Monday, February 28, 2011

Under 45 Minutes!

My february goal was to run a 5k under 45 minutes.  Today, I ran on my treadmill 3.1 miles at 44:45.  Last May at the Autism 5k my time was 49:49.  I shaved 5 minutes off my time and reached the goal I set at that race to run a 5k under 45 minutes.  I have set a goal to do a 5k in under 40 minutes for June.

I can't wait to get back on my bike.  I figure in another month I can hop on the bike and ride, Roxy, ride.

Well two months down, and so far I have met both goals that I set for that month.  March should be interesting, but I think I can do it.  I want to swim 5 miles total during the month of March.  That's 45 laps a week at the pool.  Should work if I split them into two days of swimming each week.  That starts tomorrow.  I should go pack my bag right now.  I will swim at 11:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I figure it will take me an hour to get my laps in each day.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I am on week 7 day three of Couch to 5k!  I plan to do my run tomorrow morning.  It will actually be my 4th 25 minute run this week!  I also walked for half an hour today.  I signed up for two more races this morning.  I attempted to sign up for another one, but the website was having problems.  Will register for the Minneapolis Duathlon later this week.

So here's my race schedule for 2011:
Running Opener 5k on April 2
Gear Wear Duathlon on May 22
Timberman Triathlon on July 9
Minneapolis Duathlon on August 28 (still need to register)
Irongirl Duathlon on September 25

Should be a very eventful and motivating summer!  I can't wait to get this party started.  And you know what...


Friday, February 4, 2011

I am sitting here procrastinating my run.  It's friday, day 3 of my run week.  And just like the last two Fridays, I am not motivated to do my run.  The last two weeks I have done my run on Saturday morning instead.  It's not like I don't do the run.  I just can't seem to get the motivation to get upstairs on my treadmill and just get it done.

On top of that my period started today.  This little friend does not help my motivation one little bit.  But I will over come.  I will get my run done today.

I am just wondering why Fridays are so hard for me to get motivated.  It's the end of the week.  I should be feeling good.  I should be looking forward to the weekend.  I should be doing a lot of things.  And most of all I should be running!  Right now!  Not journaling online.  Ugh!  Time to go...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Down 4.6 pounds!

I got on the scale yesterday.  On January 6th I weighed in at 198.6 pounds.  Yesterday I weighed in at 194!  I have been fairly consistent in recording my food in my journal.  I have worked out 3-4 days a week.  I don't feel like I have been going gang busters on anything.  In the past (see last year), I have tried to exercise everyday, taking 2 classes a day on some days.  I've dropped 10 pounds quickly and then maintained.  All the while trying to find a way of life that I can do for the rest of my life.

Well, two classes a day just is not manageable (not with a preschooler in the house).  I know I can't handle "diet" food long term.  Don't ask me to eat tofu or other strange foods.  I am willing to try new things, many will be added to my diet occasionally.  But I need a way to eat healthy and include treats.  I have found keeping my calories under 1866 daily and working out 3-4 days a week seems to work.  I didn't put this weight on overnight, it isn't going to come off that way.

My monthly goals really seem to be keeping me motivated.  Each month is something new.  I am looking forward to running my 5k on February 28th.  I've registered for a tri on July 9th and the Iron Girl du on September 25th.  I am contemplating adding two additional dus, one in May and one in August.  Some days, I really begin to wonder who I am.

I have never been this physically active in my whole life.  Last year I participated in a 10k, 2 5ks and the Du in September.  This year I am thinking of doing more? 

This morning as I was putting my contacts in, I looked in the mirror and thought who's that skinny girl looking back at me.  Now I know I have a long way to go.  But I have come so very far.  And I can't believe how good I am looking.

I know my December goal says to weigh 175 by 12/31/11, but I really am working on weighing 159 by 12/31/11.  That will put me in the healthy BMI category.  Ok I said it.  Now I will change my notebook to officially read 159.  I wanted 175 so that I could feel good at the end year about any weight loss.  I knew I could work hard and hit 175 quickly this spring then maintain for the year.  And I would still feel good about that.  But I would be ecstatic if I hit 159!  So why not reach for the moon!  And the 4.6 pound weight loss puts my right on target.  I need to lose 3.3 pounds a month to hit 159 by the end of the year. 

My scale is now put away.  I know I said I wouldn't get back on it until my tri.  But I think I will weigh in each month on the 1st.  I do need to track how I am doing for my goal.  So that if need be I can adjust my calorie consumption.