Weight Loss Wednesday 2.20–The human yo-yo

Weight: 175.2 pounds (down 1.2 pounds this week, down 30 pounds total)
Waist: 32.25 inches (down 4.75 inches total)
Hips: 38.5 inches (down 6.5 inches total)

On diet:  I lost last week’s gain, but I’m really struggling this week.  I’m not eating the horribly, but I was doing a terrible job with taking my thyroid medication correctly.  I think it’s kind of a perfect storm for my metabolism sucking.  I do not appreciate this yo-yo weight thing, so I guess I need to buckle down and really work on my diet after Memorial Day.  By work on my diet, I mean figure out how to fit ice cream in once a day and not going crazy on calories.  I’ve decided to knuckle down and do this thing because I want to hit 145-150 pounds by Detroit (5 months from now).  And diet is where I struggle because I love sugar and cheese.

On NROLW cross-training:
Thursday–Cycle 30 (40 mins spinning, 20 mins lifting)
Friday–Rock wall climbing
Saturday–Walked around the zoo for a few hours and then got my heart rate up watching the new Star Trek movie.  So good.
Sunday–6 miles at 11:13 average pace
Monday–Boot camp in the morning, pool walking with the baby and an ab workout that evening (pool walking was not intense or fast, she just can’t “swim” unless I walk around with her)
Tuesday–Cycle 30 (30 minutes of spin with 30 minutes of lifting) class.
Today–I was going to go to yoga and for a hike, but the baby had an exhausted meltdown and slept through when we’d need to leave and my hiking buddy had to cancel (after I canceled on her yesterday)

On running: My only run this week was 6 miles on Sunday.  I love running, but I’m also really enjoying focusing on cross training this month.  My knees have also been kind of sore on and off for a few days and I had terrible calf cramping the afternoon after my run (followed by a dehydration migraine, so I think we know what the problem was).  I really need to rethink my hydration strategy now that it’s so hot (and more importantly, so humid).  I’m also realizing that I made it through the winter without buying much running clothing, but I’m not sure I can pull that off for summer.  I spent 6 miles hiking my running skirt back up.  This was the skirt I had just started to be able to wear when I got pregnant, so that made me feel pretty awesome.

My BYNGO goals for last week were:

1.  65 minutes/6 miles of running outside.  Preferably all at once.  Done!
2.  2 strength workouts (finish the square) and 3 ab workouts (will put me at 9/10)  Done and I did an extra ab workout, so that square is also done!
3.  Take final needed group exercise class Done plus a few extra
4.  Last 38 minutes of hiking (either Sunday with family or Tuesday with Mandy and the kids) This did not happen.  Mostly because children are very unpredictable.
5.  Sign up for summer race (counts as a BYNGO square)–I’m torn between Race for Ellie 5K or the Freedom 4 Miler. Done!  I found a $10 5K in town that I’m going to do with my husband on 8/3
6.  Finish my hour on the upright cycle (need 5 minutes)  Done times a whole lot thanks to spinning!
7.  Cycle 20 miles–this is all on a stationary cycle (recumbant or upright) because I never learned to ride a bike.  Yes, I am ridiculous.  I did 22 miles (approximately) thanks to two spinning classes.

Number of BYNGOs this week: 4

Goals for the final week of BYNGO (ends 5/30/13):

1.  Finish the bloody hike.  This will finish two BYNGOs.
2.  22 miles on the cycle (I only need 20.5).  This is easily done with two more spinning classes and will also finish two BYNGOs.
3.  Push up challenge on 5/30/13.  I have to do 15, which really shouldn’t be that hard.
4.  Final weigh in and body fat check on 5/30/13

Number of BYNGOs I hope to get next week: 6

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Weight Loss Wednesday 2.19

Weight: 176.4 pounds (up 1.2 pounds this week, down 28.8 pounds total)
Waist: 32.25 inches (down 4.75 inches total)
Hips: 38.5 inches (down 6.5 inches total)

On diet:  I’ve been a little bad since Sunday, but not that bad.  The weight gain is from getting my period and I feel like a 500 pound bloated mess.  Yuck.

