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I forgot to post our training the last couple weeks.  Week 4 was a good jump in running from 3 to 5 minutes, but we got ‘er done…

Week 4: Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
3 minute jog/90 second walk
5 minute jog/2 minute 30 second walk
3 minute jog/90 second walk
5 minute jog/2 minute 30 second walk
5 minute cool down

Week 5, however… much more challenging:  Well, for some…

Syd Week 5 – Day 2

Week 5 – Day 1:
5 minute warm up
5 minute jog/3 minute walk (repeat 3 times)
5 minute cool down

Week 5 – Day 2:
5 minute warm up
8 minute jog
5 minute walk
8 minute jog
5 minute cool down

With week 5 being a bit more running, I wondered how Syd would do.  We both struggled a bit at times over the past several weeks, and day 3 of week 5 was a 20 minute run.  20 minutes in a row!!  I just wasn’t sure how either of us would do it.

I always do my runs in the early morning when no one else is up and although I got through the 20 minute run, I did ok the first 15 minutes..it was the last 5 where I struggled, it was not easy.  But I tell you, a little 10 year old girl was my inspiration to hoof it out…to keep going…to not give up.

After all, how could I expect her to run the whole thing if I didn’t?!!  So yes…it is Sydney who is my inspiration to push through.

When it was time for Syd to do her run that afternoon, I made sure to turn on her favorite show, and I ran in place next to her while she ran so she wouldn’t feel so alone.

She did AMAZING!!  She didn’t even look like she was struggling!!

Syd killed the 20 minutes
My face as she was running…

 

 

Week 5 – Day 3:
5 minute warm up
20 minute jog
5 minute cool down

 

 

 

 

 

 

She is so going to kick my butt.

My eating was much better this past week (AND WEEKEND which I have found is my biggest challenge; staying true to eating well.)

Not thrilled with the numbers on the scale, but they’re better than they have been.  So, results starting with week 6:

Weighing in at 176.6   YAY!!  But inches wise, not a huge difference since week 1 {sniffle, sniffle… I know, that’s my own fault.}  At least there’s a little change.  🙂

Day 1 – Day 35

With this being Thanksgiving week…I am going to try to NOT gain weight.  We’ll see if I can stay away from the yummies at our Thanksgiving celebration and instead focus on what I am thankful for, not what I’m missing.

Hang in there…we’re in this together!!!  🙂  Just keep running!!

“I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”   Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NLT)

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So it’s been one week…one VERY LONG week, without carbs.

As I told you in my other post: Diet change, I am going low carb which is what I do normally when I’m watching my weight, but this time I’m following a much more strict low carb diet plan called Keto or The Ketogenic Diet

I have struggled a bit but over the last week I have lost 9 (it was 10 but somehow I gained 1 last night.  Bugger.) pounds!!  SHOCK OF THE DECADE, I TELL YOU!!  But what I noticed the most was my belly…

Nope, no sucking in here (I seriously wanted to!!) you got it all hanging out, sorry!  But what a nice little change in one week, huh?!!

I also started a Couch to 5k running program with my daughter Syd, which shouldn’t have been too hard for me…I have remained active a couple times a week at least.  However, the problem I have quite literally run into is that I am EXHAUSTED and barely able to do the running each day.  The Keto plan warns you of the “Keto-flu” and apparently I’ve got it.

Whew.  Not sure how to get over this, but have heard it will go away when my body begins to make new enzymes that burn fat for fuel instead of carbs, so looking forward to that.  🙂

Syd did a great job last week and her legs hurt a bit after the first day but otherwise she looked and felt fine.  She has a beautiful running cadence and looks very comfortable while she runs, and as the week progressed she moved up from her 4.5mph to 5mph, which concerns me a bit because come race day she is going to KICK MY BUTT!!

She was eager to get going today, starting week 2 of training:

Week 2:  Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
Alternating 90 second jog/2 minute walk for 20 minutes
5 minute cool down

Although the 10 year old MACHINE struggled a bit today (it was nice that she was actually human and not enjoying running for a change), she did GREAT!!  It seemed the added 30 seconds of running hit her pretty hard.  She even said “can’t we go back??”

My sweet girl on the DREADmill!!

But she got done, a few tears were shed just like during her Mama’s run this morning…so we’ll see how this goes.  She said she still wants to do the race, and understands (I think) that 3 miles is actually going to take a while to run so I hope this training program helps.

