Friday, 11 September 2015

I made a Youtube Channel vlogging my Weight Loss!

Howdy ho!

It's been a while since I updated this blog, for that, I feel badly. So I decided to tackle a new medium of weight loss chronicling and made a Youtube channel! I attempted a video a while back, but I found it dull and felt I could do much better. So I put in a bit of effort and I've made a video. Check it out!

Look at that dorky face! You know you wanna subscribe.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Bolder Boulder 10K - 25th May 2015 (10K #4)

I had just moved to America a month before this race and I had spent all my time leading up to this 10K training. The first couple of days sucked, I felt very out of breath even just climbing the stairs due to the altitude. I was quite surprised that I adjusted quite quickly though in general day to day walking around, but running was a different matter. Instead of struggling with the oxygen, my body just wasn't what it once was when I was running a 10K in less than an hour. My usual 10 min/mi pace was now averaging out on 11 or 12 min/mi' was a tough statistic to face but inevitable when one is a lazy slob for so long.

So I decided to just enjoy the Bolder Boulder 10K. I had heard SO much about it being really fun and drawing in a huge crowd. I didn't wear my Garmin or my music, the latter because I would be running it with my boyfriends sister who had done the Bolder Boulder 10K nearly every year since she was a kid. Since it was classed as one big party with people dressing up, I brought some English pride with me to the race and wore a Union Jack flag around my neck as a cape. It got a LOT of attention throughout the entire event!

As I was walking up to the start line someone jogged over to me and asked if I was really from the UK, when I responded "Yes, I am!" he thought it was awesome and told me that this race is super fun. When I was standing in my wave waiting to meet with my running partner, 2 men dressed as old timey presidents came up to me and said "WHAT IS THIS?! YOU TRAITOR!" It was all in jest of course, so I found it pretty hilarious. On my way around on the track people would say "We love the UK!" and even took pictures of me. I was a bit worried about wearing it, but I was so happy I did and got such a great response!

The race itself is extremely well organised, I couldn't believe how many people were there! The course was clearly marked and there were plenty of water/gatorade stations. My favourite element to this race was the atmosphere. People lined the course cheering, giving out high fives and people who owned properties next to the race course were putting on a party for runners to witness or be apart of. I saw people playing music, handing out beers, offering people food and keeping the spirit of the runners alive. One group were saying they would drink every time someone did a cartwheel in front of them. There was not one, but two slip n' slide stations as well! I also saw troupes of belly dancers, zumba dancers, bands and DJ's throughout the entire course. It was one giant celebration, everyone coming together to have a blast.

Which is a good thing, because the course SUCKED! There were a lot of gradual inclines with some pretty steep hills. Even though it didn't look like you were going uphill, you most definitely were. I was doing pretty great for the first km, but then my running partner informed me that things were about to get tough. At first I thought I could handle it, but by the end I felt like I was going to have to stop. But I didn't want to let my running buddy down! She was an experienced runner, who literally spoke to me the entire way around to keep my spirits up, it seemed like a normal run for her whereas it felt like a marathon for me! So I persevered and didn't stop. The last mile was definitely the toughest, it seemed to drag on for 3 miles. Right at the end of the track, there was a sharp incline into Folsom Stadium, where the finish line was placed. I was about to do my victory lap around the stadium, but I finally uttered the words "I'm dying!" The Bolder Boulder 10K seemed to have got the better of me, but I refused to give up! I untied my Union Jack from around my neck and soldiered up that bloody steep hill and went and did my victory lap flag held high.

Time of 1:12:49 (11:43 min/mi pace)
Happy to have survived!
Wow, what a finish! My only disappointment was the giant screens were running an ad just as I came in, so I missed out on seeing myself on the big screen. What a huge bummer, I was really looking forward to it! When I finally finished, I felt like I achieved something great. It was my slowest 10K to date in 1:12:49, but considering the hilly nature of the course I didn't feel too bummed out about it. I was just happy I made it out alive and had an awesome time suffering! Right after the finish there was another hill to walk up, before a number of volunteers were there to cut off my timing chip that was attached to my shoe. We walked into a big hangar like area to receive our free Pepsi, beer and goodie bag. It was filled with snacks that were perfect post race fuel, but I was more concerned with my traditional post race burger!

