Thank you for visiting! This is a blog of my journey from an overweight gamer chick to running a half marathon. Wish me luck!
Here are a few abbreviations I use regularly:
GWF = GoWear Fit
C25K = Couch to 5K

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I'm back!

Well, It has been a while. Not sure why I "gave up" on the blogging. It was really helping me to stay on track. I think life got too busy and blogging kept slipping my mind. Sometimes I think that my brain can only fit so much in it and when it gets too full, it starts dumping things.

I am still vegetarian and still loving it. I did have a bit of an issue that reared its ugly head in August. I was not careful enough about tracking my nutrition and neglected my iron intake. As a result, I became anemic. This really affected my training. I was tired all the time and never felt well. Once my Dr told me what was happening, it took a couple of weeks to find a vitamin that had enough iron and would not make me sick. I finally found that Flinstones chewables are the best for me. It took another month before I really felt normal again.

Work has also been absolutely crazy! Lots and lots of stress there. Unfortunately, I am a stress eater and so my calorie intake has been very high. Luckily, since I tried my best to keep up some training, I did not gain any weight, but I did not lose any either.

I decided to go with the Jeff Galloway training program. I am following his interval recommendations. I am slightly off from the schedule, but will be fully back on schedule next week. I did 5 miles 2 weeks ago, a 10K last week, and then 8 miles today.

Well, that is about it for the full update :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

7/12/10 I love being vegetarian!

Well, I have now been meat-free for two weeks and I am LOVING it! I feel better than I have in years. I have more energy and I actually feel happier. It seems odd that a change in how I eat would make a difference in my emotional state, but it really seems to have done just that. I also love that I can eat so many of the things I love like rice, couscous, beans, etc. Since the calories in each meal are typically quite a bit lower than those including meat, I am able to make certain changes and/or additions which make the food taste better and are often healthier. For example, I can cook more often using olive oil rather than cooking spray. I can include cheese a little more often.

I have also been able to add in treats a bit more often. YAY!!! Real Ice Cream!

Tim and I have both noticed a huge increase in our levels of satisfaction with our meals. We stay fuller longer. I am eating far less between meals now; normally just a piece of fruit and a granola bar mid-afternoon so that I have energy for my after-work workout. I have had far fewer sweet cravings than I normally do. The only problem I have experienced is getting enough calories!

My initial reasons for becoming vegetarian were primarily health based. The ethical and environmental benefits were just "bonuses". That balance has gradually shifted as I have done my research. It is now pretty equal between all three. The things I have read about conditions of animals as well as the amount of pollution generated and resources used in the meat industry, are shocking and most times completely revolting. I am more and more certain that this is a permanent lifestyle change. I just cannot look at a steak the same way ever again.

As a side note, I am finally up to where I was at towards the end of May with my running. It has taken longer than I hoped to get back, but now I am ready to move forward again!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

7/1/2010 Day? Who knows....

Wow, I have really neglected my blog. This was mainly due to a lack of motivation. I got really discouraged after injuring my adductor muscles and after an extended "break" to let them heal, it was really, really hard to get back into the swing of things.

I am back now! And more motivated than ever. Unfortunately, I am also a month behind now. I have had some big changes recently though that should hopefully help get me back on track.

1. Team AllEars 2011
I am so excited that I was accepted to become a part of this team. This is an awesome group of folks who are gathering together to help each other to achieve the goal of participating in the 2011 WDW Marathon Weekend.

2. Me? A vegetarian? Yep!!
Tim and I have made the decision to become vegetarians. I feel so good about this decision. It has been 3 days and the only meat I have eaten were a few mini bagel dogs. We were planning on a gradual conversion, but I am ready to go now! :) Tim isn't quite ready to give away all the meat in our freezer yet though.

Our reasons are the standard ones for this type of change. Health, ethical, environmental, etc. It is hard to say whether one reason was greater than the others for me. They are all pretty equal. For Tim, it is primarily ethical and environmental.

So, hopefully it is back to full speed ahead. I probably won't post daily like I was trying to do...we will see though. :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 93 5/18/10

Calories Burned:
Calories Consumed:

Another super hungry day. Also, I walked half a mile during lunch at work and my legs were screaming at me. I could barely get up the stairs when I got home. I had to skip my run. :( I rested on my recliner all evening and they felt better when I went to bed. Hopefully I will be good to run on Thursday.

Day 92 5/17/10

Calories Burned: 2601
Calories Consumed: 2082
Deficit: 519
Steps: 4031

Ugh. I am super hungry lately. It just did not seem like i could get enough to eat today. Also, my legs were really hurting from my run on Sunday, so I had to skip Curves...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Return from Never Never Land

Ok, so I really had not intended to neglect the blog for so long. I really did not want to spend any time on the computer while I was on vacation and then I kept forgetting once I got back. Vacation always throws me off my normal routine for a couple of weeks. I finally got back into tracking my food this past Friday. That was what, three weeks? Egads.

I had a great trip to Walt Disney World. Burned lots of calories and ate lots of calories. Bought way more stuff than I should have. Did some things that I had not done before. It was HOT, but tolerable once the morning humidity burned off. Feet did great; very few problems. :) Looking forward to my next trip. That probably won't be until January for the Half. Seeing how hard it was to get back into gear after this one, I think I will avoid any trips until the race.

I have finally made the transition to running outside. I found a great segment of the Capitol City Trail. Last Thursday went great, but I did overdo it a bit. I gave myself an extra recovery day and ran Sunday instead of Saturday. That one HURT. A lot. I am not sure why it was so difficult. I did get through it though. I am trying to decide whether I should run on the treadmill on Tuesday or hit the trail again. It hurts to walk today, so perhaps the shock absorption of the treadmill would be helpful.

I will start posting daily again tomorrow morning once I have today's numbers.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Quick Fly By ... Literally!

