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The Color Run is Coming!

Today was a great day!  I actually got up & went to the gym in the morning!  This has been a hard thing to do this summer.  But here in KC it’s a bazillion degrees and following my evening workout on Tuesday I decided I must run in the morning when I actually have energy.  I am repeating week 1 of C25K (run a minute, walk 90 seconds) and I was able to run in all the intervals (not necessarily one minute, but almost) except the 6th interval I just walked.  I’m pretty happy with that, especially compared to Tuesday – that was just really ugly!

Anyway, I’m not nearly as excited about my workout as I am THE COLOR RUN!!! It is this Saturday & Sunday – yes, KC had so many excited people, they added another one.  And I know I read somewhere this is a record setting Color Run – they have never had so many participants in a Color Run!  Wow!!! Way to go KC!!

Several of my friends from work & I are participating.  I went to pick up our race packets today & got sooooo excited!!  I was the dork taking pictures of everything.  Packet pick-up was at Arrowhead stadium in their club.  Lil man & hubby joined me and we climbed about 10 flights of stairs (or 6 according to fitbit, but with the heat it felt like twice as many!) to get to the pick-up area.

This was at the top of the stairs in the Arrowhead Club – Seriously it’s 105 degrees outside and they have a fire going??????

They were really well organized and efficient. We were in & out in 10 minutes!

It’s official! I have a running bib for my 1st 5K!!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on my Color Run experience!

Week 24/52: Goals Check-in

It’s been awhile since I have posted a “Goals Check-in” but in order to be accountable I think I need to make this a habit again.  Here’s how the past week went:

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  This is second nature to me now.  My phone is about to die every night because I’m using the MyFitnessPal app all the time to log what I eat and enter my workouts. (Ok, I also play stalk a lot on Facebook, but I use MFP a LOT!  I need to add more friends – always looking for positive supportive motivating friends, so if you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. Sorta – we had a lot of leftovers in the fridge this last week, but Monday I got my Emeals plan printed and got myself to the grocery store and stalked up on the ingredients needed to follow it this week. Also bought my new favorite Greek yogurt flavor – Dannon Oikos Key Lime.  It actually tastes like Key Lime Pie!  In the past when I have tried key lime yogurts, I thought they tasted like PineSol, blech!  But this is soooo creamy & truly limey.  Like dessert in a cup, but with way more protein & calcium.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I feel so free with my “Eating More to Lose Weight” approach that I don’t feel like I have to eliminate my addiction to sugar.  Nothing feels “off limits.” Now, I must admit we had a box of Nutty Bars in the house a couple of weeks ago and that truly tested my willpower.  One “portion” of nutty bars packs a whopping 310 calories… and not exactly filling.  So it’s things like that that I need to break my addiction to.  Not feeling deprived though, especially since I track all of my calories.  I can plan around a meal out or eat lighter during the day if I know I’m going to want ice cream for dessert.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope – I did 3 days.  But those 3 days were following the C25K (Couch to 5K) plan!!  Last Monday, lil man & I went to pick up my running shoes at The Running Well Store and I ran my first day of C25K that evening.  It wasn’t pretty and my knee was a little sore after the first workout, but every time I run I do improve, although it’s baby steps. Tonight’s workout just stunk… I felt so good the first 4 intervals (each interval at this point is run 1 minute, walk 90 seconds).  I was able to run the first 4, then decided to walk through the 5th because I knew I was getting tired, but then the 6th I could barely do 30 seconds and then I HAD to walk the last 2 intervals.  My legs felt so leaden that I couldn’t even walk faster than 3.0.  I don’t know what happened – advice from my running friends??
  • Get more sleep. This is happening – but only because it is summer vacation! But last night, I just couldn’t get comfy.  I woke up at 4 a.m. and laid there & laid there & laid there….. and then fell asleep about 2 minutes before my alarm went off, which was about the same time lil man decided he wanted to get up.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Check out my stats page to see the latest!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks.  So I am securely in onederland! This week I saw a new all-time low (at least for this weight loss journey) on the scale.  I’m gonna make it official – I have lost THIRTY pounds!  I have been hovering at 28/29 lost for months, so I’m wondering if the running jump-started my body into losing again.  (Totally okay with that by the way.) Now, my next milestone is 32 pounds lost – because I’ve been wanting that since April when my 32nd birthday was approaching. I’m hoping it doesn’t take another two months to lose the next two pounds!  30 pounds down 22 to go!!!!

Now time for you to check in! How has your week been? How are your personal goals going?  I would love to hear from my friend who is training for a marathon!

Restart!

L-A-Z-Y!

I ain’t got no alibi, I’m lazy, yeah, yeah, I’m lazy!

