80 Days and Counting!

We’re 20 days in and that makes it time for an all-around update on The Hot 100. Here goes:

Keep running! Man has this improved! My addendum to the initial goal of “be able to run 5-miles straight” has been helping immensely. The commitment to running 10 miles a week has really pushed me to get out there and run! I think the reason I wasn’t progressing very much before is because I wasn’t very consistent with my training.

Last week, I ran 11.91 miles! I went out four times: The 5k at the Zoo, then twice more on my own, and then some “gravy” running with J-Roc.

When I went out on Friday, I had to do 3.4 miles to meet my 10-mile goal for the week. I planned on doing my 3.44-mile route, but I accidentally ran an extra .27 miles – I couldn’t remember the route exactly and did an extra little loop. But since I didn’t know I was running extra, I pushed myself to run the whole thing, since I had previously been able to run “this route.” So basically, I tricked myself into a quarter-mile increase :) That makes my new longest run (without walking) 3.71 miles.

I’m amazed how much I’ve progressed in a short period of time. Consistency is key, my friends! I’m hoping to get up to a solid 4 miles (or more!) during this next 10-day period. Wish me luck!

Lose some more weight. This has improved as well. It’s a little complicated, because I do these updates every 10 days, and I weigh myself every 7, but I’m sure you can follow along. A week ago Friday I was at 177.5. That was bad. I’ve been putzing around for far too long, and the scale reflects that precisely. I’ve been bouncing around between 175.5 and 178.5 since the end of July. Unacceptable.

So, at the 90-Day Update, I recommitted to keeping track of my calories in and calories out, via My Food Diary. I’ve been pretty good about this, and have logged my food and exercise for 8 of the 10 days. Clearly not perfect, but I’m getting there.

It’s worked, too, as I knew it would. This past Friday I was back down to 175.5. I’ll be much happier when I break past that number and the scale stops laughing at me, but if I only compare this week to last, that’s a great number – down 2 pounds.

Even though I’ve been eating good, healthy things, I was getting too many calories for my age, weight and activity level – at least, too many if I want to lose weight. I think I’ve mastered the maintenance thing! Now that I’m logging my calories again, I can better gauge what I’m putting into my body.

Eat out less – cook more. This has been going very well, too! My birthday was in the last 10-day period and we went out to dinner that night, which added an extra restaurant meal to my regular schedule, but it was my birthday. And that’s all I have to say about that.

We’ve been cooking a lot, and healthy meals: Tuna steak marinated in rice vinegar with 7-grain pilaf; Turkey lasagna; Grilled chicken with brown rice and brussel sprouts, etc. Even when I eat out, I’ve been making good choices: Greek salad with the dressing on the side; sushi (mmmm…); chicken & broccoli with brown rice (no crispy noodles!).

I’m pleased with this. I just need to keep it going. That’s going to be tough with 2 sets of out-of-town visitors this week, but I’ve laid out a plan, and as long as everyone respects that (and I can stick to my guns…), I’ll be A-OK!

How are the rest of you doing on your Hot 100 goals? If you’re doing great – Excellent, keep up the good work! If you haven’t set a goal or made any progress toward that goal, there’s no time like the present – Make it a Hot 80!

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  3. South Beach Steve Says:

    What an update! It looks like a great week of successes!
    I agree with you, if someone hasn't started yet, why not make it a Hot 80?

  4. Mary :: A Merry Life Says:

    You sound like you are doing great! WOW! Keep it up! :)

  5. Kimberly Says:

    @Steve – I think I've mentioned how much I love this challenge. Whether I win your delicious peppers or not, I'm glad I jumped in – I'm getting a lot out of it!

    @Mary – This last 10 days was far more successful that the first 10. Hopefully the next 10 will be even better! Thanks for the kudos :)

  6. barry4821 Says:

    I just found your website and looks like you are doing great. I missed the beginning of the last 100 days but hopefully I can pick up here and see it through until the end. I have only eaten out once in the evening this week which is a miracle.

  7. Kat Says:

    It looks like you are doing great on the challenge so far! Looking forward to ending the year strong with you and the others on the Hot 100 challenge!

  8. Kat Says:

    It looks like you are doing great on the challenge so far! Looking forward to ending the year strong with you and the others on the Hot 100 challenge!