After a weekend of high(er) calorie eating, I finally got the scale to jump a hair over my goal weight. I’m actually happy about that. That is what is supposed to happen when we eat more than we should. I need to practice the steps to get my weight back under control. The first step in this, for me, is good ol’ meal planning. Sunday afternoon I sat down and planned out our meals for the coming week and then went to the grocery store. I made sure to stock up on plenty of fruit (and a few veggies) as well as some things to eat for healthy snacks during the day.
Yesterday I had a good, long workout at Koko which included 15 minutes on the elliptical to warm up, a strength test on the SmartTrainer and then 30 minutes of running on the treadmill at a moderate pace – so about a solid 1 1/4 hours of exercise. I also went back to tracking my meals with MyFitnessPal after taking a week or so off from that. My calorie target is 1700 (not counting exercise calories). I still think this number is way too low because I have pretty drastic weight loss when I eat that few calories – it does not seem to be a weight “maintenance” number. Anyway, just from one day of being on plan, I dropped close to 2 pounds overnight. This is about the 5th time I have done that (dropped the “over goal” pounds) so I feel pretty confident in this “plan” to keep me on track. I’ll keep this up all week so that I can go into my weigh-in next week at a good place.
I’m starting to get a bit antsy about this half marathon that I have committed to running. I’m doing OK with my treadmill running but I know from experience that this type of running is very very different from running on the streets. I’ve really been wanting to take it outside, but the heat is a real concern as it is, and will remain, extremely hot in Phoenix for quite a while. I also have a bit of fear or, I guess, anxiety, about running outside … and with other people. This is a problem since the P.F. Changs race includes a lot (x30,000) of people … and, obviously, it is outside. Another fear factor is running in cold weather, which, in January, is a real possibility. The cold air flares up my exercise-induced asthma pretty severely. But, I need to move forward so I decided to try to get up early and do some running outside. I went last week and ran in the neighborhood for about 2 miles. Yep, much more difficult than the treadmill – but I did it. This morning I decided to sneak in a run before having to drive my daughter to camp. As with most things, overcoming the initial fear of starting something is worse than the experience. I think I would have enjoyed the runs both days if it were about 10 degrees cooler and if it weren’t garbage collection day – the smells on the streets are awful since those cans (and bags of garbage) have been sitting outside in 110 degree heat. I need to pick a different day other than Tuesdays, or find a different route!
As I started typing this, a photo showed up in my Facebook feed from the PF Chang’s Marathon page…
I think I need to read this every day. It held true during my weight loss and it is still important to remember as I work towards training for this half marathon.
As I get further and further into maintenance and working towards new goals now, I have started expanding my blog reading a bit more to find others that are in similar points (or beyond) on their weight loss / fitness journey. Two blogs are high on my priority-read list right now. I have been incredibly motivated by them lately.
The first is Leigh. She has lost 100+ pounds (not with Optifast and she currently follows a Paleo diet) and has found a passion in running. She is also a busy mom. http://poonapalooza.blogspot.com/
I found the next blog this weekend and I even set aside some time yesterday to delve more deeply into it. http://www.runsforcookies.com/ Katie is also a 100+ pound loser and accomplished runner. She is also a mom to two small kids. Katie’s story and blog have actually led to a lot of media attention including Dr. Oz and Fitness Magazine. But the thing that got me most excited was that she, and a group of 11 other big “losers”, formed a Ragnar relay team (Fat to Finish) and raced together. Wow, that is something I would LOVE to be a part of. They were featured on the TODAY show back in January. So cool!
I always like having something to look forward to on the horizon. I’m not sure what that “something” is right now, but I like the way things are going….