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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 22 - Lifes lessons and how you handle them

I had a conversation with someone that I love and respect a great deal. During that conversation and few sarcastic comments were thrown out at me regarding my endeavor. Things like, "Good luck with that one!" and regarding my weight loss, "I've done that before and had no luck. Don't feel bad!" Now I don't think that this person meant for them to come across in a negative light, but they kind of did. It wasn't so much the words, but more so the tone in which they were said. (and No, it's not Hubby)

Now the old me would have handled it with the mind set of, why should I even try. Or, maybe they are right, what's the use. Instead, I'm going to use this as fuel. Fuel for my fight. Maybe they were just trying to be funny or maybe they have a little self doubt of their own. I don't think that anyone would want a person to fail. I want to show them that I can do it! You know what, I want to show them that they can do this too!

So, if you are trying something new or maybe just challenging, take what is said to you, both good and bad and just run with it....Pun intended. Instead of letting these words eat a whole of doubt in your mind, put them to good use. Use them to fuel that fire!

My grandmother always said, "Never put yourself down, there are tons of other people that will be there to do it for you!"

Remember, you are your best friend and use that to your advantage.

PS, I still love and respect this person very much.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 21 - 3 Miles

Today, I met my friend Kelly at the track. It was nice hanging our with her, even though my part of the conversation sounded a lot like an obscene phone call, with all of my heavy breathing. We did 3 miles today. We might have jogged maybe a little more than a half mile, but we did the whole 3 miles in 50 minutes. It went real quick and it was a lot of fun. Every now and again, it's nice to switch things up. My feet are a little tired, but I feel pretty good.

The weather wasn't the best, misty and a chilly 34 degrees. Perfect weather, right?

Alright, now for my weight. Drum roll please.........I lost 6 lbs. Sweet! Bring on the next week.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day 20 - 2nd at home weigh-in tomorrow

Tomorrow is the big day, it's been 1 week since I've started keeping track of my food and cutting down on my calories. It really hasn't been that bad. I've been doing some really good recipes, which have been helping out. OK, except the Penne madness earlier in the week, the rest have been good. The family seems to be enjoying the recipes too. I actually got them to eat kale...KALE!!!

During the day, I've been trying to keep busy, with my walk/jogs. The house is really clean. You see if I sit too long, I start to mindless eat. That's where you have a bowl of something and before you know it, you're wondering where the food went. You swear that someone else ate it all. You know what I mean.

Anyway, this week I'll start pushing myself with the Cool Runnings, Couch to 5K program. It is a 9 week program. I see the last 20 days, as a warm up. I think that I needed that, so that I totally don't shock my body when I start a strict program. I think that if I didn't do that, my body would be saying right now, "What the %@$@#???" Instead, it's just kind of going with the motion.

My calves have stopped hurting for the most part and my breathing no longer sounds as if I'm sucking wind. It almost has a rhythm to it....Alright, I'm still sucking wind but, it feels good.

I'm starting to get proud of what I've accomplished so far and where I'm going. Each time I start feel like I can't go any further, I push myself a little more.

I'll let you know how I do tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 17 - Penne Pasta with yogurt sauce...Not so good!

Ok, you can't say that I don't try new things. Last night, I tried a new recipe, Penne with yogurt, tomato & basil. Sounds good, right? That would be a, NO! My Hubby is the only one in my family that sat there and ate it. I tried 2 bites, hoping that I could make it past the bitter, nastiness that I had just put into my mouth. Wasn't happening! My oldest son tried a few bites and my youngest looked at me, while I had this look on my face and decided that he wasn't ready to try this meal......So, I had a salad, YUM!

Didn't get my workout in last night. So, tonight, I'm getting it done.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Day 16 - Back out there

I know that this is Monday, I'm kind of back tracking.

Sat morning, Hubby and I went for our walk/jog. OK, we mis-calculated the distance from our driveway to the front of our sub-division. It is actually, out and back, a mile and a 1/2. Cool, so I've actually been doing a mile and a 1/2 instead of 1 mile. No wonder I've been so tired. Today, I'm waiting for Hubby to come home and do our walk/jog... I can't wait to call it just a JOG....Soon!

As far as my food changes, it's been 2 days and counting. I've been making some new recipes and the family seems to like them, which makes this a lot easier. I have been feeling a little hungry, so I've been hitting the water. Also, thank God for Quaker Rice Snacks, Carmel Corn....Yum! Here's just a sample of the recipes from the last 2 days: Chicken Picatta and Teriyaki Glazed Salmon. Today is going to be Penne w/yogurt, tomato and basil. I'll have to let you know how that one goes.

PS, don't tell the hubby that it's yogurt...that's our secret! :)

As far as how much weight I plan to loose, I'm looking at probably 100 lbs. I know that the first week should be a big number, that's because it's mainly water weight. But, that's ok, it's going to be a loss. I'm going to do it the right way, I've brought out my old Weight Watchers books and I've started keeping a journal and counting points. So far, I'm very excited!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Day 14 - Listen to your body!

