Better, But, Not Good

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  It was another glorious day – more like Spring than Winter.  Total sun.  Gosh, I love being in the sun.

It was better than yesterday – but, not good.  At the 2.06 mile mark, I had to do the alternating walk/jog thing.  Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:52.

I now have 376.8 miles to go on my goal.

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Terrible

I went for a 5K “run” today before lunch.  It’s the first time in TWENTY DAYS that I went for a run.  The excuse list is long:  weather, family, work, health, stress, etc.  All just excuses in the end.  But, the weather today was just too grand – for February 1st too! – for me not to get out there.  It was spring like this afternoon.

It was terrible.  At the 1.47 mile mark, I broke down into the alternating walk/jog – and it was A LOT of walking.  My total time for the 3.1 miles was 30:31 – like I said:  TERRIBLE.

I now have 379.9 miles to go on my goal.   And, that’s a joke.

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Week Seven On The WW Return

I had to switch from Wednesday to Thursday meetings.  New leader.  That was interesting.

I checked in at 192.4 pounds.  That’s down .2 pounds (for an overall loss of 6.6 pounds).  Basically, that’s standing still.  Which is amazing considering the last time I tracked was January 7th.

So, in the last 3 weeks, I have not tracked at all and have made bad food choices and made no concern towards portion and weight has stayed the same (192.2 versus 192.4).  Imagine if I made an effort and actually tracked?

I have to make a commitment to do it for the next week to see what happens.  I would do a dance to get back into the 180′s.  (Funny to say that now since I wanted to shoot myself when I left the 170′s and hit the low 180′s.)

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194.5

That’s my number on the scale this afternoon:  194.5 pounds.  So…depressing.

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Week Six On The WW Return

I gained 1.4 pounds.  To be candid, I am surprised it’s not more.  I have not been giving the program an honest effort.  I am now at 192.6 pounds and am down (overall) 6.4 pounds since I came back to the program.  I am still 18.6 pounds over my goal weight.

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Ugh

The last 5 days have been terrible.

I have not given any thought when it comes to food choices or portion sizes. Basically, I have been stressed and depressed and taken it out with food. Chips, nuts, bread…you name it.

I jumped on the scale this morning at home and it read 192.7 pounds. To be honest, I was surprised that it didn’t read 195 pounds. That’s how bad I have been over the last five days.

Granted, in addition to the stress, etc., I have not felt well. I think I got myself rundown 9 days ago and I caught something that my body is trying to fight off. Literally, I could take two one-hour naps each day if my scheduled allowed it – since I am so tired all the time.

It’s also been a week since I last ran. It’s just been too damn cold out and grey (and damp) everyday. The real feel lately has been way below freezing. In fact, I haven’t been outside much in the last 3 or 4 days. That’s probably part of the problem. I swear that a lack of sunlight makes me feel like crap.

I also have problems now with my Weight Watcher meetings. I love going on Wednesday nights. But, now my son needs to be somewhere every Wednesday and my daughter needs to be somewhere else. So, my wife takes one and I take the other. This past week, I just ran in for the weigh-in and did not stay for the meeting. (I ran back home to take my son to his practice.) And, it’s going to be the same thing tomorrow. For sure, missing meetings hurts me. I need them to keep on track and keep my steam.

The only nights my place has meetings is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And, my son has a practice in another sport on Tuesdays. That leaves Thursday nights. I can’t do it this Thursday – need to take my wife to one of her appointments (where she cannot drive). Maybe I will try it next Thursday?

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Week Five On The WW Return

I was down one pound this week. This puts me at 191.1 overall and down (overall) 7.8 pounds since I returned to Weight Watchers.

I really didn’t track my food this week. And, I snacked too much. So, I am pleased with the result.

I am so close to being back in the 180′s. I really need to be better at following the program.

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Not Good

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. It was cold and windy. In some spots, the wind was really pushing against me.

It was not a great run. I had to walk at the 2.16, 2.38 and 2.60 mike marks for a bit. I just didn’t have it in me. And, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:30. (Maybe I was too long without food and too close to lunch?)

I now have 383 miles to go on my goal. Not sure when I will get a chance to run again?

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Ditto

I pushed myself to get out there for a 5K run this morning after breakfast. It was pretty much the same as yesterday – all-around – it terms of conditions and results. (Maybe it was a bit windier today? I know at one point, it felt like it was pushing against me.) It’s supposed to rain hard all weekend – that’s why I wanted to get out there today.

I had to walk at the 2.35 and 2.70 mile marks and my total time for the 3.1 miles was 28:11 – pretty much a dupe of yesterday…again, all-around.

I now have 386.1 miles to go on my goal.

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Thursday Run

I went for a 5K run after breakfast. First time running in six days. It was cold – temp just at the freezing mark – but sunny. (And, I worked up a good sweat under my hoodie, cap and gloves, etc.)

I had to walk at the 2.35 and 2.65 mile marks. But, my total time for the 3.1 miles was 27:53 (which is good, all things considered).

I now have 389.2 miles to go on my goal.

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Week Four On The WW Return

By some miracle, I was down 2 pounds on the scale this week. And, now, I am at 192.2 pounds.

