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I have a running buddy now.
3 Km, that is the goal.
Wow! The last two weeks have just kind of flown by. I can’t believe it’s already time for another update! I’ve been working on reupholstering my grandmas couch, and that has pretty much taken up every spare moment I have. Not to mention it’s been insanely cold for south Louisiana. Like really cold.
I know, I know. It’s only two inches of ice, but I’m used to wearing flip flops in January! I really don’t do well in cold weather. I just can’t seem to get my hiney out from under a blanket and into my workout clothes. Which is sad because if I did actually get up and move I’d probably warm up! lol I’m still doing alright, though…not as well as I want to be, but good.
I’m loving Tracy Anderson’s mat workout. I usually listen to the radio all afternoon and evening while I’m cooking, cleaning, sewing, whatever…you know when I have no choice except to get off the couch or we’ll starve. The method is dance based, and I’ve pretty much memorized the combinations, so a lot of times when a song with a good beat comes on I’ll do the ab or arm portion just standing there in the middle of my kitchen. Which I’m figuring by the time I add it all up I’m getting at least 30-45 minutes in a day. So, even though technically I’m not doing the video, I’m still getting a pretty decent little workout in at least 4 days a week.
I’ve started working a little on my diet. I hadn’t planned too, but I started using the My Fitness Pal app just to get an idea of how I was doing on my diet, and well the results weren’t so good. I actually thought I’d been eating okay, but when I sat back and looked at my diet, I realized I eat almost no fruits and veggies. So, I started looking for healthy recipes and meal ideas to try to get more fruits and veggies in my diet when I stumbled across the book Food Rules. It’s a really great book. I couldn’t put it down..which is something I never imagined myself saying about a book about food, but it’s just really practical, down to earth advice on how to eat a healthier diet. It’s been a bit of an eye opener for me.
I’m starting to see some results now. Nothing drastic, but on the days that I actually do break out the video, I’m able to make it through the hour a lot better, rarely having to take a break. I’m even getting to where I can do the “pulse” sections…You know. Where you just pulse your leg up and down…I never could do those spots of the workout until this week. So I was pretty pumped about that. Then, yesterday on a whim, I decided to measure my waist and I’d lost a quarter inch! It’s not much, but I was super excited anyway! Like so excited that I almost broke out the post pregnancy dvd and did another hour…but I was starving. So instead I ate fajitas. I also noticed when I took a closer look at my pics that my little love handles weren’t hanging over my shorts like they did in my first weeks pictures…well maybe a little, but I can see that they are starting to tighten up so yay! Anyway, I guess that’s about it. How’s your last two weeks been?
Height: 5’8″ – 5’11”
Pounds Lost: 80-90
Pounds Gained: None
Work: Full Time Work at Office
The reason for this change was that I had to fit into the groomsmen suit that my brother required for his wedding. My now sister-in-law picked out off the rack from Macy’s. The problem with this is that it did not come in my size. So I gave myself 5 weeks (the wedding was in 6) to loose the 4 inches I needed off my gut in order to fit into the vest and pants. I figured worse case I would get the outfit tailored if I didn’t make my goal.
I totally made it!!!
Anyways, here’s how I did it…
Started out doing about 2-3 hours of cardio in the gym 5-6 days a week.
1 hour of recline bike (hills program on machine)
30 mins of treadmill at 3 MPHs
1 hour of elliptical (can’t remember what my pace was, but it was decent and steady)
This changed to me running 3-4 days a week at speeds around 8 min mile for distances of 6-12 miles once I hit about 220lbs.
My eating was simple… Tried to eat 1200-1600 calories a day. (I don’t recommend this, it’s hard and probably unsafe.) Now I don’t really pay attention to the amount of calories I eat. Instead I have learned portion control and WHAT I should be eating.
So, some starting stats. I was 247.5 on August 9, 2012. 1 year later I was 163.4.
Today I try to get out and run about 18-20 miles a week. Sometimes I hit my mark, sometimes I don’t, but I don’t sweat it either way.
Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and this is a lifestyle change not a diet.
Hey guys! So, for those of you who know me, this is gonna come as quite a shock – I am going to train for a 1/2 Marathon. *gasp* I will give you a minute to digest that. I know, *boom* mind blown.
For the past year I have been eating clean (read: no dairy, limited sugar, and limited refined carbohydrates) and green juicing. I feel great and everyone says I look good (which is always nice) So here is my before photo from a few days ago:
But now I am ready to step up my game. Ready for the plan?
Train March 02 – April 27, 2014 using Runkeeper “Sub 65 min 10k” by Jeff Gaudette (I will begin this plan part way through as the 5k training completes the first portion, iphone start date of Jan 5 in order to be complete by April 27) *Race April 27, 2014.
There it is. Like I said on the other day in this post, I need your encouragement! I draw so much strength from your stories. I have received so many submission from people who have made awesome changes through healthy eating and exercise. These stories keep me going. If you have made extraordinary changes – please fill out the quick form found here. You story could be featured on illifit during our Wednesday Profile spotlight!
What keeps you motivated?