On NROLW cross-training:
Thursday–rest
Friday–Muscle Conditioning class and climbed the rock wall three times (it took 10 minutes total, but man was that hard work!)
Saturday–50 minutes on the rowing machine (never again, my palms are destroyed) and 19 minutes on the treadmill
Sunday–ate my face off and made my husband wait on me hand and foot.
Monday–2.5 miles on the stationary bike+boot camp
Tuesday–25 minutes on the treadmill and Cycle 30 (30 minutes of spin with 30 minutes of lifting) class.  Oh yeah, and then we met Mandy for an 82 minutes hike, which involved wearing C and walking dogs).
Today–25 minutes on the treadmill and Vinyasa flow yoga class

I can’t sit down thanks to the spinning.  Spinning is awful.  I’m going again Thursday.

On running: I only did treadmill running and covered about 6 miles last week.  I’m giving myself a pass on running much since Detroit training starts the first week of June.  I do still need 654 minutes of running outdoors, which I’m hoping to check off on Sunday.

My BYNGO goals for last week were:

1.  Finish the no sweets challenge successfully (ends Monday)
2.  Finish the outdoor running challenge (I have 35 of 100 minutes completed).–fail didn’t do at all.  Finish this ASAP!
3.  Attend at least 3 more group fitness classes (I have attended 3 of the required 8 already)–I actually did 4
4.  Attempt the rock wall at least once (I have to do this 3 times and I’m absolutely terrified)–I did this three times in an evening and I loved it so much that my husband and I are going back on Friday.
5.  Get in at least 1 hours of hiking (I need 2 total and we often do this on nice weekends).–82 minutes done!
6.  Another 2-3 strength workouts and another 3-4 ab workouts (I have 2 out of 8 and 1 out of 10 done, respectively)–I did 4 of each
7.  Devote a day to cross-training on the stationary bike (I have 5 of 50 miles done) and the rowing machine (I have 10 of 60 minutes done)–ehh, I finished my rowing, but I’ve not done a ton on the bike
8.  Get 7-8 hours of sleep at least 3 nights this week (I have 3 out of 10 done)–I got all 7 nights last week.  Unfortunately I only did 7 hours all 7 nights, so I’m still sleepy and tired.

The bad news is my body fat also was up 1% last night, but water retention would explain that since I’m using a handheld bioelectrical impedance device.  Increased water content is going to make it register a higher body fat percentage (thus why those are not particularly accurate).  I also really do feel like an epically bloated dead whale carcass.

Anyways, goals for this week:
1.  65 minutes/6 miles of running outside.  Preferably all at once.
2.  2 strength workouts (finish the square) and 3 ab workouts (will put me at 9/10)
3.  Take final needed group exercise class
4.  Last 38 minutes of hiking (either Sunday with family or Tuesday with Mandy and the kids)
5.  Sign up for summer race (counts as a BYNGO square)–I’m torn between Race for Ellie 5K or the Freedom 4 Miler.
6.  Finish my hour on the upright cycle (need 5 minutes)
7.  Cycle 20 miles–this is all on a stationary cycle (recumbant or upright) because I never learned to ride a bike.  Yes, I am ridiculous.

If anyone is wondering, I’m front loading the heck out of these challenges because I know I won’t make it to the gym for 4-5 days around Memorial Day.  Also, it’s fun.

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Weight Loss Wednesday, err Thursday 2.18

I didn’t even attempt to start this post yesterday.  I’d say I’m sorry, but it would be a lie.  This week has been insanely awful (and to those on Twitter and Facebook, we are still waiting to get our laptops back).

Weight: 175.2 pounds (down 1.2 pounds this week, down 30! pounds total)
Waist: 32.25 inches (down 4.75 inches total)
Hips: 38.5 inches (down 6.5 inches total)

On diet:  I’m in the midst of a no sweets or fast food challenge for the BYNGO challenge at my gym.  I’m on day 4 of no sweets and I might tackle the next person I see eating ice cream.  Otherwise I just try to eat, but not too much.  Now that it’s summer and I’m also incredibly stressed, I keep realizing I’ve forgotten to eat snacks.  It’s not that I don’t want food, it’s that I don’t have time to eat it when I’m actually hungry.  It’s a problem.

