Saturday, March 31, 2012

A great run... then SICKNESS :(

So, after struggling at the beginning of the week, ok almost all week with running, I was able to run 3 miles on the treadmill Thursday. I was so excited to finish. It was a great feeling. The best feeling :) I had an amazing Friday night with good friends. Then, I woke up this morning SICK. Allergies, cold, yuckiness, call it what you will, but I am sick. I am more annoyed with blowing my nose and all the aches and pains that come with this kind of sickness. I am even more upset that I can't piggyback that great run with another great run. I even googled exercise and being sick. According to what I read, resting releases the right amount of endorphines that help your immune system. Exercising releases too many endorphines that can weaken your immune system if you are already sick. BLAH! So, here I am stuck on the couch and hoping tomorrow I feel better so I can bust out some kind of run/workout. Fingers crossed! GO AWAY NASTY SICKNESS!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The struggle continues!

I can officially say that this week has not been a good running week for me! Monday I struggled with outside running. Tuesday I decided to hit the treadmill again and busted out 2.25 miles before stopping. Yesterday I was so exhausted (had a field trip- I am a teacher so that = exhaustion) so I could only do about 1.6 miles before I collapsed on the couch. I was in bed at 8:00 if that tells you anything! Today I am JUST going to run. I usually do 30 minutes of some kind of circuit training, usually a Jillian Michaels tape. Today I am going to leave that alone for the day and focus only on running. I am hoping, praying, shooting for 3 miles solid! I will let you know how that goes. In good news, I did weigh in at 164 this morning. Not a BIG difference, but hey it is something and I am happy. :) Gotta keep going!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Some days are better than others!

Well, yesterday's run was horrible. I have been struggling with the last few runs. I have been running outside again, since the weather has been beautiful!!! LOVE IT! (the weather that is... my runs, not so much!) It's harder than I remember. I instantly get thirsty and my lips are dry, I huff and puff down the road, my leg muscles feel as though they are going to give out. The whole thing sucks! Saturday I was able to keep going, even though I really wanted to stop. I made my 3 miles, barely. Yesterday, I couldn't do it! (I hate saying that). I stop about 1.5 miles and went home to the treadmill. It upsets me, because if I ever want to run a 5K, which are outside, then I have to practice running in those conditions. I just feel so much more comfortable on the treadmill and I feel that I can talk myself into a longer, better run. Like I said, some days are better than others. All I can hope for is today will be better. Seeing this sunrise out of the back porch of my school today helped me believe that today will be better! :)

What's on the menu for today?
Breakfast: The green monster- I have talked about this before! Two pieces of lower sodium bacon.
Lunch: Salad with shrimp and a carb master yogurt (love the carrot cake flavor!)
Dinner: Not sure yet!
Snacks: Fiber one brownie (so delicous) and probably a spoon of peanut butter before my run!

Monday, March 26, 2012

First successful weekend!

Some people may not call the weekend I had a success, but I AM! I did not gain any weight at all. I didn't lose any either, but I didn't GAIN any! That is what I keep repeating in my mind! It is a start. I even enjoyed myself a little and had a few drinks and some crawfish and my favorite- Mexican food. I just made better choices with my portions, did not overdue it all, and worked out hard Saturday. I jogged for 3 miles. I wanted to stop after 4 laps, which is about 2.4 miles, but I decided to push myself. I can do this and I will. It is all about willpower and wanting to reach your goals. I am still at 165.. which is 10 lbs down from where I was when I started this journey. I have at least 10 more to go. Then I will think about it and see if I want to lose more. Let the week begin. I can't wait to jog this afternoon. :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This is so true! TRY HARDER! Never give up on something you have worked for. I am trying to remember this as the weekend approaches and I face the challenege of trying to maintain my diet lifestyle change. I weighed in this morning at 165, so I am back to where I was nearly 3 weeks ago. Imagine where I could be if I kept trying and didn't fall to disastorous eating and drinking on the weekends. I want to see what will happen. I want to test myself to try and stay healthy this weekend! :) Another great thing going on- I am at the end of my running program. I am up to 30 minutes straight and 2 miles. I am going to work on distance and timing! I am so proud of myself for sticking to it this time! :) WOO HOO!

