Sunday, April 22, 2012

2:02! (Weekly Weigh-In 3)



Where we were:
                    Kimberly                  Justin
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

Justin's Post
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???

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