Overall, what a wonderful race. I really enjoyed it, but if it hadn't have been for the atmosphere I would have hated the course! I'm so glad I did it, even though I never got to finish my training in time and my time was a bit shit. Though I would definitely do it again. Hopefully the next time I run you, Bolder Boulder, I will be a lot lighter and a lot fitter!

Mid Year Update - Moved to America & My Weight Loss Plan 2015 edition

Well, I made a lofty statement in my previous post about wanting to make 2015 my bitch. Meaning I wanted this to be the year I lost all this weight I've been meaning to lose for the past 14 years. So far? I've lost ZERO pounds. Yup, January is a month for FOOLS who think they can achieve their dreams. Well, if you're me that is. I'm sure there are a small percentage of people out there who actually achieve what they set their mind to.

I decided to come back to this blog with my tail between my legs and give an update on what the hell I've been up to for the past 6 months.

February - I got a job! It was a temp job working in a small department within the NHS. Never would I imagine I'd be working within the belly of the beast. It was actually a really sweet job, I was in a small office with 2 lovely people, the phone only rang occasionally and the rest of the time I was practically organising the inbox. I've loved organisational tasks since I was a kid, I used to have this file of animal fact sheets that I would purposefully mess up so I could re-order them into the file. I was a fun kid, clearly. It was part time too, I worked 3 days a week and it was perfect, I felt like I had enough down time to focus on my life outside of work.

March - I got my K-1 visa! Now I was able to officially enter the United States as the fiance of my American boyfriend and get married. It was a very long process that ended with me having an interview in London. Oh, did I mention? I completely effed up my knee on the first run of my 10K training for the year. Yup, I had a full on pirate limp that even Londoners pitied me for. It took me a long time to recuperate so for most of March and April I was unable to exercise properly without fear for my knee. Which explains my 4 lb gain over those 2 months .

April - A month of farewells and a "fuck it" attitude to food. I was leaving England and I wanted to make the most of it. I had a number of farewell parties with different groups of friends, a trip to Wales with my parents to see  for the first time in my adult life where I was born and on April 20th I left my home in England to move to Boulder, Colorado. It was hard to leave my family and friends, I think it only just sunk in when I arrived that I had left and this was my new home.

May - I got married! It was a very low key event, we literally just signed the papers and were on our merry way. One day we'll have a big ceremony with friends and family, because of this we are still referring to each other as boyfriend/girlfriend so that our "real" ceremony will actually feel like the real deal! Plus I KNOW I will slim down to fit into a bitchin' wedding dress. I also ran the Bolder Boulder 10K, which I will write a post about soon. In a nutshell, I sucked but the atmosphere was incredible.

Which leads us to this month, June! I've just cooked up a new workout routine for myself. ANOTHER ONE. It seems I'm addicted to reinventing my workout routines, but to me I think of it as one giant trial and error. I was previously following Hal Higdon's 10K novice training programme, which is great, but I actually started to find myself losing interest in running. Shock, horror! I've always been such an advocate for running, but after finishing the Bolder Boulder something just didn't feel right. I didn't feel the passion any more, I wanted to try other things. However I know that running is a great exercise since it's just straight up Cardio, which is an essential part to a successful workout itinerary. So I decided to focus on Strength, Cardio and Cross training. Ideally I'd workout 6 days a week, but I know that sometimes I need an off day to recover/because I'm busy doing something, which is why I never date my schedules Monday - Sunday.

Each time I complete a workout, I date the box, give myself a cute little sticker and move on to the next box. I can mix and match the boxes during the week - there's no pressure to do them in order.

Strength Workouts are anything that involves weights/body conditioning. For me, I really enjoy Jillian Michaels' published works such as Making the Cut. I also vouch for Shaun T's Insanity programme, which helped me lose the majority of my weight a few years ago. I tried out his T25 but it's a different kettle of fish, it's no where near as intense but still tough and very convenient being only 25 minutes long. So my Strength days will consist of either of those workouts.

Cross Workouts are basically the fun workouts of the week! Dancing, martial arts, hiking, yoga...anything that isn't weights/endurance but more about skill and enjoyment. My boyfriend is a pretty good kick boxer, he's been teaching me the basics and I've thoroughly enjoyed punching the crap out of a bag. I also love things like Zumba and I really want to take up a dance class when I have a job. Since I'm in Colorado right next to the mountains I've got a wealth of hiking trails just a few minutes away. Yoga isn't something I particularly LOVE doing, but I know it's super beneficial to my body, so I will try my best to fit it in once in a while. Whatever I fancy doing that will get my heart rate up for an hour and isn't anything to do with weights/cardio - it's gonna be classed as Cross training.

