Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weight Loss Results: Week 64

• FOOD • 
 Not much to share about my food choices. It's pretty much the same as it has been the last year. Except, 3 days a week I make a protein/fruit smoothie for breakfast as opposed to having Atkins bars on those days.

My exercise has consisted of training for my first half marathon in May. I keep thinking I should add in a little strength training, but I haven't.

I'm doing a modified version of the training program put together by Jeff Galloway. The basic plan is 30 minutes twice a week & 1 long run.

Jeff Galloway uses the Run Walk method, meaning you run a set amount of time, then walk a set amount of time & repeat throughout your run. This worked well for me because I already liked to add in walk breaks. However, I found I walked too slow during the walk portions. I'm trying to be more conscious about that and keep the walking to a decent pace. In January, I was running 2.4 miles in 30 minutes. Now I'm running 2.7 miles.

I've changed the original time & distances a bit. The original program has the longest run being 14 miles. I changed my plan to 10 miles being my longest run. It will take me 2+ hours to run those ten miles. Realistically, I knew there was no way I would run more than 2 hours during training. I get bored of running after 45 minutes. So, I set my longest run to a challenging distance, yet something I thought I would accomplish.

About a month ago, I changed Monday's 30 minute interval run to a 5k. I just felt I needed to go a little further. Starting this next Monday, I think I will up it to 4 miles for the remainder of my training.

I've been trying to make 10k's more of a normal part of my running routine. The first one I ran was a Groundhog Day virtual run from US Road Running.

Then I ran a 10K at the Heart Breaker Half. There were so many hills on that course & I definitely wasn't prepared.

Two weeks later I ran a 10K at the new Mommathon run.

Last Friday I ran 6.55 miles, a quarter marathon. I haven't ran that far since the Hippie Chick in May. I ran it about 9 minutes faster than that day in May.

In October, I set a goal to run at a pace of 12:00 for any distance. I reached that goal! Now, I'm averaging closer to 11:30.

Awhile back I installed Map My Walk on my phone. I used it on days when I wanted to record a walk, but didn't want the slower pace to affect my pace on the Nike+ app. Well, the last couple months the Nike app has been having issues and not recording my runs, so I switched to Map My Walk. I prefer the Nike app (when it works), but there are many features on Map My Walk I like, including this calendar with all my workouts. I can even manually add in a workout when I run on my elliptical.

I also like that I can set goals for myself. One goal I set was to run 100 miles in 10 weeks, averaging 10 miles a week. That seemed doable, however, I haven't stepped it up enough. To make that goal I need to run 13.5 miles each week for the next 2 weeks. I can do it if I change my plan a little bit.

The other goal I set was to reach a 11:30 pace in 8 weeks. I completed that goal!

I've still been wearing my FitBit. However, I'm not wearing it with step goals in mind. I like to see how active, or not, I've been & I aim for 10K steps a day. But, I don't always make it. Until May my focus is half marathon training, not how many steps I'm taking. Over the summer, though, I think I'll take the 10K steps a day for 100 days challenge again.

I would love to have the new FitBit Charge HR. It does all the things my Flex does, but also has a heart rate monitor. It also shows the time, which is not a big deal. But, it seems like if I'm going to wear something similar in placement to a watch, I'd like it to tell me the time. And, the biggie for me is that it tracks your workouts. The flex counts a step as a step with no distinction between running or walking. The Charge HR tracks your routes and split times, basically like Map My Walk or Nike+, but I could consolidate to one app. The question is do I feel like I've gotten the $100 paid out of the Flex?

After a couple months of the Nike+ app being stuck on the same run and crashing every time I tried to start a new run it finally seemed to get past that obstacle. However, it still seems glitchy. After reading reviews, I understand others are having similar problems. It crashes too frequently. And, although it records my runs, as I'm running it automatically pauses the run and starts again. Weird. So, I don't trust the timing on the app - which is not useful. It is a free app, making it hard to complain. But, I do expect more out of a Nike product. Nike is failing me, so I'm also using Map My Walk.

