3 Weeks Back @ Weight Watchers

I lost 1.2 pounds this week.  That’s now down 10.4 pounds in three weeks – putting me at 182.4 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

One point two pounds is a joke.  That’s really not a loss.  But, I guess it’s better than gaining weight.

My next weigh in is going to be interesting – with my birthday and Thanksgiving falling in between this weigh in and the next one.

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2 Weeks Back Into Weight Watchers

I lost 4 pounds this week.  Combined with last week’s loss of 5.2 pounds, that’s now down 9.2 pounds in two weeks – putting me at 183.6 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

That’s all good…but…

  • The first two weeks on WW are usually the big loss weeks.  Big numbers are going to be harder now.
  • Next weeks is my birthday and Thanksgiving.
  • It’s silly to be excited about 183 when I was bummed out about 184 pounds 8 months ago.

When I see the scale read 172 pounds, then I will be happy.

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Workout – 11/14/14

I went for a 5K run today around 10 AM.  It was cold – forty degrees – and a tad windy.  But, I took off Wednesday and yesterday it rained.  So, I really wanted to get out there today.

At first, I felt GREAT.  Running down my street, I felt like I could run 3,000 miles.  But, then, about a half mile into it, I felt like crap.  Literally, I thought I’m not going to make it another step.  I was gassed and laboring.  But, I pulled out all the stops – all the mental tricks that I try and use against myself to keep running.  And, then, about one and half miles into it, the situation passed and I was running better.

At the 2.6 mile mark, I caved.  There’s a chance I could have pushed myself more.  But, getting there was further than last time.  So, I took it.  For the next tenth of a mile, I walked.  And, then, I ran all the way home.

My total time for the 3.1 miles was 28 minutes flat.  That’s not great.  But, better than last time and something to keep building on next time out there.

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1 Week Back @ Weight Watchers

I lost 5.2 pounds in my first week back on the Weight Watchers program.

I sort of expected it to be around 5 pounds down – and would have been disappointed at less.  I was very strict in my tracking and staying on program.  Plus, when I did WW back in 2006, I am pretty sure that I lost 5 pounds in the first week.

This puts me at 187.6 pounds – which is why I am not exactly celebrating the loss of five.

I can remember lamenting about my weight creeping up to 184 pounds and 187 is way over that number.

The next number that I want to see badly is 182.  But, even that would be 10 pounds more than my ideal and perfect weight.  Needless to say, I have a ways to go with it.

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Workout – 11/11/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.

My legs were sore and stiff from yesterday.  And, when I started running, my chest muscles were painfully tight.  Then, my right IT Band started hurting.  But, I pressed on and everything started feeling looser and better about a mile into it.

This time, I got to 2.37 miles before breaking it down.  Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28 minutes and 12 seconds.  That’s all better than yesterday.  But, it’s not even close to being good.

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Workout – 11/10/14

It’s been 3 weeks since I last went for a run.  The layoff was not by choice.  I had a terrible, painful, persistent cough since October 25th.  And, today was the first day that I was cough-free.

I took my “easier” 5K route for a run after breakfast today.  And, it was a disaster.

I hit the wall at the 2.07 mile-mark and I really had to push myself to get that far before breaking down into an alternating walk/jog for the rest of the way.  Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28 minutes and 58 seconds.

Other than saying I went for a run today, this one was terrible.  But, I guess it’s better than nothing.

There’s a race that I want to run in less than 3 weeks.  It’s an EXTREMELY hard route.  Murder.  I have run this one every year since I first started running.  If I have any hope of doing it and not having it as disappointing as my last race, I have a lot of improvement that I have to get done in a short period of time.

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Returing To Weight Watchers

Well, it took ten months.  But, I have returned to Weight Watchers.

It’s more money that I wanted to spend – with the membership, eTools, etc.  And, I let them talk me into using an ActiveLink app too.  But, if it can get me back to the 170′s, it’s worth it.

I had to make the return.  With the holidays coming, I didn’t want to start 2015 weighing 200 pounds – and, that’s the direction this thing was headed.  As it is, I’m at 192.8 when I returned to Weight Watchers last night.  That’s twenty pounds more than my ideal weight.

I’m going to be realistic about it.  My ultimate goal is to be at 174 pounds by the end of February 2015.  If I can make that happen, by being on Weight Watchers, paying for it, tracking, etc., then it’s all worth it.

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188.3

I’m at 188.3 pounds this morning.  That’s basically unchanged in the last 11 days.

I think it’s time to go back to Weight Watchers.

For seven years, January 31, 2007 through January 4, 2014, I had lifetime status there. Really, since the summer of 2013, I have been not good with it. I am considering going back this coming Wednesday.

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Workout – 10/21/14

The rain has yet to arrive today.  In fact, it’s beautiful outside – not too hot, not too cold, no wind, blue skies.  It’s the perfect day to go for a run – so, I did a 5K after breakfast.

I chose my “harder” route – but not my hardest one.

