My nephew doing his Zoolander impression

Monthly Summary

Want to know how I got here?  This is what I’ve done so far.

MAY 2010

Fall 2008, unknown high weight

Got tired of being fat, downloaded a free Calorie Counter app for my Blackberry & discovered it was linked to this awesome site called FatSecret. To start I focused on getting my eating habits cleaned up…I wasn’t eating regularly, when I did eat I wasn’t controlling my portions & I wasn’t choosing nutritious food. Started using SlimFast shakes & bars for breakfast & lunch, & increasing water intake. Worked on making better choices for dinner & snacks to get my calories down & tracked all of my intake using the FatSecret food diary. Starting weight: 316 lbs.  (more…)

JUNE

June 2010

Averaged about 1900 calories a day, moved to a townhouse from our apt & bought a used recumbent bike. Started walking around our apt complex a little, but due to back pain they were short walks. Kept at it 2-3 times a week & it got better & better each time. Continued using FS Blackberry app to look up nutritional info when dining out to make educated choices, & managed to lose 7.6 lbs this month even with the move. EOM weight: 308.4 lbs.  (more…)

JULY

July 2010

Averaged just under 2000 calories a day. Comfortable with new way of eating & started working on getting a regular exercise program in place. Required myself to exercise 6 days/wk & stuck to it. Got a family membership to the Y & started strength training as well as jogging in short intervals on the treadmill. Logged 14.8 treadmill miles. Purchased a Bodymedia Fit activity monitor to get a more accurate idea of what I was burning with all of my exercise. With 2 family gatherings & a bachelorette party in this month, I still lost 8.8 lbs. EOM weight: 299.6 lbs (new century, >15 lbs lost!).  (more…)

AUGUST

Me & DH at a wedding, August 2010

Ate 2100 calories a day & burned over 3200 calories per day on average. Around this time I decided to stop using SlimFast because my appetite was increased due to the added exercise, & I switched to eating regular food & just tracking calories on FS. Ended up with a mild knee sprain early in the month from the jogging, but was able to do alternate activities such as biking & elliptical. Ran 5.6 miles. With the knee sprain, a baby shower, a wedding & a weekend at the lake, I still lost 5.2 lbs. EOM weight: 294.4 lbs (>20 lbs lost!).  (more…)

SEPTEMBER

Ate 2250 calories a day & burned over 3400 a day on average. Started back jogging mid-month & resumed a modified 5k training program to build my endurance up enough to run a 5k. Ran 11.4 miles. Out of town wedding this month, me & my kids all started school, lost 9.8 lbs. EOM weight: 284.6 lbs (>30 lbs lost!).  (more…)

OCTOBER

Ate 2200 calories a day, burned 3500 a day on average. Interval training continued, ran 40 miles, lost 6.2 lbs. EOM weight: 278.4 lbs. (more…)

NOVEMBER

Progress picture done at the beginning of November
Progress picture @ 42 lbs lost

Ate 2200 calories a day, burned 3450 a day on average. Interval training continued, ran 34.7 miles, Thanksgiving happened, lost 6.8 lbs. EOM weight: 271.6 lbs (>40 lbs lost!). (more…)

DECEMBER

The Big 5-Oh!

Ate 2400 calories a day, burned 3150 a day on average. Mid-month switched to a carb-cycling diet (6 days low carb, 1 day high carb – started out at 130g fat/90g net carbs/212g protein) in conjunction with an aggressive strength training program. Cardio limited to the occasional step aerobics class. Scheduled high-carb days to coincide with holiday events (3 of them, to be exact) & it worked out great. Caught a cold that kept me out of the gym for a week, but exercised at home on the bike & with OnDemand fitness videos. Adjusted macro targets to 125g f/80g nc/198g p. Ran 13.6 miles. Lost 6 lbs. EOM weight: 265.6 lbs (>50 lbs lost!). (more…)

JANUARY 2011

Averaged 2200 calories on low-carb days & 3100 on high-carb days; burned 3150 a day on average. DH had gastric surgery. Strength training 6 days/wk & cardio 3-4 times/wk. Ran 2 miles for the first time ever & at a pace just under 14 min/mile. Ran 12 miles total. Dropped fat target to 115g mid-month. Lost 4.6 lbs. EOM weight: 261 lbs.

