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Fifty Nifty!

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

A lot has happened in my life over the last month – good things, like deciding to buy a new house and sell our current house, and my daughter’s first birthday – but things that have made staying on track with my goals not only difficult, but seemingly unimportant. I haven’t made it a priority to cook the majority of my meals, or run, or blog. Instead, I spent my time cleaning (soooo much cleaning), driving around aimlessly while strangers traipsed through our house deciding if they wanted to buy it, dealing with paperwork (soooo much paperwork), planning a birthday party, hosting out-of-town visitors, etc.

Amazingly, even though I’ve eaten out a lot (though NO fast food!), I haven’t run in weeks (until last night!), and I haven’t blogged since September 30, my weight is still down 5 pounds from the beginning of my Hot 100 Challenge. It must be the stress eating away at the fat :)

Recently, I have started to feel lethargic and just blah physically… 5+ weeks with very little exercise (I still played softball and did Kung Fu) can take its toll on a person! So rather than continue to skate and get myself into a downward spiral of feeling more and more lethargic and blah, I’ve decided to do my best to get back on the right track. So last night I ran for the first time in weeks – it felt wonderful! I’m going to run again tonight after my daughter goes to bed. Yesterday I only ran 2 miles; tonight I’m going to go 3. I have to work back up to being able to run 5 by Thanksgiving!

I’ve also started logging my food and exercise again, this time using an app called LoseIt. It’s similar to My Food Diary, which is what I used faithfully for about a year – and how I was able to lose 75 pounds in that year. LoseIt is basically a mobile application of My Food Diary, though made by an unaffiliated company. What’s neat about LoseIt, is that you can link to friends who use the same app and share your progress while you follow theirs, and in so doing, motivate each other to stay on the right track. So far, I’m only linked to my sister, which is great, but if any of you decide to start using it, too, add me as your friend and we can motivate each other there! My email address is kimberly dot werner  at gmail dot com (you need to know that to add me as a friend).

How are you all doing on this challenge? Has anyone stuck with it even though I have been MIA for 42 days? Even if you’ve completely fallen off the wagon, it’s never too late to dust yourself off and get back on. Reset if you need to: There are FIFTY days left in 2012 – adjust your goals accordingly and end this year with a bang! Here’s hoping, right?!

Cooking up a Storm

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

This week I’ve been hugely successful with my cooking goal. With the exception of yesterday’s lunch, every single meal this week has been prepared at home by either my husband or myself. We had things like roasted chicken, pork chops with sauerkraut, tilapia with quinoa and broccoli, stuffed pepper with turkey sausage, and other delicious eats.

It wasn’t all that hard, either. I went grocery shopping early in the week and really thought about the meals we would make. Then we froze all of the meats that we weren’t going to have that day or the next, and each morning (or the night before) we would decide what we were having for dinner and pull out the necessary food from the freezer.

This worked beautifully! What often trips me up is not being able to decide what to make, and not having things in the house to cook (or them being frozen, which I hate). There were 2 days when I almost gave in and said “Screw it: Let’s order Chinese” but my über-supportive husband stepped in and made dinner those nights. It really helps to have a sidekick!

Yesterday I was down something like 4.5 pounds from the beginning of the week. That’s absolutely absurd! Luckily, today I was only down 3 pounds, which is much more sane, lol. I really think that cooking more regularly is going to help me achieve my weight-loss goal of 20 pounds by December 31 (for those keeping track, that would put me at 156.5, as I was 176.5 at the beginning of The Hot 100). 

Regarding my other goals: I ran twice this week (not bad) and only blogged once (fail). I’ll have to work on those two more this week!

A lot of you said you were in on this challenge but had to consider your goals first. Have you come up with anything yet? You’re losing days! We’re down to 92 days left in 2012 – let’s do this!!

The Hot 100 – The Sequel

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Since the half-marathon I ran two weeks ago, I have done very little in the way of exercise. I’ve been saying that I need to start a new workout regimen or train for something new, but I just haven’t had the motivation.

Well screw that: I need to get with the program. Rather than taking another few weeks wondering what I want to do next, I’m going to start doing something!

Remember when I did that Hot 100 Challenge a few years ago? Well, YESTERDAY marks the start of the final 100 days of 2012 and I’m going to use that fact to my advantage: I’m going to do another Hot 100 Challenge and make the rest of the year really count, so I’ll be right on track and feeling great when the new one comes along.

