Breakfast: Sugar Free
That darn Biggest Loser got me feeling all inspired like I could take on the world. I'm talking about the episode where the final four ran/walked a marathon. I know everyone was thinking, "Well, hell, if Ron can do it, I can do it!" *raising my hand* That was me. I was so close to signing up to walk a half marathon in December. I had it all up on the screen and all I had to do was push the "submit" button. And then reality slapped me in the face.
I haven't been training as hard as the BL guys. I still weigh over 200 pounds. (there, I said it. Tired of trying to keep my weight a secret) I don't know anything about keeping energy up and other strategies of completing a grueling task like a marathon or half marathon.
Did that stop me from trying yesterday? Nope! I laced up the Asics, made my own little water station (ok, I just stashed some ice water on the front porch), planned my route and took off walking with my music going. Not bad. I did my first 3 miles no problem. Then the heat started to hit me. You see, the super genius that I am, I decided to do this during the heat of the day: 12:15. During the heat of the day in Texas, no less.
The last 4.2 miles were pretty hard. I had to concentrate on each step while the sweat literally dripped off onto the pavement. I had to take 3 breaks on benches for 1 minute each. I stopped by a house for sale and used their water hose to refill my water bottle.
At 2:30 (2 hours 15 minutes later if you are counting) I finished my Quarter Marathon: 7.2 miles. It's a little over a quarter actually. I was so tired and I can't even describe. The bottoms of my feet ached. I was soaked with sweat. But on a positive side I earned 9 activity points! Plus at my pace I could have walked the Dallas half marathon coming up in December and finished.
I don't think I'm ready for a half marathon just yet and hats off to the Biggest Loser contestants for completing a marathon. I can appreciate it even more after only doing 1/4th of what they did. But I still want to do a half marathon. Not sure if I'll ever be able to do a full one. That's a daunting undertaking.
After cooling off and getting cleaned up I had a light lunch of Greek blueberry yogurt and golden raspberries. (3 pts) So delicious.
Then it was time to get ready for Weight Watchers meeting. I haven't been in a couple of weeks but I had been weighing at home. Though I had reached my 10% goal at home, I had not reached it at WW yet. Does that make sense? So I weighed in and there was my loss for my 10% and the 25 pound goal. Yeah!!!!! But from when I weighed at home last week I was only down .4 pounds. Not a lot but I thought I was going to gain. I think I was holding some major fluid from all of the water I drank during and after my mini marathon. Not smart to do before a weigh in.
So official weigh in results (official because it's on a WW scale and I get a sticker): down .4 pounds from last week for a total of 26.4 pounds gone in 13 weeks.
During the meeting I got my beautiful 10% key chain. It couldn't be more lovely if it were encrusted with diamonds (though it would be worth a lot more money!). Just look at it. This key chain represent so much to me. It means I finally took control and started to lose this weight. It means that I am helping my family lose weight and get in shape. It just means so much to me. And that's why it will probably always stay protected in its little box. I just love it!
I've been reading Finally Thin by Kin Bensen. It's a pretty good book. Contains a lot of stuff you probably already know but it has a lot of encouragement which never gets old. You see, Kim lost 212 pounds on Weight Watchers and has kept it off. She is now a Weight Watcher leader and has a great web site with all kinds of recipes, helpful tools (like figuring your BMR, BMI, how much water you need, and lots of cheat sheets) and bagels for sale.
Dessert: piece of crystallized ginger chocolate (1 pt)
TOMORROW is the drawing for the "Sweet Success" Giveaway! I'll draw at 9:30 am and let you all know the winner. You still have time to enter to win the package of sweetness.
Tomorrow is also the day that Rachel and I do a mother/daughter day at the spa for a Mother's Day treat. And that evening we're all going paddling with some friends under the moonlight. Can't wait!
Hope y'all have a great day! :)
Activity: 7.2 miles +9 pts