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KC Zoo Run

As you know, I’ve been training for a race. Training makes it sound like weeks or months have gone by and I’m running a marathon or something. It wasn’t a marathon and I only “trained” for 5 days. But still running in a race is not something I do on a weekly basis and when you make a plan on how to prepare yourself for when you do, well that’s training.

In this instance my training paid off! I set a goal to finish this 4-mile race in less than 55 minutes and that is exactly what I did. Woohoo!

The race was the KC Zoo Run. I’ve ran this race twice before. The first time was several years ago and was also a successful race for me. The second time was not so much. I had feared that my last minute attempt at training would not be enough for to accomplish my goal. But I was wrong.

 

The first mile was mostly down hill. This helped tremendously. It’s hard to stop and rest when you’re going down hill. Why not use the momentum to keep going? You can rest when you get to the bottom.

The second mile was the easiest mile for me. Yes, in a way, even easier than the 1st mile. I started counting. Well technically I started counting toward the end of the first mile. At the gym, I run .25 – .3 miles then I walk .1 mile. I keep this pace pretty much the entire time. When I’m running outside though, I don’t have a screen in front of me telling me how far I’ve gone. This morning I decided, during the race, that I would count for a period of time in place of having the screen. I decided I would count to 200 when running, count to 60 when walking and repeat as many times as necessary until I crossed the finish line.

This sort of worked.

The first time I counted for the running part, I hit another down hill portion (the portion heading across the bridge in to Africa) and wasn’t about to stop running when going down hill just because I hit 200. So I added on another 100. Then another 50. I really pushed myself. I continued this pattern throughout Africa until I encountered the hill leaving. This I walked. But I tried my best to power walk.

This was also the third mile. Unfortunately, there was a lot of up hill during the 3rd mile. Therefore, there was a lot of walking. I’m not going to lie, I usually always walk when there is a hill. I do. I tried to tell myself that walking, up hill was going to hurt my time. But the motivation was not strong enough. I walked as fast as I could but I walked.

Once I got to the 4th mile, you were in the section of the race where it’s tight quarters. The trails aren’t very wide and it gets congested. It’s hard to run when others are walking and you can’t get around them. As I was getting closer to the end of the race, I heard someone say there was only half a mile left. I thought to myself I could run the rest of the way. And I could have. But I didn’t.

I was starting to get tired. I didn’t have the drive in me to push myself. I walked twice (or was it three times?) in that last half mile. Nonetheless, I did cross the finish line and I did make my goal. My official time was 52:50! My pace was 13:13 per mile. One of these days I’ll increase my time so that it is less than 13 minutes. For now, I’m glad that I’ve increased it to close to 13. I used to run closer to 14 minutes. True.

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All of my hard work this last week has paid off. My next race isn’t until the end of October. I don’t want to lose all that I’ve worked hard for though. I think I might continue running at the gym. Maybe stick to 3 miles, since the remaining races this year are all 5K’s, and work on increasing my time. Yes, that’s my plan.

Some pictures from the race and our visit with the penguins after.

 

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Training

This week I have been training. Hard. Last month I ran my first real race of the year. I did good but not as good as I had hoped. Barely. I mean I was so close.

I also signed up for 4 other races. Well, technically 3 others, I still need to sign up for the 5th. But that will be happening any day now. The goal is to run a race every month for the rest of the year.

  • August – Run Like a Girl     3.19 miles in 41:12
  • September – KC Zoo Run    Tomorrow, goal is to run it in less than 55 minutes, we’ll see.
  • October – Screaming Banshee
  • November – Turkey Trot
  • December – Christmas Light Run

Part of the reason behind choosing a race every month is to help keep me active. Help me stay in shape. However, after the race in August, I stopped running. I ran once on Labor Day. But then nothing for 2 weeks.

Last week I told myself that I needed to start running. The KC Zoo Run was coming up and fast. Did I? No. =( I kept giving myself excuses. I am buying a house after all. It takes time. My nephew has soccer games every Thursday. I can make excuses for days.

Finally Sunday I said enough was enough. The race was officially less than a week away. If I didn’t start training I was going to have a terrible time. So Sunday I went to the gym. I had planned on running 2 miles but didn’t get around as early as I had hoped and my brother-in-law was on his way to my place. I was dog sitting for a couple days.  I still went to the gym but I cut my 2 miles down to 1 mile.

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I then made a plan to increase my distance each day working up to the 4 miles. Making a plan can be very successful and proved so this week. Dedication is also needed. Dedication keeps those pesky excuses away.

