Nearing the End! – Hot 100 Update

Incredibly, there are only 20 days left in 2009. Exactly 2 weeks until Christmas – and I’ve yet to begin holiday shopping (eek!), but that’s not really relevant here…

What is relevant is my progress on the goals I set forth to meet 80 days ago when The Hot 100 Challenge began. Here goes nothing!

Keep running! All of my running the last few months has been building up to the 10k race I ran last week, which was a huge success. I was able to run the full 6.2 miles without walking at all! Unfortunately, I haven’t run again since that race. It’s been f-f-f-freezing outside, plus I’ve been working on a home improvement project that has both kept me busy and made me sore. I know these are lame excuses, but I have to say, that I’ve enjoyed the break.

I’m the kind of person who needs something to train for; running  for the sake of running seems silly to me. To that end, I have officially decided that I will run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon* on May 2, 2010. Now there’s something to train for! I plan to get start back up in the next week or so, but for now, I’m ok with a brief intermission.

Lose some more weight. Eleven days ago, I weighed 178. This was the tragic result of poor decision-making over the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m pleased to report that this morning, I was down to 173. Not only have I undone the damage done by my turkey day indiscretions, but this is a new lowest weight for me. I’m now down 89 pounds.

My initial goal in The Hot 100 was to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year. Clearly, that’s not happening. But rather than get down about that fact and say ‘screw it – what’s the point in trying?’ I’m still going full-steam ahead. So what if I won’t meet that goal by an arbitrary date? I will meet it – it’ll just take a little longer, that’s all. And being down 89 pounds feels pretty darn good for the time being.

Eat out less – cook more. This one’s been pretty good. I haven’t been as iron-fisted about not eating out as much, but I think that’s because it’s become more natural to prepare my own meals. I just don’t want to eat out 6 or 7 times a week. I’m finding new foods that I enjoy – and new ways to prepare them.

I find that it’s much easier to keep up with this when the house is stocked with groceries, and currently, I am one Mother Hubbard. This weekend’s activities will have to include a trip to the supermarket to remedy this situation.

Twenty days left!

*who wants to join me?

8 Responses to “Nearing the End! – Hot 100 Update”

  1. findingradiance Says:

    Great job on your goals! It's okay if you don't make all 20 pounds by the end of the year. Don't lose sight of what you *have* lost!

  2. bodybypizza Says:

    I'm in. I am going to train for and run the Willow Tree Half-Marathon on May 2nd. HOWEVER. I'm kind of pissed that they do not 'allow' headphones. It's like…'Let me get this straight… you want me to run for like THREE HOURS WITH NO MUSIC?' Or does that only apply to people who are trying to win medals? Fuck.

  3. Kat Says:

    I think you are doing great! Congratulations on your new lowest low! That is wonderful. I am still working to get back to my low from last year. I am getting closer…

  4. South Beach Steve Says:

    Kimberly, you are really doing outstanding. Your thoughts about the 20 pounds go right along with some post ideas I have for the next week or so. It really isn't that relevant whether you have lost the 20 or not. What matters is that you have kept on the road to success.

    I cannot brag on you enough for your recent run. I need you to kick my tail in gear when the weather gets warmer.

    Great work all around Kimberly. Keep it up!

  5. Kimberly Says:

    Yay!

    That's so weird – and annoying – that your race doesn't allow headphones. Most races just say that headphone use is 'discouraged'; that's what mine says. If it were me, I would bring mine anyway and check out everyone else prior to the race. My guess is you'll see lots of ipods, in which case, use 'em! And if no one else seems to have headphones you can always throw them back in the car. Better safe than sorry!

    I'm glad you'll be doing this too… and on the same day!

  6. Kimberly Says:

    Oh Steve, you can bet I'll be pestering you to start running in the Spring. In fact, I'm taking this comment as permission to do so.

  7. Kimberly Says:

    Yay!

    That's so weird – and annoying – that your race doesn't allow headphones. Most races just say that headphone use is 'discouraged'; that's what mine says. If it were me, I would bring mine anyway and check out everyone else prior to the race. My guess is you'll see lots of ipods, in which case, use 'em! And if no one else seems to have headphones you can always throw them back in the car. Better safe than sorry!

    I'm glad you'll be doing this too… and on the same day!

  8. Kimberly Says:

    Oh Steve, you can bet I'll be pestering you to start running in the Spring. In fact, I'm taking this comment as permission to do so.