Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weigh-in no. 9 (-2.6)

Week 9 weigh-in time.....

Weigh in no. 9 (-2.6)

Last week: 312.0
This week: 309.4      
Loss of         - 2.6
Total Loss     -17.6

The countdown to being out of the 300s continues.  Mary at the blog "a small loss" has inspired me to be thinking of what I want to do to officially say goodbye and close the books on the the big 3.  We'll see what I figure out.

I worked out 3.5 times this week (I say .5 because the induction day at the gym on Monday wasn't a full workout....just 15 minutes or so), so I know that's what gotten the numbers to moving again.  

I'm still set on achieving my mini-goal of getting into the 200s by the first week in November (by weigh-in no. 13 on 7 Nov).  If I can do it earlier, that'd be great.  And I'm still working toward the goal of getting to 286 by the end of the year (which would be a loss of 41 lbs total - 23.4 lbs more in 13 weeks = loss of 1.8 per week).  It's all do-able.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I had some disappointment with my induction at the gym.  Kenny the gym guy practically begged me to not run, saying I was going to injure myself.  That kind of put a damper on things - do I heed his advice, trusting his professional opinion, or do I ignore it and go with what feels right to me and what I want to do?  In the end, he doesn't know me or my capabilities.  He just sees a fat woman saying she wants to exercise.  

I decided on a bit of a compromise.  While he's there, I'll honor his request and I won't run; I'll do the program he gave me which is all cardio but on the treadmill, recumbent and upright bikes, rowing machine and the accursed elliptical (I swear - I hate that damn thing - it's the only machine that makes me feel defeated).  But on the days he's not there or if I have time to go to the park on the weekends, I'll run.  And in a couple weeks, I'll ask him to put together a program on the weight machines for me as well.

So it might take me longer to get through the C25K program than I had hoped for, but maybe taking it slower than I had already decided I'd do will be a good thing - maybe it'll prevent the injuries he's worried about.  

But I already feel an improvement when I run.  Technically I'm still on the Week 1 routine (run 60 seconds, walk 90 seconds for 8 intervals), but the time I did it on Thursday didn't kick my butt like last time.  I could have done more, despite the conversations between Fat Jayme and Fit Jayme still happening in my head.  I'll be glad when those stop.  It's annoying.

So maybe it's time to take it up a notch and move on to Week 2 (run 90 seconds, walk 2 minutes).  I think I'll give myself one more go on Week 1, make sure I can do it well, and then move on and see how I do.  So hopefully by next week's post, I will be in Week 2.

In other news.....

My new schedule prioritizing time for research and exercise went pretty well this past week.  There were a couple hiccups and some adjustments I'll make to the schedule, but for the most part, I stuck to it pretty well and 1) finished up reading and getting notes from 3 books and did some document maintenance and structuring and 2) worked out more than I have done in previous weeks.  I don't feel like I'm all over the place; I feel like I'm pretty focused in each place I am to be at that moment (i.e. work, at my research desk, the gym, at home, etc.).  So that's an improvement.  It helps me concentrate, which is helpful for productivity.  I don't feel so overwhelmed anymore.

So all in all, things continue to progress.  Everyone's been super-supportive, which has been a huge asset to this journey!  So thanks!

And don't forget that I have a $35 giftcard to give away!  So get your entries in by 22 October!


  1. love, love your success in each of these areas! you're amazing! i'll be making a "team jayme" shirt soon!

  2. You are doing so well, so don't let this change-up discourage you.

    I would say, however, that I started running when I weighed 242 lbs, and didn't get any injuries till I way uped the distance (10+miles), even though I was 50 lbs. I really don't think the injury issue is due to weight, but to pushing your body too hard. Your bones need time to adjust to the additional impact (as far as I understand, they get denser), but you seem to be taking it really slow (in a good way!), so I personally wouldn't be so worried. And on a similar note, you absolutely need to be doing weight training--your joints need the extra support of the muscle and your metabolism deserves the kick in the pants that increasing muscle will give it.

    For me, running was what really made me appreciate my body--I could always kick some butt on the elliptical, but that was just doing time--running let me feel like I was winning something. If you haven't found it already, I'd really recommend The magazine is really expensive outside of the US, but the website still has really helpful articles and guides for all levels, and there's a really good community going.

    I'm definitely not a professional, but my gut says that if you're listening to your body and respecting what it's telling you, and you really enjoy running, then keep it up :) BTW, you've inspired me to get my mileage back up. Keep it up!