Sunday, January 02, 2011

Here We Go....Starting Stats, Feelings, and a Challenge!

This is it.  The day I've been planning for, preparing for, motivating myself for....the day has come, and it's back to my journey I go.  My new starting weigh in has been done, starting pics have been taken, and the determination I have has stopped my tears from the realization of it all.

When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was shocked - and not in a good way.  It took me a year to lose 60lbs, and just a couple of months to gain 22lbs!!  Yes, I said that right, 22lbs!!  I managed to get myself down to tasting the 200lbs mark, it was so close I could touch it, and then I decided to turn around and go back the other way.  I'm not happy, obviously, but I'm not going to let it bring me down - I'm going to use it to further fuel my fire.

So, starting weight for 2011:  227lbs.  BOO!!

I took a pic of myself, too, but it's not in fitness gear - it's in my jammies.  It will work as a stating pic for now. 

The plan was to get up this morning and go for my first run of the new year.  Well, I chickened out because it's 14 degrees outside - but that doesn't mean I'm not going.  It's supposed to warm up to 35 this afternoon, and that's when I'm going.  Here in a few minutes, I'm going to make myself a poached egg on whole wheat toast for breakfast - my protein and carbs for the first meal of the day.

I told you all about the LogYourRun site that I will be using for my running and my C25K training.  Well thanks to a fellow blogger, Fit Bee, I also discovered another website that will be helping provide support.  It's a blogging website packed full of advice, tips, exercise and meal ideas - and I have really enjoyed looking around over there.  The site is called The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans.  Check it out if you haven't already!!

One thing I really like about the site is the challenges.  I like to be challenged, I like to have support, I like sharing what I'm doing.  This challenge will help with all of that.  The challenge is called The Power of One.  The challenge lasts for 8 weeks and includes different weekly challenges, weigh-ins, etc.  I like having something to be held accountable by - so I've got high hopes for this.

Power of One Challenge

Tomorrow is my official first day that I start my C25K training, but like I said earlier, I'm going for a run today.  I will be running 5 days a week, doing yoga 7 days a week, and strength training 2 days a week.  I know, there's not that many days in a week.  The yoga will be done every morning at 4am for 30 minutes.  I will be running every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I will start out with doing all 30 minute runs, and then when I get my strength and stamina back - will do 3 short runs a week and 2 long runs.  The strength training I will do on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  It will be harder strength on Tuesdays, and just a few exercises on Saturdays - don't want to burn myself out!

I hate the fact that I'm starting all over again, especially with how much I accomplished last year, in terms of my strength and endurance, but I did it then - I will do it now!!  I love knowing that I have all of you supporting me, and that makes it so much more worth it.  Get ready, my friends, the girl you see in that picture above is gone's to a year of reaching Onederland, going from fat to fantabulous, and achieving the status of a "healthy liver".

Till next time.  ;)


  1. Yay I am so glad you have joined this challenge!!!! I know it stinks to gain but you will drop it fast!
    Say bye to the picture because I know you will never look like that again :)

    You go girl!!!!!

  2. Good luck to you! I know you can do it!!

    I will be restarting my new healthy lifestyle tomorrow as well. I'm afraid to hop on those scales in the AM to see how much I have regained, but after seeing your strength to do it today I now have the strength to do it tomorrow. Plus I have to restart somewhere....

  3. Joanna, a lot of us are in the same boat. I knew I had some work to do after I got on the scale yesterday. I'm also doing the c25k training with today being my first day. I was anxious to start and bummed that the gym wasn't open yesterday. You evidently run and know what you're doing. I guess I don't ... I found I did it wrong by using the same speed on the treadmill for the walk/run alternating. I'll get there. Thanks for the link to the Skrinking Jean site. Good luck to you, my friend.


  4. Thanks, everyone!! In my personal opinion, the weight gain was needed for my sanity. I know that's a cop-out answer, but having those three months off really put in to perspective how important my weight loss is to me. It's great knowing I have such great support - and I'm so happy that all of you are on your way with your own journies. :)

  5. I was so happy to find your blog tonight. I have a very similar lifestyle. I'm 30 with two kids. I work part time and am a full time BA student. I've gotten into much better fitness habits this past year - but I was taking a break from school. I've been worried about whether or not I am going to be able to keep it up now that I have a full course load again. Your story is very inspiring and encouraging to me. Way to go!


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