Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Weekly Weigh In: See Jane Exceed her Expectations

Hi there. Happy Wednesday. Let's go. 


Well, I am down .8 this week for a grand total of 1.2 pounds.  Its progress...and, once again, I will take it.  

On the other front - I just returned from my 34 minute - run/walk.  They expect me to be able to run in 5 minute intervals.  And I never expected I would get through it. But I did.  Not easily and certainly not fast enough to pass a turtle. But I did manage to do the runs (or, slow jogs).

 While I was running/walking, I figured out that during the past 5 weeks or so, I have managed to get off the couch and run/walk 11 times.  I can’t remember the last time I did that over the course of a month or so.  So, even if I just HAVE to try the new low fat fries at Burger King, or whether or not I HAVE to have wine this week, or whether or not Arthur Avenue is calling my name, at least I am getting some exercise in and starting a healthier routine.

That said, I am not really enjoying the runs like the runners I know.  As such, I have decided on my HoBOOken 5K costume. (During the HoBOOken 5k many runners dress in costume since its Halloween theme.).  Wait for it..Wait for it...I am going to dress up as a RUNNER.....I figured, I am not really a runner, but I will be a runner for one day this October.

That’s all for this week.  Stay tuned next for next week to see if I survived Wine Tasting Night Thursday or a Stella and Dot party on Friday?  We shall see what the scale holds on Saturday.


Another week down in this 8-week journey and I’m starting to really look at exercising as a habit. They say 21 days makes a habit and I figure I’m pretty much there between the couch to 5K and going to the gym for circuit training. While I have a habit, I can’t say I’ve had a high. Week 4 of couch to 5K has been the most challenging yet. It is now half running (or slow jogging as Robyn noted) and half walking for 34-36 minutes.  I’m proud for getting through the workouts but I’m not feeling all euphoric—or however runner’s high is supposed to make you feel.  Post workout, this girl feels like dragging her 5K conquering self into the house and collapsing onto the couch, sweaty clothes and all. Yep. I said it and I am DREAMING of operating in reverse—5K to couch. I'm not ashamed! It's all I can do to stand.

 Maybe one day, I will be one of those runners with excellent form who NEEDS to put my feet to the pavement at least 5 times a week.  For now, I’m that slow-going, shuffling runner that everyone is passing but at least I’m out there!!

In terms of weight loss, I am down .6 this week. It’s not a lot but it’s movement in the right direction. I think I was able to do it by really planning meals and watching meal times. I have been trying not to eat after 9:30 pm, which is damn near impossible in my world but I worked it out last night. I went to sleep hungry a couple of times (I usually fall asleep around 2:00 a.m.) but I made it through (sounds like I was starving in the desert, right? “made it through”…I can be so dramatic). 

For breakfast, I’ve been having carrot-apple-ginger juice or 10 ounces of Naked green machine juice.  For lunch, I do a big salad with tons of veggie add ins (yesterday was beets, roasted butternut squash, feta cheese, apples, broccoli, pumpkin seeds and whole grain croutons) and sometimes add a soup. For dinner, I eat a big dinner but it’s usually heavy on the vegetables and light on pasta, rice, quinoa, couscous, or whatever other carb I’m incorporating.  It’s working….and allowing me to enjoy date night without obsessing about every glass of wine or every bite of…shall we say less than fat free food.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, tonight’s run (shuffle) is calling. 

p/s I may dress up as a turtle for HoBOOken. It's fitting at this point. 

p/p/s We're skipping the Weekly Weigh In recipe this week. Robyn can't cook because she's having a backsplash installed in her kitchen (picture below) and I...well, I was pretty lazy and did a lot of repeats (roasted brussel sprouts, roasted asparagus, quinoa, brown rice, salad...nothing to write home (or online) about. Check Scalded Pot anyway though...the alphabet series is back for the Fall. 

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