Posting right now from my plane on my way to Orlando (yes, this is VERY cool!)). I am feeling really good today. Very little soreness from my run yesterday. I am actually considering getting in a short run tomorrow morning. I will be at Pop Century and while they don't have a fitness center, there are areas where I can run. I am a little concerned about how my feet will hold up though. Also, I got like 3 1/2 hours of sleep last night. (Not surprising; I can never sleep the night before a trip.) I will see how I feel in the morning when my alarm goes off at 5am. LOL

Day 72 4/27/2010

Got in an awesome workout this afternoon! Since this might be my only workout this week, I wanted to challenge myself. I increased the incline to 1.5% for the first 10 min, increased my speed for the last half, and followed next week's schedule. I got in 14 min of running. This is basically the half way point for me. I am seriously considering pushing the program a little and skipping a week here and there. We will see :)

Calories Burned: 3065
Calories Consumed: 2040
Deficit: 1025
Steps: 10,887

Monday, April 26, 2010

Day 71 4/26/2010

Should have gone to Curves...

Calories Burned: 2405
Calories Consumed: 1535
Deficit: 870
Steps: 4078

Week 10 Recap

Well, I had no change in weight this morning. I feel like I am retaining a lot of water, so I am happy with maintaining this week. The past week was kind of up and down. I leave for WDW this coming Wednesday, so I am interested to see how my calorie burn looks with all that walking. :) I probably will not get my runs in on Thurs or Sat, but we will see how I feel.

Day 70 4/25/2010

Calories Burned: 2444
Calories Consumed: 1540
Deficit: 904
Steps: 3430

Day 69 4/24/2010

It was one of those dreary, lazy Saturdays. The temps was cool with periodic rain/drizzle and I was tired...all day. I get those days once every 3-4 months when I just feel run down and all I want to do is sleep.; which I did yesterday...a lot. I took a nap mid-morning and then pretty much laid about the rest of the afternoon. I was feeling better at about 5 and I decided I had better get my run in before the feeling went away. I got started and was still feeling good after my warm up, so I decided to test myself and see how long I could run without walking. I walked 2 min and then started running. I went slow, but I hit 7 min. I was still feeling pretty good and I could have done more, but I decided to walk a couple of minutes and then run the remaining 5 in a single set and then walk the rest at a good pace. Heh, well...my energy plummeted once I started walking again. I walked 2 min and started running again. I got 2 min in and had to walk. I was only half way through my workout and I was already beat. Those last 15 min were among the hardest I have done. I really had to force myself through it. I did cut my cool down short though. My calorie burn was a whole lot lower than normal too.

Lesson learned; guess these things really can only be learned from experience. I know that fuel is needed for exercise, but I underrated its importance since I am still only at 30 min (well, 45 with warm up and cool down) and my pace is still slow (I was at 4.5 but had to slow down to 4.0 when I increased the incline). Obviously I don't need to fuel up like I might for a race, but I cannot perform well if I am on empty. Performance is important for improvement and calorie burn.

Calories burned: 2540
Calories consumed: 1484
Deficit: 1056
Steps: 5772

Day 68 4/23/10

Calories Burned: 2492
Calories Consumed: 1830
Deficit: 662
Steps: 6441

Friday, April 23, 2010

Day 67 4/22/2010

Happy Earth Day!!!

Another great day! Again, I am finding that being so far away from the rest of the dept (and my files) is helping my calorie burn and steps. :)

Another great run! It was just a little easier today, so things are looking good!

Calories Burned: 3218
Calories Consumed: 1649
Deficit: 1569
Steps: 12,850

Day 66 4/21/2010

I really should have gone to Curves. I was really, really tired though, so I decided to just go home. Oh well...

Calories Burned: 2597
Calories Consumed: 1507
Deficit: 1090
Steps: 6196

Day 65 4/20/2010

Wow! Holy calorie burn Batman! I moved to a new location at work today. I am in a different building and a different floor. Most of my department is still in the other building. I had to make the trek over there three times after I moved! Also, my new location is much farther from the parking garage. LOL, at least the additional calorie burn is nice.

I had a great run as well. I made the transition to running every other minute (previously it was run 1 min, walk 2, then repeat). This week was 12 minutes running; I walked the last 5 min since my workout is 30 min. It was definitely challenging, but I did it!

Calories Burned: 3261
Calories Consumed: 1826
Deficit: 1435
Steps: 12,660

Day 64 4/19/2010

All I have to say is CURSES to Tim and his Banana Chocolate Chip Bread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Calories Burned: 2589
Calories Consumed: 2615
Steps: 6063

Monday, April 19, 2010

Week 9 Recap

Woohoo! Another 3 pounds gone!

I had two NSVs (Non-Scale Victory) this weekend. First, I now am fitting into my new Lane Bryant jeans. They are just a little snug when I first put them on, but then they stretch just enough to be perfect. Yay! I am still a few pounds over where I got to last year, but my size is actually smaller.
Second, on Saturday, I fit into the theater seats without my hips being crammed into each side! That felt so amazing!

Day 63 4/18/2010

AWESOME workout today! I have decided that the Sauconys that I got last week are not right for me. I wore my NB 805s and the difference was simply amazing. I had no pain at all during my running segments. The entire workout felt amazing. With the Sauconys, I had pain within seconds in my ankles, knees, and feet. I am hoping I will be able to take them back.

Calories Burned: (apparently the GWF did not sync right this morning, so I will post later today)
Calories Consumed:

Day 62 4/17/10

Was feeling really tired all day, so I decided to postpone my C25K workout until Sunday. Tim and I went to see Kick Ass with Mike and Sarah. It was AWESOME! We went to a new Mexican restaurant for dinner. I really did not care for it much. I may have over-estimated the calories for it, but better over than under.

Calories Burned: 2481
Calories Consumed: 1653
Deficit: 828
Steps: 4092

Day 61 4/16/10

Ugh...too much McDonalds today. BADBADBADBADBAD! What the heck was I thinking?! I walked for a hour on the treadmill while watching Scarecrow and Mrs King just to try and make up a few of the calories.