FEBRUARY

Averaged 2100 calories on low-carb days & 3100 on high-carb days; burned over 3100 a day on average. Hit the 250s, & passed the halfway mark to 1st goal of 199 lbs. Focused on improving lifting technique. Dropped nc to 60g, fat to 105g mid-month. Started training for a 5k in April, ran 2.35 miles without stopping by month-end. Baby nephew arrived 9 wks early. Resisted birthday cake TWICE. Lots of experimentation with new recipes. Down another couple of dress sizes. Dropped fat target to 95g @ month-end. Ran 24.3 miles. Lost 4.8 lbs. EOM weight: 256.2 lbs.

MARCH

60 lbs lost, March 2011

Averaged 1950 calories on low-carb days & 3750 on high-carb days; burned 3144 a day on average. Hit the 65 lbs lost mark & am no longer Extremely Obese per my BMI. Ran 5k (3.125 mi) in 42 min without stopping by month-end. Dropped fat target to 90g mid-month. Down another inch in my waist & 2.5 in my hips. Lost 6 lbs. Ran 43.7 miles. EOM weight: 250.2 lbs (>60 lbs lost!).

APRIL

For days I logged, I averaged 2100 calories a day for low-carb days & 3600 calories a day for high-carb days, burning 3120 a day on average.  Macro targets: 90g/60g/198g f/nc/p. Ran a 5k race for the first time, straight through, in 39 minutes. Took 2 “diet breaks” lasting 4-5 days each. 1st trip (to Vegas) resulted in an 8 lb gain which came back off after only 4 days of returning to low-carb & strength training (no cardio!). The 2nd (to TX) took place at month-end, but based on the last weigh-in before I left, I still had a net loss of 2.4 lbs for the month. Ran 17.4 miles. EOM weight: 247.8 lbs.

MAY

For the days I logged, I averaged just under 2000 calories a day for low-carb days & over 4000 calories a day for high-carb days, burning close to 2900 a day on average.  After last diet break, did strength training only & the 9 lb gain came off in 9 days.  Tons of progress with the lifting this month.  Added a weekly10-min HIIT session & step class mid-month.  Earned a Bachelor’s degree.  Grad gift to myself: Garmin FR60 with footpod.  Ran 9.5 miles. Started a weight loss blog.  Lost 1.6 lbs.  EOM weight: 246.2 lbs (~70 lbs lost).

JUNE

Averaged just under 2000 calories a day for low-carb days & probably 5000 for high-carb, burned just under 2900 a day.  Average water intake per day: 1 gallon.  Survived eating low-carb at Red Lobster in the face of those devil-biscuits.  Some challenges in general with cravings, but made it through.  Stalled for couple weeks of the month, weight dropped a bit, stalled another week, scale batteries died, decided not to replace them until month-end, finally did, saw a teeny drop, yay.  Still view the month as a smashing success because I felt great about the way I’ve been eating & exercising & felt great in general, so the scale dying wasn’t a huge deal.  Had to shop for smaller clothes though, win!  Definitely softened the blow of the snail-like scale movement.  Adopted weekly outdoor runs as a new ritual just for fun, & am loving it.  Ran 4 miles straight for the first time ever!  Ran 11.1 miles total. Lots of experimentation in the kitchen this month, & blogged about it.  Lost 1.8 lbs.  EOM weight: 244.4 lbs (>70 lbs lost, for real :) ).

JULY

More than 70 lbs later

Got through a difficult emotional situation more or less unscathed, though overall this month was far less consistent than most others. Still made progress in the gym & went for some excellent runs this month. New record is 4.33 miles nonstop (almost 7k). At my annual physical it was determined I have successfully cured myself of high blood pressure, & my dr. recommended an abdominal binder for support during my runs. Tried it out & it worked great. Weight only went down a hair but in general still felt good about the diet & exercise so it wasn’t a big deal. Noticed visible reduction in my midsection & was happy with that. Ran 26 miles. Burned an average of 2,850 calories a day & averaged 1,950 calories intake for low-carb days. 45 lbs to Onederland! Lost 0.4 lbs. EOM weight: 244 lbs. (more…)

