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Week Seventy-Five Results

Well, a loss is a loss. I’m down .2 lbs. from my weigh-in last week.

More importantly, I’m scheduled for a doctor’s visit next week. This time, I am not going to let her brush off my night eating as a non-issue. This is srs bizness. I’ve lit shet on fire and everything, this is not something to ignore any longer. And I’m tired of being hungry after eating half of my calories while I’m not even fully conscious.

Good stuff: I’m back to pounding the pavement in my running shoes. I’m running the Fishy Four Mile in Chetek, Wis., in July with my sister and brother-in-law, and then I’m running my hometown’s 10K about a week after that.

Yeah, I’m batshetcrazy. What more can I say?

Starting stats:
Weight: 247 lbs.
BMI: 36.5

Today’s stats:
Weight: 172.8 lbs.
BMI: 25.5

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Week Sixty-Seven Results

Considering I ate my face off (figuratively, not in some Hannibal-Lecterish way, of course) last week, I’m pretty happy with this. I gained .4 lbs, and I’m moving on. I have made my peace with the scale.

Starting stats:
Weight: 247 lbs.
BMI: 36.5

Today’s stats:
Weight: 170.6 lbs.
BMI: 25.2

I was def. not about to let the bad news stop me from having an absolutely fantastic day at the Challenge Obesity 5K in St. Paul. Update including TONS of pictures being posted tonight!

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Fabulous Friday #1

Right then. Here’s the deal: every Friday from now until goal (and even after) I want to take a few minutes, sit down with my laptop, and recap the week – before weigh-in.

So here I sit, curled up on my bed with my computer and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. My bed is laden with the awesome purchases I made in my post-work week shopping trip… all of which highlight the incredible changes that’ve happened over the course of Weight Watchers. Tonight I bought the most adorable tankini. It’s hot peach with white polka dots, and I actually can’t wait to toss it on and lay out on a boat. Laying next to the swimsuit are two new pairs of shorts. Short shorts, not capris or bermuda shorts. And then, there’s another one of my most recent acquisitions: my race day shirt.

That’s right! It’s the Challenge Obesity 5K tomorrow. And I’ve got a special shirt to wear:

The front:

The back:

I’m a little nervous to advertise this in public, even in a group of people who are going to be at an event in support of fighting obesity. So I’m kind of trying to psyche myself up and gather some virtual cojones in order to put this shirt on tomorrow. I can write down online all I want that 145 lbs. is my goal weight. But seeing it on a t-shirt for some reason really cements it into reality. It feels like I’m making even more of a promise to myself and to everyone who is kind enough to support me that I WILL make it there.

Overall, this week was good. I earned 31 activity points (the equivalent of burning 3,100 calories) and really made a commitment to working out. On the flip side, I didn’t do so fab. regarding food. It’s like since I was working out so hard, I gave myself permission to pretend my plate is a patch of floor and do my best Dyson impression.

Only the scale will tell. Weigh-in is going to be early tomorrow, at 6:30 a.m. instead of 8 a.m., so I can hop in the car at 7:15 and make my way to St. Paul. ❤ and good night!

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You + Me + 5K = AWESOME

So, friends in the Twin Cities metropolitan area… you could either catch an incredibly boring hour of extra sleep on Saturday morning

OR

you could be FABULOUS and come to the Challenge Obesity 5K at Como Lake in St. Paul with moi.

That’s right. You know you want to run and start your weekend off right! PLUS, you could hang out with some awesome people who are losing weight, have lost weight, or are supporting healthy weight loss and healthy living in general.

For more information on the event, visit http://tinyurl.com/y6rb8py. If you’ve never run a road race before, don’t be scared! The Charities Challenge series is very beginner friendly and supportive. When I ran the Halloween 5K, I had complete strangers cheering me on – it was awesome. If you’re going to be there and want to meet up before/after the race, email me at thebroadbroad@gmail.com.

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It’s Mai Birfdai

(That’s LOLspeak for those unaware.  Translation: It’s my birthday.)

Yup, today I’m 25.  A whole quarter-century’s worth of life.  And this was supposed to be my moment in the sun, at goal in just over a year.

As you can see, I’m not there.

I’m not upset about this at all, surprisingly.  I knew I was setting up a tough goal in that particular timeline, and I’m not sorry that I didn’t reach it by the time I wanted.

