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!

Monday, June 20, 2011

And it begins...

I've been seriously slacking on this blog lately.  I was feeling some ridiculous guilt about last week, when I ate like a total piggy and drank copious amounts of wine and beer.  I didn't even weigh in last Friday because I knew I couldn't face it.

But this is a new week, and so begins my official marathon training.  18 weeks and I will be crossing the Verrazano Bridge like those pictured to my left.  I'm following Hal Higdon's marathon training plan, which seems clear-cut, includes two rest days, and a day of cross training.  Anyone interested can check it out on his website....I grabbed it from the book Marathon.

I'm also going to start tracking my miles ran with each check-in.  At 7 weeks of actually tracking my miles on paper, I'm at 113 miles.  And there are lots more to come.  This week I have 15 miles on deck, including a race on Saturday that I am really looking forward to.  Much to my husband's chagrin, I'm 9+1-ing it again this year in case I decide that the marathon rocks hardcore and I would love to subject my body to it again in 2012. 

So I promise to check in this week and let you know the progress of my Hal Higdon marathon training.  Good luck to all that are starting the training at this magical 18-week point!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Check In #5

 Definitely didn't get in enough yoga and pilates this week, and I'm starting physical therapy for my bum knee.  Weight stayed the same, but I'm not surprised in the least, considering I obviously made some mistakes with exercise, and spent the entire last weekend boozing heavily.

This week I need to work on getting up in the AM for yoga/pilates, staying awayyyy from the craft beer, and scheduling my runs around twice a week physical therapy.  It will be a challenge, but who doesn't love a challenge?

Weight: 165 (down 3.0 overall)
Waist: 31.5 (down 1.0 overall)
Hips: 38.5 (down 1.5 overall)
Thighs: 21.0 (down 0.5 overall)
Chest: 37.5 (down 0.5 overall)
Biceps: 11 (same)

Friday Check In #4

 Yay!  Lost weight again this week.

Weight: 165 (down 0.5 from last week, 3 overall)
Waist: 32.0 (down 0.5 overall)
Hips: 39.0 (down 1.0 overall)
Thighs: 21.0 (down 0.5 overall)
Biceps: 11.0 (same)
Chest: 37.5 (down 0.5 overall)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Check-In #3

 Yay, progression pics!  Biggest Loser style.  I'm seeing progress and I'm really excited.  Here's to next week!

Weight: 165.5 (down 1 from last week, 2.5 overall)
Waist: 32.5 inches (same)
Hips: 39.0 inches (down 0.5 inch from last week, 1.0 overall)
Chest: 37.5 inches (down 0.5)
Biceps: 11.0 inches (same)
Thighs: 21.5 inches (same)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I Heart Beer

"Counting on a remedy I've counted on before
  Goin' with the cure that never fails me
  What you call the disease, I call the remedy
  What you're callin' the cause, I call the cure."
  -Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Another Drinkin' Song

I have a love/hate relationship with alcohol.  It is delicious and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  It's a wonderful social lubricant and makes good times even more fun and hysterical. 

It also sometimes gives me a hangover, or makes me say stupid things after having one too many.  In terms of running, it sometimes makes me miss a scheduled run because I'm feeling too crappy to lace up the sneaks.  Because of my weight loss goals and training schedule, I've cut back on drinking quite a bit.   Not that I'm a boozehound, but I enjoy my nightly glass of wine (or 2) and mimosa-fueled brunches.

This weekend I had a bachelorette party.  One that lasted all day.  I had a few beers.  Okay, like 10 beers.  I skipped my run on Sunday because I felt like ass.  I basically lounged on the recumbent bike Monday because I still felt tired.

Lesson learned that I can still love booze, but in somewhat moderation.  I can't miss two days of training because of one party!  I'll keep updating how I balance my drinking life with my running life ;)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Check-In #2

Yayyyyy!  I literally jumped up and down this morning after getting off the scale.  After my weight streadily climbing for what seemed like forever, I lost 1.5 pounds this week!  Must be doing something right.  That was just the confidence boost I needed for my race tomorrow.

Weight: 166.5 (down 1.5)
Waist: 32.5 inches (same)
Hips: 39.5 inches (down 0.5 inch)
Chest: 38.0 inches (same)
Biceps: 11.0 inches (same)
Thighs: 21.5 inches (same)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How to get over a disappointing run (?)

The last couple of days, I've been struggling.  Well, let's say the last couple of weeks.  Two weeks ago, I had a really busy week.  Then I spent last week fighting a cough.  I spent last weekend traveling on a bus, outlet shopping, and playing board games...with a run squeezed in.  Yesterday, I tried to run and felt exhausted.  Only got 2.5 miles in and I felt like collapsing. 

Today was worse.  I planned on five miles, got all geared up, and just fell apart.  About 2 miles in, I started dragging my feet.  At three miles, I had to walk to the fourth mile.  Five was not happening.  My legs were shaking and I was feeling dizzy.  I knew I should stop, but it was just so disappointing.  Dripping sweat, I stretched out on the mat, trying not to tear up.

It's going to be hard for me to get running again tomorrow.  I feel like giving up, but I have a 6 mile run on Saturday, and a half-marathon next weekend.  My confidence is kind of shot and I'm not sure how to get past it.  Hopefully my mindset changes a bit tomorrow.

Friday, May 6, 2011

First Friday Check-In

So I'm going to start weighing in and tracking my measurements every Friday.  I plan on doing progression pictures as well, but I was busy packing for the weekend upstate last night and I totally forgot to take a picture.  Next week, for sure.

I'm planning on tracking the next six months until the NYC marathon....hopefully there will be a significant change during that time!  My weight goal is 150 lbs.

As of May 6, 2011 (base weight and measurements)

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Feeling "Heavy"

I've been struggling with my weight lately.  In fact that's the reason I started this blog.  I'm pretty tired of bitching to my husband about my weight, my diet, and why I always have to skip the second glass of wine for the sake of my skinny jeans.

I went to the doctor recently, to be told that I'm on the "high end" of the BMI scale.  This is discouraging, considering I've been cutting down on frivolous boozing, logging my calories religiously into DailyBurn, and logging about 25 miles a week running. 

I'm tired.  I don't see where I could wedge any more exercise into my day.  However, I am taking steps to kickstart my weight loss.  I'm aiming to get up and work out in the morning three days a week.  Mornings are especially tough for me because I have a really long and annoying commute (hopefully that will change soon). 

I also just feel unmotivated.  After months of working hard and actually GAINING weight instead of losing or maintaining, I feel very down.  But I thought maybe getting my thoughts, struggles, and hopefully triumphs chronicaled might raise my motivation a bit.  I'm also going to log my weight and measurements once a week into this blog, and talk about calorie intake and workouts when applicable.  Maybe I'll even take before and after pictures to document my (hopeful) transformation from now until the NYC Marathon, which is in exactly six months!  Eeeeeek!