Hi there, Mrs. 1500 today.
I’m writing this a bit late (Wednesday morning) because I wanted to weigh in this morning before posting.
I’m FINALLY seeing a very small amount of success. I’ve lost the same 2-3 pounds about 17 times since I started this journey, which is very discouraging to be down, have a beer over the weekend, and then be right back where you started.
Today, I weighed in at 175.
And all this running had helped me get faster and be able to run longer, but I don’t give a frog’s fat ass about being able to run. I’m in this to lose weight. I want to be healthy for my girls, I want to set a good example for them, but I also just want to look better in my clothes and feel better about myself.
I’m running two 5K’s a week, in addition to walking/running at 100 Mile Club with the girls a few times a week.
(I’m also in an Accountability Group and my accountabilibuddies are helping me get to 10,000 steps almost every day this year. I’m averaging over that, but have missed the mark twice. It happens.)
Someone wrote in, asking for an update. She’s a runner, and wanted to know if it’s getting any easier for me.
Not really, but I did have one good day.
In the past, when I ran, I feel like my heart was going to explode. My fitbit clocked me in at 177 beats per minute. I went on a run with Angi three weeks ago, and my heart rate only got up to 157. Even after a fast-as-we-can lap, still only 157.
Last week it was too cold to run outside, so I ran with Mr. 1500 inside. After about a mile, something changed and I no longer had a hard time breathing, I no longer felt like my heart was going to explode.
And I ran the entire time.
So now I’m chasing that good day again. I’m finished with the 5K portion of the 10K Training, and back to intervals. Run for 10 minutes, walk 1 minute – four times. This time, though, I’m staying on track with the running and following the app more closely.
Now let’s get back to the weight loss.
It’s five pounds, which isn’t a big deal for most people, but it’s hugely encouraging to me.
I’ve been doing that Intermittent Fasting thing, where you condense your food intake down to 8 hours a day. Some people condense it down further, but I’m not able to.
The Keto Diet is literally everywhere. Everyone I talk to has done it and lost 10 pounds in two weeks or 15 pounds in a month. (For reference, I’ve lost five pounds in three months.)
Pinterest is FILLED with Keto recipes, Keto tips, and Keto everything else.
I’ve never been a huge bread person, and can give that up pretty easily, but sugar is my weakness and that’s a lot harder to give up. Keto is great/awful for a few reasons. It’s a very high fat diet. You’re aiming at something like 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbohydrates.
75% fat? I can do that easy! Fat is delicious.
My friend Lauren was doing the Keto diet, and of course lost 15 pounds doing it. In order to get to her 75% fat intake, she was cooking recipes called Butter Chicken (literally, chicken cooked in butter and heavy cream – so that is the great part) and making things called fat bombs, which look like peanut butter cups, and taste like peanut butter cups with no sugar. (Spoiler Alert: peanut butter cups without the sugar taste disgusting, making this the awful part.)
I’m eating avocados and eggs, cheese, cream, butter and all the things I’ve been told my whole adult life are bad for me.
I don’t have – and never have had an issue with cholesterol, which is a big downside of this diet. I was over at my friend Van’s house this weekend and she shared that once she started Keto, her cholesterol went up. I’ve got a few weeks before my annual checkup, and I’ll make sure we do a cholesterol test when I’m there.
This weekend will be a big test for me. The oldest little 1500 is having a Test Mom’s Willpower party: we’re making peanut butter cups (with sugar), giant kit kat bars (thanks Pinterest!), and dipping lots of things in chocolate. Plus a Costco cake. Oh I love a Costco cake. I’m going to be extra good from now until then so I can have a nice big piece.
(Rant: Do you know that to place an order for a Costco cake, you have to actually be in the store OR fax it in? Costco, I’m actually nowhere near your facility, so driving up there to simply place the order is ridiculous. And since this is 2019, I don’t have a fax machine, I don’t have access to a fax machine, and I had to ask about 75 friends before I found someone who DOES have a fax machine. And they don’t even have an actual fax machine, it’s an email thing. Seriously, bring yourself into the 21st Century and have an order online option./rant)
So that’s what’s been going on with me. I was sick for the beginning of the year and running was difficult. Weight loss went nowhere and I didn’t really feel like sharing my failures with you. It gives me a newfound respect for people who are sharing their financial journeys online – weight loss and financial repair are very similar.
OK, now I have to go – Angi’s here and we’re going to go run our Wednesday 5K!
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