Cardio Workouts are exactly what it says on the tin. It'll be running predominantly, but I've gone back to COMPLETE basics with my running. I was running 2-3 miles and finding I was struggling. I remember a time when 3 miles was nothing, so I think I need to restart my mentality towards running since my body isn't on the same level anymore. It was a difficult thing to admit to myself, that I had let my fitness suffer as a result of not keeping up with it during my time in Japan and in England after I left. So I went onto the brilliant Hal Higdon's website and went to 5K, 8K, 10K & 15K training and made a list of 2 runs a week he recommends doing - which was usually the "medium" run of the week and the long run. As you can see from my picture to the right, I start at just 1.5 miles and slowly build up my distance with each run. It's actually got me pretty excited to get out there and run again, since I know 1.5 miles isn't much and I can definitely do it. Whereas I was encountering on my old schedule 3 mile runs and thinking I was going to die.

So there you have it! My new plan. As for nutrition, well, I struggled for a while when I got to America, but I think I got all the binge eating out of my system. I'm eating healthier and I'm more mindful of the snacks I eat. I've started munching on vegetables and fruit rather than crisps/chips or candy. I also want to work on cutting out processed sugars from my diet. I've found I've been drinking soda a lot and eating sweets. I'm going to do it week by week, so make 1 day a week completely sugar free and then the following week try 2 days. Eventually I want to not eat junk/candy or drink soda 6 days of the week and have 1 cheat day where I can indulge on those types of foods. Obviously not an all day binge, but give myself Saturdays or Sundays to enjoy myself and not worry about it too much!

Right now I'm weighing myself at 163 lbs on an average day and 162 lbs after a good day. So close to the 150's! I bought a scale for the bathroom here and it has this annoying feature of showing what your previous weight was. It's annoying because my boyfriend likes to weigh himself too apparently, so after I see my weight flash on the screen it will eventually show what the previous weight is displaying that I'm a good 10 lbs heavier than my boyfriend ;_;. But, hopefully not for long! I'm coming for you 130 lbs goal mark...

Watch this space for me trying out salad recipes, actually doing this workout plan and how I went with cutting out processed junk from my diet! 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

2015 - The Year I Desperately Want To Reach My Goal Weight

Since I was about 13, I've been keeping a diary. The regularity of the entries over the past 13 years varies, but around this time of the year I write the famous new years goals entry. In every single diary I've had, I've said that my number one resolution was to lose weight and be healthy. I sit here in my bedroom at the age of 25 and I've yet to experience what it's like to be at a healthy weight. I have yet to experience what it feels to not worry about bra strap flab rolls, jean buttons flying off and the best way to cover my belly as it spills over my trousers when I'm sat down.

I'm simply sick and tired or being overweight and I need to make 2015 my year to take this problem and just fuckin' fix it. This year I will experience some huge milestones in my life, The first is to marry the love of my life who I have been with for 5 years and have known for half of my life. He is a wonderful, funny, supportive person who has been by my side through the worse times and the best. I can't wait to marry him and just get on with our lives together! The second milestone I will see this year is that I'm moving to America to settle down and begin a career that I can be proud of. I've been saving money for years and I'm finally on the road to being in a position where I will have the opportunities I desire right on my doorstep. The third is I want to run a half marathon. I've ran 3 10K's before, but I want to step it up and go a longer distance. Hopefully I will be in America by April, so I will be in Colorado just in time to do one of two half marathon races I've seen already.

I want to make 2015 the year I kick so much freakin' ass. For the last 3 weeks my fiance visited me in England. We had a wonderful Christmas, New Year and a lovely trip to London. We ate, we drank, we hung out and we even fit in a handful of workouts too! He left this morning, so now I'm trying to gather my thoughts and motivate myself to a) really push my visa application process and b) get on a great routine I can be proud of.

