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Weigh In (Quick Post)

Don’t worry, I’m still here! I just don’t have a lot of words that seem blog-worthy.

I weighed in on Saturday morning at my mom’s house. So, I was on an unfamiliar scale, but it said 179.0, so I’m booking it as a .7 pound loss. I ate all but one weekly and activity point last week.

Today Aaron and I took a 12.5 mile bike ride, that happened to include two breweries for stops, but that’s part of infusing what you love into an active lifestyle, right?

I’m a little behind on the 5K Runner schedule, but I’m still plugging along.

That’s all for now, here’s to a good week.

Weigh In & Reflecting on My Snacking Problem

After seriously rethinking my commitment to weight loss last weekend, I set my Weight Watchers trackers to reset on Saturday so I could get going with a fresh start right away. So, Saturday is no my weigh in day. Last weekend when I stepped on the scale (after a night of beer and cheese curds and pizza), I weighed 180.9 pounds. Yikes. This morning (after another night of pizza, but we’ll get into that later), I weighted 179.7. So, no matter how I feel about my eating this last week, I lost 1.2 pounds, so I will consider the week a success.

I think the only thing that made it successful was my activity. I set a goal to be active for at least 30 minutes every day. I met that goal 5/7 days. Not terrible, but not perfect. I had a total of 215 minutes of activity, so I did manage to average 30 minutes per day. I haven’t completed Day 3 of Week 1 of 5K Runner, so I’ll need to do that tomorrow (although I suppose I could still go out in the dark tonight, but that is highly unlikely).

I’m actually pretty happy with my activity this week. It’s not where I want it to be eventually, but it is a good start. My eating, on the other hand, was not really all that great. I tracked 6/7 days last week, and ended the week somewhere along the lines of 65 points in the hole (after burning through all my weekly points and activity points). Looking back through my food log, the overages can be attributed to:

  • Saturday, when I didn’t plan out any of my meals and ate 2/3 meals out
  • Sunday: unplanned snack of pita chips (2 servings)
  • Monday: unplanned snack of cheese curds (2 servings)
  • Tuesday: unplanned snack of cheese curds (10 servings – yes, 10)
  • Wednesday: unplanned snack of cookies and milk
  • Thursday: unplanned snack of cookies and milk
  • Friday: mindless eating while working from home, delivery pizza for dinner instead of homemade

Wow, looking back on it, I “screwed up” every single day. It’s clear that the unplanned snack is my downfall. Without them, the dinners out on Saturday and the delivery pizza on Friday would have fit into my weekly point allowance. It seems like I just can’t keep food in the house that isn’t on my meal plan (which isn’t all that great, because Aaron isn’t on the same meal plan as I am). I need to figure out a way to control this behavior. If anyone has any advice, I’d be happy to hear it.

Today was a good day. Although I didn’t have my meals (other than breakfast) planned, I was mindful as I went along. I had my standard oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast, and I added a banana because I was out of milk. Immediately after breakfast I went to campus so I could start working on my data analysis for my dissertation, but I packed a lunch from Thursday’s leftovers – chicken breast, quinoa, peppers & zucchini, and spinach. I also brought an orange, apple, and string cheese for a snack. When it came time to talk dinner, I suggested Indian (Aaron’s favorite restaurant near our house), and scanned the menu for options that wouldn’t blow my points budget. I settled on papadum, a cup of rasam soup, and the tandoori sampler platter (grilled chicken, lamb sausage, and shrimp). I actually snuck my food scale into my purse and weighed out my meat portions at the restaurant so I know exactly how many points I consumed. I still had points leftover, so after dinner we went to the gelato shop where I ordered sorbet. My total point count for the day was 29, which is completely acceptable (my daily target is 27).

Tomorrow I need to get a run in, maybe take a nice walk or bike ride with Aaron, and then focus on grocery shopping and meal planning so I have good choices to get me through the week. An out-of-town coworker is visiting, so I have two lunches and one dinner out planned, AND another coworker has warned me that he will be bringing something chocolatey to a meeting to celebrate an application release we just deployed. If I am mindful, I can work these things into my week. I just need to plan, and somehow stop myself from indulging in unplanned snacks.

