Sunday, January 29, 2012

This week has been a blur!

I can't believe I haven't posted since Monday!  Nothing earth shattering happened this week, that I can remember at least.  I'm still struggling to get my eating habits straightened out, but this week's challenge at work has been very helpful.  On more than one occasion, I found myself grabbing some baby carrots or other veggie instead of another, more unhealthy snack to make sure I got my 3 veggies in this week.

I did complete day 2 and 3 of Week 5 of the Couch to 5k program.  They were both much more of a struggle than day 1 was that's for sure!  I slowed my speed down to 4.5 mph for both of these runs, and that was enough for me to be able to complete it.  Day 2 was an 8 minute run, 5 minute walk, 8 minute run; Day 3 was a 20 minute run.  I don't think I had to stop during day 2, although I don't even remember doing it, honestly.  Day 3, I stopped for about 45 seconds to a minute total, for small water breaks throughout the run.  Not too bad...moving on to Week 6 tomorrow.

Also starting another week of my challenge at work.  I think this week is work out for 20 mins...4 days (I think) eat 3 veggies a day and add in two fruits.  This is all by memory since Friday, so I'm not 100% sure what it is.  I'm going to try a banana strawberry smoothie with spinach tomorrow morning for breakfast.  We'll see how that goes.

The health person behind the challenge at work sent us a really handy menu planner last week.  It helps you plan out each meal to ensure your meal is balanced.  I thought I would share it will all of you.  You can find it here, I hope you find it as useful as I did!

I'm a little bit frustrated with the lack of weight loss as of late, but I know it is because of my eating habits.  Tuesday is my last day of class until March.  I think I really need to amp up my workouts on my non-running days once class is over.

Monday brings a new day, and a new week. 

Happy running everyone!

Monday, January 23, 2012

I can do this!!!

Still need to work on my eating habits.  I didn't do so hot again today, although I did drink more water than I have in other days. And I did manage to get my three veggies eaten. I had to break down and have some hot chocolate this afternoon though, just to warm up.  My hands were freezing!

I went to the gym on my lunch break today to start week 5 of the Couch to 5k program.  Run for 5 minutes, walk for 3, repeat twice.  I actually did pretty good.  Day 2 brings on 8 minute runs.  Pondering running faster for the middle run.  It almost seemed too easy today.  The last run was a bit of a push though.  Maybe that's the way it is supposed to be every run.

Day off of working out tomorrow.  I have class tomorrow night and I'm sure I'll be spending my lunch hour trying to finish cranking out a 4 page paper about an opera.  Yeesh...yes it is that bad.  I've tried to start it twice, but haven't gotten very far.  Maybe 3 paragraphs on my last attempt.

Until next time...happy running!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Week 4, Day 3 COMPLETE!!

Well, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, I "Got 'er done!"  I completed day 3 of Week 4 of the Couch to 5k program today.  I did pretty well I think.  I took just a couple of water breaks.  I did have to slow down again today, but I think that is going to be the case from now on.  I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up my speed this whole time...

Eating was pretty good today, not perfect.  Hubby made a killer homemade Beef & Noodles over mashed potatoes tonight.  I'm sure it wasn't good for me...but it was delish!!

Back to the grind tomorrow.  My Team Up 2 Trim Down challenge for next week is to work out for 20 mins or more 4 times next week, do stretching 3 times a week and eat some veggies.  Going to school, getting that 4th day of exercise in might be a little difficult, but I'll figure it out!

Until then...happy running!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Better run and a milestone!

I did Day 2, Week 4 last night on my treadmill and it went MUCH better!!  I did slow down a little bit this time, but I only had to stop once for about 20 seconds or so.  I managed to hit 2 miles in a little over 30 minutes.  Overall, I'm pleased with how the day went.

Today is not my official weigh in day, but I weigh myself every day...mostly because I can't resist.  Well, I'm happy to announce....Drum Roll please........

Over 30 pounds lost!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Dance
Today I was not so good on my diet, way too much snaking on things that aren't real good for me.  Something to improve for tomorrow.  Can't deny myself the yummy stuff all of the time.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Room for Improvement

What a rough week!

