Friday, February 29, 2008
Weight 1/31- 162
weight 2/29- 158.2 My goal stated last month was to be at 155 by today.
March goal: maintain approximately a pound a week loss and be 154 by 3/31.
If I hadn't added back the calories due to nursing I think I might have made it, so the goal is just readjusted, not failed, in my mind.
Goal- At the gym every work day.
Result- 18/21 days at the gym. Those other three morning were spent snuggling with Cutie on the couch. Worthwhile to me.
March goal- At the gym 21/21 days. It's still a good goal, don't want to cut myself too much slack.
Goal- Track at Sparkpeople 29/29 days. I was 16/16 and then completely stopped after last weekend. When I didn't immediately gain 10 pounds I figured I'm okay without the obsessive tracking. Future goal- track at least three days per week. Enough to keep me on track without being obsessed. It was a bit much for everyone with me running to the computer after every meal.
Goal- Run 3 miles at 6 mph.
Result- Resounding success with 3.1 miles at 6mph on 2/26 and then 3.1 miles at 6.2 and 6.1 on 2/28.
March goals- 4 miles at 6 mph and 3.1 miles under 29 minutes. Endurance and speed goals.
Goal- Strength train 8/8 days scheduled.
Result- Achieved 8 days of strength training, but not always on the scheduled days. This morning the Gravitron (assisted pull-up machine) was set at 60, and I lifted approximately 63% of my body weight in a pull-up. Once. Last month I couldn't even do one at 40%, so it's an improvement, even if it's only a small one.
March goal- Strength train two days a week with short cardio prior.
Overall- the pants are getting too big, I've even had some compliments on the weight loss, I've got more energy and I can REALLY feel the difference between eating well and not. Not that I always manage to eat well, but I'm doing better. I even passed up munckin donuts at a meeting yesterday. This is do-able.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Two hours in the cold at Target was worth it for some Wii boxing, what a blast! You can also see the progress on home transformation #2- the wall coming down between our kitchen and living room. SuperDad and grandpa will be busy this weekend. And next weekend. And the one after that....
The boys are into making up their own yoga poses. I believe this one was calling "sneaking alligator".
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
On a sad note, there will be a memorial service tomorrow for a colleague of mine that lost his battle with cancer. It was incredibly fast, at Thanksgiving time he was still going to the gym five mornings a week with no idea that there was cancer in his brain and bones. Less than three months later his family is mourning his passing. He had two sons, I believe young teens, and he was one of the nicest people that you could ever hope to meet. I didn't know him well, but he will be missed around here.
My next post will include pictures, you haven't seen enough of my children recently.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Thursday was the two year anniversary of the death of my friend Cathy from breast cancer. It was largely her passing away that lead me to start training for my first triathlon, it was sort of an active way to honor her. While she didn't die of leukemia, I wore her name on one of my ribbons during the race with Team In Training. She was a great friend and am blessed to have known her.
This month hasn't exactly lived up to my expectations set out at the beginning of the month. I realized that while my calorie plan was working well for weight loss, it caused my supply of milk for Cutie to pretty much tank. I added back about 300-500 calories a day and the supply bounced right back. However, the weight loss also slowed. Considerably. However, it's my most important job to supply food for her, so if it means weight loss takes a back seat for a while, that's what it means. No big deal in the big picture but it did sort of ding my motivation. The other thing is that I've now missed two gym workouts in the past six work days because Cutie has taken to waking up at 4:30am and going back to sleep some time between 6 and 7am. I decided that my other priority right now is spending that quiet time with my sweet little baby. She's perfectly content to sit with me, in the dark, and just snuggle. I won't get this opportunity again in life, while the treadmills aren't going anywhere. On two other days I made it into the gym later in the day, but those workouts were abbreviated and not as good as I would have liked. Again, that's life. If I don't run my 5k under 30 minutes, what will happen? Nothing. But if I skip the time with her just to get to the gym, I'll be missing some good stuff. She's such a snuggler, I haven't had that in a baby before, it's nice.
Yesterday we beat up our children. Seriously, three rounds of beatings. I got up in the morning, bundled up and headed off to Target where I waited in line to buy a Wii. It's a silly thing, I wanted one, and now we have it. Yesterday afternoon we boxed with the boys and all beat each other up. It was fun. And actually a bit of a workout. I'm looking forward to the Wii fit coming out, we won't buy many games for it but we're enjoying the boxing and bowling.
