Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Weight loss on HOLD... until after June 5!

Last weekend, Joel and I ran in the Georgia Tech (Joel's college team of choice) Run for Robotics 5K. GT has a campus down here for mainly engineering students. The race they put together benefited the team that was building some type of underwater remote controlled robot. Anyway... we signed up for it because it was pretty cheap ($25/person) and nearby. Little did we know that it was mostly a cross country race, as opposed to a road race. It was pretty challenging, but a nice change from the pounding pavement. I did the best I could. It was hot and the terrain was sandy, grassy and uneven. There was even a dead snake on the path. I ended up finishing in just under 33 minutes. I was hoping to beat my prior time - a little over 31 minutes from the Gulfstream 5K, but due to the unpredictable course, I was unable to do that! Even Joel finished a minute and a half over his Gulfstream 5K time. Oh well....

To elaborate on the subject of this post, I am hoping not to lose much weight until after June 5. "WHY?" you may ask.... well, I was looking up another race to run in the upcoming weeks and there is one on the 5th of June called the Hog Jog 5K at a park a few miles up the interstate from us. As I was reading the information on the race, I noticed that there would be awards given out for age groups, M/F, and Clydesdale and Zena divisions.... The Clydesdale and Zena divisions are pretty much heavy runners... Clydesdale is males over 200lb and Zena (more commonly known as "Athena" division) is females over 150lb ... which I can actually compete in!!! LOL! Finally something I can place in and possibly win! hahaha I know right now I am a little over 150lbs, which I have been for the past 5 months! But that is just going by my bathroom scale... which usually (in my case) reads a little lower than normal.

So that is why I am not trying to lose any weight until after this race. Silly reason? Yes. But I want to win something, dammit! Looking at the results from last year, the top Zena did the race in 31:25, the 3rd place Zena did it in 34:11. I can EASILY beat 34 minutes. The thing with this one, though, is that it is going to be another unfamiliar race and it WILL be on trails. Also, last year, someone told me it rained, so the paths were even more challenging. I'm hoping that it won't rain and that I can get some good runs in before then, so I can beat my previous race time, and possibly win something!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Still "dieting", still no weight loss

Ok, so I am still not eating bread (does not include pizza) or white rice. Oh, and I changed it to not eating WHITE bread. Because I did have some hamburgers with whole wheat buns the other week. The next thing I need to give up is fried food. I did this once before, so it shouldn't be so hard. The white bread and white rice wasn't too hard either.

Still no weight loss, as I am still hovering above 150. Ugh. I'm thinking now that I may actually NEED surgery to get rid of the extra skin. :( WTF. But then again I'm not doing any ab stuff or any other exercising other than running a few times a week. haha But you'd THINK that by going cold turkey on things that I used to eat in excess PLUS running would produce some type of results...

We have another 5K coming up this weekend. And speaking of races, the Biggest Loser just aired their "marathon" episode of the final 4 contestants running the marathon in CA. The winner was the "fat-kid-turned-runner" who 2 weeks prior, said he could do a 5K in 21 minutes. Unbelievable! Well, he finished the 26.2 miles in 4 hours and 4 minutes. Not bad for someone who was morbidly obese 5 months ago. That's just amazing. I'm jealous and inspired, but really... what else are you going to do at the biggest loser ranch than work out and eat right? That's your job! If that was my job, I'd be running marathons, too! I say that as I eat my pizza and ice cream while watching the Biggest Loser....

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New referrals!

Just in this past week, I got two freelance job referrals. Woohoo! One is for an invitation logo and the other is for a logo/business card. I need to find time to do these!

Oh, and the no-bread or rice thing is going OK. I did have a slice of pizza last night for dinner, but I can't count that as bread! The reason I cut out bread was because I'd actually SNACK on bread. The bread in the pizza last night was part of a meal.

Going running again tonight, hopefully. It's going to be friggin HUMID, so I might just do 3 miles. We also need to go to the grocery store tonight too. We are planning on running another 5K on the 22nd.

Monday, May 3, 2010

a change of pace...

Since I'm not really doing much of anything creative these days (sad isn't it?), I think I'll start looking for my muse in other places... specifically, as diet and exercise.

I'm going to be very honest here and post my weight. I don't care. It's the baby that's done this to me! LOL

Pre-baby, I was probably in close to the best shape of my life. I was setting PRs in the 5Ks we ran and doing P-90X and going to the gym... I weighed between 130-135lbs at that point. Yes, that is technically overweight if you go by BMI. I am only 5'1"...so I should weigh like 110 lbs or something crazy like that. 130-135 was fine with me. I felt good and I ate whatever I wanted.

When I got pregnant, the first trimester was like nothing even happened. That's when I actually ran my 5K PR! I wasn't gaining any weight and staying fairly active for a preggo woman. I also had virtually no cravings for food at that point... it was more like a food aversion and I became really picky with stuff I ate.

Then 2nd trimester came and that's when I started packing on the poundage. If I started at 135lbs, I gained at least 45lbs during the pregnancy. Maybe more because my last official weigh-in was at the OB/GYN a week before giving birth. I was 180lbs.

Post delivery, I breastfed for the first month and the weight seemed to melt off. I also didn't really have time to eat much since I was so overwhelmed by the new baby! I was down to 150lbs by the end of the first month! Now I've been at a plateau since then and I am not budging. I've started running again - we've done two 5Ks in the past month. Still nothing. So I have to change my diet.

I've decided that this week I'm not going to eat any bread or white rice.

This is what I've had so far today:
1 bowl of Frosted Flakes with milk (2%) for breakfast
1 cup of coffee with sweetened creamer
1 apple
1 banana
water, as needed
a can of soup (chicken and wild rice) for lunch

I need to buy more fruit! And actual vegetables! After a week of no bread, I am going to cut out something else. Like maybe chocolate and coffee (I'll just go back to green tea).

And at some point I need to go back to the gym. Just no time or money for that right now!