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A Little Behind

Well, it’s clearly been a while since I have posted. Marathon training is in full swing, though I haven’t been training as hard as I would like. I look at my training log and I am proud of how far I have come, but I think that I have been slacking a little bit. This weekend I missed my long run – 16 miles. I am a little stressed about it, but I have to just keep looking forward.

Today marks five weeks until the marathon. If I follow the plan as it stands, I have 19 runs left. That’s 136 miles. That leaves me with a three-week taper ahead of the race itself. I am wrestling with what to do for the remaining long runs. The plan says 18-20-12-8. I am trying to decide if I should shift to 16-18-20-10, or something like that. I am going to do some thinking this week and make a decision before I head out for the run on Saturday morning.

I have vowed not to miss a single mile the rest of the plan. I have been doing very well with making progress on the weight loss again, so I need to keep it up. Of course, I say that following three days in Atlanta where I gained around five pounds. Hopefully that will come off this week easily. I am headed to the Northwest this week for work – so it’s going to be a big challenge to keep on track with the diet and exercise plan, but I can do it!

I lost my FitBit on the way to the airport on Thursday morning, so that was a little disappointing. I really miss it! I definitely can tell how much that little thing motivated me to do some extra activity. Luckily for me, their customer service is so incredible they’re replacing my lost one for free! I am very impressed and can hardly wait to receive it! I can definitely say that I am no longer feeling any remorse for spending so much money on getting the Aria scale too — their customer service has won me over!

And with that, I had better get to bed ahead of an early flight tomorrow. The next five weeks are going to be intense!

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Upping the Ante

Well, I don’t have a lot to really report at this moment. I’m on a plane for a business trip to Minnesota – trying to remain focused and make good eating choices this week will prove to be a challenge I am sure. I also intend to work out at the hotels – but we will see what I can squeeze in. Breakfast and banquets make it a little difficult to do so sometimes.

I have, however, decided to up the step ante and set my new target at 12,500 per day. Hopefully that will keep this momentum I’ve gained rolling in the right direction.

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Spin, Spin Sugar!

It’s been a while, but I didn’t have much new to report. For the past week I have been making a serious effort to get things back in order in both diet and exercise. Memorial Day weekend was a time of over-indulgence … so I pulled it together this short week. I did Zumba Tuesday, cardio and a lifting class Wednesday, and tried a cycling class yesterday. This morning – weight loss officially recorded! So happy to be back on track and getting closer to that ultimate goal. I am on the road next week, so it is going to be a challenge to stay on track, but I don’t want to lose this momentum. Only three weeks until Mexico!

Trying the spin class yesterday was a HUGE accomplishment in my book. It was certainly a hurdle I wasn’t sure I was ready to tackle … not to mention I decided to do it sort of on a whim. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising. I do many things on a whim! Anyway, I have always been VERY intimidated by cycling classes. I never felt fit enough to try it. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen in that dark room, but I definitely couldn’t see myself trying to stand up and sit down on that bike in a tiny room full of very fit people. I have avoided trying the class for years because I just didn’t think I would be able to do it and keep up.

Thankfully, yesterday the instructor was fantastic. I went in early and she helped me set up my bike. She was very encouraging, mentioning that she’s had a lot of new people in the last week. Only five other people joined the class, so it wasn’t packed – not sure if that was a plus or not, but I didn’t mind it. At the outset she said that cycling classes are great because you can totally modify things to go at your own pace and resistance. She also said that she would be surprised if I could keep up … and that I should not worry. So, off we went. And, I am really proud of the fact that I DID keep up throughout the class. The hardest track was the jumps toward the end of the class. I didn’t love the sitting and standing repeatedly so rapidly. Otherwise, I think I did really well. The instructor mentioned that she thought so too at the end!

So, fear = tackled. I am just so happy that I finally feel fit enough to try just about anything!

OH! And FitBit update: I am obsessed with that thing! I have reached 10,000 every single day! Soon I will up my goal to 12,500. Maybe that will be June’s challenge. I am on the road a lot, so we shall see!

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Making Time … Creating Habit

So far I have made 10,000+ steps every day without wearing the FitBIt while I am in the gym. I intend to keep that as the rule. I have been focusing a lot on cardio at the gym, mostly because Zumba fits best in my schedule. Today, however, I was able to catch an Rx class — Vida’s version of Group Power. Of course, I had walked over from work and had time to kill, so I got my 30 minutes of light cardio in before the class. I was careful not to push it too hard, since I hadn’t been in a while, but I definitely didn’t slack either. My arms and legs will all be sore tomorrow!