AUGUST

Took it easy this month since I needed a break. Still did plenty of exercise but was less restrictive with eating. Enjoyed a nice waterpark vacation & some much-needed time off from the strength training. Returned with a vengeance & put a 10-lb dent in my temporary gain. Not worried about it in the slightest & plan to chip away at it as long as it takes. Ran 27.5 miles. For days I logged, averaged 2,083 calories a day for low-carb days & burned an average of 2,978 (all days). EOM weight: 247.2 lbs. (more…)

SEPTEMBER

Stayed in a pretty good groove all month even with some extra carb-up days & trying to settle into the kids’ new routine with school & sports. Continued the 10k training I had started in August & officially signed up for the October 1st race mid-month. Got some insight into myself after a night out with the girls, & blogged about challenging myself. Ran my longest distance to date, 6.62 miles straight through, & realized about halfway through that I am a runner. Ran 43.6 miles. Averaged 2,000 calories a day for low-carb days & 3,500 for high-carb, burning an average of almost 3,200 across all days. EOM weight: 243.2 lbs. (more…)

OCTOBER

Ran my first 10k, joined MyFitnessPal, changed up my workout program, & gained some insight into my eating patterns when I switched to the Spike Diet. Ran 47.5 miles. Averaged 3,900 calories on Spike days & 1,850 calories on all the other days. Averaged 3,200 calories burned on workout days & 2,675 burned on rest days. Average daily deficit was 759. EOM weight: 244 lbs. (more…)

NOVEMBER

Got some FANTASTIC new running shoes. Read up on race nutrition. Ran my farthest distance ever without stopping (7.3 miles!!) while training for my 2nd 10k on Thanksgiving Day. Mulled over the idea of intuitive eating. Came down with an awful head cold so I stayed out of the gym for a week, though I did drag myself out for a couple of half-ass outdoor runs. Made ceviche for the first time, & loved it! With the race behind me, got to work on my next running goal: running a 5k averaging 10:00 min/mile. Following C25K to get there. Ran 42.5 miles. Averaged 3,175 calories burned on workout/active rest days & 2,650 on rest days. Average daily deficit was 384. FINALLY saw the 230s this month, though I didn’t stay there. EOM weight: 243.2 lbs.

DECEMBER

Happy hour in Orlando…I was REALLY happy by the time this picture was taken

Switched from a 6-day (alternating lifting with C25K) to a 3-day workout schedule (lifting + C25K all 3 days) & liked it a lot. Took a wonderfully restful week-long vacation to Florida. Made an awesome gingerbread gym & tried a new protein powder. Decided not to be too fussy about limiting my intake for the rest of the holiday & just enjoy, though I did continue logging most days to remain accountable. Ran 24 miles. Averaged 3,325 calories burned on workout/active rest days & 2,625 on rest days. Average daily deficit was 119. Bounced around in the 240s all month, which was ok. EOM weight: 248.6 lbs.

JANUARY 2012

Started out the New Year with a spiritual fast, then started fresh with the Spike Diet. Experimented with calorie targets for the first week, then ended up developing my own flexible approach to the targets. Hit a rough patch mid-month, but made it through. Shrunk out of my workout clothes & conquered C25K W3 at my target pace. Re-categorized all of my old blog posts & rewrote my About Me page. Picked up some YakTrax & started training for my next race! Set new personal record (PR) for bench press with 145 lbs & ran 40.5 miles. Got down to within 2 lbs of my all-time low weight of 239.4. Averaged 3,350 calories burned on workout days & 2,900 on rest days. Average daily deficit was 842. EOM weight: 243.8 lbs.

FEBRUARY

Set a goal to run 50 miles in February & exceeded it by logging just over 52 miles. Learned some hard lessons this month. Registered & continued training for my St. Patty’s Day 7k. Decided to start reading up on heart rate training. Started building a list of 100-calorie foods to post on my fridge. Averaged 3,400 calories burned on workout days & 2,900 on rest days. Average daily intake: 2,425. Average daily deficit: 838. EOM weight: 241.8 lbs.

