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I have been a stay at home mom for the last 5 years. I love being with my children and feel so blessed and lucky to have the opportunity to do so, but I often get lost in the shuffle of it all. I have tried to lose weight and get in shape many times in my life, with varying degrees of success. It has seemed especially hard since having kids. So, I've decided to sliver out a little piece of time for myself to get back in shape and get back to feeling good about myself. I am hoping that this blog will help me find an outlet to talk about my experiences and find a community of people who have similar goals. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Week 3, Day 1 - and a little about "the number"

My husband will be reading this, so I won't say too much on the subject, but our alarm went off this morning at the same exact time that both children woke up and there was a new sense of motivation that came with watching him get up and tend to the kids while I dressed and readied myself for the big run!  This was needed, as I was stuck in a bit of dread about the start of week 3...

I was ready though, had my week 3 podcast all queued up, stretched and was off.  I had what I hoped was a relatively dog-free route planned (since I hadn't gotten my mace yet) and I found that being out on the road a bit later than normal, there were many more joggers on the road.  I love the knowing nod that you give one another as you pass by.  The one that silently aknowledges that, "we kick ass!"  My first 90 second interval went well and I even felt ready to run again when the time came.  The next run, 3 long minutes worth, was actually not too bad.  No lie, I was very happy when Mia told me to slow it down and was equally happy to hear that even she was dreading this run.  Before I knew it, even though it was 3 minutes of walking, it was time to run 90 more seconds.  They weren't the quickest 90 seconds ever, that would be saved for the next 90 seconds of walking.  I felt like I had barely caught my breath when my next 3 minutes of running began.  This one seemed long.  Mia kept coming on to be encouraging.  After ninety seconds, she said, "You're half-way there!"  What the EFFFF?  Only half way there?  I felt like I had been running for way longer than 90 seconds.  But it came to an end and I was ever so greatful to walk for 3 more minutes.  The last interval was difficult, and even though Mia was encouraging me to push it hard, I was not able to push it beyond a slow jog.  That's OK though, I made it!  I did it!  I was so relieved to have some time to walk and breath, and listen to my book.   It is a very gratifying part of the experience.

When I got home, I had to jump back into action to get me and my family ready for some morning plans we had.  I got the shower started and decided to jump on the scale and see how I was doing.  I've been eating really well since starting this program and have all but cut out deserts and unnecessary snacking.  So, naked and without any food in my body, I stepped on and took in the new number:  178.  3 1/2 pounds down from the beginning of the month.  I know that's good, especially since I know I am building muscle right now.  The reality is that the number doesn't really reflect the real changes I can see for myself, that I can feel when I button my pants.  That is why my goals didn't include any specific new number...I knew that as I got back into shape the number wouldn't spiral downward very quickly.  Still, can't help but wish that I'd been more pleasantly surprised.  it is what it is though and I still feel good about myself.  Actually, I feel great.  I was afraid of this workout I had to take on today, but I conquered it.  I didn't give up and because of that, I grow ever confidant that no matter what the challenge before me, I CAN DO IT!


  1. SO glad you are a day ahead of me in the program and I can see how the new week goes with you before I jump in! I feel like I can now know what to expect, haha. and YAY YOU DID IT! It feels so great doesn't it? Ah. Can't wait for tomorrow now to give Week 3 a whirl.

    My weight hasn't been dropping down either, which I KNEW it wouldn't because I had basically NO muscle in my body before starting to run, haha. But I know it can feel a little disappointing, even if you have prepped yourself to know it isn't going to happen right away. We will get there, and until then, we just have to focus on how GREAT we are feeling!

  2. Great work Theresa!!! Way to hang in there even when you didn't want to. Keep it up, it DOES get better. Just focus on how great you feel when you're done for the day. And great work on cutting out the sweets and snacking too. That in and of itself should really make a difference for you! You rock!!

  3. W3D1 completed, and you were totally right about the last 3 minute run. I was afraid it would never end, haha. But we made it!

  4. Well done on the 3 minute run and the weight loss! Don't worry about speed yet we're all still working on stamina and getting our bodies used to this running lark.

  5. congrats!!! i started a couple of weeks before and did wk 5 day 1 this morning...and was dreading it. fell asleep dreading it...and you know what?! it was sooooo great. the 3 5 min. runs each felt better than the last.
    amazing what our minds can do to defeat us.
    keep up the great work.

  6. Take your measurements before you get too far into the program. Like you said, the scale will not accurately reflect all the changes going on in your body. I've been on WW since Jan and actually lose more weight more steadily when I don't workout as much. BUT my body measurements change faster when I'm working out. The scale lies. The tape measure is way more honest. ;D

  7. W3D1 was TORTURE for me! So, I meant to do W2D3 another time today after my run the other day. I forgot this morning. Started W3D1 on my iPhone app. Timed it ALL wrong because I was thinking I was doing the other week. Got all the way down the end of the long decline road when the second run started. It was all an incline. 1 min in the app said "2 min left to your run". I was like WHAT?!?!? It was incline the ENTIRE 3 minutes and I was about DEAD. My husband later asked why after 90 sec did I not just turn around and do the decline. I never thought of that!

    Hoping I can do it again in 2 days, planning a better route.