 

The plan was as follows:

  • Monday – 2 miles
  • Tuesday – 2.5 miles
  • Wednesday – 3 miles
  • Thursday – 3.5 miles
  • Friday – rest day
  • Saturday – RACE DAY

Today is Friday and the training part of my plan is done. There’s not much more I could have done in the short period I left for myself. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished though. Last night I ran 3.5 miles in 45:24. Just shy of 13 minutes a mile! That last day I increased my speed just a little bit and it paid off.

I’ve been doing 5 minutes on an elliptical machine as a warm up before running. When I get home, after running, I’ve been doing the 14 Day Ab Challenge. Remember that?

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I’ve completed the first 5 days. So far I’m on track. =) Those Jackknife Crunches are killer. The Russian Twists are getting easier and easier. I have a 6 lb weight ball. I’ve been thinking of using it when doing these. In fact, I might just do that tonight. The Plank is not easy but I haven’t gotten to the really hard part yet. 90 seconds? Eek!

Today, today is rest day. Much needed after this week of training. I am going to enjoy it. Yes, I am!

14 Day Ab Challenge

Have you seen those 30 day challenges on Pinterest? Oh I’m sure you have. They pop up all the time. At least on my home page they do.

I keep meaning to do one. In fact one of the things I wanted to do this year was a different fitness challenge each month. How many do you think I have done? Zero? Right!

So when I came across this 14 day challenge I was like “that might just be something I can handle”. Still I haven’t done it. I’m sure I pinned it a couple months ago. Maybe even a little longer.

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Who wants to do this with me? Please oh please don’t make me do it alone. Someone tell me that they’ll join in.

It’s perfect timing too because there are exactly 14 days left of the month. That is if you start today. Yes, you can start whenever. But I’m one of those people that starts things at the beginning of the year, month, week, etc. In this case, even though it’s the middle of the month, it fits in just right to end right on the last day of the month. So I’m ok with it. Silly I know.

I completed Day 1 today. Yay! Now to follow through on the remaining 13 days. I’ll keep ya posted!

WW Week 21 Recap

This week has been a great week! Yes it has! Last week I set myself up with 3 mini goals working toward the main goal of reaching Lifetime by the end of November. I am well on my way. I weighed in today with a weight loss of 3.8 lbs. Woohoo! I think that is the largest weight loss I have had in a week’s time. It far makes up for the last few weeks which have all been on the lower end. I was ecstatic when I saw the print out. =)

Part 1 of Goal #1 was to lose 4.6 lbs by the end of September, Sept 30th to be exact. As of today I am .8 lbs from reaching that goal. It is very much doable and I am going to do whatever I can to pass this amount by as much as I can.

One of the things I was concerned about with Fall was attending Fall festivals and events. Often at these social gatherings there is food. I love food. Many of us do. Hence why we may get in to the situation where we need to lose weight to begin with. But we can’t just avoid going to events because of the food. Life would be so depressing if we did that. We need to learn how to manage our food intake so that we don’t feel deprived and are still able to be satisfied.

The particular event I am discussing wasn’t one where I actually think of food as the main part of the day though many events are surrounded around a food or the intent of eating. Yesterday’s even was a Chick Event for shopping. But there were food trucks and these pumpkin donuts that my sister and I both found to be quite tempting. Our solution was to share. We each got a pumpkin donut, we shared a chicken gyro and shared an apple cider slushy. I think her favorite was the gyro whereas mine was the donut and the slushy. I love apple cider!

I tracked all of it. Of course, I had to make a best guess since I was not cooking the food myself. But I still tracked it. I ate 3 eggs at breakfast knowing that I would want to eat a higher point lunch and had a salad for dinner. I only went over my daily by 3 points, 3 points! Not bad if I say so myself. I was able to indulge but not go crazy. I enjoyed being with family and didn’t feel left out of anything. And I still lost 3.8 lbs this week!

I really do believe that tracking is one of the most important features to losing weight with Weight Watchers. But it doesn’t have to be just with Weight Watchers. Yes, with WW we track points. But the same is true if you are counting calories or even keeping a food journal. Tracking helps! It helps to keep you accountable. It helps you make smarter, more informed decisions. It helps!

