Not Your Typical Curves

My entire life, I’ve always been heavier than what was considered “healthy.” Only within the last few years have I been really getting into the health and fitness routine.

Pilates, yoga, running… I’ve done it all. Right now I’m doing cardio and high intensity circuit training. I can’t say I’m 100% into it because it requires me going to the gym and being accountable to my personal trainer, but oddly enough the results are beginning to show.

Last week after I took my morning shower, I was looking at myself in the mirror and I noticed something different about my upper body. I had unfamiliar curves in areas where I never had them before, like on the tops of my shoulders where they meet the base of my neck.

And they’re not the soft, pillowy curves that my body tends to have, but more like angular, sloping curves. The kinds of curves that muscles make.

My legs, my thighs, and my forearms all had similar sloping planes. And although I still have a lot of fat to shed, beneath them I can feel and sometimes see muscles forming.

By no means am I sporting six-pack abs, but it’s nice to not only feel results, but to see them take shape. It reminds me that despite all the times that I’ve cancelled or wanted to cancel my training appointments, or those times when I wanted to puke my guts out after a particularly gruesome workout, there is a reward in the end. 

End of the Month Recap: May 2015

2015-06-02 21.47.07Even though I didn’t post much, I logged 16 miles and 12 runs during the month of May.

It was an improvement from April.

In general, the last month has been a renewal of motivation. I got back on a more challenging workout schedule of 4 days a week. I began running again. It’s set me up for an even better June. I’ve modified my workout schedule so that I increase intensity I’m also doing a 30 day plank challenge.

Oh yeah, and I also added to my Pandora bracelet! I was so happy. I think the last time I bought a charm was probably February. It was nice to see some movement.

I’m continuing the 4 workouts a week but now I gradually increase active time to an hour. So day 1 is 30 minutes, day 2 is 45 minutes, and day 3 and 4 are both an hour.

Not only am I running, but I’ve also incorporated the elliptical as well as weight lifting. I think a little change of scenery was just what I needed.

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Progress in Numbers

I have logged a total of 104 miles since I began running.

That’s 104 miles of me consciously putting on my running shoes to do something I used to hate but have grown to enjoy.

To date, I have lost at least 36 lbs. according to my documented weight changes.

In the past, I’ve documented my weight loss. The other day I decided to dig up those old journals just to see where I was and how I progressed back then.

I was surprised to learn that this is the most weight I’ve lost. Ever.

When I first started, my goal was just to lose weight. But after a lot of time and introspection, I learned that the weight problem was just a symptom. There were other things in my life that needed to be fixed first in order for me to lose the weight.

Now my focus is not just to lose weight, but to change my relationship with food. I don’t want it to be a source of joy, relief, or social time. I want it to just be something I need to consume in order to do other things that make me happy. I want to find happiness somewhere else, like in the things I do or the people I choose to have in my life.

I can do this, even if it’s for the third time. Except now I’m armed with tools and tactics to keep me focused and on track. Maybe this means I can get even further than I have before.

End of Month Recap: March 2015

At the end of every month, I’m going to try and summarize my progress compared to previous months. I’m not going to make it long and drawn out, just a few bullet points, so here goes.

This month, I:

  • Increased my total distance from 25 miles and 13 runs in February to 26.3 miles and 18 runs in March.
  • I began using MyFitnessPal again to track caloric intake. Currently I’m on a 16 day streak.
  • I started taking mental breaks during the work day by meditating and eating lunches at the park near my office.
  • I visited a new running trail called Nob Hill Trail. It’s a lovely meandering path next to Furneaux Creek and a few man made ponds.
  • I’ve adjusted my workout schedule to 4 a week, 2 are just for me, and 2 are for Izzie.

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Run #61: New Horizons

2015-03-29 12.01.17I’ve never been the outdoorsy type. I never grew up camping. In fact, I’ve never even slept in a tent. My idea of being outdoors is sitting on a patio somewhere, possibly overlooking a lake, with an ice cold margarita in hand.

That being said, for me to spend this much time outdoors and actually enjoy it is a change for me. Granted we are still in the early days of spring because I’m sure once the Texas heat starts invading, I’ll probably be singing a different tune.

This weekend I’ve spent more outdoor time with Izzie. I’ve decided that weekday workouts are just for me while weekends are for Izzie since she tends to get distracted out on the trail. Also she’s not really able to do a full 2 miles just yet (but we’re getting there).

Lately I’ve been scoping out different trails nearby. I decided to check one out for run #61. It was a drive, but still close enough for it to be convenient.

We arrived around 10:00 and by then, the park was already populated with other runners and cyclists. It wasn’t too bad, even though Izzie does get anxious around strangers and other dogs.  Our start was a little rough. I was trying to figure out the best way to ease us into the traffic flow and Izzie just wanted to pee on everything in sight. This made me thankful that I’d already completed my own workouts earlier this week, otherwise I don’t think I would’ve had the patience for her.

Finally we got into a good rhythm. We crossed other runners and other dogs on the path, did the neighborly, courteous good morning greetings, nods, and smiles. We even met a little shih tzu who stopped and said hello to Izzie, and whom Izzie graciously tolerated.

The paved path meandered along a winding creek and a series of man made ponds. At around the 1 mile mark, Izzie stopped and fell onto a pile of warm, green shaded grass to catch her breath. I could’ve pushed her into continuing on, but we were at the last bend of the path where the series of ponds stopped and there were a few trees along the edge of the water. At that moment, I decided it was more important to stop and enjoy the scenery than to continue on with the workout.

I led her off the path and we sat down in the shade of a tree next to the pond, Izzie in front of me. It was nice to have the break and just sit there enjoying the breeze and the water.

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I knew the break was over when Izzie stood up and looked at me anxiously. She wanted to get back on the trail. So we did, but this time we headed back the way we came where I’d parked the car.

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