New Vlog and Weigh-In Update: AM I A RUNNER NOW?!?

Hello friends! First off I have to thank everyone who came forward to support me through my rough patch last week. If there’s one thing I know for sure about weight loss it’s that these bad weeks happen. The goal in managing them is having them only be weeks, and not letting them turn into bad months, bad years, or a bad life.

I’m happy to share that I got back on the proverbial horse and since the end of last week my food choices have been solid, I’v felt more in control, and I’ve gotten back into the swing of things with my activity. I’m still not rockin’ the cardio as much as maybe I should, but I’m putting in my best efforts, and that’s all I can really ask of myself!

In fact, last night I broke another personal record: I RAN A WHOLE MILE WITHOUT STOPPING!!! That’s a first, folks! I’m definitely feeling like running isn’t something I can say I “can’t do” any longer. I can run for over ten minutes at a time, and that’s amazing to me! Next goal is to run a 5k. I GOT THIS!

Next up, the weigh-in. I was very curious, this week, to see how my body dealt with my binge episodes and my return to activity. I like how my body approached it 🙂 Last week I weighed in at 186.0 lbs. This morning I weighed in at 182.8 lbs. That’s 3.2 lbs lost this week! Woot! That makes my total just a hair shy of a total of 90 lbs lost.

I’ll leave you with this video update. I talk a little more in it about my recovery from last week. And it’s a much more upbeat video than the last one, lol!

Adventures in Hiking: Saint Edward State Park

This morning I woke up feeling kinda blah, so I immediately set some goals to work on in order to make the day interesting.

My training went well. My trainer put me on the Woodway Treadmill and hiked the speed up to 3.2 mph. After a minute she noticed I couldn’t keep up (I believe she compared me to a small dog who had to run fast every few paces to keep up with her owner) and lowered the speed to 3.0 mph. A small reprieve. After a few minutes she asked, “You ready?”, and I should’ve known that she would make me run, as the incline was at zero. She bumped the speed up to 5.6 mph and off I went. I’m kinda sorta maybe working on being able to run a 5K (instead of merely walking with occasional bursts of running), so I’m happy for any opportunity to practice.

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Just LOOK at all them spikes! Afterwards, we did some “floor work” which consisted of some core exercises, including planks. I mentioned that I wanted to eventually get to one full minute. Maybe it was a good thing, but I didn’t try to keep mental count when I started and let her time it. When I fell onto the floor again, she commended me for getting up to 49.35 seconds. A personal best! I’d say that hour met all the qualifications for achieving Goal #1. I’m pretty sure I crushed it.

discovery_passOn the way home from the gym I stopped by a local shop to pick up a Washington State Parks pass, called a Discover Pass. Goal #3, achieved! I purchased it so I could scope out a local state park – Saint Edward State Park – that’s within walking distance of my house. 2.4 miles, to be exact. A little too distant to walk when I’d like to make an afternoon of hiking onsite, but I’ll work up to it eventually!

After lunch I laced up my dusty old hiking boots, packed up a backpack and my Boston Terrier, Benny, and we took a short drive to the park. The weather was perfect. 50 degrees Fahrenheit (on the cool side), but just as sunny as could be. The park is the site of a defunct Catholic seminary and Bastyr University. It’s 316-acres of both manicured grounds and wild forest butting up to the north-east coast of Lake Washington. I familiarized myself with the trail map available onsite and decided to take the Seminary Trail down to the waterfront.

The trail down was gorgeous. I started crossing the grassy grounds of the seminary into a wide, well-maintained (though occasionally muddy) forest canopy-shaded trail, heading about a mile down to a private shore on Lake Washington, accessible only by the park’s trail system. I spent about ten minutes just watching the water, feeling so happy I had ventured down. I’d been to the park a few times before but never got up the nerve to try one of the unpaved trails. I had no idea it was so beautiful and afforded such a pleasantly-peaceful experience.

I knew there were several loops available in the trail system, so decided to find one instead of double-backing on the trail I came up. After making a wrong turn that put me on some very wild trail for about an eighth of a mile, I doubled-back and found two offshoots. One marked as “More Difficult”, and the other marked as “Most Difficult”. As the trail I began on was designated as “More Difficult”, I figured I’d have an okay time with the former. The problem is that the trail, if I had remembered from the MAP, was marked as “Most Difficult” in spots. Awesome! But I was committed by the time I figured out that the path was more challenging, and Benny was a slave-driver an enormous help in getting me up the steep and scary path.