One Year Ago

April 18, 2014: Aaron and I went out to dinner with my parents at Braise, a delicious farm to table restaurant in Milwaukee. I can’t look far back enough to see if I tracked my points, but I weighed 174.8 pounds. I was just a few weeks away from running a half marathon.

What A Difference A Year Makes

This time last year, I was in the midst of half marathon training. I was in Reno on a business trip, and I ran a 10K on a nice river path with a personal best time for me (and realized after that a race was happening and I could have signed up and gotten a medal for my run).

A full year before that, I had yet to run a mile. I didn’t go on runs. Exercise was walking.

This year, I’m not proud of my current state of health and fitness. I’m up 7 pounds from where I was in half marathon training (although I’m down 20 pounds from where I was the year before). It has been a month since my last run, and another month since the last run before that. If I’m honest with myself, I’ve been eating like complete shit for at least three months. I got a good fitness streak going in January and February, attending twice-weekly BodyPump classes at the YMCA, checking out spinning and other activities … but then I just stopped.

On the other hand, I’ve made tremendous progress on my dissertation compared to a year ago (I successfully made it through proposal and am in the midst of collecting data), and I have every indication that I will be Dr. Liz in less than 6 months. This is incredibly awesome and can’t be ignored. And although I have used it as an excuse (because there seems to be an inverse correlation between my academic progress and my health & fitness), I don’t think this progress had to occur at the expense of my health and fitness goals.

I’m also back on Weight Watchers, and trying to get motivated to actually work the program. Remember when I quit in a blaze of glory? Well, that’s also about the time I quit losing weight. Rereading that post now, I was blaming the program for some of my own failings. When I was not eating enough calories in a day but still at reasonable point target, I could have upped my calories by eating more fruits and vegetables (which don’t have point values on the Weight Watchers system). The day I reveled in eating 2,000 calories and scoffed at the equivalent Weight Watchers points, I didn’t factor in what I would have gained with Activity Points. I still believe that it is very possible for someone to use the Weight Watchers program as a tool for completely unsustainable weight loss. But I also think that with the right mindset, it can also be used to lose weight sustainably. The way diets are structured and exercise is done is up to the individual. I need to make better choices.

Where I Am Now

I currently weigh 180 pounds. This is 12 pounds heavier than my lowest weight while doing Weight Watchers. My goal remains the same: 135 pounds. So, I have 45 pounds to lose. Basically, what I’ve already done (which took two years and was a major accomplishment) needs to be done again.

I’m not regularly active, which is not helping. I want to be active at least 30 minutes per day. This really shouldn’t be hard. Worst-case scenario, if I can’t get outside I would throw on a podcast and walk around in circles in my house (or do the torturous 30-day shred again).

My eating is majorly inconsistent. I’m not cooking a much as I could/should, and when I go out I’ve been making some pretty terrible choices. I know better.

How I Will Get Where I Need To Be

I have the luxury of having a 5-day weekend this week. I scheduled a Monday – Wednesday “staycation” because I knew I needed a break from the daily grind. I’m going to use this time to hit the reset button and prepare myself for success. Today (Saturday) and tomorrow morning are largely dedicated to my academic goals, and Sunday afternoon – Wednesday will largely be dedicated to my health and fitness goals. I’ll get out for long walks (the weather is supposed to be gorgeous), restart my 5K running program, and take a long, hard look at my eating habits, get some meals planned, and think about sustainable routines that will support my healthy habits.

