Exercise · Weight Loss

Weigh-In Week 157: Race Weekend!

Weighed-in yesterday and I was down 0.9lbs. Yahoo! New weight is 152.0lbs for a total loss of 99.6lbs. Happy for the loss, it could have been larger, but I ended up working out a lot this past weekend and I find those weeks I don’t lose as much – perhaps water retention.

This weekend we have incredible weather here and it was a glorious weekend for bootcamps in the park (led by a friend of mine) and my 5K race!! I’ve done this race now 3 years in a row and this is the first year we had gorgeous weather. It was wonderful and made for a great run!

Do you recall my goal of getting in under 30mins?? Well I did it! I ran the 5K in 27:50. WOOHOO!!! I am thrilled 🙂

And check out what the receptionist at WW gave me – three 5K charms! One for every year I’ve run the race. I can’t believe how far I’ve come over the last 3 years. Never before would I have thought I’d be this person. This person who runs races, who goes to bootcamp on the weekend, who craves to move and be active. I’m amazed. My life has changed so much. Sometimes I get caught up in how far I still have to go, how long it’s going to take me and I forget how far I’ve come.


Check out my morning at the race. I had such an amazing time!







Has summer arrived for you yet? Are you out and about these days?

Exercise · Weight Loss

5K in 30:40!

Woohoo!! My official time was 30:40!!! That’s 30 minutes and 40 seconds. I beat my time from last year by exactly 5 minutes. 🙂 This year I came in 605th place – hehehe! I feel pretty darn amazing right about now.

Here’s my new medal to add to the collection!

The run was tough, I won’t lie. There’s a bridge and nasty gust of wind near the end that just didn’t help me along. But I will say that I ran the whole way, sometimes slower than I’d like, but I didn’t slow to a walk at all. Pretty darn proud of that one. I’m pretty happy with my progress over the last 3 weeks of getting back into shape, perhaps in February my time would have been faster, but I’m thrilled with this – especially that it starts with a 30 and not a 31! Yay! Now I go back to running for pleasure instead of training. It’ll be nice…until my next race! 🙂

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Race Day Approaches!

Oh it’s coming up! Tomorrow, Sunday, morning at 8:30am eastern time to be exact. EEEE!!!

I am ready, but perhaps not as ready as I was back in February. I’ve tried hard to get back into form these last 3 weeks and I’m feeling confident I can beat my time from last year (35:41) but I’m not sure I can do it under 30mins. I will try my best, that’s all I can do. You can read about last year’s race here!

I got new shoes this week. New Balance 860s. I was going to get the stabilicore, but they didn’t have my size. I needed new shoes badly because my old ones were causing my feet to go numb at the 25 minute mark. Just look at the heels. I pronate like nobody’s business!

My well worn shoes – they lasted a year and 4 months. Probably longer than they should have, but there it is.

Here are my sparkly new shoes! And nice heels! They say shoes should last for approximately 80hrs of training. With my running of approx. 1.5-2hrs a week that’ll take me to about the first week of February 2013. However, that’s also for a 135lb woman. I just need to keep an eye on the shoes and how they’re making my feet feel.

And they currently have spiffy un-worn (is that a word?) heels!

As far as I can tell the route is the same as last years. It’s a bit odd for me to run as it follows the race track so it has much more spring than running on a sidewalk. I’m not as nervous because I know what to expect this year, but I know tomorrow morning I know I’ll be full of butterflies. Here’s the route:

Wish me luck! And please do share your stories if you race as well! 🙂

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The Race!

Well the day has come and gone. I have officially run my first race. And it was fun! My official time was 35:56 and my real time was 35:40. I’m not sure what the difference is, but regardless that’s pretty darn good! It’s the fastest time I’ve ever done 🙂 I came in 605th place (hehehe!)

The weather was horrible though – it had been raining straight since Friday night and come Sunday morning there were puddles everywhere and it was still raining.

I left my apartment at 7:30 in the morning, the race was scheduled to begin at 8:30. Ideally it would only take 20 minutes to get there, but the metro (subway) on Sunday’s doesn’t come as often and I had to switch trains. I got there with my friend just after 8am. I had time to find a locker and change despite that it was packed, people everywhere! The 5K event was sold out and there were 1500 people registered for it. There was a 21K at 10am also (my friend was running in that one) and they had almost 2500 registered!

Here was my route:

I ran almost all of it. But I did have to walk twice to regroup. I ran too fast at the start from all the excitement and the people running faster around me so off I went, we also had a small bridge to cross right at the beginning and both of those things together contributed to not being able to properly pace myself so I walked for about 30-45sec to regroup just after the 1K mark I also had to regroup around 3K. But that’s okay.  Here are some photos from the start:

And we’re off!

And here I am in the blue hoodie! My friend got a pic of me as I ran past the start – (I’m the one the arrows are pointing at 😉 )

Woohoo!! Everyone who finished the race got this medal. I’ll be honest I love it! I’m such a sucker for stickers and medals and things like that.

And here’s some after pics:

And the most important station – the BAGELS!! It took me an hour to find them and I only found them once I sent my friend off on her 21K (which she did in just under 2 1/2 hours!!!) and they had apples and bananas and I’m happy to report I only ate one bagel! I could have easily scarfed down two, instead I had two small apples (macintosh). Not one right after the other, but a bit later on.

And that was my day! A race done. I still have trouble believing it. A year ago I NEVER would have thought I could have accomplished this. Now I’m thinking of signing up for another one in the fall. Just another 5K. I’d like to get better at this. If I can do it and keep getting better maybe I’ll think about a 10K next year (who is this person?!). The race I want to sign up for is the Oasis Montreal Marathon.  It’s September 25th. So it won’t be too hot, but hopefully it’ll be warmer/better weather then this race!


