Saturday, January 3, 2009

Starting Off on the Right Foot (Even if it is sore)

It's been a productive weekend on the running/get healthy/lose weight/get strong for Chicago '09 starting line front:

  • I developed a Half Marathon training schedule for Mike and me, based on Hal Higdon's novice plan. The first Half Marathon in Chicago is in early June, so I stretched the schedule out to get a good base going.
  • Ran 2 miles on Friday, took Saturday off when some familiar foot pain crept up (Are you effin' kidding me?) and ran 3 miles today (plus some upper body strength training). Mike has not run yet due to a conveniently-timed head cold. Of course, he hasn't signed up for the Half either, but I think I'm close to convincing him.
  • Bought Bob Harper's new book and armed with Bob's food list, bought some of this, this and some other good-for-you things I don't feel like looking up links for. :)
  • Bought a food diary to record every morsel that goes in my mouth.
  • Taped two horrendous photos of me (no, I won't be posting those) from Christmas into the inside of my food diary, as well as this photo of the swimsuit I'll be wearing (and not embarrassingly so) during our June vacation.
  • Oh yes, committed to myself and everyone that I talk to that I'm going to lose 40 by the Fourth, or 40 pounds by July 4th. Even posted a handy little tally on the right. Mike asked if I really want to "go public" with the 40 pound goal on my blog but the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right? For my family and friends who've said that there's no way I need to lose 40 pounds . . .well first, Bless You! and rest assured I'm not turning into an Olsen twin. Forty pounds is still well within a healthy BMI for me.
  • Meeting with a nutrionist later this month.
  • Have three more sessions with my personal trainer.
  • Weighing in for our next round of the Biggest Loser contest at work on Monday. (the first one didn't work so well, at least for me.)
  • Taking my latest obsession with The Biggest Loser one step further and signing up friends and family for an email, honor system version of the Biggest Loser contest. (Yes, I will have two Biggest Loser contests going at once. . . .accountability is key for me.) Thank you Cheryl, Lori and Dad for signing up! Want to join? Let me know if the comments section by Wednesday (1/7) and I'll email you the info.

You're probably thinking, obsess much? I know I tend to go all out on these, but for me, if I'm going to stick to anything I need to completely immerse myself or I tend to lose focus.

I'm looking forward to arriving at the Chicago '09 start line much lighter than I am now!

*For the male readers that came back to my blog without getting distracted by the Victoria's Secret link, thank you!


Jill Will Run said...

Sorry you had some foot pain, hopefully it doesn't linger. Good luck on your training plans and weight loss goals. It is good to broadcast that intent to the world, it holds you more accountable! You can do it! :-)

Marathonman101108 said...

Jenn...congrats about the weight loss goals. I'm confident you can do it, based on the steps you have taken so far. You can and WILL do it. Sorry about the foot pain. Hey, I have had the same pain, only in my left foot, the past 2 weeks if it makes you feel any better! Okay, you caught me. I did check out the swimsuit picture, but honestly I clicked right back and finished reading your blog!

Terri said...

Hey Jen, it's the PF you are worried about right?

Did your doctor advise you to use a night splint? to massage it with the tennis ball every day? did they give you other stretches to do? If not, I can give you some that my PT did and they all seemed to help. of course, my case might not have been as bad as yours.

Kai said...

Sounds like you're off to a great start! Hope that foot pain doesn't turn into anything serious, otherwise rub some dirt on it and show your foot who's boss!

Middle-of-the-Pack Girl said...

Holy crap, Jenn, you're back!

Have you gone to physical therapy for that foot pain? Can you do different stretches or wear one of those boots at night when you feel it starting to flare up? It's P.f., right?

Ok, and this is weird, I keep trying to comment on your latest post,and it looks like it's going to your post from January - weirdness!

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