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Getting my run on.

Archives for November, 2010

The Black Friday Challenge finished up on Saturday.  Pam has already posted her great results.  Way to go Pam!  Nice job!

My results?  I missed one workout and my weight ended at 159.4.  (It was 159.2 this morning!)

I didn’t meet either objective.  I didn’t work out a minimum of three times a week and I didn’t lose four pounds.  I lost 1.2 pounds.

I’m still counting this as a success though.  I’ve finally gotten myself into exercising regularly again.  That was the main point of the challenge.  So I’m going to go ahead and get myself that CAbi shirt I have on reserve.  Yay!

I’m also going to start a new challenge for myself.  Now that I’ve been working out, I need to keep the momentum going, as Pam says.  Pam is going to challenge herself from now until the 18th of December.  I’m going to start a new challenge too but I’m going to extend mine until 1/1/11.  If I don’t do that I know I’ll fall off the wagon over the holidays and I can’t let myself do that.  Here are the rules for my new challenge:

New Year Challenge:

1 – Work out a minimum of 4 times per week with at least one of those workouts being a strength work out.  I can either do the 30 Day Shred DVD or one of the two Shape magazine strength workouts I ripped out and saved last week.  We have weights at home, there is no reason I can’t do a weight training routine once a week.

2 – No eating after 7pm.  This trick has always worked successfully for me in the past.  I eat dinner, I may even eat a dessert but come 7pm, I’m done eating for the day.  Yes, I may go to bed slightly hungry if I ate dinner early or if the evening was busy but that’s OK.  And with the abundance of holiday goodies there are bound to be in the house, I’ll need this rule in effect to help me not completely sabotage myself!

Reward:  A massage.  I haven’t had a massage since Krystle’s wedding in July 2009.  I really want another one!  (I may also buy myself some new clothes outside of this challenge because my closet is a tragedy right now.)

I’m not making a weight goal this time.  If I learned anything in the Black Friday Challenge it was that I can’t control my weight.  I can work out and make the right food choices and still not meet my weight goals.  Until I’m not breastfeeding anymore, I’m not going to make any weight goals.

I admight though that I do have a super secret goal of being back at my pre-pregnancy weight by Levi’s 1st birthday (147 pounds by April 28th) and I’m hoping these challenges will help me get there.  If I don’t?  That’s OK too.  I should at least be in pretty good shape by then if I continue to work out.

Oh, and my other super secret goal?  140 pounds by my 35th birthday (June 5th).  I’m not exactly aging gracefully over here (do not bring up my forehead wrinkles but if you see an ugly gray hairs on my head please do tell me so I can pull those little suckers right out) and I’d love to hit 35 close to my goal weight of 135 pounds.  See?  There I go talking about weight again.  Believe me, it’s not all about what the scale says.  (It is a little bit, I’ll admit.)

I just really want to lose all the extra padding around my middle, get back into racing shape, finish another half marathon, another duathlon, maybe a triathlon or two and just be healthy!

Anyone else want to start another challenge?  Leave your challenge rules in the comment section!

I Am Not In Control

of my weight.  I just have to realize that.  I’ve done pretty well this last week.  Yes, there was some Halloween candy but I got in my work outs and ate pretty well.  On Saturday the scale said 160.0.  I may have to go back to counting calories, making sure I get enough since I’m still nursing, because this eating pretty good and getting my workouts in is not doing the job right now.  I’m not going to make my Black Friday weight goal.  I’m confident I’ll get all my workouts in this week so that I’ll only have missed one this whole time.  I’m hoping I can count that as success and still get my reward.  Pam?  Mark?  What do you think?

Either a food log or back to calorie counting.  I’m going to have to do that if I want to drop pounds.  Maybe I’m eating more than I think I am?

I’ve fallen…into a bucket of Halloween candy.  And I can’t seem to extricate myself from it.  Feeling a pang of hunger?  Stuff face with “fun” size Snickers.  Annoyed with husband?  Feed feelings with Butterfinger.  Bored and don’t want to do chores?  Waste time by eating Kit Kat, M&M’s or Reese’s PB Cup.

I also skipped my Saturday workout, only getting in two workouts last week.  Granted those two workouts totaled 115 minutes in total which isn’t too bad but still – not good enough.

My weight on Saturday morning was 159.6.  That’s one pound less than at the start of the challenge but it’s still 3 pounds from my challenge goal.  And I now have less than two weeks until the challenge ends.

I need to stop the candy eating, start the exercising again and just generally kick my ass back into gear.  Help?  Please?

Week 2 Check-in

Week 2.

Saturday morning I weighed in at 160.6.  Sunday and today I also weighed in at 160.6.  My scale seems to like 160.6 and 161.2.  I’ve seen a lot of those two numbers lately.  What I haven’t seen much of?  159.anything.  Gah.  I had one day in the 150′s and then went back up to 160.6.  Whatever 160′s.  I hate you and never want to see you again.  You’re ruining my life!  (*cue slamming door*)

OK, fine.  I’ll stop being a petulant teenager.  I worked out the required minimum of 3 times last week.  I had my eating in check 95% of the week.  I biked and ellipticaled on Tuesday.  I was going to bike on the trainer again on Thursday but my nether regions were a bit sore from Tuesday so I hopped off and just ellipticaled again.  Turns out when you ignore the bike for two months you lose the ability to sit on it for more than 30 minutes without pain.  Huh.  Who knew!  I’ll get back on it this Tuesday again so I can build up that bike stamina once more.  Saturday I shredded it with Jillian.  She kicked my ass.  Push-ups?  Suck.  Shoulder presses?  Yuck.  Jumping jacks?  Ick.  But, I did  it.  James joined me too.  Now that is cute – little three year old jumping jacks.  Sunday I woke up stiff and sore.  I’m still a bit sore today but not too bad.  I hope that my Saturday morning routine while Kris is at work will continue to be” eat breakfast, play with kids, put baby down for nap, shred, shower, baby wake up from nap, resume rest of day” for a while now.  It worked pretty well.

And now let’s talk Halloween for a bit.  Candy.  Oh, candy.  We have three full buckets of candy at home plus at least four bags of unopened candy too.  I could return the unopened bags but well, no.  So, I need to have a plan.  We have enough candy to last us months and months but if I’m not careful it won’t see Thanksgiving.  Yikes.  So, my plan is this – one piece of any candy I want a day.  I’m not a saint.  I’m going to eat it.  But I don’t have to go crazy either.  So, one piece – savor it – and then plan my craving for the next day.  Will it be a Reese’s PB Cup?  A Snickers fun size?  How about a mini Twix?  100 Grand?  Yum. The rule with the kids is they get one piece a day after dinner and only if they eat all their dinner.  I think that’s a good rule to employ for myself too.

Anyway, Pam and Mark – how did your week go?

And everybody – what is your plan with the Halloween candy?