Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I am NAILING IT. Wait... Doing well. I'm doing really well.

So I've been dieting for a while now and the deal is that while I'm feeling pretty awesome, (imagine me waggling my fanny at you right now) I'm not even losing that much weight. I thought I'd give you a quick update  - not that you care, and that's cool - because it keeps me honest and it lets you know I haven't quit. So here's where I'm at:

I've finished a couple of weeks of the Couch to 5K program and you guys, it's not even that hard. And I'm totally out of shape. Or I was. Because last week I ran for ten minutes in a row like a total boss. I was red-faced and sweaty and may have looked like I was stroking out a little bit on the treadmill.  And when I got to the 10 minute mark, I threw up my hands Rocky-style and then I almost fell down but I didn't fall down because I am a champion. While I get that running for 10 minutes is a really small thing, it's also a really big thing. And seriously, if I can do it than literally anyone can. It made me feel like this:


Nailed It

Why was I running? Because I signed up for Zombie 5K at the end of October and to my total surprise 14 of my friends are going to do it with me. We are going to run and be chased by zombies and then pound free beer in a tent with all of the younger cooler other runners. I'm so excited that I'm making them shirts that will look like this:


So I'm training and eating right and hell yeah! But like I said, I'm not really losing any weight. And to my great surprise, instead of being frustrated by this - I don't really care. OK, it's a little bit surprising and annoying that weight isn't coming off right now but honestly? I don't want to go back to not caring and not paying attention. Also, I have faith that eventually it will happen because I know I'm doing the right stuff. I really don't miss feeling crappy about how I was taking care of myself. It's sort of like this:



So I feel good. Also, I mentioned on FB to you guys that all the working out was making me lumberjack hungry and one of you was like "eat lots of protein and that will stop". Yeah, you were totally right. Thank you for that reminder. Also, thanks to my shitty PCOS diagnosis, losing weight and busting through plateaus means laying off the carbs and anything sweet. Usually, this is torture but right now it's not. Also wine, which totally sucks ranchballs but is still OK.

Wish me luck, hookers! Imma keep on going and giving myself lots of high fives! I really want to thank you for making me feel so good about this and for all your amazing advice. Imagine me giving you a meaningful glance as I thank you, and it lasting a few seconds too long, and getting kind of awkward. Except I don't stop because I really mean it. That's what's happening between us right now.

xo, Lydia

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40 comments:

  1. Where did the guru school bus post go???? It was so funny I actually peed a little from laughing!!!

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    1. It accidentally got published early last week w/o being proofed but it goes up again tomorrow! Sorry! I'm a jackass!

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  2. Yeah, YOU! Now, stop weighing yourself. Because, if you are eating well and exercising, the number doesn't really matter. GOOD LUCK!!!

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  3. Lydia, you might not be losing pounds, but I'll bet you're losing inches. If you're exercising and eating healthy, that's a huge step. Congratulations on your hard work. You're going to rock those zombies!

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  4. Running 10 minutes is actually a big deal, its a mile or almost for Christ sake! I remember when I got to 10 minutes I felt like I should have been received by a marching band and girls twirling batons. Keep up the great work!

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  5. Gahd I would love to do a zombie race!! Well done you! I have also been doing the "healthy lifestyle" thing and the weight is taking its sweet time dropping off! Xx

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  6. YAY to YOU!!! Keep it up!!!

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  7. Keep up the good work!!! You're doing awesome! Running 10 minutes is totally boss. And even if the scale isn't moving, feeling AWESOME about yourself is worth the effort. I've been losing some weight/inches and gaining more confidence. My hubby really likes how feisty I've been lately (if ya know what I mean). ;)
    Btw, don't let the zombies catch you. I hear they have germs.

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  8. I am so glad you posted this. I needed to hear this myself. I'm not training for anything, but for 3 weeks I've been exercising 6 days a week, eating right (thank you My Fitness Pal for keeping me honest), and I've not lost an ever-loving pound. But, I feel better so that must mean I'm getting healthier. And that's the important part, right? Right?!

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  9. Lydia, I want to recommend trying some protein powder to help with getting enough protein each day. A lot of them are pretty icky, but I found one that's actually tolerable. It's Unjury brand protein powder. You have to order it from the company, unjury.com , but the unflavored is actually bearable. I mix it with a strong flavored Crystal Lite like fruit punch, and add lots of ice, because warm protein powder is icky. One serving a day really, really helps me.

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    1. We use Muscle Milk protein powder, Cake batter flavor, in our pancakes.

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  10. I did Couch to 5K and now I love running! I had to incorporate some interval training (I got the Biggest Loser DVD and do it) in addition and saw more weight loss that way. No matter what it's awesome you're sticking to it because it is NOT easy. You're also setting a great example for the kids and that is always a plus.

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  11. Way to go - 10 minutes is awesomesauce! I am right there with you - eating right, excercising, and not losing an ounce :-( But that's OK. We are doing the right things!

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  12. 10 minutes of solid running is a BFD - Big Freaking Deal. Believe me. I'm not there yet, so I KNOW. I've been really working it since January, and while my mile pace has gone from 21 minutes to 14.5 minutes, I still can't run for 10 minutes at a time. So this is me, give you a fist bump, high five, and gold star all at once! Go girl!

