Where we were:
4/1/12 190.2 200.0
4/8/12 191.2 199.2
4/15/12 189.2 197.0
what we're going for:
Our Goals in Numbers
Optimum BMI - 19-25
Optimum Weight - 135
Optimum BMI - 20-25
Optimum Weight - 150
2:02!!! That's right, I ran the half marathon with a time of 2 hours and 2 minutes. If you can't tell I'm pretty darn happy about it. Yesterday I wrote about being nervous and it all turned out okay. Better than okay. I don't think I've ever felt as good about a race as I did today. My knee didn't bother me at all and the wrinkled up bib was a non-issue (for the life of me I couldn't remember what to call it in my post yesterday--number card = bib).
I started out running with my co-worker, but as I mentioned she was too fast for me, so after mile 3 I was on my own. But that was fine, especially considering that she helped me set a really good pace for myself--fast enough to be somewhat challenging, but not so fast that I would wear myself out. The weather was nice, but chilly with some wind. There were a couple of spots where I was a tad cold, but that was fine and I was never too warm which really would be a worse problem. The gatorade for most of the race was really watered down which was disappointing, but not a big deal. I ended up not taking any of the hammer gel (carbohydrate gel) because I didn't think I would need it, but I did take a banana at about mile 7. Around mile 10 I started wishing that I had taken the gel, but luckily the next gatorade station had a much more generous ratio of mix to water. The last gatorade station a little before mile 12 also had a generous mix and they had lemon-lime, which is my absolute favorite gatorade flavor. It almost felt like I could feel the sugar entering my system and I kicked it up a notch for rest of the race. I felt great, I had a ton of energy, and I was passing people--it was awesome. Once I saw the finish line I started sprinting. I turned the corner and saw the clock with maybe 20 yards to go and it read 2:02:14! I was so shocked that the time was that low that I almost wanted to cry. My goal had been to average 10 minutes per mile which would have meant a time of about 2:10, so beating my goal by 8 minutes was awesome. I ended up averaging about 9:15 per mile which is awesome for me. In short, I couldn't be happier.
What I was proud of today
Hmmm, maybe completely shattering my half marathon goal?
What I wasn't proud of today
I ran a half marathon today. I don't have any regrets.
Track of the day
I Hope You Dance - LeAnn Womack
Right after I finished the race 'The Show Goes On' came on my iPod which completely matched my mood and felt awesome, but I featured that song the other day. 'I Hope You Dance' is a good inspiring song too that I enjoyed midway through the race.
Hey, yeah, so remember last week when I said I am HORRIBLE about exercise? I wasn't kidding. It's ridiculous. I let myself have an easy week, blaming time constraints and busyness. Which is awful. I mean, being busy is nothing new. If I wait for time to just open up, I'll never get on the elliptical or my bike. I certainly can't run a half marathon thanks to my knees and my asthma, but that's no excuse for doing pretty much nothing. I walked with the kids ONCE and I counted playing with them at the park (since I wasn't just sitting on a bench like normal, but actually chasing them around). It's not anything I'm proud of. In fact, just the opposite.
I continue to do really well with portion control and limiting my snacking, which is my only saving grace. I had been doing well with laying off the sweets - and I do believe that was a goal of mine for this week? - but I totally fell down on the job there. Oreos. Enough said. (They were a Friday Girl's Night treat).
Can I do better? Of course. Let's reiterate the goals I set for the week:
eating/food: No snacking after 7. AND, no sweets.
(Ok, I only did HALF good with this goal.)
exercise: Gosh darn it - exercise at least 20 minutes every single day. Yeah.
(Ok, I did NO good with this goal.
So. This week. Well, I've decided to stick with my eating/food goals. I'm also going to add one. This goes hand in hand with portion control, so I think I can manage it. Pay close attention to serving size. I'd like to add "pay more attention to the food pyramid", but I think I'll save that for next week since it's something I'd like to look into more before I start it.
I've also decided that if I say some kind of general goal for the week like "exercise at least 20 minutes a day", it's not good enough. I have to have a specific daily goal, so it feels more mandatory and I can check it off the to-do list. So, I've put together what I think is accomplishable by day. Monday - elliptical for 30 minutes. Tuesday - nice, loooong walk with the kiddos. Wednesday - elliptical for 30 minutes. Thursday - jump rope, crunches, etc. Friday - bike ride. Saturday - walk or bike ride.
So there it is, all written out. Now I have to do it. It's like a non-negotiable contract.
This weeks goals:
eating/food: No snacking after 7. No sweets (except for Yummy Monday). Pay close attention to serving size.
exercise: Follow the daily exercise plan.
So, the good news is that even with all the laziness, excuses and flubbing it, I still lost some weight. Not a ton, but a tiny bit. At least I didn't go up, which is what I was expecting. I attribute this only to watching my snacking and not having seconds. The sad news about this? Well, just think how awesome I could do if I actually tried a bit more???