Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Accountability Monday: 9/15/15

Good evening, friends!

How about some late-night accountability?!

In case you missed it, Matthew and I ran the Charles Street 12 last weekend. After the race, I posted on instagram my thoughts about my performance. In short, I felt like crap. I didn't feel strong or accomplished; I felt tired and uncomfortable.

I know it's the lack of training that led those feelings. I barely ran in August- how are you supposed to feel great about something you barely do?

So these past two weeks I've tried to go back to what works: running three times a week, strength training, fueling my body with the right amount of healthy foods.

Labor Day- 3.3 mile walk
Tuesday- 2.36 mile run, 30 minutes
Wednesday- 3 mile walk
Thursday- 3 mile run, 10:22/10:18/10:05 splits. Core work and planks.
Friday- 30 minute walk
Saturday- 4 mile run, 12:09 pace
Sunday- 2 mile walk. Runner's World Strength Anywhere Workout plus squats, planks, glute bridges, and push-ups
Monday- 30 minute walk and Weight Watcher's Stability Ball Workout (arms and abs)
Today- 30 minute walk

Food Find:
So I made Skinnytaste's Turkey Santa Fe Zucchini Boats... except our grocery store had really small, wimpy looking zucchinis so I made them as stuffed peppers instead. They turned out pretty well!

+3 pounds since last week.

I have no idea what's going on with my weight right now. I've consulted my Weight Watchers Leader and some of my WW friends but there's no real answer. I've been making good choices, working out, and limiting my splurges. I can't explain this weight gain. Instead of focusing on what I can't control (the scale), I'm focusing on making the next right decision; whether that's choosing what to eat, working out when I don't feel like it, or walking away from the many treats that are constantly in my office.

Non-Scale Victory:
A few weeks ago I tried "golf" for the first time. Basically, we went to the driving range and I actually hit some balls! And I enjoyed it! It was way out of my comfort zone but I'm really glad I tried it.

You can actually see the ball in the upper right hand corner!

Do you golf? Have you ever visited a driving range?


  1. Oh, no! I'm sorry that you didn't have a good race. You are doing the right thing by just moving on with your training. You have Princess coming up after all, and that will be a blast! I'm not on Instagram, so I didn't see your report on your race. Can you link it on Facebook? Keep sparkling! :)

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I will be posting a full report here :-)

    2. Also, I just linked the instagram post in the first paragraph of the blog :-)

  2. So interesting fact that I didn't know, but when I was talking about my struggle with my weight, my therapist told me that our brains are programmed to us at a certain weight. And it takes SEVEN YEARS for the brain to adjust. So even after you lose the weight and are doing the right things, our bodies are trying to sabotage what we are doing because it wants us to maintain a weight that we were at before. I'm not sure how true this is, but it makes some sense to me. Keep up the great work! You are definitely an inspiration to me. Hopefully I can be as successful as you, although I'm trying it without Weight Watchers this time.

    1. Thank you, Jen! That is an interesting thought! I, too, feel like my body is just so much more comfortable in the 170 range- that's about where I was before I started gaining and losing about 10 years ago. I will try to remember this and not be discouraged by the lack of progress and just chalk it up to my stupid body not getting the memo :-) Thank you for passing it along!

  3. Sarah: I just thought about two things related to your difficulty with maintenance. Since you have already talked to your leader and others, you probably have already thought of this, but I figured I would mention this in case you haven't. First, I remember that you changed your goal a few months ago to a weight that was several pounds higher than where you actually were (if I recall correctly, you switched from 139 to 150, even though you were about 142?) My Weight Watchers leader always says that you should set your goal for where you actually want to be, and to not give yourself a big "cushion" to make it easier to maintain, because that is where you will actually maintain, because you know that is the goal you have to stay under. There isn't any motivation to stay at the lower weight (139 or so), because you know that you are within your goal (150). So maybe if you change your goal back to the weight you really want, your brain will make sure that you get there. Second, maybe you should act like a new member and go back to religiously weighing and measuring everything, carefully planning all meals and snacks, and focusing on power foods. Anyway, you are probably already doing all of this, but I thought I would remind you just in case. :)

    1. HI Lisa! I have thought about those things. The downside is to stay at Lifetime status I MUST weigh in under my goal weight each month or I have to start paying again. Which is kind of a bummer. So, my leader had encouraged me to set something realistic as the "goal" weight. My personal goal weight is still in the 140-142 range. We will see what happens. I feel like I'm doing everything right, the scale is just not cooperating. Thank you for your comment :-)