Saturday, November 5, 2011

Marathon weekend check-in

It's been a long and challenging road to the marathon, and I learned one significant lesson.  It is nearly impossible for (at least females) to lose weight during marathon training.  None of my fellow marathoners lost any significant weight, and many found this frustrating.  Personally, I find it to be a lesson learned.  After this weekend's marathon, I plan on working on weights, classes, and switching up cardio to lose weight, before possibly training for a spring marathon and then maintaining a hopefully15 lbs weight loss.

But there have been changes.  Here are the comparison pictures.  I'm wearing glasses before marathon training, and no glasses after.  So you can see the difference.

Weight/Measurements before:

Weight: 168 lbs
Waist: 32.5 inches
Hips: 40.0 inches
Thighs: 21.5 inches
Chest: 38.0 inches
Biceps: 11.0 inches

Weight/measurements after:

Weight: 165 lbs (down only 3 lbs!)
Waist: 30.5 inches (down two inches)
Hips: 38.5 inches (down 1.5 inches)
Thighs: 20.5 inches (down 1 inch)
Biceps: 11.0 inches (same)
Chest: 37.5 inches (down 0.5 inches)

So I guess I'm living proof that you can lose inches and not pounds, although that always seemed like a crock to me.  I'm excited to run the marathon tomorrow, and looking forward to my next goal of getting down to 150.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Check-In - 10 Days Until the Marathon

I know I sort of promised to check in every day with calories and such, but life has just been crazy.  I really want to start getting into the habit of checking in with daily calories and workouts, and weekly weigh-ins.  Especially when the marathon is over, I'm going to start attending group classes and working on running speed, and I really want to keep track of how far I've come.

I'll definitely be weighing in and doing photos this and next Friday, for one final check in before the marathon.  I'm excited to compare my pictures before marathon training, and right before the marathon.  I don't think my weight has changed drastically (I've been an emotional rollercoaster and too afraid to weigh myself at times) but I think my body does look very different.  My clothes are fitting differently, and I'm excited to get back to strengthening and conditioning after this training cycle, hopefully in preparation for the next one.

This past weekend, I improved my overall 10K race time by over 4 minutes and I am very excited.  My new personal record is 1:08:30 and I hope eventually to crack an hour.

I'm logging my calories and workouts into Daily Burn as we speak.  Daily Burn has me aiming for 1600-1900 calories per day, and I may re-evaluate that after the marathon.  But it's definitely kept me moving during training.  I've been so good with calories/fat/carbs/etc and today I inadvertently went way way over!  Luckily my workout burns 650 calories, but I have to ensure that I track extra carefully in the future.   More check-ins to come...

Friday, October 7, 2011

End of my Rope

I haven't checked in for a while, and truthfully, I've been avoiding this blog.  I've been working myself physically to the point of exhaustion, and being diligent about what I eat.  Yet, my clothes have been getting tighter, and I've just been feeling heavier.

Imagine my frustration when I stepped on the scale this morning, and it told me I gained 10 pounds since my last check in, and 20 total pounds since last year.  I broke down and cried.  I feel like my body is betraying me.  I'm doing everything "right," including skipping all the free goodies at work, and dragging myself out of bed at 5:30 am for early-morning workouts.  I've done everything in my power to get in race shape for the marathon, approaching in four weeks.  Now I just feel like I could have sat on the couch eating cookies this entire time, and gotten the same result.

Instead of continuing to avoid this blog, I'm going to start checking in daily with my calorie and workout log.  If nothing else, maybe it could provide me with some sort of backup to present to a doctor if this nonstop weight gain continues.  I went to my checkup over the summer...where the doctor ran every test possible and said that I was fine. 

Hoping to get over this speed bump soon.  Hoping that's all it is...a minor setback.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Weekly check-in

No photos this week because my husband is out of town and the cats can't hold onto a camera.  But weight and measurements are in!

Weight: 162.0 (down 6 lbs overall)
Waist: 30.5 (down 2 inches overall)
Hips: 39.0 (down 1 inch overall)
Thighs: 21.0 (down 0.5 overall)
Chest: 37.5 (down 0.5 overall)

Feeling really excited about my progress!  I'll be in a bikini two weeks from today so I need to keep working hard :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday Check In #7

Totally forgot to take a photo this week, sorry!

Boot camp and marathon training does a body good :)  Down another pound this week and the miles are stacking up.  Yay!

Weight: 164.5 lbs (down 4.5 overall)
Waist: 30.5 inches (down 2 inches overall)
Hips: 38.5 inches (down 1.5 inches overall)
Thighs: 21.0 inches (down 0.5 overall)
Chest: 38.0 inches (same)
Biceps: 11.0 inches (same)

Miles run this week: 17.0
Miles overall: 159.0

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Friday Check In #6

 I've been a little behind on the check-ins lately, but I'm back on track.  This week I started boot camp in the park, and my first week of 18-week marathon training.

Let's see where we're at:

Weight: 165.5 (down 3.5 overall)
Waist: 31.5 inches (down 1 inch overall)
Hips: 38.5 inches (down 1.5 inches overall)
Thighs: 20.5 (down 1 inch overall)
Chest: 38.0 (same)
Biceps: 11.0 (same)

Miles run this week: 15.0
Miles run in the last 9 weeks: 143.0

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Getting back on "track"

I've fallen off a bit on tracking my food intake, mostly because I was too embarassed to do so last week after pigging out.  But I forced myself to get back into it this week, and I'm glad I did.

I track my running miles in an actual paper book (I know, lame) but I enjoy tracking my food and exercise (including running) online.  The book just helps me keep up with my marathon training, but I like seeing my calories burned and everything add up on my online tracker.

I use Daily Burn, and I really like it.  I prefer to track what I eat on an actual computer as opposed to an IPhone or Blackberry, and Daily Burn works great for me.  It gives me goals for calories, fat, carbs, and protein.  It gives me a cute little pie chart telling me how everything got split up. 

My "goals" per Daily Burn are as follows:

Calories - 1588-1838
Protein - 89-154 grams
Fat - 39-68 grams
Carbs - 137-205 grams

Yesterday was my first day back to tracking, and I was within range on all four points.  Yay!