Sunday, April 13, 2014

My experience with maintaining weight loss

If you're following me on Instagram, twitter, or facebook, you might have noticed that I'm not in Oklahoma right now (HALLELUJAH!!!) 


I wanted to share my thoughts about maintaining weight loss. Losing weight and keeping it off is a journey that never ends. I have learned over the years that I must always be vigilant. I wouldn't describe myself as a yo-yo dieter but I would say that I thought losing weight was a one time deal. I'd lose it and be done. Without watching my nutrition, the pounds came back time and again. 

This year, I have focused my time on my nutrition and I haven't seen those pesky 10 pounds come back. Vacation has been a time when I usually pack some pounds. I'm planning on doing things a little differently on this trip. I'll be using myfitnesspal to track my calories. I have learned that the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to count calories.

Wish me luck on this adventure! I hope to report back next week.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Top 10 reasons for walking


1- Walking is low impact. Joints are not stressed out.
2- Walking burns calories.
3- Walking reduces stress.
4- Walking is good for the heart.
5- Walking outside gives you fresh air.
6- Walking with a friend gives you time to catch up.
7- Walking is good for circulation. (Did I make that up? Possibly.)
8- Walking is good for your lungs.
9- Walking is good for your mind.
10- Walking is easy and accessible for everyone and any fitness level.

I would have a tough time choosing which I enjoy most because I enjoy to walk and run. Today, my foot was hurting in an unexpected spot. I think its time to attempt self-medication. I'll ask my sweet hubby to give me a foot massage. :)


Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm a runner with RunHers


Except when I attempted to run this morning. It just didn't feel right and I opted for a walk instead. For the past month, I have been running with RunHers, which is a national non-profit community based running group. The runs are supported with water stations and currently the runners are preparing for the Memorial Half/Marathon on April 27th. While I have been training with this great group of speedy runners, I will not be running the Memorial Half, because I will be in the Bahamas. A few of you mentioned your jealousy. All I can say is, "I'm not surprised." The Bahamas are amazing. I actually registered for this Half Marathon, all giddy and excited to run my first half (or walk it, I am not opposed to walking.) After paying the $70, I realized that my dates were all mixed up and we would literally be in Nassau that day. Oops. Another $15 later and I will be deferring my race registration until next year (which I will ensure the annual Bahamas adventure does not coincide with the Memorial Half again.)



The RunHers group has been a very supportive group. You don't have to be fast, you just have to go. Its a rally cry in every email that posts the upcoming run location. I had to chant that to myself as I attempted my first run of 9 miles last Saturday. At 7.5 miles, my knees were hurting. I am a chicken with pain and once I determined stretching was not helping, I immediately switched to walking and made it to the finish location dead last. I watch a lot of TV shows such as Naked and Afraid, Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls, Dual Survival and other reality TV. I am not interested in a mechanical injury (as Bear would put it.) I do my best to listen to my body and when I'm not comfortable, I switch gears quickly.  



I have truly enjoyed running with RunHers. Everyone is so supportive, encouraging, there's water stations along the course and there's accountability to make sure that everyone checks in at the end. Its an excellent group of women to run with. I hope you have a RunHers group near you to run with. There is a nominal annual cost of $20 that is not required. I've been meaning to pay it because I believe the group does good work. I'll get to it eventually.



Finally, I made it a goal to run a half marathon this year. I am not abandoning the training. I found a very popular half marathon in Tulsa called the Route 66 Half. I've heard the course is good but I know that it is in November. That's a sketchy month for running. It could be blistering cold or fairly decent. I have the end of the month to catch it at $60. Or I could wait and pay $80.  Once I make a final decision, I will be posting it on this blog.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Success

It's been awhile since I've posted and today I'm here to share my recent victories. Two weeks ago, I went shopping for jeans at the Lucky outlet and I purchased size 4! Last week, two co-workers mentioned that I look like I've lost weight. Today was my weekly weigh-in and I lost 1.6 pounds! Finally, my landlord mentioned that I've lost weight. 

