Thursday, March 31, 2011

I think I have found it.......

My running rhythm that is, my training runs seem to be more comfortable, till near the end like last 5 -7 mins and the last 2mins I grit my teeth and run hard just to push it, as I will do when I see that finish line...LOL

I moved up to week 3 of the B210K (bridge to 10K) program today, and was able to do so with out seeing much of a change in my breathing and tiredness, I have taken to using visual markers on my runs to see how far I get for half way then turn around and try to make it back to the start point for that part of the run area, so that I can check that I am keeping to a similar speed the whole time, I want to get it fairly even speed so I not going hard them trying to catch my breath or burning out to quick etc.

Today run (including 10mins walking 5 for warm up and 5 cool down) was 7.7km and that was
warm up
then 17min run 1 min walk X 3
cool down.

Worked out my speed is about 8.4kph I think, which is not bad for me as before I was doing just over 6, so am slowly getting bit faster, I think about 9ish would be good to aim for my run that would see me finish in around 2.4hours. But if I get faster with the training and its all good I am happy, so not going to worry about it to much.

My next fun run is on 10th April and is the ASICS Bridges 10K Run and hubby is going to do it with me as well. This will be both of our 1st 10mins runs. So that is 10 days away, I am aiming to run it all in around 1.20. will see how I go. I have also been looking into running GU its a supplement that you use during long runs so hoping to get some this week for the bridges run to test it out and find what works best for my for my half marathon.

So my first week of my marathon training program going great, and food been good. Scales not really moving but did lose the weight I put back on from hubby's birthday last week so happy with that most of it was water retention. But last few days weight been going up each morning 100G, but I think that is because I have forgotten to drink all my water the last few days as well, and I can see my legs getting stronger so some gain there as well, I will give if a few days more. TTOM due in a few days so could be that as well, hate that.

Anyway I am happy with how I am going and my improvements with my running.
Today my daughter is coming up and we are going to go run the stairs for an hour this afternoon..LOL shhh its a surprise... and tomorrow morning I got my endro spin class for cross training day. Not sure what I doing Saturday yet maybe kimax and run, then pain in the park on Sunday with the 12wbt girls.

So that's the plan, will let you know how it goes.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I did it!!!!!!! mini milestone completed.

My one month goal for the 12wbt set at the start was to run the 6km fun run non stop,
well today I did just that, it was not easy and I was stuffed but I completed it and felt so proud of myself, even when my run meter stopped and I had no music and still 2 km to go I just kept going,
and you should of seen my face when I got told that it ended up being 6.7km not the 6km we thought it was going to be.
A new personal best for me, as even before I hurt my hip the best I had run was 6.5 in 48 mins, well today I did 6.7 in 50mins flat. Not going to win any races at that speed but I don't care, I did my mini milestone over and above what I had set for myself, and feel great.
Just wish it would get a bit easier a bit quicker, as the thought of doing over 3 times what I did today, is a bit huge, but I will get there a bit at a time. Keep training and come august I will be ready, or die trying...LOL

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Balance Lession (hopefully) Learnt.

Well this last week and part of this week been crap.

Red Flag weekend.....arrrrhhhhh as stated in my last post, well it started out good

Friday night, went out for dinner, with family before the Sweet Concert, I was very good, did not drink, and ordered seafood pasta, which I only ate the seafood and tomato sauce not the pasta, no desert and no drinks at the concert either. (Balance good had fun no pigging out)

Saturday night not so good, brought myself 4 drinks with zero coke so low cal, compared to others.
Had chicken and salads for dinner but more than I should of, so far not to bad.
Here's where I got bad, I ate party pies and crap like that later in the night and dips etc.
Did not think I was to bad but when got on scales next morning arrhhhhh,
up 1.5kg, now if I had stopped there it would of been OK but no, I went into a big depression and ate everything in site, next morning up another kilo, and the cycle kept going, till Wednesday, when weigh in came I was up 3.7kg in 4 days. I felt so crap, 4 weeks for nothing, and my 40% lost gone.

Well I posted my gain on facebook and my great 12wbt friends helped me, one gave me a good talking to via sms, put things into prospective a bit, OK you had a good night and we
need those, but that was a night not a week, I had convinced myself (not sure how) that I had gained the whole 3.7 in the one night, but luckily I weight myself every morning and write it down, once my head cleared I could see that it was not the one night, yes in one night I gained 1.5kg but if I stopped there, most of that would of been water retention and came right back off with a few bottles of water and a good workout. But no I hit the same cycle again and got depressed and felt the victim of oh I cant have a life with out being fat whats the point..... well don't worry I not given up.
Got back on the horse so to speak and with some good hard training and later, as of this morning (1 week since party) I have lost all but 300g of what I gained, so not the whole 4 weeks lost just one because I did not understand balance and I am back under my 40% lost weight so happy with that.

Lesson Learnt, I can have a life, make smart choices but if I have a very special night and make a bad one or two, then just enjoy the one night and back to good next day, not a week later. No guilt eating for having fun, just enjoy it for what it is a fun night and that is it.

