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Fitbloggin Day 1

Vicki and I were up bright and early for the New Balance 5k along the harbor followed by a breakfast of Uncle Sam’s whole grains and fresh fruit. How did you start your day?

Seven days + 251 miles = Fitbloggin’11

Is anyone else having a problem with time going too fast?  It feels like only yesterday when I arrived in Baltimore for Fitbloggin’10.  I was extremely nervous and had no idea what to expect, but luckily I had Vicki with me and we conquered our anxiety together.  I met so many interesting women and I have no doubt I will meet many more this year. 

As I left Baltimore last year I vowed to be at my goal weight when I returned in 2011, but that was not meant to be.  No worries though.  I haven’t given up.  I’m still making better choices than I was 2 years ago and that is progress.  I haven’t gained any weight back in almost 18 months which is a major accomplishment for me.  My entire adult life has been an up and down battle with my weight, but I finally understand that food is fuel and not a reward.  I know that if I want to have a beer and a slice of pizza I can, but I can’t make that a daily habit. 

So what have I done since Fitbloggin’10?  Here’s what…

  1. I joined a gym and have logged at least three days a week in the gym.
  2. I hired a personal trainer and have actual muscle definition and strength.
  3. I ran my first official 5k in 41 minutes and crossed the home plate finish line at PNC Park .
  4. I went on a cruise and wore a swimsuit in public.  I even hiked through the rain forest in Belize and went 4 wheeling in Mexico.

I may not be at my goal weight YET, but I’m getting there and I’m not letting my weight prevent me from doing things anymore! 

Finally a beautiful Saturday

It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here in Pittsburgh, PA!  What is on your agenda for the day?  Me…I am going to get washed & dressed and head outside to try to get some much needed yard work started.  This is my favorite day of the month though because it is haircut and color day!!!!! Hooray! So I will spending a good two hours of it inside this afternoon, but it’s worth it!  I’m also going to try my hand at a long outdoor walk/run after the salon!  I can’t waste this weather.

Be well and if it’s nice where you are….get outside and soak up that vitamin D.

Follow Up Friday – 2/25/2011

TGIF!  I weighed in on Monday after 2 weeks on Weight Watchers and dropped 2.4 lbs.  Good for me.  I am hopeful I’ll have another loss this week of at least 1 pound.  I’m remembering to log my food and count points 75% of the time.  I need to work on that. 

I’ve finished two full weeks of the Couch to 5k program and after my run today I will have completed the third week.  I love the way this program is set up.  It breaks the run into walking and running sessions of different time intervals.  I’m up to running 3 minutes at a time, which might not seem like a lot, but considering I haven’t really run in a year…it’s a lot.  The first week was 60 seconds running, 90 seconds walking for a total of 30 minutes.  The second week was 90 seconds running, 2 minutes walking for a total of 30 minutes.  This week it’s 90 seconds running/90 seconds walking followed by 3 minutes running/3 minutes walking for a total of 28 minutes.  Next week will be challenging.  The routine is 3 minute run, 90 second walk, 5 minute run, 2.5 minute walk, 3 minute run, 90 second walk, 5 minute run for a total of 32 minutes.  It’s going to be a struggle the first day, but I haven’t quit yet!  I’ll be crossing that finish line on April 9th no worries!  In addition to my 3 days of running, I’ve been strength training with Leigh twice a week and getting in an elliptical workout on Saturdays.

I finally got to participate in our long distance book group this week too.  A group of us are reading Bring on the Joy by Jen Yost, MS ED.  It’s a great book.  We read a section before each call and then discuss how the exercises are helping us find our joy.  It’s so inspiring to hear how the group is experiencing the book.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the author will call in for one of our sessions.  I am so thankful that my friend Jen sent me this book.

I hope everyone has been well and more than anything I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

1/11/11 at 11:11

Am I crazy to be nervous about working out with a different trainer tonight?  Leigh is on vacation so I’m working with Ryan today and Thursday.  I’m actually making myself ill over this.  Silly..I know.  Leigh and I have become good friends and I don’t worry about embarrassing myself with her (and believe me I get really embarrassed sometimes).  I’ve gotten comfortable with Leigh’s style and she knows how far she can push me.   Speaking of Leigh…what do you all think about having her contribute every now and then with training tips? 

