I guess I run now

or I’m trying to anyway.

 

Really fat, virtually slim

Feathers used this site to create models of her own before/after pictures for inspiration. Figured I’d try that too!

So here’s me now           &           here’s me later:

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By bigprof
On March 16, 2008
At 7:17 pm
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first real test

Tonight we go out with one of my colleagues & his wife. They want us to walk into town and go to this award-winning burger joint with them. The place is ranked like 20th in the country for burgers, so they’ll expect us to order and eat a damn burger. Not good: this is too soon into my diet for such binge temptations.

But I’m not a victim of circumstances. First, I decided I’d get the burger with a salad rather than their fries on the side. I can try one of the hubby’s fries if they look good & he’ll not let me steal more than that. But let’s face it, I know what fries taste like & I’ve been loving my leafy greens lately. So that was my first decision. Then I went online & found the menu & it turns out I can get the burger on a big salad (no bun!), so I can try the burger & not offend our hosts, but I don’t have to pig out completely. Figure 400 cals for the burger alone, so with dressing on the side, that’s still a sensible meal and one I might even make at home sometime.

So far I’ve had cheerios and milk and a large salad today. I may have a piece of toast with peanut butter (130 cals) before we leave for their house so I’m not starving at the restaurant. And while I’d love to get a beer tonight…they have my very favorite porter on tap…that’d be another 250 calories in the mix. Meanwhile, I burned 170 calories on the treadmill this morning and another 80 with my yoga/mat work this morning, so I feel okay about tonight. I have this under control & will come out of this test the victor.

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By bigprof
On March 15, 2008
At 11:28 am
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I’ll take it!

2.8 pounds this morning! I’m pretty happy with that considering I was afraid I wouldn’t lose a thing & this marks the first week in a really long time that I’ve lost rather than gained or stayed the same. So it’s more of a trail marker than anything else, evidence that I’m heading down the right path.

Okay, so what I did last week worked. And what I did last week was get off my butt & move…a lot. And what I did last week was eat 3 meals a day & tons of leafy greens. It’s a formula. Let’s apply it again this week & see what happens. Of course, I can’t help thinking of how great it would feel to lose 2.8 pounds for many more weeks in a row. But I don’t want to get into that whole “summer’s coming” diet rut…this isn’t a temporary thing meant to take me into summer with a better body: it’s a life-long commitment to eating better, working out, and living longer & happier. I may get to a nice weight this summer or I may not, but my goal is long-term, so I’ll get there.

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By bigprof
On March 14, 2008
At 2:13 pm
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nervous

okay, so my first weigh-in is tomorrow…one week blogging & one week running & one week watching my calories & eating 3 meals a day (rather than one giant meal at night). Obviously I’m a bit nervous about it…blogging twice in one day.

I realize there may be no movement on the scale & in my mind I’m preparing for that, but I really hope I’ve got at least a one pound loss to show for my first week’s work. I’m not backsliding into bad habits if this doesn’t work, though. Even if I’ve gained a pound, I know exercise works. It just takes more time now that I’m older to actually see the results.

I’ve never been fatter in my life, but I will lose from here on out, not keep gaining.

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By bigprof
On March 13, 2008
At 8:54 pm
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right, I remember yoga

Of course, my muscles don’t. It felt really good today to stretch and do some of the poses that I used to do…that I used to do so much better before I added about 50 pounds to my small frame. I barely have any flexibility left, no strength to speak of, and my balance is a joke. There’s a lot there to work on.

Still, I’m torn between moving up to pilates & then working in the yoga later or just sticking with the yoga. I see fast results with pilates, but it’s so hard to motivate myself to do it in the beginning.  On the one hand, I know how long it takes me to get accustomed to the pilates workout, so the sooner I start, the better. But on the other hand, maybe I should stick with the easy mat work and yoga while I incorporate the couch to 5k program…I know what happens when I bite off more exercise than I can do: one minute I’m happy & the next I’m eating everything in the house & blaming myself for not being in better shape.

Gee, did I just write the answer for myself? I guess I’ll stick with the easy mat work & incorporate more of the yoga poses in gradually as my strength and flexibility return. Then, when I feel like I need a challenge, I’ll return to pilates in better shape than I am now.  Yes? No? I guess I don’t have to decide this now & maybe I should wait to decide after my first run in week two of the program.

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At 3:13 pm
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the rules

My new healthy eating rules (so far, so good) are: breakfast, no skipping, cereal and maybe fruit; lunch, no skipping, something sensible like a big salad or a pb&j sandwich; snacks are not my enemy provided they’re in small portions & I count the calories, pretzels, fruit, veggies are great for these; dinner early and always with both a salad and a collection of munchie veggies like celery, carrots, and radishes; evening snack is fine provided it is measured and calculated.

I don’ t know if the scale is going to show any progress on Friday, but this first week has been about figuring out how to eat and finding out that I can actually run. So even if I haven’t lost an ounce, at least I can look back at this week with a sense of accomplishment: I’m walking more,;I’m trying to run; I’m watching what I eat, but not depriving myself.

And on Friday I move into week 2 of the couch to 5K program! I guess I’m doing it.

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By bigprof
On March 12, 2008
At 10:58 am
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so far, so good…

The only problem is Jim came home last night for spring break & I usually have trouble exercising when he’s around…especially when he’s claimed my office to work on his diss (where the treadmill is).

But I told him I need the office to myself for half an hour tonight to do one of my 3 run/walks this week. And I moved my videotape collection to the living room, so I can at least do my yoga & pilates in peace.

I refuse to lose this momentum. It’s only day 3, and it doesn’t take much to throw me off track when it comes to establishing an exercise regimen.

Thanks to the folks who posted comments to my first blog entry. I’m going to visit your blogs now for inspiration!

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By bigprof
On March 9, 2008
At 2:41 pm
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Need some accountability

Maybe this will help, though & I’m just about desperate now…41 years old, 183.5 pounds, 5′ tall, out of shape & ashamed of myself for letting my body get into this terrible condition.

So today I started running…only intermittently while walking briskly using coolrunning’s couch to 5K in 9 weeks program & a great podcast that times each week’s run out for you.

Tomorrow walking and yoga.

Shooting for 10% loss now…18 pounds. Much more later on.

Let’s see how it goes when I feel like there’s some accountability & I have to post about the exercise I do everyday & about my progress.

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By bigprof
On March 7, 2008
At 11:22 pm
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