How this happened, I don’t know?

In the 7 days prior, I really went off the rails on several days. On New Year’s Day, I pigged out on Chinese Takeout. On January 2nd, I went out to the city and had a crazy lunch – including pecan pie. The next day, I got roped into going out for dinner – which I didn’t want to do – and had a burger and fries. Worse, I polished off a plate of brownies this week, pretty much by myself. And, I had some Tim Horton donuts on a few days. Maybe 3 or 4 donuts in total.

On the positive side, I ran on New Year’s Day and did A TON of walking on the 2nd and 3rd. (So much walking that my left knee really hurt – and it never hurts when I run.)

In any event, I will take the 192.2 at this point. That gets me back down to where I was on December 23rd (when the holiday stretch started.)

It’s been a rough 2 weeks with parties, plans and food out the wazoo. But, now, the kids are back in school, I am back to work, and the holidays/celebrations/parties are over. This is a great time to take that 192.2 and lock down, have a great week, and push that number into the 180′s and start working towards the 170′s.

I’m still 18 pounds over-eight. That’s a lot of fat. It’s not going to happen overnight. Hopefully, I can get there by the Spring. But, any progress is great. And, the key is not to slide backwards – which would be very easy to do.

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Happy New Year

I went for a 5K run before lunch today. First time running in 11 days.

Why? I could give the reasons. But, at the end of the day, it’s all just excuses. If I really wanted to get it done, I could have gotten up at 5 AM and went running on a number of days.

It was not a good run. I had to walk at the 2.2, 2.5 and 2.7 mile marks. And, my total time was 28:38 for the 3.1 miles.

I now have 392.3 miles to go on my goal.

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Week Three On The WW Return

I was up 2 pounds this week and am now at 194.2 pounds.

To be honest, I am shocked it was not more. I didn’t track for 6 days and I practically ate an entire tin of cookies by myself.

I was totally off the rails this week. But, I feel refocused now and am back on track, as of today.

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Week Two On The WW Return

I was down point-two on the scale this week.

Are you kidding me? I lost only THREE OUNCES? That’s terrible.

I worked so hard this week and I really felt it. This may have been the hardest I ever fought in one week of being on the program since I started back in 2006. And, I lost point-two?

I am now at 192.2 pounds. And, I have holiday parties for the next 4 days in a row. Ugh.

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Better, But Not Good

Today was the first time I went running in 5 days. Basically, it’s been too cold and gray every day and I wussed out.

Actually, it wasn’t any better today. But, we have rain in the forecast for the next 3 days – and the day after that is Christmas. So, I really had to get out there today. That’s better.

I went after breakfast and I covered the 3.1 miles in 27:45. Compared to my last 5K run, that’s better.

But, I had to walk a tenth mile at the 2.50 mile mark. And, that’s not good.

I now have 395.4 miles to go on my goal.

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Week One On The WW Return

I was down 6.6 pounds on the scale at my weigh-in today.

That’s not shocking. The first and second week are sometimes the biggest numbers.

This puts me at 192.4 pounds – which means I still have 18.4 pounds to go. (And, that’s a lot.)

I would be thrilled to lose another 5 pounds this coming week. But, I know that’s not a given. Further, I know that once you get past week two, you’re looking at losses of 2 pounds or less, if that, each week. It’s a much slower process after the first 14 days.

At the least, I want to be in the 180′s by my next weigh-in. If that doesn’t happen, I would be disappointed.

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Blah

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.

Nothing but bright blue skies this morning. The temp when I went out was in the high 40′s, but breezy. It’s a tweener in terms of how to dress. Basically, you have to choose between being cold at the start or over-heating at the end. I chose the latter. Maybe not the best idea?

Not a great run. I had to walk a 10th mile at the 2.1, 2.4 and 2.7 mile marks. (I did have some intestinal cramps that didn’t help.) My time for the 3.1 miles was 28:24 – which I guess is not bad considering the 3 walks. Still, I wanted to do better today.

I now have 398.5 miles to go on my goal. And, this was my 65th personal 5K run since Memorial Day.

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Goal Check

I have run 198.4 miles since Memorial Day. That’s 64 5K runs.

It’s been 203 days since Memorial Day. So, I have run close to one mile per day, on average.

I would have to average 1.644 miles per day to make the goal of 600 miles run between Memorial Days.

So, I am 131 miles short on my pace as of today for my goal. Or, in other words, I would have needed another 42 5K runs since Memorial Day to be on pace. That seems like a lot: 106 5K runs. That’s an average of 3.66 5K runs per week. And, in reality, I have been averaging just 2.2 of them per week.

Then again, I lost 33 days when I didn’t run at all in August. If I had run 10 times in that month, it would put my average closer to 2.6 runs per week – although that’s still short of 3.66 per week. Maybe my goal should have been closer to 450 miles instead of 600?

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Not Good, But, Better Than Nada

When I woke up this morning, it was so foggy out that you could not see 300 feet in front of you. But, it was still crazy warm for this time of the year – 50 degrees. So, I went for a 5K run after breakfast.

I really wanted to get out there since I know it will not be possible tomorrow and there’s rain coming on Thursday and Friday.

