How did my year go?

2015 has gone by FAST. Like, really fast.

My biggest accomplishment this year was abstaining from alcohol! When the year first started, I was hungover and feeling like crap. Physically and emotionally. I had been on a cycle of drinking too much for too long and I wasn’t really into my life, at all. I wasn’t doing anything I enjoyed or doing anything in the way of self care. So yeah, that change has improved my life by leaps and bounds! Ditching the booze has led to so many other GOOD things…

I lost over 25 pounds. And kept it off!! I started the year weighing 152.2 pounds and sitting at 37% body fat (according to my scale). Today I’m 125 and 26%. And I’ve lost about 15 inches too. I lost weight and kept it off all year, and that has only happened once or twice in my life before. I hope that I’ll be able to keep it off for good this time.

I consistently worked out all year. Weights 2-3 times a week, almost every week. I think I kind of took a month off in May when I got sick and fatigued and didn’t have the energy for anything extra. But besides that I’ve been running and lifting most days of the week, every week. It feels amazing!! I wish I had kept better running records but for a few months I wasn’t wearing my Garmin or Fitbit, so I don’t have a real mileage total. What I have on record is 537 miles. So I ran about 50 miles every month (except May).

I paid off my car! I’m debt free. That feels so great. But I still need to work on saving more and spending less.

Other highlights of the year:

We saw Alton Brown live! I’m so glad we did. He is so funny and smart. We weren’t really sure what to expect, but it was awesome.

I won an iPad in Vegas. I just won a raffle, and it was an older iPad, but I never win anything so that was cool.

I went to two Jazz games! I had never been to an actual game, and they were both pretty good. One was basically seats almost right by the court, and the other was in a Budweiser suite. I wasn’t drinking beer, so I preferred the court-side seats lol

We only got to go camping twice, but we caught a lot of fish! We still have fish in the freezer, ha!

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So, I’m happier, healthier, and debt-free. I did everything I wanted to do this year 😀 Well, I could have gone on vacation or camping more, but oh well.

I’m thinking of what goals I want to set for the coming year, but I’ll do another post for that.

How was your year?!

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Kinda had another binge-y day and spinning

I know I said I thought I was cookie-d out, but apparently I wasn’t :/

Yesterday started out good, I got up and had coffee and went for my 8 mile run. The run was great! It was snowing the entire time, and by the end I was almost soaked LOL Luckily it wasn’t too cold. I ran at a good clip too, 9:00 pace for the whole thing! That must have been too much, because I was wiped when I got home. I had some leftover pizza and a couple of cookies, and then took an hour nap. After that I had some candy that I didn’t really want to be having, and later on around dinner I ended up having multiple cookies, chocolate, ice cream, plus dinner. It was just too much, and I don’t even really know why I ate all of that. I still feel crappy this morning.

My solution will be to give away the stuff that I don’t really like. I don’t know why I kept it all in the first place. I would like to stop buying that stuff too, because most of the time it isn’t worth mindlessly eating a bunch anyway. I know I’m not going to keep overeating treats and gain a bunch of weight. But it doesn’t make me feel good, physically or mentally. So I’d like to stop doing that. And if there isn’t a bunch of that stuff hanging around, I won’t actually eat it LOL

In other stuff, I actually spun some fiber yesterday!

IMG_0031It has been sitting on the bobbin for who knows how long. I don’t have any sort of expectations for how it will turn out, but it will be nice if I get it done. I did some more tonight too. Hopefully if I work on it a little every day it will be done before I know it!

Weigh-in

Last week 127.2 pounds, 26.5% body fat

This week 126.4 pounds, 26% body fat

So this week I lost .8 pounds and .5% body fat. Again, I was weighing in the last 3 days under 126, but had another big holiday meal yesterday and it went back up LOL Oh well. That should be the last of them! And things can be more consistent now. I am all cookie-d out now I think. There were sooo many treats here yesterday, and I tried them all! And no regrets or feeling guilty, just going to keep going. Like I do.

Other than my big meal last night, this past week’s food has been pretty boring. Except for my burger on Friday night at the Copper Onion. It was amazing! I chose salad instead of fries, and shared some of the sides we got which were brussels sprouts and shishito peppers. It was all so good and I cleaned my plate. It might have been too big of a meal, but it was so good and I hardly ever get to go there. We also went for pizza at The Pie, but I just had salad and 2 1/2 slices there. Didn’t go overboard.

