c25k Program

My post on Monday, I’d talked about The Color Run. You know, the 5k that I’ve been talking about for years and just never did it? Yeah, that one. The number one thing that I’m trying to figure out is how to get my non-running-butt capable of running a 5k. Which means my chubby butt needs to do some kind of c25k program, if I ever have a chance of actually doing it.

In the past I’ve tried to do the c25k program, but I never finished it. I believe I got to week 4 or 5?

April 2012 is when I started this the first time around. Almost exactly 7 years ago.

So, that’s something that I really want to get back into. At the time, things weren’t too bad. Sure, I struggled through the first few weeks…but I was doing it. And that was great.

The thing is, I’m not starting it right now.

Because this is what it looks like outside of my window.

Here we are, Mid-March and we’ve got snow. Not just snow. There’s layers of ice under that snow. We had a nice little meltdown, and when I say little I mean it went from 11° all the way up to 48° in the matter of a few hours. When things melted, they MELTED. I think the highest temp I saw that day was 51°. Which is amazing. But when the temp drops below freezing that same night, all that nice watery slush turns into ice.

I am not a graceful person when walking, or standing. Especially not in the snow, why risk anything on ice? My tush healed up about a month ago, and I don’t want to be breaking or bruising it again. That ish isn’t fun.

So, I’ve got time until this all melts again before I even consider trying to start any running/jogging thing. Which gives me time to look into ones that I’m interested in.

I’ll be honest, there is one that is almost like a game with Zombies and whatnot, and ya’ll know what kind of sucker I am when it comes to zombies.

via Pinterest

Zombies are the number one reason to run, tbh.

But it’s all up in the air at this point. There are several different options out there. And realistically, I’m not where I am physically that I was 7 years ago. I’m pushing 30, and I’m the epitome of “let yourself go.” If I can barely walk up a flight of stairs and not get winded… not a good sign.

But I’ve got a few months to get myself up to that point where I’m not walking into this like I’ve got 60 pounds of excess weight hanging on my old lady knees. #90yearoldknees

Which means I’ve got a solid month before I can safely run move without fear of tripping/sliding/skiing and breaking something.

I am pretty set on doing the c25k program again, but I had heard about something called None To Run? Which is kind of like the ULTRA BEGINNERS c25k (not all of us can even run for 60 seconds, pal). So I might try that one out. Whatever will help me get to where I should be prior to this summer would be great. And I’m open to ideas!

Mindless Eating – Weigh in Wednesday

Getting back on track for the last few weeks of mindless eating, wild abandon for anything that was made out of ice cream or potatoes…was interesting to say the least.

I did a wee bit better with the not snacking because I’m bored/stressed/thirsty. I pulled a trick from my old playbook.

Drink some water, change up my tasks, take a second to stop…. am I still wanting something to eat? No? Well, whouda thought?

That’s the biggest problem with me and food.

I don’t really know how to describe it except that sometimes I mistake those little things as being hungry?

I know I don’t have the best relationship with food. Especially junk food. I’m a comfort eater. If I’m bored, I’ll go to the fridge. If I’m stressed, I want high carb kinda foods.

And we can all agree that I am stuck between some weird limbo of “always stressed or always bored.” There isn’t a middle ground for me.

So this last 10-ish days, I’ve really tried getting back on track with that.

Of course this wasn’t 100%. There is no way it could be 100%, I’m just not built like that. I’d love to just wake up one morning and be like “oh hey, this is easy!” But it’s not. So I chip away at it. And yeah, there were still some mindless moments of eating. I definitely didn’t hit any water goals. And my intake was all over the place.

But mentally, it helped. That focus I’d lost for those several weeks did have their shining moments where it was almost like my body remembered and was like “hold the ropes, lady, something’s off” and other moments where it was just “yeah, you have yogurt in the fridge, but you know what you really want? Cornbread.”

But it definitely helped.

Last weigh in: 200.8
This weigh in: 200.2
Total lost: .6
Total lost from highest: 64.6

Yeah, yeah… It’s not even a pound. But it’s half a pound. And, it’s moving forward, which I’m not complaining about one little bit.

Save The Date – Color Run

It’s here! It’s gonna happen! SAVE THE DATE! The Color Run!

The Color Run!

Now, I’ve been mentioning for years that I want to run participate in a 5k. Most recently (after a failed attempt at September 2018) back in January, I’d yet again decided that I was going to run a 5k.

You know how it goes. New Year motivation kicks in and you suddenly believe that you’re going to accomplish all the things that you had always wanted to. Then sometime during February you’re just all “bleeeegggghhh”

This year, though, I went ahead and signed up (again) for the newsletter for races that are coming to your town. Specifically The Color Run because if I’m going to be running anything at all, I need to at least have a modicum of fun in there. Capice?

