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bilbl_super This morning it was time for me to start C25K Week 2, Day 1.  Since it has been cold outside (in the 40s, which is FREEZING in the SF Bay Area), I knew I was taking this walk/run to the gym.  I was sort of anxious about two things:

  1. I had skipped Week 1, Day 3 and wasn’t sure if I was ready to move up to today’s longer intervals.
  2. I hadn’t done C25K on the treadmill and wasn’t sure how it would go.

I started off the walk at a good clip – 3.5mph.  In the past, I have never been able to go faster than 3.3mph without really feeling it in my shins/calves, but today I had no problem keeping up this brisk pace.  The entire 5 minutes of the warm up, I was nervous about how the running portion would go.

  • Would I be able to keep up the running for 90 seconds?
  • How fast should I pace myself for the runs?

One thing I wasn’t worried about was how I was going to look while I was running.  I’d recently bought some Old Navy Max Compression capris that fit me really well, and didn’t show much jiggle in my at-home-full-length-mirror-bounce-up-and-down test. Plus, I’d found a treadmill in the back, so the only people behind me were the ones in the Group X room.

I had a great RockMyRun playlist on (today’s was Wogging My World, which is funky and upbeat), and was as ready as I could be to start the running portion.  I bumped my pace up to 4.2mph, which I was able to maintain for the entire 90 seconds.  It wasn’t easy, but it was smooth.  I noticed that a lady on a treadmill in front of me was walking at a 4.0 pace, but I didn’t let that get in my head.  I’m starting out, I’m short, and I wanted to give myself a pace I could maintain the entire time.  Which I did.

I finished the walk/run intervals and felt strong.  I was definitely ready for the running portions to end when the 90 seconds elapsed, but I was able to complete each of them in a really solid way.

Running on the treadmill was so much easier than running outside on the track!  First, my lungs weren’t affected by cold air, as they would’ve been outside. And I really liked the way I could set the pace and know exactly how fast/how far I was going.  I’m planning to push myself a bit more on Day 2 and see how 4.5mph goes.  Based on today’s workout, I think I’ll be just fine at that pace.  I know most runners prefer to be outside, and maybe when I get to be a better runner, and the weather warms up, I’ll feel the same way.  But for now, I am so glad that the treadmill went so well.  (I do plan to do at least one C25K session out on the track, just to keep in practice because my 5Ks will all be outside).

The entire time I was on the treadmill, I felt so proud of myself.  I wasn’t thinking about how I looked on the treadmill.  Or, I should say, I wasn’t thinking anything negative or self-conscious.  In fact, I felt like I fit right in, which is a first.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never really felt too far out of place at the gym, because I’ve always given it my all (insofar as whatever that meant for my fitness level at the time). But today I almost wanted other people to notice me and to see how great I was doing.  THAT is a first!

That smile really says it all (I snapped this at the end of my workout).

That smile really says it all (I snapped this at the end of my workout).

What do you prefer – treadmill or outdoor?  Any advice for this newbie runner?

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Saturday+SmilesAs I sit in my classroom and proctor the SAT for the last time this year, I’ve been thinking about all of the things that are making me smile.

promTonight is my high school’s prom, and it’s all the students have talked about for the past couple of weeks. Even the boys get in on the act, figuring out exactly how their going to ask their dates to the dance. Last week I helped my student ask his girlfriend by playing a video he made for her at the beginning of our study hall period. She was floored and so happy, and seeing them relish in their teenage love really made me happy for them. I can’t wait to see the photos of everyone’s dresses, makeup, and hair.

20130504-103943.jpgI haven’t been on the treadmill in the morning all week (the 90-degree weather we’ve been having has made me ultra-tired), but next week I’m going to get back to it, no matter what.  This photo is funny because I’m wearing my pjs, but it’s a good reminder that when you want to fit exercise in, you do whatever it takes, even if it means hitting the home treadmill in your jammies.  Hey, that’s why it’s convenient to have it at home, right?  One of the reasons I haven’t been on the treadmill in the morning is that I really dread it.  Not doing the work, but the fact that this treadmill my friend is letting me use isn’t high powered, so my obese body is too much for the belt.  I have to literally push it along with my feet and legs in order for it to move.  So, I’m getting a good workout, and my heart is pumping because of the force, but it’s in no way pleasant or enjoyable, especially first thing in the morning.  So I’ve decided to buy a used treadmill that I’m hoping to find on Craigslist (I’ve seen great deals on there) that will work the way it’s supposed to, even at this weight.

