kmartdollie's Journal, 06 March 2013

I went to the gym and ran 5 miles yesterday. I think I am doing just fine with that for now, working toward running the 6.4 miles for a 10K. I think I will run a 5K in April, just to stay on my toes. I have to go to the doctor in 3 weeks, and it's sad that I have only lost about 3 pounds since I last saw her, 3 months ago. For some reason I cannot get below 170. I know the reason - I am eating like 1500 calories a day, and I have been overeating on some days. I have to accept that my metabolism is not what it used to be. If I were in my 20s and running 5 miles 3 times a week I would probably be in incredible shape. Right now, even with all the exercise, I am just maintaing. I have been on a restrictive diet for more than a year and frankly, it's just hard as hell to keep on dieting for such a long time. I want to lose more weight, but it is so hard to keep my calories down. I am hungrier because I am doing so much exercise. It's just really hard. I didn't go to the gym for like a week and a half because of being busy and the giant snowstorm. Now I'm back, and I am serious. Last night when I ran, afterwards it felt like I had been given a vigorous massage. That's how good strong exercise feels to me now. However, I totally bargain with myself when I exercise. I say to myself "I am just going to get on that treadmill and go for 5 miles". Then I get a mile, and I think "Maybe I'll just do 2 miles tonight". Then I get to two miles, and I think "Well, I've done 2 miles, let me run 3.2 and that's a 5K". Then once I get there, I'm like "Only 2 more miles to do, might as well run the whole 5 miles." I do this EVERY TIME. I set a goal, then I want to cop out, so it's a mental process in reaching that goal. It's not my body - nothing hurts when I run, my breathing is good, it feels totally fine. It's mental. And it's because it takes so long. I am going at 4.3 miles an hour, and I have to run an hour and 15 minutes to achieve 5 miles. That's a long as hell time to run. I go slow, but I go. I would like to increase my speed a lot. My dream is to run 5 miles an hour. That would be so awesome. My endurance is good, but upping the speed would be fantastic. We'll see.

Diet Calendar Entry for 06 March 2013:
1610 kcal Fat: 64.00g | Prot: 101.00g | Carb: 170.00g.   Breakfast: great value frozen blueberries, Oikos plain greek yogurt, Frozen Strawberries great value. Lunch: Chipotle steak, Chipotle black beans, Chipotle guacamole, Chipotle cheese, Chipotle lettuce, Chipotle salsa, Chipotle salsa, Chipotle salsa. Dinner: Hormel chili with beans. Snacks/Other: Atkins Daybreak chocolate hazelnut bar, Hunt's Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding. more...

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Your doing so well! I know it sucks to constantly watch what you eat, but even when you reach your goal weight you will still have to monitor it. Not as strictly of course, but this is a life-long thing, otherwise the weight will creep back. As your endurance keeps getting stronger; you will most certainly be able to run faster. You will probably need to increase the speed to give yourself more of a challenge. I agree, it totally is a mental thing when it comes to weight-loss in general. But, you are getting mentally tougher each day as you keep doing what you say you are going to do to achieve our goals. Self-integrity is vital to being mentally tough. 
06 Mar 13 by member: Josie Ann
Hi. It is a long time since I have run the distances you are doing but when I did I found switching the pattern of the running helped keep me interested. I think it is called interval training. It works by for example running slowly for 300yds then increasing your speed to really fast for 100yds then back to running slow for 300yds. Perhaps one of the trainers at your gym could suggest some intervals for you. On a more personal note, don't give up. You are such an inspiration to have kept going so long. There are loads of us on this site who are motivated by the example that you longer term residents set. I have struggled over the last couple of weeks and it is seeing the dedication from people like you that has helped me get back on track. Good luck. 
06 Mar 13 by member: Mamachickpea
HI there! I am back from my vacation and glad to see you are here! SOunds amazing to run five miles - remember when your goal was one mile? You are doing great! 
10 Mar 13 by member: HCB
5 miles seems so far away for me. I have 1 mile down, and now I'm working on getting 2. Like mamachickpea said it's totally motivating to look back at your progress. 
11 Mar 13 by member: mntwinsfan

     
 

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