This has been a long journey with lots of ups and downs. I've gained weight and I've lost weight. My goal today is to maintain a healthy weight. In the last 10 years, I've had to lose 10 pounds three different times. This third go around irritated me more than anything else and I promised to myself that I wasn't going to gain again. 

Truthfully, my weight has fluctuated but that appears to be normal as I gain muscle. My clothes have continued to fit and I've been able to buy smaller sizes. My journey started when I was 16 years old in a size 16 (pushing into size 18s.) I have learned a lot over this journey and I plan to keep learning. From personal experience, I've learned that I have to stay focused almost all the time.

 Me in the Bahamas in 2008.

Me in the Bahamas 2013. I have another trip to the Bahamas planned next month!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Creek Classic in Edmond, Oklahoma

Me after the race.

It was a lovely misty day. The clouds were out and the rain was light (barely noticeable.) I decided to run this race because David from last seasons Biggest Loser was to be there and running too. I did not see my usual running friends but I still saw people that I knew. I looked high and low, before and after the race, yet I did not find David. I saw cameras but David was not there. I will assume he was somewhere because there was a huge crowd. 

Random finish line photo.

I was a bit tired and dehydrated. This was just a 5k and I know that's a length that I am comfortable with. The race was well organized and I could tell that people believed in the cause. The race benefits education in Edmond Oklahoma. Two people told me good luck before the race, which had me thinking. I've never quite understood the reasoning behind it.


After the race, I decided that good luck is an appropriate phrase because you never know how the run will go until the end. I managed to break my personal record. (Is the appropriate phrase PR'd? Please tell me. I haven't gotten all the running lingo down yet.)

Creek classic 

New Year's Day Blastoff 5k

I went from an 11 minute mile average to 10:40. I actually think that I can keep getting faster and I'm thinking that running a half is more possible. (Although I do plan on some walking to keep up my stamina.) While I was bummed to not see David, I had a good race. Let's all assume that I ran with one of the Biggest Loser contestants. After the race, I enjoyed a pancake breakfast and it hit the spot. Please share with me your fitness routines. I'm always looking for ways to spice things up.






Saturday, March 1, 2014

Thunder


I had to have this hat because it reminds me of the Thunder's mascot: Rumble the Bison. Going to a Thunder game is tons of fun! There's music, cheerleaders, giveaways, and all other sorts of entertainment. I've seen some OKC bloggers complain about going to a Thunder game. It's too loud for those people. I find the noise energizing. Everyone is cheering the Thunder on and we live up to the nickname "Loud City". 
Westbrook shooting a free throw.

The Thunder had a great lead throughout the entire game but at the end it appeared they were losing steam. The Grizzlies were catching up. That fourth quarter was a nail biter and I was hollerin' as loud as possible.

R and his fries.

We were so close to the front row and all the action. We refer to this section as the fry section. These thunder fries are handed out to bang and distract the opponents. I have a feeling that on occasion it was effective. The people in front of us decided to leave after the third quarter, so I had tons of space to bang my thunder fries.
The score.

In the end, we were ahead and one of the Grizzlies decided to foul us when there was 0.7 seconds left in the game. Sore loser? Perhaps. We got two more free throws to clinch the victory. What a good game! When the opportunity arises to go again (free work tickets) we will be back and hollerin' to push the Thunder to victory again.





Monday, February 24, 2014

Running

I started running in 2010 because a friend asked me to run with her. It was a good experience and I've been off and on the running wagon since. I have found a connection with running that I haven't found in any other form of exercise. I find myself contemplating in deep thought as my feet propel me forward. Its cathartic and therapeutic in a way that I can't replicate. 

Obligatory running shoes photo.

As I've been running lately, I've come to understand that we are all made differently. Some people need to run and others need to lift weights. There's no right or wrong exercise for each person. I do believe that running is for me right now and maybe I'll need to do something else later.

That's me in the blue coat.