This time next year I don't want to see "lose weight" in my list of resolutions. In fact I don't even want to see a list of things I want to do, because I want to already be achieving them.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

October Weight Loss Review: 1 day on, 1 day off strategy

It's been a while since I've posted, sometimes it's hard to know what to talk about! I've been meaning to make a Youtube channel and start vlogging about my weight loss experiences. Watch this space, I want to make one by the end of the week! It's kinda of intimidating looking into a camera and talking to yourself, but I thought it could be a fun way to stay accountable. - funny and insightful comics
So in October I didn't manage to lose any weight from the previous month, but I feel like I've really got into a good routine and now it's November I'm starting to see some results. I've adopted a new work out strategy of working out one day and having one day off. If I am super busy on a workout day, I don't give myself 2 workout days in a row, I merely brush it off and start again. This "no pressure" style of exercise has really been helping. So far the only extra day off I've had is because I was travelling to Edinburgh - but I ended up walking 4 miles so it was sort of a workout in itself! I've started up 8K training (not my usual 10K!) and I'm doing T25 on the days that it's too miserable to run outside. A real runner would brave the elements, but I guess I'm not a real runner ;). Like theoatmeal says "[Run] Unless it's cold out, then fuck that shit. What am I? A Polar bear? It's hot chocolate time, motherfucker." I still need to buy his book about running, I like that he basically runs marathons so he can gorge of junk food without feeling guilty.

Although it's only the first week of November I've seen 165 lbs on the scale and it's heading in the direction day by day. I've turned on zombie chases during my short runs and it's really been helping me improve my running times. I've done 3 2 mile runs and each time I've been getting faster. I love seeing that improvement. I also need to get back into taking progress pictures. I used to take them every multiple of 5, so now I'm back at 165 lbs I should restart the picture taking again. It was always a great tool to see myself transform, it'd be stupid not to!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Achieving a Goal: Learning a Dance

So I have an Impossible List, a list of goals I want to achieve. It's kind of like a bucket list, but the idea is to continually add to it and never fully complete it. On that list is "learn a cool dance routine." Since I have a lot of spare time on my hands now, I decided to begin this challenge. I didn't want to learn a routine that was too hard, you know the type with all the popping and locking and how-the-hell-do-people-move-like-that moves. So I decided to go with a routine that I thought was awesome the first time I saw it. It's by the Korean girl group Girls' Generation and the song is Genie. I was introduced to the Japanese version of this song by a friend who...let's say "admired" the dance moves in the video. When I saw it too I couldn't help but agree with him, it's sexy without being slutty and I fell in love with the catchiness of the song.

I salute those lovely legs, ladies.
I began my journey by obtaining the video, playing it at a 50% decreased speed and also editing the image so that it was mirrored. So far I've spent 3 sessions on learning this dance and I have the basic moves memorised. As for whether or not I look good doing it, well, I don't, let's put it that way! But I have an insane amount of fun doing it and I've started to add practicing to my workout routine. My hope is that I can one day put together a video that shows my progress as I learn to perfect it, kind of like the girl who learns to dance in a year.

For those interested in watching what I'm learning, you can see the video below!

I'm also starting Shaun T's Focus T25 to shift some of this weight. I've edited my Weight Loss Progress tab and edited the weights to show my weight loss over the months rather than the weeks. It's amazing how ON IT I was when I first started out. I know it's easier to lose weight the heavier you are, but dayum, I lost weight every single month. I need to be consistent again!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Recovering from a Weight Loss Stall

It's been a while since I've updated this blog. A lot has changed in my life since I last sat down to write. The biggest thing being I've moved from living in Japan back to my parents house in England. The transition was difficult, something I'm still experiencing now. I flew back to England then 2 days later I was back on the road travelling to Spain with my family for 2 weeks. The holiday was not so great, I was insanely bored and not in the spirit of baking my skin in the sun constantly. I'm very much a shade dweller, my sister referred to me as a "vampire" because I hate sitting in the sun doing nothing. I would happily explore a city or climb a mountain in the sunshine, but say I have to remain stationary all day and I'll go bananas.

I've been back for real for about a week and it's been very hard to adjust to life back home again. To be a bit gushy, I miss my boyfriend who's staying in Japan longer to earn more money before we move to New York together. I keep thinking that I'll see him soon, that I'll jump on a train and end up at his station where he'll meet me past the ticket barriers and take me out for dinner. I have to wait until December until I see him again, but I have to thank the glory that is the internet since I am able to Skype with him daily.

