Thursday, May 30, 2013


A less than stellar night at work and having the boyfriend out of town on a business trip have me a little on the melancholy side but I'm hoping that I can hit the gym for a 30 minute run and a yoga class and cheer myself up. Hopefully I'm far enough over this cold to make it through 90 minutes at the gym!
I decided to start making a better effort to track my caloric intake. My diet is my serious downfall. I have a fairly active job but I tend to get upset and binge or mindlessly snack. Also I used to eat out a lot and I never thought about portion size or how much butter something was covered in.
As an aside, two more of my coworkers mentioned that I'd put on weight and that my scrubs are too tight. I get that I've put on weight and that my scrubs are tighter than they used to be but they really have no place to say such things. How I hate working with 174 women!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cough Continued

Another day without a workout, although yesterday did drag me to the doctor. The chest cold had reached a point that lying flat would bring on a coughing fit so severe that I had a bronchospasm and had to either use my inhaler or sit up and gasp for air. It was non stop and I gave up.

Now I'm on a steroid taper and a prescription cough suppressant. I did manage to get a few hours of sleep after taking my first doses so it was a welcome blessing. While the cough and sinus congestion isn't completely relieved, I am feeling better so I hope that by the end of the week I will feel up to running and getting into the gym.

My new personal trainer-to-be called me today. I was sleeping so our conversation was very brief, but I'm supposed to call her back to set up an appointment for my first session. I am very hopeful that I will be able to reap some substantial benefits from my determination and her assistance.

I'm thinking about signing up for another 5K in June, and the boyfriend may sign up along with me. Also I'm new to live journal but I'm going to see about see about pulling over just my race reports from my old blog. If anyone has any advice on how to make that work as a separate page that is tied to this blog let me know!

Weigh In Wednesday

My very first Weigh-In Wednesday...
196.6 pounds I took a picture of the scale but it isn't letting me upload a picture from my iPhone. :(
Edit: yay! My iPad will let me upload photos!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


New start, new cold.

First though, a little bit of the past. I was never a very fit person in my young days, and during nursing school I saw my weight hit the highest it ever has, 210 pounds. I was miserable, I was always tired, short of breath and never felt comfortable in my own skin. I was in an unhappy relationship, working overnights as a dispatcher and finishing up nursing school.

It was the beginning of 2010, when I packed up, moved out, and joined a gym. It was part to be more active and get myself back after being so miserable for so long and part that the place I was living didn't have the water on at first. I went to the gym and would go late at night, I would put the treadmill on 3.1 mph and I would take my notes from class and I would walk for 1 hour. I would shower at the gym so I didn't stink and I would go home.

I signed up for a 5K. I had wanted to do one for years but had never had the motivation or the training to complete it. I didn't run the whole thing but I finished a 5K in 43:43 and I felt great. For some reason though I didn't run another race for a year and I did the same race and finished in 40:46. I ran another 5K and my first half marathon that year.

In 2010 and early 2011 my weight dropped from 210 to 170. In June of 2010 I was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to a medication. I was placed on steroids and I was scared that I was going to die.

In 2012 I managed to run 12 different races, including 3 half marathons. I was motivated and enjoying my new hobby but my weight slowly crept up in spite of my running habit.

By 2013 my weight had reached 185 but I didn't do anything about it. I was depressed and stopped training for a marathon that I had been hoping to run this year. By May my weight was back up to 196 and I was starting to feel pretty upset about myself. To top it all of, since I've started living with my new boyfriend and have lost my in home washing machine (he lives in an apartment but moving in to my rental house wasn't an option) I had to wear a pair of scrubs to work that I wouldn't normally wear. I had almost completely replaced my wardrobe after losing 40 pounds and after gaining 26 pounds back somethings are tight again. Well I wore these tight scrub pants to work and my manager pulled me aside to let me know that I needed to buy bigger scrubs. That was Friday night...

Saturday afternoon I woke up a little under the weather but I had a baby shower to go to and some errands to run. Later in the day I joined the gym down the street from my new domicile. I prepaid for 24 months and 4 personal training sessions. Problem is I have been in bed with a nasty head and chest cold so no workout for me during the holiday weekend. With my history of asthma and chronic bronchitis who knows how long I'll have this dry, hacking cough.

Looking forward beyond this minor set back...

*I never, ever want to weigh more than 200, ever, ever again.
*I want to get back to 170 by August 31, 2013
*I want to get to 135 (GW) by November 30, 2013
*I want to complete Couch to 5K by June 23, 2013
*I want to complete Couch to 10K by August 3, 2013
*I want to complete my training for a half marathon by October 3, 2013
*I want to complete my training for and run a marathon by March 15, 2014

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Live Well Ferguson Twilight 5K 2013

This was a favorite race of mine last year. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to run it again and that I convince my boyfriend to run it with me as well. 

He had been working really hard on his couch to 5K app and was so excited (and very nervous). He also has a tendency to come out of the start way to fast. I tried to keep up with him but didn't make it far before my lack of training and the heat and humidity got to me. I told him to go ahead and run as far as he wanted and I would catch up with him. 

It didn't take me long to catch up and see he had done a very good job of wearing himself out. I stayed with him and got him to try run/walking and together we finished with a time of 46:22.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Status Update

I ended up not running the Go! St. Louis series. I wasn't feeling well and I hadn't been running. So I just didn't go but I didn't want to give up. I knew I needed to find a program to follow instead of just winging it. So I downloaded the couch 2 5K app. So far I'm only through week 2 day 1. I'm walking at 3.5 and running at 6.0 mph. My latest run was 2.18 miles in 31 minutes.

I've been doing all my runs on the treadmill for now but I'll be doing a 5k on May 18th. I'll be on week 4 day 2 by then so I will be walking and running but I'm still hoping to beat my course record for this race which is 39:05.

After I finish the C25K I'm headed to the C210K!