Have you found your exercise? It's the thing that keeps you moving and staying fit. If you haven't found it yet, I'd like to encourage you to try different things. Try it more than once because the first time isn't a good shot at it. (Growing up, my dad instituted the "three bite rule". We had to eat three bites before we could decide that it wasn't for us. I think this was instituted because his cooking was not our cup of tea. This principle should be applied to trying new things in general.) Once you find it, you will be liberated to enjoy the fruits of your labor and you will enjoy the process along the way.

Here is a list of ideas to get you started:
Running
Swimming
Biking/cycling
Cross-fit
Yoga
Pilates
Kick boxing
Zumba
Weight training
Boot camp
Dancing
And the list goes on.
What do you do for workouts?


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The beginning of my journey

My journey towards health and losing weight started when I was 17. I went looking for photos that would document my progress and I didn't find much. What surprised me more was the few photos I did find, on the outside I did not look bad. That's not what I remember and there's a good chance that at my heaviest I won't find any photos. 

At 17, I weighed in at over 150 and wore a size 16. I recall purchasing some size 18s as well. I refused to get on the scale because I was afraid of the reality. I was not healthy.

All of my life, from grade school through college, I have struggled with weight. I was always getting the larger sized clothes and I would prefer baggy clothes over fashion because that was comfortable. I could hide my weight.

I don't know where I learned my eating habits from exactly. I remember eating until I was literally sick on several occasions. Looking at my parents, my dad is fit and trim but my mom is not. While I was a junior in high school, my mom and I decided to lose weight together.

We joined The Prism Weight Loss Program and attended weekly meetings. We had 4 phases to get through and it was faith based. I stuck it out but I can't remember how far my mom made it. I lost at least 20 pounds and went from the size 16 to a 10. I was feeling good but my struggles with food continued. I'd feel guilty when I had something that was not on the diet. Eventually, I grew tired of feeling guilty and stopped doing this diet.

I will need to take photos of my photos and that will be for another post. Have you struggled with weight your entire life? Am I the only one who dieted at age 17?

Drinking beer at McNellies in Oklahoma City 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

How I keep up with blogs

I have yet to master Bloglovin. It appears to run at pace of a turtle and I can't deal with it. A few bloggers give the option of subscribing by email. Its a feature that can be switched on and off in blogger. I have it switched on and you can subscribe by email in my sidebar. My regular reads are Kristin's knook, Ash's step in the right direction, Brewmama, Shanna said so, Hubby Jack's blog attack and Where we can live like Jack and Sally. If you turn on this feature, I'll subscribe to your blog too, just let me know in a comment below. I really don't understand why Bloglovin is so slow.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Motiontraxx review and The Biggest Loser

I had plans of running outside in the freezing temps but when upon arrival I found the run was cancelled. I still helped myself to a bagel. Then I went to gym and busted out 4.4 miles in two minute speed intervals. This whole week I've cheated myself out of the really good sweaty workouts except for today. It was great! 
Repeated photo. I need to get some more photos.

Today, I listened to my favorite podcast: motiontraxx. The music has a certain bpm and its continuous for the entire 60 minutes. There's a slight break in the middle when DEEKRON THE FITNESS DJ tells you its the halfway point of the mix. I love how the music keeps going and it slowly changes to different sounds but it never stops. There's always something. He has free mixes and premium mixes that don't cost much. He has a bpm of the month club and you'd get a new mix once a month set to your preferred bpm. This music keeps me going on the race course and the treadmill. If you haven't heard of him yet, download a free mix and let the beats take you to the finish line.


I'd like to weigh in on The Biggest Loser controversy. Its so typical that a former athlete would win but honestly I didn't think that Rachel looked unhealthy. She looked like an athlete and she put in the work to win. She deserves congratulations and not comments that she doesn't look healthy. I would expect that she would gain some weight back to be in a more normal BMI range but I'd say kudos to her for doing a good job.
That's it for today's post. Tomorrow, I'm sharing how I stay on top of my favorite blogs.