Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm Going Public

I'm going public. 

I need some accountability.

I need to fit in my skin again! 

For more years than I care to count, I have been battling with my weight.  There was a time when I was running 3 miles a day, going to the gym regularly, and even competed in small triathlons. 

circa 1990
 Starting now, I am going to be in charge of my health and fitness. I flip through magazines with articles about weight loss and there appears to be two categories: 

1) a miracle plan that will shed 20 pounds by summer/Christmas/back to school/whenever by walking/pilates/eliminating entire food groups/taking a miracle pill, or

2) a discussion on over-eating to fill some unmet emotional issue.  I guess I shouldn't rule out the idea that I'm really not as happy and content as I feel and that somewhere buried deep in my subconscious is the reason I'm overweight.  And that Oprah/Dr. Phil/Gillian Michaels can help me uncover it all, I'll lose 100 pounds, get a makeover and make it on the cover of Prevention Magazine. 

But I guess I see it a bit differently.  I have mentioned in other posts that I'm not an overthinker so here's how I see my situation...

I take in more calories than I burn!

So, if I want to shed some weight, I have to change the balance:  I either need to take in fewer calories and excercise the same amount, consume the same amount of calories and exercise more, or, and here's where I get really radical, take in fewer calories and exercise more!

I really just want to feel comfortable in my body again.  And, I want to run with Corey and Christine(and any other fabuolous Mom) when we are in Orlando in March. 

There, I said it.  It is now out there in the Blogosphere.  I want to hang out with the cool kids.

I read on other blogs the C25K thing.  It's a 9 week interval training plan that takes you from couch  potato (C) to running a 5K.  I also have an iPhone App called Lose It! that allows you to set your weight loss goal, track the food you've eaten, log exercise--and it calculates how many calories you can eat for the day, subtracts what you've eaten, adds calories if you've exercied and even tracks nutritional information.  I can use both the C25K and Lose It! on my iPhone--exercise and technology--why, it's got my name written all over it.  Now to just add the missing ingredient...doing it.

So, I started back at the gym two weeks ago.  I haven't lost an ounce but I'm starting to feel better.  My muscles are remembering and my lungs are starting to come back.  YAY!  I have to remind myself that I didn't get out of shape or pack on all these extra pounds in two weeks so I can't expect to lose it overnight.  Plus, I'm perimenopausal and have hypothroidism...not excuses, just reasons to stay focused.

I begin Week 3 today. 

My Goals:
1.  Feel better physically
2.  Run a 5k with Corey and Christine  when we're in Florida
3.  Lose 20 pounds

So, I'll share my successes and frustrations.  I welcome any words of encouragement, ideas for sticking with it, your success stories, training tips, and suggestions for really good work out music.


  1. You go girl! I'm going to try to C25K after Christmas as well!

  2. Wow ! You go for it. Funny thing is that K and I did a power walk routine by Leslie Sansone this morning before I went to work. I do zumba once a week too but I too need to lose a few pounds. I doubt I could ever run again, something I loved because I wrecked up my knee in high school and didn't want to lose my job teaching dance so I hid it from all and it healed kinda wonky!

  3. CRAP!

    I have not run since August! (That is a post all its own!) But coincidentally, I drove a 2 mile route in my new neighborhood today because I am planning to get off my fat duff for Christmas.. so IT'S ON, girl! 5K in Orlando!


  4. CRAP! CRAP! I haven't run in over a month, and was just starting to be okay with it.

    I did ride my bike for like 10 minutes earlier. Now I'm moaning.

    I'm in.

    You also know I'm all about the nutrition and turned my parents around a year ago (dad reversed his diabetes and they have both lost an incredible amount of weight going mostly vegan/vegetarian and cutting processed stuff).

    Now, to get knock out a mile or two this week. Ugh.

  5. hey wait ... I wanna run... NOT!
    I'll be ya'lls cheering section.

    now if you want to swim ...

  6. @Corey and Christine: No pressure! I just wanted to be able to keep up with you!

    @Integrity Singer: OMG! Swimming is my all time favorite preferred activity. I will definately swim with you. Hey, maybe we can do a Biathlon in Orlando---Hah, NOT!

  7. I did the C25K thing, and now I'm doing the B210K thing. I should be finished with B210K by early January. I'm still SLOW as heck, but I can run for almost an hour without stopping now.

  8. I'll cheer with j and throw cups of water at you like in a marathon