Part of the weight loss process and training for a stellar year of strong racing is getting your sweat on. I love to sweat and will probably be the future president of Perspirers Anonymous, or at least Exercise Lovers Anonymous. But hey, I have a blog so it really isn’t all that anonymous. Hopefully y’all can keep my secret. Today is Thursday and so far I’ve had a fantastic week of workouts with more to come. I’ve also had many victories this week in my weight loss efforts that I can’t wait to share with you.
This past weekend, my handsome fella and I attended a Spaghetti Ball which was a benefit spaghetti supper for a local church group. It was our second year attending and it sure did not disappoint. We had a huge plate of spaghetti with extra meaty sauce and lots of garlic bread. They had about ten different homemade desserts to choose from but we settled on a Butterfinger Pie. Yum-O. I did not feel one ounce of guilt eating all those carbs and we enjoyed a nice evening.
Sunday afternoon my Momma and I went on a five-mile walk and the weather was out of this world fantastic. Even though there was still snow covering the ground, we were able to wear shorts and tank tops and still not get cold. That’s East Tennessee weather for you.
Monday brought me five miles which included a one mile warm up walk, three miles of continuous running with very inconsistent splits but I ran without walk breaks so this girl isn’t complaining. As always, I did a one mile cool down walk.
Tuesday morning Momma and I were up and ready to hit up kickboxing. I was able to get in three miles before heading to class. They just added one new bag to the gym so it was great to utilize it and be able to pack more power to each punch. Momma is getting better and better with keeping up with all the punches and kicks…she is already close to pro status. That night we were back at the gym for team training. I did two miles of running before it started. After everyone arrived it was decided that Bryan and I were free to work out on our own without the group since the area the group trains in is fairly small and not big enough to host spectators/motivators. The Biggest Winner team is so lucky to have Chris O’Hearn (a trainer from MTV’s I Used To Be Fat) and Joe Mitchell (former contestant on Biggest Loser) coach them at these Tuesday night sessions. Bryan and I did a major amount of core work AND 100 push ups in addition to logging two more miles around the track at a speedy but untimed pace making it seven miles for the entire day. I’m slowly learning how to do a real push up and I’m definitely getting there. That’s progress.
Yesterday was sprint day and I was back at the gym to see what my legs were capable of. You have to remember that I’m not a fast runner and have only been on a training plan (thanks to Bryan) for about two months. The plan yesterday was a 1 mile warm up walk followed by 6X400s. Instead of given pace, I have to run by perceived effort which puts a lot less pressure on me. I did six repeats and consistently negative split the entire workout: 2:07, 2:04, 2:03, 2:01, 1:53, 1:53. Those last two were the fastest 400 meter sprints I have ever completed on land. My legs enjoyed a nice long slow one mile walk following sprints but they felt so good that I decided to do a timed mile just to see how my legs would operate a crazy good workout. I clocked in at 8:28 which shocked me and I was ecstatic that I was able to maintain that pace for an entire mile. This big girl ain’t crying over that. After a strong workout I ended the day with 6 miles.
This morning I went to the gym and walked two miles and then took a Bosu class. I enjoy the strength and ab work portions of this class much more than I do the Bosu because it usually hurts my feet. My favorite instructor in the whole gym was teaching this morning so that probably had something to do with why I went. I was trying to take it easy because tonight my Momma and I will be back at the gym to meet my best friend/blogger buddy Brittney and her husband to take Body Combat and a special media spin class for the Biggest Winner team. It will be their first time at our gym and I’m so glad they get to work out with me and my Momma! I know they will love it.
Also…this blog began as a way to document my weight loss journey and will continue to do so. But here lately I’ve been noticing almost all of my clothes feeling looser, me fitting into new sizes, muscle definition, and faster times during my runs. But guess what I’m not seeing? A smaller number on the scale. I’m physically getting noticeably smaller (even my Daddy mentioned it to me and he never notices anything) but the scale is staying the same. Does that bother me? Yeah, a little because I would obviously like to have a smaller number. But it really doesn’t because so many good things are happening for me and so many sweet people are giving me sweet compliments on my weight loss even though I technically haven’t lost anymore. So, starting this month, I’m only going to weigh myself once a month. The scale lost its control on me over the summer but now it absolutely has to go except for once a month. I don’t want to take any chances that a silly number would tarnish any great feelings I get from the little NON scale victories. Of course I will continue to discuss my weight loss and workouts, but just know that I’m taking a slightly different direction as far as physical and tangible weight goes. Oh, and this week I was able to purchase two new workout tanks and both were a size XL, not a XXL. To me, that is success. I was also able to go into a store and not have to go to the plus size section and was able to try on a few pieces that actually fit, like the shirt below.
Have a great rest of your week and good luck to any of my sweet readers who are racing this weekend!! Did you have any spectacular workouts or runs this week?