All of my other meals have just been regular food. And I’m doing pretty good not snacking and doing balanced meals. I was surprised to be 125.4 a couple of days ago! That means what I’m doing is still working 🙂

This week’s workouts:

Sunday I did 5.15 miles/48 minutes/9:16 pace.

Monday was 3.31 miles/31 minutes/9:22 pace. It had just snowed big time and it was so beautiful out on the parkway! I hate taking my phone with me, but maybe I should start to take pictures LOL I skipped my strength because I had shoveled snow for about 2 hours that day!

Tuesday I did a bunch more shoveling. After work I did 4 miles/35.5 minutes/8:52 pace.

Wednesday was 3.04 miles/28:50 minutes/9:29 pace. After that I did weights. Deadlifts, hammer curls, leg curls, shoulder presses, and calf raises. I think I did like 8 sets of deadlifts! I tried to hit it harder than I have been lately.

Thursday I ran 5.27 miles/50 minutes/9:27 pace. The first half kind of sucked, but after that it was okay. It sounds lame but I have such a hard time with my shoes sometimes. If they aren’t tied perfectly they feel so awkward. I hate it.

Friday was 3.03 miles/27 minutes/8:58 pace. I also did lots of squats, 92! I started at 50# and then worked up to 100#. I was feeling that yesterday! I also did kb rows and quad curls.

Saturday was a rest day 😀

I think I’ve covered it all, so just going to do it again this coming week. I’m pretty sure I’ll hit my mini-goal of staying under 126 (for next week’s weigh-in). My other goal is to just keep running and stay injury-free.

 

 

Weigh-in and workouts

Last week 127.4 pounds, 26% body fat

This week 127.2 pounds, 26.5% body fat

I think its funny how I can be weighing in at 126 for 3 days in a row and then jump back up for my weigh-in day 🙂 Oh well. Technically I still did lose .2 pounds. The jump back up might have something to do with the giant meal I had last night?! We had friends over and had a feast. So much food! I didn’t eat much the rest of the day so it all evens out, but I think having such a big meal must make me a little bloated for a while. Not pictured was the dessert plate that was just a bit smaller than the dinner plate LOL

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Besides yesterday, I have been working on regular meals and eating just enough. I think I’ve been doing pretty well. Also trying to get in more veggies with meals, which has translated into a lot of lunch salads. It seems to be working this week. As I said, I was down to 126.2 at one point during the week. I’ll be back there soon enough.

This week’s workouts were very minimal and I even skipped a day. It was a down week that was much needed! I was getting on the verge of burnout I think. So just 3 mile runs and 2 strength workouts.

Sunday – 4.06 miles, 9:32 pace. My notes say that I hated this run because I was feeling so worn out!

Monday – 2.09 miles, 8:42 pace. This was a quickie before weights, I think I just wanted to get it done so I really pushed it! My weights workout was deadlifts, shoulder presses, and split squats.

Tuesday – 3.04 miles, 9:35 pace. I was incredibly sore from the lower body work on Monday!

Wednesday – I skipped my workouts this day. Just too tired. I think it was needed though, because I felt tons better on Thursday.

Thursday – 3 miles, 8:43 pace. It was super windy outside and there was lots of crap flying around LOL I felt it in my mouth when I was done :/ BUT the run was great! Fast, but my heart rate wasn’t in peak according to the fitbit.

Friday – 3.05, 9:33 pace. This was a nice and easy one.

Saturday – Another rest day 😀

This coming week I will just keep on doing the regular meals and tracking my habits. My mini-goal is to get to 126 pounds, so I hope that I can swing that this week. My running will be back up to 25 and then 27 miles per week before my next down week. I’m feeling like I’m back in business and ready for it!

Total miles run – 15.25      Total time working out – 2 hours 41 minutes.

Make it a great week!

A day of junk

Sunday was not a good day eating wise. I don’t know what was going on, really, but I way overdid it and ate a lot of stuff that I didn’t even really want to. It could probably be classified as a binge, honestly. Although there was not any kind of crazy thoughts or panic or major emotion with it. I’m not dwelling on it, not proud of it for sure either. I guess it happens and I’m looking at it as more of a learning experience.