The 11 weeks since my last check in have resulted in a 3 pound loss. It's not a lot, but it's not a gain. And, that puts me right at 30 pounds total loss. Turtle in molasses slow is getting the job done.

Weight record of the last 3 months on My Fitness Pal

This month's weight chart on my FitBit page, with a goal line.

BMI chart on my FitBit page. This is the chart I'm really trying to improve on. I started up in the red zone, obese. I'm now about halfway in the yellow zone, overweight. My ultimate goal would be to reach the high end of the green zone. That would be losing 17 more pounds. It actually seems doable. Not easy, but doable.

30 pounds lost! recorded on My Fitness Pal

Weight Loss
Week 1: Starting Weight
Week 3: -5.2
Week 6: -3.4
Week 9:  -0.4
Week 12: -2.0
Week 15: -4.8
Week 18: -0.6
Week 21: -0.8
Week 24: +0.4
Week 27: -1.8
Week 30: -0.2
Week 33: -1.2
Week 36: -1.6
Week 39: -4.4
Week 42: -.2
Week 53: -.8
Week 64: -3.0
Total: -30 pounds

I've been running for 2 years, and trying to eat better for a little over a year. Hopefully, these are habits I will continue with & continue to see results - even when it's not easy.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Weight Loss Results: Week 53

Losing weight is a process. And, to be honest, the last couple months I haven't wanted to worry about that process. So, I wasn't logging my foods, wasn't running often & didn't post updates on this blog. I'm ok with that. I needed a break.

But, here it is the new year and I will be running my first half marathon in May. So, it's time to regroup & focus on getting/staying healthy.

Before I move on to new goals, though, I'm going to use this post to reflect on my goals of 2014.
January 2014 Goals
April 2014 Goals

In April I hit my goal of losing 15 pounds.
In July I reached my ultimate 2014 goal of getting my BMI out of the obese category

Unfortunately, I didn't reach my goal of losing 30 pounds in 2014. But, I'm close. It could even happen this first month of 2015.

 • FOOD •
I like food. In 2014 I never completely gave up any of my favorites. I have found that when I say I can't have something, it makes me want it that much more. Then, I eat way too much of it. But, what I did instead was plan the majority of my breakfasts & lunches. That way I wasn't as hungry for the unhealthy stuff.

I also found that I ate much better if I logged my foods on My Fitness Pal. I got tired of obsessing over every little thing I ate and logging it, so I didn't keep with it the entire year. But, it really does work for me... except that I tend to get grumpy when I see how quickly calories add up in a day.

Breakfast for nearly the entire year was Atkins shakes or bars. They are quick, taste good, high in protein & low in carbs.

Many days I had some kind of salad for lunch.

To lessen my soda habit, I started drinking Advocare Spark. I love it!
I can't seem to fully give up soda, especially fountain coke or pepsi. But, thanks to Spark I have cut way, way back and rarely drink soda at home.

Running/Jogging/Walking is my exercise of choice. I started in 2013 and have continued with it. I'm not fast, but I'm faster than I was.

To hold my running bling I made this  Bib & Medal Display

Races I signed up for & completed in 2014:

 April :: Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans Boston Strong Virtual 2.62 Miles

May :: Brave
June :: Color Me Rad
August :: Garlic Fest
August :: Parks & Rec
August :: Sun Resort Run
September :: Warrior Dash
October :: Color Vibe

October :: Jost Running Oktoberfest


Little by little I lost weight in 2014. At the beginning, I was frustrated that the pounds weren't just falling off. Apparently quick weight loss isn't my thing. That is what frustrated me in previous attempts to lose weight. This time, though, I stuck with it even though I was ticked off. And, one short year later I'm 27 pounds lighter.

27 is not quite the 30 I was hoping for. But, I didn't work much at it in November or December. If I had, I'm sure I would have lost the 30 pounds. I am thrilled, though, that I didn't gain weight over Christmas break.

