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70 Days Left

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

We’re 30 days into The Hot 100. With just 70 days left in the year, I feel good about my progress so far, but know I need to take it up a notch. The update you’ve all been waiting for, surely:

Keep running! Well, part of this 10-day period was bad in this area, and part of it was good. On the plus side, the more recent portion was good, meaning I’ve turned things around. Shortly after my 20-day check-in, I got into quite a funk that brought me down emotionally. It’s amazing how much your emotional outlook can affect your physical being. I was feeling crappy, and, rather than go for a run and take advantage of those endorphins, I just didn’t.

What this translates to is a mere 3.5 miles last week, and that was in just one run. It was a good one, but the only one.

On the up-side, I’m out of my funk, and I’ve already logged over 10 miles for the week… and it’s only Thursday! I’ll probably get one more good run in either tomorrow or Saturday. Also, my pace is staying pretty consistent, even though I’ve been adding on a bit of distance (over 4 miles yesterday!).

So, it’s coming along. I faltered a bit here in the last 10 days, but it’s life. That happens.

Lose some more weight. This has been improving! Logging my food makes a big difference. When I do it, I lose weight. When I don’t, I stay the same or gain weight. It’s just that simple.

Except that it’s not easy. Because you have to DO it. And that can be challenging.

Last Friday, though, I was at 174, 1.5 pounds down from the prior Friday. Also, it’s worth mentioning that this is officially my new lowest weight. I’ve bounced around in the mid 170s a lot these last few months, but I’ve never been this low… not since I hit it on my way up, which was probably in 9th or 10th grade.

I’m hoping that tomorrow will be even lower, but I haven’t logged my food every day this week (see “challenging” above), and I had out of town guests which always makes eating right more difficult (see below). All week I’ve been pretty good about my food and I’ve been a running machine, so I’m reasonably confident.

Eat out less – cook more. I think that overall, this one is sticking. It’s becoming easier – and more natural – to just cook something at home rather than pick something up or go out.

However, people are such social eaters. I am a social eater. So much socializing is done around food. Going out with friends? Let’s go out to eat! At least I don’t also struggle with drinking, or I’d be a mess! (I prefer to eat my calories, always have… except when I did both and never thought about calories!)

I think I need to add to my collection of recipes. They need to be quick, healthy, delicious, and not require a lot of complicated equipment. If anyone has any they’d like to pass along, I’d be grateful!

All things considered, not a tragic 10-day period. I give myself a B… minus.

80 Days and Counting!

Monday, October 12th, 2009

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!

What Goes Up

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

In keeping with my commitment to run 10 miles per week, yesterday I set out on a 3.6 mile run. My intention was to run the whole thing – without having to walk – since I’m trying to work up to 5 miles straight by Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, I had to walk. Twice.

In my own defense, each walk session was very brief, and only at the end of two monstrous hills.

I know I’ve mentioned my hilly neighborhood before, but since the size and quantity of hills is subjective, I thought I’d give you a visual. Below is the elevation graph created by runstoppable.com of the route that I ran yesterday. I highlighted in pink the two sections I walked. Let me tell you – looking at this graph makes me feel a lot better about my performance yesterday.

3.6-mile route

I’m now up to 6.7 miles for the week, between yesterday’s run and the 5k at the Zoo on Sunday. I’m planning another run for tomorrow that will probably be my 3.44 mile route, which will put me over the 10-mile mark just a smidge. And if I run with J-Roc on Saturday, I’ll surpass my goal even MORE!

Mua hahahaha!

90 Days Left

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

We’re 10 days in and that makes it time for an all-around update on The Hot 100. Here goes:

Keep running! I want to be able to run 5 miles without having to walk by the end of the year. Yesterday, I added an addendum that specifies how I plan on doing this – by running a minimum of 10 miles per week.

So far, I haven’t been doing great at this; I’ve only been out running once this week. That being said, though, that one run was VERY successful (3.44 miles without walking!). After that run on Sunday, once again, life got in the way and I didn’t get out again. Hence yesterday’s addendum, which I think will keep me on track.

I was planning on going out today, but at yesterday’s softball game I took a hard grounder to the shin and I’m all black & blue and swollen. *sigh* I’m so damn accident-prone. Hopefully the swelling will go down enough to not hinder my performance at my 5k on Sunday…

Lose some more weight. The goal was to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year. And then I thought about it. I don’t know that that’s a reasonable goal considering my current weight. When I was 80 pounds heavier, sure. But now? Not so much.

That doesn’t mean that I’m giving up; I’m going to get as close to that 20-pound mark as I can, but I’m aware that it’s going to be incredibly tough to get all the way there. You never know, though, right?

