Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Am I a Runner?

I came across an interesting discussion online today and I'm not sure how I feel about it.  The gist of the conversation says that running at 6 mph does not make one a runner; that's a slow jog.

I read this and thought, SERIOUSLY?  I "run" at 3.5 mph and I don't find that easy.  I can't even fathom what running at 6 mph looks like.
I'm not na├»ve to think that I run fast.  In fact, when I'm tracking my activity points for Weight Watchers, I always count it as a jog.  I have tried going up to 4 mph; but I'm just not there, yet.

My question is this:  Am I a runner?  Does running/jogging at a slower pace mean I'm not worthy of the title?  Where does one come up with the rule that says 6 mph is a jog, not a run.  Think about it, people are different.  Different shapes, sizes, heights, weights and fitness levels.  How can it be that someone incredibly fit can run at 8 or 10 mph and frown upon someone who has never run before and is now doing so at 3.5 mph?  I don't get it.  Isn't the important thing here being active and living a healthy lifestyle?  What should it matter what speed you run at?

I'm so proud of how far I have come.  I've been on the Weight Watchers program for 8 months and I've lost over 70 lbs and I can "run" 15 minute intervals at 3.5 mph.  I can't say I even came close to that at any point in my past; even in my youth.  In my mind and in my heart, I AM A RUNNER.  I may not be fast and I may not look pretty doing it; but damn it, I'M DOING IT!

What are your thoughts?  What makes one a runner?

Inspiration of the Day

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Better Me, Week 35

Woo hoo!  That .2 lbs I had to reach to make 70lbs lost has be reached and more.  Today's weigh in had me down 1.9 lbs.  That puts my running total at 71.7 lbs!  That 75 lbs. milestone in right around the corner.

This week was good.  I got in lots of activity including gardening, a 6.4km walk, two C25K workouts with 10 minute run intervals and lacrosse practice with Boo!  Even though I was sore quite a few times this week as a result, it feels so good.  I can't believe I'm able to do some of the things I'm now doing.  I think back to where I was 8 months ago and there would have been no way I'd do any of them.

This #weightlossjourney has changed my life for the better and it's a path I tend to follow until the day I die.

How did your week go?  I'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Better Me, Week 34

Happy Victoria Day weekend!  It's a chilly and gray Saturday; but that hasn't put a damper on my day.  It started off early as we got up to attend Boxing Day in May at Terra greenhouses.  We got all our veggie plants; but we're going to hold off on putting them in for a couple of days as there is a risk of frost overnight.  I also got two gorgeous hanging baskets, a flat of petunias and some marigolds for the front garden.  Can't wait to make things pretty!

From Terra, I went to get weighed and I'm down 2.6 lbs!  I'm SO close to 70 lbs. lost.  My total is 69.8 lbs so far.  I thought I was at 67.9 after last week; but it was only 67.2.  While I was a little disappointed when I got my total, it gives me something to look forward to next week.  My 75 lb. milestone is just around the corner and from there 100 lbs and more.  It's exciting to see how far I've come even if I still have so much farther to go.

My workouts are progressing.  I'm still doing the C25K program and last night I was up to 8 minute run intervals.  Monday I jump to 10 minute intervals; I'm nervous and excited at the same time.  Today Pretty wanted to go for a run, so she and I went outside.  Did I ever tell you, it's a lot harder to run outside than on the treadmill?  So I took it easy on both of us and started with the very first workout, 1 minute run intervals.  Pretty struggled even to keep up with the walks, but we got it done. Even if she didn't run, she was still getting in activity which is something she doesn't do regularly.  We'll go out again and she'll get there; it'll just take time.  

Anyway, I'm off to enjoy the rest of my weekend.  I've got gardening, cleaning, basement/office rearranging and a trip to the zoo planned for the rest of the weekend.  Hopefully, I'll fit some more workouts in too.

Thanks for following my #weightlossjourney and my road to a #betterme.  I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a comment.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Better Me, Week 33...a little late

Oh my, how did the week get away from me.  Just a quick post to say I was down .9 lbs at last Saturday's weigh in.  I was a little disappointed by this considering I was back on course with my C25K work outs and even bumped up my interval times.

But, a loss is a loss and I'm still doing great.  67.9 lbs lost as of last week.  Hopefully, the scale will be kind to me tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Better Me, Week 32

Another week, another weigh-in.  I was down 2.8 lbs at this week's weigh-in which I was a little surprised by.  The week was insanely busy with Mr. Twingle out of town and I wasn't eating right at all.  In fact, there were several days when I didn't even come close to eating my points; which is NEVER a good idea.  I won't be at all surprised if I have a gain this coming week as a result.

It was also bad in the sense that I really didn't get the chance to work out like I would normally.  I think I fit in one 30-minute workout all week and I was feeling it.  I'm back on track to do my Mon, Wed, Fri work outs this week, so here's hoping things go according to plan.

I want to take a moment to wish two of my friends good luck on their own #weightlossjourney as they joined WeightWatchers on Saturday.  Good luck ladies, you've got this!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Better Me, Week 31

I bet you all thought I forgot to post this week, or worse that I had a gain and was embarrassed to post about it?

Not the case.  I was down 1.5 lbs at weigh-in on Saturday!  That's 63.5 lbs total and I'm feeling awesome.
I was off to Great Wolf Lodge with my girl guides right after weigh-in and this week has just been CRAZY with Mr. Twingle out of town.  That's why I'm so late in posting this.

The upside to the late post, you don't have to wait so long for my next one :)

Hope you have a fabulous finish to the week.  Stay tuned for this week's results!