I ate all kinds of stuff, including cookies, candy, popcorn, pizza…I even kept eating when my stomach was uncomfortable and full. It didn’t really give me pleasure but I did want all of the things that I ate. It isn’t even like I’m depriving myself of any of it. In fact, I think there might be too much of it around and happening in my day to day eating! I definitely didn’t enjoy it.

I was surprised at some of the reactions I physically had. I could not sleep well at all. All night I tossed and turned! I was so tired in the morning and all day yesterday. I felt like my body was overheating too. And all yesterday I was so thirsty and my stomach was kind of in knots. I ate my normal meals but really it took all day for me to feel normal again. I was not expecting that at all.

The scale went up almost 2 pounds, and I’m sure it will inch its way back down soon enough. But I really don’t want to be working hard and be taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back. Instead of punishing myself or something silly like that, I’m just going to really dial in my focus on the habits again. I do want to continue to make progress so I’m just going to keep trying.

There is another thought, that maybe it is just time for a ‘diet’ break. I wouldn’t really think that was true since for most of the year I’ve just been losing a small amount every week. It isn’t like I’m dieting hard and losing 5 or more pounds every single week. But it could just be time to not worry about it and try to maintain what I have lost for a while.

Anyway. Just going to keep going and do what I do 🙂

Weigh-in and workouts

Last week 127 pounds and 26.5% body fat

This week 127.2 pounds and 26% body fat

The scale has been mostly under 126 all week but not today. The body fat even dipped down to 25% one day, so I guess I’m not surprised that that one is down today.

Eating has not been great this week. I’m getting too relaxed and maybe eating too much treats. 2 leftover pies meant pie for breakfast, and I still had desserts after dinner. Gotta try and rein it in again. Maybe I’ll start working on the habit that involves tracking treats?! I don’t know.

Here’s my workouts last week:

Sunday I didn’t do anything because I switched my long run to the day before. I had to work on Sunday too 😦

Monday I did 2 miles and then weights. I ran out of time and only did deadlifts, 8 sets.

Tuesday was 4.16 miles, 9:16 pace. I ran up the hill in Fort Union again and it seemed like I improved from the week before! I didn’t stop the whole way up the hill (except to tie my shoes a few times at the beginning).

Wednesday I did 3.1 miles, 9:23 pace. After that I did skater squats, kb rows, and back extensions. I’m working on stretching and foam rolling more, so I did some of that too.

Thursday was 5 miles in 45 minutes, 9:04 pace. I was pushing it a bit for this one, but at the same time it felt comfortable, if that makes sense. I wasn’t dying at the end!

Friday got away from me and I was just plain tired. So I didn’t work out. I decided to do my long run on Saturday and do a few miles on Sunday to make up for missing Friday.

Saturday was 8 miles! I’d say it went pretty well. I did it in 1:16 for a 9:29 pace. It felt ‘easy’ most of the way through, my pace was pretty even, and my heart rate stayed consistent too! I wore a knee sleeve I got that seemed to help it not feel wonky at all. I bundled up as it was supposed to be around 25, but halfway through I started to get too warm. It was a beautiful day too!! Overall a pretty great run. I stretched a lot after and did some foam rolling last night.

Run totals – 22.39 miles, 3 hours 28 minutes. 

Only got in about 50 minutes of strength this week.

This week I want to make sure I hit all of my workouts. I also want to make sure I’m only eating meals and not snacking. And I want to eat more fruit instead of treats. I’m going to do some food prep today to make sure I’m prepared for the week! It is going to be a busy one, lots of stuff going on at work.

 

No more debt

I just paid off my car today!! I have been paying double and sometimes triple payments all year so I could get it done. I wasn’t sure I was going to do it, but I had some money saved up and decided it was worth it to pay it off now and then start saving that money I was putting on my car every month (sometimes $1500!). It feels SO good to have it done!!

I am now completely debt free. And I hope to never get into debt again. I want to save my money and pay for what I want/need in full. We’ll see how that all works, but I hope it does. I hate having payments!

Just so excited – I wanted to share 😀

Its December!

I know it sounds dumb, but I seriously cannot believe it is December already! Time has gone by SO fast this year.

I was just remembering how I was always setting weight loss goals, like lose 5 pounds in a month. It rarely happened, and most of the time I’d give up in the middle of the month. Who knew I would ever be so grateful this year to lose just 2 1/2 pounds per month?! Well I am 😀

I’m still weighing daily and there have been lots of fluctuations. This morning I made a couple of graphs, just messing around.

