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It’s been a long time

22 Apr

Wow time sure does fly! I always mean to get on here and update the blog, but then I get distracted by something else and months go by. Since I left off I competed in a Biggest Loser competition at work (and I won!). Managed to kick 10 pounds to the curb in the two months we did the challenge. Immediately following I started The Superhero Challenge. It was a mix of Paleo and crossfit. I loved it. Well most of the time. It took a minute to beat the sugar cravings and to stop having headaches, but once I got through the withdrawal symptoms I really enjoyed it. The challenge was 21 days. My friend/co-worker and I took it an additional week. I can definitely see myself sicking to something like Paleo. Once you start changing the way you eat you really don’t crave the things you once had to have. 20140422-102246.jpg

This is what I’ve been doing, gym, sweat and Paleo!

I also started running…..well more walk/jogging. I have a 5k coming up in May, and I need to train. I haven’t ran since I lived in Hungary. I’m pretty sure I was dying after the first 30 seconds. It was awful. I hated every minute of it…..but now I’m up to alternating 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking, 3 minutes running, and 3 minutes running. I couldn’t imagine not going out everyday and doing it. I have recruited some of my friends and we go running after work and on the weekends. I was surprised at first at the reaction I was getting from people, maybe I thought someone would say something offensive about someone my weight running. However the opposite has happened. A lot of runners (you know the in shape hella intimidating ones) say hello and wave and are encouraging. It makes in easier to push through with encouragement! I have a goal set in mind for the 5k, I want to finish. Finishing would be amazing. I’ve always talked a big game about 5ks I will do, but I never registered and never trained. Now I’m registered and have started to train….can’t wait to see if I finish! 20140422-102301.jpg

My pre-run face

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Running=Epic Fail

25 Oct

Today I wanted to implement my running training by running outside. It was a massively epic fail.

Pre-run I followed all the steps listed in the “Start Running” book, I did the pre-stretching everything. I even mapped my run today to make sure I got the full mile in (the concept is add a mile every week).Even though it was raining I still decided to go out there and do it, because it is Monday and Monday shapes how the week will go for me. Not running today would mean the rest of the week I’d make excuses about starting next week.

Here I am in my pre-reality check phase, ie before I went running!

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So I was a minute into running before I realized how difficult running really is. I’m overweight, sure, but I kick butt on an elliptical, run in place for an hour and can walk for hours. Running outside should have been a piece of cake, right? Wrong! I was gasping for breath and my lungs hurt at 1:30, no not one hour thirty minutes, one minute thirty seconds! Wow, the runners out there make it look easy.

So I wasn’t as prepared for running as I thought I would be. I went into today’s run thinking it would be a piece of cake, psh only a ten minute/ or one mile run. Easy. I would do it and come home no problems. I was so wrong it is unreal.

The “Start Running” book also had a walking section, which I did read. I mistakenly thought that I could skip right to the running section, even though the author clearly states start by walking then run. Yep I needed this reality check today. I need to start with the walking section and build my way up to the running.

I will fully admit I was embarrassed for thinking I could run easily, but it was a good reality check. I just realize that I have to start by walking/jogging and build my way up to a run. This reality check just makes me want to run even more! You just wait soon I will be running marathons! Okay maybe not soon but in the future I will!

 

What are your feelings on running?

Butternut Squash Lasagna

12 Oct

I think I may be in love…..

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with Butternut Squash!

Sometimes I wonder if I live under a rock or if I was to picky to try new things. It was probably the latter. I’m always said I’m not a picky eater, but my apprehension to trying new things is a big contradiction!

Anyways I only discovered the beauty that is butternut squash by accident! I went to the store for zucchini to put in vegetable soup, and after searching high and low and finding no zucchini I picked up the squash and brought it home. Now at this point I didn’t even know the name of what I was purchasing! It went well in my soup so I used it for Spaghetti Squash, again it was good…..So recently I made Butternut Squash Lasagna.

I have never made lasagna before and I was afraid that this might be my house afterward….

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however it turned out amazing! And I think I really should move myself out of the burns water category for cooking!

I used this recipe! I substituted feta cheese for the Parmesan, because finding Parmesan around here is impossible and I am on a feta cheese kick right now!

I’m actually considering using it for my Halloween party. I need something that is a Fall dish, and it was good. I think with a nice salad and red wine it would make the perfect meal!

Exercise: 415 cals 30 minutes/elliptical

Nutrition: 1791 with +184 remaining

M.ovar/ Day 1 of Start Running

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Hungary in Fall is gorgeous. The weather is just right, there is sun and it is still warm enough to go without a jacket as long as you have a pullover. The leaves are changing and it is so beautiful.

These photos were taken a short two minute walk from my house, on the Lajta River. I’ve had a lot of people recently ask me about the sludge incident here in Hungary, and wanted to let any of my readers know if they were interested that no it did not effect me. I heard that it was really bad in a town close to me, but here in Mosonmagyarovar we were lucky.

Onto the Start Running program.

I did start that today! It would have been really easy to talk myself into staying in bed and passing on the gym this morning but I didn’t want to fall into any bad trends!

Start Weight: 240.0 lbs.

Gym-416 cals 30 minutes/elliptical.       Nutrition- 1919 with +57 remaining

I signed up with MyFitnessPal to keep a good food log and exercise tracker. I really liked it and was surprised that they list Tesco brands of products because that is essentially all I use here.

Step #1 Goals

10 Oct

So tomorrow is the start of my official running program. I am following Start Walking Get Running Lose Weight program since I won this ebook. You can purchase this ebook online if you want to follow along with me or you can do it on your own.

Step #1 –Goals.

The book outlines a method for creating realistic goals, essentially the more specific the better. Also if you write down your goals you are twice as likely to achieve them, so quick get your pen/paper and get to writing!

 

Ultimate Goals: Reach 199.9 lbs by January 1st, 2011.

Fitness: Cardio for at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week. Strength training 30 minutes, 2 times a week.

Food: Count calories for every food that is ate, no cheating! Stay within the allotted 1600 calories.

Financial: Repay graduate school loans within 6 months after graduation.

Family/ Friends: Make an effort to speak with family and friends at least twice a week.

 

I chose my goals carefully. I wanted to pick goals that I knew I could achieve. I didn’t want to pick anything to crazy or unrealistic because let’s face it, if I did and didn’t meet my goal I would no doubt throw in the towel. These goals signify what is important to me at this point in time. My goals my change over time and if they do I will re-post. By displaying these goals I am in a sense holding myself very accountable.

 

I have only briefly glanced through the book…..which can be blamed on my having to read a ton on prison effectiveness and statistics this past week….but I like it. It is organized in a well to read manner and essentially teaches one through the book and videos on the subjects outlines. I encourage you, if you are wanting to lose weight through walking or running, to consider this book.

If you do decide to buy the book and want to be featured on my bog let me know! I”m interested in seeing others complete this program.

What goals do you have for the future?

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