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!

2019 goals – 5k – again

Can you all believe it’s already closing in on the end of January? We’re three weeks into the new year already. If things keep progressing like they have been, it’ll be just like last year. I’ll be posting in March, hardly believing that “it’s been three months already.”

So before time completely gets away from me, I have a whole list of things that I want to try and accomplish this year! I’m sure a lot of those won’t stick, but it’s the positive mindset that I’ve been looking at.

A lot of those came along while I was thinking of my Non-Scale Victories, and a good majority of them were from my goals page. When I wrote those, I’d honestly thought that I would be able to get through them in 2018. Needless to say I didn’t.

I hadn’t put much thought into them shortly after I’d written that (I know, horrible of me) but with everything that had been going on those goals were the last thing on my mind.

Now, with my whole “balance” theme of the year, I really want to try and get through some of those goals!

Do I think I’ll be able to do a handstand, or the salmon ladder, or Mudderella? Hardly, I have the upper body strength of a guppy. But there are somethings on there that I should be able to accomplish. And the only thing that was holding me back was a weird combination of time restraints, procrastination, and/or pure laziness.

For instance…wasn’t I supposed to do a 5k in September? Obviously that didn’t happened. Yeah, I signed up for the reminders for a certain race. But honestly, I didn’t even start to begin the C25K program (because, hello, there is no way in hell I’m going to be able to run a 5k without anything less than that). I couldn’t even tell you exactly what it was. I had all the excuses… I haven’t started the c25k because I didn’t know when the race was going to be. I can’t sign up for a race because I need at least 3 months to prepare…and there aren’t any in Michigan. I’m too busy, I’m always working.

Yada, yada, yada. The excuses were a mile long.

Dude, I’m great at excuses.

But I’m hoping that I’m able to get off the excuse track and actually start doing something.

So for this year…

I will do a 5k

That has been a goal of mine since 2012… SEVEN YEARS AGO… I’d actually even started the c25k program April of that year. I’d gotten about 3 weeks into, I believe? I was all ready to sign up, I’d even designed shirts. I didn’t go through with it, and to be honest, at this point… I don’t even know what the reason excuse was.

But I’ve been putting it off for seven years. Part of it is that I’m honestly scared to do it. I’m not a runner. I’ve never been a runner. The idea of it isn’t “oh it’ll be so much fun!” because I already know that it won’t be. I’m a chubby girl who hates running. Hello, recipe for disaster.

The whole thing surrounding it is to do something I’ve never done. I have never run any length of distance. I think the last mile I willingly ran was in middle school… which means we’re pushing twenty years (let’s ignore for a moment of how old that makes me feel).

To be honest, though, I doubt that’s the only reason. This could be some kind of “all healthy people run” mentality. It could be a “do something that terrifies you.” Hell, it could even be my pride trying to force myself to actually run.

I can’t narrow down motivation for it, except that it’s to do something I’ve never done. I know myself better than to think that’s the only reason. But for now, that’ll be the reason.

So, that’s it. For the seventh year in row… I am saying I’m going to do a 5k.

And at this moment, I can honestly say that I mean it. Let’s just hope that Nicole in 4 months from now doesn’t change her mind *wink*

We shall see!

What a little walking can do – Weigh in Wednesday

It’s been six weeks since my last weigh in. Ooops. And, Monday’s post was all about walking and just how much walking I’ve done.

The real question, is it doing any good?

I’m HUGE on the aspect that 90% of weight loss is what you eat. Granted, part of that is just because I’m not a fan of exercise in general. The other part, is that I’d lost a good portion of my weight (back when I’d lost 80 pounds) with doing very minimal exercise. It was more centered around testing out those exercises for a bit here and there to find ones that I didn’t completely hate. Which boiled down to probably three things.

It’s certainly possible to lose weight without exercising, you just have to be more careful about what/how much you’re eating. I get that, and I did that. And I lost 80 pounds.