That's about it from here. Another week, no real goals, I'm just taking whatever comes and going with it. We've got snow to play in, it's all good.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I ran 2.5 miles this morning at 6 mph on the treadmill. I think I could have run 3, I was just running a little late for work after a late night/early morning with Cutie and Hot Wheels. I think next week I'll go for the full 3 miles, or maybe 3.1 to simulate the upcoming 5K. Once I've gone the distance I'll try to increase my speed a little before the event. Still two months to go, I think I'll make that 30 minute time goal. Yesterday morning was a great strength training session, I increased my weight and/or sets on almost every exercise. Except lateral raises, I hate lateral raises. If I ever get above 8 pounds for lateral raises, I'll be impressed with myself.
Sunday afternoon we took the kids out for a walk. Cutie and Superman rode in the double stroller and Hot Wheels rode his bike all around the neighborhood. He's clearly too big for that bike, planning to get a new one for his birthday in April. It's amazing the difference between the fall and now with his riding, he's so much smoother and more confident. A couple times he even let go of the handle bars and I mentioned he probably doesn't want to do that once the training wheels are off. He'll learn, quickly. After the walk the boys and I played tag and chase in the backyard. I'm not really sure the difference between tag and chase, but they are, so we played them both. Then Hot Wheels and I ran some laps around the house. I was carrying Superman for quite a few laps- good workout. It's amazing that I can really feel the difference in being just 10 pounds lighter. I can't imagine how good I'll feel at 20 pounds lighter still, and I'm looking forward to it. The boys are getting big enough that when they're running flat out, I really have to run to keep up. In the fall I was starting to suck wind after a few rounds of tag, Sunday I felt great the whole time. Fun times.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Despite a less than great workout week, the scale was rewarding this week. I'm now down below my pre-pregnancy weight by half a pound. The scale read 157.5 this morning, I was pretty happy with that. At this rate I could reasonably be down to 140 by July, I'm still thinking that 135 might be a little lower than I can get to, I'll have to evaluate again when I get closer. I know it's when, not if- I'll get there.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
You are incredibly adorable at your five and a half months old stage. We would like to encourage all the cuteness you can muster between 5am (although 7am is preferred) and 8pm. However, we are unable to encourage or even condone adorable behavior between the hours of 8pm and 5am, specifically the 2am hour that you have chosen on recent nights. During normal cuteness hours, your own version of peek-a-boo, looking down at your crib mattress and then popping your head up and giggling, would be highly praised and returned. At 2am it will be ignored and met with only the non-interactive back rubbing intended to get you back to sleep, even though it has recently been failing miserably. Please consider going back to the sleep from 8pm to 5am that you tried out once last week, that was an excellent plan. We thank you for your cooperation,
"the management" a.k.a. really tired mom and dad.
In other news I have been positively drunk three days this month without taking a single drink. Food drunkenness and it was ugly. I had a plan that I would only exceed my calorie range three days this month. Yesterday was the fifth of the month and the third day over my calories. Sunday it was potato chips, yesterday it was french toast sticks. We try to feed the kids well, but there are a few convenience foods that we allow for those rushed mornings when a fast and portable breakfast is a necessity. Last night for dessert, Hot Wheels wanted a couple french toast sticks so we opened the bag. I proceeded to eat EIGHT over the course of the evening. They are my kryptonite (along with apple and key lime pie), I like them frozen or warm, any way I can get them. That's over 800 calories in pure crap. I felt it, too. The food induced insomnia coupled with Cutie night time fun meant I didn't even make it to the gym this morning. The past two mornings have been nothing workouts, too. I've gotten in late, thanks again to Cutie and the boys not sleeping, and put in a really half-assed effort when I was there. Won't be seeing 159.5 on the scale this week, I'm just hoping it won't be up TOO much for Sunday weigh-in.
Alright, enough whining, tomorrow's another day and I WILL be at the gym at 5:30am and get in a good workout. Twenty-three days left in the month to make it a good one.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Friday morning I ran 9 minutes at 9:11 pace and finished up with one more minute at 8:30 pace. It felt great and then I headed off to circuit class for a 40 minute butt kicking. Tomorrow I'm planning for 2.2 miles at 6 mph. That's 10% more time/distance than last time.
Here's the latest picture of Cutie. Not that you asked, but you know you want to see her.