Monday I spent the day in bed, sick with some stomach bug.  Tuesday I really wasn't feeling up to par, so I didn't go to the gym.  Wednesday my elder child came down with the same stomach bug, so I didn't go to work (or the gym, which is at work).  Today I finally was able to go to work and felt up to going to the gym.  So I started Week 4 of the Couch to 5k training today.  As my title says...there is room for improvement.  The program this week is to run 3 mins, walk 90 secs, run 5 mins, walk 3 mins.  I couldn't even do the first 3 minute run, which is what I did all last week!  I had to stop and walk a number of times.  It was a little discouraging, but I think there are a few good reasons--excuses?--for my issues.
  • I spent the good part of two days not feeling well and not eating much
  • This is my first day of exercise in 6 days
  • I didn't drink any water all day before I went to the gym
And the pants I was wearing were too hot for indoor running, although I'm pretty sure I could have worked through that one.

I'm scheduled to go to the gym tomorrow, but I haven't decided if I'm going to do the Couch to 5k training again (you are supposed to have at least one day of rest between each day) or do something else.  Either way I have to go to the gym to meet my ShapeUp to TrimDown challenge at work.  I need two more days this week of 20 minutes or more of exercise.

So, I may only do two days of Week 4 this week.  If I do that I'm pretty sure I will repeat Week 4.  The end of Week 5 is a 20 minute run...not sure if I'm ready for that or not.  Might be time to slow my speed down on the treadmill a little!

Until next time, Happy Running!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Bring on Week 4!!

Week 3 of the Couch to 5k program is complete, and I feel great!  Ready to move on to Week 4.  The last time I did the program, Week 4 by far the hardest week, and was a real struggle for me.  I wanted to quit, but I kept going.  I'm not sure if this knowledge will help me or not next week.  It makes me a little nervous...I will run for 5 minutes straight, up from 3 minutes this week.  But...I know I made it through the last time, so I know I can do it again! Right?? 

I've done pretty well with eating so far this week.  I haven't been perfect, but I've been MUCH better than I have been in a long time.  I really need to pay attention to what I'm doing this weekend.  Being at home is awful for my diet...I have food available all the time, and I want to munch all day long.

Week 1 of my Trim Down challenge is wrapping up this weekend too.  We only have to weigh in three times during the 10 week challenge, but I thinking I'm going to weigh myself weekly.  I'm almost excited to see what the scale has to say on Tuesday (we have a holiday on Monday, so no weigh in then.)  I have completed the challenge for this week, which was to exercise for at least 15 minutes three times this week.  Next week's challenge is to workout for at least 20 minutes three times a week, and eat 2 cups of veggies everyday.  I have three days at the gym scheduled for next week, so I should have that part covered.  Eating a salad for one meal everyday should cover 2 servings of veggies without a problem.

With this week coming to a close, I'm very happy with my progress and sticking with it :)

Tomorrow I'll work on the menu for next week...and grocery shopping (YUCK!)

Until then...keep it up, every little bit helps!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I need to come up with better titles to my posts!

I've got nothing creative for post titles, and I can't call everything today or update. Something to ponder while on the treadmill I guess. was a great day for my journey to the new me.  I stayed within my calorie range, and even got in a late night snack.  

I headed to the gym for Week 3, Day 2 of Couch to 5k.  I was not feeling it and was not in the mood for running at all.  But we are way too early in the game to be skipping dates with the gym, so I went.  It was still tough, but not as bad as it was on Monday.  I didn't start wondering how much longer was left on my final run until there was only 1 minute left!  And I only had to repeat my current manta once - "Suck it Up Now and You Won't Have to Suck it In Later!"

I need to get better about drinking more water.  I've cut my coffee down to two cups, although it should really only be one.  And I haven't had a pop since Sunday afternoon...wonder if I can keep it up...

I feel great after having such a wonderful day...a great run, great calorie count (and not feeling hungry). I hope I get to see results on Monday with my official weigh in!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dinner on class nights

This weekend when I have some time, I need to sit down and figure out some ideas for dinner on Tuesday night for me for the next three weeks.  I have class from 5:30-9:30.  I get off of work just in time to get the boys, change my clothes and walk out the door as soon as hubby gets home.