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I’ve found a few new food items that are helping keep me on track.  The one above is Amazing Grass’ Green Superfood, and it was recommended to me by one of my friends on MyFitnessPal.  I tried it plain, in water, with a bit of fresh, raw ginger, and I really liked it.  But for those who don’t really like the taste of greens, you might want to mask it in a smoothie or buy their chocolate or vanilla chai flavors.  Right now I don’t have a problem getting my greens in, but post-op I know I will, especially at first.  After the initial healing is complete, I plan to use this to get my greens in.  When you can only fit 4oz, and you’re supposed to go to “protein first,” there’s not a whole lot of room, figuratively or literally, for greens.  Nor are they easily digestible in the beginning.  So this will be a really good solution.  Plus, it’s only 30 calories.

20130504-104016.jpg Have you guys tried kale chips?  I attempted making my own once, but the result was awful.  It sort of tasted like green ash.  Yuck!  I’d seen someone on Instagram or FB mentioning how delicious this brand was, so I gave it a try.  I love them!  The one problem is that they’re so expensive.  This 2.2 oz bag was $5.39 at Whole Foods.  I also tried the Trader Joe’s variety, and while they weren’t quite as good as the Kale Krunch, they were tasty.  And the $3.99 price is a bit more affordable. I’m going to the Triple-A Giants team game tomorrow (should be fun on Cinco de Mayo), and I’m planning to bring these with me so that I can have a snack, but still stay on track.

You guys know how much I love clothes, and recently I’ve been having a blast shopping in my closet! I’m able to fit into lots of the  clothes that I’d put away.  I’ve been wearing them to school, and getting tons of compliments.  The other day, a student I don’t even know told me how pretty she thought my dress was.  How cool is that?!  Tinkerbell also shared some clothes that one of her friends had given her in a recent closet purge.  I found some really cute things to tide me over and keep me from going to the store for new, smaller sizes.  Then on Thursday, I got a text from Amber letting me know that she’d just gone through her own closet, and had some clothes to share.  I was so touched by her generosity, because she and I live in two different states, and she’s paying the shipping costs.  She said it was a little surgery gift to me.  How sweet is she?  You guys will remember that I also have clothes from Meghann and Sylvia that I’m excited to wear soon. I definitely plan on paying it forward when the time comes and the clothes are too big for me.  I cannot wait for that to happen!!

The thing that’s making me smile the most right now is that there are 15 days until my surgery!!!!!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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The new treadmill is going to give me a future NSV.

You see, because of my weight and because it’s not super high-powered, the belt doesn’t move at the correct speed when I get on it. At first I was upset, but you know what they say about lemonade from lemons.

So I have it cranked up to 4mph and an incline of 4% just to get a good workout. (I adjusted the speed/incline for MFP for accuracy). It’s definitely a workout, though – I was sweating & huffing & puffing.

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I even created a “place” on FB for the location of my treadmill so that I can check in every morning at 5am when I step on it. That way, I’m building in accountability with all my FB friends. Plus, I’ll have a public record of all of my accomplishments. This is why I always check in on FB when I go to the gym.

One day, when I weigh much less, the treadmill will move as it should. I can’t wait for that! For now, I’m making the best of it.

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Spring has sprung! Which means that the weather is turning warmer, the days are getting longer, and fitting in outdoor activities is a whole lot easier. Spring is a time of renewal, and the spring of 2013 is going to be one where my life is Refreshed. I’m living my life in full bloom! Now that I’ve made my pre-op weight loss requirement, all the pounds I lose this spring are just like extra petals on a flower, making my life just a bit more beautiful. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. I’m embarking on more than just a diet plan, I’m establishing a lifestyle – my new beginning. My Sunday progress updates will be called Super Spring Weigh-Ins.

I haven’t done a weigh-in post in a couple of weeks, because I was kind of stalled out for a while there after making my 5 lbs to go goal. Then we had Easter, I got a bad cold, TMI arrived, and I had a pasta dinner “last meal.”

Hmmm, those things don’t sound to promising. What did the scale say?