This would be the cheer to promote how my last few days have gone.  I last worked out (before today) last Wednesday.  Between the sick kiddo and then, a couple days later, sick husband, add in a church function I was organizing and normal day-to-day stuff and I was spread a little thin.  I am sure if I had really tried I could have found an hour each day to workout, but I just didn’t.  And I’m struggling with my plan to pack my lunch & snacks the night before so that I don’t graze when I’m home.  I’m supposed to weigh in tomorrow and I can guarantee you I have gained weight this week. Probably also some uh…. “natural bloating” going on, too.

This morning, I read an inspirational post by one of the bloggers I follow and while I realize she is waaay younger than I without the responsibilities of a kid, husband, house, and full-time job, I was inspired to kick my bootay into gear today. Basically, she is giving herself 10 weeks (I think that’s when her summer vacation is over) to finish her weight loss transformation. I have 8 weeks until I will see all of my co-workers again and I know I won’t be done with my journey, but  I would love (vain as it is) to hear from them how good I look.

I can do this!  I need to start my weekly reflections on my goals again.  NO matter how boring I think it sounds to the handful of you that read my blog.  I started this for accountability, so I must do that again.  Let me just start with today, and then next week I’ll give you the run down of the week as a whole.

Since the hubby was down & out yesterday, today we had planned to celebrate Father’s Day.  But hubby decided to go to the doctor this morning instead.  I still made us a “special” Father’s Day breakfast.  We had cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and watermelon… yumm-o!  I’m so glad I decided to make the scrambled eggs because in the past I would have eaten 2 cinnamon rolls, but the eggs really helped to fill me up, so while I wanted a second roll, I knew I wasn’t really hungry for it and didn’t indulge.

After hubby ate & took his good ol’ drugs from the doc (dx: bronchitis, poor guy) he zonked out.  So in a way it was his Father’s Day – an almost whole day to himself while the little guy & I went out running around.  We went and picked up my new running shoes!  These wide-width shoes are the same as what I had before, but fit sooo much better.  And I picked up some fancy (read: expensive) moisture wicking socks by Balega so that I don’t end up with blisters.

After the shoe store, we went out for lunch at Jason’s Deli. If you have kids & you have never been to Jason’s Deli, you need to go!  They have a lot of healthy options, an awesome salad bar and most of the produce appears to be organic.  I’m really not one of those crunchy mommas, but I’ve breastfed, done tried the cloth diaper thing and made my own babyfood.  I just like to know what I’m giving my kid is quality food, especially knowing that I have made some unhealthy choices that resulted in my current predicament. Anyway, back to the deli – so not only did my lil guy get a wholesome turkey & cheese “hamwich” (as he says) with organic carrots and organic apple juice, but after we ordered and I was looking around, I discovered that kids meals are only $.99 on Mondays during the summer – bonus!  I had a delicious Mediterranean wrap with olives, hummus, turkey, tomatoes and fresh fruit on the side (about 350 calories total)… soooo good!  (And friends that follow a gluten free lifestyle, they have a gluten free menu!)

The lil’ guy zonked out on the way home and if I hadn’t been driving, I would have taken his picture – so angelic. While he finished his nap at home, I got my new shoes on and headed to the gym. Nerves struck again, as I decided I was going to tackle the Couch to 5K plan again.  By the time my warm-up was complete my heart was hammering just because I was nervous about running!  I was really cautious not to push myself too much.  And it still wasn’t as easy as I thought it might be.  The plan calls for 1 minute of jogging with 90 seconds of walking, but I did more like 30 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking.  And I even walked right on through some of the jogging intervals. The next time I run I’ll try to make it 30 seconds for all intervals and then hopefully the third day I’ll be able to run closer to a minute.  But, I don’t want to push it.  My knee is a little achy this evening, so I hope it feels better tomorrow!

As I left the gym, I snapped a picture of the quote I posted earlier today. “Be better today than you were yesterday. Do better tomorrow than you did today.”  I was better today than yesterday and I know I can do better tomorrow than today. I have 8 weeks to do better than I have been and to make each day better than the one before.

Now I can’t say dinner was better… we had McDonald’s… however, in the past I would have chosen a quarter-pounder, but tonight I chose a grilled chicken sandwich. But I still ate fries – and it all fit within my calorie allotment for the day. Tomorrow I will do better than I did today!

The Running Shoe Purchase Experience

As you know, I was nervous to get fitted for running shoes.  If you don’t know me, I live in the general Kansas City area, so I went to The Running Well Store, which for you locals, used to be the Sports Medicine store.  By the time we reached the front door, my palms were super sweaty and I was ready to run (pun intended) back to the car. I had a pre-conceived notion that although they said they were knowledgeable and helpful on the website, that I would be looked down upon or made to feel stupid with not having any running experience. I was so completely wrong – thank goodness!

