I know diets are stupid, a band-aid, not a long term solution, etc. But, I am at a stage where I have to try something. I really need to drop 17 pounds. And, I would love to lose 25. Heck, at this point, I would be thrilled just to lose 15 pounds.
My issues are mindless eating, food choices and portion control. And, the mindless eating and poor choices go hand-in-hand. Related, I have come up with a plan.
For the next 42 days, between now and November 17th, I am going to give up one food per day – and not eat that food again until the end of the 42 days.
I know that I have been eating too many potato chips, cookies, peanuts, bacon, french fries, white bread, hamburgers, etc., lately. That’s a big part of why I am 20-something pounds over weight.
It starts today.
Day 1 is French Fries.
No more of them until I lose 20 pounds or 11/17/15, whichever comes first. And, tomorrow, I add another food to the list.
Another great day for running, weather-wise. Just like yesterday, but with less of a breeze. And, shortly after 10 AM, I went for a 5K run.
I was inspired today by my 11-year old son’s great running in this school XC meet (yesterday). So, I pushed myself for the 3.1 miles and got it done in 27:32 – running all the way. That’s two in a row. Can a sub-27 be far away? Working on my breathing really seems to help.
I now have 466.7 miles to go on my goal.
It’s been 6 days since my last fun thanks to rain, family plans, and other stuff. Today, I went for a 5K run before lunch.
It was cooler and breezy. But, it was sunny. Actually, it was good running weather. And, today, I ran the entire 3.1 miles in 27:51 (which is good time for me these days).
I did feel like I was going to puke when I was done. But, I did it. I now have 469.8 miles to go on my goal.
Before the run, I jumped on the scale and it read 194 pounds. That’s horrifying. I should be 20 pounds lighter than that number. But, I have no one to blame but myself. I am a food addict.
I got out for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. We have a big storm moving in. They said it’s going to rain for the next 5 days starting tomorrow (now). So, I really wanted to get out there today.
Holy cow! It was humid out there. Just a mile into it and I was covered with a gel of sweat.
I hit the wall and walked from 2.71 to 2.81 miles. But, I ran the rest of it. My time for the 3.1 miles was 28:48.
I now have 472.9 miles to go on my goal. And, I have run 41 personal 5Ks since Memorial Day. (Only 153 more to go! LOL.)
I didn’t get a chance to run on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Too many family things and baseball games. And, the forecast is for rain over the next 5 days. So, I really wanted to get out there today.
I went for a 5K run before lunch. It was humid.
I did well except for the 2.61 mile to 2.71 mile part where I had to walk. Overall, my time for the 3.1 miles was 28:21. Maybe I was too fast in the first part with the humidity?
I now have 476.0 miles to go on my goal.
On the scale this morning, I weighed 195.6 pounds.
This is terrible. I should weigh in the 170′s, not the 190′s.
I actually had to go out and buy pants yesterday because none of the jeans I own will no longer fit me – and with the cooler weather coming in, I can’t wear shorts forever.
I need to make better food choices, eat less, and move more. It’s not a mystery.
I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Another beautiful day outside today! For the third day in a row, I have gone running, and, have been able to run the full 3.1 miles. My time today was 28:12.
I did experience some pain around the 2 mile mark. Pretty sure it was my right IT band. When it happened, I made a concentrated effort to pronate normally with my right foot and then it went away.
I now have 479.1 miles to go on my goal.
I went for a 5K run after lunch today. Gosh, it was beautiful outside. Wonderful weather! Today was harder than yesterday. But, for the second day in a row, I ran 3.1 miles without breaking down. My time was 28:36 today.
I now have 482.2 miles to go on my goal. And, I have 250 days (or about 36 weeks) to get it done. If I ran four 5K runs every week, without fail, between now and next Memorial Day, I would fall short of my goal. At some point, if I really want to make it, I’m going to have start pulling some 10K runs to make a dent on it.
It’s been 5 days since I last went for a run. My past Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday was filled with various family issues and obligations and I just could not squeeze in a run until today (when I went for a 5K run after breakfast).
Like last time, I concentrated on my breathing. Also, this time, my mind was racing (no pun intended) regarding those family issues. Literally, I do not remember getting from the 2.1 to the 2.8 mile mark of my run. And, that’s the part where I usually struggle these days and break down. This is no lie: Around the 2.8 mile mark, I regained focus, saw my feet moving, and recognized where I was and my first thought was “Holy Shit! How did I get here?” And, I finished the rest of my run – strong. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 27:50 (and that’s MUCH better than the 29 minutes I have been posting lately).
This is proof – that it’s in all my head when I struggle running. Somehow, I must master my own thoughts better when I am running. That’s the secret sauce for me. Well, that, and, breathing.
I now have 485.3 miles to go on my goal.
I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. My right toe is still bad. In fact, it hurt – stung! – when I just put on my sneakers. But, the tough guy in me took an Advil and went out there anyway.
I was really working on my breathing today. More through the mouth. Longer and deeper. And, I think it helped. At the least, I felt like I was laboring less out there.
I went 2.71 miles before breaking down to a walk. And, that was a short one. At 2.80 miles, I was running again. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:08.
