Damn the calculator

I use MyfitnessPal, among other places, to help track my progress. I’m not consistant,

 

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but I’m trying to get back in the habit of it. Especially since I’m home all the time right now and don’t have an excuse of being too busy. My days consist of looking for jobs, wedding planning, exercise (running or weight lifting), writing, or video games.

 

So I’ve started logging my food and my exercises, again. The most annoying thing about the process is that at the end of the day you can hit “complete day” and the system will tell you how much you *should* weight in about 2 weeks if you keep eating that way. It’s based on your goals, activity level, and calorie intake. I hate this thing. I know if great for some people but for people with PCOS its not accurate and almost a reminder of how abnormal you are.

 

For about 10 months I’ve been under 210 lbs. For about 2-3 months I’ve been hovering around 208 lbs. The last few days it’s finally been moving, and today I was 206.6 which is fantastic. But that damn “you should weight X in X weeks” taunts me. For 3 months it’s said that I should weigh under 200 lbs in 2-5 weeks. I think the latest was 191 lbs in 5 weeks. And that is bullshit.

 

The other thing it does is tells me I’m not eating enough. Which I find amusing as well. I know not eating enough is a problem, but I’m not hungry. I’m filling up on leafy greens, and lots of meat. I’ve cut my carbs to around 100 a day, and I’m finally starting to see a change.

 

Yes, I’m actually trying to do low carb. I’ve actually cut out my meds. I’m taking vitamins everyday and trying to stay around 100 carbs. I’ve been mostly floating around 110-120 depending on if dinner has rice or not. This seems to be the best solution for me and my damn PCOS. The great news is that I’ve had normal cycles for 2 months, but I’ve also only been off 2 months, so its too early to tell.

 

Also running: I’m running about 3 times a week. I missed 1 day the last 2 weeks for family stuff and a thunderstorm. But last week I did the 3.1. Yesterday, I went out for W3D1 (90 sec jog, 90 secs walk, 3 minute jog, 3 minute walk) and completed it all. I’m thinking of doing another 3.1 on Wednesday. I’m feeling more confident about the whole thing lately.

 

I’m planning on running my 5k with a close friend, and they do a different style then me.

When Pigs Fly

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They do 1v1 or 2v1 or 1v2 (run V walk, so a 1v1 is a 1 minute run then a 1 minute walk).If I continue on my training I will be at  W8D1 which is walk 3 min, jog 8 min, walk 3 min, jog 5 min. I’m thinking I might switch to 1v1 or 2v1’s next week so that I’m used to it.

 

 

 

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The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon…

Everything is coming up running. Seriously, everywhere I have turned in the last few days I have heard something about running. There’s a cool science term for when that happens but mostly it’s just a great intro.

NPR had a great article/story this morning about the author of “Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a Time” where he talks about how running changed his life, but not from a weight loss perspective and more of an addictive personality perspective. He credits it with saving him from alcoholism. I thought that was interesting and I plan on buying his book, which (I hope) is more about life & running instead of training schedules and times. You can check out the NPR article here.

Sit to Fit Update

So, last night was night number 3 of Sit to Fit. We added 10 minutes to our out and back time, which made our run about 30 minutes. My Nike+ didn’t record it 100% correctly, since it started after the warm up. Over all I didn’t notice the distance, I don’t think I ever do. I’m always thinking about the next walk section. We also did farther than this on the first night, so I wasn’t scared by the extra 10 minutes.

I was super cranky when I showed up for the run. I felt like I was running late because I was busy at work and while traffic wasn’t that bad I was still rushing around. I was very hungry and very thirsty (I hadn’t been good about drinking my water at work) and to top it all off I couldn’t find my arm band and had to just carry my phone. I was thinking of skipping and was making up excuses my whole way there. Thankfully they hadn’t started yet so I couldn’t get out of the run.

In the end I’m glad I made it on time. I was able to work out a lot of my crankiness and felt a lot better afterward. I did almost all of my sets, I only skipped 2 because my foot got number but I did run the final one, which is how I like to end. I’m glad I went, especially since every time I shave about a minute off my mile time. That in itself is awesome.

PCOS Update

Yesterday, I got some great news before my running group. I beat the deadline to get benefits from my work (so many hours in so much time) so I can finally stop stressing out about that. I’m not one to be accident prone or avoid activity because I might get hurt without insurance so it doesn’t affect running so much. I, unfortunately, had to stop taking my Methformin while uninsured and unemployed, which means I need to go to a doctor to restart. With insurance those items are actually cheap enough to afford, thank goodness.  This is good news, and hopefully it will start working in a week or two and I can get back on a path to a lower weight.

Challenge Accepted!

 

Week 2 of the glorious Unemployment challenge. Hrm.. yeah not sure about that name. I’ve been trying to think up a name for my crazy “goto the gym 5 days a week” thing. It might not need a name but I’m amused by giving it a name.. maybe the “stop Allison from being a lazy fat ass”.. lol maybe not. Either way I’m into the second week and I feel amazing.

 

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Damn I love Mt Dew but that’s too much sugar for my right now…

Last week, we only got in 3 days (which is amazing since I stopped for like 2 months). Dan had a trip and then I had a nasty headache. I was suffering some with drawl since I quit soda again. This time it wasn’t hard to quit it. I saw a picture of the amount of sugar cubes in soda (and other foods) on Pintrest and I started tracking my sugar on Myfitnesspal.com(MFP). Both were a crazy eye opener to how much sugar I was taking in. PCOS makes me process sugar poorly so controlling it is really important.

My routine has been weight training at home before lunch, then lunch, and then meet Tracey at the gym. At the Gym I get about 2 miles in 40 minutes. My Nike+ profile or MFP can show the exact numbers (pst feel free to add me as a friend on either) some days my Nike+ shut off and I had to shake the thing to show the accurate number. I’ve solved that by using airplane mode.

This week I’m thinking of changing it up. See at home my stuff is all body weight and using the 3 lb weights Tracey let me borrow. I’ve been doing high reps to make up for the less weight but It kind of hit me today that I should just get to the gym early and use the machines.

HAWKWARDI have to admit I’m nervous about that using the weight machines. Cardio equipment is one thing, you use it for large blocks of time and then wipe it down.  The weight machines you are constantly moving so spraying them down is kind of (h)awkward. So I did what I normally do and researched on the web. I’ll be bringing a towel and hopefully there early enough where the gym is kind of empty.

Over all I’m really happy about how this is going. We’re going to switch it up and start going later so we can get some time in on the machines starting next week and eventually work back up to working with the trainer again. I wasn’t able to keep up with him in the past and now I’m feeling much more confident. I finally have a handle on my breathing and next week I plan on stepping back up into a C25k program.

Oh! I’m also down to 213! I’m very excited to be past the 5 lbs road block that I’d been up against for the last 6 months.  As of now I’m down 7 lbs overall. I want to be under 210 lbs by the end of August and I think that is totally possible if I stay on track and away from soda.