The last time I blogged was the day we were leaving for vacation in October. It’s amazing that it has been that long. Life got busy in the fall and I just haven’t made time to do it.
When the new year hit I wrote a couple of drafts, and never put the finishing touches on them. But enough excuses.
The lack of blogging has not a reflection on my weight loss progress.
This week I was down a total of 65 pounds at my weigh-in! To give a visual perspective to that, here I am back in July right after joining Weight Watchers compared to where I am as of today:
The last time I posted at the beginning of October I had just hit the 40 pound mark – so another visual for you – here I am today and 25 pounds ago:
I am about 2 pounds away from my halfway point. I can’t even imagine what another 65+ pounds will look like.
So what else is new? I guess I would call myself a (slow) runner now. I ran in my 1st 5k on November 4th. Mike and the boys were there to cheer me on at the finish line. I finished in 48ish minutes and was able to run 28 minutes of that time.
I did The Color Run with some friends last month – we had a soaking, wet, blast and can’t wait to do it again (hopefully with some sunshine)!
In the past month my distance and time has been improving. I have been able to run up to 65 minutes without stopping. This past week I ran 3.12 miles in 43 minutes, my best pace to date – and without stopping. I’m still slow but I have been able to run faster and longer each week.
I signed up for another 5K this weekend, have another one planned for March 9th and if we can manage a trip to California for Easter weekend Mike and I are planning to run the LA Angels 5K.
And you know that same 5K event I did this past November? Well I somehow have managed to commit to run the half marathon instead this November. I have my work cut out for me, but I feel good about being able to get there, and I may even try to tackle another half before November.
My running hero and mentor, Christina (on my right in the picture above) may or may not have used her subliminal running powers to get me to agree to the half – but now I’m in.
In other news, it looks like I may need to go shopping soon. This past weekend was really nice and a bit warmer so I thought I would wear shorts. It was only then that I discovered that I didn’t really have any that fit.
By the way, the shorts in this picture were a bit smaller than the shorts I was wearing in the July picture above.
Trying on the show prompted me to finally try on everything in the closet and when I was done this was all that was left of my shorts and pants….it was crammed full when I started.
This is what I got rid of…
For fun I tried on this dress that I haven’t worn in at least 15 years. I always kept it in the back of my closet. I always wanted to fit in it again…someday. Well, talk about surprised! I could get it on, (but not zipped in the back). It probably won’t be more than another 15-25 pounds before it really fits again.
(Sorry for the crappy picture!)
That’s the highlights of what’s been happening these past few months. It took me a bit longer to lose this last 25 pounds than the previous 25, but I also did it through a vacation, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and getting sick 3 times between Christmas and January.
In years past I would have gained 10+ pounds during this period and still been trying to get that weight off in February. Instead I kept exercising during this time and ate well 80-90% of the time. I had some weeks with gains, most weeks with losses and was completely back on track in January – mostly because I never really got too far off track.
That is what I call progress.