MARCH

Set a goal to log 60 miles in March & exceeded it by logging over 76 miles. Finally did some new progress pics, then made the decision to start working with a personal trainer at my gym to try something different. Started my new plan mid-month & spent the rest of the month getting comfortable with the new dietary guidelines & workout routine. Ran the Get Lucky 7k I’ve been training for & met my goal pace! Finally hit a new all-time low weight of 238, even though it spiked back up a couple of pounds due to some weekend eating before month-end. Averaged 3,700 calories burned on workout days & 2,800 on rest days. Average daily intake: 2,400. Average daily deficit: 1,027. EOM weight: 240 lbs (75 lbs lost).

APRIL

My Wall of Fame

Set a goal to log 100 miles in April & exceeded it by logging almost 104 miles. Trainer raised daily calorie target to 2500 & suggested I stop weighing daily, so I tried it for a couple of weeks. Wasn’t crazy about it. Said goodbye to my Bodymedia Fit & passed it on to my husband. Easter happened. Ran my first 5k of the year, beating my PR, & started preparing myself for my May race. Gave myself a writing assignment & put together a wall of fame in my home office. Average burn: 3,375; average intake: 2,650; average daily deficit: 725. EOM weight: 236.2 lbs (25% of bodyweight lost, 80 lbs lost).

MAY

My awesome running club shirt

Exceeded 100 miles the 2nd month in a row. Set a new 10k PR during my MS Walk/Run & saw my pace improve by leaps & bounds all through the month thanks to the New Leaf cardio program. Downloaded Zombies, Run! & fell in love with it – highly recommend it for those long runs. Got talked into a September duathlon by a dear friend & cycled a few times as crosstraining to get my feet wet. Joined the leadership team of my employer’s running club & ran the TC 1 Mile with them as a corporate challenge, setting a PR & earning guaranteed entry into the TC 10 Mile in October! Posted about calorie budgetingprotein, mental toughness, & started a Facebook fan page. Bought some size 14/16 undies (14! Holy crap!) that fit wonderfully. Saw the visual proof of how exercise is transforming my body when I compared my MS Walk/Run pic with my November Drumstick Dash one. Said goodbye to my dear personal trainer, who has moved on to a new opportunity, & am eternally grateful for all he has done for me so far. Closed out the month at a new all-time low. Celebrated the 2-year anniversary of starting my weight loss effort. An AWESOME month overall. Average burn: 2,887 (per New Leaf); average intake: 2,614; average daily deficit: 273. EOM weight: 232.4 lbs.

JUNE

84 lbs lost

Finished up New Leaf heart rate training with drastically improved fitness. After a break, jumped into another round. Watched a marathon for the first time. Took my first work trip since changing my lifestyle & it was a success! MIleage goal: 60 miles. Miles logged: 67.8. Avg burn: 2,821; avg intake: 2,550; avg daily deficit: 271. EOM weight: 233.2 lbs. (more…)

JULY

My nephew doing his Zoolander impression

Started training for my September duathlon. Started school, saw a new low weight (232), pulled a muscle, deviated from training program for a while, lost motivation to log, saw a super-high fluctuation that freaked me out a bit then got it back together. Going back to the Spike Diet-style of managing intake I was doing before I started New Leaf the first time. Started a beginner running workshop with my running club at work that has taken off! I’m taking the participants through Couch to 5k & I’ve got a bunch of fantastic, motivated people pushing themselves to do what they didn’t know they could. So awesome!! Mileage goal: 60 miles. MIles logged: 69.55. Avg burn: 2,728; avg intake: 2,564; avg daily deficit: 164. EOM weight: 234.6 lbs. (more…)

AUGUST

Baby

Tried BodyFlow (yoga) for the first time & liked it, finally got my new bike out of the shop & love it! Read an amazing & insightful post about how weight loss affects self-esteem. Completed a badass 7-mile training run, then was equally awesome the following day. Created an Excel template for anyone interested in the flexible calorie target calculations I use. Mileage goal: 80 miles. Miles logged: 67.03. Avg burn: 2,983; avg intake: 2,529; avg daily deficit: 454. EOM weight: 233.6 lbs.