Calories Burned: 2894
Calories Consumed: 2295
Deficit: 599
Steps: 8388

Friday, April 16, 2010

Day 60 4/15/2010

Ok, so it was not my intention to have such a high deficit today. I just was not very hungry; especially after my treadmill workout. I even ate ice cream just to get my calorie count up a bit more!

I got in a great walk in the morning; the weather was perfect to walk outside and I walked longer than originally expected. I also got in a great C25K workout. It was much, much better than Tuesday. I still have to go a bit slower on the running portion since the incline is higher, but I am not too worried about speed right now. I am feeling it in different muscles than I used to, which is not surprising.

Calories Burned: 3075
Calories Consumed: 1465
Deficit: 1610
Steps: 10,845

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Day 59 4/14/2010

I ad a fairly decent day. It was Wednesday, so work was stressful. I was deperate for chocolate after lunch, so I got a KitKat from the vending machine. Then, in my last meeting of the day, Irmgard brought in cookies from Panera. I was not able to resist and so I had a chocolate chipper cookie. I knew how many calories there were, but I did not care. Luckily, I had a good workout at Panera and had a good calorie burn. My deficit was still decent, so I am happy.

Calories Burned: 2880
Calories Consumed: 2095
Deficit: 785
Steps: 8786

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Day 58 4/13/2010 Rough Workout...

Legs were feeling normal again, so I decided to go ahead with my planned C25K workout. It was a bit different this time though. I have decided to increase the incline to 1%. I am not really sure why I did not do this from the start. I knew from my research on running that adding the 1% incline helps to add difficulty to a treadmill workout to make it more similar to running outdoors. I think I just did not truly believe that it would be all that much harder to run outside vs on a treadmill. That, and I think I was a little afraid that adding the incline would make it too hard for me to get through my workouts.

Anyway, based on the suggestions from multiple folks, and the lessons learned on Saturday, I had the incline at 1% when I got started. The warm up went fine, though I did feel soreness in my legs so I knew that I would need to take it easier throughout the workout. This week is 20 min walking and 10 min running. I am still running in 1 min segments. This time I was running 1 min and waling 2 min and then repeating the cycle. The first running segment was painful...enough that I was really worried that I would not be able to get through it all. I did get through it, but I had to go much slower than normal and I had pain on each segment.

The combination of 1. recovering from shin splints, 2. new shoes, 3. increased incline, and 4. increase in run time made this workout one of the hardest, if not THE hardest in the last 10 weeks. I did lots of stretching afterwards. I had a raid in WOW and had to sit for several hours after; my hamstrings tightened up a little, but not too much. I had a little soreness when I went to bed, but it was just soreness, not any real pain.

When I was researching shin splints (yes, I research everything...sometimes too much), I found several exercises for strengthening specific muscles that will help prevent shin splints. I will be looking again at lunch today and printing those off. I used to get pretty bad shin splints when I was a kid. This past case was really mild, but I do not want that to happen again.

Calories Burned:2963
Calories Consumed:1495

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day 57 4/12/2010

Calories Burned: 2509
Calories Consumed: 2012
Deficit: 497
Steps: 4867

Monday, April 12, 2010

Week 8 Recap

I am now down 11 pounds! It was a really good week. I was very careful about what I ate and had some great workouts. I will try to repeat that this coming week and hope for the best. It does, however, look like I will need to skip Curves Monday. I want to really give my legs time to recover.

Day 56 4/11/2010

I decided I had better stick with the planned rest day today since I have these shin splints. More recovery time will give me a better chance at being able to run on Tuesday.

Calories Burned: 2318
Calories Consumed: 1749
Deficit: 569
Steps: 2898

Sunday, April 11, 2010

An Impulse 5K - Lessons Learned

Well, Saturday was certainly interesting. I decided to do a 5K. A couple of days ago, while I was looking at a website for a local running store, I saw that the American Cancer Society Run/Walk was taking place this weekend. TDS used to sponsor this and paid the entry fee for any employee who wanted to participate. They stopped doing it last year (lack of interest I think), but I had done it all the prior years.

I thought about registering the day of the event, but wasn't really sure if I should. Well, yesterday morning, I woke up and decided I would go. I showered, put on my workout clothes, new shoes, and put some music on my new Sansa mp3 player (it is tiny and I love it). I headed out to Warner Park, registered, and waited for the event to start (about an hour since I had gotten there early).

My plan had been to follow my normal scheduled workout plan, which included 8 min of running. Well....it did not quite go as planned. See, I have never run outside before. Since I started this two months ago, I have only used the treadmill. I knew that running outside would be different, but I was not sure how different. I have heard some people say it is harder to run outside, and others say it is easier. Well, it was most definitely harder for me. It did not help that we had a strong wind (other than that the weather was perfect). I was able to run 4 one minute segments. I just was not able to do anymore than that. I tried, but it was too much.

Even though it was harder to run, I was able to really push myself on the walking. I actually beat my previous best pace. It was 17:27, but my average on Saturday was 16:46! I actually did the first 2 miles in 32 min, which is a 16:00 pace!

Towards the end of the walk, my feet were hurting a bit, but other than that and being tired, I was feeling pretty good. When I crossed the finish line, I headed over to the food/water stand for some water. After I slowed down, my leg muscles started quivering. That has never happened after my treadmill workouts. I drank a bunch of water, stretched a little and then headed home.

Here comes the BIG MISTAKE!
I had noticed that Valvoline was having a one day special for $19.99 oil changes. I really, really needed to have mine changed and so I decided to stop on my way back home. I thought I would get a "quick" oil change and then go home to eat lunch. OMG! I waited in line for nearly an hour and a half!!!!!!!!!!!!! The whole time, sitting in my car. At least it was a really nice day out and I had the windows down and radio on.

Unfortunately, what I did not realize at the time was that as I was sitting in my car, my muscles were tightening up. When I finally got home and got out of the car, my legs HURT!! I don't mean they were just a little sore, it hurt to move! I barely got up the stairs. And, I hurt all day. I tried to do some stretches throughout the day, but the damage was already done.

