Sunday, June 20, 2010

A new milestone (Jennifer)

Even though I went to the gym 5 times last week I decided to hop on the treadmill last night since my husband was down there working out.  Plus it was so much cooler down there.  I have been counting calories and although I am usually pretty close to 1200 I went over by 300 or so on Friday night when we had company.  But no guilt really.  They brought the makings for smores... and they were so yummy.  I had two but in my opinion two is better than like the 4 or 5 I probably would have had in the past.  I felt very in control of my eating!  Anyway....I got on the treadmill last night aiming to do my new 2 mile run that I am now excitedly capable of.  I got to two miles and decided to push myself a bit more since I seemed to be doing okay.  I ran 2.5 miles last night for the first time ever.  I am so proud of my accomplishment.  My next goal is to do a 5K and that is probably going to be happening in the fall when we work out the specifics.  I am excited.  And when I was done jogging I had this energy.  I didnt want to turn the IPOD off.  I wanted to dance and sing.  FYI:  I didnt...for too long anyway.  I loved being all sweaty and felt like I just accomplished a marathon.  haha.

I went online and looked up the benefits of running and I was happy with what I saw.  There are so many benefits : weight loss(or maintenance if not overweight), healthy lungs and heart, stronger muscles, better mood, treatment for depression and even addictions of all sorts, etc.  Apparently after a jog your body releases endorphins which explains the whole "I feel like a rockstar" feeling when I am done  :)  I only looked it up because Teresa and I were talking the  other day and she said lots of her friends are addicted to running.  She said they pretty much eat what they want but run.  So I wanted to know why other people think running is so great.  I found the article pretty interesting actuaIly.  It is quite a 180 for me to go from HATING exercise and sweating to enjoying running which in my opinion is higher intensity exercise! 

Today's reason for losing weight:
*I have now decided that when I reach the 80 pound weight loss that I will contact the breast surgeon for a reduction.  I have begun my research and have a pretty good idea who I would like to go to.  But I just want to make sure that I get down to a weight that I am comfortable with before I make that change.  I am down 61 lbs as of now so 19 more to go!!! 

Today I am thankful for: 
*my dad.  Although we bumped heads a lot during my teenage years, I realize now that I am a parent that he really did have my best interests in mind.  I dread when my girls become teenagers and think they know it all like I did  :( 


Karen said...

Teenagers do know it all (NOT). They think their parents don't know anything. Funny how you realize later in life that your parents were just looking out for you and not trying to be mean. Oh and F.Y.I-it starts earlier these days...try 10 years old-haha!!

Congrats on running 2.5 miles. That is great. Is running on a treadmill easier or harder than running on the road?

Keep up the good work. :)

dawne said...

Congrats on 60+ pounds gone!

Running is addictive! I'm so glad that have discovered the amazing benefits of a good run. There is a great book called "Running for Woman", by Claire Kowalichik. It's an amazing motivator and resource.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I have lost a lot of weight but it hasn't been because of exercise. I am TRYING to stay on the exercise because I keep hearing about becoming addicted and how awesome you feel but I'm just not getting it. I loathe it. But I have to do it. I so hope you are able to tell me "I told you so" someday!

Congrats on the 60+ lbs. You must feel awesome!

Sue said...

Wow, I finally caught up on your blogging...since we haven't really talked in quite a while I found out everything that has been going on. It sounds like you have finally found YOU! I love you and am proud. Love, mom

Laura said...

I'm the same as Debbi. I still don't like to exercise. Maybe when I'm a little thinner, I'll like it more. I'd really like to do a 5k someday running.

You're doing so awesome! Great job! I have gotten that runner's high once or twice after I do the C25k, but I haven't been able to do that for awhile. (You'll be glad to know that with tonight's exercise class, I'm up to 4 times this week. LOL, thanks!)

Jennifer said...

Karen- running on the road vs the treadmill can be different. On the treadmill you are running a constant speed and incline. On the road (at least my road) there are dips and valleys and so on and your speed can vary. To me, I dont really care about speed as long as I accomplish the distance. You are always welcome to come join me. We could start out slow and before you know it you will be a jogging queen. I had no idea I was capable and I know you are too!!!

Debbi-I did not really enjoy exercising until the jogging part and I am pretty sure that is because the jogging is really what helped my indurance. Exercising when you dont feel like you have to stop because you cant breathe (like i used to feel) is a whole different ball game! I never thought I would be capable of this.

Laura-yaay! I was thinking about you the past few days wondering if you were exercising and maybe even cursing me out while doing so! hehe. But great job with your 4 times this week. I saw you posted so I am going to go check it out and see how you have done. I cant wait to see what the scale shows for you this week!!! Keep it up girl. And if you want to do a 5K then I say do it. Walk it and prepare for that. I cant wait to do one. Too bad we didnt live closer :(