I haven’t changed her diet much except trying to help her make good food choices when she’s hungry.  She is not on the low carb diet that I am trying but she’s more aware of what she’s placing in her body to fuel it and she even lost a pound since last week!!

So as for me, I do miss carbs and have found that EVERYTHING has carbs in it!!  Whoa.  Plus, I need to learn to not watch Cake Boss because that just makes me want frosting.  But I have found that there is one thing that makes me very happy on this diet and I can have lots of it, because how many carbs does it have??  ZERO!!!

The best food in the world.  The “meat candy.”  The bomb:

Mmm … bacon.

“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”   1 Corinthians 9:25

 

Related posts/articles:

Diet Change: no more carbs…

Everything About Keto   (http://www.reddit.com/r/keto)
Low Carb Food List Blog   (http://elowcarbfoodlist.org/)
The Ketogenic Diet   (http://www.theketogenicdiet.org/)
Linda’s Low Carb Menus & Recipes   (http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/)

My daughter Sydney and I are now in training.  We are planning on running a 5k race in December called the Santa Hustle. When I register for a race, I am not ashamed to say that I am bribe motivated.  I choose the race and compete, typically, for what the finisher receives: a cute t-shirt or medal.

Cole’s medals…so far 🙂

I haven’t been extremely motivated recently until God worked through a few people to get my attention.

First a friend of mine, who I used to work out with about a year and a half ago, started really watching her food intake and lost a significant amount of weight (with no exercise)!!  It is very interesting how another person’s results can either motivate or discourage.  Lisa’s weight loss did both quite frankly.

You see, I’ve been exercising for several years now after losing a bunch of weight at the end of 2006, however after I checked the run-a-half-marathon box off my bucket list last October, I sort of…well, I sat down and am now experiencing the too-tight-wardrobe phenomenon because of it.

Second, I happened upon the Milwaukee Santa Hustle website and saw the sweet race shirts and gear they give out for the runners and knew I had to do it:

Running with a beard?  Oh I am IN, BABY!!

Third, another friend of mine told me that she is done being overweight, done being miserable and was starting the couch to 5k program in order to be ready for the Berbee Derby on Thanksgiving Day.  My sweet friend inspired me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back out there.  I know I can do it and if she is motivated, I will get motivated.

Last, my daughter.  My second born daughter, Sydney, was very active as a little girl.  She loved running around, riding her bike, playing soccer and other sports and we found she was good at them.  I was thrilled that I would have another runner in the family when she got older, but what happened was I introduced her to my downfall, my addiction: CARBS.  She, like me, loves carbs, sweets and anything NOT healthy and also like me, she sat down.

I was a heavy 10, 11, 12+ year old who was quickly approaching obesity and now I see so much of myself in Syd.  She struggles fitting into her clothes, prefers to just sit around and is very self-conscious.  I get that, I know EXACTLY where she’s at and it’s a horrible place to be … especially when you’re facing those lovely middle school years and have an older sister who is tall, thin and beautiful.  Yup, I get it.

But I also know Syd; she is a leader, she does very well when a goal is set before her and can be quite headstrong and focused, so I showed her the Santa Hustle website.  She, like me, loved the idea and a new runner is born.

I meant to start training a couple weeks ago, but with birthdays and celebrations getting in the way… I know, nice excuse – cake and ice cream.  Syd and I have started (along with a new lo-carb eating plan – by the way, anyone know anything about the Keto diet?!!) the couch to 5k (Coolrunning C25K) running plan.

Measurements and “before” pictures have been taken…bacon has been purchased and we are on our way.

Syd did great her first day; she walked at a 3.5mph and ran at a 4.5mph!!

Week 1:  Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
Alternating 60 second jog/90 second walk for 20 minutes
5 minute cool down

We’ll see how she feels tomorrow and more importantly on Wednesday when her second run is scheduled!  🙂

Do any of you struggle with your weight or food?  Do you struggle with exercise or staying motivated?

I know there are women who feel the same way and I would love to hear from you!!

What has helped?  What do you struggle with?

What’s your excuse?!

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”   1 Corinthians 9:24

Please check out my other posts relating to my weight loss battles:
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My Motivation
Skinny Jeans
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