Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday & Tackle the Miles Virtual Race

Tried to get my 4 mile run in last night but when I went to my Y it was packed.  No treadmills we available and most of the ellipticals were taken as well.  Decided to put off my run until today and do something else last night.  Thought I would try out my new Zumba game for the Xbox Kinect but couldn't do that since hockey is back and hubby was busy watching a couple of games.  Than I thought I would do one of the exercise videos I have at home on the other tv after the kids went to bed.  That didn't work out because I ended up falling asleep while putting my son to bed.

My hubby has a hockey practice planned as long as it doesn't get to cold (it is an outside rink practice).  If that happens I will do my Zumba game while he is at his practice and when he gets home I will run off to the Y (hopefully it isn't as packed tonight) and get my 4 miles in.

On to the weekly weigh in....

Starting Weight: 192.8
Last Week: 179
This Week: 177.4

1.6 pound loss!

Total weight lost: 15.4 pounds

After I had reported my weight for the week on Myfitnesspal it told me I should reevaluate my goals so I did.  I get 50 less calories a day now.  Boohoo!  I am sure I will be fine but it is slightly scarey on the days I don't run so don't get the extra calories.

I will be participating in the Tackle the Miles Virtual Race in February as one of my #13in2013 races.  I can run any distance (5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, or trail run) between Februrary 1-8.  Looking at my upcoming running schedule I decided to run a 10k on February 3.  I already have a 6 mile run planned for that day so I will just run an extra 0.2 miles to make it a 10k.

There is no cost for this virtual race and there will be prizes.  The run is sponsored by Mizuno, Choice Organic Teas, Active Approach, Fit Approach, and Spright.

How was your week?  If you go to a gym, have you been having problems lately getting a machine?  Are you participating in any virtual races?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekly Workouts - Jan 14-20

I got in all my planned runs in this week except for my 2 miles on Saturday.

Last Week's Workouts:

Monday - 4 miles in 55:45 (13:56 pace) - I had this run originally scheduled for Tuesday but it was looking like it was going to be a crazy day so I changed it to Monday.
Tuesday - Rest Day
Wednesday - Rest Day
Thursday - 4 miles in 53.47 (13:26 pace) - This run felt great after 2 days of rest.
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - 2 miles Rest Day - Originally planned to do 2 miles but it just didn't happen. =(
Sunday - 5 miles in 68:10 approx. (13:38 pace) - I found out that the treadmills at the Y force you into cooldown once it hits 60 mins.  After fighting with it for a minute or so I ended up stopping it, making not of the time I had already run, and starting it again.  Unfortunately I forgot to look at the distance and ended up guesstimating how much further I had to go.

Total miles ran: 13 miles

This coming week I have 5 runs planned and it is going to be a challenge to get them all in with my husband's hockey coach meeting, hockey practices, and a scheduled late night for work.  I think I have it figured out but we will have to see how it all works out.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Weekly Weigh In

So for the couple of weeks now the scale has been bouncing between 180 and 181 (I am still weighing myself daily).  It has been some what frustrating but have been trying to keep the faith that it would eventually reflect all the work I have been doing with my runs and healthier eating.  The scale seems to have decided to finally be nice to me.

Last week: 181.8
This week: 179

2.8 pound loss!

I am very happy with this!  I am out of the 180s! Woohoo!  I have been following my running plan and eating healthier.  I eat treats here and there but for the most part I am eating healthy.  I turn down treats my co-workers or parents offer all the time and treat myself to candy or chocolate once in a while.  I am feeling better and my clothes seem to fit better lately.

Today I looked at what I have accomplished in the last couple of months.  I started eating healthier on November 16th.  Since than  I have lost 13.8 pounds, which is approximately 1.6 pounds a week which is awesome!  I started running again on November 25th.  My first 2 mile run was run at a 15 min/mile pace.  On a recent 2 mile run on Saturday I ran it at a 13:39 min/mile pace.  Not to bad!  In December I ran a total of 31 miles.  Since the beginning of January I have already run 31 miles. =)

I am liking that my running pace has gotten faster.  I still have a ways to go but I think my progress is great!  One of my 2013 goals was to get to a 12 min/mile and I can totally see that happening and possibly even faster.  We'll see. =)

Dietbet Update

So the Dietbet that I am participating in is just over half way down.  I am currently down 5.6 of the 7.4 pounds I need to lose, 1.8 more to go.  I am sure I can get this done as long as I stick to my running plan and healier eating.  The Dietbet game has been fun. 