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The past two nights I have come home from the gym and then gone out for a walk through the neighborhood to reach my step goal for the day. The one thing I can say is that this extra activity is encouraging me to get out in the neighborhood a lot more. I am really appreciating that City Center is finally open – and the outdoor space is really cool. Last night there was even a duck in the fountain. The weather has been perfect to be outdoors. This FitBit experiment is not only benefiting me physically (at least I hope), but also mentally. These evening walks are a nice way to clear my head – just wandering around with nothing on my mind (but my step count)

Over the upcoming long weekend I plan to work on the next phase of this plan – meal planning. I have been counting calories religiously, but now it is time to step it up and do some planning and rely less on making healthy restaurant choices for lunch and more on things that I can prepare myself. I am not sure what that will look like. I won’t go paleo. I will definitely push more toward eating as clean as possible. We’ll see what else I work out.

In the meantime, I am exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open! Tomorrow is another day … 10,000 steps closer to reaching my ultimate weight goal.

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Success isn’t Achieved Overnight

I continue to remind myself every day that I won’t wake up tomorrow and be magically at my goal, but everything I do today gets me one step closer. While the scale may not be moving, I have to persist.

Having this FitBIt has rejuvenated my outlook. I am drinking at least 80 ounces of water every day, which means more steps taken just back and forth to the bathroom! I’ve been taking the stairs in the office – something I haven’t done in the 4 years we have been in that building. I walk a little extra when I go to lunch. I have been walking all the way home from work instead of taking the bus. When I haven’t reached my steps, I keep walking. I even walked the long way home from the gym.

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I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday but I reached my step goal – which means I was still more active than previous non-gym days. I feel very good about that. I didn’t go to the gym today either – there’s a nasty rain storm that is supposed to blow through and I didn’t want to get caught in it. I realize that’s just an excuse, but I did walk down to the grocery store just to reach my steps for the day. In fact, today I have already gone over 11,000. I am setting a goal to reach 15,000 tomorrow. It’s Friday and I have a lot of meetings at the office, so it may be difficult, but I think I will push myself to go a little further each Friday.

I am keeping to the goal of reaching the 10k without counting any work at the gym. I love that I can get bonus calories via LoseIt just for going above and beyond on steps. That’s a bonus on top of the workout calories I “gain” back. I am hoping that I can keep up this momentum. Just 36 days until we go to Mexico!

I know it isn’t a healthy habit, but I weigh myself every day. While I only record Friday morning weights, I like checking in each day and am not too hard on myself with the daily fluctuations. I am sure that I will get the Aria scale to go with my FitBit soon too. While the scale hasn’t really moved this week, I am hoping that there’s a little progress in tomorrow’s weight. I can say that I feel like my tummy has gotten a little smaller. I may just be imagining or willing myself to think that there’s been a change in the tummy, but I am pleased with just feeling a little better about it. I haven’t taken measurements in a while. I plan to do that around the end of the month. I am hoping there’s some progress.

Well, off to wander around my apartment a little bit more to add a few more steps for the day!

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FitBit: Day One

Well, I got my new toy! My new FitBit Flex is my latest scheme to help in knocking out the pounds I want to lose this year. Day one was a huge success. My initial goal is to reach the 10,000 step goal each day without counting the work I do in the gym. 

I found that the simplicity of the app and online dashboard are really easy for me to track my water intake – yesterday I made it to 100 ounces! With summer heat and humidity rapidly approaching, this will be very important! I also love that using the LoseIt app (premium upgrade version) works so well with the FitBit site. It adjusts my caloric allowances based on the actual calories I’m burning as tracked. Anything that is improving accuracy is a welcome bonus to this little experiment.

Yesterday I was so dedicated to reaching that 10,000 mark I walked five blocks out of my way home from the gym — and then paced my bedroom for the last 500 steps! The vibration of the FitBit scared me at first, but was a neat way to celebrate that I reached the goal. Day two is upon us and I am hoping I can reach the goal again! 

I am hoping the added activity will kick this booty into gear and drop more weight than what’s been happening at the status quo. The added awareness of activity during the day (or lack thereof) is worth the $100 I paid for this little gadget. I found myself getting up a little bit more throughout the day to add steps (and to pee from all the water I was drinking). Fingers crossed this is going to ramp up the progress as swimsuit season rapidly approaches. 37 days till Mexico!

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