So Long 2013

Today is the last day of 2013, and well it’s been a ride. I started out the year with Weight Watchers and was able to lose 25 pounds in 3.5 months, but then got discouraged, unmotivated, and frustrated. Which, of course brought back that 25 pounds I lost.

Looking back now if I had just stuck with it I’d be at my goal or pretty close to it, but this time next year I’ll be there. I’m not giving up this year.

I’ve only been doing this for 11 weeks, but looking back over these past 11 weeks I’ve accomplished a lot.

  • I can now run for 10 minutes straight
  • I’m getting closer to the 10 minute mile every week
  • I’ve learned that I enjoy working out, well some of it.
  • I feel a lot better after a workout.
  • I enjoy yoga.
  • I can do anything I put my mind too.
  • Losing weight isn’t easy, but can be done with work and determination.
  • Keeping track of what I eat definitely cuts down on the garbage food I’ll eat.
  • I now buy running shoes for running.
  • There are endless ways to get your daily activity in.
  • I love the treadmill.
  • Fitbit has been a great motivating tool in my life.

So in the 11 weeks I’ve done a lot and I plan to stick with it in 2014.

YouTube Is A Wealth

YouTube is an amazing little site. Along this journey I’ve discovered that YouTube is much more than a place to watch videos of kids saying funny things, pranks, and cute animals. It’s also a place where you can find great workout videos for free.

That’s right I said FREE! Over the past 11 weeks I’ve turned to YouTube to help me get my daily steps and activity in. I’ve done walking videos with Leslie Sansone, which I thought were going to be boring as all get out, but have been quite enjoyable, Zumba, which has become a new favorite, I limit it to once a week, because I would do it every day, and well than I wouldn’t have a very diverse group of workouts would I, I’ve found dance workouts, boot camps, barre routines, and even a little Jillian Michaels.

All of these workouts lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to well over an hour have helped me become a fitter, healthier, leaner, and lighter me. I like that I can say I’m in the mood for XYZ, and find something to fit that need on YouTube. Plus, there are so many different videos that come up that I know that I won’t become bored, I will always have options.

When I started on this journey I was considering joining a gym, but I’m glad I didn’t because I can pretty much find a video on nearly anything and have my own private class at anytime of the day I choose. And, well I was already paying for internet anyway so my monthly costs haven’t gone up any.

How about you any favorite YouTube workout videos that you have?

Weekly Recap 11

I just finished week 11. Crazy, it doesn’t seem all that long ago that I started on this journey, but I’m now starting on my finally week of month 3.

My motivation has returned for the most part this week, but I’m not doing things and accomplishing them as early in the day as I would like. I think I’m going to have to start setting an alarm again and just getting up when it goes off. On days when I do need to get up and get going, I do and I’m just a lot more satisfied and happier with myself when I get things out-of-the-way earlier.

Even though I’ve found myself getting going later and later in the day I’ve had a great week when it comes to moving, and well that has a lot to do with my friends on Fitbit. I’ not going to lose that top spot so if that means I need to walk 15,000 steps today to take over the leaderboard than I will.

  • 82,887 steps
  • 11,585 daily average steps
  • 15,156 steps in a day
  • 20,323 calories burned
  • 2,966 daily average calories burned
  • 3,204 calories burned in a day
  • 36.37 miles
  • 5.09 miles daily average
  • 9 hours and 48 minutes of very active activity
  • 81 minutes daily average of active activity
  • 2 hours 28 minutes of very active activity in one day
  • 7,654 calorie deficit
  • lost 0.8 pounds

Wasn’t a huge weight loss this week and I’m a little bummed about it, but it is also that time of the month where I normally gain weight so, nearly a pound lost is something I’ll take.

When I had started this journey 11 weeks ago I had set a goal weight for myself for January 1st and although I’m not going to make it, I still need to lose another 7.2 pounds I’m okay with that. It was a bit ambitious it was 29 pounds in 11.5 weeks, and no that’s not something that isn’t obtainable, but it was a lot. I’m actually happier with not reaching the goal, because I know that I am losing weight at a healthy rate. I’m averaging about 2 pounds a week which is within healthy standards, and I don’t want to do this the unhealthy way. So I’ve set myself a new goal which is 7 weeks away which is also my cousin’s wedding. And, I’ve added a bit to the current goal that was to expire on the first, and we will see if I reach that goal. I know that I will reach my first weight loss goal, it’s just not going to happen on the first and that’s ok. Because well I’ve accomplished a lot of goals on this journey already.

I’m excited to see what my results will be for week 12.

Really! Again

So, it’s snowing here in Wyoming again.  I know what you’re thinking, well it is winter, and you do live in Wyoming, so this shouldn’t really surprise you. True, and right on all accounts. I just would like to have a whole week where I don’t have to shovel, wrestle the snowblower, and chisel my car out of a deep freeze. Just one week that’s all I’m asking. It’s already been a long winter, and it just officially started. Although, here in Wyoming winter graced us with her prescience in September. So see long winter already. I’ve endured months of it already.

The good thing about the snow is it does provide a great workout, but still I want to enjoy nice walks outside, and not have to wear my boots everywhere. I have lots of cute shoes and they are being seriously neglected right now.

The snow also does help my skiing habit a bit. I think next weekend I’ll be hitting the slopes for a few turns.

How’s the snow removal going in your neck of the woods.

It’s Getting Harder

I’ve been working on my run training diligently for the past 11 weeks, and well today I wanted to die.

