Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Just 100 more days

Today marks the 90th day since I started on this journey to live a more healthy life. It is also only 100 more days until I run in my first 5K.

It amazes me how far I've come since October 1. That was the day that I decided to get up and start walking and getting some exercise. It wore me out. I couldn't even walk a quarter mile without my legs burning like fire. Now I can walk/run a 5K in under 45 minutes and it feels good.

This past Monday I went to the gym and was going to stop at 3.1 miles but I was feeling so good after that I decided to go ahead and stay on the treadmill for the rest of the hour. I ended up walking/running 4.40 miles in 59:23.

I'm letting my legs get some much needed rest for the last couple of days but looking forward to finishing the year out with another long run.

As of this writing, I have covered 125.4 miles on my feet and it has only taken me 34 hours 4 minutes 36 seconds to do it. As I looked back over my logs the last couple of months, I discovered that I had walked/ran 5.7 more miles in December than I did in November. It didn't surprise me but what did surprise me was that it only took me about three and a half more minutes to cover that much more ground. I couldn't believe it!

Now that Christmas is over and the new year is approaching, I am happy to say that I did gain or lose any weight over the last few days. I didn't count calories but was mindful of what I was eating most of the time. Plus or minus zero pounds...I take it.

For all of you that have started and will be starting the C25K program, just keep at it. You can do it. You may have to repeat some days or weeks but it's worth it. Good luck!

Thanks for dropping by and will see you again soon.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside

It's been almost two weeks since I have given you an update on how everything is going. I have been redesigning the blog and even have a meter that shows how much weight that I've currently lost. This meter is updated in real time so it will get the update before I write about it.

I've also renamed the blog from Losing It with Jeremy to Running with Jeremy. Although it will still be about losing weight it will deal more on running and how my training is coming along than with weight loss.

Now to what I've been doing the last couple of weeks. Mainly going to the gym and working out there instead of outside but I still enjoy the outside much more than being on the treadmill.

Last Wednesday I was over in Alabama and knew that I wasn't going to make it to the gym so I got my cold weather clothes on the went out and walked/ran 2.23 miles while it was 34 degrees.

On Saturday, the 18th, I went to the gym and walked/ran 4 miles. It did take me 55 minutes but looking back over my logs it was taking me longer than that to make it just over 3 miles.

On Sunday was when I did just lose my mind. I got up early because I had to leave out later in the morning and went out into the freezing weather. Twenty-five degree! I took me about a mile and a half to get really warmed up but the the other 1.8 miles was great. A total of 3.31 miles.

Today I got up and went for my walk in the late morning and got in 4.12 miles. It did take me a little longer to get the four miles but I wasn’t on a treadmill either. I was outside where there are a few hills. This was my farthest distance to date.

I also got up and weighed in this morning and my total weight loss is 21.2 pounds. I told my friend, Amy, about the 20 pounds and she told me that whenever I wanted to eat something bad just pick up a 20 pound bag of flour and run with it. No thanks!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Losing It #6

It’s time for another update and some tips for you.

As you may have noticed, I have moved these post to a different blog and have additional information on the right side. There you will find the number of miles that I have covered in the current week, month, and year along with my all-time total. These number are updated live when I get them entered. Currently, it looks like I have been slacking but I’ve been going to the gym and running on the treadmill and riding a stationary bike. I’m not a big fan of the treadmill but enjoy the bike. I would much rather be outside at the park or walking in my neighborhood but with the cold setting in I decided to start going to the gym.

As you know, I am counting calories and never skip breakfast. My typical breakfast is usually either cream of wheat with some milk to drink or a bowl of cereal. I like the Special K cereals the most but have tried others too. Sometimes it’s hard to get a good breakfast out on the road but I do sometimes eat either the cereal or an Egg McMuffin.

Now for my favorite part of my post. It’s fun watching the numbers go down on the scales on the mornings that I weigh and as of yesterday morning I am down a total of 18 pounds. I am lighter now than I have been in probably over ten years and it feels great.

That’s going to do me for now. Thanks for stopping.