Of course, I’m not off to a great start. I’m actually the same as I was last Friday, but that’s 2 pounds more than I was when I wrote out my goals. Meaning rather than being down at the 10-day point, I’m up 2. My current weight is now 177.5. Again. (grr grr grr)

Clearly I need a new game plan here as well. I’ve known for a while now that I need to go back to logging my food and tracking my calories in and out on a daily basis like I did before. I know it works – that’s how I lost 90% of the weight to begin with (thank you My Food Diary!) But it takes a lot of time and dedication – almost obsession – and I’m not obsessed right now. I really need to work on keeping close track, while maintaining a balance with the rest of my life. That balance is tough though. I’m working on it.

Eat out less – cook more. I’ve been doing really well here. Not too much eating out these last 10 days; far less than usual. And it hasn’t been horrible! The husband is on board and we’ve been cooking a lot lately. I just need to keep up with it. It’s quite easy to have a long day and in a moment of exhaustion, order take out or stop to pick something up.

Also, my birthday is on Monday and my husband is taking me out for dinner. That’s a meal out that I didn’t plan on, and I’m trying to decide if I should just say, “Yeah, but it’s my birthday” and just add it in, or cut out one of the other, regularly scheduled meals out. I’m very tempted to say the former, but part of me thinks I should resist and say the latter.

Maybe I’ll eat out both times and just log it :)

Running Addendum

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

I think I need to be even more specific about my running goal in The Hot 100 challenge. It seems that just saying that I want to work my way up to being able to run 5 miles without having to walk isn’t enough. I need something more concrete – a plan of action to get me up to that.

I’m really good at following a schedule, whether it was made by someone else or myself. If I know I have to do something, I’ll do it. On the other hand, if I wait and play it by ear, it’s likely that it won’t happen at all.

Since I know this about myself, I’ve come up with a more specific plan of action for this running goal. And it goes a little something like this:

I will run a minimum of 10 miles per week through the end of the year.

At this point, that means I’ll have to go out at least 3 times, each time running over three miles. In a week or two, I going to lower two of those runs a tad, and raise the third. So two shorter runs and one long run. Ideally, this will prevent me from burning myself out during the week and allow me to work up to that 5-mile mark on the weekend.

As I progress, of course, I’ll increase this. But for now, 10 miles per week for me would be a huge accomplishment. I’d love that.

Incidentally, I ran earlier this week and did 3.44 miles (with hills!) without walking at all. That’s the farthest yet, so I’m on my way!

Now We’re Cooking!

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

One of my goals in the Hot 100 is to eat out less and cook more. It’s only been a few days, but so far, so good! I haven’t had a single restaurant-prepared meal in three days, and normally I would have had at least 2 (it is the weekend…).

My husband seems to be on board, and even suggested making turkey lasagna for dinner tonight. This is particularly fabulous of him because he’s not a huge fan of red sauce dishes (crazy, right?) but knows how much I love lasagna. We had a good time preparing it, substituting some healthy alternatives where we could (like whole wheat pasta and part skim ricotta), and man was it delicious! I’ll be freezing individual portions for when I need a quick meal – probably when I’m eating alone, since my husband is likely lasagna-ed out for a while.

I’m actually enjoying cooking dinner, which is a huge surprise. Of course, it’s still an effort to get off my butt and do it. Hopefully that will get easier once this becomes more of a habit. Food seems much more satisfying after the effort put into cooking it.

Not that I’ve ever had a problem with being dissatisfied by food… ahem.

The Hot 100 – Going Out With a Bang!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I was all ready to post about how proud I was to have finally made use of the swimming pool at my gym on Monday (yay!) and then I saw an excellent motivational challenge on another blog – South Beach Steve’s “Log My Loss” – and got sidetracked by its brilliance.

Today – Wednesday, September 23 – marks the start of the final 100 days of 2009. In Steve’s words, let’s go out with a bang! He’s issued a challenge to get folks to set some goals for the next 100 days and then, of course, work toward meeting those goals. I think this is genius! (I’m only a little surprised I didn’t think of it myself…)

I’m definitely going to do this myself, and I hope you guys will join in the fun! Let’s end the year in a positive way, so we’ll be right on track when the new one comes along.

Oh, and the accountability thing really does help. I’ll once again ask you all to hold me accountable to these goals, and if you’d like me to do the same for you, post your goals in the comments section and I’ll get on it!

Kimberly’s Goals for The Hot 100

  • Keep running! That’s not concrete, I know, but here’s what is: Work my way up to running 5 miles without having to walk. Ideally, I’ll be able to do this by Thanksgiving, since I’ll be doing the Turkey Trot in Buffalo which is an 8k (5mi). Also, it seems that every year I essentially give up on my running goals when the weather turns colder, and then I have to start from Square One in the Spring. Not going to happen this year!
  • Lose some more weight. Like, 20 pounds more. That would put me at 155.5 on December 31, soooo close to my goal of 150. I’ll save those last few pounds for 2010 and feel awesome when I reach it by February!
  • 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. Now to just get the husband on board…

This can be done. Nay, this SHALL be done!

Thanks again, Steve! Check out his kick-off video that started it all. And join in the fun!

Stay tuned for status updates :)