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.