Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 171

Well, both last week and this week I weighed in at about the same weight - 317 or 318, depending on how much I lean forward on the scale (c'mon, I'm not the only one who does that, right?!) Maintaining is better than gaining...but I have renewed determination to move that needle down down down.

So...the BIG accomplishment for the day (week! month, even!!) is that I got up this morning at 6:00 and went for a walk!! Sounds so simple and stupid when I write it, but really, this is HUGE for me. I've realized that this is truly the only time I will ever be able to get some exercise in - I'm just too tired at night, and while I can push myself to take walks at lunchtime, it's now regularly hitting the high 80s here in the middle of the day, and I just don't always push myself to get away from the computer like I should. So, I need to start streamlining my routine better - it took me nearly 20 minutes to get out of bed, , find clothes to wear, get dressed and out the door, and I know to keep this up that'll need to become much easier. But it was a LOVELY morning for a walk - nice breeze, not too hot. I went about 35 minutes, 1.6 miles or so. And I even started by tackling a HUGE hill by the house, and then went downhill from there.

The motivator right now is that I'm signed up to do the Komen 5K Breast Cancer walk this Saturday morning. On Saturday night I walked around my in-laws' complex - flat flat ground in a big circle - I did four laps and logged about 2.2 miles. The walk will be 3.1 miles, so I know that if I had to do it tomorrow I could finish, but I'd be a hurt puppy the next day. I don't know that I'll have time between now and then to do a full 3 miles, but if I walk at least 30-45 minutes each day, that will help a lot, I would think. I'm going to be SLOW SLOW SLOW though - I did my 2.2 miles in about an hour; how slow can you walk before they pull you off the course?? (Shelley, my friend who works at Komen, are you reading this??) But I have great new walking shoes, cool (pink!) socks, and I am determined to do this!

(A shout out to my friend Erica, who reads this blog, who just did a half-marathon in Boston! Great work, mama!! You're an inspiration!!)


  1. Congrats on your walk this morning! I think its really important we identify what works for us in regard to everything, but especially incorporating exercise! Happy JUNE :)

  2. Yes, I am reading! I am so proud of you for getting up and walking this morning. It is important to find what works for you, and as hard as it is to get up in the morning, it's often the best/only option. And in the summer, it doesn't cool down enough in the evenings anyway. It gets easier, and when you're in a routine you can get up and going faster. I will verify with my colleagues who handle logistics for the race, but I don't think there's any problem with your time. Looks like you would be on track to finish in 1.5 hours or less, and the course should be open. Don't worry about walking slow - at least you are doing it! I am proud of you and wish I could be there to walk with you. I will be there in spirit! Go Jenn!!

  3. Good luck with the walk, Jen! Don't worry about being slow...I had the same fears when I started and still do! With events such as those run through Komen, they have incredible support for all walkers/runners. If the family wasn't coming to visit me, I'd definitely be up there with you!