This week’s focal point at our meetings was “Make Your Meetings Matter”. I go to every week’s meeting and haven’t missed a single one since starting the WW program. I do think that they are very important. In fact, one of the main reasons I decided to join WW’s was because of their meetings. As I have said several times before, I have lost weight multiple times throughout my adult life. Large amounts, 30-40 lbs, each time. However, I am unable to keep the weight off. This is where I am hoping that WW will help me the most. I think the meetings will prove to be their most useful when you think you can handle it all on your own. That is the hard part. And when you find that you can’t, should you find that you can’t, the meetings are there to help you get back on track.

One of the ladies in today’s meeting said that “as long as you’re going to the meetings you aren’t failing”. I disagree with this statement. You can attend a meeting every single week and still gain weight. As helpful as the meetings are, it’s tracking your food, making smart decisions and putting in the effort that keeps you from failing. Going to a meeting doesn’t do that. It’s like saying as long as you go to class every day, you will pass the class. We all know that is not true. Studying and practice is what helps you pass the class. Simply showing up does not do the trick.

I will continue doing both, going to meetings and tracking everything I eat. Each person has their own way of reaching their end goal. For me, both attending the meetings and tracking what I eat works. I am 13 lbs away from goal. 13 lbs! Yay!

The Second Hurdle

Yesterday was the second hurdle in this house buying process. First, put an offer on a house. Second, you get that house inspected.

Today I am terribly emotional though. I know your first thought is that the inspection went terribly bad. Actually it was quite the opposite. The house is 40 years old so obviously it wasn’t perfect. The inspector pointed out a few things here and there. A lot of which he said wouldn’t need to be done for a few years. Yes! Nothing needs to be done right away. That’s a relief. It costs a lot of money to buy a house you know. But there was nothing major. Thank goodness!

So what’s wrong with me? Why am I emotional?

I’m nervous. I’m scared. I don’t want to make a mistake. This is a big deal. This is a huge commitment. I’m not the biggest on commitments. Hell, I’ve never even been in a committed relationship. Never! In a way this house will be my first in more ways than one.

And there is absolutely no way for me to know undoubtedly that this is the right decision. I know, you’re probably wondering why I didn’t make sure this was the house prior to putting an offer on it. I did. At least I thought I did.

This house has pretty much everything I have been looking for in a house. I got everything I asked for when putting an offer on it. The inspection went great. So far the process has been very smooth. I really couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Maybe that’s the sign that I’m looking for. It’s not like I have hit a wall at every turn. I’m not having to fight for anything. Maybe that means that this house was meant for me. The first people’s financing fell through. They weren’t the right people. I am. This house wanted me. Well that might be taking it a little too far. But I think you see where I’m going. lol

I’m sure that I will get excited again. But today I’m not. I guess that’s what I want to share with you all. As happy and exciting as an experience this is, there will be ups and downs. There will be moments where you doubt yourself. But those times and those moments will pass. I’m sure of this. Today, right now, I’m scared. But tomorrow I will probably be excited again. Especially since I really need to get the new carpet lined up. Who wouldn’t think looking at new carpet was exciting?!

WW Week 20 Recap

I’m finally past the 30 lb mark! This last 5 lbs came off slower than any other. But you know what? They came off! I’ve noticed that my weigh-ins seem to be smaller and smaller numbers. I just need to keep telling myself that as long as the weight is still coming off, I am heading in the right direction. I’m getting to where I want to be. =)

This week’s weight loss may have been less than a lb, .8 lbs to be exact, but it put me over the 30 lb mark and I received my 6th 5 lb star. It was something to celebrate. It also got me past that last hurdle I was talking about a few weeks ago. The last time I lost weight I feel off the wagon literally before I reached 30 lbs. Not this time though. This time I kept going. I am still on track. This time I am going all the way!

Last week I set 2 goals. I would like to make an amendment to 1 of them. During Sunday’s meeting, our leader asked us how we were doing on our goals. One lady said that she set 2 specific goals for herself including that she wanted to lose this much by this time and this much by that time. I got to thinking, “why didn’t I do that?’. Sure I said that I wanted to reach goal by the Sunday after Thanksgiving. And I calculated that in order to do so I would need to lose this much each month in order to get there. But I can make clearer goals. Yes I can.

Goal 1 Amendment:

There are 11 weeks until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 26th. I am 16.8 lbs away from goal. this averages to roughly 1.5 lbs a week.

Side note, if you take my total weight loss and divide it over the 20 weeks that I have been doing Weight Watchers, I am currently averaging 1.5 lbs a week. Yes, I realize that I started out averaging a little over 2 lbs a week. Yes this number has lowered. But if I can maintain, then I will meet my goal. I believe I can make my goal.

