September 27th, 2012

TWI - Run for Fun?

I drank some coffee in the hopes of having a better “loss” this morning but no such luck. I’ll take what I can get, I guess!

Week: -.6

Total: -40.8

I’ve worked hard this week, but also carbo-loaded a bit. Who let me make Oma’s pumpkin bread and cupcakes? Oh well. At least I am back on my downward trend. As I always say, a loss is a loss! But I don’t think I’ll be achieving my goal of 10 lbs in 5 weeks though.

B and I hit a huge milestone on Monday when he weighed in. As of that weigh in we finally had, combined, exceeded 100 lbs of weight loss. We lost a combined 101.6!!!! And as of today, that total combined weight loss is 102.4! Seriously, my mind was blown. That’s a small person. Like I’m pretty sure that is exactly how much my mom weighs.

I excitedly posted on facebook about our weight loss. Facebook friends kept on liking it and commenting. And more likes. And more comments. As of last night, there were 160 “likes” on my post. I was seriously blown away. This was what led me to create the facebook page for this blog – because before posting, I had no idea how supportive or helpful my real life friends and family could be when it comes to the stuff on here.

I had been gearing up to get my fitness on, and after all the supportive comments I knew Monday was just a great day to start. “My Fitness Pal” legend Laura helped me pick out a great sports bra from Old Navy. And by helped I mean recommended. She is definitely in Kansas. Anyway, after work on Monday I got my new Old Navy gear on and took a picture before heading out the door. I also put on my old glasses because I realized it was entirely too possible that I found trip and fall on my face at some point. (Not yet! But probably soon!)

Oh KJ, all smiles until you realize what you’re in for. And a pug photobomb, always.

Monday’s “run” was… hard. It didn’t sound hard in theory. It starts with a five minute warm-up brisk walk; alternates 60 seconds run, 90 seconds walk for twenty minutes; then a five minute cool-down. The first 5 seconds of running I thought, this is easy! Ha! Then at 6 seconds I then thought, holy crap I am going to fall over and die. Luckily, I didn’t. But it was hard. My “run” was essentially a shuffle. Like an Olympic speed-walker set to extreme slow-mo.

I felt awesome when I finished C25K week 1, day 1. I felt out of shape, too. But I felt like I had accomplished something. Tuesday, though, I was SORE. Muscles I didn’t know I had. But yesterday I was ready to go again, and “ran” week 1, day 2. It was a bit hotter and I was definitely sweatier.

OMG look! I ran into my snake buddy!! And call me Charlie Sheen because it looks like I’m… WINNING! But wait… is that… he has a freaking iPhone 5? Rat bastard.

I had a good run aka shuffle. It was still hard. Running more than those 8 minutes sounds daunting and impossible. Big thanks to Kristen and Amy for being my C25K buddies. It’s great to know that I have friends who are doing this, and have done it. I keep telling myself that it will get easier- I mean, it has to. That’s why programs like C25K exist. I just cannot see myself as a runner, but I hope that will change. The first few seconds of every “run” part feel fluid and natural- like something my body remembers- but then I feel like my body is made of lead for the rest of that run.

Mostly, I spent both half hour outings questioning why I ever faked cramps to get out of gym class. I really should have paid better attention and tried a bit more back when I was actually (closer to) skinny. And able-bodied. And less jiggly.

Workin’ on it.  Thank you all for your support, friends!

15 comments to TWI – Run for Fun?

  • so so so happy for you friend! you are such an inspiration! good luck with c25k!! YOU LOOK AMAZEBALLLLLS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Congrats, congrats, congrats!! That’s so exciting! I’ve been doing C25K as well. I successfully made it up to W4D2, but after that run one of my knees was so painful the next day that I decided to take a bit of time off. Bad idea…”a bit of time” turned into a week and a half. But your post just inspired me to get back out there and restart this thing from where I left off, so thank you! And congrats again on the weight loss…that’s so awesome!

  • So proud of you, my friend! I love C25K and it really works. My favorite run is W6D2. I like the longer runs that still have walking breaks. :)

    I’m thinking about starting C25K again, but beginning with week 4. My problem is that I usually run on my treadmill and I never really change the incline so when I go outside, I die running just a small amount.

  • You look fabulous! So glad you’re on the C25k bandwagon, I loved it and started over after I had NOah. I really need to document it!

  • First of all I laughed out loud (at my desk at work) when I saw the picture of the snake with the iphone. Funniest thing ever!!!

    Second, starting to run is really hard, especially if you haven’t been a runner before. It takes time and patience to built up. I’ve been running for a long time, but I took a long break from it (like a year and a half, thanks to working retail) and it was SO hard for me to get back into it. But now I am addicted to it. If you ever want to talk about it, let me know!

  • You two are AMAZING! Congrats to y’all. I know you’ve heard this a million times and you probably don’t believe it, but running WILL get easier. I lost 40 lbs about 6 years ago and have kept it off (even through a pregnancy). I couldn’t run a step when I first started. I kept at it and eventually could run 3 miles like it was nobody’s business-at about an 8 minute pace, too! I was training for a half marathon when I got pregnant with Julia. The first time I ran 5 miles without stopping (in under 45 minutes!!!) I felt like I had won Olympic gold. I don’t love running. I don’t think I ever will. But you can see results and see yourself get better and better. Go ahead and register for a 5k. A race atmosphere is so different than running by yourself. The other racers give you energy and it’s fun! Even if you don’t run the whole thing- who cares? You’re doing great! Tell B to get you a Garmin for Christmas!!!

  • So excited that you are starting C25K!! I remember those first C25K runs from a couple of years ago all too well, and they are rough! But before you know it you will be running longer and farther than you ever thought you could. Way to go!!!

  • Sara

    Yay for you guys!!
    I’m not ready to start the c25k but I’m inspired to work out when the kiddo goes to bed at night. :)
    Keep it up! I’m going to have to check out the old navy sports bra!

  • You and your husband are amazing! I love that you are giving C25K a go as well. Running sucks big balls when you first start, but I promise it DOES get better :)

  • Whoo-hoo, C25K! I’m on week 3, and the other day I was like, what? time to cool down already? Still sore the next day though, but it is totally getting better if you stick with it!

  • Layla

    Congrats!! No lie – that first week is hard. And uh, maybe the other weeks are hard too, I wouldn’t know (quitters never win). But you’re going to ROCK IT. Congrats on the weight loss to both of you – that’s fantastic!

  • Hahahaha Dixie really does follow you everywhere!!! Love how she’s in every picture! AND PS, you look fab. For reals! And like you, I also died from the first session of Couch to 5K. It’s hard. No joke.

  • You look great! It is amazing how quickly you become better at running…before you know it you’ll look back and won’t be able to believe how much you’ve progressed. Stick with it and you’ll love the payoff. Good for you!

  • Lookin’ great! You blow my mind! I wish I had that dedication! I feel like everything I start I end up quitting. No follow through. Absolutely none. I gotta hang out with you. You can rub off on me!

  • […] started with C25K (when snakes weren’t chasing me) with mixed success, but thanks to Lisa at Buffet […]

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