Today’s Run: They got the Crown Jewels!

Today I ran the training mission for this month’s virtual 5k! I finished the first mile in 14:30! But after that, my back started really hurting me from moving that dresser/closet out of my kid’s room the day before yesterday. I can’t exactly remember what the second mile was (I need to put a notepad in the gym…) but the second mile was faster than my last run.

It seems 3.7MPH is still a struggle for me but I gotta push through it. I shouldn’t expect a difference in my stamina so fast but I’m betting my aching back had an impact.

Now, as for food:

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At my kid’s request, I made a tray of lasagna and we’ve been nibbling off that since last night. It may not be pretty, but man, is it just amazing comfort food. The best is when I’d take a bite and catch a bit of chopped, roasted garlic.

And I didn’t forget about the “Japanese” soup I made the other day. I wrote down the steps and took in progress pictures so I will post what I did to make it soon.

This week made me tired. And not just from moving furniture! But I have 4 miles left to go this week! Gotta log ’em in!

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Today’s Run: 2 outta 3…

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I upped my speed as planned and I finished my first mile in 15:03!! I hit mile two at about 30:10. However, I was flagging in that third ten-minute stretch. I only made it to 7 minutes before I had to slow it down. But hey, that’s what it was like when I bumped up my speed the first time.

My heart rate was up, I maxed out my reps, and I am feeling pretty damn proud of myself! I’m sure in a couple weeks, this speed will be as easy for me as 3.5. I’m betting the weight loss I’ve had has helped me so far and this push will help me lose more so I can get to where I want to be.

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Today’s Run: Slow and Easy

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Ugh, I gotta clean that mirror again…

Anyway, today I strapped the waist trainer belt thing and put the one pound gloves on for my run. I was reading how if you are going run every day, at least some of those days need to be short, easy runs to prevent injury and spare my joints. As I am a plus size gal, I have to take a great deal of care with my knees and ankles. I put the treadmill at 3.3 mph and left it there for ten-minute intervals with a one-minute break in between and a three minute cool down at the end. My heart rate stayed around 150-157 and even my arms got some extra work with the weights on. It may have been a short run but it felt productive.

As for my food, I was bad and skipped breakfast today and just had almonds and popcorn for most of the day. I was not hungry at all but I made up for it at dinner.

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Baked chicken breasts and broccolini with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika. I had enough left over so I get to have it for lunch tomorrow. I tasted delicious so, I don’t mind at all.

I had enough calories left over for a cup of cookies and cream ice cream afterward, too. And yes, actually ONE cup. Not just ‘ZOMG CALORIES’ but I don’t enjoy large amounts of sweet things. I will actually eat a proper serving because that’s all I can take. In fact, I usually don’t bother to buy ice cream because it takes me so long to finish a container, it gets that ice fuzz on it before I’m even halfway through it and I end up throwing it out.

Or, my kid sneaks and eats it when she thinks I don’t know.

If I had a complaint to myself about today, it would be that I didn’t move around over the whole course of the day. I have my Atlas Shape set to vibrate every 30 minutes if I’m being lazy and I was so sleepy, I did not care.

But hey! I finally finished season 2 of Zombies Run! And that’s including all the special Halloween and other side missions. The app is currently up to season 6 so I have plenty to catch up on. And I have the Spring virtual race coming up. It would be nice if I could set a personal record with this race but I am not stressing it. I’m just moving forward.

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Today’s Workout: I’m A Ninja! :D

And there was a zombie headless horseman.

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As promised, here’s my workout for this evening. I am very aware that for my body to make any real changes, I need to incorporate strength training with my running so I picked through the various routines on my Atlas Shape app and switched my primary routine to the toning one instead of fat burn. I already do the running for fat burn.

And yeah, I’m knock-kneed. Deal with it.

I did two rounds of the Ninja total body toning which included Alt. Right/Left Lunge, Russian Twist, Sumo Squat, Prone Hip Driver, and Jumping Jacks. All of these are max reps. I kinda wish Atlas integrated with My Fitness Pal as seamlessly as Zombies Run so I have to add in the routine manually. That’s ok I guess but I feel like I’m missing something in the total burn for the day. But after a 500+ calorie run, that piddly 52 doesn’t seem like a big deal.

I feel sore but kinda invincible. And NO I didn’t take any Advil… I dunno what else to really say but post workout showers are the best.

 

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Start The Thing Already…

I’ve decided I’m going to be blogging about my runs more often. This is not just to pad out my blog with more posts;

 

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But also to really hold myself accountable. I have been running for almost 2 years now and while I did lose weight, I hit a plateau that bugs the crap outta me.

Currently, I am 216 pounds at 5ft 7in. On average I run a 15-minute mile and can complete 5k in about 55 minutes. I feel dead afterward, but I can do it and in a sick way, I enjoy it.

My long-term goals are to be able to run a 10k and to lose 30 pounds so I can move faster and be stronger. I could give to shits about a dress size or looking sexy because I don’t get any complaints about such things.

 

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At my last round of blood tests, I did get some worrying results for my cholesterol so my thing here is HEALTH overall. As a librarian and a writer, I spend a great deal of time sitting. Also, I’m not getting any younger; I’m 37.

Get ready for obnoxious posts about workouts and food. I’m sure you’re all super excited.

 

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Weight Loss Challenge Update

Starting Weight: 199

Current Weight: 190

 

I did it!! 😀 190 was my goal weight from the beginning and let me tell you, at 200 pounds, I thought it was impossible.

My goal now is just to maintain. My lowest weight was 179 and I looked a little gaunt. These days I’m thinking it’ll be good for me to maintain the pounds I lost rather than go for broke and try for another 20 pounds.

I guess it’s time to try on that dress again. 😉

Weight Loss Challenge Update

I always swear I’ll do weekly updates and it never works out… Well, anyways, here we go.

It’s been a little over a month since I started this, and here’s the stats as of this morning:

Starting weight: 199

Current weight: 193

Not bad at all, if I say so myself. And it’s not only the scale. A dress I bought that didn’t fit (swearing I’d lose weight one day) I can not only get in to, I can breathe, sit down, and zip it up. I couldn’t do that a month ago.

For the record, the dress looks like this:

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Only with shorter sleeves.

Now if only I can get my hair to do that…

I’ve also been very good about using the Just 6 Weeks app. I managed to nab it when it was free and now I’m up to 216 squats without feeling like I can’t walk the next day. The next challenge for me with the app is the sit up section.

So, that’s how it’s been going so far. And with motivation like that, I’m psyched to keep going. 😉

Weight Loss Challenge

I was poking around the internetz, looking at all the diet crap I have coming into my Inbox and wondering why the hell I don’t unsubscribe from all of it when I came across this woman’s 100 days of going to the gym challenge.

Now, I know there’s no way in hell I’m going to a gym every day (mostly because I shun other people when I workout) so I’ve opted for the more general challenge of trying to get moving 4-6 times a week.

I started yesterday and even weighed in. I did 30 minutes of Zumba and weighed in at 199 lbs. That’s right, I admit my weight. Because I wear it like a mink coat, that’s why. I’m more concerned about my health.

There is also this…

That is such a ME thing and as you can see, it’s quite unforgiving.

I’m not very displeased with my body, seeing as how men don’t seem to have any problem with it. 😉 But a little streamlining couldn’t hurt.

So, let’s get this shit started.