In weight loss food is so important, training will change your body and fitness, but the mind lessons and what you learn from them is what will make this a lifetime achievement not a short term one. I learnt a big one this week just hope it sticks in there when I need it next.

The start of this week Monday 28th March is 20 weeks till my half marathon, so the main training program kicks in. So there will be lots of running updates.

I went for a run in my new shoes (had to take others back) on Thursday but it was a bit later than I normally go and was 29degs so was bit harder than normal did manage 39mins of running before I had to stop was to hot and I was getting burnt. Tomorrow is another training fun run, 6km so going to see how I go with that, slow and steady my plan.

I did endro spin class yesterday, man that is a hard class but I think it will really be a good cross training class with the running, as it will help with my fitness and endurance for the run and well and build the strength in my legs.

Looking forward to weigh in this week just to get the numbers back to where they where and fingers crossed a bit more off.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

mmmm happy/blarrrr who knows

OK update time, scales going down, 1.2kg this week and did measurements to
Bust down 3cm
Waist down 5cm
hips down 6cm
one leg down 5cm other the same but this did make them the same

This all great hit my goal for this week in my weight loss, so I should be happy but.

I feel blarrr again, don't want to stop don't get me wrong just my drive is waning cant seem to push myself to do that bit extra and sometimes to do just that bit...

I got up on Monday morning to go for my run, got out the door ran for about 18mins and that was it, just not a good day, thought ok was sick most weekend so prob just that, no biggy, got up Tuesday morning shoes on and out the door I went, run completed not easy but done. 15mins X 3 week 2 of b210k program started and that is all the training I have done. Today did nothing. Meant to go for a run in the morning but think I might go do kimax just to kick my ass a bit.
Then run at night.

Even not that excited about melb anymore at the moment, not good seeing as its all paid for now.
But still wanting to hit my goal not taking my eyes of that prize but I know I have to do the other work to get there.

Oh well tomorrow is another day, so I will JFDI it and keep going.
Got big weekend coming up hubby back in morning, that always a red flag for me as I want to spend time with him and forget about my training. So need to stay focused.

On good side food been great, and scales are going down.
Will get my head back again I know so not to worried just wanted to note it for later.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

40% gone 10 to go....

I DID IT !!!! After months of almost then failing for some reason, this time I kept my head focused and just did it. I have been shouting it from the roof tops..LOL well not really but I could.

So figures just for me cause I link them...

start weight 135.5kg  arrrrhhhhh
- 40% = 81.3kg well today I was 81kg.... so was even more...
plus in my little non focus time I regained 7kg so that is not even including that.
But I am including that in my kg total, of loss, not the little ups and down just that big one as I had lost the plot there and was heading back to my old ways, so with that I have now lost 61.5 kg.

Looking forward to seeing 7*.*kg on the scales soon never to see an 80 number again.

This weeks update workout wise is not great, I have been sick with a bug last few days so not pushing my body but have been eating clean. I have done my marathon training runs but that is about all. I did not want to fall behind on them, I have not done the spin endro class or the 12km power walk this week, so will make sure I smash it again this coming week.

OK that is it for me today, back off to bed. Hope this bug gone soon and I am always stuffed.

oh almost for got I went and got new hair this week, a new me...LOL looks great very Meg Ryan in here early years I think...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Runners High!!!

Just quick update, I did it, after a crap run on Sunday night, that really got me looking into my running and looking at what I do and how I do it, today I got up put on my shoes and clicked my new training program, Bridge to 10K - its the next part from the C25k Team, and I did it, I ran 40 mins, from my place to the freeway along the freeway and halfway to the next exit then turned around a ran back home again, I felt amazing, I was so proud of myself, was on such a high it was like, I could do anything. This was the first day of my half marathon training so was a great start to it.

All my training this week has been completed to plan or extra so AAA+++ for me, hope the scales show good tomorrow, I know I have lost what I put back from last week and a bit more so that's good.

Today's burn was 615 this morning plus about 850 tonight at kickboxing, so my HRM turned off half way in my boxing gloves so going on my friends that was with me who was over 900 and I normally a bit less than her. So 1465 not bad for a work day...LOL I'm pleased with that, but I am more pleased that I am feeling fantastic again.
Back doing what I know works and getting the results from it, I have a goal (well two) and focus for a reason.
1/ To hit 68.3 - 70kg before Melb,  the lower will be 50% gone since I started, but 70 was my original goal, so would be happy with that.
2/ Train for and complete the Perth half marathon in August.

So will update quick tomorrow night with weight in. Looking forward to my next run on Thursday, day off from training tomorrow time for my body to rest and recover.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Its a mind game. Long update.

This week has been great, right in the zone, food great, workouts pushed to next level (tell you more about that in a bit), head in the right place. But what I really want to chat about first is my running and the mind field that is with it, that I never thought about till today.