I now have 488.4 miles to go on my goal. That seems like a lot while my toe is screaming.
The smart guy in me decided to look at something else. My running shoes are old and the soles are worn. Today, I decided to look more into the pattern. It’s pretty clear that I have normal pronation in my left foot. But, it appears that I have underpronation (or supination) in my right foot. (This would explain why I had that IT band issue years ago before I started wearing stability sneakers.) I have no idea if this has anything to do with my right big toe pain. But, in any event, today, I started wearing new – and less worn – running shoes to see if that helps.
I got on the scale today, after showering, following my 5K run. And, it read 191.5 pounds.
That’s still 22.5 pounds over where I want to be at year end. (Geesh, that really seems like a ton of weight!) And, it’s about 15 pounds more than I would feel good about, considering where I am now.
But, on the positive side, it’s knocking on the door of the 180′s. And, you can’t get into the 170′s until you get down to the 180′s first. So, I have to keep plugging away at it.
It’s been 6 days since my last run thanks to a very painful arthritic right big toe. (Or, maybe it was gout? Who knows?) So, this morning, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run.
I got to 2.61 miles before I had to break it down to a walk. At the 2.80 mile mark, I ran the rest of the way. My time for the 3.1 miles was 29:04. Now, let’s see how my toe responds to the workout.
I now have 491.5 miles to go on my goal. And, I have run 35 personal 5Ks since Memorial Day.
I was spitting up all sorts of brown stuff yesterday. So, I took the day off. This morning, it was still coming up – but it was clear. So, I went for a 5K run before breakfast at 8 AM.
It was cool outside thanks to a huge rain last night. And, it was cloudy. But, boy, was it humid! Like running in soup. (Big storm coming later today.)
I was hoping to get to 2.8 miles without breaking down today. But, it hit me at 2.61 miles. I walked until 2.8 and then ran again. My total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:08 – and it was hard. I almost puked when I was done. Well, actually, I did puke – but nothing came out but spit since the last time I ate was 8 PM last night.
When I got home, my body was radiating heat – like an inferno. I can’t remember the last time it felt that heated up. I now have 494.6 miles to go on my goal.
Before the run, I got on the scale and it read 192.8 pounds.
That’s by no means a good number. It means I am 20 pounds over my probable ideal weight and 24 pounds over were I want to be by the end of the year. But, at the least, it’s down from the 196.7 pounds were it was 10 days ago. Any progress in the right direction is progress. And, if I can get it to under 190 by the end of next week, that would be something to feel better about – as, again, that’s heading in the right direction.
I went for a 5K run at 8 AM today. I was able to get to 2.6 miles before hitting the wall. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:13.
I now have 497.7 miles to go on my goal.
Got on the scale this morning and it read 193.1 pounds. That’s about the same as one week ago. Ugh.
I feel terrible at this weight. Literally, I feel like a beached whale. I am so unhappy at this weight.
It’s 24 pounds too many. And, it shows. Heck, at this point, I would be thrilled to lose 15 pounds. But, even that seems like a mountain to climb.
I woke up this morning and felt bad. My throat was sore and I felt like I had a slight fever. And, yesterday afternoon, I had a headache that I could not shake…all day. But, I pushed myself and went for a 5K run at 7 AM this morning before breakfast.
No progress. It was a duplicate, just about, of yesterday.
I hit the wall at 2.55 miles and had to do a walk break twice before finishing the 3.1 miles. Total time was 29:32 for the course. That’s as close to a carbon copy of yesterday as you can get, right?
I now have 500.8 miles to go on my goal. And, I have run 32 personal 5K’s since Memorial Day.
The alarm went off at 6:30 AM today. I did not get out of bed until around 7 AM, maybe a little later. I was sore, foggy, and in no mood for a run. But, I pushed myself and went out there anyway.
It was about the same as yesterday. Maybe a little bit better? I only walked from 2.55 miles until 2.7 miles and ran the rest of the 5K. My time for the 3.1 miles was 29:42 – about the same as yesterday.
Man, did I work up a sweat though! And, my heart felt fine. (It’s probably time to stop recording on that matter.)
I now have 503.9 miles to go on my goal. Another two 5K’s and I will be under 500. Shame…I am at least 50 miles behind schedule on my goal thanks to the heart scare.
I did not go for a run yesterday – too many family priorities. Worse, I ate like a pig yesterday. (Thank you, stress.)
So, I set my alarm for 6 AM this morning to get up and go for a 5K run. Well, I didn’t get out of bed until 6:25 AM. But, I got out. And, I didn’t feel like running. But, I got out there.
Today, I hit the wall at 2.37 miles. (That’s progress.) And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:56. (And, that’s progress too.) Now, I need to build on those numbers.
Oh, and, my heart felt fine. I don’t even think about it.
I now have 507 miles to go on my goal.
I jumped out of bed at 6 AM and hit the scale. It read 194.1 pounds today. That’s down 2.6 pounds from yesterday – which means some of that number yesterday was retention from vacation. But, even with that eliminated, the number is still too high and I need to lose 25 pounds. (Or, as my buddy calls it “5 bags of sugar.”)