It was very humid – 75% humidity, in fact. And, I worked up a monster sweat, pretty fast.

Now, the bad news: About halfway through, a driver beeped at me, pulled over and made me stop to give them directions. (Why do people do that?) I lost at least 15 seconds doing that – and a lot of momentum. Then, I had to walk a 10th mile at the 2.10 and 2.45 mile marks because I lost it.

Total time for the 3.1 miles today was 28:06 – but, I like to think it would have been closer to 27:50 if not for that driver!

I now have 401.6 miles to go on my goal.

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Same As Last Time, Maybe A Bit Worse

I went for a 5K run before lunch.  How could I not?  It’s 60 degrees outside!  On December 13th?  That’s like 20 degrees warmer than normal.  I wore shorts and a tee when running.

I had to walk a 10th mile at the 2.07, 2.45 and 2.70 mile marks.  I just didn’t have it in me today.  Funny, I felt really strong at the start.  Maybe too strong?  Total time today was 27:33 and it was a monster sweat.  For the record, I took my easy course.  (Maybe I was just bored?)

I now have 404.7 miles to go on my goal.

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Strange Run

I wasn’t in the mood to run yesterday.  Plus, it was sort  of raw outside.  This morning, it was much better.  Sunny and near fifty.  (Really, at 9 AM on December 10th?  Whatever…I’ll take it.)  So, I went for a 5K run after breakfast.

Here’s the good part:  I went on my toughest route known – with a monster hill within the first 2 miles.  And, my time for today’s run was 27:45.

Here’s the bad part:  I had to break down to a small walk three times – at the 2.25, 2.55 and 2.80 mile marks.

Like I said:  Strange run.  I now have 407.8 miles to go on my goal.  And, this is the 62nd personal 5K that I have run since Memorial Day.

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Back To Weight Watchers

Well, I did it.  Today, I went back to Weight Watchers.  Good timing, I suppose, with their plan change being rolled out.  (I didn’t even know they were changing the plan!)  Smart Points?  I guess it may take some time to figure it out.  But, having it be new also may be a good reason to really get into it.

It was nine and a half years ago that I first joined Weight Watchers.  During that time, it looked like this:

  • 6/21/06 to 1/11/14:  7 years and 7 months on the program – including being on Lifetime for 7 years (1/31/07-1/4/14).
  • 11/6/14 to 3/23/15:  On for 5 months after being off it for 10 months.
  • 12/9/15 to ????:  Coming back after being off it for 8 months.

Really, it’s been the last two years that have been the struggle.  To be candid, it feels like a lot longer.

Today, I clocked in at 199 pounds.  I wanted my goal to be 178 pounds.  But, they said – with the new plan – it needs to be 174 pounds.  Know what?  Hey, whatever…what’s 4 pounds?  Sure, let’s go for it.  I always said that 172 was my perfect weight.

Now, can I lose 25 pounds?  And, if so, how long will it take?  Thinking about it, an aggressive goal would be to get there by March 18, 2016.  And, if I don’t get there by April 6, 2016, then I did not give it my best effort.   There’s no reason why I cannot lose 1.5 pounds a week for 17 weeks – which would put me at 173.5 pounds on April 6th.

Four months.  That’s what it should take to get back to Lifetime.  Of course, once there, keeping it there is another story.  But, one step at a time.

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The Great & The Terrible

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  Not a great weather day – it was 40ish out there, overcast, with a bit of a chill in the air.

I decided to take a different route.  For the last seven months, I have been running the same exact route every time out there.  Today, I decided to revisit one of my older ones – just to have something different to look at while running.

Guess what?  I ran the entire 3.1 miles in 27:26.  Seriously.  And, that was the great part of today.  I now have 410.9 miles to go on my goal.

The terrible part? I got on the scale this morning before heading out and it read 199.4 pounds.  (WTF!?)  I actually weighed myself twice to make sure it was correct.  How does someone gain 4.1 pounds in 6 days?  I am seriously hoping this is some retention or something.

I remember when I used to flip out when my weight crept up to 185.  And, now I am knocking on  the door, literally, of 200 pounds?  I need help – and fast.

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Terrible

I did not get a chance to run this weekend.  But, I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.

I had to walk at the 2.07, 2.40 and 2.70 mile marks – for a tenth of a mile each time.  It was a struggle and I was not up to it.  I was also overdressed.  It was 40 degrees and I went with the hoodie and sweats.  I heated up around 2 miles and it was pretty bad.

I now have 414 miles to go on my goal.

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Now, That Was Sad

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.  It was my first time running in 9 days.  Why?  Work, family stuff, holidays, two days of pouring rain, and I haven’t been feeling well lately.  (Is there such a thing as a 7-day stomach bug? If not, maybe I have a bigger problem?)

Pretty nice day – sunny, 45 degrees, and a bit of a breeze.

It did not go well.  Total time was for the 3.1 miles was 28:24 and I had to walk for a tenth mile at the 2.37 and 2.69 mile marks.  And, I had to take a knee when I was done because I felt like I was going to puke.

I now have 417.1 miles to go on my goal.

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