Monday, July 21, 2014

Still Running

I'm still chugging along with the Couch-to-5K. Just completed Week 3, Day 1.

Also, did an additional 34 minutes in the gym at my apartment complex. Stationary bike, elliptical... pure cardio. I was DRIPPING sweat at the end of that 60 minutes.

That's something new I'm doing: working out at the gym. I was running outside, and it was nice. However, I wasn't getting the burn I wanted or needed, because I didn't know my real pace. I was using RunKeeper so I knew I was hitting about 15:00 minute/mile pace, but I wanted a STEADY pace that I could control more easily. And 15:00 minute mile? Not impressive. I want more for myself.

Hence the dreadmill. We've made peace, though, I think. I've done my C25K on it twice now, and it was nice to me today. I can't wait for Week 4, Day 1. I hear that's when most people fall off the wagon. It isn't going to happen to me!

I'm making fitness a lifestyle now, it's finally clicking after I'm 3.5 years into my weight loss journey.

Oh, and I saw a nice weight this morning: 163.8. That's 16.2 pounds down since I started Weight Watchers in February. Pretty nice for me, considering I really JUST started taking it seriously about 2 months ago.

Be well, my friends!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Body Shots

My new goal weight of 145 pounds. I stated it here earlier, and I told my accountability group about it last week... and it was met with some hesitation.

I was told 145 might be too thin. And was asked WHY I want to be that particular weight?

And I wonder what people think I really look like underneath my clothes? (Or why anyone cares what my ultimate goal weight is anyway?)

Does someone mistakenly think I'm some thin goddess under there, even though they can see bulges with my clothes on?

So I'm here to share what I really look like, because I told Lorie I would. I'm sure I haven't done this recently (at least, not since I started THIS blog)... so here goes nothing.

It's not horrible, but there's work to be done.

And I'm ready to do it!

Wanna Be A Runner

I've been talking about fitness for a few weeks, or months, or years (if you count how long I've been saying I want to be active). But one thing I haven't been talking about is the fact that I've always wanted to be a runner. I don't think I ever mentioned it. In fact, I probably have always said, "I hate running. I'll never be a runner."

Defeatist Attitude? Ain't nobody got time for that. I'm all about the Positive Mental Attitude these days.

Long story short: yesterday I started Couch-to-5K!

I did Week 1, Day 1 at noon. In Texas. It was only 90 degrees. I barely broke a sweat. (Lie.)

I'm breaking down barriers, ladies. I'm done with the "I-wanna's" and I'm focusing on the "I'm-gonna's."

I'm gonna be a runner (or at least I'm gonna finish C25K and go from there).
I'm gonna continue with T25 and be an athlete.
I'm gonna get to 145 lbs.

That's my new goal weight, if I forgot to mention it in my last blog post. I'm done with the excuses.

I'm gonna go meal prep for the week now. Just went shopping this morning and I'm feeling like it's a great time.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

BandedWendy and Fitness

I've been absent again, only for two weeks or so, I think. But it's been good away. I've been focusing on eating well and exercising.

Most specifically: when I'm not working out (or simply: working!), I'm watching YouTube videos. I love BandedWendy - I've become obsessed! I started her journey over with her from the very beginning, and she JUST reached maintenance. That's probably 100 videos I've watched.

From now on when I go to bed at night and grab my laptop (horrible habit, but I don't care!), Steve says, "Good night, babe. Have fun watching BandedWendy."

She's just REAL. She knows what she's about, she knows what the lapband is about. She knows the rules, and she's not scared to say, "Hey, if you're not following the rules - that's why you're not losing weight." And I SO believe that.

You have to seriously be ready to change your life.

Today and yesterday, in fact, I bitched out on my fitness. Yesterday was supposed to be a two-a-day, but I completely laid down and enjoyed my bed last night. Then tonight I started one of my T25 videos (Total Body Circuit, to be exact; if you're familiar with the program I'm doing the Gamma Hybrid cycle, which incorporates videos from the Alpha and/or Beta cycles once or twice a week), and I got about 2/3 of the way through it then sat down and turned it off. I made that choice. I'm owning it.

I hadn't had enough to eat today, and I don't feel strong. So I will do it tomorrow. I worked 45 hours this week, which is only an extra hour per day... but when you have been closing as often as I have (three days in a row and then a turn-around today), it gets pretty grueling.

I don't go in tomorrow until 11:00 am, so I have time to do finish the first and start up and finish the second video before I leave for work. And I already have my lunch made.

I'm a planner, what can I say?

Fitness IS a part of my lifestyle.