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Monday, July 30, 2012

Health and Fitness

I wanted to do an update for my weight loss. Basically, I haven't lost anything. Kinda went off track for a (long) while, but now things are back in motion. Here is my plan of attack:

Sticking with weight watchers for the diet side. At least for now. It is still the easiest way for me to conveniently stick to something, because I can still eat what I normally would. My brother is trying to lose some weight too, so we are keeping each other accountable and helping each other out a bit. It helps we are both putting some moolah in a pot and having a little competition between now and Christmas too. :)  So I am counting my points and focusing on eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies, drinking lots of water, and exercising. 

Which leads to the next part: fitness.  I am super excited about a new goal I have set! It sounds crazy and lofty, but I am entering a mini triathlon. I realize that my fitness level is very low, but that is the great thing about this particular race - it is "mini." Although there are still three events, they are all condensed from a regular triathlon race. The layout is a 250 yard swim, 9 mile bike ride, and 2 mile walk/run. The first time I did the swimming I finished in 10 minutes which I thought was really good til I googled how long it should take an average person and it said 30-60 seconds, haha. Haven't started bike training yet, and the 2 mile walk/run (which I will definitely be walking) is old hat. 

I know doing all 3 things back to back will be a challenge, but the individual events are not intimidating on their own. I think the time I spend training will easily prepare me to finish without pushing my back and knees too far. And my goal is simply that - to finish. I am not concerned with how long it takes me, just finishing. I am the world's slowest swimmer (so it would seem), don't even have my own bike (am borrowing one from a friend), and walk like a granny. But I don't care! I am not going to worry about all of the major athletic people who will be there probably wondering why someone like me is doing it, I am simply going to focus on meeting a fitness goal I think is reachable with consistent preparation. 

The name of the race is Ramblin' Rose and is held in Charlotte. I am planning to go down the night before with a friend and after the race reward myself with some IKEA shopping. :) 

I am so excited to be doing a real race like this, I have only ever done a 5k. Jason has been really supportive too. My back has given me a bit of a slow start, but my chiropractor has given me the go ahead to start slow. 

Please feel free to ask about how I am doing with these goals! One of the reasons I am blogging about it is so people will ask and keep me accountable. I appreciate each of you being supportive! :) 



7 comments:

  1. I commend you for doing the triathlon! And trust me, the fitness gurus certainly are not going to judge you; in fact, most of them will probably be excited for you. Who knows how many of them started in the same place you did? I hope you find fulfillment in this and I pray you'll also feel great inside and out. =)

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Sharon! :)

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  2. Anna, You're not as slow as you think you are. See the link below for a chart of times. Four minutes is the fastest time given for the swimming, which means you don't have as far to go as you think.

    http://www.endurancemag.com/eventproduction/RR11/swimabilitychart.pdf

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    1. Meg, you are always so supportive! Thank you. I would still like to get together for some training sessions. And of course, to visit and catch up. :)

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  3. That is so awesome!! I may join you and Pete in the weight loss competition. This baby weight is driving me crazy and I'm having a hard time sticking to a workout routine. =/

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    1. We would love to have you! Our rules are simple, whoever loses the biggest percentage of weight loss gets the pot at Christmas. We both put in $20. :)

      He and I are doing weight watchers, but you certainly don't have to do the same plan as us. I may switch myself as time goes on. It is more of the accountability aspect that we are trying to go for.

      Working out was super hard for me too while the kids were little(r). I didn't even attempt it until I was done or close to done with breastfeeding. It is hard to regulate what you eat while breastfeeding too, because if you are like me, you are hungry all the time! Those little suckers take it all out of you, lol. But I will say that I lost weight faster while nursing than at any other point in my life. So take advantage of it! :D

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  4. go anna, go anna, go!! you are going to rock it. and you have such a GREAT attitude about it. and i agree with sharon, people who are awesome 'fitnessy' people or whatever we want to call them are aways so excited to get a newbie in the mix and help them because they started somewhere once too. it's a good feeling. i'm so anxious for you - and i promise i will train and join with you next year for sure! (well God willing i can swim and not die after 1 lap[! hahaha)

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