Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday #14!

Starting Weight: 225
Last Week's Weight: 204
Current Weight: 200 (-4 pounds!)
Total Weight Loss: 25 pounds

Goal Weight: 145
Weight Remaining:55

I'VE LOST 25 POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So exciting!!!  That was such a great motivator for this morning's run.  I just want to tell everyone I meet!  That means I'm only 1 little pound away from reaching my first mini-goal!  :)  This time next week, I should reach that goal!!  It's taken me time, which is frustrating, but I know that it's the healthiest way to lose weight.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Running Goals

Oh man, if the above picture isn't the most truthful thing I've read in awhile.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been running before work.  This means that I wake up at about 6:20 AM so I can be out the door by 6:30.  I then proceed to run two miles, stretch, shower, and rush off to work.  It can definitely be hard to force myself outside when the sun isn't even completely up.  Still, I've kept it up and I'm pretty proud of myself.

Last week, I ran a total of 8 miles.  (I didn't decide to start morning running until Tuesday, so I skipped Monday).  This week, I hope to run 10 miles, meaning that I'll run my two miles Mon-Fri.  Next week I hope to run 12 by incorporating Saturday as well. 

I really think goals are very important.  They give you something tangible to strive towards.  I know I have a long way to go yet on my weight-loss, but I'm still trying!  Tomorrow is another weigh-in and I really hope I'm close to achieving my mini-goal of weighing under 200 lbs.  Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday #13!

Starting Weight: 225
Last Week's Weight: 205
Current Weight: 204 (-1 pound!)
Total Weight Loss: 21 pounds

Goal Weight: 145
Weight Remaining:59

Yay!  Another pound down.  I've started waking up at 6:00 am to run before work.  Somehow, I've become two things I never thought I'd be: A Runner and An Early-Morning Girl.  Running is something I loathed when I was in school.  I remember protesting having to run the mile and walking the entire thing.  Now it's my favorite way to exercise.  As for the early morning thing, I've always preferred mornings.  I feel like such an old lady already, since by 9:00 pm, I'm totally ready to go to bed.  Oh well, whatever works!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Body Image

Sometimes Most of the time, I find myself falling into the thought-pattern in the above comic strip.  My life will be better when I'm thinner.  I'll get a big promotion, my student loans will pay themselves, I'll get the perfect boyfriend, I'll finally get along with my family.  Now, the logical portion of my brain knows this is false, so why do I find myself thinking this way time and time again? 

I think it comes down to body image, and how it's been drilled in my head since I was born that thinner is better.  And it wasn't a healthy association.  Had I been conditioned to think that not being overweight is a sign of a healthy body, I think I'd be okay, but that's not what I think.  I don't care if the thin girl sits around all day eating chocolate and lard right from the tub and never exercises.  Her arteries may be clogging as we speak, but dammit, she's thin--and that's what matters.  It's no wonder that bad self-images can lead to depression, eating disorders and the like.

I know a lot of girls who are smaller than me but can't run as long or far as I do.  I know many who never go to the gym at all.  I would trade places with them in a heartbeat.  Is this awful?  Yes.  This next photo has been hanging around the internet for awhile, but I really do like it:

I like the idea of accepting yourself with however you look, although I do worry sometimes that all the Love-Your-Body movements can have the adverse affect of not encouraging women who are overweight to try and get healthy.  The plain truth of the matter is that it's bad for your health to be overweight, and so while I never condone discriminating against someone for being too heavy, I also feel we should always encourage them (myself included) to trying out healthier lifestyles.

Where is all this coming from?  The other day when I was at the gym, I had just finished and was in the locker room.  As I stood at my locker gathering my things, two ladies came in with a young girl who was about 7 years old or so.  The one woman was the little girl's mother, and she went to weigh herself on the scale in the locker room.  After doing so, she made her little girl also weigh herself and then commented loudly about how she was worried about her weight to her friend.  This poor little girl had to be subjected to such public scrutiny.  Truly, I was horrified.  I love the idea of exercising with your children and teaching them a healthy lifestyle, but that?  That was not my idea of building a positive body image.  I'm sure the mother wasn't actively trying to negatively affect her daughter, but I can't condone what she did.  It's such a shame, too, since studies have shown that the support of one's family can help shape positive body images.

Anyway, that's just my thoughts for the day.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday #12!

Starting Weight: 225
Last Week's Weight: 205
Current Weight: 205 (same!)
Total Weight Loss: 20 pounds

Goal Weight: 145
Weight Remaining: 60

I've lost... nothing!  But that's okay.  I've hardly had time to do anything, let alone exercise lately.  Still, I'm proud that I was able to maintain my weight through a Florida/Disney World vacation, a week of being horribly sick, and starting a new job that required 80 miles of travel per day.  Now that my training period is over, I'm finally getting settled into the routine of my new job.  This is the first week, so there's a lot to learn and it's pretty overwhelming.  I'm also traveling farther than I ever have for a job before.  (Though thankfully a lot less than the 80 miles I was traveling for my training).  I haven't figured out a good way to incorporate gym time into my new schedule yet, but don't worry, I will.  I was letting myself get used to the new job, but now it's really time to figure it out.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Sorry guys for being gone so long AND missing a Weigh-In Wednesday.  I returned from my Florida trip and immediately came down with the death flu.  I haven't been able to do anything since I got back but blow my nose a million times and hack up gross stuff.  It probably goes without saying that I haven't made it to the gym this week either. 

I hate being sick.  I know that no one likes it, but I truly and honestly despise it.  This likely stems from the fact that I hate doing nothing.  I'm not really a lazy person.  Even if I'm just watching TV I like to be crocheting or cross-stitching or cleaning.  I always have to be doing something.  But when you're sick... you just sit there and do nothing.  I think of all the things I want to do and wish I had the energy to do them. 

I think I'm finally on the mend.  I haven't blown my nose nearly as much today.  Yes, I am still hacking up disgustingness, but it's managable.  I really hope to get rid of it soon so I can get back to working out.  Strangely, I miss it.