There are 3 weeks remaining in September then 4 weeks each for October and November. Using the 1.5 average, I have calculated the following to be my clear, specific goals.

Sept 30th – 144.2 (lose another 4.6 lbs)

Oct 28th – 138.1 (lose another 6.1 lbs)

Nov 26th – 132 (lose another 6.1 lbs)

It’s not going to be easy. I will need to make a few changes for this to happen. But as I said last week I am hoping that Goal 2 will help in achieving Goal 1.

What was Goal 2 again? To work out at least 3 times a week and to not skip Monday. So how did week 1 go with this goal? Well…not as good as it could have. I started off really good. Last Monday was Labor Day. I went to a trail that I used to love but hadn’t visited in a long time. Maybe over a year. A looooong time. But I went. I ran 2 miles and walk about a 1/4 mile before and after. My first mile I started off really well. Finished it in 11:34 seconds. The second mile though I walked more than I should have. Total time was 26:33 which is still good. For me. And my average pace was 13:15 which is what I have been averaging at the gym. My problem is that I start off too strong and it wears me out. Makes any mile past the first one hard and less likely for me to do more. I need to work on pacing myself that first mile. One good thing about the gym is that I go at the same pace the entire work out.

Tuesday was good too. I went for a walk with a coworker over our lunch. We walked for 1.79 miles. Our pace wasn’t the fastest but we did it. After work, my book club was meeting close by. So I decided to walk to the meeting and back, .9 miles each way. All in all I got 3.59 miles in that day. Not bad.

This is where it all kinda stopped. The rest of the week was busy. This is just an excuse though. I still could have made it to the gym one more time. I simply wasn’t making it a priority. Saturday, however, I did walk around the Plaza with my Mom. I started off keeping track of how far we walked but soon tired of pausing and starting each time we went in a store. And the app was draining the battery on my phone. I do estimate that we walked at least a mile. I suppose this can count as my 3rd day of working out for week 1 but it wasn’t quite the work out I had anticipated.

I’m not making any amendments to my second goal. I think it is fine just the way it is. For both goals though I am going to type something up to display both at work and at home as motivation to stay strong, keep my goals front and center and help me stay on track!

WW Week 19 Recap

I weighed in back to back this week. Interesting but I did show a loss each day. Woohoo! Of course it wasn’t a huge loss and I did not meet my own personal goal of losing 2 lbs to put me at a total loss of 30 lbs. But a loss is a loss and I’ll take it!

I thought it would be so easy too. But no.

I think this is why…One, I allowed myself a cheat meal. Last Thursday was my nephew’s first soccer game of the season. My sister and her boyfriend are both coaches on his team and my brother and myself went to cheer them all on. Afterwards, we decided to do a family dinner and went out for Chinese. Apparently my nephew loves sushi. Who knew?!

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I was feeling quite happy to be around everyone and to be at a Chinese buffet that I declared to myself and everyone that I wasn’t going to count points. This is only the second time that I have done this since starting the program with the other time being my birthday. So this was a big deal for me. I didn’t go all crazy and pile up my plate. I toned it down quite a bit from what I normally would have eaten.

I usually fill my bowl up with Egg Drop Soup but this time only filled it about half way. In the past I would have piled up my plate and made a second trip with a not so full plate but still a second trip. This time I only ate the one plate and didn’t pile it up high. I even passed on the rice and noodles. What? Yes! Crazy talk I know! For dessert I had to get a doughnut (you don’t even know how much I love these things) but filled the rest of my plate up with fruit. Oh and I shared my doughnut with my nephew.

This is big actually!

 

Ok the story behind these doughnuts. One time in my early 20’s my sister, myself and a couple others were at a Chinese buffet. I was on guard waiting for fresh “sugar puffs” err…doughnuts to be brought out. When they did I filled up an entire plate. Yes I did. I even put my arms around the plate so that others couldn’t get to them. My fork was ready to stab and may have once or twice if someone tried to steal some. This was a one time thing. I was being silly. But still I do love them. For me to share one, especially when I was only allowing myself one, is huge!

So there was this night of not counting points and not knowing if I went over or not that probably didn’t help me reach goal. And then with it being Labor Day weekend…and eating this huge ass breakfast with one of my best friends.

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Yikes!

But I did lose 1.8 lbs between the two weigh-ins and only need to lose .2 more to be down a total of 30 lbs. Yay!