Also, I was really tired the rest of the day. I think that might have been because I only ate a small amount for breakfast. I had a banana and half a bagel...and then did not get lunch until almost 2pm.

Today (Sunday), I am feeling much better, but I do have some soreness still in my legs and I have mild shin splints.

So, overall I am glad I did it, even though I learned several lessons the hard way.

Lessons Learned:
1. Eat a decent breakfast before a race and have a snack with me for after the race.
2. Bring water with me; there might not be any water stations along the route (like on Saturday).
3. It is harder to run outside (at least for me). My goals need to be more conservative than they would be on a treadmill.
4. When I am not on a treadmill, it is really hard to determine what pace I am walking/running at until I pass a mile marker. I need to learn how to pace, otherwise, I am likely to overdo it (which I think I did on Saturday).
5. Recovery after a race takes longer than after a normal workout. I need to stretch more, and take my time before leaving.
6. Do not sit for a long period of time after a race.

Day 55 4/10/2010

Calories Burned: 3259
Calories Consumed: 1601
Deficit: 1658
Steps: 10,953

Day 54 4/9/2010

Well, I finally decided that it was time to get new shoes, so I went to Endurance House, which was recommended by several of my coworkers. It was pretty neat. They did a footstrike analysis which showed that I have more of a neutral strike. Apparently, everyone needs a bit of pronation, which helps dissipate the impact through the foot. I only pronate a tiny bit, and so I needed a shoe with extra cushioning to absorb the impact. I got a pair of Saucony Ride 2 and I really like them :)

Calories Burned: 2700
Calories Consumed: 1396
Deficit: 1304
Steps: 6779

Friday, April 9, 2010

Day 53 4/8/2010

Today was a good day. Work went by fast and I was able to get a morning walk in. Had a good treadmill workout, but when I finished my last running segment at 24 min, I hit something on the display that reset everything. Ugh...and I had been doing better than Tuesday. I had been hoping to see a pace improvement again, but I lost it all. :( Oh well, I just copied what my Tuesday distances were and I will try again on Saturday.

Calories Burned: 3047
Calories Consumed: 1787
Deficit: 1260
Steps: 10545

Thursday, April 8, 2010

March Miles and Minutes

Well, since I have been recording my workouts at Active.com, I think I will start posting my monthly stats for miles walked/ran and time spent at Curves. This will give me an additional way to track my progress.

Miles walked/ran: 29.93 miles
Time walked/ran: 10hours 50min
Time at Curves: 4 hours 30 minutes

Day 52 4/7/2010

Somewhat decent day. I woke up feeling great, but then along came my weekly Wednesday 9am conversion meeting. Those always seem to sap all my energy, and today was the same. I was tired the rest of the day. I got in a good 15 min walk at work. I almost did not make it to Curves though. I was tired and just wanted to go home and veg the rest of the evening. I had to stop by Walgreens after work to get Tim some allergy medicine. As I got to the doors, I noticed the sign that said "All Easter products at least 50% off!". Well, I LOVE Peeps! So, I decided that if they had any Peeps left, then I would buy one package and go to Curves. Guess what? They had one package left; I ate 2 on the way to Curves and 2 after :)

Calories Burned:2884
Calories Consumed: 1379
Deficit: 1505
Steps: 8159

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Day 51 4/6/2010

Well, deficit was very high today, but that is what I was aiming for. I want to do this several more times this week just to see what effects it will have. Had a good C25K workout. I am up to 8 min running and 22 min walking, not including warm up or cool down. My toe actually hurt a little on this run, but not a lot.

Calories Burned: 2813
Calories Consumed: 1213
Deficit: 1600
Steps: 7381

Day 50 4/5/2010

No weight change today, but I am not surprised. I had a lot of high sodium foods and I am retaining water. Stayed home with a migraine today, but was feeling better in the afternoon, so I went to Curves.

Calories Burned: 2800
Calories Consumed: 1912
Deficit: 888
Steps: 6583

Week 7 Recap

Well, I am missing several days worth of posts. It was a bit of a rough week. Stress at work is through the roof. On top of that, it was that time of the month and so my cravings were through the roof! We ate out quite a bit and I made brownies this weekend...and ate most of them. Ugh! At least I kept up with my workouts.

Anyway, I am not going to worry about it and start fresh on Monday. I talked to Tim and told him that I need his help. I want to avoid any and all fast food and eating out for the next three weeks. I only want to eat what I can accurately record. We really need to cut back on our spending anyway.

I finally went to the Dr about my toe. It is broken. He said, however, that if working out has not been causing pain in my toe, I am ok to continue. He said that the impact from running is focused on the ball of the foot and larger toes. The little toe only comes into play with something like trail running, when there are variations in terrain.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Day 45 3/31/10

I really dislike the end of each quarter. We have a lot of SOX requirements we have to meet at work that revolves around end of quarter. Today was absolutely crazy. I did not get a chance to walk at work at all. I did get in a good Curves workout. I had to force myself to go though. The weather has been absolutely FABULOUS; I just wanted to go home and relax with all the windows open! I reminded myself that there will be times when I am unable to go (illness, etc), and so I when I don't have a valid excuse, I need to make sure I go.

I have learned not to ask Tim what we are doing for dinner at a time that I am famished...I tend to agree with anything. So, last night we went shopping and ate dinner at Outback. I love Outback and if I had stuck to my usual, it would have been fine, but nooooo...I was STARVING at that point so I ordered Aussie Cheese Fries...probably the worst thing on the menu after the Bloomin Onion. We at least ordered the small one. I also ordered the Outback Special 6oz, salad w/thousand island dressing, and green beans. Oh, and I should mention that Tim met me for lunch earlier and we had HuHot (though I was pretty good and really watched my portions).

