Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First Weigh In!!!

   Okay!!  Yesterday was my first weigh in at Weight Watchers.  I had a plan when I went to the meeting that I was going to take off all the little things I could before I got on the scale.  So I went to the scale, I was nervous and just jumped on. I don't know why I was nervous I'm not usually.  Maybe it was the pressure of having to put it on my blog that made me nervous.  I got on the scale and I lost 6 lbs!!!!   Woohoo!!!!!  I knew I had put in all the hard work and stayed on target with my food points.  I went to the meeting after I weighed in, then I realized I still had my sunglasses on my head, watch, 3 rings, and YES my gum was still in my mouth.  What was I thinking???  I know that gum weighed a lot!!   I started to stress that maybe I needed to weigh myself again because I might have lost another pound if I would have taken off all my jewelry and stuff.  For some reason this really bothered me but I went home without asking to weigh in again. 
     I got home and had to weigh my "extra stuff".  I pulled out my scale.....drum roll..........it was a whole 2.5 ounces.  That's it???  Seriously???  I just knew my gum weighed that alone.  Wow!!!  I am so glad it only weighed that much.  Why do I sweat the small stuff? I should be happy with losing the 6 lbs. I lost.  Don't get me wrong, I am very happy that I lost that much in my first week. I just figured maybe I would have lost another pound if I had taken the small stuff off.  Can you imagine when it's winter time and I have to wear jeans on the scale, I will really be panicked!! Lol!!
     After my first weigh in I am 14 pounds away from my first goal, 2 weeks away from my next Tri, and 11 weeks away from  NYC Marathon.  I want to keep the momentum going!!  I got a lot of running miles in this week, my highest week so far.  I ran over 31 miles this week and biked 20 miles. I'm hoping to get in the pool at least 2-3 times this week and get in 2 -3 bike rides and of course several runs. Well enough rambling I need to get on my bike!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

20 Mile Bike Ride

      Yep!! That's me in the back! Jim and I went on a 20 mile bike ride. We were more like joy riding. I wanted him to take some pics of us riding for my blog. I'm not brave enough to ride my bike and take pics yet. I'm barely good enough to get a drink of water while I'm on it. Especially since I just got my new clip on shoes.  


     We are about 8 miles into the ride here. It was hot, of course the hottest day of the week!! But you have to do what you have to do to get your workouts in. We were hoping to leave an hour earlier but it just didn't happen.  We barely made it home before the kids did from school.  Tomorrow is a work day so I don't know if I will get a workout in or not but I will atleast try.  If we could only have a few more hours in the day, 24 is just not enough sometimes!!

    Woohoo!!  Look what my two little ones just signed up for!!!!  The Cross Country Team for Elementary School!!  A mama couldn't be happier!!  I'm telling you, I'm going to make them runners for sure!!  I wish I would have had the oppurtunities my kids have these days!!  They are so lucky!!  I'm sure it's a whole lot easier to start running at their age verses 26 when I started after having 3 kids 7 years ago.  I can't believe I have been running for that long.  Just seems like yesterday when I started running my first mile. 

Do you ever run out of time to do your workout? Do you just say forget it and I will work out twice as long tomorrow or do you always make it a priority and never miss?

If I miss, I tend to beat myself up!!  I drive myself crazy but I try to make it up the next day.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Day 2

    Well, the weight watchers is going good.  The only thing I'm struggling with is I had 21 activity points because of my 8 mile run and my workout for the day.  I don't know if I should eat more and use those points or not.  I guess I will just have to take it day by day to figure it out.  I only used 2 of those points yesterday but I think I will have to use more today. 

    Today I got in a 4 mile run and an hour workout that had a 2 mile run in it.  I loved the hour workout!!  It was tough but I would do it all over again.  I'm super tired now!  Trying to rest up before the kids get home from school because that is when my day really begins!!  Lot's of homework and snacks for the kids.  Thank goodness no after school activities tonight, that starts next week.

     Speaking about the kids, on August 6 they did their second 5K ever!!  Jim and I are so proud! 

The boys ran together and completed it in 36:11.  Jacob ran 2.3 miles without stopping!!  He walked a .3 and then ran the rest of the way!!  He was very excited!!  The girls and I finished it in 41:53.  They ran their first mile and ran walked the second and third mile.  I was very pleased with how hard they tried!!  I'm also happy to say that Maddie (my middle child) and Jacob (my youngest) is joining the Cross Country Team for their elementary school.  That is very exciting for my husband and I to hear because we want them to love running as much as we do!! Carlie (my oldest) made the middle school dance team.  I'm so proud of her because I did dance team when I was in middle school too.  I love keeping the kids active in sports!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


      I did it!!  I went to Weight Watchers and signed up last night.  I have officially 12 weeks left to lose weight before my NYC Marathon!!  I love to run and workout but I struggle with my foods!  I think I am truly addicted to chocolate!!  I figured for the first 12 weeks of my blog I'm going to track my weight loss and marathon training.  I think it going to be more difficult to work on my eating then to train for the race.  I also have 3 weeks until my triathlon.  I ran this tri last year so I have a lot of pressure to finish it faster then last year.  I struggle with competing against myself, for some reason I completely shut down at races when it comes to beating my own time.  Why??? I have no idea!! But I am mentally and physically going to do it this year!! 
      I am very excited about making Weight Watchers a priority this time unlike all the other times I have joined it.  My goals are to lose 20 pounds in the next 12 weeks, make good food choices for not only myself but for my whole family,  plan ahead for my meals, and I also just want to keep a positive outlook over this process because I know it is going to be tough. 
     I'm off to a good start with my diet and training to day!!  I had a wonderful 8 mile run this morning.  The weather was perfect.  And I also did it by myself!!  It's been a while since I have felt that good on a run!!  I was running faster at the end of the run then I was at the beginning, that's how good I was feeling!!  I hope they keep going that way!!

Do you struggle with eating?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Finally I get to write my first post!!

     It's the first day of school for my kids and I finally get a chance to sit down and write my first post!!  Let me tell you a little about myself, my name is Courtney and I have been married to my husband Jim for 12 years now, man they have flown by.  I have 3 wonderful children, one starting middle school today and the other 2 still in elementary.  They are growing up so fast!  

     I started running in 2004 to lose weight and I fell in love with it!! Soon after I started, my husband joined in!  We have ran almost all our big races together (even tho he is much faster!).  He is my biggest cheerleader out there and I don't know what I would do without him!  Over the years we have ran 9 half marathons and 1 full together, I also did a full by myself with some girlfriends.  We are now exploring triathlons, I did my first one last September and we did one together this past June.  We are training for another one this September.  My plan for this year was for us to do a Half Ironman in Augusta but things changed when I randomly got picked for the ING NYC Marathon!!!  That changed everything!  So, I am preparing for a full this November.  I am struggling because I have always had someone to run with me to mentally get thru it and this one I will have to do on my own.  I know I can do it!! It's just pushing thru it alone will be hard!

How did you get started with your blog?

Do you prefer to run your races by yourself or with someone?