On NROLW cross-training:  I went to my gym’s version of Body Pump, boot camp, and yoga this week.  I also did a lifting workout, abs, rowing machine, and a stationary bike.  I’m between contract jobs (hopefully not for long), so I worked out for over 2 hours yesterday because there’s so much on that BYNGO card and I want a blackout.  This is not sane, healthy, or recommended, but the baby is still getting three top teeth, so the two hours without screaming was blissful.  I do have some huge knots in my back now, but I have a Groupon for a massage that I will be redeeming today.

On running: I have to do 100 minutes of treadmill running this month as part of BYNGO.  I also have to do 100 minutes of outdoor running, but that’s easy.  I decided to run off some anxiety on Saturday and did 1.5 miles on the treadmill followed by a cool down (I’d already done an hour fitness class).  It was not quite as terrifying as I expected, but I really hugged the front because I’m clumsy and convinced I’m going to go flying off of the back.  I also talked to a guy with a 14.5 pound 2 months old.  I was easily distracted from my fear when he was telling me that his wife pushed a 10+ pound baby out with no epidural.  I told him to make sure to give her a high-five for me.  I also squeezed in a 5K run Tuesday morning (I cannot do 3 milers, I always have to do 3.1 and call it a 5K) and another mile on the treadmill during my 2+ workout extravaganza yesterday.  I’m running with no real goal because Detroit training doesn’t start until June, so I just need to stay in shape enough to run 2 miles.  I’m trying to focus more on lifting and cross training until then so my knees are happy.

Also, I’m totally taking the next two Saturdays off from running and doing a photography workshop instead.  I’m really beyond excited.  There’s a lot of stuff I don’t do because it conflicts with long runs, so I’m really making the most of the break between MIT seasons.

So let’s talk BYNGO.  For the last week I gave up tv.  While we are cableless, I pay nominal fees to get Hulu Plus and Netflix, which I like to stream while I’m working or cleaning the house.  I was kind of stressed out by the lack of tv, but I realized that I’ve been sitting here for over an hour applying for contract jobs and it didn’t even occur to me to turn the tv on.  That’s unusual to say the least.  I am looking forward to having tv back for all the cardio machine challenges, because tv-less treadmill running is boring.

So my BYNGO goals for this week are:

1.  Finish the no sweets challenge successfully (ends Monday)
2.  Finish the outdoor running challenge (I have 35 of 100 minutes completed).
3.  Attend at least 3 more group fitness classes (I have attended 3 of the required 8 already)
4.  Attempt the rock wall at least once (I have to do this 3 times and I’m absolutely terrified)
5.  Get in at least 1 hours of hiking (I need 2 total and we often do this on nice weekends).
6.  Another 2-3 strength workouts and another 3-4 ab workouts (I have 2 out of 8 and 1 out of 10 done, respectively)
7.  Devote a day to cross-training on the stationary bike (I have 5 of 50 miles done) and the rowing machine (I have 10 of 60 minutes done)
8.  Get 7-8 hours of sleep at least 3 nights this week (I have 3 out of 10 done)

Wow, it’s probably a good thing I’m off work with my main job right now.  I don’t think I could do all this otherwise.  Is this insane?  I feel really great after getting this much exercise or I wouldn’t be doing it.  I’m a tad sore after yesterday, but other wise I have a ton of energy.

Oh yes, and I had to weigh in and get my body fat measured, so I can officially tell you that I am approximately 31% fat (those little handheld things are not all that accurate).  That number seems really high to me, but I know women aren’t really supposed to get below 20%, so maybe it’s not as awful as it sounds? At least one chart I saw says that is in the average range for my age.

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Weight Loss Wednesday 2.17–sick teething baby edition

Wow, I forgot to actually finish and post this.  Charlotte’s been sick for almost 10 days and has three teeth coming in.  And I accepted a second job despite my husband working out of town four days this week.  Why yes, I would like a nap.

Weight: 176.4 pounds (down 1.4 pounds this week, down 28.8 pounds total)
Waist: 32.25 inches (down 4.75 inches total)
Hips: 38.5 inches (down 6.5 inches total)

On diet:  I eat.  Sometimes too much.  I need to start back with better meal planning.

