One Step Forward, Another Back

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Near record setting heat today. Other than that, it was beautiful outside.

At the 2.5 mile mark, I had to walk to a tenth mile. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:53.

Can I blame the heat? I have now run 272.8 miles since last Memorial Day.

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I’m Back

I went for a 5K run before lunch today.

It was overcast – chance of scattered thunderstorms kind of day. Humid.

My mind was on other things. And, that always helps. I ran the entire 3.1 miles. My time was 28:18. It’s all good.

I have now run 269.7 miles since last Memorial Day. I want to get at least 3 more 5K runs in over the next 6 days. That will give me 90 in the year between Memorial Days. That’s way off my original goal. But, it gives me a nice round number and then I can at least say that I averaged “about two” runs per week this year.

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Step Back

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. Super nice day. Blue skies, sunny and hot.

Around 1.5 miles in, I got a bad ass cramp in my left arch. But, I limped along until it went away. Tough guy points for that one. But, I had to walk for a tenth mile at the 2.4 mile mark. I ran the rest of the way. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:25 – about the same time as last time.

I have now run 266.6 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Victory!

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. Nice day. And, I was feeling good about myself.

I ran the entire 3.1 miles in 28:05. And, I had something left towards the end. Can’t even remember the last time that happened?

I have now run 263.5 miles since last Memorial Day. That’s 85 personal 5K runs.

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Same Or Maybe Better?

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. I actually felt pretty strong doing it. At the 2.5 mile mark, I walked for a tenth of a mile. Then, I ran the rest of the way. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:17 (which is faster than last time). I think I am getting better at this – or, at the worst, I am staying the same.

I have now run 260.4 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Almost There

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. It was cloudy and humid. There’s rain moving in and I am glad I got it done today before it’s wet out there.

I ran all the way to the 2.55 mile mark. Then, I walked a bit. After that, I ran all the way and had something left for a kick at the end. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:17. Really worked up a sweat.

I have now run 257.3 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Week 22 On The WW Return

Shocking. I thought this week was going to be like a 2-4 pound gain (based on the way I have been eating.) I was not sure because the battery in my home scale went dead.

But, at the meeting this week, they “only” had me as a gain of point-eight (0.8 pounds) and at 189.4 pounds, overall.

So, in the last 4 weeks, my results have been:

  • + 0.8 (gain)
  •    0.0 (no change)
  • - 0.4 (loss)
  • + 0.2 (gain)

That’s an overall gain of 0.6 pounds in 4 weeks. And, that’s just like 10 ounces. Talk about toe the line! That’s from April 15th through May 12th – one solid month.

That said, I still need to lose somewhere between 10 and 15 pounds to be near an ideal weight. Ten at a minimum and fifteen at the maximum. How about split the difference and make it 13?

I am going to try “better” this week and put up a number. There’s no reason why I cannot lose 2-4 pounds in a given week if I really “try.”

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Better

Another beautiful day out there. I went for a 5K run after breakfast. Easily could have bagged it. I was not feeling well this morning. Seems to happen a lot now. Not sure why? Maybe I need probiotics or something? But, I pushed myself out there.

I got to the 2.35 mile mark before having to do the walk/jog thing. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:20. All things considered, not a bad one.

I have now run 254.2 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Oh, Yeah, Running

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. It was the perfect weather day for a run.

It’s been 31 days since I last went for a run. What happened? Work, stress, Little League, illness, rain, cold, hay fever…go ahead, pick one. There’s always an excuse. Basically, I am just the king of excuses.

At the 2.05 mile mark, I had to break down into the alternating walk/jog. That was sort of expected. Total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:11 – which, all things considered, ain’t terrible. Worked up a monster sweat.

I have now run 251.1 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Week 21 On The WW Return

No change this week. Zero. Not a gain or a loss. I am still exactly at 188.6 pounds.

I actually stayed for the meeting tonight. That’s the first time in a few weeks. (My son has practice on meeting nights and, lately, I just run in to get weighed and then take him to practice.)

The topic tonight was triggers. Urges versus cravings, etc. I brought up the issue of instant stress situations where you cannot go for a run, knit, or do whatever substitute thing they were suggesting instead of turning to food. The woman sitting in front of me said “I just remind myself that I cannot control what’s causing the stress. But, I can always control what I put in my mouth.”

I have to remember that one and work at it.

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Week 20 On The WW Return

I was down four-tenths of a pound this week. Actually, I thought it would have been a gain this week. The last 6 days have been a challenge with celebrating my son’s birthday.

This puts me at 188.6 pounds and down 10.4 pounds, overall, since I came back to Weight Watchers 20 weeks ago. More importantly, overall, in the last 4 weigh-ins, combined, I have lost 5.2 pounds. That’s pretty good. It’s actual positive traction which I have not really seen since week one.

I have not been tracking. But, I am doing better on the mindless eating stuff.

I still need to lose another 10 to 15 pounds. But, this does feel a lot better than being 25 pounds overweight.

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Week 19 On The WW Return

I was up two-tenths of a pound this week on the scale this week. To me, that’s staying the same. I mean…come on…three ounces? I am not going to sweat that gain.

I guess staying the same is OK since I lost 3.8 pounds last week and lost 1.2 pounds the week before that one. Hopefully, I can put up another loss next week. For the record, I am now 189 pounds and down 10 pounds since this started.

Funny, the receptionist last night asked me if I wanted to get a note from a doctor and make 189 my goal weight. She said that trying to lose another 10, and keeping it off, would be really hard. And, she said that I looked great, and, if I felt great, why not go with 189?

Me? I would still like to lose another 15 pounds. I think I can do it.

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Week 18 On The WW Return

Well, I “tracked” for most of the time this past week. And, it worked. I lost 3.8 pounds in the 7 days. Miracle, huh?