For the last 2 days I haven't been feeling right. I went to the Dr today, my blood pressure was up, 150/100. Now my blood pressure has never been an issue. But for the last 3 maybe 4 months I haven't been very active. MY WEIGHT HAS FINALLY CAUGHT UP TO ME! If you know me, it's no surprise, I am over weight. Just by looking at me you can see that. Now it's not a matter of wanting to do this, but it a matter of having to do this. I really do think that this is God's way of telling me, "I gave you good blood test results and you still weren't taking me seriously!" So guess what, I'm taking it very seriously, now. So seriously that I'm posting my weight on here. I know, some of you are sitting there going, "This girl is trippin!" Yes I am trippin, but I need to be held accountable for my weight just like I'm being held accountable for my running. So here I go....oh, and by the way, I'm not doing the usual, "I have to start a diet on Monday. It just doesn't make sense to start a diet on a Friday." I am starting today, Friday! And it's not a diet, it's a change in my life!

OK, my weight as of today, is 259 lbs. Crap, I can't believe I just typed that and I'm not trying to erase it.

SO, there it is. I'm really hoping that someone, anyone will take this information and see themself in the same situation. And see that they too can make a change for the better.

Please keep supporting me, I'll need it!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 12 - Took a little time off

I decided to take yesterday and today off from running. Just needed a little break. I'll start back tomorrow. Until then!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Day 10 - Family Affair

As Sly and the Family Stone sang, "It's a Family Affair".

The whole family went to Heardmont Park today. The boys rode their RipSticks and Sean and I did our walking/jogging thing. Have you ever seen one of those RipSticks? Basically, it's a skateboard, but it is broken up into 2 pieces with a metal rod connecting them. The 2 pieces move separately, so you have to wiggle to get it to go, or you can go down hill. So, if my heart rate wasn't elevated by the walk, it was elevated by my 7 year old going down some small hills on his RipStick. All in all, it was a beautiful day, low 60's and the sun was shining.

We walk our 1st mile on the trials and then headed to the track for the 2nd mile. It wasn't too bad. I did my mile on the track in about 18 minutes and I jogged a little less then a 1/2 mile. I'll keep working on it.

I think tomorrow will be cardio. I have the Jillian Michaels, 30-minute Shred. Bring it on Jillian!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day 9 - My hubby is the best-even though I was cursing him out under my breath!

Today...I did not want to do my run! My back was a little sore, my legs were a little tired, etc...blah, blah, blah. But my hubby, dear old Sean, got me out there. We did our mile and it wasn't pretty. As soon as we started walking, my right calf seemed to seize up. But I continued to walk. Sean stayed by my side, kind of like the geese couple that you see along side of the road. Usually, though, one of them has gotten hit and the other one, it's mate, stays there because they mate for life. Yeah, this was exactly the same, but only different. As far as I know, I didn't get hit by a car. Although, I felt like it.

Anyway, we jogged a little and then power walked. On the way back, he pushed me to jog a little more. Then we made it down the last hill and Sean looked at me, we then started to jog the last bit of our walk. I think that I have jogged more today then all the other walks put together. Thank you for pushing me!

I love you!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Day 8 - Crappy weather, but I still got it in

Ok, Like I said yesterday, today it was suppose to rain. Well, it did! Did that stop me, HELL NO! I even took my dog. He wasn't so happy, but he got over it real quick. The rain was one of those pain in the ass types. But I kept telling myself that I'm already wet, just keep going. I tell you what, that hot shower afterwards felt reall good.

Today I actually had one of the best walks ever. I pushed myself to jog a little further then I have been. My breathing was good and my calves didn't cramp up. Now I'm not saying that I jogged a mile or even a might have been a little under a quarter of a mile, but the idea is, I jogged and didn't stop short of where I wanted to. I feel pretty good, it may seem like a small accomplishment, but for me that's big!

It has really helped me, posting my thoughts out here for all to see (all 4 of you) :) My struggles, my little big deals. I use to keep this type of stuff all bottled up inside, which would just eat away at me and I would never complete what I set out to do. There is something different about this time. I feel like I not only let myself down if I don't get my walk/jog in, I let all 4 of you down. So I hope that this journey that I'm taking helps someone out there, find there way!

Oh, by the way, I put a shirt on today that has been snug on me, guess's not so snug anymore. I didn't tug at it at all today. That's a good feeling! I know that the numbers on the scale will eventually change, but for now I'll go by how my clothes fit.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Day 7- And it continues.....

Today I'm fighting the mental battle. I am trying to focus on the short term. Working towards that first 5K. Knowing that my previous exercise experience was pretty much lifting my hand, with the remote and changing the channel on the TV. It's very difficult for me to fight the aches and pains that I'm feeling. It's as if I have a monkey sitting on my back. Not a cute little monkey, we are talking freckin KING KONG!

I know a lot of what I'm feeling is because of my weight...So therefore, it must go! So, I guess I'll start keeping everyone posted on that battle as well. Sorry, I'm not going to tell everyone what my starting weight is, but I'll keep you posted on my losses.