On NROLW cross-training:  I haven’t worked out in a week because the baby has been sick for a week.  I’m starting a month long challenge at my local YMCA today and I’m hoping it will get my butt in gear.  The challenges include “10 ab workouts”, “8 strength training workouts”, “participate in an athletic event”, “hike for two hours”, and “no tv for a week” among many others.  I think the hardest part of this besides time management will be the socializing with others.  I’m grumpy.

On running:  I ran on Saturday, but I have no idea how far or how fast because my Garmin never connected with the satellites.  I must have done something to anger it.  That’s my only run this week because of aforementioned sick baby and my lungs feel like they are full of fluid.

The pants are a large from Old Navy. You are not getting more of my stomach ever. I’ve had a baby.

So yeah, things are crazy around here.  My contract job requires 4-5 hours daily and I’d been taking on extra hours because I like money.  I just accepted a second job as a media coordinator for our church, which is going to be crazy for a month or two while I get the web site updated.  I love the work, which isn’t the case for my contract job.  I also take a photography class on Wednesday evenings, which is helpful for my new job (one needs pictures with which to update the website), which is why I’ve struggled to get these updates done lately.  The class ends in June and I will hopefully be doing a little less by then, so please bear with me.  Also pray that the baby doesn’t get sick again.

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Join the Movement

April 21-27 is National Infertility Awareness Week.  As you may recall from previous years, we struggled with infertility for 14 months before conceiving totally unexpectedly in August 2011.

We have a healthy baby (almost toddler), so most people don’t realize we were diagnosed with infertility.  We don’t talk about it much, even though I’m terrified that we won’t be able to conceive another child.  Somehow it feels like our struggle doesn’t count because we got our baby and never went through some of the invasive treatments that other have to use.

One of the stated goals for the “Join the Movement” campaign is to change the conversation about infertility.  I realized this morning that I can change it by having it at all.  While I’ve been very open on this blog, I’ve never been good at talking about it in real life.  My mother-in-law found out a few weeks ago because I never told her.  I don’t think my husband has ever told anyone.  I try to be open about it, but it’s really hard to feel like a voice for infertility now that we have a baby.  Sometimes I get the feeling people don’t understand why it’s still an issue, so I’ve stopped talking about it as much.

So it’s time to change the conversation by having it at all.  You aren’t alone.  1 in 8 couples experiences infertility and it can be emotional, physically, and financially draining experience.  We were fortunate enough to conceive on our own, but there shouldn’t be a stigma surrounding fertility treatment or adoption.

Part of me is so relieved to be “on the other side” but we have no way of knowing if we can have a second child.  I worry a lot about if we will be able to conceive again and how that might affect my family and my child.  I want to give Charlotte a sibling, but part of me is afraid to even try again because it was so hard last time.

Anyways, if you stumbled your way here via the Google (or Bing or whatever the kids are using these days), click HERE for more information on infertility.

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Weight Loss Wednesday 2.16–Goodbye plateau!

Weight: 177.8 pounds (down 2.4 pounds this week, down 27.4 pounds total)
Waist: 32.25 inches (down 4.75 inches total)
Hips: 39 inches (down 6 inches total)

I finally weight less than the weight (that I made up) on my driver’s license!  I was so horrified when we moved to a state that requires that on your license.  I told my husband I want to “lose” my license and get a new one when I hit my yet-to-be-determined goal weight.

On diet:  I’m actually starving all the time and despite indulging some, I’m back on track with weight loss.  I need to eat a better ratio of protein to carbs to fat, which will hopefully stop the crazy cravings (I’m dreaming about pizza this week).  It’s not that I wouldn’t eat the stuff I’m craving, but I don’t have it in the house and I don’t want to spend the money.  Funny how our newish budget makes me eat better.  I’m not willing to spend money on junk food, so I don’t have it around to eat.  So sorry, so cheap.

On NROLW cross-training:  Yoga is really helping to loosen up my hamstrings, although I’m pretty sure I’ll never be able to touch my toes.  Is that a common runner thing?  My legs are so tight, especially after my long runs.  Anyways, I’m really enjoying doing group fitness, but my gym doesn’t offer Body Pump and the only possibly equivalent class doesn’t work on my schedule which means I’m worried that I’m neglecting true strength training.  I think I need to find a home based routine or start lifting on Sunday.  I am definitely getting ab work in, though.  My abs are starting to get the tiniest hint of definition under a rather thick layer of fat.  And no, you may not have pictures.  My stomach isn’t going to see the light of day now that I’ve had a baby.  Seriously, my stretchmarks have stretchmarks.

