Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Week 4 Friday

Don't you know?

Don't you KNOW!!??

Things WILL change.

Things'll go your way.

If you HOLD ON, for one more day.

I know that there is pain but you hold on for one more day, and you'll break free;

Free from the chains.

~Wilson Phillips (from memory)

This weight loss thing is tough! I am hanging on.

Being in pain sucks. It is taking away all of my work. Running. Running. Running!

I weighed in last Saturday at 237.9.


I started running again. 

The family walked to the lake, it was 2 plus miles. I wasn't in pain. I walked most of it and jogged the last .25 mile. 


 I decided to go back to the gym, get back on the pony that bucked me off (treadmill).

I ran a 12 minute mile!!!! I didn't stop once. I felt like it went by very fast. 

.25 mile:   3:07
.50 mile: 5:53
.75 mile: 9:04
1 mile: 12:00

I weighed 272 pounds in March. I weigh 237 pounds in May. WOW. 

The more I move, the stronger I feel.


I went to the gym with my husband, and ran a mile and a half. It took me a while..I think like 17 minutes. I wasn't running as hard as I do when I go on my own. It was nice to have the time with him though.

Got home and cleaned the house, while my husband cooked dinner: pork skewers, rice and salad. I passed on the rice, ate a big helping of salad with my "homemade" dressing with garlic oil and raspberry vinegar..mmm. The pork was so good. I had a small portion that got even smaller once I nibbled around the fat.


Tonight I went to the gym, for my time alone with God, while my husband slept. On the treadmill. I was going, prepared to run a mile and a half. Then I noticed the clock on the wall.

One hour to closing.

"Self, I am going to make you run for a solid hour."

Here we go.

It was SOOOOOOOOO not easy.

I sweat more than I've ever sweat, my hair was drenched, and I was dripping.


I was kicking some ass!!!

A woman from down stairs called, "Alright you guys, we're closing!".
It was at that moment that I crossed a specific distance. Its my number actually.

I had run for one hour, without stopping!
 I just ran 4 miles!!! Holy crap (not that crap is Holy)!!! 

This is a photo from about 2 weeks ago. My stomach is flat, my hips are coming in, my legs are leaning..
There is a lot stored on my butt and entire mid section, below my belly button really. 

I need to start toning my muscles with weights, phase 2.

I'll weigh in tomorrow....

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Week 3 Friday: Back Pain is Finally Passing

It's been a week since I hurt my back. I've slept the last two nights without any medicine, which is progress. (this too shall pass)

I've been doing a 20 minute complete beginners yoga class that I found on you tube. I like the guy's voice, he helps me relax.

What I have found:

  • I am SO NOT flexible! Really, it's no surprise to me, I just see the tremendous room for improvement. 
  • Same goes for my muscles; I can barely pull my own weight away from gravity!! My muscle, which I have a lot of, is probably very Kobe beef. (yum) 

  • I can't do yoga breathing very well. Inhale abdomen goes out, exhale abdomen goes down. I'm wondering if I WAS able to properly breath for running, would it help me improve my strength and  ability, can't hurt huh?! 
My next gift to myself, is to pay for a personal trainer. I want to learn how to train my body properly.

I think I'll continue with the yoga, and perhaps I'll take some real classes.  

Weight Loss


I have been sticking to my diet as far as calories go this week, and in fact I have a loss to report tomorrow...!!!


Yoga, in small doses. I also went on a walk around the block with my husband, getting more mobile again. It makes me upset, because I really have made great improvements in my health. I was motivated to get to the gym and jog.. 

note to self: no incline jogging....yet. 

I will do it again.. I still have another 50 or so pounds to go. I am still fighting. 

Writing in my blog

I work from 6 to 2:30, which are pretty nice hours when your kid is in school. It's just harder to find time to sit down and write as often. I've thought about it often..but didn't do it. It was my first week on the shift, I was working from 7:30-4, which was good too, but my daughter, 13, is home from school at 3, and she needs me. The other time is usually spent tending the house. I can't wait for Mother's Day. I am going to relax. I've never had a massage, I think maybe it's time for a first?


Continual Improvement. That's my life. I am so inspired to break my cycle, to cut off the "head of the giant" I want to see what I look like. ney, what I feel like when I am thin. I don't want to go back. This is my personal best. The lowest weight I have been in 13+ years. I have never been thin. Ever. 

Week 3 Wednesday Night: First Obstacle: Back Pain

Friday night I hurt my back on the treadmill. Climbing an incline at a slow jog (bad idea).

I hurt my back seriously in 2012. Stress found the path of least resistance,  and shot out of my lower spine. My sciatic nerve was pinched,  and I was frozen for almost 24 hours before calling the ambulance. The pain was worse than giving birth,  bar none. 

Methocarbamol, a muscle relaxer available over the counter in Canada, has been my life saver along the way. It flares up,  I take the pills for a couple days,  and I'm back on with  life.  I also take supplements that the natural Chiropractor suggested.

I was out of the muscle relaxer on Friday.

I thought maybe the pain would subside. It didn't. Monday I went to the gym,  prepared to just walk.  I don't want to lose this motivation.  I am so afraid that if I stop,  it will be hard to start again (This isn't my first rodeo).

Saturday I weighed in. No loss,  no gain.  I assume I am now holding water. When I work out hard, I retain while I heal.


Today is Wednesday. No loss,  no gain.  I did beginners yoga,  20 minutes,  to stretch out my lower back, that works so well,  but then I have to get mobile, and I lose progress.

I'm not quitting, by any means. I've just begun!  It seems though,  that something like this happens every time. 

Get sick,  get hurt. Gain weight.

My sister in law posted "if it's harder to start,  don't ever stop". 

I've been mostly very careful (fro-yo with the hubsters last night) with my diet, and I'm really focusing on drinking lots of water. I've discovered the importance of water through the hcg.. water moves waste out,  water cleanses. I think part of my back issue is the lack of water.
You probably wouldn't believe me,  but I seriously only drank coffee before the hcg, I hated water (still do).
Okay. Moving forward.  Headed for 2-3-0.

This Too Shall Pass