So, after all of this, I was just hoping I was even for calorie burn and consumption. Turns out that some of my assumptions were wrong. Outback has detailed nutritional values on their website. Since I only ate about half my other food after those cheese fries, and we got in all that extra walking from shopping, I actually ended up ok! (well, except for some gastrointestinal revolts due to all the extra fat I consumed...)

Calories Burned: 3078
Calories Consumed: 2217
Deficit: 861
Steps: 10,184

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day 44 3/30/10

Ran for the first time on the new treadmill. I put in a Scarecrow and Mrs King dvd and got started. The workout (5 min warm-up, 30 min workout, and 10 min cool-down) went by amazingly fast. It did, however, feel quite different and hurt a bit more than usual. It was different partially because my old treadmill did not really stay steady on speed. If I wanted to walk at 3.0 mph, it would vary between 2.8 and 3.2. With the new treadmill, it is much more accurate, so it will take a little more getting used to. I felt more pain in my knees and legs than I have in the past. This might have been caused by the new treadmill, but it might not have been. I will see how it goes on Thursday. I can adjust the "softness" of the track, so I might just need to play around with that a bit.

Calories Burned: 2954
Calories Consumed: 1925
Deficit: 1029
Steps: 9417

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 43 3/29/10

Worked at home, so calorie burn was a little low, but still good. Got in a great workout t Curves. I think my toe is finally healing, albeit very slowly. I discovered that one of my favorite "treats" is actually not bad for me like I thought. I love the El Monterey Shreeded Steak Taquitos. They are only 160 calories and 4 grams of fat for 2. I normally eat 4, so that is 320 calories! Add in just a little for the salsa, and that makes a great lunch!!! Woohoo!!!

I think I am finally past my "ravenous" phase. I was hungry all the time last week, which is why my average deficit was closer to 700. I easily met my deficit yesterday, and that was including a chocolate Frosty from Wendy's!!

Calories Burned:2690
Calories Consumed:1517

Monday, March 29, 2010

Week 6 recap

Down another 1.4 lbs. :) I indulged a bit too much over the last week, so this is a great loss! Also, I feel like I am retaining some water, so the loss could potentially be a little more, but I am not going to worry about that. :)

I am looking forward to the coming week since I have the new treadmill set up now. I just have to make sure I don't overdo it! I don't think I have ever been quite so eager to workout!

I also had a difficulty sleeping most nights this past week. I am really not sure why. I slept really great last night though. My sleep efficiency according to the GWF was 89%!!! This was the highest I have ever seen.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Day 42 3/28/10

Woohoo! Tim and I got the treadmill put together and it is AMAZING!!!! I am so gonna love this thing. :) Today was a rest day, but I had to try it out. I put on Stargate and walked 30 min. It has a tv, fan, speakers, the works! I spent most of my bonus on it, but it was soooo worth it!

I was up and down the stairs a bunch today between laundry, getting the rest of the treadmill pieces upstairs, and cleaning out the garage. My knees are bothering me a bit, but hopefully they will feel better tomorrow.

The only bad thing today was that I ate way too many cookies! At least they are almost gone. My weakness for sweets is always my downfall.

Calories Burned:2537
Calories Consumed:2034

Day 41 3/27/10

Had an awesome workout! I was able to do 5 minutes running in 1 minute segments! The last minute I split into two 30 sec segments. I was getting really tired on the last segment, but by the time I hit the 30 min mark, I got a burst of energy and extended my cool down to 10 minutes.

Jamie came over and helped bring the treadmill base up. He and Tim had a heck of a time. It is extremely heavy.

I had spent two hours getting ingredients for green chili into the crock pot earlier and we ate that along with some quesadillas, guacamole, chips, and cookies. We watched a couple of movies and had a great time!

Calories Burned:2949
Calories Consumed:1905

Day 40 3/26/10

Calories Burned:2737
Calories Consumed:1985

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ponderings about the journey so far...

Wow, I cannot believe that I am about to finish out Week 7 of the Conservative C25K! It really does not feel like it has been that long. I was talking to Tim yesterday after my workout about it. I remember when I started back up (after taking a 3 month hiatus), I could barely go 10 min on the treadmill, and that was at a 2.5 mph pace. Now, I am running at 4.5 mph in 30 sec segments and walking at 3.0-3.5 mph in between. Every week, I improve on my overall pace. Last week, my best pace was 19:36 minutes/mile. Yesterday, I was at 17:51. I really felt it too. My upper arms hurt, my butt hurt, my legs hurt, but I felt awesome! Today, I only have a little soreness in my right hamstring and I am sure that will go away once I get my morning walk at work.

I am amazed at the amount of calories I am burning. This has been great since it has allowed me to "splurge" on treats while still keeping close to a 1000 calorie deficit.

I really need to get fitted for shoes. I have been waiting for my toe to heal; that is taking longer than I expected. Oh well, another week probably. We should be able to get the new treadmill set up this weekend. It is HUGE and Tim and I cannot handle it ourselves. Jamie is coming over Saturday to help. LOL, he could probably get it upstairs by himself!

I have found that there are a lot of people out there like me; overweight and making the goal to become a runner. It has been very inspiring and motivating to read their stories, successes, and challenges. I know I can do this!

Day 39 3/25/10

C25K workout was really tough today. I decided to break out my 5 min warmup from my 30 min workout, so technically I did 5 min more than I had been doing. I figured it would be easier to do this now since I will have to eventually.

Calories Burned:2977
Calories Consumed:1962

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day 38 3/24/10

Had a decent workout at Curves. Decided to splurge a little and asked Tim to pick up ice cream on the way home. He got me a large McFlurry instead of a regular. I was just gonna eat half, but before I knew it, it was gone :(

Calories Burned:2722
Calories Consumed:1936

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Day 37 3/23/10

Today went much better. I got a walk in during the morning at work. I was worried about how my toe would feel during my C25K workout. Also, since I missed Saturday's workout, I wasn't sure how well I would do. This week, the running portion increases again by 2 min bringing it to 6 min running and 24 min walking. It went great! No toe pain at all. I ran 30 sec every 2 min. I was more tired at the end than I normally am, but I got through it!