I’m still 100% firm on that fact.

However, I’m not completely naive to the fact that your body needs movement and physical activity. But, come on, ya’ll… I hate getting sweaty and sore. Not a fan.

So, like I said Monday, I started walking again. I’ve been walking every.single.day. And sure, it’s not like I’m going out for hikes or whatever. I’m walking at work, but still. It counts! Pro-Tip: Get you a job where you’re on your feet all day.

Those first few days were BRUTAL. I was so sore and achy. One does not go from sitting 80% of 10 hours, to being on their feet and walking for 6+ hours. But it’s not like I could just decide I didn’t want to anymore, right?

So, before this becomes some long winded post about the benefits of walking at work, let’s get down to business. The real reason half of you are reading this post.

Drumrollplease

Last weigh-in: 215.6
This weigh-in: 207.4
Lost: 8.2
Total lost from highest: 63.3

Can I get a heck yes???

8 whole pounds! Boils down to just over a pound a week. Which I’m totally ok with! I’m only 2 pounds away from being back to my “lightest” since I’d started blogging again.

I’m only about 9.5 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight/pre-baby! Can it still be considered “pre-pregnancy weight” when said baby is now 3? Oh well

However, I’m super stoked. And I’ve even lost a total of 12 pounds since I started tracking it on my FitBit. I got a cool little notification too!

SO, it feels like real progress. And I’m not gonna lie, there were times in there that I didn’t lose a darned thing. But it’s forward motion!

Keep it coming (or going, as it were)!

Get those steps in!

Good morning everyone! I know, I know, it’s been over a month since my last post. What can I say? I’ve been busy with all those priorities I’d talked about over a month ago.

Slow progress in the priority setting, but still, making headway.

Along with all the things that I’ve been trying to squeeze time into, I’ve been making baby steps into trying to get myself back on track. Not just my weight loss, but as a whole. In my life. Honestly, there is so much going on right now (and quite a few backslide moments) that it could be a whole post in itself. Short simple version, tldr: version, I’m making some changes in my life.

And if anyone of you follow me on Instagram – there’s been more and more motivational crap that I’ve found myself posting. I’m not even getting started on my Pinterest. If you don’t, here’s a little montage for you!

One of the biggest ones, as far as weight loss goes, is walking. When I’d been wayyyy up there at 264 pounds, one of the only things I was physically capable of doing was walking. We’d strap baby Landon in a stroller and walk around the block. We’d started off with just two laps, to walking around the block several times – sometimes for an hour or two. Can we say S-L-O-W. Win-win of having a 1.5 year old little guy in a stroller, he wanted to see EVERYTHING, which meant slower walking for mom.

I’d lost the first 50 pounds by just walking.

So I’ve gotten back into that. Granted, it’s not so much walking around the block, or taking leisurely strolls. It’s more of a work requirement. But still, I’m counting on it.

And that little FitBit is seriously the best tool I’ve ever gotten for myself in the form of exercise! I used to have a tracker, but it had a chest strap you had to wear. Wasn’t a fan of that part. But I went ahead and got myself a little FitBit. And I adore it. To the point where I get all kinds of “OH Noooooooo” when I have to take it off to charge. If you have one, you’d understand.

Anyways,

The last week or so I’ve been walking a TON. I actually have my goal steps set up as only 6,000… because realistically, I was lucky to walk 3500 steps per day – sedentary jobs will get ya! So I couldn’t just jump into walking 10k steps per day. That wasn’t going to happen. However, I freaking crushed it!

Not to mention that my cousin actually added me to a walking challenge running Monday-Friday. And you know what?

THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE WON!

I walked a whopping 62k steps from Monday through Friday! A little over 12k steps per day! You don’t understand, that makes me so happy. That little competitive spark in my flew right through 60k steps!

So, I guess we’ll see how any of this extra walking has helped my weight loss! Optimisitc? You bet your ass I am!