Saturday, March 20, 2010


I can't begin to explain how PUMPED I am about my race outcome this morning. Check this out:

Focus on the last 2 columns which offer my race time and average pace per mile! Do you SEE that!?!?!

I finished in 35:33! My average pace was 11:28 per mile! Whoa!

I've never been that fast before! I'm so fricking proud of myself!

I ran the first 2 km, walked 1/2 km, and ran the remaining 2.5 km.

For some reason, again, my Nike+ didn't start off right so it didn't record the full 5 km. It only got 4.63 km and it states I ran 11:53 per mile. Still not bad!

Monday, March 15, 2010

17 to go

I need 17 miles by 3/29, two weeks from today, to reach my goal of 40 miles in 4 weeks.

I'm on track to reach the goal!

I may reach it early. That would be sweet!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Portion control

I've learned that I must control for portion in order for me to be successful at weight loss. When I initially lost those 60 pounds from 2005-07, I was very strict on portions. I utilized a food scale, measuring cups, and measuring spoons for everything. Measuring has become second nature for me. I don't use the food scale anymore, but I do use the cups & spoons.

In fact, I have some at my office. I use the measuring spoon to measure 1 T of sugar for my coffee. I find that I will put too much sugar if it is not measured out.

The measuring cup is for my cereal. I believe in only eating one serving so I measure it out. If I just pour into the bowl, I'll end up with 1-1/2 or 2 servings. Too much! I bring my milk from home each day and I only bring 3/4 cup. Therefore, I need only 1 serving of cereal.

I also purchase those single serve containers of coffee cream. Yes, those things cost more money, but it costs less on my caloric intake. Some may say, I can't believe she drinks coffee! Yes, I do, each and every day. It is likely the one thing I will never give up (unless there's some dire health need to do so). I limit myself to no more than 2 cups, most days it is only 1 though and I control the sugar and cream. I have the mini-moo's at work, but on the weekends I measure out the liquid cream with a measuring spoon. I'm consistent, if not anything else.

Some people may say, oh that's too extreme! All that measuring and what not. Fine, it doesn't work for you, but it works for me. That, too me, is key. Finding what works for the individual.

I've found mine, measuring. What's yours?

Monday, March 1, 2010


I didn't reach my monthly goal of 40 miles during the month of February.

As you can see, I only earned 22.8 miles. Not too bad considering February, to me, was a cruel month. I had a lot of personal stuff happen that really impeded my walking/running. Additionally, the weather didn't help. It was brutally cold here in the South and I just could bring myself to get out in it.

I'm happy with what I did, although it was all toward the end of the month.

Today begins a new month and I've recommitted to 40 miles for the month. I've already set a goal:

While I won't log any miles today (rain!), I will over the course of the week and Saturday will be topped off by a 5K. I'm also participating in another 5K later in the month. I have every intention of earning those 40 miles and possibly more!