Weight Loss
Week 1: Starting Weight
Week 3: -5.2
Week 6: -3.4
Week 9:  -0.4
Week 12: -2.0
Week 15: -4.8
Week 18: -0.6
Week 21: -0.8
Week 24: +0.4
Week 27: -1.8
Week 30: -0.2
Week 33: -1.2
Week 36: -1.6
Week 39: -4.4
Week 42: -.2
Week 53: -.8
Total: -27 pounds

Here's to a healthy 2015! Cheers!

Friday, October 31, 2014

31 Days in Oregon: Roloff Farms

• thirty-one day challenge •
{DAY 31} 
Portland Area

Since the last day of this 31 Day Challenge falls on Halloween, I'm highlighting a pumpkin patch. I'm choosing Roloff Farms, which is in the Helvetia community of Hillsboro, Oregon. The Roloff's are stars of TLC's Little People Big World. The pumpkin patch came before the tv show, but certainly had less hype.

Along the drive to the Roloff's are pumpkins letting you know you're headed in the right direction.

The pumpkin patch is open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in October.

The Entrance

While waiting to buy your tickets, you can also pick up Amy's Pumpkin Peach Salsa, Roloff books & souvenirs.

Photo op

Halloweens Past
Even before the craziness a tv show can bring, the Roloff's had a nice pumpkin patch to visit. Here are Capt. N & I in 2005.

Mr. T at Roloff Farms in 2005

Wagon Tour
Now days, the way to see their farm is to purchase tickets for the wagon tour. The tour takes you throughout their farm showing you the most popular places, with a short stop in their western town.

While waiting in line to board the wagon tour, we spotted Matt Roloff posing with visitors.

The Roloff home

Jeremy Roloff's jeep parked out front with Happily Ever After written on the window. Congrats to the newlyweds!

Matt's Men's Crisis Center. In other words, his shop.

Noah's Ark

Too, too cute! Straw, stick & brick homes from Three Little Pigs. Complete with 3 little pigs. The kids & I oohed and aahed over this, maybe because we recently added a couple pigs to our farm.

Raised chicken coop to protect their flock from predators. Clever.


Wedding Barn
It is rustic & lovely

I loved these lights & think something similar would work perfectly between our house and the Man Shack. I took this pic to show my hubby.

Beneath a barn is a wine cellar

Super cute little church built by Matt Roloff.

Back of the Office

The Old West Town Today
The wagon tour stops here for a few minutes to let you explore the town. It really is impressive.

Old West Town in 2005
Years ago, we didn't pay to take a tour of the farm. It was just part of the fun coming to this pumpkin patch. We got to explore the old town as long as we wanted. However, back then it wasn't crazy crowded like it is today.

Molly's Castle 2005
Back in the day, we could also explore the castle.

Molly's Castle today
I believe our tour guide told us that it was just recently completed.

Adventure Area
The adventure area was pretty great with tons of fun things for the kids.


Tricycle Racing

Mini Golf

Big cats from A Walk on the Wild Side
And, so much more


The first year we went to Roloff Farms was in 2005. We loved it. It was a quiet evening, slightly wet out and nearly no visitors at the pumpkin patch. As far as I was concerned, it was perfect. While we were paying for the pumpkins, John struck up conversation with Matt Roloff and realized he was working for a company that Matt previously worked for. There was a camera man or two around, but we didn't think much of it. Later they asked us to sign papers saying it would be ok if we ended up in a new documentary featuring little people. As far as I know we didn't end up in any episodes. But, we didn't have cable tv back then, so I didn't watch the first few seasons.

The next year, I went back with my mom on a Saturday morning. It was so crowded and crazy. It took forever just to get parked. I didn't go back again after that.

Eight years later, I decided to go back & check it out. I loved it. I went expecting a crowd, so I was prepared this time. Also, they are better prepared for the crowds & parking wasn't a problem. It was $12 per person to enjoy both the wagon tour & adventure area. Not super cheap, but also not outrageous. It is the most I have spent for pumpkin patch activities, but there was a lot to see & do.

They did have a couple food options available. But, you could also drive the one minute it takes to get to the Helvetia Tavern for a burger if you're hungry.

I hope everyone has been enjoying this fall season and wishing you a
Happy Halloween!

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