This puts me at 188.8 pounds with an overall loss of 10.2 pounds.

I cannot seriously remember the last time I was under 190. It’s been a good while. Now the trick is to repeat it – the tracking! – for another week. Doing it 2 weeks in a row will be a challenge. But, I really want to put some distance between me and that 190 line. It’s too close now. Too easy to slide back over.

I still need to lose 15 pounds to get back to my lifetime status. And, that’s a lot. It will feel more attainable if I get it to within 10 pounds.

One day at a time, right?

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Better Than Expected

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today. First time running in 16 days. I got to the 2.3 mile mark before breaking down and I ran the 3.1 miles in 29:25. Not great, but, better than expected.

I have now run 248 miles since last Memorial Day. That’s 80 personal 5K runs.

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Week 17 On The WW Return

By some mystical force, I was down 1.2 pounds this week.  That puts me at 192.6 pounds.  A total overall loss of 6.4 pounds…which is funny because I lost 6.6 pounds in the 1st week of my return to Weight Watchers FOUR MONTHS ago.

At the meeting, my leader asked me how I was doing and I told her that I have been spinning my wheels – but, it was all on me since I don’t track, measure, etc.  And, she CHALLENGED me (in front of everyone in the meeting) to track for one week and see what happens.

Of course, I know what will happen if I do it.  Now, I just need to make it happen.

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Fat Boy Confession

I got on the scale today and it read 192.4 pounds.  I am surprised that it’s not higher.  In any event, I am 20 pounds over my ideal weight.

I didn’t even go to my Weight Watchers’ weigh-in last week.  That was partly due to some family issues requiring attention.  But, it was also partly due to not wanting to face the music.  If I wanted to go, I could have found a way to get there on Friday morning (as an alternative).

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Week 15 On The WW Return

I’m up another 2.8 pounds this week.  That puts me at 193.8 pounds.  And, I have “lost” 5.2 pounds in the last 15 weeks.  I’m just not trying.  So, I have no one to blame but myself.

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Step Backwards

I did not feel well when I woke up this morning.  And, I had early meetings with work.  So, no chance for a 5K run after breakfast.

Yet, it was a record setting day here.  At 3 PM, it was 70 degrees!  That said, I had to go out for a run this afternoon.

It was hot.  And, I struggled.  At the 2.14 mile mark, I broke down to a walk.  Shortly there after, I really started to get abdominal cramps.  My  total for the 3.1 miles was 29:21.

I have now run 244.9 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Almost There

I went for a 5K run after breakfast.  It was cooler – but, very sunny.  Hoodie and shorts weather.

I got to the 2.38 mile mark before walking.  Total time was 28:32 for the 3.1 miles and I felt strong at the end.  Maybe next time I can run the whole thing?

I have now run 241.8 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Trending In The Right Direction

I went for a 5K run this morning after breakfast.  I needed to release some stress.  Plus, it’s a beautiful day.  Lastly, we have a snow storm coming in 2 days…in March!

I was able to get to 2.3 miles before doing the walk/jog thing.  Total time was 29:08 for the 3.1 miles – same as yesterday, on the nose.

I have now run 238.7 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Week 14 On The WW Return

I was down 4.8 pounds on the scale this week.  That’s a total reversal of the 4.8 pounds I was up last week.  Now I am at 191 pounds – down 8, overall, since I came back to Weight Watchers 14 weeks ago.

This is a big week.  I need to be on program and tracking for each day.  I really need to get into the 180′s.  To gain weight this week would be another huge step backwards and just a continuation of spinning my wheels.

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Better Yet?

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  Beautiful day.  I made it to 2.17 miles before breaking down to an alternating walk/jog.  I must have been running fast?  My time for the 3.1 miles was 29:08 – which is like a minute faster than yesterday.

I have now run 235.6 miles since last Memorial Day.

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Better?

A positive day for a change?

First, I got on the home scale after breakfast today and it read 190.4 pounds.  Granted, that was buck naked and it’s still 18 pounds over my perfect weight.  And, I never thought I would be “happy” to see 190 pounds on the scale!  But, it’s so close to the 180′s (which I have not seen in a long time).  Further, it’s the product of better food choices and somewhat portion control.  I have not been perfect with my food – but, for sure, I have been better lately.  Now, I just need to sustain it and keep driving that number down.

Second, I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  No more rain, no more soreness, no more stressful distractions.  No more excuses.  And, while it was not great, it was MUCH better than last time.

I got to the 2.06 mile mark before breaking down into the alternating walk/jog thing.  Total time for the 3.1 miles was 29:58.

Since Memorial Day 2015, I have now run 232.5 miles – or, in other words, 75 personal 5K runs.  If I did my math correct, that works out to once every four days.  It would have been awesome if that was closer to once every two or three days.  But, it is what it is…and I still have time to improve those numbers over the next ten weeks or so.

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Week 13 On The WW Return

I was up 4.8 pounds this week.  And, I “cheated” by wearing gym shorts to the weigh-in (compared to my normal jeans).  It’s not shocking.  In fact, I am surprised that it was not more.  I was expecting it to be closer to 6 pounds – the way I have been eating lately.

I am now at 195.8 pounds.  That’s an overall loss of 3.2 pounds in 13 weeks.  Yeah, I have totally wasted my time for the last 3 months.

It ends here.  I start tracking again today.  I need to give this program a fair chance.  Otherwise, there’s no sense in doing it.

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Terrible

I was sore as heck today after yesterday’s run.  But, we have another record-setting heat day here today.  So, I had to get out there and run.

It was worse than yesterday.  I hit it at 1.3 miles and had to alternate walking and jogging from there.  Today time was 30:31 – same overall deal as yesterday.

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