Sep 26, 2011

Day 269, New Year

Hey everyone,

I'm running my first 5K event on November 6 to support kids in Hamilton and in Haiti and would love your support. No pledge is too small to help kids.   - to find about the charities this run supports - to make a pledge



Sep 25, 2011

Day 255–268, New Year

Since my last post I’ve….

Run 5K  two more times and took 2 min 40 seconds off my last time.


Had dinner at the Mandarin and decided it’s not worth the calories.


Bought these headphones and love them. (Jaybird F3)

Bought and wore size 16 jeans. Real size 16 not 16+.


Paid off the last of my consumer debt.


Decided to sign up for a   5K run in Hamilton on November 6.


Lost 3lbs and this is what 198 lbs looks like this.

Thinking about joining the YMCA and finally learning how to swim.


Stole this from Carbtripper and have it on my phone and my WW tracker.


Sep 15, 2011

Day 255, New Year

Just a short post to let you all know that we finished the C25K program  tonight. NIne weeks of 4 workouts (the plan calls for 3 a week but we repeated one workout each week) without missing one. We can consistently run 5k and we can easily run 30 min at a time. Over the last three weeks my pace has gone from more than ten minutes per km to about 8:30/km. My fastest pace per km is 7:19/km but I only maintained it for one kilometer.

Still not sure what the next plan is, but until I figure it out, I'm going to keep running 3-4 times a week and hiking at least once a week.

This Saturday, we're going to do 5k and push ourselves to get our best time yet. Later that day I'm hiking then going to Buffalo to go shopping. All my Winter/Fall clothes are too big and I am rewarding myself with bluetooth stereo headphones for running for completing the C25K program and my Swarovski crystal earrings for losing 50lbs. This weekend is all about me!!!

Will check in after weigh in on Saturday. The scale is not going to bring me down.

Sep 11, 2011

Day 247 - 254, New Year

Another week gone by. And another week where I am "stuck" at the scale. I'm trying to focus on the positive things.

  • I can run 30 min straight pretty easily anytime.
  • I can run 5km if I really try.
  • My clothes are looser.
  • I sleep better.
  • I feel better.

But yet....I'm still carrying about an extra 60 lbs that needs to be gone.

7 weeks of bouncing the same 1.5 lbs is driving me crazy today. I did a ton of activity last week, and have been more active the last 8 weeks than I have been in about 15 years. I stay within my WW points and I eat about 80% clean.

This week, I'm going to try and add in more lean protein and add about 3 points a day from my Weekly Points. I try to save those for eating out or if I want something that's not in my usual eating plan, like ice cream or chocolate. But this week I'll intentionally use 3 extra day just for lean protein and see if this helps kick me off this plateau.

And, I'm going to try and up the activity. The days I don't run - I'm going to walk or do the Wentworth Stairs. Realistically, I know I can't keep up exercise 7 days a week forever and if I try to put that pressure on myself I'll just pack it all in.  But for a week....just to try and shake things up, I can do it.

So...let's see if this works.  I'll check back with you in a week or so.

On a good side - we have completed Week 8 of Couch to 5K. Last week coming up. I have been bouncing ideas about what to do about running when the 9 weeks is up - I haven't made a final decision yet.

Hope you are all having a great week!

Sep 4, 2011

Day 233 - 246, New Year

Hi everyone!

Hope most of you are enjoying the long weekend. I am so glad I have an extra day to not get up at 430 a.m.

Some exciting news to tell you all....last night I ran 5km straight. No stopping, no walking. Just running. It took me just over 46 minutes. I have to admit when I got to about 3.5 km  I started worry I wouldn't be able to make it and I slowed right down, but I finished and now I know I can do it, I'll aim to go a bit faster those last two kilometres next time.

That marked the end of Week 7 for Couch25K. 2 weeks to go. We start Week 8 tomorrow morning.

I have to come up with a plan to continue running after the program is over, and I've got some thoughts but haven't made a decision yet.

I've also been hiking three weekends in a row in different areas and am loving it. I am not an "outdoors girl". I hate bugs. I hate sleeping on the ground and I hate eating outside, but hiking is different, I love the trees, the colours, the sounds and the trails.

Weight. Well, the scale is not loving me. I am bouncing between 198 and 199.9 the last 7 weeks and am starting to get a bit fed up especially in light of all the activity I'm doing. I am just going to keep going on and try not to get discouraged. Whats the alternative?

Quitting and going back to 250 lbs. Not happening. No way.