I’ll get there. =)

In Saturday’s meeting, I met a leader that I had heard about but had never met. She is full of energy! Let me tell you. Wow! I liked her though. I may have to pop back in every once in a while for a burst of energetic motivation. So each leader does their own special little things. My leader does the perky pencils. This lady passes out charms for each time you walk or run a 5K. Now she doesn’t make or purchase the charms, at least I don’t believe so. They each have the legendary WW imprinted on them. But prior to Saturday I had never heard or seen them before. I feel that 5K’s had been mentioned in my normal meetings but perhaps they hadn’t.

Anyways last week the topic was “Get Happy”. Kim, I think her name was Kim, asked for a few people to share 3 things that made them happy the previous week. A couple people mentioned 1 but not 2 or 3. So I raised my hand and decided to share 3 as she had requested. Always the teacher’s pet. lol I started with saying that I ran a 5K last Sunday. The entire room, and it was a rather full room, was in awe and I think I even heard a few wow’s. I was taken back. I really was. But what really floored me was “Kim” ran out of the room hollering as she went “Keep going. Talk louder. I still want to hear you.”. I didn’t know what she was doing, these were not my normal peeps. I felt a little awkward. But I gave it a go and said 2) I reconnected with an old friend and 3) I went to my nephew’s 1st soccer game.  She even had me repeat the last one because she didn’t hear it. This made me feel like she was really listening, which I liked.

When she came back to the room, she offered me 1 of 2 charms for completing a 5K. The first was a running man and the second was literally a 5 and a K. I chose the running man but now wish I would have chosen the 5K since that is why i was receiving the charm.

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She said that anyone who walked or ran a 5K and told her would receive one. She said that it is a big accomplishment and she wants to recognize it. Love it! Love it even more that when I told her this was my first of the year but that I was planning on doing 1 each month for the rest of the year, she said she would give me a charm for each race. What?! I told her I might have to take her up on her offer so that I can at least get the other charm but that I didn’t need that many of the same charm. How cool is that though? So neat!

I’ve made a deal with myself that once I have completed the remaining 4 5K’s that I have planned this year, I will go back and get the other charm. It will act as a reward for having completed 5 in 5 months. =)

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Oh and when she told everyone that doing a 5K was a huge accomplishment, she looked at me and said, “Well maybe not for you.”. At first I was like what?? But then I took it as a compliment that I must have looked “skinny”, “fit” or “athletic” enough for her to say it. Oh yeah!

Sunday’s meeting was all about setting Fall Goals. We talked about the importance of setting seasonal goals. How the holidays are right around the corner and it can be so tempting to give up and say that you will start back up in the new year. How Fall and Winter may lead to you being less active due to the shorter days. And most importantly what we can do to help with both of these.

Prior to leaving the meeting, our leader wanted us to write down at least 1 goal that we wanted to work toward this Fall. I have two.

Goal 1: To make it to my Lifetime Goal by the holidays.

This is completely doable. As of today, I am 17.6 lbs away from Lifetime. That’s right, I’m a little over 2/3 the way there. Woot! Woot! Since it’s the beginning of Sept, I essentially have 3 full months to lose this. It can be done. It isn’t going to be easy because I’m slowing down. In the first month, I lost a total of 8 lbs. The second month was 6.6 lbs. And the third month, 6.4 lbs. Last month though was only 4.2 lbs. I have 1 more week until I officially complete 5 months. We’ll see what my total weight loss for this month will be but right now I am at a total of 4.6 lbs. So far a little better than last month. Thank goodness!

 

For me to lose 17.6 lbs in 3 months I would need to average 5.87 lbs each month. Can it be done? Yes. Will it be easy? Not necessarily.

Hopefully my second goal will help me with this.

Goal 2: To create and maintain a regular fitness routine.

Yes, I go to the gym. But not on a regular basis. I’d like to go at least 3 times a week. Right now I might go 5 or so times a week for a couple weeks and then nothing for a week or so. This is not regular and will not help me in the long run.

I’ve seen this Pin on Pinterest many, many times and am using it as my inspiration for this.

I needed this!

So there you have it. Week 19 and week 20 are in the books!

Here’s to making goal by Week 31. Though technically I’m ok with Week 32 because the weigh in for Week 31 will be the beginning of the last week before the holidays hit. And if I can somehow not make it Week 31 but do make it Week 32 with Thanksgiving in between…I mean that deserves a High 5!!