Ten! – Hot 100 Update

There are ten days left in the year. Ten of the hardest days all year to keep up a healthy lifestyle. In the last few days, though, I’ve been feeling rejuvenated so I’m looking forward to really ending 2009 with a bang, as was the idea.

And now, an update.

Keep running! Following my 10k earlier this month, I took a break from running. It wasn’t intentional: It started out as recovery, then I endeavored in some home repairs which took up a lot of time and created some serious body aches, then I was simply out of the habit. It’s also tough to be motivated when 1 – you’re not training for anything in particular and 2 – there are only a few hours of daylight each day, and those are the hours spent working. Plus, it’s cold.

That being said, I’m happy to say that my break is over. I hit the treadmill at the gym yesterday and busted out a 5k. The first mile, like always, was the toughest, but then my body stopped protesting and it came easier. It was just boring. I need to figure out some way to keep my mind engaged while running on a treadmill, because I usually want to set myself on fire after 20 minutes. If anyone has any suggestions in this regard, I’m listening. It felt good, though. And even though it wasn’t that far, it was the first time I’d run in about 2 weeks (I know – fail.) and I was able to do it without too much difficulty. That made me feel better because I had found myself in this terrible loop of self-doubt: It’s been a while since I’ve run – what if I can’t run nearly as far as before? Maybe I’ll give it a try tomorrow… and then of course, it was even longer since I had run. It’s all good though: I haven’t lost it, and I’m back on track!

Lose some more weight. I have no idea where I am with this. I don’t know what I was doing Friday morning, but it wasn’t weighing myself. Hopefully it’s still on the lower end of the 170s, but my motivation levels were down in the past few weeks, so I’m sure it’s not lower than my low. We’ll see come this Friday. I’d really like to be down 90 pounds by January 1. I think I can do it.

Eat out less – cook more. My husband and I are really having some fun with this. It is far easier to cook when you have the ingredients, so I’ve taken to going grocery shopping more frequently. It actually works out pretty well, since my grocery store is directly across the street from my gym. Go to gym – buy food for dinner – cook and eat healthy (and delicious!) meal. Works out nicely.

Hopefully things stay on this path up. I’ve refound the motivation and I’m actually excited again about working out and eating right. Of course, Christmas is later this week, which will include a visit with the family… The family with lots of great bakers. It’ll be a challenge, but I’m up for it.

3 Responses to “Ten! – Hot 100 Update”

  1. Kat Says:

    Good for you with the running and the cooking! You are doing great.
    I watch tv or listen to my ipod when I do longer distances on the elliptical machine. Sending you good wishes for a strong 10 days! It is hard to believe we are on the last 10 days…

  2. South Beach Steve Says:

    Kimberly, I consider this a great update. Even though you haven't been running like you want to lately, you have restarted now. Now lets make this next ten days stellar!

    I wish I had some advice for you on the treadmill (or dreadmill as I like to refer to it). I totally understand thinking you would be better off just setting yourself on fire while running on it. I feel the same. I will be looking to see if you get some good suggestions on this, as I use one when I travel.

  3. Stephanie Says:

    I am sure there are going to be many New Year's resolutions around these very topics…
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