I could have taken the week off from training, but I didn’t.  I pushed myself to schedule these appointments and I’m going to keep them.  I deal with new people all the time at work.  This shouldn’t be any different. 

Drum roll please………..I lost 2 pounds this week.  Leigh took my measurements last week and my waist and hips are smaller than the last round of measurements.  My body fat was up by 1% but I can fix that.  Hopefully the 2 pound loss isn’t just a result of my stomach flu last week.  We will just have to see if I can do it again this week.

Happy Holidays!

Just dropping by to wish everyone a happy holiday season.  I’m going to take this coming week to reflect on 2010 and set some goals for 2011.  What are you doing this last week of 2010?

Tis the season?

Tis the season…..

I’ve never really liked that phrase. To me it’s always been an excuse for something.
Tis the season to:
• Gain weight
• Spend too much money
• Slack off at the gym
• Drink too much
• Blah blah blah

Okay, so I’m as guilty as the next person in doing a lot of these things, but it’s not okay for me to use the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas as an excuse to forget everything I’ve learned during the year.  I was starting to feel very depressed and bad about myself because I knew I was doing all those things.  Yuck!  I’m better than that.  So today I have decided to turn Tis the season around. 

Going forward Tis the season to:
• Be thankful for my many blessings
• Show kindness to the people I care about (and the people I don’t)
• Be good to myself (mind, body and spirit)
• Just Be…enjoy the moment

I haven’t written a blog entry in a long time. Mainly because I haven’t been very proud of myself.  I was feeling overwhelmed at work and it was carrying over into my personal life.  My eating was out of control and I wasn’t getting to the gym enough to offset my eating.  I gained four pounds. (EEK!)  I don’t want to say that I was unhappy with my life, but I was just unhappy. 

When I started my wellness journey it wasn’t about the scale, it was about my health.  I forgot that.  I became obsessed with the scale and would get so disgusted if the number didn’t go down each week.  I would go to my personal training sessions and panic if I felt the slightest bit out of breath.  Sometimes I would get so sick with panic I couldn’t finish a workout. 

What an idiot I was.  I don’t know when it clicked, but I realized I have a great support system to help me stay on track.  I know I joke about it, but I really do have the world’s most awesome personal trainer.  I’m not just another client for Leigh.  She has taken an interest in my personal goals and she pushes me.  I need that.  She’s been very perceptive about what is going to motivate me and keep me coming back to the gym.  So today…Leigh is one of my many blessings that I am thankful for. 

When is the last time you counted your blessings? What are you thankful for today?

Peek a boo

Fear not…I’m still alive.  I’ve just been swamped at work and can not find time to do much else.  I hope to update you on Sunday with my progress…good or bad.  I’m still making it to the gym on a regular basis, but my eating has been crap as of late.  I literally feel sick when I think about it.  I really have accepted that my eating habits are directly tied to my stress level.  First step right!

I am curious to know what you all do to prevent yourself from giving in to your comfort foods when you are feeling a bit stressed.

Biggest Loser…spoiler alert

Is it just me or does there seem to be much more game play on this season of The Biggest Loser?  I’ve always had some issue with the concept of the show and the speedy weight loss, but I trust that all of the participants are thoroughly examined before, during and after the workouts.  Good grief, I spent 30 minutes with my trainer last night and felt sick to my stomach.  I can’t imagine working out for 5-6 hours a day.

My biggest problem with the show is how they eliminate participants.  It’s a weight loss show, so why isn’t the person who loses the lowest percentage of weight sent home each week?  Adam didn’t deserve to go home last night.  He worked hard and motivated his team members.  Is the prize money really worth their integrity when they chose to eliminate someone because they are a strong competitor?  Wouldn’t they rather win by competing against strong players?  I guess not.

What are your thoughts on this season? On last night’s elimination? 

And what is with all of the product pitching this year?  Let the commercials do the advertising and stick to the weight loss tips and strategies please.

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