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!