Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Weekly Fit Check: Whew!

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Happy Wednesday! Is it me or is this week going by really quickly. It’s hard to believe it’s Wednesday already.

I’ve been missing a lot of you lately. I hope you’re still out there, reading. I know this weight-loss thing can get hard and it’s easy to just let it fall by the wayside or just quit commenting when things aren’t going well.

Please know, though, that it is so worth persevering and that you are missed. If you’re out there and you’ve become frustrated or discouraged or ashamed, you’re not alone. It happens.

You can be a success story, though, if you just don’t quit.

So, take a moment and leave me a comment. Let me know where you are on your journey. Let me cheer you on or encourage you or give you a good kick in the pants, if that’s what you need. I miss you!

It was another week of maintaining for me and I couldn’t be happier! (Well, okay, I could be happier, if I had miraculously lost 3 or 4 pounds, but you know what I mean). With two early morning play performances last week for my youngest and a busy weekend, my workouts took a serious hit, so it felt great to see that I wasn’t showing some crazy gain when I got on the scale yesterday.

It also felt great to get back to my normal workout routine this week. My arms were a little sore yesterday from my strength-training workout, but that felt good, too – it meant that I’d worked some muscles that hadn’t been worked in awhile.

What have you been doing for your health lately?

Do or do not. There is no try.

19 comments:

  1. I know you talk about how much you love to run now but, before you started your journey and even at the beginning - did you love to excercise?  I ask this because I detest it - totally 100% hate it.  I hate to sweat.  I've heard people say that once you start and see success you 'll start to enjoy it . .. I just don't believe it!

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  2. Way to maintain! My goal is to drink more water this month. So, I have been keeping the water bottle filled this week. I lost another pound this week-slowly but surely I'll get the weight down.

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  3. I am at the very begging of my weight loss journey! I have about 100 pounds to lose. You have been such an inspiration for me! Thank you! I would like to ask you a question ( really, I have lots of questions but I'll start with one :) At what point in your weight lose did you start to run. I read that you would walk on your treadmill but how much weight did you lose before you began running? How long did it take till you were running 5ks? See, one question is just way to hard!! Thanks!!
     

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  4. I hated to exercise. I hated to sweat. I hated to exert myself. Believe those people who say you'll start to love it. It's true! The key, though, is to find something you enjoy. People talk about CrossFit and Zumba...I would hate those, even now. Give me an opportunity to run, though, or a bike to ride and I'm all over that. Experiment until you find something you enjoy...but don't give up too early. I ran for about 3 months before I really started to enjoy it.

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  5. You removed an entire tub of butter's worth of fat from your body! That's awesome! Steady loss is the way to go. I hear you on the water. I keep three bottles in the fridge so I always have a cold bottle to sip on throughout the day.

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  6. Way to go on getting started! I know the road seems long right now, but I also know you can do it!

    Fire away with the questions. I love to answer them. I started running just a minute at a time around January of 2011. I'd run a minute, walk 3. I'd lost about 65 pounds at that point. I ran my first 5K in March of 2011. I ran *almost* 1.5 miles before I had to walk. I ran my second 5K about 3 weeks later and was able to run the whole thing -- I ran slowly, but I ran it. That was an incredibly proud moment for me. That was also the 5K that, by some crazy fluke, I came in 3rd in my age/gender group. It was a total fluke because my time was not fast. It was a definite ego boost, though. lol
    Hope that helps.

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  7. Hey Kris,  Good job on maintaining during what was likely a crazy week for you guys!  I was glad to see this post... I could definitely use some cheering, encouraging, or most likely a kick in the pants.  I'm still struggling to lose the pounds I regained (about 8?) and to finish losing the other 20 I never lost.  I've gone back to too many moments of saying "Just a bit of this" or "I've had a rough day - just a little treat" or "It's my little guy's birthday - just a little cake to help celebrate" (and then a slice the next day and the next).  Also, injured my knee somehow so I've been letting it rest but realized after about a week of resting that I could have at least been doing some upper body strength work or ab work or something that didn't involve weight on my knee.  Excuses, excuses.  And I really should know better since I've been watching Biggest Loser and "No Excuses" is the theme for this season.  I've been trying to tell myself each week that I'll get back to being serious about this but for some reason I just keep making bad choices and excuses.  Ugh.  Any thoughts about making this a priority again for myself?  Thanks for continuing your blog for those of us still on the journey!

