Day 475 – Progress!!

They say, “To everything there is a season,” and I feel like my season of struggle is FINALLY coming to an end! Starting my day at 3 pm is officially AWESOME! I made cookies Friday night and stuffed myself until 3 pm Saturday. Then I stopped. I started a new day, with new choices. I ate 3200 calories on “Saturday” (3 pm Fri-3 pm Sat), but Sunday, I was back to a very reasonable 1491. I’m on track to have a great Monday, too. And the best part is that it’s back to feeling comfortable. I don’t feel like I’m having to grit my teeth and struggle through each day, trying desperately to work up enough will-power to fight off the food that’s calling out to me. Instead, I feel powerful and in control!

I feel like my running is going REALLY well right now. I’m just focusing on strengthening my base. I won’t start training for the Louisville Mini Marathon until the first of the year, but I’m still working toward my 950 mile goal for 2016. I’m consistently running 18-20 miles each week, with an 8 mile long run either Sat or Sun. It’s enough for me to really feel like I’m keeping in good shape, but not so much that it feels like a chore that I HAVE to do. I still feel like I GET to run. Since my distance is consistent week-to-week, I have fun running slower or faster depending on how I feel (or how short I am on time). I was in a hurry today, and ended up with a new 5k PR!

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Remember last September (2015), when it took me 42 minutes to run a 5k? Remember last year, when Hubby suggested I’d soon be running a 10 min mile and I cried, because that felt impossible? Remember last April, when I ran my first 10 minute mile and cried because I was both in awe and trying not to die? Remember back in June when I ran my first sub-30 minute 5K? I have officially surpassed all of my own expectations and am living in the land of what I’d always believed to be impossible!

On Facebook, one of my cousins liked the picture from my first 5K (Sept 2015). I haven’t looked at that picture in a very long time, and oh boy – I was FAT! I decided to pull up the picture from this year’s half marathon (same weekend, but 2016). I thought it’d be cool to see the pictures side-by-side. This led me to think about my progress pictures in general. All them stored on my computer were lost in the series of computer crashes back in August, so I looked at my blog¬†and realized that I haven’t taken a progress picture since JULY!!! OOOPS!

Of course, I really don’t think there’s been a huge change, but I do like taking the photos. Sometimes they show me progress that may not be super visible on the scale, and they show me things, that I just can’t see in the mirror. Seriously, when I look in the mirror, I really don’t see much difference between 230 lbs and 155 lbs!

I had to work a bit of computer magic – cutting, pasting, snipping, downloading, cropping, etc. to rebuild my progress photos, but I got it! I also set up the 5K to HM side-by-side picture!

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It surprised me, but I do see a bit of difference between July and now. My butt and chest got smaller (and the I’m wearing a newer, smaller tank in the July pics, but reverted back to the original one today).

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As stupid as it sounds, I was shocked to realize what a difference there was. I really never saw just how BIG I had been. In my mind, I was just a little over-weight.

Oh yeah, and I did my 6 yoga poses plus my shoulder stand again today!

 

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Day 474 – A different counting perspective

 

This week, I changed up my counting a bit. It doesn’t really change anything except how I look at my eating, though I’d argue that changes everything. I just changed it up on Tuesday, so please understand that it’s still very new. I’m sure I’ll discover drawbacks to this, but so far it’s been nice. I’m curious to see how it works over the weekend.

Anyway, I changed when my day ends. It used to be that my day started when I woke up and ended when I went to bed. Now, I end my day at 3 pm and start a new one at 3:01 pm. It sounds like a silly thing when I type it, but it’s made a difference for me.

I’d been having a lot of trouble from after-school to bedtime. I get home from school and am crazy hungry, so I start grabbing whatever is available. I eat and eat while I’m making dinner, and then I eat dinner. Then I sit down and log everything and realize that I consumed 800-1500 calories between 4 and 6 pm. Of course, this always puts me over the day, so I get upset and figure I might as well have dessert. I think this is also why I would forget to count everything after lunch. I’d eat so much it was over whelming, and I didn’t want to know how bad it was.

Since my day now starts at 3 pm, I plan my after-school eating the way I’d usually plan breakfast. I’m very aware of what and how much I’m eating during those afternoon/evening hours, because I know it’s going to have a big impact on what I get to eat the next day. I know I want 700 calories for breakfast and lunch the next day, so I know I only get 700 calories in the evening. If I do go over, I lighten my lunch or remove my morning snack the next day to compensate. I do really well during the day, so it’s a lot easier for me to make those healthy choices, then.