On running:  I already recapped my race from this past week.  I shortened my planned 5 miles to 4 yesterday because I just wasn’t feeling it.  I think the sleep deprivation is really getting bad.  I also had trouble staying awake on a 20 minutes drive home yesterday.  I’m just not sure how to get more sleep.  Anyways, my runs have really sped up during the week, which is a good sign.  I’m feeling really confident about my decision to move up to the 11:15 min/mile pace group for half marathon training this summer.  If I keep losing weight at this rate, that pace may even be kind of slow by the end of the training cycle.

I feel like I just posted a whole lot of nothing.  It’s hard to be inspired when you’ve been following a steady plan of diet and exercise.  Is there anything you all are curious about or that I should address?

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Child Abuse Prevention 5K Race Report

Date: April 20, 2013
Location: Delaware, OH
Distance: 3.1 miles (ostensibly, the course was clearly quite long)
Time: 35:48 (PR)
Gimmick: Cheap.

Oh this race.  So I originally signed up because the race was under $10 (we registered as a group of three) and I really wanted to see if I could get a sub-35 5K.  The day before the race, the forecast was less than promising (high in the 50s, but lows in the 30s).  The morning of the race was cold!  I layered on my winter running clothing (hopefully for the last time) and then made everyone sit with me in the car until the last possible moment.  We assumed the race would be small and it was at around 90 people.

I actually got relatively near the front of the start line for the first time.  A lot of the people were there with strollers or seemed pretty casual about the race.  I knew I could run sub-35, but not if I had to pass huge crowds.  I mostly passed people, rather than being passed, so I’m pretty sure that was the right choice.  I doubt I’ll ever start that close to the front again, but it was kind of fun just this once.

Anyways, the race went over a dam and across a ridge, which meant that it was FREEZING. The wind was so loud that I didn’t even consider pulling out my headphones after I lost my friend around 1.3 miles.  I wouldn’t have been able to hear the headphones, so it wasn’t worth the potentially lost time.  Mile 1 was my slowest at 10:58.  I’d planned to start around an 11, so I was happy with that, especially since the cold kept me from doing a warm-up mile before the race.

Mile 2 was a 10:35 pace despite almost tripping over the moron who decided to tie her shoe at the turn-around sign that we were told we had to run around.  I was also trying to pass someone who didn’t want to be passed, so that led to a spectacular bottleneck.  Once I got past mile 2, I decided to skip the water stop (it was at about 0.75 miles, so I skipped it on the way out) and really try to beat my goal.  My watch said I would be fine, even if the course was the normal 0.1 or so long.

Mile 3 was a 10:13, but I realized the start/finish seemed a bit further away.  I kept telling myself that Kara says a 5K is run until you puke and tried to sprint back to beat the clock.  I couldn’t keep up my sprint for a half mile though, so I ended up with 0.42 miles at a 9:38 pace.  I must have looked rough because the timing guy asked me if I was ok.  I knew I hadn’t gotten my time goal even though the clock was broken (it blew over and smashed at some point).  I was super disappointed, but there’s not really much to be done.  I debated even admitting my disappointment, because at least I got to finish, but my husband says to be honest.  Anyways, the race guy said I wasn’t the only one complaining that the race was quite long.  10% too long seems like less of a problem with tangents and my watch and more of a problem with the course, but maybe I’m wrong.  I also didn’t mean to complain, he just could tell that I was sad and I’m a bad liar.

So in summation, I ran fast (for me), but not fast enough.  If the distance had been anything remotely approaching 5K, I would have been sub-35.  Basically, I need to sign up for another 5K in a few months and then run even faster.  Problem solved!

In summation, I’m proud of the race I ran, but it’s hard not to fixate on not hitting a specific time.  I think that says more about my type A personality than anything else.  I think we more than got our money’s worth (a tech tee, a banana, water bottles, and chip timing for under $10!) and I like the cause that this supports (child abuse prevention).

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