There is a coffee shop that I can buy some things from, but I can't resist their 4 cheese wrap dipped in ranch dressing.  I haven't asked what the nutritional value is for this, but I can't imagine it is very good.  And I'm sure the whipped cream on top of my caramel macchiato (made with skim milk) isn't the best either.  Since I can't resist it, I need to avoid the coffee shop all together.

Other than my wrap and coffee (which I didn't finish) I did really good today with my diet.  And I did NOT buy the chips, cookie, muffin, or any other tasty, tempting treat at the coffee shop.And I did NOT grab a pop out of the fridge for lunch today, but instead got a big ol' glass of water!

My willpower is building!  Motto for the day:

Day 2 of Week 3 tomorrow.  Should be interesting with my building cold!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Was having a great day....

and was feeling so proud of myself..and then...I came home.  Because it is boy scout night, we don't have a lot of time for dinner, so my plan was frozen pizza and salad.  I started out with a big bowl of salad, then got one piece of pizza...and then another.  Checked in my calories for the day on spark people, and was actually only 20 calories over my goal and within my goals for everything else. YAY! Then I had a third piece of pizza, then a few fruit snacks, and a chip (yes just ONE!)

Ugh, I was doing so well, feeling so proud of myself for how I ate all day long, and then destroyed it tonight.  When I went through coaching she told me I would be doing well if I was good 80% of the time and not so good 20% of the time.  I would consider that my day today, so it wasn't excellent, but it could have been a lot worse.  And would have been two weeks ago.

I moved on to Week 3 of the Couch to 5k program today, and accomplished to kick my own ass!  It was rough.  I remember week 3 or week 4 being the hardest the last time around, so I can't say I'm surprised by this.  But I DID IT!!  I didn't slow my speed down and I didn't stop.  Every time I wanted to quit, I remembered an inspirational quote I found on Pinterest:

Yep, these are the kinds of things that get me through it!

Off to take my Week 1 picture.  Wish I would have taken one when I started this journey, however long ago it was.

Until then, happy running!

No matter how slow you are, you are still lapping everybody on the couch! (Quote found on Pinterest)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Off day turned into off weekend

Considering this my "last hurrah" before the big weight loss venture begins I guess.  I didn't do horrible at eating, but I could have done much better this weekend.  And I didn't do my final day of running either, but I'm still moving on to week 3 of the Couch to 5k program tomorrow, I've repeated week 2 long enough that it should count as being complete.

Last night I spent some time going over a Quick and Healthy cookbook to figure out the menu for the week.  I printed out two months worth of these neat little weekly planning pages from Artsy-Fartsy Mama and wrote my menu out.  Usually we just decide on the main dishes for the week and figure out the rest later.  But this time I assigned a meal to each day, and also include the side dishes to try to get a more balanced meal.  Instead of using the grocery list section as a grocery list (because my list was way too big for that little space) I used it to write out what I could prepare ahead of time and when to thaw certain things to save on time come the dinner rush.

Went grocery shopping today to get everything I need, plus healthy snacks, etc. 

Still not feeling 100% healthy, our family just can't shake this stupid cold.  It seems like it has been around for a month or more.

Tomorrow is a gym day...week 3, here I come!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Off day

Today wasn't such a great day for eating.  I brought some healthy single serve pizzas I bought to work for lunch since I didn't have to do anything else.  Come lunch time I get it out and read the cooking instructions on the back.  Conventional Oven only...SERIOUSLY??  Who the heck makes single serve pizzas that you can only cook in the oven?!?!?  So, it was beef ramen noodles for lunch.  Then hubby sent me a text asking if I wanted McDonald's for dinner.  Yessir...anything to not have to cook tonight (bad I know).  So I got a Big Mac snack wrap, medium fry and a medium chocolate shake. 

Maybe tonight is a good night to break out the Wii Active 2 and get a little workout in with Mr. Bob Green and at least work out a little bit of the yuck out.  We'll see, I'm pretty tired and I need to get some homework done.