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It makes my daily log look like this.

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And, yesterday, my scale looked like this!

Like I said, it’s only been a few days, so I’m still experimenting with it. I’m curious to see how it goes over the weekend and throughout next week. I figure I’ll continue with it throughout this 26 day challenge and see where it puts me at Thanksgiving.

Speaking of the challenge, I took Friday off. I ran 0 miles and did 0 yoga poses. Today’s my long run, but it’s currently 32*F, so I’m giving it a bit of time to warm up before I head out.

Day 472 – Keepin’ the challenge going!

Day 5 has been the best day yet! I ended that day at 1517 calories (my lowest in… let’s just say “a while”). I ran 3.6 miles, in the rain no less! I also did all 6 of my yoga poses before ended the day with a shoulder stand! I didn’t hold it for long, and I couldn’t get my balance a second time – but I did manage the shoulder stand.

For once, I’m actually kind of excited about my weigh-in tomorrow. I don’t think I’ll see a loss, since I’ve really only been anywhere near “on-track” for 2 days. I am hopeful that I won’t see a gain, though. If I can keep things going, I do think I’ll see a loss next week!

I’m so glad to be feeling excited about this whole process again!

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I’ve even regained my love of spreadsheet data tracking!

Day 470 – Challenge day 2 & 3

Good news!! I did my 6 yoga poses last night and again this morning! The shoulder stand was a bit precarious, last night, and I skipped it all together this morning. I’m not sure if it’s the pillow I was using or me just not being as focused or whatever, but I came scarily close to doing aback somersault. This is not to say that I won’t be doing a shoulder stand again tomorrow (I certainly plan to!); I just needed a break from it today.

Other good news: I tracked everything I ate yesterday and again today! That makes 3 days in a row of tracking everything!

Bad news: I didn’t run today. It just didn’t fit in my schedule. Hubby and I passed each other as I drove home from school, and he drove toward his meeting. Little Man spent the afternoon with the sitter before we made dinner, did homework, and had to get ready for bed. Now it’s 8:30, I’m feeling done for the day.

Worse news:

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Yeah, I’ve been WAAAYY over my calories all three days.

But tracking is a step in the right direction.

Tomorrow I’ll definitely be running. I’ll do at least 3 miles, and I’m hoping to hit more like 4+.

Day 469 – Challenge Day 1

Well, day 1 is done. I did all 6 yoga poses, plus the inversion recommended to finish up the… whatever you call a bunch of yoga poses. I also ran 2 miles, ate 1831 calories, and woke up this morning weighing 155.6 lbs!

Tonight, I’ll attempt the 6+1 poses on my own for the first time! I’m oddly nervous about it. I did make myself a cheat sheet to help me out. All of the included pictures are from Yoga International – They have great yoga info and support!

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In order, these are trikonasana, virabhadrasana II, utthita parsvakonasana, parsvokanasana, virabhadrasana I, and prasarita padottanasana. The last picture is a shoulder stand (and it’s not from Yoga International).

The instructor, yesterday, told me what they’re called in English, but I don’t remember that part. She wrote down the formal? official? more complicated names, and I’m kinda glad for that. I wish I knew how to pronounce them; I really appreciate using original and accurate terms to discuss things.

Per the class, yesterday, I’m planning to focus on keeping my chest open during the first three poses. I use a block for the 1st and 3rd pose, since I can’t reach the floor, yet, without falling backwards! During the 4th & 5th pose, I’ll be focusing on squaring my hips while¬†pressing my back heel to the floor. The 6th pose is the one when I thought I’d crash and burn, but with a block under my head, it was doable and actually really cool! That pose requires that I focus on getting the very top “crown” of my head to rest on the block. I also use the wall to help me get up into the shoulder stand, and I put a thick stack of blankets under my shoulders to ease the strain & angle of my neck.

Today is Monday, and Monday = rest day for me! So no running. I should do 3-5 miles tomorrow, but I have an IEP meeting, and Hubby has a board meeting. I might do some miles on the treadmill (I certainly should), but we all know how much I despise that evil contraption, so we’ll see.

I ate 1900 calories today… um… oops? *shrug* I tracked it all, and that’s my big focus, for now.