Week 2 Weigh In

This week was much more consistent than last week and also featured more exercise – in the form of Couch to 5K.

Starting Weight: 268.4 lbs
Today’s Weight: 264.2 lbs
Goal Weight: 160 lbs
Pounds to Goal: 104.2 lbs

That’s a 1.6 pound loss since last week and 4.2 pounds lost overall. Slow and steady, right?

Couch to 5K, Week One

NoteNo Friday links this week. I’m actually going to change that up and tweet and post links as I find them. I think that might be more useful.

I completed the first week of Couch to 5K last night. *shouts* *cheers*

It feels good to have this first week under my belt and be back on my way to running again. It’s funny how much I missed it when I didn’t actually think I did. I missed the zoning out and just running. I missed the time alone to think things over. I missed taking in nature and the sights and sounds around me.

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The first two runs of the week were at a park in my town. The last one was from my house (so you don’t get the detailed map). Something went wonky with the app on the second run – I’m not sure why it didn’t capture the full 30 minutes.

I am in no danger of breaking any land speed records, y’all. I’m used to that and okay with it. All the runs this week were pretty great, except for the last one. Even though it was (finally!) under 90 degrees last night, my allergies were kicking up something fierce. I decided to take the dog with me and that resulted in me setting out way too fast on the first few run intervals. I ended up walking the final interval rather than running it. It was just too much for me. One highlight, though, was passing a field where I counted at least 14 deer munching on grass in the twilight. I lost count at 14. The doe are herding up. Fall’s almost here!

Week 1 Weigh In

Despite going completely off the rails this weekend in regards to food consumption, I am happy to report a loss of 1.4 lbs this week.

Woot!

I’ll take whatever downward progression I can get.

Starting Weight: 268.4 lbs
Today’s Weight: 265.8 lbs
Goal Weight: 160 lbs
Pounds to Goal: 105.8 lbs

As mentioned, I did not make great nutrition choices this weekend. It started on Friday night with a home-cooked birthday celebration for my dad’s 59th birthday. The next day featured a morning at my parents’ house – their cabinets and pantry are always full of trigger foods. With Sunday being the first full day of NFL football, I backslid into old habits of snacking on foods generally devoid of nutrition. However, there were some wins including the apple I sliced up to eat, the carrots I peeled and sliced to eat with hummus and the preparing of a healthy breakfast to take to work this morning.

The biggest win of the weekend, though, was completing the first day of Couch to 5K. After doing some volunteer work on Saturday morning, I headed to my favorite old running route and fired up Active.com’s C25K app on my phone. It was hard – incredibly hard – but I completed it. I had no illusions that running at 265+ pounds would be difficult, but I was unprepared for just how difficult. Even when I was training for and running the half marathon in 2012 I was overweight. I’m now 40+ pounds above that weight, and my body can definitely tell the difference.

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Each week, I hope to share some of the content and resources I find useful from around the internet. I’ll post these each Friday.

rwI have sort of a love/hate relationship with Runner’s World. I love their printables, which I just found this week, but I dislike their seeming reluctance to use images of “real” runners. Those featured in their magazines seem to be only of the super-fit variety. As a former half marathoner, I’m proof that runners don’t come in only one shape and size.

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I ran across this older post from Authentically Emmie about being a true fitness beginner and how to navigate those first days of trying to start a workout plan. Great stuff here! – Ultra Beginners Fitness Guide

fbThis article discussing Subway and the concept of real food and it’s relative unavailability in any sort of convenience food was both eye opening and intimidating. I think many people want to be more aware of the ingredients of the food they eat. There is definitely a sense that many people are interested in “cleaning up” their diet. It’s difficult, though. It’s time-consuming and can be expensive. I’m not saying it’s not completely worth it, but there are real limitations around eating real food. I thought this article was well done, but many of the comments feel overly judgmental.

Finally, I loved this pin I ran across on Thursday. It applies to lots of aspects of life, but it gave me inspiration to be healthier that day.

Food Guilt

I was witness to the Twitter conversation above, this week, and I think it illustrates my feelings about food well. I really try to steer myself away from assigning a “good” or “bad” value to food. Of course, it’s easy to recognize that there are more nutritious and less nutritious foods. However, I dislike assigning phrasing like that.

Food is food. Not good, not bad. Food isn’t a reward or a punishment.

You make choices, you own those choices and then you move on.

Part of this outlook comes from necessity. I’m trying to change the way I think about food. It’s hard. When food has been comfort and reward for so many years, it’s damn near impossible to rewire your brain to think about it differently. I always try to be conscious of how I think and talk about my food choices. I’m not always successful, but it’s movement in the right direction.

Here is the initial post by Carla Birnberg that sparked the Twitter conversation above: We’re Not Dogs, We’ve Earned Better

September

(oops! This post was supposed to go live on September 1!)

I like the idea of a new month to make a fresh start.

My goal is to commit to 30 days of healthful practice. The idea of breaking up a goal works for me. I may want to lose over 100 lbs., but I know it can’t be done in a day, a month, or maybe even a whole year. Instead, I can commit to making the right choices for the next 30 days.

What does that commitment look like?

First, I’m using this great printable from Back to Her Roots to help make September a great, healthy month. There are ideas for great little daily challenges or activities to spice things up. I know from past experiences that dieting and exercise can quickly lead to boring routines that make you feel like you’re in a rut. I like Cassie’s creative ideas to keep things fresh.

Second, I am meal-planning a week at a time. I operate best when I have a plan. Since we are on a tight budget because we only have one income right now, having a plan will serve a dual purpose of controlling costs and ensuring that healthy eating is a priority. My husband isn’t focusing on his diet, strictly, other than wanting to clean it up. As a result, he’s given me a lot of latitude to meal plan. I plan, he’ll prepare. Works for me!

Third, I’m logging my food and activity using MyFitnessPal. I’ll be sharing the details here, too. I’ll be working to fall within the daily calorie goal while also measuring my activity with a heart rate monitor.