It was interesting.  For the first half of it, my mind was focused on work stuff.  (I have a busy day at work today.)  And, the run was easy.  I wasn’t even breathing hard.

The run didn’t start to feel tough until the 2.35-mile mark or so.  In any event, I ran the entire thing in 26 minutes and 27 seconds.  All things considered, I feel good about this one.

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Workout – 10/20/14

I took yesterday off since my legs were sore from the race on Saturday.  But, this morning, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run.

For the sake of wanting to accomplish something, I took my “easier” (mostly flat) 5K route.  That, combined with the fact that it was forty degrees outside, made this one less challenging than my race.  No monster sweat today.

In total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 39 seconds.  I ran the whole way.

I’m glad that I got this one in today. The forecast is for rain over the next three days.  Getting out there again soon may be tough.  This is the 31st time in the last 52 days that I have gone for a run.

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My 15th “5K” Race (Ever)

I did it again.  This is the 4th 5K race in a row – although my first race in 11 months – where I could not run the whole thing.  Towards the end of this one, I want to say it was around 2 miles in, thereabouts, I broke down into a walk.  Then I ran a little, walked some more, and ran the end of it.

VERY EMBARRASSING.

My total time for the race was 26:12 (on the chip).   Of the 341 runners in the race, I finished 130th.  And, I was 81st of the 148 men running. Lastly, I was 13 out of 28 for my gender/age group (Men, 50 to 59).

I would have been happy if I had run the whole thing.  I just wasn’t mentally tough enough or smart enough to control my pace – to get it done.

I also would have been happy if my time was 25:45 (as that’s pretty much what I would do in a race that wasn’t super easy).

Funny, I only missed that time by 27 seconds.  But, I cannot be happy with it because of the walking thing.  A lot of people that I know saw me walking.  It’s humiliating.

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188.6

That’s the number on my scale this morning.

Basically, I have three goals now:  (1) get my weight down to 184, then (2) get my weight down to 179, and, finally (3) get my weight down to 172 pounds.

The first one should not be tough.  And, once done, then the second one is certainly attainable.  The last one may take a while longer.  But, that’s really my magic number, one seventy two (give or take).

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Workout – 10/15/14

The forecasted super-soaker rain has yet to appear here today.  So, I went for a 5K run after breakfast.  And, I attempted my “hardest” route again – even though I failed at it yesterday and it is super humid this morning. (More humid than yesterday.)

Sadly, I hit the wall again.  This time it was at 2.65 miles.  And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 27 minutes and 34 seconds.

I will say this – man, did I sweat today!  Monstrous lather of sweat.  It was like I was swimming in it.  Must be the hill and the humidity.

I may take the next two days off and just attempt the race on Saturday and see what happens.  If anything, and I do run tomorrow, I am not taking the hardest route.  I still need to work on that one, obviously.

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Workout – 10/14/14

I woke up this morning a tad sore and not feeling well.  My head fells heavy, congested somewhat, from hay fever.

It’s also unseasonably warm today.  And, it’s very humid.

Still, after breakfast, I pushed myself to go for a 5K run – and, I took my “hardest” route (with a monster hill).

It did not go well.  I hit the wall at the 2.3 mile mark and had to do an alternating walk/jog from there the rest of the way.  My total time for the 3.1 miles was 27 minutes and 59 seconds.

This is a huge step backwards.  The past 11 days were wonderful.  Now, it’s back to loserville.

The next two days are going to be just as warm.  And, it’s supposed to rain on Thursday.  Somehow, I need to get this fixed before my race on Saturday.

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Workout – 10/13/14

I really wanted to get out there today since I was not able to run over the past three days (due to family commitments).  So, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run.

I took my “harder” route again.

The first 1.3 miles felt real easy.  Then it got a little harder about a half-mile later.  Yet, I caught my pace and had some steam left for the end.  In total, I ran the 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 31 seconds.

At the end, when I stopped, I felt like I was going to puke – seriously.  Not sure if that’s a good thing or not?

In any event, getting out there and running the whole thing is good.  I have a race next weekend.  Next goal is to run my “hardest” route, running all the way, three times this week before the race.  If I can get that done, I will be very confident heading into the weekend.

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Workout – 10/9/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.

I really wanted to get out there.  It’s a beautiful day.  Plus, tomorrow, I know I will not have time to run.  Too many plans.  Ditto on Sunday.  And, the forecast is for rain on Saturday.  So, this may be the last chance I get to run over the next 4 days – including today.

I took my “harder” route again.  In the beginning, it seemed easy.  And, when it got hard around the 2.2 mile mark, it was not as hard as yesterday.  That’s all progress.

In total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 59 seconds.  Worked up a MONSTER sweat too – I was dripping in it.  Have to say:  It’s all good news today.

I just hope that there’s a break in there, somewhere, Saturday, where I can get out there again.

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Workout -10/8/14

I was not feeling great this morning.  But, it’s a beautiful day outside.  So, I decided to push myself by going for a 5K run – and using my harder (but not hardest) route.