SEPTEMBER

Ran a 5k PR of 37:42 at the Glo Run 5k (awesome!). Hit an all-time low weight of 230.4 early in the month, making it 86 lbs lost! Decided to stop counting calories/logging food to make sure I had enough energy to support my training. Went to the MN State Fair & a baby shower. Did the Bolder Dash 5k with all of the peeps from my job who signed up for my C25K workshop (also awesome!). Started my 2-week taper for IronGirl, which was fantastic!!! Kept up the workouts right after, just not too intense, & jumped into focusing on half-marathon training. Ran my first 10-miler. Miles logged: ran 65.21 mi, biked 96.42 mi. EOM weight: 236.2 lbs.

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OCTOBER

Rocked It Out at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile. Prepared myself well by eating like I had some sense the day before & getting plenty of sleep. I felt great at the finish! Continued training for the half & bailed at Mile 10 on my last long training run (was supposed to be 12 miles). Got a puppy! Then started my 2-week taper, so going into the half, 10 miles was the longest I’d ever run. Rocked It Out yet again at the Monster Dash! It was definitely hard, but considering the body I’m working with right now, I think I trained faithfully & responsibly & as a result, did the very best I possibly could have in all 3 of my big races. Miles logged: ran 75.85, biked 11.9. EOM weight: ~240 lbs.

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NOVEMBER

Took a full week off work & exercise after the half. Started logging food again after that but my heart wasn’t in it so I figured I’d give myself a longer break from managing my intake. Started The New Rules of Lifting For Women to have something to work on over the winter & did some light running in between, even if it was just a mile jog on the treadmill to warm up before lifting. Did the Drumstick Dash 10k on Thanksgiving (no PR, was just for fun & preemptive strike against Turkey Day dinner!). Did lots of runs with friends. Miles logged: 52.69. EOM weight: 241.4 lbs.

DECEMBER

SockMonkeyJae1Did the Reindeer Run 5k with more beginners from work – my first workshop was such a success that 2 of the graduates volunteered to lead the next one. Did a 5-mile Donut Day Fun Run which was a blast! Signed up for the 2013 Monster Series which pre-registered me for 5 races, the first on 1/1/13. Mid-month, tragedy struck when a family member passed away. Lots of restaurant food & a few bouts of stress eating. Didn’t get to the gym but made a point to get a few runs in when I could which helped relieve some of the stress, plus I needed to be able to handle the 10k I had already committed to on 1/1. Miles logged: 44.15. EOM weight: 249.6 lbs. (Not to worry…it’s a new year & it’s never too late to start over!)

JANUARY 2013

Swag
Swag

Started my collection of 2013 race medals with a frigid 10k on 1/1. Spent this month fighting to get back into my routine, and it wasn’t easy. By month end I was up a pound from EOY, but back on track at least. Miles logged: ~62. EOM weight: 250.6. (more…)

FEBRUARY

This month started out strong with lots of good exercise including the New Leaf training. About mid-month, stress started accumulating and I fell behind in my classes enough that I had to reallocate a lot of workout time to homework. I stopped logging and started stress-eating. It sucked. With some gentle nudges from some close friends and DH, I entered the lottery for the Garry Bjorklund half-marathon coming up in June in Duluth, MN, and late in the month found out I won a spot. That knocked some sense into me and I immediately made travel arrangements and drafted a 17-week training plan to get myself ready, because that’s how much time I had. Scrapped the New Leaf training and got to work logging those miles. Ended the month a tired mess. Miles logged: 31.64. EOM weight: 257. Ugh.

MARCH

Starting chute of the Get Lucky! 7k, March 2013
Starting chute of the Get Lucky! 7k, March 2013

Decided to stop actively trying to lose weight because it was effing with my head and committed to staying off the scale until April 1st. Ended up enjoying food a lot more without obssessing about the nutritional value and tried to plan my meals in advance. Had a super-tight schedule with school, work, and training but focused on planning. Shopped around for a cheaper gym. Ran the Get Lucky! 7k. Joined the Minnesota Distance Running Association and ran my first event with them, the Lake Johanna 4 Mile. Miles logged: 50.26 running miles, 7.9 cycling miles. EOM weight: 260ish.

APRIL

Started over logging food. Ran the Fred Kurz 10 Mile, then the Boston Marathon bombing happened. A special friend of mine was there and it was a terrifying day. Thankfully he had crossed the finish line 10-15 minutes before it happened, but it still breaks my heart that he was there living his dream and had to experience that trauma. Ran Scheel’s Earth Day Half Marathon Relay, and Challenge Obesity 5k. Added an article on The Numbers – Part 3: Tracking Activity with the Bodymedia FIT Activity Monitor. Miles logged: 53.96 running miles, 20.29 cycling miles. EOM weight: 261.4.