I need to recognize I can’t do this alone. While I’m still not a fan of Weight Watchers meetings (they tend to support some pretty disordered thinking), I need to seek support from others. This blog helps, and I hope to write more regularly here, if only to force myself to reflect on my habits and progress. My husband is also instrumental. I need to prioritize activities we can do together that are supportive of healthy habits, rather than detrimental. We love food and beer/wine, but my newfound love of spending ours at the local beer & burger joint (great craft beer selection!) probably needs to be examined. Perhaps he can still enjoy his beer, while I enjoy the time together and some seltzer water, or something. But we can also hike, walk, and try other activities. We’ve been talking about getting bikes for at last a year … maybe this is the year we’ll do that.

A big factor in whether or not I’m successful, in my opinion, is how I choose to spend my time between the end of the workday and the time my head hits the pillow at night. When I was successfully losing weight, I used this time to cook a healthy dinner, go for a run, and prepare my breakfast/lunch for the next day. I generally sat down on the couch only around 9:00 p.m. to do a little blogging and catch up on happenings from friends. Lately, I’m on the couch almost this entire time – up to 5 hours per night! I’m thinking about doing something drastic, like not allowing myself to sit on the couch until 8:00 or 9:00. We’ll see how that goes.

Now That That’s Off My Chest

I know I’m not the only person that has struggled with weight loss. Honestly, I’m incredibly thankful that I haven’t allowed myself to gain everything back (although I’ve gained back just over 20% of what I lost). Our society make it very easy to justify an unhealthy lifestyle. But a mindset change also exposes all of the supportive aspects of the same society – races and active community events, locally grown delicious, healthy meats and vegetables, and awesome healthy recipe and fitness blogs. I’m looking forward to continuing this journey to health and fitness after taking a brief detour. And I’d like to encourage anyone else that is struggling to get back on the bus with me.

So Much For Maintenance

I’ve fallen off the wagon. Actually, I think the wagon might be in West Virginia, where I was the last time I was on it. While searching for the wagon, I’ve managed to find five pounds. Ugh.

The plan was to take a break from calorie restrictions, while working weight lifting into my fitness routine. But, I only completed the first week of weight workouts and then proceeded to do nothing in terms of fitness for a month. I followed my 2,000 calorie diet about 80% of the time for approximately two weeks, and then for some reason I started eating like crap. I was eating crap I hadn’t had in any significant quantity in months … grilled cheese, hot dogs, pizza, crab rangoons, fried rice (I know how to make healthy choices at the Chinese restaurant, dammit!). Ben and Jerry’s came into the house twice in a month.

I thought today was completely lost, but according to My Fitness Pal, it’s not. I had a good breakfast, a terrible lunch, terrible snacks, but can salvage it with a healthy dinner (that will actually taste good).

I’ve gotta get back on track. I believe the fatal flaw here was twofold – my mindset (I was thinking “Yay, I’m free!” rather than “Let’s move forward cautiously”) and my commitment (I very often chose to sit on my ass rather than engaging in any type of fitness).

All is not lost. This is a minor setback that can be corrected before the New Year. But, I’m disappointed in myself. My second Stitch Fix came today and my stylist nailed it, but half of the pieces are just a bit too tight. I love them, and I’m tempted to buy them all just so I have a tangible goal to reach.

So, it’s back to planning for a daily 300 calorie deficit, tracking (EVERYTHING), and—most importantly—consciously thinking about why I’m doing this. To live a longer, healthier, more fulfilling life. To wear clothes I can buy off the rack (or have shipped to my door). To participate in adventurous travel experiences. And to treat my body the way it deserves to be treated.

My “break” from weight loss did not go as expected. But I can learn from this, and move forward. Starting now, as I walk into the kitchen and assemble my pre-tracked meal that fits within my daily calories. And then I’ll plan the next week of meals, and by golly, I’ll eat them. Because I deserve it.

Second Verse, Same As The First

Remember in May, when I struggled with losing the same pound for well over a month? The good news is I’m down about 5 pounds from then. The bad news is I’ve been struggling with a new pound of doom for the last month. My weigh ins for the last five weeks have been 168, 169.1, 169.3, 168.2, and 169.5.

