lord...I actually did it.  I did day one of week three, without stopping...pretty much.  I did take a time out to re-tie my shoes because my shins and feet were burning, but other than that...I did it!  And really, the biggest issue was my legs and feet. I thought I might really struggle to make it through this one, but I was breathing ok when I was done with the second run.  I was sore the rest of the day on Monday, but I was not sore on Tuesday morning...or afternoon!

I was supposed to go to the gym yesterday, but I just wasn't feeling it.  I hadn't given myself a two day "weekend" between week 2 and 3, so I decided yesterday was it.  So with 2 days off, I was back at the gym for day 2 today.  I didn't have to stop at all today and my legs and feet felt much better. 

I'm a truly amazed at my progress over the last 2 1/2 weeks.  I never thought I would actually be able to run for 3 minutes straight...or if I did I thought I would be miserable and liable to barf at the end of it.  None of which has happened.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Week 2 ~ Day 2 and 3

Couch to 5K day 2 and 3 are now in the books.  Today my Ipod was dead, so no podcast.  I could have used that as an excuse to not hit the treadmill today and just go home, but I didn't.  I pretty much knew what I was supposed to do, so I did it the old way...with the timer.  I thought I was on my final run, so as always, I bumped the speed up .2 MPH (may not seem like a lot...but it is!).  Then I figured out I had one more run left.  Proud to say that I survived the higher speed for 2 of my runs, and was not breathing too hard afterwards.

Dare I say I might actually survive week three?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Couch 2 5K ~ Week 2

Started week two of the Couch 2 5k program this week.  This week I will be running for 90 seconds and walking for two minutes.  Day one was yesterday, and I felt pretty good when I was done.  And I wasn't sore when I got up this morning, so that made it even better! Yay me :)

BUT, as I was cleaning off the treadmill and walking to the locker room, the next week's podcast started playing.  I purposely have not been looking forward to see what lies ahead, and now I know why.  Week 3 has 3 minutes of running followed by 3 minutes of walking!!  Are they insane???  Going up by 30 second increments was working wonderfully for me.  What makes them think that I'm going to magically be able to jump up by 90 seconds, just because this week I can run for 90 seconds?  I may stay on week 2 for 4 weeks or so....

I haven't dropped any weight yet, but I'm not too surprised by that.  It's still early and I'm not being too careful on what I eat yet.  I'm working on this - bringing my own lunch to work has helped a lot.  Not to mention the $$ I'm saving!

To help in my quest, I am joining a group at work in participating in the Live Healthy Iowa 100 day challenge.  We meet tomorrow to form the teams...a little friendly competition, kinda like The Biggest Loser on NBC.  Don't know much more about it yet, but I'm excited.  And the challenge ends 8 days after my birthday, so it works perfectly into my plan to be in better shape by my birthday!!