Weight Loss

Weigh-in Week 50: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s!

I am back on track! At weigh-in today I was down 2.5lbs for a new weight of 182.1lbs and a total of 69.5lbs lost 😀 Here’s hoping I can keep this up and get to 52 weeks reaching 70lbs.

Yahoo! I think posting my food log daily really helps with this so I’m going to continue doing it for the time being. This week wasn’t too bad food wise, I think I was fairly in control and making healthy decisions. Sometimes I chose the less healthy option like the pierogies, but I tracked and made sure to not let one over-indulgence lead to more.

HOWEVER…today I made a conscious decision to over-indulge. Because it was Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s! Yum. I have missed this day (usually because I forget) for the last 10 years, but not this year. I was free and I went. Waited 1/2 hour and gave my donation and got myself “Chocolate Therapy” mmmm….chocolate, brownie chunks, and more chocolate.

It was a gorgeous day today and I spent a lovely afternoon walking about with my ice cream. This week is shaping up to be a busy one once again. I can’t wait for it to be over, but so much work to get done in the next few days.

I really want to go out and run outside tomorrow to see if I can complete a full 5K. However the forecast is for light rain. I think even if it is raining somewhat I’m going to do it – why you ask? Because that is also the forecast for Sunday which is the day of MY RACE!! And, hey, the more prepared I can be the better. I’ll just be sure to bring a complete dry set of clothes with me so I don’t get sick.

My other exercise goals for the week include weight training on Thursday, another run on Friday and a video at home on Monday. I’m going to let Saturday be my rest day so I don’t over-train or hurt myself right before the race. Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost here. It seems like just yesterday that I signed up. It feels real now. Ahhh!!

Have a good week everyone and let me know your activity plans too! 🙂

Exercise · Food · Weight Loss

Food Log: Thursday April 7

Yay! I officially finished the last session of the Couch to 5K program! This past week I ran 5K three times 🙂

It took me longer to complete since I started at 2 days per week rather than 3 so I did it over 14 weeks instead of 9.  My race is still a little over a week away and I’m planning on getting in at least 3 more runs, prefereably 4. I will also run outside at least once so I can get a feel of what to expect.


Thursday, April 07, 2011

1  cup(s) fat-free skim milk
Oatmeal Breakfast
Subtotal 6
1  piece(s) rugalach
Hors d’oeurves – Quick-added food
1/2 fillet(s) cooked fillet of sole
1  cup(s) grapes
1  large banana(s)
1  small apple(s)
1/2 cup(s) cooked carrots
1  tsp regular butter
1  tsp olive oil
1  Tbsp dried bread crumbs
Subtotal 11
1  medium whole wheat tortilla(s)
3  slice(s) turkey breast lunch meat (3-1/2 square)
1/2 breast(s) cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
11  oz uncooked potato(es)
1  cup(s) pineapple
1  cup(s) tomato(es)
Subtotal 12
No entries for this meal time.  
Subtotal 0
Food PointsPlus values total used 29
Food PointsPlus values remaining 0
55 min weight training, universal machine, vigorous effort
10 min walking, treadmill ( > 3.0 mph and < 5.0 mph )
40 min jogging
Activity PointsPlus values earned 15
Water: 12
Exercise · Weight Loss

Accountable in April & a 5K!

April is among us (but really I couldn’t tell by the weather!) and this means a new exercise challenge for me and the end of March’s. All in all I put in a pretty poor showing at the March challenge  – March Meltdown – with only 7/8 lbs lost and 1150/1200 activity minutes. I’m more upset by not reaching my activity goal than anything else. Mostly because I think it was due to shear and simple laziness on my part. I won’t let April go down the same route.

April’s challenge on the WW forum boards is called Accountable in April. I’ve decided to lower my weight loss goal for the month to 6lbs (rather than 8lbs) but keep my activity the same at 1200 minutes. I think 6 is a more realistic goal for me nowadays. I just can’t assume I’ll lose at least 2lbs a week anymore. I have less to lose compared to a few months ago so I can’t expect to be losing at the same rate and also I get upset at myself when my loss is less than 2 and that’s just ridiculous – I should be celebrating all losses!

So that said, here’s a graph of my March activity. It wasn’t too bad, but I notice that I wasn’t gettin nearly enough in beyond my gym days. That’s something I’d like to work on for April – to get back into the habit of working out more often.

But the super exciting news from the weekend is that I RAN 5K!  That’s right. I have officially finished session 1 of week 9 of the Couch to 5K program 😀

I can’t believe I did it. All the way to the gym yesterday afternoon I kept thinking it wasn’t going to happen – that I wouldn’t be able to finish. But I did! I pushed through and you know what? In the end, it wasn’t that difficult. I had my breathing under control and I focused on pulling power from my quads and hamstrings rather than thinking about my calves or my feet.  Whenever I think about my calves or feet they end up  getting sore and the voice in my head telling me how much easier it would just to stop gets louder.

It took me about 38 minutes to run on a treadmill. Here’s a photo of the machine!

In total it took me 50 minutes (5 minute warm-up and 7 minute cool down) for a total of 6.1K (0.4K during the warm up and 0.7K during the cool down). Oh, don’t worry about the heart-rate – I don’t use it when I run so all the buttons stay lit up.

I am thrilled with myself. I now have 14 days/2 weeks to prepare myself for my race on Sunday April 17. The plan is to finish off the Couch to 5K program by running 2 more times and also to try running outside so I can get a feel for how different it is. This is best motivation ever!