But this time, I’m not complaining. I haven’t really been exercising. I haven’t really been eating well most of the time (today was TERRIBLE). But, I think my overall life habits have changed enough in the last two years, that I can maintain my weight without too much trouble. I’m thankful for this, but I’d still like to lose about 30 pounds. I don’t care if it takes two years, though.

Remember, also, when I complained because I didn’t have any clothes that fit? That’s still an issue, but I’m doing something about it. I signed up for Stitch Fix (that’s my referral link—sign up with it and I get a credit). It’s an online styling/personal shopping service that sends you 5 pieces of clothing/accessories to evaluate. You can get a box as often as every 2-3 weeks, or as infrequently as you like (on a regular schedule, or on demand). I hate, hate, HATE shopping, and my husband suggest I do it. I’m going to assume he wanted me to get a nice new wardrobe in a new size, rather than assuming he was trying to insult my complete lack of style.

It will be a month before I get my first package, but that’s fine because I’m going on vacation next weekend! I won’t be posting here, but you can follow along on my travel blog to see what I’m up to. Plans include a lot of active touring, including hikes and bike rides. I’ll need to do that to keep the unlimited food and drink in check.

The weight bench and running shoes will be waiting for me when I get back. As the weather cools, I need to get back on the fitness train. I’m a little weird, in that I tend to do pretty well with weight loss in November and December. Hopefully I can continue that habit this year.

Tools For Weight Loss Success: Minimize Decision Making

I’m writing a weight loss success post with the fact that I gained 1.1 pounds this week at the top of my mind. I can tell you exactly why that happened. I let myself make too many decisions.

I didn’t plan my meals in advance.

Not a single one. I grabbed whatever was in the fridge (which wasn’t much, since I hadn’t gone grocery shopping). Dinner included beef hot sticks or a cheese plate multiple nights. Not exactly low-point choices. Lunch came from the work cafeteria more often than not. Every time I was hungry, I had to decide what I wanted to eat. I can’t leave those decisions to chance when I’m trying to lose weight. This week, every single meal has been planned out in advance.

I gave in to temptation.

When I was stressed, I ate way too many of the Dove Promises that my boss had given me, which had happily hid out in my desk drawer for the last 6 weeks. I never should have left them there, forcing me to make a decision whether or not to eat them every single time I got to my desk. They should have immediately gone into the department candy cabinet, which is two floors away from me.

While working at home, I ate three sweet & salty peanut bars in one afternoon. That is terrible. Avoid these things like the plague; they’re crack disguised as a granola bar.

When attending a cookout, I didn’t think about what I would eat ahead of time. I tried every single dessert. I had two beers, and two glasses of wine. I went out for late-night Pho after the cookout. That evening alone, I probably consumed at least 50 points. Ugh.

I probably made these decisions because I hadn’t been fueling my body with filling, healthy food. It was easy to go for the high sugar, high fat choices when I wasn’t eating correctly.

In order to be successful at weight loss, I need to make as few day-to-day decisions as possible.

Woman being wound up like a toy
Sometimes you just need to put yourself on auto pilot.

I once attended a Weight Watchers meeting that said we make at least 200 food-related decisions every day (although we may only be conscious of 10-15 of them). Every time I need to decide what to eat, my reptilian brain is telling me to eat salt, sugar, and fat. My logical brain knows better—that I need protein, fruits & vegetables, and whole grains. By removing the decision point from each moment and putting myself on auto-pilot, I’m much more likely to be successful. Here’s what this looks like when I’m firing on all cylinders:

  • I plan and pre-track a week’s worth of meals on the weekend.
  • I prepare as much food as possible during the weekend for the week ahead.
  • I grocery shop, with a list based on my planned meals.
  • I don’t keep snacks in the house that I’d regret choosing to eat.
  • I bring a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack to work with me (what I pre-tracked).
  • I have a pre–determined fitness schedule and stick to it (this hasn’t happened in a while, but I was extremely successful when I was doing this).
  • I include special events in my weekly planning, and plan to enjoy myself while staying within my weekly points.