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MAY

Played around with keeping score for my workouts. Liked it! Started making smoothies. Liked those too! Ran the TC 1 Mile, and traveled for both work and pleasure. Won a lottery spot in the October TC 10 Mile again! Training continued for the June half. Finished The New Rules of Lifting For Women program (it was awesome!). Miles logged: 53.6 running miles, 9.25 cycling miles. EOM weight: 264.8.

JUNE

It was a stressful month, but I ran the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon anyway. Not my best performance, but after the fact I see the value in what I accomplished and am proud of myself for finishing. Decided I was happier not logging food for the month so I didn’t, fought the continuous battle with stress and crappy self-image. Signed up for the TC Loony Challenge (15k one day, 10M the next day) on a whim right before my half – if I had waited until after, I NEVER would have registered for that madness. Oh well. Led a presentation at a diversity seminar on behalf of my running club that was extremely well-received. Miles logged: 63.42 running miles, 18.43 cycling miles. Did not weigh myself all month – it was for the best.

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JULY

20130704-012644.jpgRan the Hot Dam 5k. Started The New Rules of Lifting: Supercharged, sprained an ankle midmonth doing side lunges and wasn’t able to run the rest of July. Moved to a new house and it was horrendous – moving SUCKS. Was skyrocketed into the new millenium when I was finally able to upgrade from my Crapberry to an iPhone5. Played around with apps and promised to do an app review post sometime soon. Miles logged: 7.47 running miles, 45.91 cycling miles. Still no scale.

AUGUST

Drafted a new training plan to get through the TC Loony Challenge. Did Minneapolis Duathlon and got my very first DNF (did not finish – I did a recap on my FB page). Redeemed myself at the Women Rock 10k the following weekend, and the training continues. Miles logged: 42.18 running miles, 22.97 cycling miles. Still no scale…and it’s awesome. I may stay off the scale the rest of the year!

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SEPTEMBER

Business as usual, focusing on training and fueling my body for training. Miles logged: 63.77 running/28.85 cycling

OCTOBER

Completed my biggest event to date: Medtronic’s TC Loony Challenge (3 races/19.3 mi/two days). Monster Dash 5k at the end of the month – it was my friend’s very first 5k ever! Fun. Still working through NROLS. Miles logged: 44.24 running/13.04 cycling

NOVEMBER

Lots of low-intensity workouts this month to give my body a break, mostly walking. Took a complete break from exercise at the end of the month for about a week. Miles logged: 34.46 running/5.64 cycling

DECEMBER

Resumed NROLS with short treadmill runs as warmups/cooldowns. Signed up with Wellvize midmonth and started following my coach’s assigned workouts. Miles logged: 30.95 running/11.4 cycling

JANUARY 2014

Jumped into the Wellvize training and it went great, started seeing improvement in my pace very quickly. Miles logged: 43.1 running, 2.02 cycling

FEBRUARY

Hard to get into a groove this month with upcoming vacation time. Also donated blood (double-red) so I was a little run down after that. Girls’ Trip to Vegas fixed me right up! Had a blast, got a personal swimming lesson from a girlfriend and we all ran the Color Run 5k together. Miles logged: 17.7.

MARCH

Good month – got back into my routine after Vegas and stuck to my Wellvize training plan. Miles logged: 46.67 running/4.65 cycling

APRIL

Life erupted this month, leaving me emotionally drained and slacking on the training, but I didn’t stop completely. Pulled myself together enough to be pleased with my performance at the Hot Chocolate 15k, which was no joke due to the >1200 ft elevation on the course! Miles logged: 38.04 running/7.6 cycling.

MAY

Medtronic TC 1 Mile was cancelled due to lightning. Lame. First half of the month was still very stressful but I managed some decent workouts and logged twice as many miles in the last half. Miles logged: 40.01 running/5.21 cycling.