I have just got home from doing a 5km fun run, and what I don't get is that I know I am getting fitter, and I know I can smash out a killer workout at the gym, come out dripping in sweat (yukky) but feel great, I know I can run 3km or bit more non stop when I train in the mornings, but when I do the fun runs, I am out of breath, around the 1km mark and dieing by the 2km and having to stop for about 30 secs and walk to get my breath back. I can normally do this, but not when I am doing the fun run, don't get me wrong I am getting better every time, but my mind seems to hold me back. I even tried to drop my pace back today, thinking that I was keeping up with the people around me and burning out, but nope. I was not dripping in sweat, so I know I have worked harder in my run training than I did today.
Hubby had an idea that I will try next time he said that maybe I am focusing on it to much and my mind is blocking or tricking me, with every km seeming a lot longer than it is and telling me I cant do it, he said I should try thinking about something else in detail, and just keep running and the meters will past before I know it. So I will try that next time, but until them I will keep training and pushing myself to get better and get fitter.

This photo taken a min or two after I crossed finished line, LOL
On the plus side I did run allot more than I did last 5km run and I knocked 40secs off that time, as I came up to the finish line I seen the count down on the clock and thought no way and I going to be longer and pushed myself to run that bit faster. LOL stubborn cow I am ...
The other thing that has really helped me is a iphone app called runmeter, its great you can link it to facebook and it puts a notice on your profile when you start a run and then your friends and family can leave you messages, so as I am running and feel like I want to stop a message will come though my headphones saying something like "you can do it" or "keep going" and it just give you that extra push I love it, a friend of mine was using it, and I thought it was great so brought it. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants that push.

OK on to this week, I had a total mind change it has been great, food A ok, even found myself asking myself if I really want to eat that, when grabbing for a mindless healthy snack, I have been working so hard, and so focused, that I don't want to eat, just for the sake of eating, I am not talking about my main meals as I know I need to refuel with good healthy food, so that my body can repair and grow, I am talking about the rice crackers, at night when watching a movie, or the skinny cow ice cream, just because I feel like it and It will still fit in my snack allowance, stuff like that. If I ask myself and I still say yes then that is fine because it is in my cal allowance for the day but I am finding that more then not I am saying no.
Even went to Dome with my little girl, the other day for coffee, and she had cake, normally I would of had a spoon full just to taste it but Nope did not want it, working to hard and feeling to good, to blow it.

Yesterday I was 1.1kg off my next goal, and this is where I have been a few times before and blown it and pigged out, not this time, but today I got on the scales again and I have gained 300g, OK told myself its water and was fine with that till about 2 hours later when bad PMT hit, everything was so bad in my head and all I wanted to do was cry, (hate being a women sometimes) was so down all afternoon, but pulled myself out of it about 3, after I got home from the shops and realised that I had not given in I have not binged or eaten chocolate, I was not that fat useless girl my mind was telling me, so I got up and got changed for my fun run and thought bugger this I have been training for this and I can do this, I am not going to let PMT rob me of doing this and trying to hit my next goal of 5km non stop and out the door I went.

OK workouts this week so far have been
Thursday Combat - 555cals
Friday enduro Spin class - 700 cals plus run in afternoon 405 cals = 1105 cals
Saturday 12km power walk - 2hours 1200 cals
Sunday - fun run 5km - 515 cals

not bad I think, up the level a bit...LOL got more booked for next few days as well
Monday 12km bridge walk with 12wbt girls
Tuesday morning run aim 40mins and night 1.5hours kickboxing class
Wed DAY OFF, but might do a light walk after work will see.

Update done. !!!! FEELING GREAT, Looking good and back on track ATM.

Train hard and love where you are today, but still aim for a better tomorrow.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Its not fair... down but not out.

Why is it that one night of merriness can undo all my hard work.... Its just not fair...
Hubby and I had a night out on Friday night and I was good (ish), but
Saturday night was a big red flag night and I knew it, had made plans to work around it
but the night did not go as planned so I got down and just cut loose. ( I know not good)

Well next morning got up and felt like crap, so did nothing all day, got on scales Monday morning to see a gain of 1.6kg, I am cried it was a gain of everything I had lost last week all that hard work and pain for nothing. But I got my Sh*t together and thought, this not good ok, alot will be water retention from all the salt and sugar.
Clean up your act and don't give in. Which I did.

This week I had not done any real training as my calf was still in pain for most of the week, did help lay 75smq of lawn so that was a great work out and was hurting for a few days after that.

But did not give up although, eating clean since Monday and now back down to what I was.
Lesson Learnt........ next big red flag not till 19th March hubby birthday party.

My training for this week,

Today - Combat class
Fri - Spin class and 40 mins run
Sat - Spin Class / or stair run and Kimax boxing
Sun - group 12wbt pain in the park and 5km fun run at night
Monday Bridges to Bridges walk
Tues Run 40mins - Kickboxing 1.5hrs
Wed Rest Day

Start my marathon training program this week which for the first 4/5 weeks is just 40 - 50 mins runs 3 or 4 times a week.  So they will be in with my training plan.

Dreams are hard work, but amazing when you are living them. Keep dreaming of reaching your goal, because you are worth it, every day.