I would like to take a moment to thank Kim for the book, "The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide for Women". This book is so funny, yet it's full of some good info. I'm halfway through already. This book is about a women, named Dawn and her journey from the couch to a marathon. She too was a lot like me. If you are interested in running, you should read this book. It's a fun way to look at all of you aches and pains.

I'm hoping I can get my walk in tomorrow, we are suppose to have rain. We'll see

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Day - 5, Am I really going to make it to my goal???

Let me just start by saying, last night was the worst night sleep that I could have possibly have. Sean, God love him, snored...not a cute little zzzzzz, but a sucking the wallpaper off the wall, type snore. I think I slept all of 5 hours....

Ok, so then this morning I went for my walk/jog. It was a little more difficult being so tired. I'm finding that my calves are cramping some when I'm walking and my shins hurt a little. I'm trying to fight through it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 4 - ...And then she rested

I just wasn't feeling it today. My legs weren't sore, they were just tired. I didn't have it in me. But tomorrow, oh tomorrow, I'll be back out there!

I'm trying to watch what I've been eating. So far so good. I've stopped my 2pm sweets and my mindless snacking at night, while watching TV. We went out to dinner tonight and I actually only ate half of what was on my plate. (Trust me, I could have downed everything on my plate). Then the whole family shared a piece of cake. I only had a few bits, again, I could have downed the whole thing.

If anyone who reads this blog can offer some healthy recipes or even some cool, jammin music to jog to, please let me know.

Onto tomorrow.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 3 - I think that I just tired out my dog

I'm not sure that I can keep this blog up everyday, so if I miss a few days here and there, please don't hold it against me.

Well, let me start with this, if you can't get outside for you walk/jog, use the Wii. I tell you, this morning I did the 30 Day Challenge on Wii Active. Oh my God, it kicked my ASS! It's pretty cool, I went inline skating, played tennis, played baseball, basketball, did some boxing and did some power squats....all in my own home...Ouch!

A little while ago, my dog, Rocky came up to me looking all pathetic. I asked if he wanted to go for a walk and he started wagging his tail. Now, I don't think he realized that I meant a walk/jog, not stop and sniff/pee every five feet or so. He is now past out in his bed and the cat is looking at him like, "What did she do to you, man?..What did she do???"

We managed to do a mile again and my hubby wants to walk tonight too. Keep it coming!

Oh ya, in case you are keeping track, the weather right now is in the 40's. Heat wave!

Talk to you soon

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Day 2 -- It's so cold out

OK, I woke up this morning with a nasty sinus headache. You know the one, where your eyes feel as if they are going to explode, as well as your forehead. Have to plow through it, right???

Today, it's in the low 30's and I still have to get out there and do my walk/jog. The boys (including the oldest boy, my hubby) went to the football field, so instead of me having a quite 2 hours at home. I decided to head to the walking trail at the park. This isn't your average walking trail. It has hills that would make Mt. Everest look like an ant hill...ok, maybe not Mt. Everest, but these hills are killer. I was able to log 2 Miles of fast past walking and a little jogging. I think at one point, I saw little sparkly things. But that could have been because I was winded. I quess my biggest thing for today was that instead of staying home, I got out there and did my walk. I tell you what, the music that I have on my Ipod is helping! I have a little Kanye, Pink and Lady Ga Ga, along with some other music. I just kind of blast that and block everything else out of my mind and do what I came there to do.

I'm not really feeling sore today. My legs are a little tired, but other than that, not too bad. Oh and by the way, my headache is a thing of the past. Fresh, 30 degree weather really does wonders.

Also, thank you to my Facebook friends. Your support means the world to me. And Sean, thank you for taking the plung with me. I couldn't do this without you and Kristin.
Talk to you soon.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Day 1 -- 17 degrees and I'm starting

This truly started this Christmas. My best friend back home handed me a challenge, to run a marathon in a little over a year and 1/2. Her quote was, "If they can do it on the Biggest Loser, then you can!" Thanks to my Jillian! I love you like a sister. I've decided to start blogging about my experience with training for a marathon. If you know me you will understand how this is a great undertaking for me. I have a lot of negatives going against me, my weight, I have asthma, my parents health, the disagreements throughout my family, etc....the list could go on. For now though, I've decided that they are all mental and some of them I have no control over. I have gone to the doctor and have blood work done, everything good. So, I need to grab hold of the one thing that I can control and for years haven' health. For the last 39 years, I have put everyone else first and I have come in a very distant last place. Most of that time it was just because it was easy. MY TIME HAS COME! I'm done just coasting through my life, I want and need that change.

Starting today, Jan. 9, 2010, I have started. I've bought the fancy running shoes, I have my Ipod loaded with ass-kicking music and I'm ready! My hubby and I started this morning, in 17 degrees weather... 1 Mile down and lord knows how many more to go..... By the way, I wouldn't have started this journey if it wasn't for my two best friends, Kristin V., the one who handed me the challenge and Sean, my hubby, who without him to kick me in the butt in the morning, I wouldn't be able to do this for the next year and 1/2. Thank you both. To all my friends both near and far, thank you in advance for all of your support. Maybe I can inspire someone through my experience.