Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

2011 Book Roll

I have had made the wonderful opportunity to read more books this year than ever before in my adult life. A huge part of it is the Sweetheart’s love of reading…it’s so great to have someone to talk about reading, books, authors, plots, and characters with. There also seems to be fewer and fewer interesting shows to watch on T.V. and books have taken a lead role in my down-time!

Favorites from the year

Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Pocketful of Names by Joe Coomer

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

To Be a Runner by Martin Dugard

Nickle and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Water for Elephants by Sara Greun

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Currently I’m reading…

…and I am loving it!

Happy Wednesday to you!

What does your book roll look like for the year?

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November 29, 2011

Weight Loss

EEEK! I know, I know…it’s almost a naughty word in the world on healthy-living blogs. If you read many healthy-living blogs, it’s possible that you think the authors simply eat healthy, work out regularly, and stay perfectly in the shape that they want to. It’s not that any of us aren’t being honest…but the truth is, almost all of us work harder at it than we let on. It becomes a way of life, sure, but it’s still a struggle at times. I’m 5’2 (on a good day), have a very slow metabolism and have had a baby. It’s tough to stay where I want to be, weight wise…and lately it’s affected my running. No bueno!

Generally speaking, I don’t even step on the scale…but the completely honest truth is…I needed to.

Here’s the lowdown

When we were in Jackson, WY at the beginning of October…I took a hot yoga class. The studio I went to was  mirrored…which I am not used to. My yoga studio is mirror-free, which I love…but seeing myself in the mirrors in Jackson…I noticed a little extra…something.

I sort of blew that off until I also noticed that I was not feeling comfortable in my regular pants…and then my dress pants. I also noticed that it was becoming more difficult to run.

About 2 weeks ago, I stepped on the scale. I was a little shocked. More on that later.

I knew that I needed to make a change. I hadn’t been eating any differently than usual, but the following list of variables inevitably caught up with me…

  • In March, I cut off my gym membership. I figured that I could get everything I needed to do, done outside…and I could, until about 2 months ago. It began to get cold out, and daylight dwindled. The excuses for not running outside began to build…and then running started to feel really hard again.
  • I sprained my foot at the beginning of the summer. I was running about 25 miles per week up until that point and then had to take 3 weeks completely off…and have only built back up to about…oh…7 miles per week. That is a HUGE difference!
  • I haven’t been to yoga in 2 weeks. Enough said.

I’m sure the weight started to creep up before I even realized, but since about early September I’ve put on about 8 lbs. When I think about strapping on an 8 lb weight, it’s no wonder I’ve been having a hard time running. The truth is, even without the 8 lbs, to be in the running shape I’d like to be in, so I can achieve the running goals that I have made for the next…I’d still need to trim a bit.

Again, I know the subject of weight loss is a tricky one. There are so many emotions involved with the matter, but I’d like to explain my own…so you can really understand where I’m coming from.

  • I feel uncomfortable at the weight I am currently at. I do not feel “fat” … I feel uncomfortable because my clothes do not fit as they should, and because running has become hard and frustrating.
  • I am currently at a healthy BMI, and will not fall below that healthy BMI.
  • I am 5’2″ and very small boned. 8 lbs makes a big difference. 8 lbs to me is different than 8 lbs to you, or the person next to you.
  • I would like to lose 10% of my body weight. That is 13 lbs. This will put me at the optimal level AND training weight at which to properly, and comfortably, train for the 10K, 1/2 and full marathon goals I have set for the next year and a half.
  • I am choosing to lose this weight now because I do not believe it is healthy to train for long distance races AND try to lose weight at the same time. It is a recipe for failure, frustration, and injury.
  • I will use numbers as a method of keeping track of this goal. I am sorry if this is offensive to anyone, but I need a way to track my progress and I am not the before and after photo kind of gal.  Please remember that the numbers represent my desire to feel comfortable with myself and strong in my running…they do not represent some number that will make me happy, or the desire to be “skinny.” I have no desire to be skinny, I don’t even know what that actually means…I want to be fit, powerful, strong and fast!

Anyway…phew. Just want to be honest with you!

Moving on…

The Sweetheart has happily kindly agreed to play Biggest Loser with me. I’m not totally sure if he knows I was serious…but it’s in black and white now, so it’s gotta happen. Right? Yay!

There is no time frame, whomever reaches their 10% goal first, and then maintains that weight for two full weeks…wins the competition!  Game on!

Here’s my plan

  • My gym membership has been restarted. I went to a kickboxing and a butt- n-guts class last week. I will never again be able to say that running and biking works “enough” muscles, and that I don’t need strength/resistance training. I have never felt so sore in my life…and am happy for the wake-up call!
  • Running will take a backseat for awhile, I plan on running only 2 times per week during the winter to allow for higher intensity activities, and strength training. I am not currently training for a road race.
  • In my experience, weight loss is about moderation in consumption and avoidance of adaption. To become leaner, you must test your body’s boundaries by constantly changing what you do. My body has adapted to running. While it does still burn calories…I am not getting any stronger.  When something becomes easy to do, it’s not working any longer. Our body’s are amazing machines that adapt to new activities quickly, it’s a survival thing, but tricking the body to continue to get stronger, is the key! Every workout you do should be hard to finish. When it becomes easier, change it up a little!  I’d like to make sure I’m never doing the same activity 2 days in a row. Between yoga, running, strength training, kickboxing and butts n guts…this shouldn’t be hard to accomplish!
  • As far as moderation in consumption is concerned…it’s just that. No food is off limits (none that I would usually eat at least) as long as the indulgences I have, are eaten in moderation. I also want to really focus on eating whole foods, as in, foods not created in a lab by a scientist and a bunch of chemicals.

That is really it. Weight loss is not a difficult concept in theory. It’s a math problem, a bank account: deposit more in than you withdraw and you’ll gain…withdraw more than you deposit and you’ll loose. Totally easy right? Ha. I wish.

Anyway, join us if you’d like…it’s a great time to start! When everyone else is starting their New Years Resolutions, you’ll already be well on your way!

Ok, so here is day one.

Plan on seeing these beauties once a week on Tuesdays. (I kid, I kid…my feet are in terrible shape, people make fun of them, but I think it’s cool to have misshapen runners feet! You can’t even see the worst of them…poor pinkie toes! At least I have all my toenails right now, right?!)

Starting Point

130 Lbs

Goal

Tighten and tone so I am ready to take on my running goals over the next year and a half!

10% reduction or 13 Lbs

I will keep you updated on how it is going each Tuesday!

What are your current fitness goals?