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Week Five of #Fit4Mich #C25K

I’ve been regularly exercising for 5 weeks now. Five. Cinco. WOW.

While that doesn’t seem like very long, for me it’s a miracle I’m still motivated!  I’m surprised by my consistently waking up three days a week at 4 o’dark 30 to be at the gym by 0500 in the morning.  Steve has a fantastic alarm clock.

I want to thank each and every one of you for helping me stay motivated by posting wishes of support and encouragement to this blog and my Reddit, FB and twitter pages. I’m deeply grateful and would hug every one of you if I could.  🙂

So, last week I found myself on the road half the week for work.  I’ve not been very successful being able to maintain weight loss, exercise and eating healthy while traveling, but this time, I was able to accomplish 2 out of 3.  Baby steps!

Here is a pic of my work out clothes all ready to go Friday of last week at the hotel.  I even brought my own red towel and all my gym goodies and what happens?  I oversleep.  I NEVER oversleep!  But I did after working in my hotel room on my laptop until 1 a.m.  GAH.  Oh well, no excuses were allowed because Saturday morning saw me at the gym instead!   🙂

And here is last week’s tale of the scale.  A weight loss of another lb, making my total weight loss for 5 weeks at 6 pounds.  I’m very happy.  Even more happy over the loss in inches to date.  Those below.

Yeah, I’m rocking the yellow nail polish.  haha

So, when measuring my neck, it showed no loss, but another 1/2 inch left my hips, 1/2 inch in my chest and 1.5 inches in my waist!  Big wins total 1.5 loss in hips and 3 inches in my waist!  I tried on my size 16 slacks and they fit PERFECTLY!  I haven’t been able to zip those up in forever.  That’s one size smaller than what I’ve been wearing for the past 3 years.  WooHOO!

And on Saturday, my C25K app told me this:

I was able to run 5 minutes straight without stopping … TWICE.  I love you C25K app!

So, what do I do to celebrate?  I allow the endorphins of exercise sign me up to run my 1st 5K here in the Houston area on October 27th.  The Color Run looks like a blast and I’m lucky to have friends that want to join in on the fun!  Those pics will not only be colorful, but I have a feeling I’ll have tears of joy streaming down my face. I hope.  🙂

How did you feel after completing your first 5K?

THE COLOR RUN™ is coming to Houston, TX in October!

I cannot believe I signed up to actually run (and walk) a 5K. It will be my first, but it looks like it will be a lot of FUN!

Join me and my fellow Houstonians by running/walking in The Color Run 5K on Sunday, 10/27/2013!

Click here to sign up today!

Just do eeeeeeeeeeeeet! 🙂

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Week Three #Fit4Mich #C25K

Last week’s “Week Three” of my quest to get #Fit4Mich (Fit For Michelle) was the toughest yet. 
I started Monday all ready to go on the #C25K Week 4, Day 1 and barely made it through.  It was very discouraging, but clearly I am not yet ready to run 5 minutes all at once … yet. 
After reading it’s okay to start some days over and taking the good advice from my “runner/healthy friends,” I decided to not push it and re-ran the C25K Days 2 and 3 of Week Three.  I’ll do the same this coming week too.  So, I’ll see this badge at least one more time and I’m totally cool with it!  🙂 
All in all, it was a successful week despite the running farther set back.  I lost another .6 lbs making my total weight loss since 6/20 of 4.6 lbs.  Woohoo!  (I need a pedicure :))
What I was most happy with this week was my loss in measurements since 6/20:
  • Neck = 14 (a loss of 1/2 inch)
  • Hips = 51.5 (a loss of 1/2 inch)
  • Waist = 1 inch (a loss of 1 inch … total so far of 1.5 inches)
  • Bust = 45.2 (new measurement I forgot to start on 6/20)
Not too bad for 3 weeks, right?  
I’m very pleased which makes me even more motivated and determined to keep it up.  Staying motivated has always been my downfall, but I find myself reading articles on running and exercise, watching what I eat more often than I thought I would and am just generally more HAPPY.  Go figure.  🙂  
I came across this quote from Jillian Michaels on a friend’s Facebook page this week that spoke to me.  I hope it does for you too. 
What gets/keeps YOU motivated to run/be healthy?
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Week Two of #Fit4Mich #C25K

As of today, I’m on day 17 of my path to health and as each day passes, I get more excited for the next.  As with anything in life, there are ups and downs, but I really want this so I even went to the gym on Independence Day to keep up my momentum.  Here is my instagram pic of me sharing my love for my new running shoes.

