Weekly Recap – Jan 13 – Jan 20

Documenting progress, even if it’s “bad” (such as a low mileage week or a weight gain) is a very useful tool, so I am going to try to get back into the habit of my weekly recap posts to keep myself on track.  I have to lose 20 pounds (or try as close as I can) in the next 23 weeks (Doctor’s orders!!) so I’m hitting the ground running, so to speak.

Starting Weight – 272 (275) – The doctor weighed me at 275 with my normal clothes on, jeans, shoes etc.  I weighed myself at the gym the next day in my running shorts at 272.

Monday – Ellipitical – 60 minutes
Tuesday – Run – 3 miles
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Rest
Friday – Run – 3 miles
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – Rest (Football party!!)

Total mileage – 6 miles
Ending weight – 270 (2 pounds lost)

Whenever you make a change you’re always going to see a pretty big shift to start with.  The key is to stick with the program when next week this turns into no loss or even a gain.  Your body will fluctuate wildly for a while until it settles into the new routine.  Some of that could also be water weight lost since I’m working on drastically slashing my sodium intake and so therefore should retain less water.

Off to a good start!


Weekly Recap 4-22 to 4-28-13

This week culminated in my fifth half marathon, the Kings Mountain Half in Clover SC.  Besides that it was a pretty normal week.

Starting weight – 245.0
Monday – Walking – 45 minutes
Tuesday – Run – 3.5 miles
Wednesday – Bodyflow – 60 minutes
Thursday – Run – 2 miles
Friday – REST
Saturday – RACE – Half Marathon – 13.3 miles
Sunday – REST
Total mileage – 18.8 miles
Finishing weight – 242.0 (3 pounds lost)

Good loss this week, some (or all) of which may be water weight loss from the race on saturday, but I’ll take it. Hopefully this can continue.

Weekly Recap 4-15-13 to 4-21-13

Well, this has been an interesting week.  All the craziness in Boston focusing everything on runners and our sport, all of us gathering together to support those killed and wounded and celebrating when the men responsible are caught.  I ran my 5 miles on Tuesday in my yellow and blue Half Fanatics shirt to support the yellow and blue of the B.A.A.  Friday I got in a crummy treadmill run of only three miles, but today me and Laura knocked it out of the park with a nicely paced 10 mile run around Salem Lake.  I’m very happy with this run and it gives me a lot of confidence going into the Kings Mountain Half this weekend.

Starting weight – 245.0 (from 3-31-13)
Monday – Spin – 50  minutes
Tuesday – Run – 5 miles
Wednesday – Spin – 50 minutes
Thursday – REST
Friday – Run – 3 miles
Saturday – REST
Sunday – Run – 10 miles
Total mileage – 18 miles
Ending weight – 245.0 (unchanged)

My longest run by far since Disney also translates into my longest weekly mileage in quite a while.  The last four weeks have increased from 3.5, to 5, to 9 and then 18.

I’ve got to get “back on the wagon” so to speak with the healthy eating, now that I can exercise again.  I signed up for this weekends race to motivate me and get me back into that “training” mindset again.  Now I just need the nutrition portion of that to follow suit.  I haven’t logged a weight in 3 weeks, and weighing in today at exactly the same as I did three weeks ago, which is both good and bad. Not gaining, but not losing.  Need to work on this.

I have another Half on the radar as possible for May, which will help me stay in that training mode hopefully before the Grand Adventure (details to follow).

Weekly Recap – 4-8-13 to 4-14-13

Last week was a very interesting week, which led up to a interesting (and busy!) weekend.  However, nothing can come close to the absolute rollercoaster of emotions from today.  From the sheer excitement and elation of jumping back into the racing fray and signing up for my next half marathon this morning, to the gut wrenching sorrow and heartbreak over the tragic events in Boston.  The entire running community is shocked and broken today and we will have to join together to pull ourselves back together again.

Monday – Spinning – 50 minutes
Tuesday – Run – 3 miles
Wednesday – Spinning – 50 minutes
Thursday – REST
Friday – Weightlifting – 30 minutes
Saturday – RACE – Hope for Hospice 10K
Sunday – Walking – 30 minutes
Total Mileage – 9.2

No weigh in this week, at least not an official one.  Based on the peek I got on the home scale it would not have been good.  I’ve got to get back on the wagon and I’m hoping getting back into a serious training regimen will do the trick.  I’ve been floating by the last couple months with no drive and no motivation.

