Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Weekly Weigh In: See Jane Fall Into a Slump


Well, this past week was an utter failure. As mentioned in my previous post, I hosted an Italian food bonanza last weekend..and the scale showed it. I was up 1.8 pounds after all was said and done.  I also managed to do some damage by spending a night out drinking with a friend.  Oh -- and I did not exercise at all for over a week.  This past Saturday, I did force my sneakers back on and did Couch to 5k, week 5, day 1.  That hit me like a ton of bricks.  I am glad to report that since then (and since I cheat and weigh myself everyday), I am down 1.3 of the 1.8 pounds.  So that is progress.  However, I’m no where near my goal weight for my upcoming trip.

Tonight, I am going to try Couch to 5K, week 5, day 2.  It looks near impossible to me. Guess a 36 minute walk is better than nothing though.

As for this week's recipe -- I am just passing along a tip.  Check it out here.


I mentioned before that I use Sparkpeople as a food and weight tracking system to hold myself accountable. As part of the service, they send e-mails blasts every day that include an exercise of the day and motivational tips. As I was sorting through e-mails last week, I came across “7 Times It's OK to Skip a Workout” I got excited and started searching for a reason that would allow me to skip a workout without a guilty conscience. The list started with “You’re pregnant” moved to “You had surgery (or the doctor told you to lay off exercise)” and ended with “You’re actually too busy.” No where on the list was “You’re feeling like lying in the bed is such a better option than going for a run.” Damn!

Let me say this:  I had every intention of working out last week I’d be all geared up planning the kind of workout I was going to do. I would even watch clips of workout videos to hype myself up. Then, I would get home after a long day at work and despite the guilt, I would go straight to the kitchen for dinner and then right to bed. I just couldn’t muster the energy to run. So, I was a lazy lump for much of the week.

I paid for that laziness on Saturday. As you know, Ash and I ran the Walking Dead Escape obstacle that day. Running (and climbing and crawling) is HARD in general but when you’ve been sitting on your ass for the week leading up to it, it’s almost impossible. I felt like I hadn’t done any training at all! As I sprinted through crowds of zombies partially hidden by smoke machine fog, I was scared and all I could think was “when is it over?” Well, that and “where’s the water station?”

Thirty-five minutes after I started, I was stumbling towards the exit after climbing 6 flights of stairs, crawling through tunnels and creepy school buses, climbing up and over large platforms and running over a mile. Needless to say, I was totally wiped out. And the next day? My legs were in full revolt. Walking down the stairs (yes, down) felt like someone was stabbing my thighs…stabbing and twisting… with hot pokers.

It sounds dramatic but I was in really bad shape. It scared me for the 5Ks to come in the next couple of weeks (Lupus Walk on 10/19 andHoBooKen on 10/26). Strangely, it also gave me a healthy dose of incentive to get back on track with Couch to 5K. Why? I think I would have been in a lot less pain the day after the run. With these two 5Ks coming up, I can’t afford to brush off another day.

p/s I also paid for my laziness this morning at weigh in. I’m up 1.8. Argh!

p/p/s Today’s recipe is my breakfast of choice these days. Check out the Morning Power Boost here.


Robyn said...

What happened to your hair in the after pick? LOL....

Nicole said...

Gross, sweaty hair begs for a ponytail.

Robyn said...

LOL. see the pic on top. thats me lagging behind.