This morning I weighed in at 286.0, which is up 2.4 from the last time I weighed in. I’m disappointed that I’m up a bit, but with all the things I mentioned above, I’m actually not surprised. I wasn’t working out much when I was sick, because I just felt miserable. I indulged on Easter and then again with that pasta dinner, and eating more carbs than normal will absolutely make the scale go up. But, this is where I go from here. I have 5 pounds to go to get to my last pre-op requirement, and I’m committing to get there by next week’s weigh in.

I know 5 lbs in a week sounds like a lot to lose, but time is of the essence. When I called Kaiser about a week ago to check the status of my surgery date, the scheduler told me that my file is on the surgeon’s desk with about 20 people ahead of me. She told me that I need to have my final goal weight on record as soon as possible so that when he approves my chart, they can schedule my surgery. If my weight loss hasn’t been recorded by then, they’ll pass me up and go on to the next person on the list. I definitely don’t want anything to prolong my surgery date, so it’s up to me to get it in gear and get this weight loss on record.

My plan is to do a pre-op plan – all protein shakes and Quest bars until I hit the goal and get it recorded. I’m thinking 4-5 shakes and 1 bar per day. I love the Quest bars because they are so low in net carbs (really high in protein and fiber). Plus, they’re really tasty. They have lots of flavors, but my favorites are banana nut muffin and cinnamon roll. So good! I have the Premier Protein pre-made shakes, as well as BSN, SunWarrior, and Premier Protein protein powders, to which I can add PB2, cocoa, and the flavored liquid stevia I have to add some variety. I may hit Cost Plus to buy some sugar free Torani syrups to make things even more interesting. It’s not going to be easy, but I can do anything for 7 days. Plus, I know I’ll drink lots more water (I usually get in 8-10 glasses a day), just to stave off the hunger pangs.

Besides that, I’m really excited because I’m going to add something new to my workout routine.

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One of my friends is letting me borrow/have her treadmill! Even though I have a gym membership, I’ve always envied people who had treadmills at home because they can literally roll out of bed and onto the treadmill and then right into the shower. Considering how early I get up, waking up any earlier is difficult, especially trying to coordinate an early-morning gym session. Now I can get up at 5am, which is reasonable, do 30-45 minutes on the treadmill, and then get on with the rest of my morning routine. That way, my after work and evening workouts will be like “double days” – a bonus! I feel so grateful to my friend because I know adding this extra bit into my daily routine is really going to help me get to my goals sooner.

20130414-131356.jpg I don’t have much in the spare room that the treadmill is in, but luckily there’s a large window, and I have a bit of a view of the busy street outside. (Hey, it’s better than looking at the wall). Sofi’s not too sure about the whole thing, but I’m sure in time she’ll get used to it.

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Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: treadmill (30 minutes); walk with Sofi
Monday: treadmill (30 minutes); walk with Sofi; OnDemand workout
Tuesday: treadmill (30 minutes); gym: elliptical + recumbent bike
Wednesday: treadmill (30 minutes)
Thursday: treadmill (30 minutes); gym: elliptical + recumbent bike
Friday: treadmill (30 minutes); walk with Sofi
Saturday: Zumba; cleaning

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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If I’m not mistaken, today is May 2nd.  Way past the time when we should be dealing with rain in my area of Northern California.  Ugh.

Don’t get me wrong, during the winter, I love the rain.  It makes me feel all comfy, cozy and gives the perfect excuse to stay inside and cuddle up with a good book, watch a movie marathon, or have a long phone conversation with a friend.  But it is no longer winter – we are officially in spring, and I’ve had it with this weird weather! Less than two weeks ago we were dying from the 98+ temps and now we’re dealing with rain?!!

One of the reasons I’m less than thrilled with this weather is that it means that I have to do my 20 minutes of the WW Walk-It Challenge at the gym on the treadmill.  So far, I’ve been able to avoid the treadmill because the weather has been nice.  I much prefer walking outside in the fresh air to the treadmill.  But, I guess I should consider myself lucky that I have the option and that a little rain isn’t going to stop me from getting in my daily walk.

All of this blathering on about the weather is supposed to distract you from the fact that I am not writing about my WW weigh-in today.  Did it work?

Ok, so ‘fess up time.  I didn’t go to my meeting today because: 1.) It’s raining.  2.) I got on the scale at home this morning and saw another slight gain.  I just can’t go to another meeting knowing I’m moving in the wrong direction.  I just can’t.

