Life Journey, Running, Weight Loss

All Hail the iPad

Weigh-in: 2lbs loss

There we have it – that’s a bit more like it! Needless to say I’ve moved back to counting and I’m a million times happier than I was two weeks ago. Unfortunately I missed class last week (more on that later) and running is difficult due to torrential rain and 45mph winds. Overall, I’m still a happy camper.

If You Snack it, You Track It

This is what my WWs leader tells me. All the time. I prefer counting my ProPoints, but ironically I’m a terrible tracker. (Maybe that’s why I’m doing this for a second time?) I am trying really hard now to get into the habit, especially when I see that I started this blog 10 months ago and technically since then I’ve only lost 15lbs.

I’m trying to find the easiest way to do things so that I don’t slip up, and it’s odd little things that help. Using the app is a big plus for me, and I especially enjoy it in the supermarket if I see something I fancy- I can look up the ProPoints there and then. One of my Christmas gifts was a new iPad, and this is now surgically attached to me when I’m at home so that I use my tracker properly, and I prefer the app on the bigger screen without the fuss of booting up the laptop. It’s important to find things that help your habits- no point in making things difficult for yourself! I do silly things like leave tomatoes at eye-level in the fridge for snacking, and making sure the iPad is in the kitchen when I’m not using it. I’ve also found I have to track food straight away, otherwise it just doesn’t get tracked.

Doing this for the last week or so has made me realise how much I actually eat, and I’m very aware that I’m eating more since I’ve stopped smoking. But that’s okay, because that’s what Weeklies and Activity Points are for. I did have a good giggle when I saw on the app that my long run was worth 12ppts- if I did that every day I could be a professional alcoholic the rest of the time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This week I’m going to keep pushing and try and track EVERYTHING.

In the Grand Scheme of Things

Although I said I I’m a happy camper, I’m a bit dissatisfied with the bigger picture. Everything is going the right way now, but I have been faffing about around the 12-stone mark for months- I should have (could have, would have) been well into the 11s by now and really close to having a sparkler on my finger for my 30th birthday. I’ve accepted that it isn’t going to happen, and that if I’m lucky I’ll be 11st 7 for my birthday. More importantly, I need to be as light as possible for race day so that I can get round in the best possible time.

The 12-Stone hump was a problem for me the last time I lost weight, and I think I’m sub-consciously letting it bother me a second time round, and it’s maybe why I’ve been bouncing back and forth since I started my new job. The psychological boost from being 11st 13 instead of 12 stone is overwhelming for me, and as I’ve mentioned before, through my 11s was when I really felt the difference last time, and really when I realised that I wasn’t ‘big’ anymore, so this is a big deal to me. I’m also soooo desperate for my Happy Wardrobe Dance at 11-13, and it seems so far away ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So, I’m devising a plan now to get me there.

I have 5 weigh-ins left (including race day). I’m 12-3 today, but when I weighed in yesterday the scale was flickering between 2.5/3 before settling on 3. So this week I’d like to lose another 2 lbs to take me to 12st 1 at the beginning of February. The following week WILL BE THE WEEK. 1.5lbs will take me to 11-13.5. After this I will be starting to taper for my race, so a realistic loss would be 1 lb a week for the next 3 weeks. If I can commit to eating the way I do to running, that will put me at a respectable 11st 10.5 on race day. Not ideal, but a far cry from 13st 8 with a gubbed knee.

All Dressed Up

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On the discovery of a local set of trails (signposted and everything!) I’ve started walking them with my previous work/WWs buddy (remember her?) who has picked up the reins again to have another bash. This is a precursor to running them, since having purchased my shiny new trail shoes. (Won’t be shiny for long! Ha!) On entering the woods we realised that the forest floor was saturated, and I was very thankful I had wellies on. Due to the recent winds, the walk became more of an obstacle course and involved a lot of climbing, but was beautiful all the same. I think I’m going to enjoy a bit of trail running.

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As it stands, though, I’m all dressed up with no place to go- the trails aren’t fit for running, and the weather is leaving me squeezing in my runs when I can. Don’t get me wrong, I have no objections to running a few miles in the rain, but 12-mile runs in 45mph winds are not good chat. I’ve moved my long run from Sunday to Tuesday, just for the simple fact it’s to be dry and not quite as windy. Race Day is getting so close now though that I don’t have a choice!

So this week is about tracking, and running at every opportunity- we’ll see if those trail shoes stay clean ๐Ÿ˜‰

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