Friday, 12 March 2010

Late In

Didn't update my weight this week so my weight loss isn't quite so impressive as it looks. Weighed myself today and I'm three pounds down. BUT, that is over a week and a half. Don't get me wrong though. I'm over the Moon that it's still going the right way and I will be keeping up the challenge way past the 10 weeks. If I can lose another 10lbs or there abouts, which should leave me hovering around 185lbs, I will be a happy bloke.
I've been watching Eddie Izzards trek around the UK on the BBC. I am soooo inspired. How can someone without training just get up one day and decide he's going to run 43 marathons in 51 days? Just goes to show what the human body and mind can do. Then again, he is as mad as a bucket of frogs.
Will be updating 10 in 10 from Prague next week hopefully with another weight loss. Problem is - new country - new food. But, new running sites - bonus.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Disney Princess Half Marathon

While clad in a tiara (it's an unwritten rule that one must accessorize when running the Disney Princess half marathon), I completed my second half of the year yesterday and knocked four minutes and 35 seconds off my time in January. A new personal record! I'm down 2.2 pounds this week so I'm struggling with how to keep this momentum moving without using the race as an excuse to eat.

In regard to the race, I had some mental struggles during miles 1-2 wondering why I was doing this AGAIN. I’ve only had this self doubt and feeling of "Why do I run?" once during a long practice session months ago. By mile three, I was in love with the movement, the entertainment, and the chance to know I'm competing only against myself so improvement is the one goal. The first half of the race simply flew.

Unfortunately, I reached what I call the "no man's land" during miles eight and nine. That's the part of a race when I realize I'm truly on my own without entertainment, visual appeal, and the surrounding runners have also hit a low so conversations aren't giddy as they were while running down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. My body finally hit a wall with leg fatigue around mile 11 and I struggled to the very end. I also didn't cry when I crossed the finish line because it wasn't a shock that I completed another 13.1. I expected myself to make this second one in better time.

Fortunately, my recovery only took one day due to a new plan: low fat chocolate milk, stretching, professional massage, and allowing myself to take Tylenol after I ate a meal with protein. I feel NO pain, stiffness, or discomfort today. THIS is a HUGE accomplishment! So two halves down and two to go this year in my quest to complete four to celebrate my 40th year. Happy running, everyone! As always, thanks for this venue of support, Nigel!

Monday, 8 March 2010

Next to last weigh in

Ran yesterday for the first time (3.5 miles) since having pneumonia. Just about to go run today. Even though this is the next to last weigh in, I want to keep this going for another 10 in 10. right now I weigh just about what I did when I got married nearly 18 years ago. I want to break the 200 lb mark by May 20 (my 40th birthday). It would really feel good to be able to say that I weigh at 40 what I weighed as a kid in the Marines. Good luck to everyone!

Half Marathon on Sunday helped...

Run/walking the Bath Half Marathon with my daughter helped this week! I just hope I'm not dehydrated and will suck it back, but I really resisted the "eat anything I see" stage after the race, so fingers crossed!
Down two!!

Reached my goal!

After a week of no weight loss, I managed to lose three pounds (that's the most I've lost in a single week, EVER!) and am now down to my goal weight! Actually, I've reached what I think is my ideal weight. . . and the best part is that now I weigh what my driver's license says I weigh. I've lost a total of nine pounds in this challenge, so still could lose one more, but am thrilled that I've made it down to my goal weight so would be fine just staying here! That'll be the hardest part, of course--just staying right here! I'm trying not to get too excited and will continue to avoid the foods that I've been avoiding to be sure that I don't add the pounds back on.

Congratulations to everyone else who's met their goal, and to those who've lost weight and are still working toward their goals. Keep up the good work!

Finally some progress!

I broke out of my rut this week. The 4.1 lb loss is from the beginning of March because I forgot to enter my weight last week. To be honest, I was just disgusted with myself, but I'm pretty sure I'm back on the downhill slide and if you want to know why - you'll have to listen to Fifty Counting Down this week!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

No change this week...

Still the same this week, so a loss of 10 in 9 weeks.

But i have done a lot of situps and pushups this week so i had expected to gain a bit with the additional muscle. Hopefully the additional muscle will mean more lost weight next week. Still have at least 8 more to lose before the summer before i'm happy.

Keep it going guys, nearly there :)