JUNE

Excited to participate in my first marathon (Minneapolis Marathon) as part of a relay team, but race was cancelled at the last minute due to lightning. Second in a row. Ran my 8 mi later that day anyway so at least I felt like I earned my shirt and medal. Later in the month, made my second trek up to Duluth for redemption at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. This time I stayed in a cabin with a bunch of run club friends (we had All The Fun!!!), two of which were alums of my first beginner workshop in 2012 and were now going to run their first half marathon! They both ROCKED it. I, on the other hand, bonked around Mile 10 and seriously considered quitting. Then some random dude said, “keep going! you’ve only got 3 miles left!” and I thought to myself, “CRAP he’s right…I can’t quit now” and dragged ass through the rest of it. The fun part about giving up on doing even remotely well is that when a college guy who is superbly drunk at 9 am offers you a half-empty beer bottle, you can chug it without giving a shyt. :/ I finished, nothing spectacular, worse time than last year but it got done, whatever. Moving on. Miles logged: 50.96.

JULY

Was graced with a wonderful visit from a dear friend and we ran the Bacon Chase 5k together. The bacon was a little underwhelming but I had the BEST time with her so it was totally worth it. Miles logged: 40.41.

AUGUST

Had to regroup and get my training back in order to prepare for the 10 Mile and I did reasonably well with it. Got my long runs back up to 7+ miles. Miles logged: 49.25 running/4.38 cycling.

SEPTEMBER

Decided to end my Wellvize subscription – for now, anyway. I wasn’t doing terribly well sticking to the workouts and was feeling like I wanted to do my own thing again. Great experience at the Vibha Dream Mile 10k, and did a decent job of staying active in preparation for the 10 Mile. Miles logged: 51.75.

22 thoughts on “Monthly Summary

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog. I just found fatsecrets yesterday and today I came across your blog. Thanks for the time you have taken to write down all your inspiration for all of us out here with food control and weight issues. I have never posted to a blog before and I hope I can find yours again on my Droid ;-)

  2. Thanks so much for the kind words, Lacey! It’s been a lot of hard work requiring a ton of patience, but definitely some of the more rewarding work I’ve ever done. As long as you don’t let the day to day stuff get to you & keep your eye on the prize, you’ll get there sooner than you think! ~ Kat

  3. Love ur blog. I can relate to the self image you mentioned. I have come from 337 to 255 but I still see 337 in the mirror, however I feel better just doing some of the basic things that can get pretty hard to do when you are that obese. I wont mention any details but things can get pretty embarrassing in some of those private moments. I hope I dont always see myself as fat. You have been and inspiration and yes I am keeping my eye on the prize! :) Wanda

    1. Congrats on your progress, Wanda! Appreciate you stopping by to comment…it’s nice to know I’m not alone. ;) And you don’t even have to mention the details because I already know what you mean!!!

  4. You are one of my rolemodels on FS.

    Whenever I check in or have fallen off the wagon, I can see you going strong and posting positively in the forum.

    I don’t comment much, but I read a lot of the posts, and just wanted you to know that I think you are amazing, and as a person with a bunch of back surgeries under my belt, too…I can tell you unequivocally that you are providing others with inspiration to keep going. =)

    1. If I hadn’t finally broken through that blasted 244 this morning, your comment would have totally made my day. So great to hear from you, I check in on you too once in a while on FS & I’m glad you’re not letting life’s setbacks keep you from trying! Don’t be a stranger. ;)

  5. Ok, so I’m at work and in serious trouble. I just read your blog from front to back… at work (or back to front if you wanna get technical, because I started at the earliest entry). You are (and look) amazing! Thank you so much for posting such detail. I must laud you and comment on some things.

    1. The lady on the treadmill… the one whose name you didn’t get? Her name is Angel. God put her there just for you. :-)
    2. Self-improvement is a series of decisions and you have this down to a fine art. Forget the wimpy “I tried” attitude… it doesn’t exist in you. You decided to do something. You decided you would stick it out no matter what, and you have. You decided to put one foot in front of the other, and you did. You started with what worked for you (Slimfast) and tweaked and changed and reformatted as you went. Fantastic!
    3. Biggest Loser sucks!
    4. Those Red Lobster biscuits are the devil on crack with a side of heroin! Call the cops!
    5. Very good advice to record your stats at the beginning. I’m so glad I have mine. When the scale doesn’t budge, the tape measure doesn’t lie.