Oddly enough, my goals for this Hot 100 are basically the same as 3 years ago. I’m not going to dwell on that…

Kimberly’s Goals for The Hot 100

  1. Keep running! I just ran a half-marathon and it would be really sad if I let all of that hard work go to waste (been there, done that) So, I’ll be doing a 5k on November 3, and an 8k on Thanksgiving. I should be able to run the entirety of  each race without any trouble, so I’m going to work on my speed and try to make get a PR for each of those distances.
  2. Lose some more weight. Like, 20 pounds more. That would put me at 157 on December 31, soooo close to my goal of 150. I’ll save those last few pounds for 2013 and feel awesome when I reach it by February! [Sadly, this goal was copied almost verbatim from 2009. I changed the year, and the weight I’d be at on 12/31,  because I’m 1.5 pounds more now than I was at this time 3 years ago. Since I’ve also gained a child, I guess that’s not too bad!)
  3. Eat out less – cook more. Specifically, eat restaurant-cooked food no more than 3-4 times per week. This should be very doable, and will be exceedingly helpful toward my weight-loss goal, as well as make a marked difference in my wallet. [This goal is verbatim, too!]
  4. Blog more. Accountability is very important. When you have people asking you how you’re doing with your goals, it makes you try harder (because you don’t want to look/feel like an ass if you’ve given up lol), so when I blog, I’m better about keeping up with my healthy habits. I should be able to blog at least twice a week, so that’s my goal: A minimum of 2 posts per week through the end of the year.

 

And that’s it! Who’s with me?! Let me know if you’re going to join in, and what your goals are so we can hold each other accountable! Here’s to a Hot 100 – er, 99!

New Year

Friday, January 1st, 2010

2009 has officially come to a close, and we’re now ushering in a new year, full of hope and promise. It’s funny: Millions of people make resolutions on New Year’s Day, but I prefer to split hairs and say that I don’t make resolutions – I set goals. I tend to set goals throughout the entire year, not merely on January 1st, but it’s a nice round place to start.

The past year had a lot of positive things to it for me health-wise. Thanks to The Hot 100 challenge, I really feel like I ended 2009 on a high note: I’ve steadily increased my runs, so that I’m running both more often and further. That’s the biggest thing I wanted to work on and I’m happy to say that I nailed it. In fact, I’ll be doing a half marathon in a few short months (!) I can’t wait to officially begin training for it! Who would have ever thought that?

I still have no idea where I am weight-wise. I’ve been traveling a lot over the holidays and I haven’t been with my own scale on a Friday in a few weeks. I don’t think that I made it down to 172 as I had hoped, but I’m ok with that. As much as I hate to be a lemming and follow the masses with vows of weight loss at the beginning of the year, it does tend to get me pumped up about eating better and working out more, so I’m confident I’ll be posting great numbers in no time!

I’m also looking forward to settling back in and cooking again. I never thought I’d miss making dinner, but I’ve really started to enjoy it: Choosing exactly what I want to eat, selecting the ingredients, assembling everything just how I prefer it and then savoring each bite. My husband and I are continuously amazed at how delicious everything we make is, and are always saying we need to do it more often. It’s become more and more frequent (except through our traveling, of course), and I look forward to getting back to it… especially since I recently discovered for myself the wonder of Whole Foods.

I tend to reevaluate things quite a bit over the first few days of the year, so I’m sure I’ll come up with some additional things to work on, but continuing these things is a great start.

I hope you’re all off to a great start, as well! It’s a new decade folks – make it fabulous for yourself!

Ten! – Hot 100 Update

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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.

Nearing the End! – Hot 100 Update

Friday, December 11th, 2009

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?

One Month Left – Hot 100 Update

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

I feel like I just wrote one of these updates, like, 10 days ago. Weird.

With just 30 days left before 2010, it’s time for yet another update in The Hot 100. Without further adieu:

Keep running! Running has been great this period. Last week was the 5-mile Turkey Trot which was a huge success! My official finish time was 52:34(!), which is significantly faster than I was shooting for. I’ve been very consistent with my training, and have exceeded my goal of 10 miles per week since setting that goal.

This Sunday is the 10k. I’m a bit concerned about that one, for two reasons: 5 miles is the furthest I’ve run to date, and it’s a day after my test for second level Black Belt in Kung Fu, which I imagine will be quite grueling and result in some soreness. I will do my best, though!

For your viewing pleasure, a photo of the Turkey Trotters post race. Unfortunately, the friend portion of the trotters weren’t with us at this point, so this photo includes just my family. From left to right: Dad, Mom, Bro, Sis-in-Law, Me, and up front – The Husband, whose long arms made this photo possible.

Family Turkey Trotters

Lose some more weight. Every 10 days, it seems I’m saying the same thing on this one: Not good. I was unsuccessful at eating right this Thanksgiving… and the three days surrounding it. Even though I got in some good workouts, it wasn’t enough to counteract my terrible food choices and, once again, I’m up in weight rather than down. I don’t know what I was on Friday since I wasn’t at home, but my most recent peek at the scale – yesterday – showed 178.

That’s heartbreaking.

I know I can’t go back in time and make wiser decisions; it is what it is. I’m back on the wagon and have been doing much better since returning home. The plan is to stay on track and undo the damage in short order. Wish me luck!

Eat out less – cook more. Once again, the holiday wreaked havoc on this goal. I’ve harped on this enough, though, and I don’t think going over it again will do me any good… and frankly, it doesn’t make for very interesting reading.

