March 06, 2013

Let me tell you about this feeling...

Today, I went to the gym with the same friend who I went to the park with on Saturday. We'll call him P.

So, P and I did an ab and back workout, which was pretty cool since I discovered I've been using this one machine completely and totally wrong!! All I needed was some help, and we finally got down to business. But poor P injured his elbow during his wrestling training earlier today, so he left after we were done weight training and didn't stick around for the run.

So, my run.

I mentioned I'm doing the C25K, right? I adore this program. I just finished Week 3, Day 3 (once again ignoring the fact I started six weeks ago...), and here's what I had to do this week:

5 minute warm-up walk
90-second run
90-second walk
3 min run
3 min walk
90-second run
90-second walk
3 min run
3 min walk
5 min cool-down walk

So! Why am I going over this with you? Well, back when I started day 1 of this week (which was the Sunday before last....), I nearly died when I did this run for the first time. Seriously, it hurt like a mofo to do the 90-second run the first time, and the 3-min run made me feel like my lungs were going to explode. It was nuts!

However, today was completely different. I bumped up the incline on the treadmill to 1 (I usually just leave it at 0), and ran at a pace of 4.3 during the time to run (which used to be 4.0) and walked at 3.0 (which used to be 2.7), and I didn't want to kill myself at the end! I felt so accomplished, and a little astounded when after the first 90-second run, I wasn't gasping and wheezing for air!! It felt amazing!!

The increase in my physical activity due to the Spartan Race had to be the reason for this. I mean, durr, right? I was barely going to the gym before, but now that I'm doing more strength training and running more often, I'm strengthening my body in other ways to help support my runs as well.

Basically, I had started the C25K thinking every run was going to be torture, and I'm sooooo happy that this one wasn't. It's such an amazing feeling to go from practically dying at the end of a run, to feeling energetic and ready to do more after the same run a little over a week later. I know that this is the expected outcome, but it still amazes me. I've never felt like this in my entire life!!

And I couldn't have done this without my Band. :)

March 04, 2013

I Didn't Even Know I Could Hurt There

Oh man.

Oh man, oh man, oh man.

I hurt right now!

So, remember how I said I signed up for the Spartan Race? Well, a ton of my friends are signing up tons, and one of those friends decided we needed to work out together. The beau and I joined him at the park, and man oh man, he kicked our ass. He's training to be a wrestler, and decided to show us his workout routine.


Yeah. Warm-up. That's as far as we got before we had to stop. Squat hops, push-ups and crunches are not my ideal warm-up.

AND THEN, my friend and I went on a trail run together. Well, more like half a trail run, since we got lost and had to turn around and RUNNING ON A TRAIL FREAKIN' SUCKS! Hills and bumps and gravel and ohmygod I don't want to try that again forever.

Anyhow, after about two hours at the park, I am now suffering the next day. I'm sore in places I don't remember having. Sitting down and standing up are a crazy effort. My stomach hurts from the crunches. And I'm giggling the whole way. I'm happy to say I'm not discouraged. I can't wait to see improvements in my body. The Spartan Race is no joke. I have a feeling I will need to be carried back from that race, but I will make it, and I will finish, even if it kills me.

Just thought I'd drop by and let everyone know how sore I am.

How was your weekend? :)

March 01, 2013

Oh, I Didn't See You There...

Hey, look guys! I'm not dead!


What's up?

Yes, yes, I know. I'm such a bad blogger. I'm not gonna lie, I have commitment issues. I can't believe I haven't written a single thing down since November. In honest-to-goodness truth, I went into a horrible slump after the Rock N Roll Marathon. I felt shitty for not completing it, and I didn't touch a gym for a good month and a half after that. That totally wasn't a good idea.

So many things have happened since I last blogged. To keep it short, I'll sum it up in one sentence: I'm back in school again (and doing way better than before), my job fucked me over and now I'm searching for a new one, I had a scare with my band (it was probably just my period, lmao), and I didn't lose any weight for TWO AND A HALF MONTHS STRAIGHT.

Let's talk about the two and a half months of staying the same weight. Ooooohhh boy did that frustrate me. Honestly, I was rolling around between 232-236, just yo-yoing like no one's business.

Why, you ask?

Because of the crap I put in my mouth! I would eat good a couple of days in a row, and then sabotage my success with bread and ice cream. Bah! I was seriously stuck in a dumb rut. One day, I finally decided to re-visit my dietician and get schooled on what I need to do to improve my weight loss progress. She basically said, "you're doing it wrong," educated me on the basics again (which I really needed), and advised me to start tracking my food.

I hated, hated the idea of tracking my food. However, once I begrudgingly followed that advice, I can say it has opened my eyes to the facts of what I eat.

My dietician visit was on February 5th. I weighed in at 232 during that visit. As of this morning, I weigh 227. BIG SUCCESS!! I learned a valuable lesson, too. My dietician is my goddess, and I need to work very closely with her if I want to achieve my goals.

Now, I'm back on track to losing weight and feeling great and I want to keep track of my progress like a good Lap-Bander and blog again. I haven't been holding myself accountable, and we all know that that's the most important part. So, you'll be seeing me around here a lot more these days. :)

So, one more major announcement before I go: I have decided to participate in the Spartan Race in May.


I have officially started training as of last night.

I am terrified, lol.

I'm going to do a 5k Foam Race in April, but this Spartan Race was the boost I needed to seriously start training. I've been doing the C25K program, but I'm only on week 3 (and I started the program 6 weeks ago...yikes). I hadn't incorporated any strength training into my regime, but now I absolutely have to if I want to complete the Spartan Race.

I asked a few people if they wanted to do the Spartan Race with me, and the feedback I received was overwhelming! I hadn't felt so happy in such a ridiculous amount of team with the support and commitment I received from some of my friends. So far, I have about 6 friends who will definitely be joining me in the race, and another 6 or 7 who are very interested. I am very, VERY excited. I've never had so many people say they want to work out with me before and now I have such overwhelming support that I have no excuse not to train and get work done! I only have two months to train, but I am going to make these next two months count.

So, for the next two months you guys will be seeing my progress in training, and I promise to try and put more pictures up. Also, only 11 more pounds to lose and then I can FINALLY go to the spa! I've been wanting to use my voucher for months now!

So, how have you guys been doing? :)