Friday, June 13, 2008

I was playing around today with excel and decided to plot my weight-loss progress. Yes, I have definately slowed in my progress but that is to be expected. As long as that graph has a downward trend I will be happy. The goal for the next 16lbs is to keep approximately the same slope on the line.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Our scale in our bathroom quit working. It's digital but apparently there's no serviceable battery in it so it's toast. That's part of the reason I haven't weighed in a while. The other reason is I just couldn't seem to get below 219. Even though my last update talks about my hitting a brick wall at 219, I decided to weigh-in this morning. I weighed in at a solid 216, so officially I'm down 30lbs now.

After showering and getting dressed I walked out of the locker room and went over to the free weights. I picked up 25lb and 5lb weights and held them just to see how much weight that really was. I really don't feel that much lighter, but I do feel that much faster. Also, as an added benefit, Jaime's sleeping has gotten better. She says I no longer snore at night. She also says I used to always breathe hard, even when sitting still but now I don't.

I would like to say this. If you want to lose weight, you don't need a pill. You don't need a Hawaii Chair. You don't need any of that garbage. You just need to eat sensibly and get active.

I took a health and wellness class as an elective in college and the instructor said something that has stuck with me. She said "find your play". What she meant by that was to find something fun to do that is physical. This is why I really like racquetball. Sure, I can probably get better cardio on an elliptical machine, but I couldn't do the elliptical 5 days a week without getting seriously bored. This is also why I enjoy running the road races. They are fun and we run them with friends so it's always a good time.

I've found that for me the big thing is I feel like I have made a lifestyle change. Now every day I look forward to going home and running or riding my bike down the Suwanee Greenway. I really enjoy getting outside and seeing our community.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

My first 10k

Yesterday Jaime and I ran a 10k (6.2 miles) race here in Suwanee. It was a good time all around. The race started in the Suwanee Town Center Park and went down the Suwanee Greenway and back. In the picture of me I am making my way up the last very long hill to the park. The picture of Jaime is earlier in the race at Martins Farm Rd.

Like I mentioned, it was my first 10k so I wasn't really aiming for a great time or anything -- I simply wanted to finish without stopping. My time ended up being 1:06:22.

Jaime finished about one and a half minutes behind me and she won 3rd place in her age group and got a trophy! That was her first time getting an award at a road race. I'm telling you, Jaime can kick some serious butt running.

I think I really like the 10K more than the 5Ks. I think from now on if there is a combo 5k/10k race (like this one) I'll opt for the 10k. It's much more of a challenge for me.

As for my weight...well...I have pretty much plateaued. I can't seem to lose any more, but I don't really care at this point. I still feel like my waist is shrinking so I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing. If I can hunker down on the diet again, I feel like I could probably get another 10lbs off of me. I'm not eating really poorly, but my diet is certainly not as good as it could be.