Archive for May, 2009

Alright, so I told you I was getting up early and working out with my friend and, did I mention, getting up EARLY?

I’m not an early person, in case you didn’t know.  You need to understand that to understand how serious I was about getting up and getting out and getting healthy.  Very serious.  Because I was getting up early.

Even after a few weeks of it, I still wasn’t convinced that I was doing the right thing.  In fact, I even told a friend, “I really hope this is worth it.”

His reply,  “What? Being healthier? I can’t think of a single downside really..”

Fast forward a few days to my friend and me being on the very last leg of our 5 miles, jogging along the sidewalk.  One second we’re buzzing along chatting, the next I’m on the ground with a scraped up elbow, knee, and a sprained ankle.

Suddenly, I’m very clear on the downside.

I was honestly more mad than hurt, and it really did hurt pretty badly.  But this was the end of our first 4 weeks.  We were so successful!  We were kicking butt!  We were awesome!!!

Ah, well, the best laid plans and all.  Thankfully, it’s been 10 days now, and my ankle seems to be healing wonderfully.  I’m so excited about that.  And even more excited that I really am ready to get back out with my friend and getting walking and jogging again.  Antsy, even.  Because sitting around the house, without a functioning remote, with kids still wanting to jump all over you?  Mind numbing.

I’m so proud of my friend, though.  She’s still been getting up and kicking butt and all.  I did take last week off, but am planning on getting up early again this week and at least get some strength training going.  Wish me luck with that.

Hopefully, I’ll have something more exciting to report soon.  Oh!  But a great way to entertain yourself when you’re just sitting around?  Invite your friends over to play your WiiFit and watch them do the hula hoop.  HILARIOUS.  You’ll thank me. 😉

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Okay, so, I mentioned awhile back that I was committing to losing weight to be able to submit that lost weight to the Biggest Loser Pound for Pound Challenge.  For every pound you lost, you let them know and they donate 10 cents (which they say is equal to one pound of food) to a local food pantry.

So, let’s be honest.  As of about 2 weeks ago, I’d lost nothing.  (Well, not entirely true.  I’d lost several pounds, then gained them back, then gained a few more.  For awhile there, I thought I was gonna have to go swipe a few pounds of food from the pantry in order to fulfill my pledge.)

Anyway, two weeks ago, my friend and I started getting up at the (if I used the terms ungodly or unholy, I would use one here) hour of 6 a.m. to walk around the ‘hood.  We started with 2 miles, and are now up to 3 miles in the morning.  (We’re limited by time, so the only way to get more milage in is to step up the pace.   That’s why we’ve added some jogging.  I don’t like jogging.  But my friend is mean and makes me do it anyway.  It’s probably a good thing I have her around. 🙂 )

So, I’ve been getting up at 5:40 a.m.  And, for those of you who know me, you know that, for most of my adulthood, that’s been closer to my bedtime than to my wake-up time.  It’s quite a change.  But I’m actually enjoying it.  Don’t tell, k?

And a week ago, I started on the whole calorie counting thing again.  And so?  Instead of planning my next few meals from the local food pantry, I was able to tell them to send 6 pounds worth of food to that same pantry.

So, 6 pounds, instead of the 32 I had pledged.  Still, at least I’m headed in the right direction again, and I think I’m headed down for good this time.

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