Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Getting back in the groove

Someone reminded me today that it seems like I've been semi-out-of-commission for a long, long time. To be honest, it seems like an eternity to me as well. It seems like forever since I did a Saturday long run, since I did 20+ mpw, since I ran an easy 10+, since I nailed a 12:30 5 miler. But looking back at my logs, I see it ws just 8 weeks ago that I did a 15 miler in a 25+ mile week. So, really, my running hasn't endured much of a hiatus. My nutrition and weight loss, however, have been at a stand-still since the afternoon of the marathon.

I think since January 14th, I've sort of given myself an excuse to go back to eating poorly. Now, dont' take this the wrong way because I totally loved it when Bush landed on that aircraft carrier and announced to our troops, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! But I kind of feel like that's what I did on January 14th after crossing the finish line. Mission accomplished!!! But like the War on Terror, my fight isn't over until it's over, and I've been stuck in a quagmire of sorts since January. So, since my war hasn't been going well, I'm implementing a little "surge" of my own.

I'm pulling out the big guns, logging EVERYTHING I consume, nailing daily deficits, exercising moderately, watching my fats, cutting out sugars, and getting off caffeine. Really, it's just getting back to basics.

And for added incentive, Bill and I have agreed to a friendly wager. Whoever loses the most weight by July 31st gets his Houston marathon entry fee paid by the loser, well, by the other person. Actually, we're both losers. And to top it all off, the loser must show up to day 1 of SMART training in a dress. I'm thinking a mid-thigh, strapless in a floral design would do just fine for Miss Bill.

Let the games begin!!!

Oh, I ran 2.3 miles tonight at about 14:30 pace. Don't know why but I felt really sluggish tonight. I ate supper before my run so that may have had something to do with it. That and I didn't get started until 8:30. When I think that I JUST ran 2.3, I have to remind myself that for me, that's over 30 minutes and there's nothing wrong with a 30 minute workout. Superwomen Barbara and Christy routinely run ~30 minutes during the week. And Flash June's even been known to keep a workout to just one loop around Memorial Park from time to time. These days, she's doing that in about 30 minute, or sub-30 even. So, I'm not disappointed in 2.3 miles. I'll get there. The focus right now is on the weight loss.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The winner of the wager should be the one to lose the biggest % based off his starting weight. When is the weigh in?

Devin said...

Vic, you are so awesome and such an inspiration. I know you don't think so but you really motivate me to keep going. I know you can do anything you put your mind to. Of course, pictures...we want pictures of Bill in a dress. ;)

TX Runner Girl said...

I can't wait to hear the progress and trash talking of your little wager with Bill. Hey, nothing wrong with a 30 minute run. :-) I try to fit them in any way I possibly can. 20 minutes, 30 minutes...it's better than nothing. But that's just my opinion.

JustJunebug said...

agreed. % is the way to go. Just like on Biggest Loser.

and let me know when the time comes..I love shopping and I can help find the perfect dress for the occasion.

barbara said...

I'm with Christy on the mid-week runs based on time.

A 30 minute workout on a Tuesday is perfect in my mind. I felt like I did something, and yet don't need a nap before I go to work!

They all add up, ya know? I always do much better watching my weight when I write down what I ate. Even if I ate too much one day (i.e., too many M&M's) it just reminds me that one day in and of itself isn't my problem.

It's eating M&M's every afternoon that's the problem. KNIM?

Anonymous said...

Oh, you betcha, we're talking cover photo and story for August Stridelines! The stakes just went up :-O

Steeeve

jamoosh said...

Vic - TC Jester Run:
From Memorial Volleyball Courts, go West. Take a left on Crestwood and then a right on Arnot. Arnot runs into Westcott/Washington. Cross over onto Washington. Take a right on TC Jester. For just over six miles, turnaround at 11th St. For eight miles, turnaround at the old Eckerd Drug Store. For ten and a half, turn around at 610 Loop. Here is the G-Map:

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=963566

Run smart; Run safe and be good to yourself.

jamoosh said...

Doh! That right on TC jester should be a left... Apologies...

L*I*S*A said...

Vic, you are gonna achieve that goal no problem!!

J~Mom said...

*caffeine*? Cough...LOL I know I need to cut it out as well.

You can so do this!! I can't wait to see pics of Bill in a dress!

Anonymous said...

Actions speak louder than words. Good luck.

pika said...

Vic,

I recently realized that weight loss and good nutrition is like a marriage: in sickness and in health, for better and worse for as long as you may live. There are times when that relationship is effortless and sometimes when you take it for granted but, if you are truly committed and it's a healthy relationship, you can always find your way back to "better and health." Keep on going - you've come so far.

JustJunebug said...

are you IN the groove or OUT of contention??? ;o)

you havent posted since Wednesday, that cant be good..