Hi there, Mrs. 1500 today.
I have been pretty silent about my run training and weight loss journey as of late, mostly because there haven’t been many updates to make.
I’ve lost the same 5 pounds about 10 times, only to have them creep back on again. It’s not very inspiring to read about, and it sure isn’t fun to write about.
My running has taken a nosedive as well, as life, work, second job, and motherhood all fight for first place.
See how I slipped a second job in there? I’m a real estate agent – and have been for a while now. However, I have a different day job, and have not been doing much with my license. Until 2019, when literally everyone I know (and a few new people) have reached out, ready to buy or sell or both.
You can make a lot of money when you help someone buy or sell a house. What started off as a one-off thing has turned into SEVEN transactions so far this year – which may not seem very busy for a full time agent, but is extremely busy for someone with a full time job who is also training for a half marathon, while attending the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, visiting my sister in Chicago, attending a conference in San Diego and being the Troop Cookie Manager for my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.
Boy, this working mom thing is tough!
Coupled with the fact that I HATE RUNNING, it was super easy to let that fall by the wayside. What did not fall, was my weight.
I’ll Go Tomorrow
“I’ll go tomorrow” turned into I’ll go never. I was running with Angi every Wednesday around our local lake, which is a 5k trail, but we’ve had a rainy winter and rain plus dirt equals mud.
We have a gym membership with a nice track inside, but it’s so easy to make excuses why I don’t want to go. “I’ve got a house to show.” “I’ve got to make dinner.” “I have to get to work.”
Now, before any of you hop on Mr. 1500 and tell him to step up, he’s REALLY been taking on a lot of the duties that I have traditionally done. Our marriage is really one out of the 50’s – but we both like it that way. I prefer to do the cooking and cleaning, and he does the lawn and shovels the driveway and makes repairs and all of that.
And if your marriage isn’t like this, that’s fine too. I’m just sharing how we do it.
But this year, he has really stepped up to help with the dishes, some cooking (I’m still a way better cook and can cook a LOT more recipes than he can) and kid responsibilities like getting them off to school and helping with homework. (I intensely dislike how he folds clothes, and would rather do them myself.)
Mr. 1500 Note: I’ve come a long way from my SpaghettiOs and peanut butter and jelly days. But yeah, the Mrs. is the superior cook. Also, I don’t fold clothes, I roll them. Similar to the thermostat war, there is NO common ground.
Oh, and he’s also my Real Estate Assistant. (Oh man, this got way off track…)
Back to running and weight loss…
Actually, there’s very little running left for me to do. The half-marathon is tomorrow, and I’ll be running and walking it. The amount of time it takes to train for a half marathon is a bit ridiculous – especially if you’re not already a runner. You start off small, and eventually build to running 6, 8, 9 miles BEFORE you run the actual race. At my blistering 15-minute mile pace, that takes several hours.
I probably should have researched this a bit more before saying yes…
I’ll post a quick update with my time in my final half marathon post. Spoiler Alert: I will be setting exactly zero land speed records.
And now, let’s talk about my weight. Hahaha. My favorite subject.
I have never been the type of person to hop from diet to diet, although reading these posts you’d never guess.
I’ve read so many accounts of people who have lost mass quantities of weight in very short amounts of time (and without running) by going on the keto diet. So we’re trying that now.
Both Mr. 1500 and I are doing this together, and while it’s nice to have someone going through it with you, one of us is losing weight at a much more rapid pace. Sigh…
Still, it’s only taken a week to lose 4 pounds, all while eating lots of very satisfying foods like avocado, butter, cream cheese, sour cream, etc.
We’ve coupled this with Intermittent Fasting, another weight loss popularity contest winner. I don’t eat breakfast until 9 or 10, and try to be finished with dinner by 5:30.
(If you’re trying this Intermittent Fasting thing out, GO SLOW. Take your current meal time, and push it back by 15 minutes. Then 30, then an hour, then 90 minutes until you get to where you want to be. It’s really difficult at first, and then you get used to it.)
This post isn’t particularly easy to write. I set a goal to run a half marathon and didn’t complete it. I won’t run the whole thing.
I think my goal was unrealistic, and that helps a bit. I’m not a runner, and trying to be someone you’re not won’t turn you into that person.
Surprisingly, Jenna Jameson’s weight loss journey has been really helpful. She’s over at Jennacantlose on Instagram. Lots of before and after pics of her journey.
I hope I have a more positive weight loss story to share with you in about a month. (30 days seems to yield huge results on keto if you follow it correctly.)
Mr. 1500 Epilogue: Mrs. 1500 and I both have realized that our mutual enemy is that we’ve overbooked our lives. In Mrs. 1500’s case, she has a full-time job, a family, an overly successful side-hustle, and a husband who plans too much shit. In retirement, the Mrs. and I have swapped roles, but I still find myself way too busy.
So, we’re changing things up at home; there are weekends where we don’t put anything on the calendar and we’re trying to live slower. Mrs. 1500 is also going to make some changes to free up time. At this point, the limited hours in the day are our most valuable resource.
It’s not fun being constantly busy. It’s like you’re on a bullet train gazing out the window watching your fly by at 250 mph. The fun in life is the journey. No need to get to the final destination any quicker than you have to.
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