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33 Weeks to Go and Counting: A Run For Your Lives Update

I can’t believe how ultimately simple it was for me to enjoy the process of starting to jog. I am not running yet. I am still slow. If today were October 22, 2011, I would be zombie chow. (And to be honest – I think I might even want a zombie medal instead of a survivor medal… still not sure.) But I am in the process of walking and jogging my 5Ks (all on the treadmill). My time is steadily increasing.

My first 5K was 56:47. Then I bumped it up to 53:36. Today?

52:24. I am getting progressively quicker. Okay, still slow. I get that, but you know what? For me, this is EPIC.

And the best part? I’m enjoying it!

Today, I put my DVD player on the elliptical (below is a picture from a workout about a week ago), play Supernatural (just started Season 3), and I walk two minutes at 3.2 and jog one at 4.1. I realize that for a lot of people, 4.1 miles per hour is a fast walk. For me, it’s a jog. I’m in “jogging motion,” so to speak. But I’m finding it gets progressively easier. Today, I did one minute of jogging for every two minutes of walking. Tomorrow, I’m going to bump the jogging time up a bit. I’m concentrating on jogging the ENTIRE 5K at 4.1 miles per hour before I work on my speed.

During today’s 5K, I realized the change that made me enjoy it.

I HATE Couch to 5K! It is too freaking difficult to time and I get bored… I’m either stopping jogging too soon when I want to walk or I feel like I have to jog for too long too early. C25K has done miracles for some people, but I think I am better off just listening to my own body and slowly increasing my jogging time.

And I’ve got another piece of running related news to share. I am signing up for my first 5K. It’s not my first sign up (that honor will always be with Run For Your Lives), but this one is happening first. It’s in my hometown of Munfordville, Kentucky (population 1,700). I’m signing up for this one because it has the benefit of a 5K Walk option. I’m not quite ready to run 3.1 miles, but I fully expect to walk and jog this one. And who knows? Maybe I can even break 45 minutes. It’s on April 2nd, and I can’t wait!

(BTW, if you look at the picture closely, you’ll notice I circled the wrong age division. Wishful thinking, perhaps?)

Don’t worry. I’m not just doing cardio in training. Tina and I continue to lift weights. Even though I’ve already gotten a 5K in today, we’re doing yoga tonight. Run For Your Lives is also an obstacle course, so we’re working on strength and flexibility, too.

Zombie movie of the week?

Zombie 4: After Death.

A friend gave it to me YEARS ago. It’s on VHS. Watching a VHS movie is going to feel like building a fire with flint or something. I’m not even sure if Zombies 1 thru 3 even exist… It’s been eons since I’ve watched this, and I remember it sucked. I’m sure it still does.

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A Healthy Calories Weigh In

As with last week, let’s get right to it, shall we? And if you are wondering, this is A Healthy Calories Weigh-in.

March 4, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 358.0
Today’s Weight: 356.9
Change from All-Time High: -45.9 pounds
Change from Last Week: -1.1 pounds

That’s not significantly higher than my loss last week that led to me deciding to forego Weight Watchers and just count calories. Before I detail the last week, let me just say that I have enjoyed counting calories and I will continue counting calories for the immediate future.

I checked out an online calculator that said, based on my height, weight, age, and activity level (which I underestimated, just in case), I could consume 5100 calories a day and maintain.

That can’t be right, can it?

So far three days, I ate around 3500 to 4000 calories.

My weight initially dropped and then climbed back up.

For the rest of the week, I ate around 2,500 to 3,000 calories a day. And I lost 1.1 pounds.

I am currently weighing in everyday, and I am tracking my weight on This is a screenshot of my chart thus far.

So, what has this past week shown me?

For one thing, one week is meaningless. I may do everything right one week and gain and do everything wrong one week and lose. It is the overall trend and my actions that will make me lose weight. This means I can occasionally eat fast food, even… so long as the key word is occasionally. I refuse to demonize any particular food. To be quite often, if I want something, I eat it and I count the calories.

It does help, honestly, that I’m finding myself craving healthy foods. Fruit is AWESOME. I’m still eating fruit, even though probably not as much as I ate last week when it was unlimited on WW.

And two, I’m in this for the long haul. One pound at a time is FINE for me. If I have a week where I do better, awesome. And if not, I’ll take one pound a week for as long as it takes.

So, to sum up:

I’m counting calories.
I do eat what I want, but I still emphasize healthy foods.
As long as it takes, one pound at a time, I will get to goal weight.

Oh, and in other news… I walk/jogged a 5K today. My last time was 56:47. Today… 53:36. I’m getting faster.

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Green Giant Prize Pack Giveaway: The Winner!

Just a super fast post today to announce the winner of the Green Giant Prize Pack Giveaway from MyBlogSpark.

I went to and was given this number, as seen below in the screenshot.

The winner is Comment #4, which is Erin from Erin Takes Control!

Congratulations Erin! Please email me at with your mailing info and I’ll get your prize out to you asap. 🙂

I always enjoy doing giveaways. If any companies out there would like to sponsor one, please let me know!

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