By the time we got back to the car I was well and truly DONE with the hike. It was a little over 2 miles round trip, and that was a perfect length for me considering the elevation gains and difficulty. I decided to give the RunKeeper app a try instead of my normal tracker, Digifit. I was excited to see the option to take photos during the walk, but afterwards found out that my heartrate monitor’s signal dropped early on. Not sure if my HRM’s battery is just wonky or if taking photos makes the signal drop (like it does with Digifit). I’m sure I’ll get around to featuring them both in a future “Appsperience” post, so I’ll troubleshoot that further before making any pronouncements. RunKeeper sure is prettier than Digifit, from someone interested in design elements. I digress…

So Goal #4 can be officially put to bed at this point. And a quick check of my Fitbit confirms that Goal #2 has been smashed as well, as I’m up to over 13,000 steps! My steps will likely be increasing over the next few weeks, as today I was informed that the head honchos of the 20/20 Lifestyles program talked about me during their “grand rounds” meeting yesterday and requested I push my daily step counts up from 5000 steps to 10000 steps (and that’s, ideally, above and beyond any I get during my “official” workouts). For an extra challenge, I guess. Because 5000 steps is too easy for me now, I GUESS. It’s a tall order, but I’m up for at least giving it a shot.

And with this post, I’ve completed Goal #5! I’ve made the most of my day and I’m mighty proud. Now to feed myself plenty, as I blogged right through my snack – whoops!

Weigh-In Update and Journey Into Jogging

I’ve a small loss to update you with here. Tuesday was my first day back to the 20/20 Lifestyles program after a brief medical hold (which had me skip two weeks of weigh-ins), and their scale showed me at 216.6, or a 0.6 lbs loss from last week’s home scale weigh-in. I’ll take it!

I’ve been feeling really good since last Friday’s bike ride. I was a little sore on Saturday, but by Sunday I was raring to go again and got myself out of the house for a 3-mile walk IN THE RAIN down in Redmond near Marymoor Park (view each leg here and here). It. Was. Awesome! It was only a little drizzly when I left the house, but driving over the rain turned heavier and more steady, but I wasn’t about to let my parade get… rained on?

Anyways, I had plotted a course before leaving that would take me to the 3-mile mark, round trip. I didn’t expect to make it all the way down in the rain, but the rain wasn’t really that bad. Sure, I got soaked, but I wasn’t too cold at the time – my jacket did an admirable job of keeping the wetness off my body. Listening to music definitely helped me keep up my energy. I picked a song (a particular fave of mine right now), and kept it on repeat the ENTIRE TIME. I think that means I’m a crazy person, but I’m okay with that. For those interested, it was “Paris is Burning” by Ladyhawke (embed below, at 2:26 is my FAVORITE PART – synth solo, so 80’s!).

Because the trail was pretty quiet and shielded from the public, I decided to push myself and try to increase my pace with some light jogging at intervals. I got to the point where every time the chorus came on I would trot into a jog for as long as it lasted. I would really love to be able to run at length, but I know now how big a challenge that’s going to be. I’m up for it, though!

Yesterday was my first day back with my trainer, and she put me on my favorite machine ever. Oh wait, scratch that, it’s maybe my second least favorite – the dreadmill. She started me off at an evil 3mph pace and an incline of 10. After a few minutes my heart rate still wasn’t in great territory, so she pumped me up to an incline of 15. It helped a little, but after a few minutes my HR was barely pushing into the 130’s. I decided to try some jogging, and started lowering the incline to 10. She asked if the 15 was too much for me, and I said, “No, but check THIS out”, and then I raised the speed to 4mph. I wanted to do 30 seconds at this speed. And it definitely worked at getting my heart rate up. Into the 160’s lickity-split!

After the 30 seconds was over I took a couple minutes to recover, then went at it again, increasing my pace to 4.5mph. I ended up doing a handful of these intervals, and by the end of my 35-minute workout I ran at 5mph for two minutes straight. That’s a personal record for me!!! At the lower speeds it felt like I was plodding along, holding myself back, and putting too much pressure on my lower legs. 5mph felt considerably better, with more of an even stride. I’m hooked! I’ll continue to push these times and see if I can’t get that to five minutes within the next few weeks. Or even a mile in one go!

During my workout my trainer brought up a local 5k that’s coming up next weekend, and asked if I’d like to participate in it with her – that we could walk, set a pace, and then jog for whenever I felt like I could. This got me super-excited. This would be my first 5k! This morning I received an email from her that she’d got the date wrong in her head and it turned out that she wouldn’t be able to make it after all. Now I’m bummed. Thinking about doing it by myself all the same. Or maybe I could convince my boyfriend to do it with me. Hmmmm.