Here is the last 2 months of weighing more often. The first is October and then November. Lots of ups and downs!Screenshot 2015-12-01 05.35.54

Then there is the whole year’s worth of weekly weigh-ins! This one is a lot less up and down.

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Its so easy to get frustrated, especially when working at a small deficit, or going for just a little weight loss every week. Sometimes it seems like nothing is changing! So looking at the big picture can tell more of the story.

Anyway, December is here and will be gone before we know it. I know I’ll look back on this year as one of my best. Life changing, really. I hope for good!

Weigh-in

Last week 128 pounds, 27.5% body fat.

This week 127 pounds, 26.5%.

I also took my measurements today and I’m down another 1.75 inches! So my YTD loss totals are 25.2 pounds, 11% body fat, and 14.75 inches. Pretty cool.

I felt like I did okay with Thanksgiving and another big meal we did for ourselves yesterday. I had a big plate of food, sure. Only stuff that I really wanted to eat, and if I didn’t end up liking it I didn’t eat it. I overate a bit. But no one died, I didn’t have to feel like I had failed at anything. I just ate more than usual and moved on with my life. I am still doing all of my workouts and getting in plenty of activity every day, and overall not eating too much.

Here’s my workouts for the week:

Sunday I did 7.06 miles at a 9:25 pace. It felt pretty easy for that day and I finally realized that I had been wearing my shoes for too long. So I’m going to stop wearing them.

Monday I did weights and then 2 miles. I pretty much did all lower body stuff, including deadlifts! Can you tell I like deadlifts?!

Tuesday I did 4 miles in Fort Union again. I ended up climbing a long hill for the first half, turned around and went back down. I wish I had had a camera. The view at the top of 3000 East and Fort Union was amazing! I hit it right at sunset too.

Wednesday I did 3 miles. The weather was super crappy that day when we were doing errands before I was supposed to go out. I almost didn’t go! But I did, and didn’t get rained on or blown around too much. Glad I went. I also did weights, single leg deadlifts, db rows, and back extensions.

Thursday I got up early and did 4 miles. Guess I had my own little turkey trot.

Friday I did another 3 miles and then weights. I got a new weight vest in the mail and I did step ups with it, then shoulder presses and hamstring curls.

Saturday I did my long run of 7 miles instead of on Sunday. It was very cold, but once I got going not too bad. There was snow on the trail and it was lightly snowing the whole time. I was surprised at first to see quite a few other runners out, but I usually go on Sunday not Saturday. Figures there would be more people out.

Run totals – 23.43 miles, 3 hours 45 minutes

Add my strength in there, about 1.5 hours and that is 5 hours 15 minutes working out, about 45 minutes each day, or actually 53 minutes for 6 days of exercise. Totally reasonable and doable!

Here’s to another week of taking care of me 😀

Thanksgiving

Somehow I woke up at 4:20 on Thanksgiving, on a day that I didn’t have to go to work :/ Why?! I got up and started the coffee flowing and relaxed for a while before I went out to run. It was cold!! When I got back it was 27, feels like 22! I just bundled up and got my 4 miles done. I saw a few other walkers and there was more car traffic than I thought there would be. It was a good run. I’m getting a little sappy lately but I realize that I am really lucky to even be able to run. My limbs all relatively work and I am healthy. I am lucky enough to have the means to buy running stuff when I need it and the time to go run. Most runs lately have felt like a gift, and I really try to enjoy it and not take it for granted 🙂

After my run we made some muffins and had a couple and a yogurt for breakfast. Rookie mistake – it was too close to dinner/lunch and I ended up eating too much! Oh well. Spoiler – I still ate what I wanted at dinner.

I’m always on veggie duty, so I made a candied yam casserole with pecan topping, green bean casserole (selfishly for me but others said it was yum!), and sautéed corn and peppers. The meal was delicious and I ate one plate with a tiny bit more bean casserole. I also had 3 small slices of pie, one too many, it set me over the edge LOL Later on I had too much ice cream too. It’s just one day and I’m not stressing or worried about it. It’s done and I’m moving on, and going to eat breakfast as usual today.

Here’s the other turkey we had yesterday.

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It’s another cold and windy day here, so my run later should be a blast…