As soon as we walked into the empty store, I met Linda.  She was super nice and when I started to tell her what I needed, it all came rushing out: the knee injury, the Color Run coming up, my weight loss, my nervousness. She was so supportive and really pumped me up about being able to complete the run. She asked if I had ever had a stride analysis, which of course I have not, hence the nervousness. And by this time a couple of other customers had come in, so I cannot tell you the relief I felt when she said I could “jog if I wanted to, but you don’t have to.” I chose the not having to option! I walked on the treadmill about a minute while they videotaped me.  More relief: the only part of me videotaped was my mid-calf down… whew.

Then she played back the tape and explained to me what she observed in my  stride. I overpronate, or my ankles roll inward, which means I need a good arch support (and was probably a good reason I injured my knee).  So then she measured my foot and got some boxes of running shoes.  I tried on several different brands: New Balance, Saucony, Brooks and Asics. They were all comfortable in their own way, but the Brooks really fit the best, although they felt a little tight across the top of my foot.  I got to wear them for awhile before deciding to take them home.  I even have two weeks to decide they’re not for me. I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes in my life! But I am sure it will be well worth it especially if I don’t want to re-injure myself.

So yesterday since I knew I was going to do a crazy amount of walking at work, I decided to wear the shoes for awhile to make sure they were really going to work. Well, it became pretty obvious after the first hour or so that I needed to adjust the laces.  They still felt really tight across the top of my foot.  But then I noticed if I adjusted them enough to be not so tight, that the part around my heel felt really loose… hmmm…. not such a pleasant feeling either way.  So I called the store and asked them to order me the wide width shoe.  It should be in in a week – which feels like forever when I’m finally feeling pumped up to start C25K again, but I’m okay with it.  When I get the new shoes I will start C25K and when the Color Run gets here June 30th, I will just do whatever training day I’m on and have a good time!! It may take me longer, but I will run a 5K!

I never did tell Linda about the blog, but if she ever reads this I want her to know that she made me so much more at ease and I truly appreciate her help and support!  If you need a new pair of running shoes, go to The Running Well Store and ask for Linda!

Nervous

I feel ridiculous, but I am so nervous. We are on our way to get me fitted for running shoes. You probably think that’s silly and I sort of agree, but I am still stinkin nervous! Why? Because I will have to run on a treadmill at the store to check the fit. In front of people. Fit people. And they will videotape me… running. This is a nightmare! I’m scared I will do something stupid and hurt my knee again. I’m nervous my boobs will hit me in the face. (Can anybody recommend a good sports bra for the well endowed lady?) But mostly I just don’t want to pass out in front of these people after running a few minutes.

So nervous…. Sweaty palms, butterflies in the tummy… But I can’t back out, because the Color Run is in 23 days and I don’t want to just walk it!! I have to must start C25K! Not that I plan to run the whole thing, but it’s my personal goal to run half. Is that doable?

I’ll let you know how the fitting goes, if I don’t die of embarrassment…

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

My knee has slowly been getting better but I was still concerned I may have torn something, so I made an appointment to see my doctor today. Thankfully I had the day off so I didn’t have to take a sick day off for something probably caused by my own stupidity!

It was good news at the doctor! There is nothing seriously wrong with my knee. The doctor suspects I probably overused it (gee, maybe it was that running at 5 mph I did?) and strained it some. The stiffness I have is probably due to all the swelling in my knee. I really didn’t realize how swollen it was until I was at the doctor’s today and she compared my two knees. There was quite a difference! She prescribed an anti-inflammatory and cautioned me to go easier on my knee for the next few weeks. So friends, sorry you won’t be able to read about my nearly dying doing C25K for awhile. I will be walking five days a week at a pace slower than I am used to and then gradually working up to my full speed before going back to a modified C25K. I am okay with that! We have until June to train for The Color Run.

Does anybody have any tips for really easing into jogging? I think I will need to modify C25K to be even easier than the first week is. And if you have gone from being completely out of shape to being fit, please leave your tips for starting exercise below. Thanks!

And one other piece of good news/random thought… I may have to go weigh at my doctor’s office every week. I was 8 pounds lighter there than my starting weight! I didn’t go to the gym today, so I will have to compare tomorrow.

I must say I started to panic a little before my appointment today. I was so concerned she would say no walking or tell me I needed to see an orthopedic specialist or that surgery was a possibility. I want to accomplished and achieve my goals so much right now that news like that would have devastating! This is still so fresh that I don’t feel like it will take much for me to fall off the bandwagon and back into habits (I guess they would still be habits since I have only done this for a week, but habits I am trying to break) I had not so long ago. I am grateful I have each and every one of you for support!

So while this may a little step back I have so much to be proud of right now. I have made it through week one of my New Year’s resolution and I am still able to exercise with this injury. It was a good day.

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