It already felt like autumn here in Seattle on Tuesday, with dark skies and rain all day. Plus, it was “cool and breezy,” as one of T Junior’s favorite books, My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Enjoying the Seasons, describes fall.
The closer I inch to my Return-to-Running date (Sept. 10), the further I seem to slide off the workout wagon. I am watching my eating, but still not making it to the gym nearly as much as I need/want to.
I did, however, go for a walk over the weekend. I know I need to ease into running, so I figure walking some days and maybe a little slow jogging on other days should be good. But really, I’m not sure. Does anyone have a good base-building plan they want to share?
Bennie (“my bouncy boxer,” as T Junior describes him) is my new workout buddy. We’ve only gone once, but it was mildly successful: walking 1.08 miles in 18 minutes with a 7 out of 10 (10 being the highest possible rating) on the arm-yank scale.
I read in September’s Runner’s World, though, about how running/walking with your dog can be tricky at first. But once you’ve gone out together on a regular basis for a couple of weeks, it said, things get better, easier. Or, in my case, gentler on the shoulder (hopefully).
Bennie is a 45-pound 7-month-old boxer puppy (and he’s not even filled out yet!) that has more energy than should be allowed for this size of dog. He’s a big, playful goof that doesn’t recognize his own weight and strength. He never stops moving. Never. Not even in his sleep. He’s gotta let that energy out somehow. That’s one reason I will be taking him on walks and short runs (short-nosed breeds can’t do long distances). The other reason: I’m a big chicken and I feel safer with my big
doofus dog. Really, he’s very mean and scary. You don’t want to mess with us.
SUMMER OF WEIGHT LOSS
I posted Wednesday that I gained half a pound the week before and stayed the same for the couple of weeks before that. For the life of me, I cannot remember what the scale said when I weighed myself on Friday and I’m not at home where I can see my Excel sheet. I think I was up or down about .2 pounds. I think it’s safe to say I’ve hit a plateau. I’m really watching my food this week, I cut back on the alcohol and am trying to drink more water. So, despite my lack of gym presence, I’m hoping I’ll be able to manage a loss when I weigh in on Friday. I’ll probably screw it up on Saturday, though, since the Cougs will be playing their first football game of the season.
Little side note: I taught T Junior to say, “Boo, Huskies!” (The Huskies are the University of Washington, Washington State University’s rivals.) Except he can’t say “Huskies.” So, he walks around and randomly shouts out, “Boo, Huksies!” Still counts in my book.
Okay, back to weight loss…I have no challenge for this week. I’m fresh out of ideas. I guess what I’d like to read is how you all are doing. So, if you haven’t posted about your weight loss journey in a while, why not go ahead and do it now. We’ve only got 22 days till the official start of fall and the end of the Summer of Weight Loss.
I received an award from Stephanie at Girls Just Wanna Go Run! Thanks, Stephanie! Here’s what I have to do:
#1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
#2. The second thing you have to do is, pick 6 people and give them this award. You then have to inform the person that they have gotten this award.
#3. The third and final thing is, thank the person who gave you the award.
#1: There are many things I’d want to do over, some big and some little. Picking one thing, though, is impossible, so in the interest of a theme, I’ll go with health. I wish I would’ve been more conscious about my physical health after I left college (aka when I started being an adult who sits at a desk all day and eats fast food for lunch…and dinner).
#2: I don’t know who has received this already, so I apologize if you already got this, and since it’s a girly looking award, I’m going to choose six women to give it to:
Amanda at 5 Miles Past Empty
Kelly at In a Field of Daffodils
Lisa at Lisa Runs? Wait…What?
Mel at Tall Mom on the Run
TMB at Racing With Babes
Zoë at Run, Zoë, Run
#3: Thank you, Stephanie! Keep inspiring us!