Tuesday, February 20, 2018

One Week

It's been one entire week of Weight Watchers and so far it is going rather well. It has made me more aware of my eating habits (even though I was trying to lose weight on my own for at least 2 years) and I am focusing more on the right combinations and lower calorie foods, using vegetables and fruits more-so than I was.

Thursday is my full one-week weigh in, so I will update on my progress then.

My running is coming along. I bought some insoles for my newer running shoes that were giving me some major pain. Every time I would run, I would end up with hip, knee, and ankle/foot pain. Well, no more! I am kicking myself I didn't get these running insoles sooner! They're nothing short of magical!

I bought myself a new treadmill (ProForm 525 CT) so that I could cut the gym membership loose and  run whenever I felt like it. The closest gym to me is about 7 miles away in any direction and that in itself takes up a lot of time just driving to and from. I didn't need my entire night taken up with just going to the gym, working out, and coming home. I took my new toy for a major spin and did a cool 3.5 miles today. I felt pretty good about it, not gonna lie. I was able to run consistently for a little bit, but not as long as I'd like. I'm hoping to do at least a solid mile without stopping before my 10k in mid-March. Big dreams, I know.

Monday, February 12, 2018

I know what you're thinking...that it was too early to go for a while without posting and you're probably right. But, that's okay because I had sort of a "come to Jesus" meeting with myself and have really made some good choices for myself.

For the past few years, I have struggled with a pretty massive weight gain after I had struggled to lose roughly 90 pounds shortly before that. I was experiencing some pretty intense life events (cancer diagnosis of a parent, boyfriend returning from deployment, engagements, weddings, full-time school, losing said parent, selling and buying a new home)...all within the span of two years. It took its toll, for sure.

I immediately starting piling on weight. I didn't think I was doing anything any different, but clearly I was. I just wasn't in a place to recognize it. Well, now I'm in a place where I can look my demons straight in the eye and tell them to go on their merry way.

I joined Weight Watchers. Not entirely of my own doing, but I have a friend that is struggling with her weight as well. She heard my mom, an avid Weight Watchers goer, speak about her success so far and she was incredibly motivated to join. We both signed up for the online service and so far, so good! I'll update with more victories, both scale and non-scale, as they pop up!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

...and we're off!

So it's been just a tad over a week since the New Year began and I'm doing alright on my challenge for the year (2,018 miles in 2018!). I've been doing more walking than running thanks to a wicked case of plantar fasciitis in my left foot, but that's okay because at least I'm doing some sort of movement and not stopping.

I also invested in one of these bad boys - the Fitbit Ionic:
I gave the Apple Watch a fair shot and while it was all-around convenient, it just wasn't what I wanted or needed when it came to my fitness goals. I needed something a little more cohesive and integrative, so the Fitbit Ionic was the choice for me. It marries the features I liked from the Apple Watch with the functionality of the Fitbit. It's amazing and I love it so far! And, to boot, the battery lasts 4x longer on the Fitbit Ionic than it does on the Apple Watch. Score!

Along with the Fitbit, I also grabbed the Milestone Footpod:
The Milestone Footpod clips to your shoe and gives you running analytics - such as cadence, stride, pace, gait, etc. Everything is accessible in the app for easy evaluation. I got it for when I'm stuck running on the treadmill, as it differentiates and is able to help you improve even your indoor running.

I'm hoping with some of these tools that I can really up my running game this year. It's my goal to be ready for a half marathon by 2019 and at least make some sort of progress with my weight. I'm working on eating better and being a bit more intuitive when it comes to when I'm actually hungry or just stressed/bored. 

Current solo mileage as of 1/9/18: 23 miles
Current team mileage as of 1/9/18:  32.56 miles

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018...You're My Bitch.

What better time to restart my blog than on January 1st?

For this new year, I have decided to really jump out of my comfort zone and join the Run the Edge challenge to run 2,018 miles in (you guessed it) 2018! Part of me is super pumped to confront this challenge head-on and another part of me is sitting on the sofa in my jammies asking myself, "so...are you serious?"

Well yeah. I sure am.

This year will be the year I finally get my health and fitness back on track. Now, I realize that most people make resolutions like this at the beginning of the year, but I feel like I have no choice in the matter. Running has always been kind of a passion of mine, but to be perfectly honest with you (and myself), I have been rather lazy about following through.

I have, however, been educating myself and researching in preparation for this new journey. I want to avoid common runner mistakes and definitely avoid injury as much as I can. It's not easy to be overweight and taking on running as a new(ish) hobby.

So, without further adieu...I did a long walk tonight just to ease into the mileage. That, and my mom as with me and she doesn't run. This brings my total mileage so far to 2.64 miles. I'm hoping this week will bring higher numbers!

All in all, thanks for coming along on this little journey with me. I'll try not to make it too boring or lame, but I make no promises.