During my remaining time in Japan my weight was around 164 lbs and just before I went to Spain I had gone up to 166 lbs. Since returning from Spain I've gained another pound putting my weight at 167 lbs. So...any progress I did make in Japan has been erased with my bad eating habits. For I do declare that I am a terminal grazer. I find myself constantly wanting to eat, rather than needing to eat. I need to gain the mental strength to be able to identify when I am hungry and when I am craving food. I easily give in to my cravings and being at home with a fully stocked kitchen this could cause a lot of problems for me. I am slowly creeping my way back into the 170's, somewhere I really don't want to be, it's bad enough I'm back in the 160's.

So here I am to admit that I have been slacking and that I need to do something because not only am I desperate to reach my goal weight but...

...I'm getting married.

It's not going to be a big affair because we can't afford it, but I want to be at a healthy weight by the time I say "I do". I probably won't be at my goal weight by then, but I really want to be healthy, which is anything below 150 lbs. Time to start sorting myself out and realising that weight loss is a lifestyle change not just something I can switch on and off and still expect to see results. So for now here are my goals:
  • Stay within my 1400 calories a day range. 
  • Exercise 4 times a week for 4 weeks.
  • Start saying no to junk food and opting for healthier options. 
That's it! It's not impossible, I can do this.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Ribble Valley 10K - 29th December 2013 (10K #3)

When I finished my second 10K I weighed 152 lbs. When I entered myself into my third 10K I weighed 159 lbs. See, I had moved to Japan in that time, which completely messed up my awesome routine that I had going for me in the mother land (England). I worked part time mind you, so it was easier for me to fit in all the workouts, whereas in Japan I had to be what's called a "proper grown up" meaning I had to work a 9-5 for 5 days a week. I came home feeling exhausted and in need of some serious slobbing. Needless to say, my inactivity meant I gained 7 lbs from my previous 10K. Enough was enough I said! The humidity had begun to die a glorious death so I felt brave enough to step outside and go for a run. I was still hesitant to run in Japan after work however...well, because...

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Let me paint a picture for you. We're in the English suburbs, ah...lovely already. We're standing on a small stone bridge that's built over a canal. Alongside the canal is a lovely trail, stony enough to get a good grip under a running shoe but every now and then the trail would turn into grass. What loveliness for my knees! Now, as we're running along this canal, there are glorious British fields of green, oh look! A swan and her signets swimming gracefully on the water. Hello you wonderful yet terrifying birds! I love how you swim in a line! We continue further into the countryside, where the trees are lush and the fields are vast with farm animals. Oh wow, we've come across a cute farm with a large piggy. Hello, Mr.Piggy! How do you do?! Wow, it's so wonderful to be running along such a lovely, quiet, beautifully scenic route. Do you hear that? Nature. Birdies singing, a sheep baa-ing in the distance, your lovely black Labrador bounding around near the water. How peaceful.

Now let me paint another picture for you. It's dark. You're in Tokyo. But you need to run or you will remain flabby forever. You venture out of your apartment. It's safe here, no need to worry about running in the dark as a young woman. But yet, you come from a city, so you can't quite shake the feeling like someone will jump out and stab you to death. No, it's ok, Japan is safe. It's safe. Who is that man and why is he just stood there under the street light?! Oh, that's just the weird guy who walks around picking his belly button and laughing to himself occasionally. Seriously, what's his deal?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Blackpool Beach 10K - 13th May 2012 (10K #2)

On the 13th May 2012 I ran my second 10K. I had finished sweating my arse off and throwing myself around my living room while Shaun T yelled at me to "DIG DEEPER!", so I was in a bit of a slump with what to do next. I always said that I SHOULD start running again, but lazy ol' me didn't just go out and do it. One day while I was at my old cinema job, the branch manager comes up to me and says "Do you want to run a 10K for charity?" I hesitated. Why was I hesitating? I'd ran a 10K before and I was lighter and in way better shape!! I said " know what? Yes. I will." He said "Great! You're the first one to say yes." Oh boy, what if it was just me and my manager running this race?! Luckily, a lot of people slowly but surely began to sign up. Phew, awkward situation averted.

I began my second round of 10K training. I had kept my old chart that I wrote my times on from 2011, so I decided to do the same thing this time around. Woah...I couldn't believe how faster I was from the year before! 2.5 miles took me 32:12 in 2011, but 2012 me did it in 28:36!! Insanity training had definitely improved my performance, all that squatting and jumping and general agony had paid off. 