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  13. I also have PCOS and started working with a doctor a month and a half ago to get healthy. I have over 120 lbs to lose and I am 12 lbs down in a month and a half because yup...I had cut out the carbs. I eat over 60g of protein at minimum a day and eat no more than 30g of carbs per day...that means most fruit is out too. The doctor said that with PCOS, we have to look at any carbs as someone with a nut allergy would look at nuts as far as what damage it can do to our body. No such thing as a good carb for us. So I am working hard at it. More AWESOME than the number on the scale is the 6+ inches around my middle that disappeared. I feel great. And slow but sure will win the race. So keep it up...I am going to start the Couch to 5K program as well. Thanks for being so inspiring. And freak'n hysterical. :) Love reading your blog. OH and red wine has only 4 carbs just in case you were curious. Not that you are...but maybe.

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  14. Once your 5K is done, you may want to try some lower-impact exercise like cycling. Running can be really hard on the joints (that's what she said) of us older adult-onset athletes. There are lots of ways to burn calories without all the pounding (OK I will stop now).

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  15. Lydia, you may not be losing pounds because you are gaining muscle! Keep it up! Lean muscle mass will help you loose the weight you don't want. By the way, LOVE the t-shirt design. :)

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  16. Congrats, you are so so awesome! I love Couch to 5k, it changed my life and I know so many people who can say the same. I did it starting in December 2011 and in October 2012 I ran my first half marathon. My second was in June 2013. I ran them SLOW, but that's not the point. Keep it up, you are doing great!!

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  17. LYDIA you are killing it! Go Lydia go! Also, can I buy one of those shirts? They are awesome.

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  18. Something to remember...you might not be losing weight but you might be losing inches which is cool. If that's what's happening then you're making muscle which is denser than fat...but is good because muscle is more efficient at burning fat.

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  19. I would love to high five you right now. Great job!! As long as you feel better, you are succeeding!! Now I need to get off my butt and get back in shape.

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  20. I am so sucking at staying away from carbs and sweets! I had a baby 4 months ago and those cravings I've gave into are still there...and I still give into them! GWARG! Maybe you being awesome will help me be awesome too :)

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  21. I didn't start running until my middle one was born. I was the kid that couldn't finish that mile in high school. That first 10 minutes? That is HUGE! After that it gets easier.... for a while. Until you hit your next mark. That will probably be 3 miles. Or maybe 5. But just a warning.... that running thing can be an addictive love/hate relationship. I have spent many weekends this summer grumbling about running.... because I signed up for a fall marathon. Yeah, a marathon. 26 miles. When just 15 years ago I ran my first mile without stopping. So be very very careful :)

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  22. Congrats on meeting your goal! I love your blog. I may be just a step-parent, but I can relate to your life. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. As a stepkid myself, please- "just a step-parent" is waaaay undercutting your role in that child's life!

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  23. Preach it! This is a huge theme on my blog! Plateaus happen. They're part of the process. It's how you respond to them that determines your success! From one suck-ass PCOSer to another...I totally get it! Keep up the good work! It IS paying off! www.imperfectlife.net

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  24. Keep up the GREAT work!! I started the Couch to 5K in January and now I have my first 1/2 marathon in October..

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  25. Muscle weighs more than fat. So if you're staying the same weight while exercising and eating healthy, then you're gaining muscle, bur also burning fat. Better to judge by how your clothes fit than weight.

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  26. Even if you aren't losing weight or inches or whatever - you ARE taking care of yourself and making your heart and body healthier. You are guarenteeing to be around a lot longer for those 3 little people who depend on you and that is worth more than any dress size or number on a scale. Keep at it - we're all proud of you.

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  27. PLEASE PLEASE make those shirts available for purchase!!!

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  28. High five Lydia! Thanks for the update it is encouraging and motivating to hear you are sticking with it and enjoying the lifestyle changes! Go you!

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  29. So - Good for you. I'm totally in your 4 mo ago state of mind right now. I know, I need to do something about it. Ok, I'm back now...with my new best friend Baby Ruth...

    But seriously, 10 min of running is HUGE! I've run two full and four 1/2 marathons, 10 minutes at a time! I run for 10 minutes, then walk 2 minutes, run 10, walk 2. And you are totally losing inches. When I trained for my first marathon I think I only lost like 4 lbs...but looked about 20 lbs lighter. In my experience, you've conquered the largest hurtle...starting. Way to go!

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  30. Way to go! The C25K got me started a few years ago, and I ended up running a half marathon 6 months later. Now I just need to find the time and motivation to start it again!

    Oh, and I TOTALLY want one of those shirts! I would run a zombie race just for that shirt!

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  31. I volunteer to be your designated wine drinker for awhile. Don't worry, I got this shit!! Onward.

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  32. You are getting healthier which is awesome. Keep in mind that your fat will store toxins and if your body is using all your water to replace what you are sweating out, then that water cannot flush out those toxins and could slow down weight loss. Moral of the story make sure you are getting enough water (pretty sure I have turned into my mother.) If you are feeling better you know your body is working better than it was before and that is AWESOME!

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  33. You must have read Running for Mortals! I am preggo now, and had to give up my walk run, but I cannot wait to get back to it. Just the routine helps with body image, doesn't it? Love!

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  34. I did couch to 5K 4.5 years ago and it changed my life. I'm running my first marathon in 18 days! Gulp! Changed my kids' lives too - they are my hugest fans and my son has run some 5Ks with me. First 10 minutes straight through is a HUGE deal. Congrats! Things just get better from here on out.

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