And who wouldn’t have fun with having rainbow colored powder thrown all over the place, balloons, unicorn medals, and tutus?? (Granted, the tutu is just something I’m gonna do, because why not?!)

A few days ago I received THIS bad boy in my email!

I have a date. I have a location. Now I just have to register. And a partner (because we all know by now that if I don’t have someone who is going to do this with me, there’s a pretty large chance I’ll back out… and my partner in crime moved away to TEXAS – looking at you Krysti).

But those are minor details… alls I gotta do now is download a c25k app, and actually start…running… oh man.

Here’s to the next few months. Please motivation, don’t leave me yet!

I messed up…and moved on

Almost seven weeks later. I’d had the intention of keeping up some kind of consistency for writing, but go figure…didn’t go as far as I’d like. I would love to say that the last 7 weeks I’ve been able to solidly lose a pound a week, or hell, even say that I’ve lost 10 freaking pounds. Yeahhhh, I’m betting by reading that you’ve already guessed that wasn’t the case?

You guessed right.

Last weigh in 196.4
This weigh in: 200.8
Total gained: 3.6
Total lost from highest: 64

Listen, though… I went a little overboard for a while there.

Which included a little escapade that started with me ripping my pants, and ended with me saying “screw it” and getting a DOUBLE scoop ice cream AND cheese curds.


Seriously, why?

Now, there’s nothing really “bad” about the ice cream OR the cheese curds. I’d made some pretty good choices the entire week before then. I’d been nailing my water intake. I’d been being as active as my broken ass was letting me. It had been a really awesome week!

It was just not letting that be that moment that always ends up happening. 99% of the time I gain some weight. And this time was no different.

Except for one itty bitty detail.

I’d only gained three and a half pounds in 7 weeks. There was definitely some over eating, definitely some poor choices in the food department, many many lazy days… but I had my moment of “blegh” and I moved on.

That’s the point off all of this, right?

Learning from my mistakes? That’s all any of us can do.

Because, let’s face it… if losing weight was as easy as flipping a light switch and never having any small setbacks or going off course… I would have already gotten to where I’m heading. Right?

That’s all I can really say about it. Shining with optimism and being positive. I messed up, corrected it, and moved on. So I’m back up 3ish pounds, and I’ll survive it. This won’t be like moments I’d had on multiple occasions. I’m not going to beat myself up over three little pounds. I’m gonna pick up and move on.

That’s all I can do, right?

Well, that and keep chuckling that I legitimately ripped my pants.

Announcement: Late Weigh in Due to Broken Butt

Happy Wednesday, and that brings us to Weigh in Wednesday! I didn’t weigh myself last week because on the 2nd I slipped on the snow and broke my butt. I don’t know if I actually broke my tailbone, but it certainly felt like it. The bruise I had was magnificent, I could barely bend over without a shooting pain in the bottom of my spine and my hips, and sitting down – forget about it.

Considering that I’d actually lost some weight for that last weigh in, was pretty darned impressive. I took it very easy for the first 10 days or so. Then I’d made the mistake of trying to “push through the pain.” Whoever gave me that advice… it was horrible advice (totally was myself). Everything was fine and dandy until the 14th. I was taking it slow with just some yoga and pushing a bit further for walking. But I woke up and decided one day “You know, it’s a great day to try some cardio.

What on Earth was I thinking?!

Take someone who is already clumsy and sore, and then have her do some lunges. I somehow managed to slip, and guess who fell hard on her ass. Again.

Yeah, I was down and out for days. If I hadn’t broken my butt, in that moment I was certain that I had. The string of curse words that flew out of my mouth would have made a sailor blush. So, I put a halt on all exercise, I went to work and took it so easy.

My poor butt.

Within the last couple days, I’ve actually been doing some yoga that is super easy going on the butt department. I have done zero cardio. My walking has been abysmal (which is fine, because somehow I lost my FitBit, so I don’t have to see my itty bitty step count. Silver lining?)

Good news, I’m feeling better. I can get up and around without whimpering about my butt. I’m still taking it super easy though. A quick call to my doctor, and it’s a “you need to take it easy.”

So taking it easy is what I’m doing.

So, if you’ve heard enough about my broken butt. Here’s the weigh in for ya’ll

Last weigh in: 197.5
This weigh in: 196.4
Total lost: 1.1
Total lost from highest: 67.6

Look at that! Even with a broken butt (sorry, last time) I still managed to lose some weight! Boils down to about half a pound a week!

I’ll definitely take it!

And as it sits right now… the first 3 weeks of 2019 have all been losses!