I have a very good reason for not posting my weekly Monday Weigh-In results...I didn't weigh myself! And I had a very nice post in mind about some awesome weekend happenings...but didn't get to it.
So...today you get two-posts-in-one!
First - the reason for no update yesterday is I went for a morning run. I don't get to take those much, but because of a doctor appointment for Ruth I didn't have to be at work so early. :-) And I took advantage of the situation! (I much prefer running in 75 versus 105!) It was a 3-miler, which was GREAT! In a running magazine I was recently given it talked about having a purpose for each run. Saturday my purpose was to build my speed...so I attempted to keep my speed in a target range (11-12 min pace). This resulted in fatigue and walking periods. (Turns out - just a single 1 minute walking break...I ran slower as well outside of that.) Monday my goal was endurance...so I made sure I ran at least at a 13:30 pace or faster. I gave myself a point where I could walk that was further than I had ever gone before (2.5 miles). But when I got there I found running a little slower then speeding up was just as effective.
Turned out I ran the entire thing - which was HUGE for me. And my mile breakouts turned out to be pretty great too.
Mile 1: 13:21
Mile 2: 13:08
Mile 3: 13:04
It was awesome! I was especially proud of mile 1 because my legs would not go for what seemed like forever. I had some pain in my right hip and left knee. I felt like an old lady. ;-) (I need new shoes...I'm fairly certain that is the root cause of the pain.) The pain eventually worked itself out and I was able to go go go.
Total run time: 40:06. Not a record, but only a minute slower than my record. Not too shabby.
So all that to say - I didn't have time to weigh myself. I was too busy. ;-)
I did weigh myself this morning. I honestly did not care what the numbers were. I was already flying high due to a wonderful shopping trip I had this past weekend. Last week - by an act of God I was walking around without my pants falling down. They barely rested on my hips and required me to pull them up quite regularly. I originally had wanted to wait until Christmas (I'm cheap), but in the interest of public safety I thought it best I go ahead and invest in some new clothes. Sunday I received a 20% off coupon for 1 day at JC Penney's. Off I went!
I'm going to share some sizes - just to give you the gravity of where I'm coming from. Before I became pregnant with Rebekah I wore a size 24. (YIKES!) Post pregnancy, I was down to a size 22. After Peter I lost some more weight and was down to a size 20. I wore these same jeans for quite some time...well, until this past weekend. ;-) Minus a few months where I was pregnant with Ruth.
Earlier in the summer I had bought some capris - two pair. One I wear for running and another is a khaki type I wear on weekends. The khaki's have a tendency to fall off and are size 18. So I had an inkling I might be a size smaller. What shocked me was when I tried on the 14's and the 16's at the store and found that the 14's fit great. (And btw - jean shopping has become highly complicated? I'm sure the sales lady had a deer in the headlight look when she asked me what type of rise I wanted! Thankfully she was highly helpful!) So I walked out of the store with jeans 3 sizes smaller than I what I wore into the store. Amazing. And what a WONDERFUL feeling! I also bought a pair of khaki's ($10, how can I pass 'em up?) and 7 shirts (also smaller). I still have some clothes to purchase, and I've lost weight in every single area of my body. Have I mentioned I had to purchase new underwear last week?
I had a total blast on that shopping trip by the way! I took Rebekah with me and felt a little like Pretty Woman - without the rude sales lady of course! She had fun too and even gave me fashion advice. Yes. I took it. I figure 5 yo fashion advice from a little girl who cares has got to be better than anything I can come up with. ;-)
So when it came to scale time, I didn't really care. Let's be honest. I was just so happy about the size differences! And I wasn't particularly good last week. I ate out 3 times and on Friday I had Froyo twice. In one day. It just sorta worked out that way. So I did not have high expectations either!
Total lost from my heaviest: 91 lbs
Total lost since Feb*: 24 lbs
Weight lost in the last week: - 2 lbs
Weight left to loose: 19 lbs
Well - I've turned that corner! I have less than 20 lbs to loose! It feels great! In honor of this milestone, I hope to post some pictures showing the differences. We'll see if I get time...I have to scan a few pictures in. :-P
For the book contest...see? TWO READERS! ;-) Janette - I'll give ya the book Sunday and we'll let Lisa have it at Thanksgiving. Sound good? We'll chat!
Oh wait...I have one more piece of news. I have entered to run in the Prairie Fire Mayor's 5K race. I know folks who are running the marathon and half-marathon...but NO ONE who is running the 5K. :-) (ah hem) Hopefully someone will join me. But if not! I'll be there with a smile on my face and a hop in my step. It'll be GREAT! My goal? Well - if I'm running by myself it will be to run the 5K in 36 minutes or less. If anyone joins me - it will be to have fun and enjoy the companionship. :-)
I'm hoping to do at least one other race this fall...I'm just not sure which one yet. I may just end up doing two!
*Feb is when I began working on finishing loosing this weight. I had paused this effort when I became pregnant with Ruth last year. Loosing weight while pregnant is not advised.