I did the entire mile training program once before, but have since started it over in an attempt to get to that elusive 10 minute mile I’m chasing. Today, was the last day in week 3’s training. And, for week 3 I only run a total of 3 minutes. Not a lot by any means, but when running at 6mph, which is like a sprint for me right now it can be a lot. Especially, when it’s broken up into 2, 15 second bursts and 2,  75 second bursts.  The 15 second bursts I’ve got down those don’t phase me at all.  However, the 75 second bursts were awful. I ended up needing to hold on to the treadmill in order to make it through the entire time, and well after I was done I was definitely sucking wind, not to mention the tightness I felt in my chest. I’m a bit nervous because next week it’ll be 2 minutes straight of running and if I feel this way after 75 seconds how on earth am I going to be able to do it?

I am impressed with myself that I was able to pound it out and accomplish the run part today, but I know every day from here on out is just going to get harder, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to only spend one week on a training. I may be repeating some weeks to build up my stamina even more than the program creates. It’s ok if that’s what I need to do though, because the only person I am doing this for is me, and there is no timeline on completing this goal.

Even, with the run being difficult, after the training session was complete I did another 7 minutes of running at my normal speed, basically the fat man’s jog speed, but at least I’m doing it. So, even after being exhausted and a bit discouraged because of how hard I felt it was I did more and ran for a total of 10 minutes today. Which is a good thing. I just need to keep pushing, and working at it, and I know that it will get easier over time.

Happy running to all you runners out there.

Parking Lots

Parking lots have definitely become one of my favorite ways to be more active. Before I started on this journey, I’d find the closest spot and snag before anyone else could, but now I find myself looking for the furthest spot away.

It’s funny how your way of thinking can change in such a short amount of time. I don’t even think about parking close to the doors anymore. I enjoy the extra walking I get in. Even, with winter being in full swing here in Wyoming I don’t mind the extra walking. Yes, my pant legs and shoes inevitably end up soaked from the snow, slush, and water, but by parking in the last spot in the last aisle I’ve just added 500 or more steps to my day.

Plus, there is an added benefit of parking in no man’s land. I can spot my car real easily. I have a Toyota 4 Runner, they only come in a few colors, and well there are a lot of people who have them. But, I no longer have the problem of trying to find mine in a sea of cars, because mine is off on its own little island.

What about you, do you have any little things you do to be more active?

New Running Shoes

I never thought I’d say I love running shoes for just that running. I love sneakers, I have quite the vast collection, of course until recently they were very rarely used for running, just comfort and style.

Now, that I’m working on becoming a runner, I’m in love with running shoes. I’m a fan of the barefoot and minimalist styles. By barefoot styles I’m not talking about the ones with the toes those are just weird and something that I can’t do. But, the Vibram barefoot feel is amazing. My first pair I bought is a pair of Merrell’s. And, well I fell in love with them. I then also picked up some New Balance Minimalist. I really like the lightweight feel of the shoes, and the flexibility of the shoe. I own tons of sneakers that are not this type, and well rarely wear them anymore. They just feel too heavy and not flexible enough for me anymore.

These are my first barefoot type running sneakers I bought. And, well I love them. They’ve been getting a lot of use over the last 10.5 weeks, for what they were intended running, not just because I thought they looked cool and were comfortable.

Well thanks To REI, end of the year sales, combined with holiday sales incentives, and dividends I was able to score my second pair of Merrell’s for 70% off. Merry Christmas to me! I’m pretty excited to break these new guys in.

Yes, they are the exact same sneaker I already have. If you love something why mess with it?


Fitbit, My Motivation

I’ve added some more friends to my Fitbit, and well it’s been a help in getting me moving.

My ability to get out of bed is still a bit poor, but I am still doing all of the exercise I’ve scheduled for myself. Anyway, with the new friends I’ve added nearly every day I look and I’m no longer number one. Well, I can’t have that. Did I mention I’m a bit competitive, okay a lot competitive. As in I don’t lose. And, I get really  angry with myself when I do.

So, needless to say I’m moving quite a bit more. Yesterday, I did 15,000 steps just so I could slip into that number 1 spot. I may have to add more steps today to keep my lead. Yeah, I’m way to competitive.

Thank you Fitbit for the motivation to get up and move, and to those on my friends list that are pushing me forward.

Week 10 Recap

So, this past week had found me completely unmotivated to do anything. Workout, wasn’t really interested, but I still did it, but definitely not to my best ability. Get more than my daily minimum step goal, yeah definitely wasn’t interested in that, I found myself getting on the treadmill at 8,9, 10 o’clock at night just to get them in. Eating, yeah I really couldn’t even be bothered with that much either. As you can see a week completely lacking in wanting to do anything.

I’m hoping that I’m starting to get back on track, today’s been a good day.

Even with the crappy, unmotivated feelings I’ve been having I did have a positive week, in that when I finally did get up and move I was doing it for nearly an hour every day, and I wasn’t too interested in eating, but I still made healthy choices.

And, ad, now for the weekly stats:

  • 74,219 total steps
  • 10,189 daily step average
  • 19,965 calories burned
  • 2,864 daily average calories burned
  • 32.44 miles
  • 4.46 daily mile average
  • 7 hours 39 minutes of very active activity
  • 64 minutes daily average of very active minutes
  • 9,089 weekly calorie deficit
  • 2.8 pounds lost
  • With the 2.8 pounds lost it brings my total weight loss to 21 pounds in 10 weeks. I’ll take it 🙂

Even though the last week has left me feeling kinda crappy about how things have gone, I’m excited to see my results, and that I’m sticking to the commitment I made to myself. And, here’s to a great week 11.