A Challenge!

Hello- I am back... and happy to say that I have lost my first 11 lbs! I can not tell you how excited I am to see that damn scale go the other way for once. Yes, I have much further to go but it is a good start.
I received a challenge from my little sister. On the Sat after Thanksgiving she wants me to jog a 5k with her! At first I thought, she must be texting someone else but then I realized she really meant me! Ha! ME??!! JOG??!! 5 miles? Is she crazy? Then after contemplating it I realized if I really tried I could walk it. Even better? I looked it up and it's only 3.1 miles! I walk that all the time. But wouldn't it be cool if I could work up and really jog it? So here is the deal: I WILL JOG 3.1 miles the Sat after Thanksgiving. I WILL do it...I think!!
I started training and with the help of my mini Jillian Michaels ( my 8 year old who definately has a future in training or torture) I will work my way up to it by then. It's good to have a goal. It'll be even better if I can accomplish it. Any suggestions on how to build up to it? Let me know.


  1. I wrote about this on my blog tonight too. Check it out imagesisee.blogspot.com

    Aren't you going to use the couchto5k site?

    11 lbs. That's AWESOME!!! Proud of you.

    1. I tried to get the kid to find it for me and he hasn't. If I have time I will look it up because it sounds like it will be perfect for us.

  2. Yay I'm so excited for you! 11 pounds is AWESOME. And your will rock that 3.1 miles with me, I'm sure :) The hardest part for me after taking a break from running and trying to get back into it is getting through that first mile and a half. Once I hit halfway, though, I can make it the rest of the way, so keep that in mind.

    Intervals work the best for me. I alternate between running as far as I can, then walking til I recover, then running as far as I can, then running, etc. There are a lot of training plans that do it with more structure, as in run for one minute, walk for two minutes, and then gradually increase the time for the running intervals and decrease the time for the walking intervals. Also I like to throw other kinds of workouts in for variety. Squats and lunges and things to make your legs and core stronger will help too. And it is super mental. Your body will go a lot further than you think possible. When I'm at the point where I'm about ready to die, I repeat lines from What About Bob: "I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful. I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful." And "baby steps."

    The single most important thing that helped me when I started running was figuring out how to breathe. Sounds weird, but I had to find the right rhythm, and for me I breathe in for a left step and right step, then out for a left step and right step. In through my nose, out through my mouth. Deep breaths. When it feels hard, I breathe deeper. Sometimes when I'm really focusing on it, I count "in, 2, out, 2..." in my head. And I finally figured out that if a run is feeling really hard, I can just slow down my pace and run slowly. It may feel like I can walk faster than I'm running, but at least I'm still running.

    I'm glad mini Jillian is coaching you! See you in 7 1/2 weeks.

    1. Yes- Mental is the key. I tried a few years ago with a friend and she kept pushing me past the breaking point then I was fine. Mini Jillian is on track with that. You should hear her- it's too funny!
      I will try the mantra thing- I know how much it helps to talk your way through, sometimes I just let the obstacles get in the way of progress. I have to push through. Thanks for the challenge nad your feedback- it's inspiring!!

  3. Jess, I am so proud of you and you CAN do that 5K!!! I agree with the walking running thing, that is exactly what I did. I started on my dreadmill...I mean treadmill, as not to embarrass myself! Not to mention the adrenalin that takes over you when you get to the start line of your first 5K! It's a high like no other! That keeps you going too!
    Good luck Jess and keep up the good work!! You are doing amazing!!

  4. So I don't know if anyone already mentioned this in their comments, lol, but do the Couch to 5K program, or commonly called C25K you can find it online, it's free, it's awesome. Also doing any type of interval training to get your heart rate and endurance up. It's totally doable and I know you can do it!

    But back to the more important topic at hand, CONGRATS! You should be so proud of yourself for sticking with it! Also, this is not a plug for me to sell something, but after the Holidays take a look at this Ultimate Reset product that I am going to be starting in a few days. I will be documenting how it goes the whole time. It is costly, and it will take quite a bit of time with meal prep, but it is 3 weeks that can literally "reset" your health. Margo is doing it now and she lost 11 pounds the first week. I think it could significantly help the hypothyroidism.

    Keep going girlfriend, so proud of you.