Calories Burned: 3003
Calories Consumed: 1553
Deficit: 1450
Steps: 9331

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day 36 3/22/10

Was in a meeting all day so I did not get a walk in. I did go to Curves and had very few problems with my toe. It still hurts, but I am able to push past that.

Calories Burned: 2649
Calories Consumed: 1706
Deficit: 943
Steps: 5534

Monday, March 22, 2010

Week 5 Recap

Woohoo! Finally down again. Weighed in at 2.4 pounds under where I was last Monday. I had a really off week between Mom being here and injuring my toe. This next week should go better. I am only going to eat what I can accurately record calories for and I am hoping to get all my workouts in. My toe is still bothering me, but I am crossing my fingers that it will fell well enough by Tuesday for my C25K workout.

Day 35 3/21/10

Toe is better., but still hurts if i put much weight on it. Did laundry without too much pain going up and down the steps. I had been hoping to get in a slow walk on the treadmill, but Tim and I went out instead. Had dinner and went shopping.

Calories burned: 2519
Calories consumed: 1780
Deficit: 739
Steps: 4698

Day 34 3/20/10

Still was not able to walk much because of the toe. Luckily, the swelling and bruising started to go down a bit by early evening. I went into work for a few hours and Tim and I went grocery shopping, but not much else.

Calories burned: 2561
Calories consumed: 1699
Deficit: 862
Steps: 4544

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Day 33 3/19/10

Well, since I injured my toe in spectacular fashion, I worked at home and stayed off my feet as much as possible. I absolutely hated doing that. I got so stiff and achey just sitting all day. Lowest calorie burn so far.

Calories Burned: 2184
Calories Consumed: 1417
Steps: 1786
Deficit: 767

First Setback?

It looks like I might have my first real setback. When I got up Friday morning, 3/19, I jammed my foot into the baby gate we use to block off the litter box (Artoo prevention). My little toe is now a beautiful purple color and hurts like heck when I put weight on it. I can move it fine without pain, so I am pretty sure it isn't broken. It looks like I may have to cancel any real workouts over the weekend...hopefully it won't be for too long.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Day 32 3/18/10

Calories Burned: 2951
Calories Consumed: 1783
Deficit: 1168
Steps: 9944

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Day 31 3/17/10

I was so tired on 3/17. I decided to skip Curves and get some extra rest. I will probably go Friday instead. Luckily, the cookies Tim made are almost gone...

Calories Burned:2662
Calories Consumed:1983

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Day 30 3/16/10

I am still pretty sore. I walked at work in the morning and that helped a little; at least I did not feel so stiff. I am also really tired. I was really dreading my treadmill workout because the number of run minutes doubled. I got through it fine though. I only felt a little ache in my knees at the end, but that went away fairly quickly.

Calories Burned:2953
Calories Consumed:1859

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Day 29 3/15/10

Worked at home today, so calories burned and steps were a little below what I have been averaging. Still good though. Calories consumed was also a little higher because Tim made chocolate chip cookies. YUM! I ate 6!!! Definitely worth it though.

My thighs are so sore from Saturday! Because of this, Curves was much harder than normal. I normally jog in place on the recovery boards and I try to push myself on these segments, but I had to really tone down the effort today. My right thigh just above my knee is the worst. I cannot even fully stretch it; it is too painful. I am NOT looking forward to my treadmill workout on Tuesday. I am supposed to increase from 2 min to 4 min running...ugh.

Calories Burned:2611
Calories Consumed:1806

Monday, March 15, 2010

Week 4 recap

Well, I am up another .4 lb. I wish I knew if it was due to water retention from this weekend's unique dining, from water retention due to muscle repair, from gaining muscle, or from fat gain. I keep reminding myself that I guessed I would not see any good results on weigh-in for two weeks after starting Curves. I also started running during this time. Even so, I was hoping to see just a little loss. This is the end of the 2nd week, so I will wait and see what happens next week.

Day 28 3/14/10

Sunday was another really busy day. Mom and I went to a movie in the morning, we picked up Tim and went to lunch, did a little shopping at Costco, did my treadmill workout and then I did laundry all afternoon. I am being lazy and just estimated calories for the day in my tracker, so I will not be posting numbers again. I will be back on track for Monday, though.

Day 27 3/13/10

Saturday was a complete whirlwind of activity. I volunteered at a the Domestic Abuse and Intervention Services shelter. We painted for 4 full hours. I was feeling quite sore when I got home, so I rescheduled my treadmill workout to Sunday. Then, Mom and I went to State Street. Had dinner at a Nepali/Indian/Tibetan restaurant. It was quite good. Afterwards, we went to a show at the Capital Theater. Unfortunately, I forgot to put my GWF back on after my shower earlier that afternoon, and so all that walking was not recorded. Also, I have no clue how to determine calories for dinner, so I will not be posting numbers for this day.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Day 26 3/12/10

Calories Burned: 2861
Calories Consumed: 1961
Deficit: 900
Steps: 8148

Friday, March 12, 2010

Day 25 3/11/10

Did not have time to walk at work but got a great workout at home. I beat my 1 mile time by 1 minute and my 1.5 mile time by 1.5 minutes. The running segments were definitely easier. I completed all four 30 sec segments within the first 15 minutes. I think this helped.

Calories Burned: 2893
Calories Consumed: 2122
Deficit: 771
Steps: 8731

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Day 24 3/10/10

Wow, another record calorie burn...and I wasn't even trying for it. I did walk in the morning at work and went to Curves. I was planning on taking it easy at Curves, but I got to chatting with a few people and kinda "got in the groove" so to speak. I did not push myself, but didn't go easy either. I had more walking through the day than I usually do, so that is probably why.

I am having a problem right now of just not being hungry. I need to get in more calories though because my deficit recently has been way too high...of course, that is partly due to the fact that I am burning more than anticipated.

