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I have been struggling with my weight for several years now. I am 75 lbs over weight, 47 married empty nester, accountant for a non-profit. Recently I have committed to doing a 1/2 marathon in November. 12 weeks (EEKK). My mom & sister will be joining me. My mother has been running since her 40's. She ran her first marathon the year I made her a grandmother :). Anyway this will be my 4th 1/2 marathon since 2004, I walked the first 3. I have decided I am going to run at least a 1/3 of this one. I started using a Jeff Galloway Iphone AP for interval training about 5 weeks ago. I have been very extremely careful because I don't want to injure myself and not be able to do it at all. I originally started with 1 minute running 2 minute walking with the running at 6mph. However carrying so much extra weight I could feel my right leg was not liking it very much, this is when I decided that the tortoise is the one who finishes the race and I backed down to 4.5 mph and running 30 seconds walking 45 seconds. I have since upped it to 5mph and am really feeling good about it. I am running 5 days a week, and today I am going to do my first long run of 5 miles, I have been doing a daily run of 2.5 which I upped to 3.5 on Tuesday this week. I am really starting to feel strong and its not as much of a mental battle today as it was 5 weeks ago.
Also in regard to my diet. My husband and I live in the Houston Texas area and there is a local trainer who stared a company called My Fit Foods. They prepare fresh food for you that you can pick up a couple times a week, so it is very much the easy way, no food prep or too much though required.. Its gluten free and comes in 3 serving sizes and all I have to do is grab my meals in the morning on my way out the door. I started logging my food today on Lose it and yesterday I ordered the Fit Bit (wish I had it already).
I am in prayer that I will be successful this time, because there have been so many times in the past I have failed. My motto this time "Do or Do Not - There is no try" Yoda! I will DO!!
My short term goal is to lose at least 15lbs by the race.
My long term is to lose the 75 lbs and to continue running an hour a day 5 days a week.
Thank you in advance for encouragement & support thru my journey! I need all the help I can get.
Also I would love to hear how the fit bit has helped anyone already!
Dawn congrats keeping up with the exercise, I know how hard it is. Do you like your juicer? I've been thinking about getting one.
Hey Dawn How have you been doing? I don't get Fitbit. I can see your information, but I can't figure out how to send you notes of encouragement over there so I am doing it here instead.
Not real sure how to communicate with friends on fitbit either. I am doing OK not great. I am not walking because its still not comfortable, however i have been going to the Y with my husband and swimming a few laps. Did 10 50 yard laps yesterday. You asked about the juicer the other day, sorry I didn't respond.
I had a cheaper version by black & Decker and it was ok if you don't use it too much. My husband has decided he really likes juicing so we invested in a high quality & high volume one by Breville. I only like vegetable juices that have an apple for sweetness and carrots as the base. If those two ingredients are included I can just about drink any vegetable, my husband doesn't always use an apple or carrots. He is the one who is drinking juice twice a day and he is saying he feels much better.
How are you doing?
Dawn, I am doing fine so far with walking every week day, although I did skip Monday because of the holiday. Got inserts in my shoes which seems to help the sore feet. The hardest thing for me is keeping track of the food, I eat a lot of home made creations plus I forget to do it. Swimming laps at the Y sound great and its good exercise. I wish there was a Y near by me. I like walking but doing the same thing all the time can get a little boring. Thanks for the information on the juicer, and don't worry about not responding right a way.
I know you think I am fickle and cant stick to a goal. Well Now I have set a tough & Big one. I have purchased and am on Day two of Jillian Michael s Body Revolution. Its a series of DVDs & diet plan for 90 days. Its geared towards people like me who have a lot to lose. I have set my long term goal at 80, But I hope to lose at least 30 during this 1st 90 days. Based on the workouts of the 1st two days I believe Ms Jillian is going to kick my butt. I can do it! I can DO it! I CAN DO IT!! However I can use all the prayers & support i can get.