I'm in the front row wearing the awesome bright pink shoes
On the day the weather was beautiful, albeit a tad windy since the race is right next to the ocean. Ahh, smell in that sea air with a hint of used condoms and general filth that litters Blackpool Beach. I'm just kidding, it's not that bad. Well, I've seen some awful things along that beach but I couldn't smell it during the race. My work team all gathered around for a group picture before we started the race with our charity T-shirts on. 

 Look how happy we are! Soon not to be... The race was the largest race I've run to date, almost 1000 people of all ages and sizes turned up. The atmosphere was fantastic, loads of people had lined up along the side of the road to cheer on the racers. There were also people dressed up in some pretty awesome costumes too to keep a smile on your face as you're on your way around. The race itself was up and down a road that loops around just near the Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. I was lucky with my timing of my halfway point loop because I got to see people on the roller coaster experience the plunge - it must have been a wicked sight to see all those runners at the top!

Preston Chernobyl 10K - 14th August 2011 (My First 10K)

I wanted to use this blog as a record of everything weight loss related in my life. One of my biggest achievements during my weight loss journey was entering a 10K race when I began to take exercise seriously. Yup, I skipped the 5K and went straight for the 10. I wrote this post on my first weight loss blog but I wanted to move it here. Here is my account of the day:

Time of 1:11:20 (11:28 min/mi)
I feel happy (and sore) and want to scream from the rooftops that I completed my first ever 10k race!
There were about 200 contestants and let me tell you - these guys were not fucking around! I think I was one of the few who just looked like average every day people (and one of the few overweight people too). The rest were all part of running clubs, looked very much in shape and it was very intimidating. The track itself was rural which was nice, had good scenery to distract me. There were some challenging parts of it, including a few steep hills both up and down. When we started people went sprinting off and I felt very awkward just taking my time and jogging the first 2 miles. I was actually last for a lot of the race. The route was a loop, and there was a point where it crossed back on itself. Just past the 2 mile mark and heading up the rear I crossed with a guy who was in the lead heading BACK. He was so so fast it was crazy!
When I hit the 3 mile mark I felt like giving up - I felt a bit disheartened that I was in last and I just started to feel really sick and tired. But I quickly slapped myself metaphorically speaking - I didn’t want to give up on something I had been training 7 weeks for, I didn’t want admit defeat to my family who had come to support me and I didn’t want to come crawling onto the message board saying that I failed. So I took that little cup of water from the 3 mile water lady, I drank 10% of it and spilt 90% of it over myself and persisted through! I managed to come in
2nd to last with a time of 1:11:20 (on my watch, might be a bit different to the officials). On my way in a lot of the runners who had finished were applauding me and encouraging me to the finish line - which I thought was super awesome. I got my medal which I was over the moon about, I thought I might have got a t-shirt but wearing a medal just felt amazing!
I’m not too disheartened about the position I came in, because 90% of the contestants were serious runners and considering I did 5 miles during my training in 1 hour 9 minutes I’m proud of the time I did it in. Also, what really mattered to me was that I didn’t give up, even though I was seriously considering it, and I pushed through to finish what I had started. Now time to train for that half marathon! =D My Mum took a few pictures on her camera, but I took a picture of me with my medal. Happy times! 

Almost 3 years later and I'm still as proud as I was on the day that I completed this race. I look back and laugh at the fact that I was second to last, but then I recall the faces of all the finished contestants stopping to cheer me on. I remember I almost cried with happiness, I'm sure I had a huge grin plastered on my face as I sped up to cross the finish line. It was one of the proudest moments of my life. Most of the official people were clearing up, almost all of the people who were there to support were gone - but my family stuck around to show their support. They were all so happy of me and laughed at the fact that I was so far behind everyone! There was a woman there who kept saying "I didn't finish it" and being really hard on herself, I secretly felt elated that I wasn't in her position because I very well could have been.  I was on a runners high when I finished and jumped straight into half marathon training. It lasted about 3 weeks before I gave up. The weather was getting worse and I found it difficult to motivate myself to run the long distances on the roads (my usual scenic route was too muddy to run). I began Insanity training and lost 15 lbs with it, before returning to my love of running for a second 10K. 

At the time of finishing the race I was 177 lbs, I had lost 5 lbs in the 7 weeks I had been training. My diet wasn't perfect, it still is something I struggle with, but being in the 170's meant I was no longer obese. Click here to read about my second 10K, did I beat my time?

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