I’m not sorry that I’m wearing size 8 jeans right now.
I’m not sorry that now, I’d rather eat fruit salad than a candy bar.
I’m not sorry that I no longer have trouble breathing when I lay down in bed at night.
I’m not sorry that I no longer have to pause and catch my breath every time I go up a flight of stairs.
I’m not sorry that I can run 3 miles without stopping.
I’m not sorry that instead of casting my eyes down at the pavement, I have enough confidence to look at people when I pass them on the sidewalk.
I’m not sorry that instead of quitting, like every other hard thing I’ve tried to in my life, I’ve kept going.
I’m not sorry that I’m more proud of myself than I’ve ever been in my entire life.

I’m not sorry for all the positive ways my life has changed.  And I’m not sorry that I set a time goal at the beginning of this long, strange journey.  It helped keep me motivated at times when I just didn’t feel like going the extra mile.

So, I’m setting a new one, just a tough to reach as the first.  My new endeavor is to be at my goal weight by April 17, 2010, when I run the Challenge Obesity 5K in St. Paul, Minn., with a group of fellow Weight Watchers.  I want to cross that finish line at 145 lbs.  And if I work hard enough, I know I can get there.

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State of the Broad Broad Address

I usually like to pick a topic, and center a blog post around that.  But today, I’m just going to write about how things are going in general.  I have a million topics that I want to write about in the future, and I’m excited to do so, but for now, here’s what’s up with Lisa Marie. 🙂

C25K: This is my main priority and challenge right now.  I’m one run away from “graduating” from the program, and 3 days away from my first 5K ever.  I’ll be running the Halloween Fearless 5K around Como Lake in St. Paul, Minn. on Saturday, and I’m so incredibly nervous!  I’m still not a particularly great runner, but I ran 2.5 miles in 31 minutes last night, and I’m very proud of that.  So my goal is just to finish on Saturday – I don’t care if I have to drag myself across the finish line.

WW: Weight Watchers is going well.  I know I’m fluctuating a lot on the scale lately, but I’m thinking a lot of that is due to an incredibly stepped-up workout schedule.  And if not, oh well! It all evens out and I’m on-plan and moving towards goal. 

Life in General: Life in general is good.  I’m nervous about Halloween all around – my 5K, and I’m wearing a costume later that night that’s a tad revealing.  In fact, it’s incredibly revealing… short skirt, strapless top, hooker-type boots.  Majorly nervous! But I’m determined not to hide under miles of cloth like I normally would.  Plus, after all this, I feel a little bit like Wonder Woman, so why not dress up like her?  I can always pretend I’m actually hidden inside an Invisible Plane… or just do a couple of shots of tequila before I head out. 😉

Readers: I just want to say thank you to everyone who reads this blog.  It means a lot to me that so many of you are with me on this journey! Major blog<3.

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Run, Fat Girl, Run

Transport yourself back in time to elementary school.  Lunch boxes complete with Kool-Aid in a thermos, missing front teeth, and Band-Aid covered knees. 

Transport yourself further to gym class.  The annual “run the mile” day.  Maybe you were the athletic kid sprinting out in front of the rest of the pack, a pastel-colored blur with something to prove.  If you were like me, you were coughing your juvenile lungs out, trailing everyone else by a good half a lap, with the gym teacher yelling for you to “pick up the pace.”

Needless to say, I’ve never been a runner.  In fact, I’ve always abhorred it.  My approach to running was, until last night, that I don’t run unless something very dangerous is chasing me. 

That was before I finally committed to the Couch to 5k program, known to most simply as “C25K.”  I first heard about it on the Weight Watchers message boards, and quickly dismissed it as something sluggish moi could never survive.  As the pounds came off, I mentally shrugged and thought, why not?

I’ll admit I procrastinated.  A lot.  After a lot of encouragement from some of my co-workers, I picked up a pair of running shoes and went with one of the students who works in our office, Allison.  I arrived at our designated meeting spot a few minutes early and paced nervously, half-heartedly stretching out in the hopes that I would appear to be a bona-fide athlete instead of just a wannabe.

For those of you unfamiliar with the program, you listen to one of several podcasts that tell you when to run, when to walk, etc. 

I didn’t collapse.  I didn’t trip and break my leg.  I wasn’t eaten by a gigantic bear that popped out of the woods onto the trail, or any of the other increasingly ridiculous scenarios I had envisioned before I started. 

In fact, I’m pretty proud of myself.  I wasn’t the speediest person, but I also didn’t cheat and quit running before the podcast told me to.  I survived that workout.  As the voice cue for the five minute walking cooldown sounded in my ear, I honestly struggled not to cry in a big jumble of emotions – I never thought I’d make it.  I’d been so certain of absolute failure.

But a big shout-out goes to Allison, because I would never have made it if she hadn’t been running ahead of me.  Woohoo for Allison!  Thank you.

Today’s my day off, but Thursday I’ll be out pounding the pavement again.  I’m not going to give up.