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  8. It's hard when you get in that place where you motivation is really waning. Have you got a friend (IRL or online) who would be up to some friendly competition for motivation and encrougement? Maybe you're not the competition type and would just like the accountabilty. Is there a friend or family member who could provide that for you? Those are two things that helped me.

    I know it can be frustrating, but you can do it!

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  9. I'm still reading! Thank you so much for continuing to post.  I find your posts about food very inspiring.  I started C25K back in August, ran 2 5Ks and then, while I was training for my third, I sprained my ankle badly.  I haven't run since.  I also need to lose a lot of weight (I think it may be about 90 lb.) but I am embarrassed to admit that I have not found my "want to"  yet.  I read your posts in newsletter form in gmail, so that is why I never comment... Thanks again for being such an inspiration!

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  10. Getting an injury that would prevent me from running is one of my biggest fears. Sometimes that "want to" is hard to find. Keep looking! I'm glad you're still reading.

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  11. I know you didn't ask me, but I am in the same boat as you. In fact, I wrote a post about 2 months ago about this very thing and asking for suggestions from my readers on how to start exercising when you HATE to exercise. I hope Kris doesn't mind, but I'm going to link to it here-not because it was a great post, but because I got some awesome suggestions in the comments. Maybe you will find one that is helpful.

    http://fatchickfedup.com/2012/02/09/i-must-confess/

    One thing that has helped me is participating in challenges. Of course I announce them on my blog and I don't want to look like a total dweeb to everyone if I don't actually do it, so the accountability there is key for me. And believe it or not, over the last couple of months, I have found that I actually don't LOATHE it like I used to. It's still not my favorite part of the day and if I'm not careful I can easily slip back into excuse mode but there are now actually days where I look forward to it. Not every day, but it is a definite improvement. And I like competing with myself and trying to see how much further I can go than I did the day before. Currently I am doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. Last month I walked 100.26 miles. I weigh 291 pounds, by the way. If I can do it, anyone can!!!

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  12. Still here Kris, slowly chugging along. I only lost .5 pounds this week, but I updated my pictures and can definitely tell a difference. I also took my measurements again and lost another 2". So things are moving in the right direction slowly but surely. I really do need a kick in the pants about tracking my food. I've been totally lax about that recently and I know it is hurting me because I know I am probably not eating within my calorie range to lose what I want. I've lost 3 weeks in a row so that's good, but I know I could do better.

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  13. You blog is def. a favorite of mine it's a bonus that you homeschool too! I have a 6 yr and 20 month twins. After having to stay home for the first time and not working I needed to do something for me so I completed my first 5k at disneyland Sept 2011. It was a emotional moment for me because I achieved it and it was about me and not being consumed as a mulit-tasker(mom, wife, new SHAM, and teacher) I did lose a few pounds but not much. But now I am working on my weight. I am very heavy, technically could lose 150 lbs since I am only 5 foot. My feet hurt so I had to put away my running shoes for while not that I actually ran I jogged/walked anyways and started to do the Wii Zumba with alternating walking.  I like to job/walk more because it hurts my feet letss than just walking, weird I know. I am watching my calories and carbs and so far have lost 10 lb in two weeks. My goal is to keep going, drink lots of water and eat! I never ate breakfast because by the time I was ready to eat, my twins were done and they would attack me like they didn't eat :) But I just started and glad ot see some change! I need to live for me, for my family and honor the life God gave me! Thanks for your inspiration!

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  14. I don't mind at all, Lisa. Thanks for shaing your insight!

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  15. I am right there with you on the food-logging, Lisa. I have good intentions, but, well, you know how that can go. Congrats on your loss again this week! I tried to comment on your blog the other day, but Word Press hates me for some reason. It kept telling me my password was wrong even though I have it written down and was typing it in exactly. *sigh*

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  16. Way to go on your 10 lb weight loss! That's awesome! You are so worth the effort you are making. I wish I had done it when my kids were younger instead of wasting so much time being fat, unhealthy, and miserable. I know it's hard to face losing so much weight, but you can do it! I never, ever thought I'd lose 90 lbs. (I'm 5', too.) Now, to get that last 5 or so off. I know that sounds whiny on my part -- I would have thought so two years ago -- but those last few pounds are tenacious. Ugh!

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  19. Wow - thanks.  That is encouraging since my weight is similiar to yours . . .it makes it seem a little more doable.

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