Monday, March 19, 2012


I love this quote: "If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got!"
This is SO TRUE! I am learning it is true with weight loss. I have talked before about how hard it is for me, especially on the weekends. I work all week to gain it all back on the weekend with drinks and bad food. I am so tired of it! I think it is time to start saying no and making some real changes. I need to lay off the alcohol and bad food until I get where I want to be. It's a big change for me, BIG, but I think I can do it! :) I hope and pray I can. It's nice to have a cocktail after a long week, but it's not nice what it does to your weight loss and metabolism. It's not nice to see the scale go up again. I am making a commitment to myself to make changes and lose weight!!! FOR GOOD!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Break and weigh gain/loss

Well, the Friday BEFORE spring break started, I weighed in at 164. I was happy with that, hard work does pay off. That weekend I had a bachelorette weekend, had people at my house, and the eating and drinking were HORRIBLE! I gained 4 lbs back, but I am happy to say, even with nights out to eat with friends I have lost 1 again. Not much, but I am happy with that. I have managed to work out almost every day this week. I have still been jogging, but it's been harder. I think it goes to show that what you put in your mouth makes a huge difference and the healthier you eat, the better off you are. I have confidence that I will be able to get back on track and keep going. I know I will win the war with weight loss and exercise, even though I may not win every battle. The key is to keep TRYING! :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Weight loss is hard and the weekend scares me!

It is true! Weight loss is really hard! It sucks sometimes! It is not fun and sometimes you win (lose) and sometimes you lose (gain). I can't tell you how many times I have wanted to cuss the scale and just cry during a workout because it's not fair that I have to work so hard! On top of that, the weekend scares me. It scares me A LOT! I have battled the "eat healthy and do good all week, then gain it all back on the weekend and repeat." I am so sick of it. SICK SICK SICK of it. I think it's just the inevitable that I am going to behave on the weekend. Is it worth it? Heck yes! I can do it. WILLPOWER, people, WILLPOWER! :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

There is me, getting ready for my 25 minute jog today. I am in LOVE with jogging and I think I could go longer and I will. My shirt is an amazing running shirt from "Ruffles With Love". You can find them on ETSY. Super cute and they even have a bow on the back. Stylish running gear. I have been thinking lately about getting some compression sleeves for my legs, but still researching those. I am one happy runner! :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mondays... blah! Fridays... yay! :)

I have officially decided that Mondays are not the best days for me to get on the scale. It is actually the worst day. I am trying to be realistic with my weight loss. I know that I will have dessert sometimes, I will splurge and eat too much on occasion, but all in all, I am making better choices. So, this weekend my cousin has his girlfriend's birthday party... crawfish, cake, dip, the whole nine yards. I went for it. Did I eat too much? Probably. Did I make a pig of myself, NO! I have learned when to say enough is enough. I do not like what it does to my scale on Mondays, but my hard work this week will get me back on track. I know it will! :) I have faith in myself and my lifestyle change. After all, I did complete a 25 minute run yesterday! I am so PROUD of myself. So, although there will be days when I eat, there will also be days I really watch it and have a good, healthy eating day. It will all work out in the end... because I am just at the beginning of this change to become a RUNNER!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hello 10 lb weight loss!

I AM SO EXCITED THIS MORNING! My hard work is finally paying off! :) I have lost 10 lbs since my first weigh in at New Year's! It is a great accomplishment and I think running has helped me get there, for sure! I am not done though. I want to lose 10 more lbs for sure, then I will reassess and decide if I want to lose more than that. Now, comes the hard part...maintaining those 10 lbs. I always go back and forth and I am sure the battle is not over, but for today I am going to bask in the glory of a 10 lb loss and enjoy my off day from working out! (I still have to watch what I eat, as always, and am not going to go crazy!