Well I really don't have time for a long-winded blog, but I know I'm definitely due for a blog, so here we go!
I had a respiratory infection from Labor Day to just this past week, have been trying to deal with fatigue and the craziness at work and just getting healthy again. It's amazing how different a respiratory infection affects me when a.) I don't smoke anymore and b.) I'm 125 lbs lighter than I was. It wasn't a crippling illness like it used to be, more of a nuisance. I'm thankful for the little perks to losing weight. The fatigue is still there a bit, but I've been taking it a little easy of the working out, still meeting my goals and having high calorie deficits, just not over achieving lately. I know I've been losing inches if not pounds. My smallest pair of pants now fit comfortably, I can even jiggle them a bit, when a month ago I had to lay down to zip them up and had to hold my breath and that whole dance. My frustration with the scale was getting overwhelming so I vowed to not weigh myself for two weeks... that was last Friday, I still have another week to go before weighing myself. I'll just keep doing my best and hope that the scale shows the results of my labor!
I track my food on my Body Bugg application so I don't track on here. I've tried to think of ways to link them or copy and paste, but then the formatting gets all jumbled up. The main reason it's important to me to share this is that I know it was helpful for me to see what other people who were successfully losing and maintaining weight were eating. So maybe I'll just try and periodically post about what I've been eating, like meal ideas and such. Maybe the occasional picture. So my latest food choices have consisted of the following: I've been addicted to Kashi GoLean cereal (140 calories/cup, 13 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber) with half a banana, 1/3 cup of blueberries, 1 packet of sweetener and half a cup of almond milk for breakfast. That with a cup of coffee with sugar free french vanilla creamer and I am in heaven! For lunches I've been eating chicken sandwiches or wraps with broccoli and cauliflower on the side. I went to this amazing market called the Sunflower Market on 63rd and May and loaded up on fresh fruit and veggies and I was WOWED to say the least. I got plenty of apples, pears, grapes and berries for my afternoon and morning snacks. I've been eating fruit and beef or chicken jerky and maybe a Triscuit or two for my afternoon/workout fuel snack and it keeps me going all the way to dinner. Awesome dinners I've been eating lately: Lowfat Cheeseburger Pie - OH so yummy and high in protein; Apple and Sage Stuffed Pork Chops - super rich and tasty, but I definitely couldn't eat that meal too often; Beef Stew - comfort food!; Steak Stir Fry (I know it sounds like a lot of beef, but I don't normally eat so much of it); turkey taco meat over Spanish rice with Greek yogurt, fresh salsa and pinto beans and my dad's stew meat with fresh greens beans in a tomato based sauce over rice. All of these meals are between 300-500 calories and are way filling, this is what I've been eating the past couple of weeks.
I ran my second ever 5k on September 10th! The Kelsey Briggs Run Against Child Abuse, a few people from my agency got together to do this, below is a picture of us.
I'm in the middle... I feel like I looked really FAT during that race... I know logically I don't look fat... maybe I don't look skinny, but definitely not fat. Meh, sometimes you just have to ignore those negative thoughts.
Now for the kicker, if you read my last blog about the Midnight Streak, my goal was to run my first 5k under 35 minutes, which I did at 34:54. Well my goal for this race was to run it in 33 minutes or better. I ran the race with a respiratory infection and really wasn't expecting the best results. I got close to the finish line and stared at the clock, it appeared to say 30 minutes, I couldn't believe my eyes, it MUST have said 38! But as I drew closer I kept blinking and it did indeed read 30 minutes, my end time was 30:54! that's FOUR MINUTES off my first 5k!!! I was in shock, I didn't even do my happy dance till later that night when I was home. I have to admit, I'm starting to kinda like this running thing!
My next fitness note: I have signed up for yet ANOTHER 5k. Tee Hee! This one, however, is one of a different sort. I have no idea what to expect, so I'm going to make my goal in under 45 minutes. It's called the Warrior Dash and I'll be running it at 8:30 this Saturday morning. It is 3.23 miles with 12 obstacles spread through it! Here, check it out: warriordash.com/register
It looks like SO much fun! I can't wait! I'm also a bit nervous, but hey what's the worst that could happen? A girl from my Zumba class invited me and how could someone as hardcore as I turn down such a challenge?
I will be posting pics after the event, wish me luck!!!
Today, I challenge you all to set goals fitness or otherwise and to BLOW THEM OUT OF THE WATER!!!!!!! Yeah, you can do this!!!
I hope this blog finds you all well, ta ta for now!