Even with all of this preparation to minimize decisions, I still find myself making food choices every single day. Yesterday, in the afternoon, I really wanted chocolate even though I had my planned yogurt snack at work. I bought the chocolate … and then later ate the yogurt snack. I adjusted my dinner points to somewhat accommodate the chocolate, and dipped into my weekly points a bit. It’s ok if I cave into a decision like that once a week or so, but make it a daily habit and I’ll see my success stop very quickly. Today was better. I wanted chocolate, but stuck to my plan.

Do you have any tips to put yourself on auto pilot and avoid making daily decisions related to food? Please share in the comments.

I’ve Run Once This Month

The number of posts on my blog this month is strongly correlated with the number of runs I’ve completed. It’s not a 1:1 correlation, but it’s close.

Yup, I’ve run exactly one time this month. But, there are still 2 days and 6 hours to get that number higher. Maybe I’ll run tonight just to bump it up.

Last week, Mom was visiting and I jumped out of bed around 6:15 a.m. and informed her that we were going for a walk. You see, I run at approximately the pace my mom walks … because Mom is a bad ass. I told her we were going to climb “Mount Oconomowoc,” which is a hill just under a mile from my house.

July 23 Pace & Elevation

Turns out, this “mountain” only has an elevation gain of 130 feet. However, a year ago I couldn’t walk to the top of it without stopping to rest. Now, I walked at a brisk pace after running for a mile.

This was my first run in a month because I’ve been in a love/hate relationship with summer, so I was at my super slow pace—about 15:00 per mile. I’m not concerned about my speed. I’m just happy that I was able to get out and be active with my mom. I even let her be in my post-run selfie.

July 23 Run Photo

Weigh In

It’s Tuesday, and that means weigh in day! I was very happy to see 168 on the scale this morning, which is down 3.5 pounds from last week. My weight has been all over the place this month, but I have a net loss of 2.2 pounds for July—right in line with my .4 pounds per week average. For only getting in one run, that’s pretty darn good. I highly doubt I’m going to meet my goal/dream of being 160 before we go on vacation (in 39 days!) But I can probably get to 165.

Weight Training

After running my half marathon in May, I announced that I wanted to start weight lifting. The only problem was that I didn’t have any weights, or a gym membership. Well, lucky for me one of our neighbors is moving across the country and needs to get rid of their weight bench. In 30 minutes I’m headed over to their house to check it out, but based on the pictures I’ve seen I’m 95% sure I’ll be purchasing it. It’s a bench, bar, weights (up to 45 pounds) and a bunch of rubber flooring tiles. I’m looking forward to digging back into The New Rules of Lifting for Women and actually getting started on the training plan. I know that it’s important to build muscle while losing fat, but I haven’t been doing a very good job at it lately. I’m not sure what effect it will have on the scale, but I don’t really care. More muscle means I burn more calories, which means I can eat more food. And I’m all about eating every possible calorie I can.

 

Oh, and while I’ve been neglecting this blog, I’ve started another one. Check out The Gross Travel Chronicles if you’re interested in reading about all the fun places my husband and I go. I’m currently summarizing our travel for the last three years, and hopefully I’ll be live-blogging from Europe in September.

I’ve Lost 50 Pounds!

It’s Tuesday, and that means weigh in day. Today was a big one. I have officially lost 50 pounds!

Stephen Colbert dancing
Success!

I didn’t do that dance, but I sort of wish I did.

During the summer of 2012, I distinctly remember weighing 220 pounds. I played around with MyFitnessPal and tried to run a couple of times, and was down to 210 when I signed up for Weight Watchers on Thanksgiving Eve 2012. Two years later, I weighed in at 169.8 pounds. I’ve lost 22.7% of my body weight. I’m more than half-way to my goal. And I’ve done it without eating “diet food” or doing any crazy workout routine.

I am super proud of myself. I should probably write a really reflective post about this, but not today. Today I’m just happy. I’m seven pounds away from the lowest I’ve ever weighed as an adult. I hiked almost six miles last weekend without wanting to die. I don’t get winded on stairs any more. My allergies have even been better. Life is good right now. In two months I’ll be hiking and biking the Danube River, and loving every second of it.

