Monday, May 21, 2012

Great Week

This has been a really great week in so many ways.  It hasn't been a great week for my house as it looks like a disaster but I've accomplished a lot.  We've decided to relocate to a town close by but with great schools.  This means I no longer will homeschool and since I'll finally have my degree I can get a job!  It's amazing all the changes that will happen this year. I love staying home with my kids and I wouldn't give this last year of homeschooling my son up for anything, but I've been out of the workforce now for 3.5 years and I'm ready to get back in it.

I think that this surgery has given me confidence that I can do what I want to do.  I can do it in exercise and weight loss but I can also take that confidence to other parts of my life.  

I started the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training this week. I looked for a  FREE training schedule that had different levels since I was starting so slow.  I read his program and felt it was doable. This week I ran over 13 miles!  On Sunday I did my "long" run of 4 miles and maintained my 15 min. pace over that 4 miles.  I ran/jogged over 3.25 miles of the 4 mile run.  I was really very proud of myself.  My breathing was good and my heart rate stayed manageable.  My breathing and heart rate is what really slowed me down in the 5k a couple weeks ago so I believe my cardiovascular endurance is improving.  Now, if I could just get my glutes and thighs to quit tightening up I think I'll be ok.  I've decided to incorporate Yoga into my weekly routine to try and help me become more flexible and escape injury.  I don't love it, my brain moves too fast and I get bored but I think overall it's best for my health so I'll keep doing it.

And now what you've all been waiting for (or at least that's what I tell myself), the weigh in:

Surgery Weight     Last Week     This Week               Total Lost Since Surgery (3/19/2012)
234.4                    201.0             197.6                       36.8 (in 9 weeks)

I'm pretty pleased with that.  I will write later this week about how I am struggling getting my nutrition correct with my exercise schedule.  I think it's going to take a while to get this right and I hope I don't do any lasting damage while I mess with it.


Jillian said...

Congrats on having a great week!

I have been out of work for 4 years because jobs are VERY hard to come by here. I miss working so much!

H. Renee Ford said...

For what I do (contracts) you can't ask to be in a better place than DC. If I can't find a job within 2-3 months I'll use the rest of my GI Bill and get my Masters.