Forty Days and Forty Nights

That’s right: Just 40 days left in 2009. Start your Christmas shopping yet?

At the end of another 10-day period, it’s time for another update in The Hot 100. Here goes:

Keep running! Running this last ten days has been either really good, or nonexistent. Let me explain. Last Saturday I ran 5 miles straight – first time ever. It was a huge accomplishment for me. And then, as I often do when I hit a big milestone (no pun intended), I didn’t keep going afterward. So yes, I ran 5 miles last Saturday, and then didn’t run again for the next four days. Why? I could give you all sorts of excuses about traveling and that causing fatigue and longer work hours to make up for time off, but what it really came down to is I didn’t feel like it. I forced myself to get out there again on Thursday, and did 4.5 miles, with only a short walking stint up a massive hill. Then I ran again today, another 5.1 miles (which incidentally, was a fabulous run).

I think I’m back on track, but that 4 days without running really screwed me up. This week I missed 10 miles by .4, but last week I was over 15 miles, so I’m still really happy with how I’m doing with this goal. I plan on running again tomorrow morning, and then once more before the 5-mile Turkey Trot next Thursday, which I am confident I’ll be able to run the entirety of.

Lose some more weight. Sigh. My last weigh-in was not so good. I’ve been eating out a lot again (see next point for more on that) and with a long stretch without a lot of exercise, that really hurt. If my diet is going to be lax for traveling or whatever else, I really need to keep my exercise up. I didn’t do that this past week, and boy did it show. I’m hesitant to even say what the scale read Friday morning, but I will face the disappointment and tell you anyway: 176.5. That’s up three pounds from the week before :/ I know I didn’t eat well this past week, but I didn’t think I was that bad. I’m hoping that some of that was excess water from a high sodium diet the day before, but I’m not counting on it. All I can say is that I’m going to try to make this next week better. Of course, we’re entering Thanksgiving week, and that’s never easy. Wish me luck… I’ll do the same for you!

Eat out less – cook more. This has been absolutely terrible. I ate out a lot when I was visiting my family, and then I came home and was exhausted and in no mood to cook, so we ate out (or had food delivered, rather). Then over the next few days I was completely uninterested in making lunch, and had leftovers from our delivered dinner. Huge failure here this past 10 days. No wonder I didn’t lose any weight. The two really go hand-in-hand. I hereby vow that, with the exception of Tuesday night which is a scheduled dinner out each week, every meal I’m home for this next week I will eat a home-cooked meal. Hopefully, if I can do that and keep up with my running, the number on the scale will come back down.

I’m sick of saying I’ve lost “almost 90 pounds.” I’d really love to be able to say “ninety” already.

5 Responses to “Forty Days and Forty Nights”

  1. Kat Says:

    It is so hard to stay on track when traveling. I am feeling the same way about being down 60 pounds, have been here for two months. I think your goals look really good for next week. It will be helpful to be cooking your own meals. Wishing you luck over the next 10 days!

  2. South Beach Steve Says:

    First of all, it is quite an accomplishment that you ran five miles. I know I have already congratulated you on this, but I am now doing it again. It seems that all too often we tend to let our guard down when we reach a new milestone. This is part of the reason I think people gain weight after they reach their goal.

    As you already know, there is nothing, nothing at all, you can do about last week. You can make this upcoming week the best week you can make it though. I wish you the best with it. You can do it. Look at what you have done so far, there is no reason at all you cannot hit the ball out of the park this week (that softball metaphor is just for you ;-) )

    Make it a great week Kimberly, an absolutely outstanding week!

  3. craigversion2 Says:

    Not only is traveling hard, but this is a rough time of the year on us “dieters”…I had a rough weekend too, in parts (just posted about it!) but am looking towards tomorrow as a new day. That's all we can do.
    Well, that and look at how we are not when we are “bad” compared to how we would have been back before we changed, right? Even at my worst now I'm ten times better than I was before!

  4. Mary Says:

    Christmas shopping? What? Nooooo. Not that already!

    Traveling is hard and this time of year in general is tough. Don't get down on yourself, just make sure the choices you are presently making are good ones!

    Running five miles is great! That sounds like a lot to me. And a good thing. :)

  5. Mary Says:

    Christmas shopping? What? Nooooo. Not that already!

    Traveling is hard and this time of year in general is tough. Don't get down on yourself, just make sure the choices you are presently making are good ones!

    Running five miles is great! That sounds like a lot to me. And a good thing. :)