2011 & 2014 photo

Weekend Recap & Weigh-In

I’m sitting here eating a bowl (4 oz) of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt with 1 T of freshly made strawberry jam, trying to will myself into believing it tastes like the custard in the freezer.

It’s not that far off, actually. And the jam is delicious.

Next to me is a big bunch of grapes, because I’ve decided I can eat as many of them as I want tonight, as long as I don’t eat the custard.

Ah, the games we must play to resist the allure of salt, sugar, and fat. But this is supposed to be a weekend recap.

All things considered, I had a great weekend, weight-loss-wise. There was one minor setback, which thankfully did not show up on the scale.

Friday

On Friday, I worked from home. And thanks to being super busy with work, I didn’t have time to eat my way through the pantry. I also was able to squeeze a lunch run in. I thought that if it was less than 70 degrees, 92% humidity wouldn’t feel too bad. WRONG! I cut the run short at a little over 2 miles … but I got out there.

June 20 Run Photo

Then I went to visit my parents. Mom and Dad cooked a healthy meal.

June 20 DinnerAfterwards I took my mom to the Cherry Berry (her first fro-yo experience). We both diligently weighed our yogurt prior to adding toppings to make sure we had a 4 oz serving, and then only used fresh fruit. We had a tasty treat for 3 PPV. Here’s what Friday looked like:

Breakfast: Apple with 22g almond butter, string cheese
Snack: Carrots with black bean dip
Lunch: Green salad topped with roasted beets & 1 oz goat cheese, pumpernickel toast with butter
Snack: Grapes
Dinner: 3 oz beef (shishkabob), lots of roasted veggies, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 cup skim milk
Snack: 4 oz frozen yogurt with fresh fruit

PointsPlus: 28
Activity Points: 5

Saturday

Saturday had the start of another great day. I had a healthy breakfast, avoided all but one tiny cheese sample at the farmers market, and got some activity in. My mom got a bike last year, and I haven’t ridden one in over a decade. I wanted to see if I still enjoyed it, so I took hers for a spin. I covered 4.75 miles in just under 30 minutes, and had a blast. I’ll now be searching for a bike on Craigslist.

June 21 Bike Photo

Then I made a healthy lunch, and headed out to meet up with some classmates to work on our dissertations. That’s where the derailment happened. I was working on the construction of my survey instrument, and realized I didn’t know the appropriate statistics to use to answer my research question using the types of data I’d be collecting. This is a big deal. To cope, I ate a bag of Gardetto’s and a Twix bar. Then, I put my head down and figured out that I need to do a crosstab analysis and use a nonparametric analysis of variance. I’m sure this is all very exciting for most of you 🙂

After almost 5 solid hours of work, we convened at a local restaurant. This was a planned splurge, so I felt good about my delicious meal. I had a Mezcal margarita, meat and cheese board (shared), asparagus summer salad, and a couple bites of a goat cheese cheesecake that I shared with my friends.

Meat & Cheese Board

Goat Cheese Cheesecake

If that was the end of the splurge, I would have been fine. But we adjourned to a friend’s house and she put out snacks. And I just kept eating them. For no reason. Cheetos Puffs (which seriously tasted like styrofoam, but I kept eating them), peanut M&M’s, Jr Mints. I’m not going to break it down, but I’m fairly certain I ate at least 96 points on Saturday. Might as well call it an even 100. And I earned 2 activity points.

Sunday

Woke up and had breakfast with my brother and nephews. Scrambled eggs, 2 slices of bacon, and a heaping portion of fruit salad, with a glass of skim milk. After teaching the boys all about the herbs growing on Grandma’s porch, mom and I headed out for strawberry picking. We picked 52 pounds of strawberries!

52 pounds of strawberriesWe picked until about 1:30, and then I had to head home. I was very proud of myself because I chose to get a 6-inch ham sandwich (no cheese) from Subway, instead of a burger and fries.

