Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mutually beneficial

Took a great hike today, but thankfully not in the rain. I’m feeling pretty good about my weightless pace. Sure it could always be faster but I have to keep reminding myself that I didn’t pack the pounds on overnight so I shouldn’t expect to shed them that quickly either.
I’m thinking another 5k is in order. Something “country” is preferred but I would consider just about location at this point. Anyone have the 411 on a good race that’s in latter May? My June is going to be slammed and July is too far away to be very motivational.
I posted an ad on announcing that I would love to start speaking to groups about my journey and how they can lose weight too. It will be interesting to see if I get any takers. I posted a modest fee but would really do it for free if the gig was within 100 miles or so.
Let me know if you hear of a fun race to run. Better yet, let me know if you want to train for one together. A commitment like that will be mutually beneficial. Anybody in?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Come on! Hook a brotha up!

Another couple of good, healthy days have gone by. It’s been nice to get out and exercise in my shirt-sleeves and short-pants. If you’ve seen me out there motoring past, I hope you’ll forgive me for the radiant white glare coming off my legs. You know your legs are extra-white when flowers slowly turn to face you as you ramble passed them. That basically means that they see me as a better source of nutrition than the sun. It’s very sad.
My nutrition has been pretty good as well, but still, I could do better. I’m getting very excited for my garden this year as I am going to cultivate a larger variety than ever before. In the past, it’s pretty much been man veggies…like corn, spuds, and tomatoes (I know, tomatoes are a fruit, right?), but this year I’ll go for some of the healthy, girly stuff as well. Ah…like...???
I’ve been thinking more of doing some public speaking about my weight loss journey and how others can do it too. I’ve been invited to speak about the handcarts lately but not weight loss. Maybe I’ll run an ad on and see if that gets me a gig or two. Just like it is with blogging, I feel that public speaking would help me stay motivated and allow me to encourage other heavyweights at the same time. Plus, if I’ve got a speaking engagement coming up, it will give me a short term deadline to stay healthy for. Anyone have any ideas about where I might find a group to speak too? I could make the presentation spiritual enough for Relief Society or casual enough for a Weight Watchers group or something like that. Come on! Hook a brotha up!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Life is simply too short for regression.

Everything is fine at 299 (299 point 7 that is). Well, I just barely squeaked out of the 300’s, and this time, it had better be for good. Life is simply too short for regression.
I walked the steep hill a couple of times today. Some lady came along with three large dogs literally leashed to her belt. She made fairly good time up the hill but I’m pretty sure the mutts were helping her pull. Looked like a good idea to me.
Hope you’re all having a great day.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I’m excited for tomorrow

Another day in weight loss heaven…which is always better than the years and years I’ve spent in weight loss…a…heck!
With the better weather, I plan to get my outdoor exercise in earlier, which will significantly reduce my chances of putting it off until I get too busy or too tired. For some strange reason, I wore my old running shoes today, and let me just say that they felt like they were made of two wooden shingles and duct tape when compared to my new Mizunos.
As of today, I’ve started keeping my calorie ledger up to date and that is always a good thing. And I know this is cheating, and that they have a lot of salt and preservatives I’m sure, but I bought a ton of Lean Cuisines. Had one for lunch with an orange and it hit the spot pretty good. Lean Cuisines also make it easier to count calories and to limit yourself to just one portion. I know that sooner or later I’ll have to go back to my healthy cooking from scratch, but for now I just don’t have the time.
I’m excited for tomorrow. I have not been perfect this week, but I still feel pretty good about being in the 200’s again, and then it’s back to uncharted territory for the rest of my journey. I’d love to lose like another 20 lbs per month between now and the Handcart Pageant on June 23rd. I’d still be a long ways off from looking the part of a half-starved pioneer, but hey…who wants to look like a starving pioneer anyway? Not me.

Monday, April 12, 2010

It felt good today

I cheated by exercising indoors today. Was it cold out? No…but I HATE that blasted wind. I walked for about an hour over at the school. I even got out my purple girly dumbbells and carried them around with me. That’s something I’d quit doing once I started running rather than walking. It felt good today. I think I’ll start packing them on my next outdoor run and see how it goes, although if they get too heavy I’d have to hide them in the ditch some place and come back for them.

Well, hope all is well with you. I’m still planning on a big lose for the Friday. Wish me luck and good luck to you as well!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

No luck at getting food poisoning at the ward party

Headed back to the cabin but thought I’d better make an entry. Had a 6 inch Subway (chicken breast on wheat) for lunch. They really are very tasty. I don’t understand why I would ever choose anything else in terms of fast food.

No luck at getting food poisoning at the ward party. I’m sure I ate more than I should have, more than a girl on first date anyway. I say “first” mainly because girls do get to a point where they dare eat in front of you. At least they do if I remember right…it’s been a while.

Tomorrow is fast Sunday, so that ought to be good. To miss a few meals with a greater purpose helps in more ways than one. Now, if I can just not blow it and eat enough for all three meals once the day is done.

Hope you’re all having as great of a day as I am. If not, do what you’ve gotta do to make it that way.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Postpone my “being back” until Monday.

I have to admit I’m already starting to feel better. I’ve said it before, but our bodies really are ready to reward us as soon as we start treating them better. I hopped on the ol’ scale today, feeling certain that I’d put on like 20 lbs since I fell off the wagon but I was only at 306. That’s so much better than I was expecting that I figured I’d just postpone my “being back” until Monday. J/k.

I didn’t get any formal exercise in today, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, if that counts. Actually, I spent quite a bit of time doing some physical labor on the farm and I set up chairs for the ward party so that may have to suffice for today. Oh…and I’ll have to take the chairs down afterwards so look at me…I’m really tearing it up!
I’m glad to hear that many of you are still following along, even after my hiatus. My goal is to be back in the 200’s by next Friday so please hold me to it. From then on…it’s back to fresh territory…scale-wise that is. Hope you are still fighting the good fight…hope I don’t get food poisoning at the ward party…its potluck so anything can happen. I guess it’d be a killer way to lose 10 pounds. I’ll have to watch for some room temperature seafood or chicken.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Get my ol’ heart pumping again

I'm back to living at the cabin these days so my internet time is somewhat limited. All is well. Last night I nearly ate some ice cream but soon thought better of it...but not until after I’d already dished it up. I tossed the whole thing in the trash, bowl and all. Like I said yesterday…I’m back. And “Back” means no eating like I’m at a party…unless of course I am at a party, and then I’ll eat like a girl on date…as in very minuscule amounts.
I’m not sure of my race plans for the 17th. In my dumb county-boy brain, I was thinking that 5k was someplace else. The good news is that I am back in training as we speak. One nice thing about living in the mountains is that there are plenty of hills to climb and I intend to climb a bunch of them. That ought to get my ol’ heart pumping again, but I guess the rough terrain might make it harder for Life Flight to land if I go down some place.
I hope you are doing well with your goals. I’m sorry about disappearing for awhile. Obviously I was not doing very well nutritionally or I would have never left my post. Thanks to all of you who had the guts to “call me on it” and ask where I was. Your emails and posts where part of what helped bring me back around.