I get concerned with some of the comments I see in the posts.  I know the point of the game is to lose weight but some of the comments concern me that they aren't doing it in a healthy way.  Some seem to get worried when they eat 1 unhealthy food like it is going to have a huge effect on their weight.  Some have said they feel the scales doesn't move unless they are starving.  I just want to shake some sense into these people.

Sure they might lose the weight they need to to win the game but from the sounds of it not in a sustainable, healthy way.  I think you need to have a realistic meal plan.  Ask yourself can you eat this way for the rest of your life?  This should be a lifestyle change not a diet.  I have treats here and there just not all the time.  I eat the same things just in smaller, normal portions not in super sized portions.  I am still losing weight.  I am positive that if I keep up with what I am doing I will get to my goal weight and I will be able to maintain that weight because I am not doing anything drastic.  I am not cuting out anything, including treats.  I am not depriving myself of anything.

Sorry went off on a bit of a rant there, it just concerns me when I see some of the comments in the posts on Dietbet.

How was your week?  What are your thoughts on the whole dieting vs lifestyle change?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Weekly Weigh In and Running Schedule

I did my weekly weigh in yesterday but didn't get a chance to make a post.  I weigh myself pretty much every morning but I don't really count them, my "official" weigh in day is Wednesday.

Last Week: 181.2
This Week: 181.8

0.6 pound gain!

I was not expecting a gain.  I had weighed myself the night before and it showed I was about the same weight as I was at my last Wednesday weigh in.  I almost always weigh more before I go to bed than when I wake up.  Some how I gained some weight over night.  I weighed myself this morning (Thursday) and it showing that I am at a loss now.   I will stay on track, eat healthy and keep up my running plan.

I check the Running Room website almost everyday to see what upcoming races there are.  I know I saw the 3rd Annual Spring Thaw Run on the list a month or two ago and now it is not there.  Was hoping to run the race again as it was my first race last year. 

The other day I noticed that the Loops for the Troops race is scheduled again this year for June.  I did the 10k race with my Dad last year and even though it was pretty hard for me (I didn't train for it), it was a great experience to run a race with my Dad.  I plan to run this race again this year.

A bunch of the people that I follow on twitter are in WDW or on their way there to run in the WDW Marathon weekend.  They so make me wish I signed up for a runDisney race this year, it just wasn't in the budget.  Hopefully next year I can sign up for a runDisney race.  I would love to do the new Dumbo Double Dare Challenge in 2014.  The Dumbo Double Dare Challenge to run the 10k and half marathon in the same Disneyland Half Marathon weekend.  Running through Disney would be a great experience, the sights, the excitement, the characters.  3 medals, 3 shirts, and sooo many happy memories.

I got all of my runs in this past week, 14 miles total.  Woohoo!  My running plan for this coming week is:

Wednesday - Rest Day
Thursday - 4 miles
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - 2 miles
Sunday - 4 miles
Monday - Rest Day
Tuesday - 4 miles

How did you do this week?  Are you running in the WDW Marathon weekend?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wednesday Weigh In and Resolution Run

I am home sick today with a cold.  Blah.  I hate being sick.  I did my 5k Resolution Run yesterday with my cold but more on that later.  On to the weekly weigh in.

Last Week: 183.4
This Week: 181.2

2.2 pound loss!

Pretty happy with this. I have been saying within my daily calories and have doing my runs.  It has been hard on some days with the new years and my oldest son's birthday but I have planned ahead for these and managed to stay on track.

My 5k Resolution Run was yesterday at 11am.  I contemplated not going as I have developed a cold but in the end decided I needed to do the run to start on the year on the right foot.  My goal was just to finish the run and not try to PR.  I also decided to try the run 10 min, walk 1 min strategy which seemed to work for most of the run.  I got a bit tired near the end and walked more than planned but again I had a cold so wasn't to broken up about it.  I completed the 5k in 42.47 according to my runkeep phone app (the race wasn't timed) which isn't great but close to 4 min faster than my last 5k on Dec 2nd and with a cold I'll take it.

Me running in the 28th Annual Brita Resolution Run

I signed up to do #13in2013 which is to do 13 races in 2013 they can be any distance (5k to marathon) and can be virtual races as well.  Most of my races will most likely be low to no cost virtual races as I need to save money for my Las Vegas trip for my 1/2 marathon in November.  1 race down 12 more to go. =)

I didn't get the cross training or strength training I has planned this week except for a bit of cross training on Saturday but I did get in all 3 runs I had planned.

For now I am going to concentrate on getting my runs in each week.  My workout plan for this coming week is as follows:

Wednesday - Rest day
Thursday - 3 miles
Friday - Rest day
Saturday - 2 miles
Sunday - 4 miles
Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - 4 miles

How was your week?  Did you do a Resolution Run?