I'm still looking forward to next week.  First week of our 10 week challenge at work.  I was nominated team captain, so I get to be cheerleader...among other things.

We are team SAIKI Chicks...betcha can't figure out what that stands for ;-)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Going Strong!

Headed back to the gym today to tackle Day 2, Week 2 of the Couch to 5k program.  I'm running it at 5.0 MPH this time around...up from about 4.3 MPH the first time I attempted this.  Today even the 5.0 seemed a little like a jog, so I bumped up the speed, just a bit.  It wasn't too bad.  I think I'll be ready to move on to week 3.

Eating, I have done pretty well today.  Mostly because I was too busy to think about food for much of the day.  Should have drank more water though.

My challenge for today:  ignoring the last three pieces of cheesy garlic bread sitting on the counter; left over from dinner.

No matter how slow you are, you are still lapping everybody on the couch! (Quote found on Pinterest)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Willpower? Its a work in progress

Today was a day off from the gym, so no exercise for me today.  My challenge for today was to eat healthy when going down to the cafeteria.  I didn't have the time or energy to make my breakfast or lunch this morning.  I had a very frustrating morning and by the time my lunch break came along, I was fuming.  One of the options in the cafeteria was something called a Cheddar Ranch Chicken sandwich.  Of course, it is fried chicken and smothered in cheese and ranch...served with a side of french fries...I'm drooling just thinking about it!  And I really, really wanted it for lunch after the morning I had.  But...what was food going to do to make it better?  In the end, nothing.  But I'm not perfect, so I compromised.  I got the turkey burger on a wheat bun with tomato and lettuce.  Instead of french fries, I got baked Cheetos and I got a small fountain pop.  I was proud of myself for making the mostly right decision.

Chicken stir fry for supper, served on brown rice.  Enough left over for lunch tomorrow. 

I've always said I don't have any willpower, but apparently it is in my head somewhere.  Today is peaked out a little!

Day 2 of the gym tomorrow.

No matter how slow you are, you are still lapping everybody on the couch! (Quote found on Pinterest)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Day 1

Is it bad that I am secretly amused when the person on the treadmill beside me is my age or younger, skinnier than me and walking while I am running? Not that I am some expert runner or anything, and right now I'm only running for 90 seconds at a time but still... Now the logical side of me figures that there is a perfectly good reason for this; injury, health issue, no need to exert oneself to keep in shape... But I entertain myself and try to find any enjoyment out of running on the treadmill as I possibly can. So I internally gloat when I am running and the person next to me isn't. Childish I know, but whateva'!

Today I went to the gym to start week two of the couch to 5k program. I may be a little sore tomorrow, but it shouldn't be too bad. I also signed up for a ten week weight loss challenge at work that starts next week. Me and my two teammates will weigh in weekly and try to win some cash prizes while losing some weight.

My diet was pretty good units I headed to class. Dinner was not my best today.

All in all, a pretty good first day to a new me.
No matter how slow you are, you are still lapping everybody on the couch! (Quote found on Pinterest)

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New Me

I know this is the thought of millions of people around the world right now, as it has been mine many, many times at the new year.  I made some serious progress last year, but then stopped.  Stopped trying, stopped caring...just completely stopped.  Luckily, I have not lost the progress I have made.  But I could be so much further in my progress if I would have stuck with it. 

So, this year:
  • I will run an entire walking
  • I may reach my weight loss goal
  • I will be more healthy
  • I won't be perfect
I say I may reach my goal, because according to the weight loss calculators, I could have it done by August or September.  But we all know I'm not going to lose weight every week.  Some weeks I might even gain weight.  I'm not going to kill myself trying to reach a specific number on the scale.  I will however enjoy every minute of moving down pant sizes, getting rid of the old ones, and working towards a new me :)

Tomorrow I head to the gym with a co-worker, and I'm starting the Couch to 5k over again, at a faster speed.  I'm starting with week 2 because week 1 is actually too simple for me =) Love being able to say that!

Happy New Year everyone!
No matter how slow you are, you are still lapping everybody on the couch! (Quote found on Pinterest)