And this one from my time on the stationary bike that same day. 

Am I becoming addicted?

I think I might be, but then came a big bummer.  The tale of my scale on Friday, 7/5/2013, when I weighed myself.  I figure Friday’s will show me how I did for the week and keep me motivated for the upcoming weekend. 

Last week, I was out of town traveling and didn’t drink as much water as I should have those couple of days nor did I pay attention to what I ate like I had done the week before. Then there was Independence Day goodies too, so the scale showed the efforts – or lack thereof – of my week.  A gain of 1.6 lb on Friday, 7/5/2013.  Cue sad trombone.

I did keep up my exercise regiment of at least 3 times a week tho and despite my gaining weight last week, I lost 1/2 an inch in my waist.  YAY! 
My continued dedication will make my journey to a healthy lifestyle happen.  I must remind myself repeatedly that it won’t happen overnight, that it will take time and to be patient.  After all, patience is a virtue, right?
Do you think I should be weighing myself more than once a week?
 
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Week One #Fit4Mich #C25K

It’s been a little over a week since my last post “If Not Now, When?!” where I shared my plan to get healthy. I promised many of you that I’d keep you posted so here we go. It is my hope that sharing my journey in public will keep me motivated and honest.  So, let’s start at the beginning of week one with photos, measurements and … (gulp) … the tale of the scale.

Drum roll please!

My scale on Day 1 (June 20, 2013):

WHOA. 

Okay, so I’m not at my heaviest which was 257 after I had my son 21 years ago, but damn.  I’m only 5’1″ so I’ve got a long way to go. I’m not sure I measured correctly, but my neck is 14.5 inches, waist is 44 inches and 52 inches for my hips.  And they don’t lie.  🙂

My goal is to exercise at least 3 times a week and lose 1 pound a week.  I plan to eat more healthy and not eat the quantities I used to while learning how to maintain balance of good with bad.  This will be my toughest challenge:  balance.

There was a time in my life when I could balance. This pic was taken around 2003 with one of my bestest buddies Juanita. I worked out regularly then and weighed 167ish.  This is where I want to be one year from when I started #Fit4Mich.  I will wear this outfit on June 24, 2014. Book it, Dano!

I’m using the MyFitnessPal App to help me keep track of my calories and  C25K (Couch To 5K) to get me moving.  C25K is an easy intro for me to walk and run in small increments and help build my endurance over time.  Both apps are very helpful and for the first time in a long time, I’m enjoying myself while exercising.  And man oh man, do I have more energy!

If you had told me a couple weeks ago that I would have been to the gym 5 times in one week, was running 5 minutes and walking 25 minutes at each visit, I would’ve laughed in your face.  Loudly.  But I did it, and despite feeling sore all over, it feels really good.

Now, back to the pics.

Day 1 heading to the gym. 

 Day 2 and off I go again!  Rock on. m/

Okay. Enough selfies for this week. You’re welcome.

Day 3 (June 24, 2013) I actually lost weight!  This is really happening.

Here are my cats Jack Daniels Bauer and Moo Moo in the middle of my home office floor wondering what the heck I’m doing going out so early in the morning.  Well, Jack is. =)

And for the end of the first “week,” Day 5 (June 28, 2013) … a total weight loss of 4.6 lbs!

It could have been more had I not eaten some of the food I did, but I’m getting there day by day.  Baby steps, right?  Chulo Handsomehub and I even went to Fleet Feet today and bought new running shoes.  I’m excited about running shoes.  Hell has frozen over.  HA!

Thanks for everyone’s support in the continuing saga of #Fit4Mich.  See you next week!  🙂 

What apps do you use to help count calories or exercise?