→ Tuesday’s Weigh-in: 193.6 ←
Yes, you read that right. I gained almost a pound this week. Mostly it’s because of my cycle, but I suppose part of it could be the 1200 calories in mini-cupcakes I ate on Thursday. Although I’m blaming them on my cycle, too, so it all comes back to that. I’m glad I ate them, though. No, not just because they tasted really good. Also because they made me sick to my stomach for almost two full days. I think that was a good lesson for me: too much sugar = unhappy tummy. We’ll see if it sticks.
Movin’ on, nothing to see here…
So, I signed up for my first 5k. It’ll be on June 26th. A mom friend suggested it when her son said that maybe BeBop would run in the kid’s race with him. How cute is that? Anybody in the near vicinity who would like to run with us, let me know and I’ll send you the info.
I ran for 52 minutes yesterday. Went 4 1/4 miles and then we took the boys to the zoo in the rain because it was BeBop’s fourth birthday. So I got 10,000 steps outside of the workout. I also ate my way through an entire bag of freeze-dried mangos yesterday, but I don’t really want to talk about that.
I want to talk about recovery time. My trainer says that a good way to measure your cardiovascular health is to see how fast your heart rate recovers from exertion. Basically you get your heart rate elevated through aerobic exercise and then you slow down and see how many beats per minute your heart rate goes down in one minute. So, say you’re walking at 3.5 MPH with your heart rate at 140, then you slow down to 2.0 MPH and your heart rate goes down to 120 after a minute. You’ve just recovered 20 beats in that minute, which my trainer says means you are in adequate cardiovascular health. Good for you, my imaginary friend.
Now, my trainer was telling me this on a day when I did not feel like working out. In fact, I was complaining about it rather loudly. I was so focused on how much I didn’t want to work out, that I didn’t even realize what he was up to until we were in the middle of measuring my recovery time. The scientist in me simply could not resist experimenting to see if my recovery would change depending on how high my heart rate was when I started slowing down. My trainer, he totally has my number. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.
Anyhoo, guess what. My recovery was the same when I started out at 150 as it was when I started at 170. And it took a couple of minutes running at 6 MPH to get it up to 170, which shows how far I’ve come. Unfortunately, my trainer also said it shows that he can push me a little harder, but I’ll worry about that next week. The great news is that I recovered about 40 beats per minute, meaning I’m in pretty damn good cardiovascular shape. It also means I think I’m ready to run the 5k in a few weeks. Go me!
Honey, if I ever ran for 52 minutes (which I could not in any way possibly manage to do) I would expect to instantly weigh 117 pounds again and have a body like those chicks in the Title Nine catalog. Go YOU!
I stopped by over from Lucy’s blog. (yes, this does feel kind of stalkerish……but don’t worry I not crazy-well maybe a normal kind of crazy”) Anyways I love this blog. This is wonderful. I have been struggling with my weight for almost 10years now. (that would be the age of my oldest) But hey losing weight is simple eat less and excercise more. HA!!! Not that simple for me. Anyways keep up the good work and you have really inspired me. Now I have a few questions. The running part. I am trying every day on the running. I have the C2to5k program and am struggling, mostly with the breathing, lungs feel like they are going to explode. Any tips? How did you start out (I haven’t really got to indepth in your older blog so if the questions are out there I will dive in after work.) Also what program are you doing for the weight loss?
Thanks for letting me stalk. And keep up the good work.
Wow! That’s fabulous. I’m not much of a runner (she said with extreme understatement) but I have been trying to get my carido up for years. I work with my trainer twice a week on the treadmill and we are doing better. But I am very impressed with you 5K and your 52 minutes. Someday. . .
That is awesome! Rock On. And run on.
@Lora – LOL! Wouldn’t it be cool if it worked that way. I wish!
@Christine – I think crazy is the new normal. Thanks – I’ve been over 220 for 10 years and the last time I was under 200 was my wedding 12 years ago. I don’t think losing it is easy for anyone. Nobody I know, anyway.
I started the C25k program last fall and it worked pretty well for me until I got the flu and I quit. Right now I’m working with a trainer and it’s helped a lot. I had a lot of trouble with the breathing at first, too. One thing I did (while I was doing C25k) was to take as much time on any given week as I needed. I didn’t move on until I thought I was ready. I also slowed down. I started out running 6MPH and thought I might die right then. Plus, OMG the shin splints! But I slowed it down to 5MPH and it was much better. Now that I’m with a trainer, I run even slower sometimes. I started out with 4 or 4.5 MPH and only recently moved it up to 5MPH. Of course, I’m running on a treadmill, so that’s easy to gage. I ran for the first time outside this week and had to stop every minute for the first 5 min. or so. It was startling how different it was from running on the treadmill, down to the sound of my breathing.
Oh, and don’t run every day. Your body needs time to rest and rejuvenate. I’ve built my endurance up a lot and I still can’t run every day. Cut yourself some slack! And GO YOU for trying it! Like Lucy, I never thought in a million years I would be a runner, so I really surprised the heck out of myself.
I’m doing a program through a local health club. It’s expensive, but our insurance pays for a lot of it, so we decided it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It involves 3x per week with a trainer, once a week with a dietician, group meetings, several visits with a therapist, doctor consultation…it’s a fabulous program. It’s proprietary, so I can’t go into specifics, but the diet part is basically just making sure your meals are balanced and you stay within a daily calorie range. I think the most important part of the diet is tracking everything that goes in your mouth. I’ve never had success with that before, but it’s really working for me now. I’m really, REALLY tired of thinking about it, though, which is why I’m sitting here eating a pizza…but I’ll talk about that in my next post – probably tomorrow.
@June – I never thought I would run, either, but here I am. Go you on the treadmill! Yay!
@Sure Thing (and all the rest of the Betties, including June, Christine, and Lora) – Thanks so much for stopping by! You guys are awesome!