Man, it was hard.  But, I kept plugging away.  Around the 2.2 mile mark and the 2.7 mile mark, I almost lost it.  It was extremely close.  But, I kept reminding myself of how big that failure would be now, and, how I have a race in 10 days and I don’t want to be walking in that one.

I pulled out all the stops – not looking ahead, concentrating on the cracks in the sidewalk, listening intently to the lyrics being played on my iPod, day dreaming about upcoming events, visualizing myself running a race and being near the finish line surrounded by my family, etc.  I wanted to think about anything but quitting.

And, by the skin of my teeth, I got through the 3.1 miles, tougher route and all, in 26 minutes and 23 seconds.  How about that!

This is the four day in a row that I have run a 5K from start to finish.  And, this is the 25th time in the last 40 days when I have gone for a run.  That’s a pace of 4.4 times a week.  Considering where I was, this is great.

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189.7

This morning I got on the scale, buck naked.  And, it read 189.7 pounds.

I want to say “How did this happen?”  But, I know the answer:  Too many nuts, chips, cookies, cakes, donuts, bread, french fries, pizza and red meat.  And, not enough fruits and vegetables.

How’s that for simple?

I was really fat in 2006 and that led me to Weight Watchers.  Then, I lost it all by January 2007 and basically kept it off for SIX YEARS.  But, in February of 2013, I started working from home on a full-time basis.  And, that’s when the snacking started.

The last time I weighed what I wanted to weigh was probably March of 2013 when I was 172 pounds.    It really got bad in the summer of 2013 when my family went to Disney and I packed on some pounds there.  By the end of 2013, I was closer to 185 pounds.  And, it seemed like most of this year the number has been around 184 – until now where it’s pushing up against 190 pounds.

Bottom line, I need to lose 17 pounds.  And, I know how to do it.  Now, it’s just a matter of eating less crap, cutting out the mindless snacking, and making better food choices.

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Workout – 10/7/14

I went out for a 5K run after breakfast today since the forecasted rain was still hiding.

I ran the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes and 6 seconds.

This one was very hard.  I had to really push myself.  And, I had a monster sweat when it was done.

This is the 3rd day in a row where I have run a full 5K without breaking down.  And, it’s the 4th time in a row that I have been able to run 3.1 miles while running all the way.

Part of me wants to move to a harder course for the next time.  But, another part of me wants to give this route one more time since today was so hard.  I guess I will see how I feel next time and take it from there.

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Workout – 10/6/14

I wanted to go for a 5K run this morning.  But, my stomach felt sick after breakfast.  Still, the forecast for tomorrow is rain.  So, I really wanted to get out there today.  And, before dinner, I went for a run.

This one was hard.  Maybe the hardest “non-stop” one since I started up again.  However, I got through the 3.1 miles without stopping – albeit a tad slow.  My total time was 27 minutes and 6 seconds.  I know that I can do better than that rate.

This is the 23rd time in the last 38 days when I have gone for a run.

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Workout – 10/5/14

Went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  It was cool out there.  The news said it was the coldest day of the year since April 26th.

I ran the whole 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 30 seconds.

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Workout – 10/3/14

Today is a huge milestone.

I went for a 5K run after breakfast and ran the whole 3.1 miles.  I cannot remember the last time that happened.  Could be a year…maybe/probably longer.

It was hard – and I had to push myself, especially in the beginning.  But, I got it done.  Total time was 26 minutes and 30 seconds – which was another goal, getting under 27 minutes.

It’s hard NOT to feel good about this one.  Now, my goals are (1) get under 26 minutes, (2) run a full 5K for 3 times in a row on my current route, (3) move to a harder route and run a full 5K, and, (4) run my 5K route with the big hill in less than 26 minutes.  Once I can all that done, I will consider myself a runner again.

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Workout – 10/1/14

I never got out yesterday to run – too many things to do for work.  And, it was raining this morning.

So, I went out for a 5K run before dinner this evening, once it stopped raining.

I got to the 2.82 mile mark before walking.  That’s a new high.  And, I covered the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes and 37 seconds.  There’s not much more between me and running all the way now.

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Workout – 9/29/14

I as soooo not feeling it this morning.  I was tired.  And, I ate too much bad food this weekend.  Lastly, I have been a bit depressed lately.  Yet, I pushed myself and went for a 5K run after breakfast.

It was hard.  But, I got to the 2.75 mile mark before breaking down.  And, I covered the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes (even).  So, I should feel good about it.  But, I don’t – because it was so hard.

Let’s see how I do next time out.  This is the 19th time in the last 31 days when I have gone for a run.  I should feel good about that as well – right?  Maybe I will be happier when I can do 3.1 miles without stopping?  It’s getting closer.

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Workout – 9/27/14

Not sure what to make of this one?

I went for a 5K run after breakfast.  I got to 2.5 miles before breaking down.  In total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 27 minutes and 40 seconds.

I am really not walking that much when I have to walk.  I need to learn and replace that walking with a controlled jog where I can catch my breath.

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