The Husband and I have finally made an actual list (called Things to Eat!!!!) that has a number of meals we know we love, and a few things we’ve been meaning to attempt making for quite a while. That should help; it’s so much easier to get myself to cook dinner when I have something planned… and the ingredients on hand.

Here’s to the next 30!

Forty Days and Forty Nights

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

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.

Fifty Nifty – Hot 100 Update

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Do you believe there are only 50 days left of 2009?! We’re halfway through the Hot 100, but if you haven’t joined in yet – or you’ve fallen off the wagon – there’s no better time than today to dive in!

The last 10 days have been very good to me. I’ve been very good to me. Well, mostly, at least.

Keep running! I’ve totally nailed the running thing for this period. Ten miles last week and 8.25 miles already this week, with a 3-mile run scheduled for tomorrow. Making a schedule and planning out what I’m going to run in advance is the best way I’ve found so far to meet this goal. If it’s on my calendar, I’m doing it. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

My long run on Sunday is supposed to be 4.5 miles, the longest yet. I’m considering bumping that up to a full 5 miles, the exact distance between my parent’s house (where I’ll be this weekend) and my sister’s house. I’ll just make my sister drive me back to my parent’s afterward :) Buffalo is MUCH flatter than Pittsburgh, so I think I could do it, and this would be excellent practice for the Turkey Trot. Think I can do it?! Shout out, folks!

Lose some more weight. Last weigh day I was at 173.5, my lowest ever. Huge success! I’m hoping that Friday will be even lower, but I had a few hiccups with my food over the last few days (read on for details) so I’m not 100% confident. Perhaps my exercise has been enough to counteract some extra calories. Perhaps not. Only time will tell!

Eat out less – cook more. I’ve been doing pretty well here overall, but there have been some missteps a bit during this 10-day period.

Saturday we went to the beautiful wedding of a friend, where we had a lot of fun, met some great people, and ate a lot of delicious food. Hors d’oeuvres. Cake. Cookies. Half a pretzel at the mall in the dead space between ceremony and reception.

Sunday I went on a nice long run of 4.18 and was easily talked into going to Primanti Bros. for lunch. If you’re not from Pittsburgh and are unfamiliar with this local franchise, let me explain: Big ol’ sandwich (I had ham & cheese) with a handful of fries and a handful of coleslaw. Yes, all ingredients are smushed between slices of italian bread and served on waxed paper. It may sound odd to you, as it did to me when I first moved here, but there’s a reason that it’s so popular… it’s delicious.

Yesterday was some ill-advised (but tasty) Mexican food for dinner.

Other than that, my eating has been pretty normal and generally good. I’m just afraid that those meals are enough to keep me from a pleasant weigh day on Friday.

I’ve been more consistent on the training this 10 days, so now I just need to get back on track with the food and I’ll be golden.

Just like the spaghetti squash I’m about to eat for dinner.

Forty Percent – Hot 100 Update!

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Forty percent.

That’s how far into The Hot 100 we are.

And also the grade I give myself for this 10-day period.

This will be a shorter update than usual, with good reason: It wasn’t a very successful ten days and I’m done being a downer. I’m back on track these days, with a better outlook and attitude!

In the interest of full disclosure, however, I will do a brief update:

Keep running! Fail. Well, “fail” at my more specific goal of 10 miles per week. I did a total of 3.85 miles in the last week, and that was all in one run. On the plus side, that was the run that marked the turning point in this rough patch for me. I made a good choice :)

I am still on track for being able to run the full 5 miles of the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. I think I’m going to take a page from my own book and follow the last 25 days of an 8k training program. That way I’ll know for sure that I’ll be ready. I’ll have to look into that… it might be a better idea to do the end of a 10k program since I’m planning on doing a 10k on December 6!

Lose some more weight. Also fail. Strangely, I didn’t particularly care that when I weighed myself this past Friday I was up 1.5 pounds (175.5). It was that weird nonchalant attitude I’ve had the last few weeks. It bothers me now though!

I’m really looking forward to getting down to 172. That will be my 90-pounds lost mark. I’m going to shoot for that by Thanksgiving. Totally doable!

Eat out less – cook more. Good on this. In fact, this evening I made a reasonable approximation of my favorite (albeit very unhealthy) restaurant meal: Chicken fettuccine with sun dried tomatoes (from The Cheesecake Factory). What I made wasn’t necessarily healthy, but I used whole wheat pasta, had a reasonable portion size, and controlled how much sauce I used and how everything was cooked. I also didn’t have half a basket of bread and a piece of cheesecake with it. Again, still not healthy, but I feel a lot better about what I ate tonight than what I get from the restaurant. It’s good for a very rare treat.

Again, overall not the best 10-day period, but I’m looking forward to a much better next ten days. One thing I’m going to shoot for between now and then is more frequent posting. Writing here helps keep me on track. So it stands to reason that if I write more, I’ll do better.

How’s everyone else doing? Sixty days left until everyone else makes their resolutions… Why not get a jump on them and start today?