As I mentioned above, I signed up this morning for the Kings Mountain Half marathon on April 27th.  Yes, I realize that’s only two weeks away.  I had this race on my list way back in January, but I never registered for it and when I cleared my race schedule it got tossed aside.  I thought about it and thought about it, and since my financial situation had improved and I felt like I could spend a little money on running again I decided to take the plunge and sign up for it.  The race is entirely on park property at the Kings Mountain Battlefield park, and one of the perks is since there are no roads to close and no cops to tie up directing traffic this race has no time limit.  NONE.  Not a long one like 6 or 7 hours, but NONE.  Granted, I would assume they would want everyone to finish by sunset and the park closes, but you could take 12 hours if you wanted.  This means I can go as slow as I need to, and walk as much or all of the course if I need to, since I’ve not been training that hard lately.  This will be an “easy” run and take it nice and slow.  As Amanda said “You won’t PR, but you’ll have a good time!”.

Weekly recap 3-25-13 to 3-31-13

Well, I’ve had an interesting week.  A lot of running related things but not a whole lot of running.  I hit the elliptical on Tuesday because of some soreness in my ankle after spin class on Monday, on Thursday I had the Dick Beardsley event, which I keep forgetting to blog about but I’ll get to it, I did manage to squeeze in 3.5 miles on Friday with a day off work, and then Saturday volunteered at two different races, the Lillie’s Friends 5K in the morning and then the Indoor Ultimate Runner in the afternoon which my friend Jennifer was volunteering at.

Starting Weight – 246.0
Monday – Spinning – 50 minutes
Tuesday – Elliptical – 60 minutes
Wednesday – Yoga – 60 minutes
Thursday – REST (Dick Beardsley Event)
Friday – Run – 3.5 miles
Saturday – REST (Race volunteering)
Sunday – Walking – 30 minutes
Total Mileage – 3.5 miles
Ending Weight – 245.0 (1 pound lost*)

The Y was closed today, so my weigh in was at home and not on the locker room scale like usual, so I’m going to take that with a slight grain of salt, but happy to be moving down again.  I hopped on the scale midweek last week and was at 248, so it’s likely more than a 1 pound loss, but I didn’t mark that down so it’s not “official”.  It’s also mostly water weight fluctuations the way I’ve been eating crappy lately.  Gotta get back on track.

Weekly recap – 3-11-13 to 3-17-13

Had a successful 10K race this weekend, and a not so successful day on the scale today, but the scale result is not a surprise.

Starting weight – 242.0
Monday – Bodyflow – 60 minutes and Spinning – 60 minutes
Tuesday – Run – 3 miles
Wednesday – Elliptical – 60 minutes
Thursday – REST
Friday – REST
Saturday – Race – St Leo’s 10K – 6.25 miles
Sunday – Yoga – 60 minutes
Total Mileage – 9.25
Ending Weight – 246.0 (4 pound gain)

Between a work party Friday, spaghetti and beer dinner Friday night, post race foodage Saturday and then a track club party on Saturday night, everything within arms reach of me went into my face this weekend so not at all surprised to see a big gain.  Hopefully most of it is salt retention/water weight so it will come back off eventually.


Weekly Recap 3-4-13 to 3-10-13

Things went a little sideways this week, but ended on a pretty good note.  Had several late days at work with a sore knee and some nasty weather that cancelled my Tuesday and Thursday short runs, but I managed to knock out a good five miler in the gorgeous weather on Saturday which is my longest run since Disney.

I’ve got my 10K this weekend, which may very well be my last race of any distance for a while.  Things are totally up in the air for the spring and summer and I’m just literally taking things one week at a time.  Plus if my knee keeps acting up I may be out of action for a little while until it decides to behave or I have to go get something done to it.

Starting weight – 241.8
Monday – Bodyflow – 60 minutes and Spinning – 60 minutes
Tuesday – REST
Wednesday – Elliptical – 60 minutes
Thursday – REST
Friday – REST
Saturday – Run – 5 miles
Sunday – Yoga – 60 minutes
Total Mileage – 5 miles
Ending Weight – 242.0 (0.2 pound gain)

Very small gain this week which isnt too bad.. I’ve been yo-yoing up and down with the same couple of pounds back and forth for a while now so this is not a surprise.  I’ve gained a little over 4 pounds since Christmas, which is not that bad, but I’ve “shifted” (up or down) 17.2 pounds, so it’s been gain/lose/gain/lose/gain/lose… It’s pretty discouraging when one week you have a 3.4 pound gain and the following week only a 0.2 pound loss.

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    I am a recent graduate in Food Science (NC State, 2009) and I work for a major food manufacturing company. I love food, but I can no longer eat anything that crosses my path. About 24 months ago I begin a serious struggle to get my obesity under control and reduce my chances of developing Type II diabetes. Since September of '09 I have lost 50 pounds and I still have a long ways to go. I've started eating better and exercising more, including taking up running.