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January in Review

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There have been a lot of ups and downs this month.  I wish my weight had been one of the downs.  Unfortunately, I’ve hit this yo-yo plateau.   I’m bouncing up and down about 3-4 pounds when I get on the scale.  It happens, I just have to push through it.

If you follow my Instagram and/or personal Facebook page, you may have seen most of these photos, but I wanted some visuals in this possibly wordy post.

Over the holidays, my weight shot up to 204.  My lowest weigh-in had previously been 195.  OUCH.  No workouts and eating everything I felt like.  Yuck.  I vowed not to see a 200+ number in 2013, so after December 31st, I just decided not to get on a scale until I was certain I’d gone back down.  That’s fair right?  If I don’t see it, it doesn’t count.  I’m going to keep telling myself that, okay?

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My favorite hot pink long sleeve and spandex pants.

I joined a health & wellness center on December 30th.  I chose the center because I needed a place that had workout equipment, weights and a pool.  The huge plus was that it offers free classes to all members: spin, yoga, bodypump and a bunch of others.

I also began group swim classes at the YMCA.  Every Wednesday night I have class for 7 weeks and there are 6 other people in the class.  The instructor is awesome at addressing individual needs.  I’ll be sad when it’s over.

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I ran my first 5k of the year.  My time was 35:17, not bad for me and for taking a break from running for 2 months.

I sweated a lot.

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I also got some new running gear, including this purple jacket that was on clearance.  It was the very last one in stock and my size (psst!  It’s a MEDIUM!), so it was meant to be!

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Road Runner Sports is my favorite for running gear.

I took some random pictures of myself.

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Feelin’ cute today.
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Happy!
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I ate a gross carrot.

I ran a straight 5k without having to walk for the first time in months.  I also did my longest “run” to date (there were a few short walking intervals).

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First 5 mile run and burned nearly 1000 calories! Oh, and I like to knit sometimes, by the way.

And the biggest change is discovering Paleo eating.  I don’t want to say Paleo Diet, as it’s normally called.  It’s not a diet in the sense that most people think of, like Weight Watchers or Atkins.  It’s a lifestyle.  It’s like choosing to be Vegetarian or Vegan.  If you don’t know what Paleo is, Google!  The BASICS are eating meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.  No dairy, grains, processed foods.  Look it up though, I’m going to be writing more about it and posting my food recipes more often.

Since the end of January is here, I decided to take new measurements, which I won’t share, because I’m disappointed.  I barely made any progress since my last time measuring in November.  I ended December weighing 204 and Sunday I weighed 193, by Wednesday, I was 196.  As you see, yo-yoing.  I’m happy to be in the 190s, but my goal for January was to really push and get into the 180s.  I feel really good right now about myself, so I’m trying not to dwell and just push on.

The biggest difference that I noticed was my thigh and calf measurements did change between 0.5-1″ on each side.  I’m pretty excited to see changes in my legs!

I’m keeping running totals of my running, swimming and biking distances as well.

January Totals!
Run – 27.49 miles
Bike – 160.5 miles
Swim – 4050m

Here’s hoping that February is a great progress month!

Year End & New Year (Finally)

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Hello there 2013.  I’ve been absent from here, but I won’t dwell on that.  I have been busy busy busy over the last month.  I enjoy blogging, but when something has to give, it’s blogging.  Sorry!

I’m embarking on a new journey, triathlon training.

But before I talk about that, I’ll start with 2012 accomplishments.

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Photo that I posted to Instagram.

I didn’t start running until the end of July, so I’m pretty proud to have gotten that far by the end of October (when I stopped running for about two months).  And I didn’t do much hard work to lose weight until I started running either.  During Boot Camp, I got down to 196 once and then shot back up to 204 by New Year’s Eve.  My eating turned to crap and I didn’t exercise for about 2 weeks.

On December 30th, I started my membership at a Health and Wellness Center.  It’s 13 miles from home in the opposite direction of work.  Logistically bad, however, I’m making it work.  The town I work in has no gyms with a pool and neither does anything on the way to work, so I make do.  If I’m triathlon training, I need a pool.  End of story.  I was also attracted to all of the FREE classes they offer with your membership, huge perk.

Joining the Center was directly related to fulfilling my 2013 goals.

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Also, in my journal were written “Try a yoga class” and “Blog 2-4 times a month.” Yoga was accomplished on January 4th and I intend to go weekly (fell on my knees last week and couldn’t go, but will resume this week.)

Since joining, I have attended a yoga class, 2 BodyPump classes, 4 spin classes, ran 14.87 miles, cycled 18.9 miles & swam 1150m.  I didn’t start swimming until last Wednesday when I had my first advanced swim class.

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After my first advanced swim class.

I signed up for the advanced swim class at the YMCA to  learn proper swim techniques.  A half-Ironman begins with a 1.2 mile swim… don’t want to be doing that doggie paddle or wanna-be-freestyle.

The first lesson was January 9th.  About 3 minutes into the class, I realized I probably should  have started with an intermediate swim class.  However, the instructor seemed very experienced and was definitely patient.  She had each of us begin by swimming from one end to the other however we liked, to evaluate our experience.  Then she split the class in half to address our different needs.  We learned how to breath properly, in through the mouth and out through the nose underwater.  Seems simple, but requires practice if you’ve never done it, fyi.  We learned the butterfly stroke as well.  Definitely not a simple stroke, but fun to try.

And until next time (I’ll write more about my triathlon planning), I will leave you with a thought… Don’t go on a diet, they are designed for failure.  CHANGE your diet and the way you think about food.  It doesn’t have to be all at once.  Incorporate more and more whole foods into your meal planning.  Many prepackaged foods have chemicals designed to make you crave more or MSG which causes obesity (I recently learned that scientists pump mice full of MSG to make them obese for testing.  Sick.).  I’m buying less prepackaged material every time I shop and trying to make healthier choices.  Have a great day!