I got home and got to work on the strawberries. Dinner was a grilled cheese sandwich and a salad topped with strawberries (of course), goat cheese, walnuts, and balsamic dressing. After processing all these strawberries (they’re frozen, jammed, dehydrated, and soon to be turned into fruit leather), I also had a bowl of custard (maybe a cup) topped with strawberries. I didn’t weigh or track anything on Sunday. I’m guessing it was about a 45-50 point day. I was on my feet a lot of the time, but didn’t track the activity.

Monday

Although not technically the weekend, it seems to fit here. I had a normal 6-point breakfast of scrambled eggs and asparagus with cheese. Lunch was leftover quinoa and sauteed greens with fruit salad (probably about 10 points). Dinner was two types of pizza – asparagus & garlic scape and strawberry/basil/goat cheese. Didn’t figure out the points for these, but I’m guessing around 15. But … the custard bug hit me in the afternoon. Probably close to 15 points worth. Probably another 45-50 point day. I really need to weight and track.

Tuesday’s Weigh In

Weight Loss Ping Pong

Down 2.4 pounds! I’ll thank my lucky stars. Notice the ping-pong pattern of the last few weeks. It’s not doing anything to get me closer to my goal. I need to be on the ball this week, especially considering that I have another nice meal (with coworkers, this time) on Saturday, and I’ll be eating out Saturday – Wednesday because I’m traveling for work.

I’ve finished eating for the day (except for the 0 PPV bowl of grapes serving as my custard insurance plan), and I’m at 31 PPV. Not bad. No activity, though. There’s still time to rectify that if I get off my butt.

Update: I walked for an hour! 5 Activity Points 🙂

Humid Hump Day Run

I told myself I was going to wake up early today and run before it got hot and humid outside. But Mother Nature sent us severe thunderstorms overnight and through the morning, so I decided before going to bed last night that I’d skip it.  I didn’t want to be a slacker, though so I went out right after dinner. It was about 73 degrees and 83% humidity. The sun was still shining bright. I set out for a 5K, determined to go slow. And I remembered to take my water.

The first mile was alright (turns out, it was my fastest, even though I felt like I was crawling). The second mile was going ok, but I had to stop to let a car go through an intersection, and I swear that stole my mojo. I took a couple short walk breaks after that. At the 2.5 mile mark, I was mostly in the shade, and started giving myself mini goals to hit. At 2.8, I knew I could run the rest of the way. There was definitely not a sprint to the finish line, but I stuck it out. And I felt like this:

June 18 Run PhotoI’ll be pretty excited if I can run a 43:24 5K (14:00 pace) in August . So maybe that’s my goal. And then perhaps I can shoot for a 38:53 (12:30 pace) at the Run Into The New Year. Yes, I’m already thinking about winter races. If registration opened today for the GLM Winter Race Series, I’d sign up for entire thing and dream of 10 degree weather. I can deal with snow and ice, I guess.

Here are the rest of today’s run stats.

June 18 Pace Chart

June 18 Splits

Weekly Weigh In

It’s not good, folks. I weighed in yesterday morning, and I gained back every single ounce I lost the week prior. This isn’t a surprise. I had way too much of things like this:

Occupaws Guide Dog Graduation Cake

and not enough of things like this:

Asparagus OmeletteThere were days I didn’t track, and I could have gotten more activity in, and I got addicted to garlic sea salt sourdough and sweet & salty peanut butter bars. I’m not acted like a person that is committed to weight loss, which is unfortunate because I’m only half way there. And I ate three of those stupid peanut butter bars today. Stay away from them. They are the devil (and they taste so good).

I haven’t been successfully planning my meals. Either I don’t plan them at all, or I plan them and eat something different just because I feel like it. Like tonight, I was supposed to have a roasted beet salad with a slice of pumpernickel bread for dinner. Instead, I had a pumpernickel grilled cheese sandwich and one of the devil bars. Get it together, Liz…