Day one consisted of a 30 minute weights centered workout in the a.m. And a 30 minute cardio in the evening
Breakfast was awesome. 2 Poached eggs on canadian bacon served on tomato & avocado
Lunch was a chef salad
Snack, Hummus w/red bell pepper & baby carrots
Dinner; sirloin served on spinach and a tomato, red onion & black olive salad.
Day 2 was 30 minutes of weights and resistance band in the am and cardio in the evening.
I chose to repeat the food from day 1
Tomorrow is cardio both in the am & pm
And then I repeat three days.
The workouts gain intensity every two weeks. I am excited, nervous & confident all at the same time lol.
I have seen the results JM has gotten from the contestants on BL so I know this can (Will if I let it) work.
I cheated and weighed the 2nd day and was down 3lbs. She only wants me to weigh weekly. I will give you updates on my progress.
Hi Dawn! It's funny that I decided today to return to the site, after a long absence. I say that because I've been going through the workouts for Jillian Michaels Body Revolution too. I am currently in Phase 3. I am doing the workouts because my wife purchased the program recently, and I've been a fan of Jillian for several years (since I did 30 Day Shred and a couple of other DVDs). I am maintaining my goal weight, but I am always looking for my next workout program.
I've been through all except the last two weeks of workouts now, so I am saying with confidence (just like Jillian) that you can do this! Remember that diet, exercise, proper sleep (7-8 hours), and reducing your stress will all help you to achieve your goal. I still struggle with the part about proper sleep and stress! Also, take it easy the first time through a new workout, so you can learn the moves. It's OK to pause, skip back to something you missed, or just watch to see how they do it.
If you're interested, I have written some blog posts about Body Revolution, too. These workouts are good for people at any fitness level, but you can definitely challenge yourself. I will certainly pray for you as you make your way through the program.
Hey Dawn That sounds intense but I know you can do it. Thoughts and prayers heading your way
My Body Revolution journey is in its 3rd week. I am down 10.5lbs. I feel stronger and healthier. I have started the 2nd phase this week. We have people over tonight for the 4th, so I know I am going to cheat a little on the diet , but my goal is to keep it at a "little" Hubby is making homemade strawberry ice cream and that is going to be my cheat. JIllian is a beast but the exercises are doable even if your carrying 80lbs you shouldnt be like me. I looking forward to the day I dont wake up sore tho lol. I have been adding two nights a week at the Y, doing water aerobics. I think I am more sore from those cause you dont realize at the time how much you are doing.
Dawn (Loving Life)
Dawn, you're an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!
Day 21 of my JMBR journey. I am frustrated but not discouraged. I have only lost one lb this week, and although I cheated on the 4th I didn't do terrible. I didn't eat the "Bad" salads, just the cucumber salad I made and a turkey burger. I did have a very small piece of cake and some of my hubby's home made ice cream. So for the most part I have done very well with my diet. As far as the exercise I have been doing it all, well what I can lol I have to modify some of her moves cause I cant get this big girl in some of those positions hee. seriously, their are some things I just cant do, and since Jillian isn't physically here to make me ...
So overall I have lost 11 lbs. I am definitely stronger and feeling pretty good. I am not in a smaller size yet. Some of the exercises in this 2nd phase I would not have been able to do day one but I can now. I really do like the workouts and I am not as sore as I was in the beginning. I may wake up a little sore but once I do that days routine I feel great. 69 days to go....
Hey Dawn , you motivate me to keep walking, I thought of buying Jillian Michaels video, but I have a habit of buying videos like that using them for awhile and then they sit on the shelf. I do love her podcast though, it is my weekly motivation. Do you listen to it? I think i know how you feel about the weight loss it can be so frustrating, but you can do it. I keep telling myself whether it shows on the scale today, what I do is building who I will be tomorrow.
Hi Dawn! How's it going with Body Revolution, or the healthy habits in general?