I also went for a 5K run at 6:30 AM before breakfast. Today, I got to 2 miles before breaking down to the walk/jog. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 31 minutes flat. That’s not great. But, it’s better than yesterday. So, I will take it.
My heart felt fine during it. And, I now have 510.1 miles to go on my goal.
At the end of 2015, I want to weigh less than 170 pounds.
I don’t care if it’s 169.9 or 168 pounds. As long as the number on the scale for me, on December 31st 2015, is less than 170 pounds. Then I will feel like I have accomplished something and be where I need to be with my weight.
I’ve got 4 months (or 122 days) to make it happen. It’s my focus now.
For the first time in 33 days, I went for a 5K run. While I am still waiting on some tests for my heart concerns, I decided that I needed to go for a run today. In fact, I got up early (for me) and went out at 7:30 AM, before breakfast, while the sun was just starting to come up (and it was not hot outside).
Of course, it was hard. I am 25 pounds overweight. And, I have not run in close to 5 weeks. Also, when I was last running, in July, I was not doing all that great. So, why wouldn’t today be hard?
At the 1.6 mile mark, I broke down into a walk. And, from there, I did the alternating walk/jog. In total, my time for the 3.1 miles was 31:10 – which means I have a lot to improve on, next time.
The good news is that my heart felt O.K. afterwards – not great, but, not terrible either. I think I had a slight flutter about 30 minutes after the run, if that? (It’s hard for me now – as I don’t know if I am having them or if it’s in my head these days.)
I now have 513.2 miles to go on my goal. And, I know it’s a goal that’s going to be hard to reach since I missed a month. But, I am taking it one day at a time now and not worrying about where I will be 9 months from now.
Before I got on the scale today, I already decided that I was going back to Weight Watchers. (Pretty sure March 4th was the last time I weighed in there.)
We were in Disney last week. Before we left, my son was teasing me with “When was the last time you actually did ONE sit-up?” And, while there, my wife cracked this joke to the kids: “Don’t be afraid of the ride. If you get scared, just grab on to daddy’s handles – they’re big enough for all of us.” Those stung. Combing that with the fact that I had to squeeze into my “big shorts” everyday there was enough to push me back to Weight Watchers. (I know, if done properly, the program works.) That’s motivation that I have been missing lately.
Or course, when at Disney, I over-ate, everyday and every meal. I probably had 3 times as many calories as I needed each day, at a minimum.
This morning, I jumped on the scale and it read 196.7 pounds. I expected it to be high – but, not that high.
That’s 24.7 pounds more than my ideal weight. But, I don’t even want to stop there. I want to lose 28 pounds. And, I will not rest until I see it happen.
I started Weight Watchers in June of 2006 when I was at a low point…or should I say heaviest point? And, for SIX YEARS running I was awesome with the program. But, the last two and a half years (or so) have been bad news. And, that’s long enough. Now, I am motivated to get back to where I was before the summer of 2013.
I never felt right after that run on July 27th. I had a fluttering feeling in my left chest soon after that rarely went away and which kept me up at night. After a week of it, I went to a doctor and he said that I had a mitral valve insufficiency (after a couple of tests). I have since gone for another opinion. And, the second cardiologist thinks maybe it’s not a major thing and it depends on which chamber has an issue. So, he has me doing more tests.
I do know that I need to lose weight. And, I probably was over caffeinated and dehydrated when this all started.
Ideally, I need to lose 20 pounds. (I am at 192 this morning.) But, at this point, I would be thrilled to see the scale read 177 pounds. So, if I could lose 15 pounds, that would be great.
And, there’s an element of this now that’s in my head. Basically, I am hearing footsteps. I am too aware of my heart beat now and thinking too much about it.
I think I would like to try and run this week and see how it goes. But, I am afraid if I do it, and push myself, like I did on July 27th and 29th, then I may just bring the whole thing back. Maybe I will wait until September?
I did not go for a run yesterday. After my run on Monday, I felt terrible. I think I was very dehydrated. Literally, I crashed. It was so bad that I was considering seeing someone. I felt a little better on Tuesday and I figured it made sense to give it another day.
This morning, after breakfast, I decided to go for a 5K run. When I opened the front door, it felt like an oven outside. I have no idea what the official reading is for today. But, to me, clearly, it felt like the hottest day of the year. Nonetheless, as stupid as it probably was, I went running.
I got to the 2.4 mile mark and then caved. My total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:27.
I now have 516.3 miles to go on my goal.
I got on the scale today and it read 192 pounds. Ugh. That’s terrible – but, it’s all my own doing.
After breakfast, I went for a 5K run. It was SUPER HUMID out there. Monster humid. But, I pushed myself and I ran the entire 3.1 miles in 27:44 which is remarkable, considering the humidity, my weight and how I have been running lately.
It was hard – very, very, hard. And, I had to push myself. (Maybe too hard? I did have a small bladder issue when I finished. Oh, it’s a joy getting old.)
I now have 519.4 miles to go on my goal. And, that means I have run 80.6 miles since Memorial Day. That’s not the pace that I need – so, I may have to start running longer when I do get out there.