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Plateaus Belong In National Parks

Not in my weight loss.



I’m completely frustrated. I know tomorrow is Face The Music Friday, but I just wanted to talk for a minute about how I seem to have hit a plateau in my weight loss. I’ve been bouncing around the 180s for a couple of months now, losing some, gaining some, losing it again. It’s completely mind boggling and I feel like I’m doing everything right and it’s just not working. I log my calories/food and exercise. I know there are days I’m not perfect, but they’re not so bad that I should be gaining all sorts of weight or anything. I just feel stuck. I know tomorrow’s weigh-in is not going to make me happy.

I know as I strength train I may not be losing weight greatly because I’ll be adding muscle, but I only picked up the weights again this week so I know it’s too soon for that business. I have to get out of this negative head space. I’m also worried about my running. I’ve moved from 20 minutes to 22 minutes this week and while it doesn’t bother me when I run, my knee has been a little tight when I’m not working out. I’ll definitely be cautious, but I hate being concerned about it being re-injured all the time. I just want to run, run, run!!!

Let’s switch it over to a positive note, shall we? My Red Sox (yes, they’re mine, all mine) won last night in Game 1 of the World Series. I tried to stay awake to see the whole thing, but fell asleep somewhere around 10:30-11 right around when they took out the starting pitcher, who did amazing! Game 2 tonight, maybe I’ll drink some coffee this afternoon!

I seriously have the best wife ever. I got home, changed and went to the gym last night. When I got home, she had the TV on (which she rarely ever has on when she’s home alone) and was cooking dinner. I asked her what she was watching and she said nothing, she put it on for me to watch the game. How sweet! And bonus: the house smelled awesome because she was making some homemade applesauce! Yum!

Before I left for the gym, Tara told me I need to pose for her because I looked “cute”. Before my ongoing weight loss, I would have said hell no, but nowadays I figure why not. I actually think I’m starting to look not so terrible. So, I’ll end this on a positive note with some updated pictures.


My shorts are all getting baggy on me

Strong guy pose

You better watch out. I’m clearly very tough.




Oh Garmin, This Is The Beginning Of A Beautiful Friendship

Today, I ran outside. I’m giddy even just writing that. Let me repeat for full effect. I ran outside.

Why is this a big deal to me? I’ve only been able to run again for the last 2 weeks and all 6 times I’ve run have been in the gym, on a treadmill. I was too nervous to run outside because A) I don’t have any nighttime running gear yet and B) I was afraid of hills. I was too nervous coming back from my IT band injury that if I run my regular routes (which all involve hills, no matter how small) I’d aggravate the injury again.

Since we had nothing to do this weekend except some yard work, I decided I’d go out for a run outside today since it was in the morning. I set out around 10am with my plan for running for 20 minutes (next week I’m upping it 10% to 22 minutes). It was a gorgeous morning, perfect fall temperature and brightly shining sun. I also busted out my new “toy” that I haven’t been able to use since I bought it at the RnR Expo – my Garmin Forerunner 210.

I’m in love.

I can’t even describe how excited I was to get home and plug it in to upload to the Garmin Connect and check out all my stats. I’m going to absolutely love wearing this thing! It looks gigantic on my tiny wrist, but it never shifted while I was running and fit comfortably the whole time.


My stats from today (including 5 minute warm-up walk and cool down walk)


After my run (which felt AWESOME), I changed into some grubby yard clothes and mowed the lawn and trimmed some stuff. I finished just in time for the guy to get here for our “pre-test” to get the energy efficiency work done on our house. He set up some weird frame in our front door and pumped air in and out of the house. It was pretty interesting but I don’t pretend to understand what he was doing! Anyway, he said it was perfect and we could proceed with the work. We’re already pre-approved for the loan so he said we just need to wait for his results to get logged and they’ll contact me for the appt to get the actual work done. So exciting! Maybe we won’t freeze to death this winter finally!!

I’ve been doing my best to catch up on emails from last weekend and throughout this week because of the art festival last weekend and finally have it down under 75. My two fur babies have not been much help, sleeping on the job. I suppose it’s a good thing to be doing while watching Game 6 and hoping the Red Sox can clinch another entry into the World Series. Let’s go, Sox!!