Well I’m at the dreaded plateau. I couldn’t even bear to weigh myself today because if anything I’ve gained even though I’ve given it a good college try this week. I’ve been walking, trying to walk faster and then today, I tried a “Couch to 5K” podcast/trainer. I should have stretched first, but I did walk about 5 minutes before it asked me to begin running. I haven’t run in a while, and my legs felt like tree trunks. Me feet felt stiff and straight like I had ski boots on. I felt like Frankenstein! I kept the walk-run going, it went on for 30 minutes, I confess the last three running rounds were more walking than running, but it’s a start. I’m still over 270 pounds, so I can’t imagine that I could just start off running, but I was kind of hoping I could do it. I have 4 days off a week, so my plan is to do each program (day of training), until I do the whole thing without walking through the run. I also have access to a gym a few days a week (or sometimes only a few days every few weeks), but I’m going to do the elliptical and some swimming there too.
I had listened to a pod cast today called “Runner Academy with Matt Johnson.” There were guest speakers who talked about starting out running, and a lady who did 50 Marathons in 50 states in two years. WOW. While I was doing my couch to 5K quick running bursts I was playing good music, and I was picturing myself thin, like the Biggest Loser competitors at the last show, all sleek and proud. I have accomplished a lot in my life, but this weight thing is something I haven’t managed to wrap my head around. But I’m going to try beefing up (bad pun) my exercise to see if I can get off this plateau and get the weight moving again.
One thing I have patted myself on the back for today is: It’s been over a month since I stopped for fast food on the way home from work. That is BIG. I was eating a lot of calories at night, more than I ate all day, then coming home and going to bed. One would think, just by stopping that alone, I should have dropped more weight than I have! Oh well, if it was easy, we’d all be Orange County Housewives! Actually, I haven’t eaten out at all in over a week, that is such a big change in lifestyle for me. I have to be thankful for the little things I’ve accomplished.
Eating at home
Reading blogs and listening to podcasts for inspiration and motivation.
Things I need to improve on:
Watch temptation when bad foods are around (at work).
Stop eating when I’m full. Just stop!
Push through exercise- do more, increase intensity.