Here’s where I went wrong this week:

  • I didn’t take the time to pack my lunches the night before, thus throwing things into my lunch bag at the last minute in the morning.  Some of the things I grabbed weren’t measured as carefully as they should have been.
  • Other mornings I didn’t pack a lunch at all and bought it from Trader Joe’s.  I made good choices, on the surface, but I didn’t measure those Pita Chips as well as I should have.  I have such little control with certain snack foods that I simply have to pre-measure the portion and then bring only that amount – a whole bag spells trouble for me.
  • Those Subway $5 Footlongs are good, but they’re also a lot of points.  Even a turkey sandwich is 11 points – that’s too much for lunch.  Eating a huge lunch like this makes my dinner options much more limited, and on two different nights, I ate well into my flex points.  From here on out, I’ll buy the footlong, but definitely only eat half –  which is a big enough portion, to be sure – and save the other half for the next day (or for dinner that night).
  • Going to a wine tasting and then dinner with Ish instead of working out wasn’t such a good idea on Thursday night.  We had a great time, and I’m so glad we went, but I really should have made sure that I got a workout in.  Especially because I had eaten quite a bit of points for lunch and had no business eating out at dinner.
  • The WW Walk-It Challenge is great, and I enjoy it so much, but I’m realizing that I’m not earning enough Activity Points by only walking 20ish minutes 5 days a week.  I have to make sure to do some other workout at least 3 other days of the week.  Time for the Aqua class to make a comeback.

One thing I am proud about is that I did track every point I ate this week – ALL of them.  It was what helped me recognize where I went wrong.  I really can’t stress enough how important tracking points is to me.

So, there you have it.  I know what I did wrong this week, and while I should have gone to the WW meeting and faced the music, at least I’m being accountable to you guys.

This next week is going to be all about portion sizes, increased workouts, and seeing a loss on the scale!

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This week has been pretty exciting: new shoes, first track practice with TNT, and lots of love from family & friends in the contributions to the fundraising.

I haven’t been feeling particularly OP this week.  I should be walking on my own in order to prepare for the half marathon, but I haven’t.  Sunday and Monday nights I did a workout DVD, and I walked 3/4 of a mile on Wednesday, but that’s about it.  I’ve also had a bit of an increased appetite this week because of TOM.  I’ve been staying within my points (using my extra 35), so I shouldn’t have anything to worry about on weigh-in day, but I wasn’t as diligent about my tracking.  I did keep track of what I was eating in my head, but that never makes me feel as confident or organized as when I’m actually imputting what I’ve eaten into my Points Tracker. I usually track every day using eTools, but this week my main focus was on setting up the TNT fundraising page and making sure I thanked everyone for their donations.  I guess I should cut myself a little bit of a break, because the whole TNT thing is a whole new world, and sometimes you can only concentrate on so many things at once.

Tomorrow we’re scheduled to walk 4 miles, which is incredibly daunting.  I haven’t walked that far at once in years.  The Turkey Trot was a 5k, and that almost killed me.  Now that I have the new shoes, I’m hoping that I will be able to go a lot farther without too many problems.  They’re giving us 2 hours to walk the 4 miles, which means 30 minutes/mile, and I know I can do that.  I’m hoping I can average a 20-minute mile, but I’m going to keep the whole “slow and steady” idea in mind.  I’ll be really proud of myself for just completing it.

So next week (beginning on Sunday), I’m going to make a point of getting in more practices on my own.  Which means I’ll have to hit the gym.  I haven’t been inside my 24 Hour Fitness in months because I’ve been finding that I like working out outside of the gym better.  I’ve kept up my membership because I know I’ll use it a lot more frequently in the summer when I’m off.  I’ve been avoiding the treadmill like the plague, but now that I’ve signed up to walk the half marathon, it only makes sense to get back on it.  I’m thinking I may ease my way into it, though.  Maybe a warmup on the elliptical for about 20 minutes and then 40 minutes or so on the treadmill to start.

All in all, this week has been wonderful so far.  Lots of new, positive experiences.

I’d better get to bed now, since I have to be up at 5:30am (on a Saturday!) in order to make it to the TNT training.  Wish me luck that I don’t hit the snooze button too many times.

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