Calories Burned:3120
Calories Consumed:1688

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 23 3/9/2010

Huge deficit today. Wasn't on purpose. I did not have much time during the work day to eat any snacks and after my walk/run, I just was not very hungry.

Calories Burned: 3020
Calories Consumed: 1359
Deficit: 1661
Steps: 9973

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

First Run

Well, I had my first official walk/run day. The schedule indicated I was to walk 28 min and run 2 minutes. It did not indicate how or when to run those 2 min, so I split it up into 4 segments of 30 sec each, starting at the 10 min, 15 min, 20 min, and 25 min marks. The first one was great. I contemplated going for a full minute, but decided I should stick with my original plan. The second was was also good, but then came the third. It was much harder and I barely got through the 4th. It wasn't so much lack of endurance, but pain in my ankles and lower legs. I did, however, survive and felt pretty good afterward. I was definitely feeling some soreness in my legs right after and I made sure to get a good stretch. That was about 4 hours ago and I am extremely sore now...and tired. :) This is gonna be a 4 Tylenol night.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Day 22 3/8/10

Another crazy Monday. All the plans I had for the work day flew out the window as soon as I opened my email. I had to completely rework my schedule so I could get some contracts completed today. I am never going to catch up with my normal, routine tasks...

At least I was able to get a walk in at work in the morning, but the afternoon was just too hectic. Had a good workout at Curves, but I had to push myself a bit to keep up my momentum. I am not sure if it was because of the busy day at work or because I had the full rest day on Sunday. If Mondays continue to be this hard, then I might rethink the total rest Sunday idea and get in a low intensity, long walk instead.

I felt great afterwards, as I normally do, but now my shoulder is feeling pretty sore. Oh well, as they say, no pain, no gain.

Calories Burned: 2942
Calories Consumed: 1573
Deficit: 1369
Steps: 8909

Week 3 Recap

Well, I was up .4 pounds when I weighed this morning. I was actually expecting this. When starting a new weight training workout, one can expect to see weight gain for a couple of weeks. This is, in part, to the muscles retaining water while they repair themselves. Also, as muscle replaces fat, one can see a gain due to the fact that muscle is denser. Even though my brain knows this, emotionally I am still a little disappointed. Only a little though :) I went through my closet this weekend trying to get rid of some things. I tried on a lot of stuff and I am definitely seeing a difference. I am almost back down to where I was last October.

Last week was great. I really pushed myself on my treadmill workouts. I did far better at Curves than I was expecting. I think I will like the new workout schedule once I get past the soreness :)

This coming week will take a lot of willpower. Mom is flying in on Wednesday and staying a week. I need to make sure I stick with my workouts as planned. If I do, then I can eat out without too much impact.

Day 21 3/7/10

Complete rest day. I basically did nothing all day and my numbers show it.

Calories Burned:2348
Calories Consumed:1902

Day 20 3/6/10

Did spring cleaning most of the day and got in a great treadmill workout.

Calories Burned:2938
Calories Consumed:1621

Day 19 3/5/10

Friday I was still very, very sore and I had a killer headache, so I decided to skip Curves. Tim and I ran errands instead after I got home.

Calories Burned:2562
Calories Consumed:1605

Friday, March 5, 2010

Day 18 3/4/2010

What a long day. Most of my work day was spent in meetings. I had no opportunity to get a walk in at work. After work, I got in my 30 min treadmill workout, showered, and then rushed to my photography class. I signed up for Canon SLR Basics and Intermediate at one of the local camera shops. The Basic was just one night for 2.5 hours. It was really good. I got home, ate a quick dinner (even though I wasn't very hungry), and headed to bed. I am still really, really sore, so I might skip Curves Friday. I feel like I need the extra recovery time.

Calories Burned: 2751
Calories Consumed: 1551
Deficit: 1200
Steps: 7866

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day 17 3/3/2010

Got a walk in at work in the morning, but was in meetings the rest of the day. Had a great workout at Curves and another record calorie burn for the day! I was really sore afterwards and had a hard time sleeping. I expected this, though.

Calories burned: 3014
Calories consumed: 1791
Deficit: 1223
Steps: 9558

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day 16 3/2/2010

I was in meetings all day and did not get any walks in at work, but I got a great workout at home on the treadmill. I did the same amount of miles in the same amount of time as Sunday, but it was definitely easier this time.

Calories Burned: 2746
Calories Consumed: 1585
Deficit: 1161
Steps: 7593

Day 15 3/1/2010

So this day was interesting. I started back to Curves and burned about 200 calories during the workout, which is about 100 less than I burn on my treadmill workouts. What was interesting was that that my calorie burn stayed higher longer after the Curves workout. I will have to keep and eye on that and see if it continues.

Calories Burned: 2997
Calories Consumed: 1754
Deficit: 1243
Steps: 9319

Monday, March 1, 2010

Week 2 Recap

Woohoo! Down another 3 pounds! A good week overall. I am also down 1/2 inch in my waist. I am looking forward to seeing the effects Curves will add. I know from past experience, I see more results in lost inches faster than pounds lost since I will be adding muscle. I am also going to try to hit my target a bit closer each day. There were a few days last week where my calorie deficit was really high. I don't want my body to start hording fat because I am not eating enough. I am not sure if I am even close to that, but I don't want to take any chances.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day 14 2/28/10

Last day of my first 2 weeks and the last day of February. Fitting I think :) Weather is getting warmer and I am anxious to see grass again. I think Artoo is too because he kept asking to go out..way more than normal.

Got in a 30 min workout and it was so much easier than yesterday. I really pushed myself and got in 1.51 miles in the 30 min. That is just under a 20 min mile average. For me, this is awesome! I am really happy with it. Also, it supports my belief that I simply have a harder time working out in the morning. Every time I try, I either get sick or have to force myself.

