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Watching my weight, Sparkin’ up (no, it’s not what you think) and heading to the beach

It’s been more than two months since my last Just A (Running) Fool post (and Motivation Monday post too). Today, hopefully I can begin a new streak of not only posting once a week for Just A (Running) Fool and Motivation Monday, but also exercising several times a week and continuing to motivate myself (and maybe, in turn, you).

How? A three-pronged approach:

It was the latter two, whom I met through Facebook, that helped re-motivate me to get back on track with a 90-day Fitness Challenge, starting today. I’ve committed to at least 30 minutes a day of exercise 6 days a week. That may change to 60 at some point, but I’m starting small so I won’t get too discouraged quickly.

However, in the past, I have had much success with both WeightWatchers and SparkPeople. First, WeightWatchers spurred me to my initial weight loss a few years ago (started by losing 50 pounds, and then with exercise, lost another 50, going from 280 to 180) and then SparkPeople kept me going when I didn’t want to go on with a great support system with teams there.

I’ve been paying for WeightWatchers Online since August (I believe, it’s been so long and I haven’t done that well yet with it), but am recommitting myself today to the program, because it’s the one thing that has helped me lose weight with diet. SparkPeople has helped me in the past with motivation, and I’m still friends on Facebook with many of the people I’ve met there even though I haven’t been active on the teams there for at least six months. As for Team Beachbody, we’ll see…but anything that can help get me going is a plus.

Now where’s the beach? I have a feeling I’m not going to find one too nearby in northcentral Pennsylvania.

This one’s for my wife, who really loves this group (okay, not so much):

This post also can be found on my main blog, an unfinished person (in an unfinished universe). If you are interested in getting a more complete picture of this incomplete person, you can subscribe to that blog.


Horror of horrors: I stepped on the scale

Yesterday I did something that I haven’t done in a while. The horror, the horror: I stepped on the scale, and it was as bad as I thought. Last year, I had gotten down to about 179, but now I’m almost reverse of the numbers at 196. What happened in the interim?

A few things:

  • I stopped tracking my food on SparkPeople, which helped me lose at least 20 pounds during my first six months there.
  • I stopped running as regularly as I had been running. I found, and still find, excuses not to run. It’s raining. It’s too late in the day. It’s…blah blah blah.
  • I stopped going to the gym for strength training.
  • I started rationalizing that a milkshake/a trip to Pizza Hut/a little bit of alcohol once a week or every two weeks was all right. All those milkshakes, trips to Pizza Hut and little bits of alcohol begin to accumulate — right around the stomach area.

So what am I going to do about it?

  • I am tracking my food on SparkPeople once again.
  • I am beginning a regular running routine and getting up early so I have no excuse.
  • I am making a goal of going to the gym at least twice this coming week.
  • I am not having anymore milkshakes, alcohol or trips to Pizza Hut. Whenever I go to Pizza Hut, I look around and see people who are more obese than myself and think how sad, but then realize I don’t have too far to go to be there. In fact, I have been there and literally am there, when I’m there with them.

As my wife says about the upcoming Bald Eagle Mountain Megatransect, I don’t need any more weight to climb up the mountain. She’s right. Now is the time to start jettisoning some of that weight.

This post is cross-posted at An unfinished person (in an unfinished universe).

Plyometrics Day 5 (Postponed)

Well, today I didn’t make it to plyometrics class at the local high school. Why?

The short answer: I opted for a day of rest after too intense of a workout last night.

The longer answer: Tuesday, we didn’t have plyometrics because school was out. Instead of running in the morning, I ran in the evening, 5K on the elliptical at the fitness center at the high school at a sub-10-minute/mile pace, which is pretty good for me, who normally does about a 12-minute/mile pace. I have to credit Ellen Krajewski for helping motivate me to go despite my having a headache all day because of allergies and not getting the right medication until later in the day. Ellen also is a teammate of mine on a private team on SparkPeople and one of our challenges this week was to run or walk a 5K. Since she said she was going to the gym that afternoon to do it, it inspired me to do the same. Thanks, Ellen.

Then yesterday, I ran again, this time on the treadmill but for only 2.5 miles at about a 12-minute/mile pace, but I varied the speeds and the inclines. The “problem” was that I ran last night about 7 p.m., which put me too close to my wake-up time of 5:30 this morning. As a result, I was still in a bit of pain this morning and opted to still give myself a day of rest.

This afternoon, in fact, very shortly, I’m going to give blood for a local blood drive. So I won’t be running this afternoon, and tomorrow as most Fridays, I’m taking a day off, which means my next day of running will be Saturday. Most likely I will be going outside. Monday, once again, I will run at the gym, but this time a little earlier in the afternoon, at about 3:30 p.m. on both the treadmill and the elliptical, mainly because I have a borough council meeting at 6 p.m. to cover for a newspaper for which I write. However, also I’m doing it so I have no excuses on getting up Tuesday morning to get back to plyometrics. As crazy as it sounds, I really missed it this morning and look forward to getting back to what will be Day 5 for me on Tuesday, after a couple of hiccups this week.