    Thanks so much for posting your life here for us to see!

    1. LOL Gwen! Thank you so much for your kind words! My biggest hope is that sharing what I have done & currently do to get to my goal will convince others with the same struggle that all it really takes is commitment & patience. That’s it. No bells & whistles, pills or potions, surgeries or specialists. :)

    1. Thanks JC! Just gotta keep plugging away at it & eventually you end up a long way away from where you started. Keeping this monthly summary helps me stay focused on the big picture even when it seems like nothing is happening from day to day. Even a tiny bit of progress gets me that much closer to my goal! Appreciate you stopping thru. :)

  6. Your blog is amazing. I love everything and I love the timeline of it all. ur like the little engine that could :-) and i find that very very inspirational b/c i feel like a turtle in this journey and so to see how incredibly far you’ve come with this slow and steady attitude is fabulous. And after reading your posts I think I’m going to get a bodymedia fit too! U rock!

    1. Thanks!!! Oh I can totally relate to feeling like a turtle…there have been so many times it felt like nothing was happening, but I kept at it anyway. The payoff is that there will be days you wake up & suddenly see significant change, whether it’s a whoosh on the scale or feeling skinny when you catch a glimpse of your reflection in a store window. Persistence is the key!

  7. I am having a hard time staying focused and not get discouraged but reading your blog has given me inspiration to get my butt in gear and just do it!!! Thanks for posting!!! And Congrats!!! I just have more days that I fwel I will never get to where I want and need to be!!

    1. Thanks Crissy! Oh I still have those days. As you can see this has been a long process and sometimes I feel like I’ll never get to maintenance. I just remind myself that what I’m doing is still improving my health and I’ve decided that has to be a good enough reason to keep working at it. It also helps to look back at this to see how far I am from where I started.

      Keep your eye on the big picture, it’s almost impossible to see changes from day to day or even month to month. But it DOES happen if you don’t give up!!!

    1. You are too sweet, girl! I’m so glad we’ve kept in touch too…I am loving all the awesomeness you’re throwing down with those workouts! And to think, I knew you way back when. ;)

  8. I’ve had 4 back surgeries as well…[the final one was spinal fusion…] I used to get up and go walking around 3-4 am [when I was losing weight the last time… it worked excellently!] I got down to goal weight that time, but have it creeping back on, am doing something about it while I only have 20 lbs to lose this time instead of 90! But now, I’m working from home, and I can’t get myself to put on my shoes and go walking BEFORE I sit down at the computer for work OR play…. That’s my problem! This coming week I’m on vacation, and I’m going to be doing an overhaul for organizing my home! [it’s been getting REALLY bad!] Then, on the 18th of this month, I’m going to, [WITHOUT FAIL!] Go walking BEFORE I sit down at the computer! I’ve made it a date… I have my appointment to do it scheduled into my phone… so this time NO EXCUSES! Wish me luck! PS [I enjoy your weight loss journey log. It helps those of us who need the motivation! Thanks for taking the time and effort to do it!]

  9. Thanks Cheree! Working from home is a double-edged sword…on one hand it’s a luxury because you don’t have to deal with spending extra time getting prettied up & commuting, but on the other you need to be self-disciplined enough to get moving since you’re no longer required to! Before I started losing weight, there were days I didn’t even break 1,000 steps. I know because I was wearing a pedometer for a while. Yikes. I too have to schedule gym time on my calendar, otherwise it won’t happen! Sounds like you’ve got a plan & that’s the best start I can think of. :) I’m glad you get something out of what I post, it’s just as much for me as it is for anyone else. Just now I read through a few old posts & it made me feel pretty awesome to see how far I’ve come.

    You can do it girl, be sure to stop back & let me know how it’s going once in a while!!!

  10. I hope your not stopping this “ABSOLUTELY GREAT” blog? I just got turned on to it today and read the whole damn thing. I found it at your signature on the fat secret site..

    1. Angelo, thank you so much!!! I am definitely not stopping, I just haven’t updated my summary page for a while. It has been a busy year with many ups and downs, but I assure you the awesomeness continues. ;) I’m overdue for a catch-up post for sure. I truly appreciate your taking the time to read. :D

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