First let's just say I have never been curious about blogging and have only read 1 blog ever, Jenny's, when she was trying lose weight after her son. I thought it was an invasion of privacy whether it was encouraged by the blogger or not.
Having said that, I have decided that this new challenge that I am starting will take encouragement from my friends and family.
I struggled with my self image when I was in my 20's. It took me so long to realize I was no longer going to weigh 97 lbs. I worked out excessively, at first it was because I wanted to look good and stay looking good, it was all about how I looked to others. I did make head turn and it was addicting. After having Madelyn I lost the weight pretty easy and was starting be very satisfied with my body. I gained almost 55 lbs with Reece and afterwards I could not get it off. I wouldn't go to the grocery store for 6 months. I noticed that I wasn't getting the double take anymore, I was so sad. But I kept up with my workout routine and finally after 18 months the weight started to melt off.
I did become obsessed with my routines, I still can't wake up in the morning without instantly thinking coffee and gym. I have always worked out 8 or more hours a week. It is part of who I am. Fruits and vegis take up 80 percent of my diet, not because I feel I need to eat this way, because it is what I like and crave. I do not count calories but I am very aware of what it is I am putting in my mouth and what benefit am I getting from eating it.
Since my girl's trip the first week in August I have not worked out more that 2 hrs per week, crazy! I haven't had time to eat much or work out. I am aware that I am working out less therefore burning less calories so I instantly stop consuming too many calories. I have not weighed myself since just before the girls trip. But at the beginning of August I was at 127lbs.
Goal: I want to change my "normal weight" I have been for 5 years. I want to be about 112 lbs. For 3 reason,first: to be able to run until I'm 80 years old, you do not see 80 year women with any extra muscle or fat running at that age for a reason. 2nd, to run faster for longer. 3rd, reduce pain in knees, back and hips.
How will I do this: October thru January
I cease to do any leg lifts, presses or lunges.
I will cease to do 700 to 1000 core exercises a week
I will no longer run 20 miles per week average, I will not run for this period
I will cease to eat butter, oil or cheese or bread and try vegan (if I can stand it)
I will cease with my 1 day eating of irresponsibly
Increase stretching and yoga, without any strain to my legs at all
After this I will be down to 112 at least. I will have strengthened my posture and changed my gait.
February thru March: Retraining
Start running with my new gait that will allow longer and quicker strides.
I will run faster for as long as I can three times per week twice daily until I get up to 10 miles per day
Start working core daily
Start adding in more carbs to increase stamina.
After all this my goal is to be able to run 6:45 for 6.3 miles (10k) and start running 1/2 marathons 2011 season.