Starting back to Curves probably tomorrow. I think I will do Curves Mon, Wed, Fri and my C25K workouts on Tues, Thurs, and Saturdays. That will leave Sundays as a rest day.

Calories Burned:2703
Calories Consumed:2042

Day 13 2/27/10

Got in a 30 min workout today, but I really had to force it. I was ready to give up after 5 min, but I completed it. I have to remember that there will be days like this, but I need to push through and just do it. No excuses...

Calories Burned: 2579
Calories Consumed: 1461
Deficit: 1118
Steps: 5664

Day 12 2/26/10

Shocking how many calories one can burn grocery shopping. This was technically a rest day, so I only took a light, 15 min walk at work. I had expected to be under my target for calorie burn, so I ate with that expectation. Went grocery shopping in the evening and ended up well over my target.

This is why I absolutely love the GWF!

Calories Burned: 2729
Calories Consumed: 1434
Deficit: 1295
Steps: 7182

Friday, February 26, 2010

Day 11 2/25/10

Wow! What a day! Got in a 20 min walk at work and then a great 30 min workout at home. Highest burn amount yet! I did not realize I would get so high, otherwise I would have eaten more.

Calories Burned: 2953
Calories Consumed: 1532
Deficit: 1421
Steps: 10,311

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day 10 2/24/10

Mmmm...had Chipotle for dinner. Super yummy but really high in calories. I walked on the treadmill twice at work and once at home to make up for it. Still taking it easier than I would like because of my back. It started feeling a whole lot better in the afternoon and no pain at all when I went to bed.

Calories Burned:2757
Calories Consumed:1617

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Day 9 2/23/10

Only got in one 15 min walk at work. I was really tired after work and headed to bed early. Also, back is still bothering me, but not as bad.

Calories Burned:2574
Calories Consumed:1380

Day 8 2/22/10

I was thinking about stopping the daily entries for my GWF, but I am going to continue it. It will help add some accountability I think.

Back is still bothering me, but I managed to walk twice at work for 15 min each.

Calories Burned:2577
Calories Consumed:1565

Monday, February 22, 2010

Week 1 Results

2 pounds down!!!

Other than straining something in my back, it was an awesome week! I lost somewhere between 2 and 5 pounds. When I first started using the GWF on Friday 2/12, the weight I entered was lower then the weight I was when I actually started watching what I ate. I am just going to count the original number though. It is easier that way.

Day 7 2/21/2009

Back hurt a lot today. Did not get in any formal exercise since we went to a zombie movie party at Sara's. Was a ton of fun! We did go shopping, so I got some steps in from walking around the store.

Calories burned:2437
Calories consumed:1496

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Day 6 2/20/2009

Ugh...somehow pulled or strained a muscle in my lower back. It started hurting yesterday afternoon. Was not easy to sleep and I have had to take it much easier today. I did get in a slow 15 min walk though. It actually seemed to help.

Calories Burned:2400
Calories Consumed:1896

Day 5 2/19/09

Took things a little easier today since I have been so far over my deficit goal. 15 min walk at work

Calories burned:2605
Calories consumed:1853

Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 4 2/18/10

What a great day! Had lunch at HuHot with Tim and his mom. Walked 15 min at work and had an awesome 30 min workout at home on the treadmill. I decided that I am altering my C25K a little. The 3rd and 4th week only have me getting up to 20 min walking, but the 5th week has 28 min walking and 2 min running. This seems like a bit of a jump. Instead, I am going to walk 30 min each these next two weeks.

Calories burned:2867
Calories consumed:1609

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Day 3 2/17/10

Calories burned: 2783
Calories consumed:1572

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Middleton Haunted Hustle Marathon Ghost Tour

I found a 10K taking place 10/30 so I signed up for it. This will be a great test to see how I am doing two months prior to the half.

Day 2 2/16/09

Tuesday went by really fast. I walked twice at work for 15min each. I am happy to see how fast my stamina is coming back. The first workout I had last Saturday was only 10 min and I was quite winded.
Calories were a little higher because Tim made an awesome dessert. It was shortcake with a fruit topping of oranges, pineapple and strawberries. Major yum! I was still very close to my goal of 1000 deficit.
I had a horrid time sleeping Tuesday night; my sleep efficiency was only 64% (GWF also measures this). I think it was because I was sore. I am just walking right now, but I had not done anything for two months, so it will take a few days to get adjusted I guess. I hate to think how sore I will be when I start back to Curves in two weeks...

Calories Consumed: 1741
Calories Burned: 2695
Deficit: 954

Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 1 2/15/09

Well, it was technically an off day on my C25K, but I walked twice at work for 10 min each time. At 8:30, GWF says I have burned 2356 calories. I have eaten 1582 calories, so I will definitely have a 1000 cal deficit for the day. I am a little disappointed that I am burning so slowly, but I do have a desk job, so I should not be too surprised. The GWF has been nice because it has helped me see how all the little things, like parking further from the door, shoveling snow for 10 min, etc, really adds up in calorie burn.

Calories Consumed:1582
Calories Burned:2691

Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5K

I have signed up for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure taking place on June 5th, 2010. I will be doing the 5K walk. According to my C25K schedule, my workouts at that time will be half walking/half running, so this will be a good opportunity to try it out somewhere other than my treadmill. This is also a great cause to support. Please visit my sponsor page and donate if you are able. http://rfcmw.convio.net/site/TR/Race/General?px=1107601&pg=personal&fr_id=1040

The Journey Begins!

Well, I just signed up for the Disney Half Marathon taking place June 8, 2011. I am excited and scared all at the same time. I have never been able to keep up with any diet or exercise program for an extended period of time. Will I be able to do this? Right now, my answer is YES! Last week I started using the GoWear Fit (GWF) and also started a conservative Couch to 5K (C25K) program. According to the GWF, I should be able to reach my goal weight March of next year. The C25K program will have me running 3 miles at a time by early to mid August. From there, I have just over 4 months to train for the half; most sites I read indicate 10 weeks is enough. Here we go...lets see how I do.