Saturday, August 16, 2008

Early Morning Ramblings

So I went to go to a Friday Weight Watchers meeting, rather than today due to family outings. When I walked in, I was getting "the look" from several ladies. "Hello can I help you? You're a member here?" What look may you be asking? I only know this look because it was the EXACT same look I used to give women 3 years ago. It's the "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SKINNY BITCH DOING AT WEIGHT WATCHERS?!?" You know that look. Do I think I'm a skinny bitch, no, but do I think some are looking at me with disdain in their eyes YES. Even when I go to my regular meetings, I get that look. I finally made a scrapbook page of my before and after pics to bring so that people realize I'm not at Weight Watchers to make people feel bad. I'm there because I need to be there. I was overweight and would like not to go back to that so I go to be kept on track. Why do we women do that? I used to do it when I was bigger and my friends lost weight and now I see my friends doing it to me. It's almost as if we're irritated by someone making a choice to better their life. Why can't we be happy for each other?

Anyway, since weight loss is not so much my goal anymore (except for the 7 lbs. I've gained since my surgery that hasn't gone away) but maintaining my weight is, I need to have a goal in my mind to give myself a Woot Woot since I don't get them at my Weight Watcher meetings anymore. So I was thinking I would train for a 1/2 Marathon. I found one in December in Vegas that I thought would give me enough time to train. After talking to my sister-in-law though (she did Ironman this summer and is AMAZING), she wasn't too happy about that race. She told me about local 1/2's that would be in October. At first I was really excited. I went to several running websites and printed out their training schedules and now I'm freaked out. I think October is realistically too soon for me. I still can't run 5 miles without stopping a few times. I also have to wear my binder still (like a giant ace bandage) around my abs when I run still or I have severe pain. Plus, the school year will start back up soon and I am usually frazzled the first month. So, I'm disappointed in myself that I feel like I'm making excuses, but I'm trying to keep it real. My husband suggests I start really training in January so I don't push myself too much. If I'm going to do a 1/2 I'd have to start training yesterday. *Sigh* So for now, I think I might have the goal of the 100 push up challenge (can't do the ab challenge since I'm not allowed to do them for another month). Anyone else have any other suggestions for me? I'm great at doing cardio with running or dragging my 2 monkeys in the bike trailer, but I'm horrible about weight training.


spunkysuzi said...

I think you're doing great!! I'm the opposite i'm good at weights, i'm great at walking but running?? no way ;)
Hoping after i after the angioplasty done that i may give it another try ;)

carla said...

let me mull this one as I wasnt always addicted to the iron :)

back in the DAY I was the aerobics queen (literally. taught classes all the time. ran the program at my college)---but no longer.


N.D. said...

Wow, you look amazing!!! I think a 1/2 in November or December would be great timing and give you time to up your mileage. Also, if you are out there to reach your goal, Las Vegas sounds like a cool place! But I'm not sure where you are from, I would keep looking for 1/2s on running sites. I think Philly has one with the marathon in November around thanksgiving. Keep up the good work!

Kate said...

A half is a great goal! I think you can do it! October might be a bit soon though, as you don't want to up your mileage to quick and get hurt, because then you wouldn't be running at all! I'm running my first half at the end of may of next year, and I can't wait.

RooBabs said...

Hi Chellie! I just got caught up on reading all of your posts (I love that about new blogs). Thanks for stopping by my site- sorry you can't do the ab challenge, but I totally understand.

Your progress is amazing, and I'm totally in awe of all that you've accomplished. I think a half-marathon is an excellent goal. I definitely wouldn't push for Oct, though, because you might overdo it, and then get injured, or just not enjoy the experience as much as you might have otherwise.

If your SIL doesn't think the Vegas race is very good, you could check for other races around that same time. or would be good places to start. I think there's a half in Phoenix in January that might work for you.

About motivation for weight training, I'm in the same boat. Two years ago (Jan 07) I did the Women's Health Ultimate Fitness Challenge, and it was great, because it was structured and the moves changed every so often. They had something similar for 2008 which I started, but didn't stick with it because I didn't like the moves as much as last year. But they do have online tools that are great, so you might look into it (you do have to "sign up" for a free account with their site- it's no big deal, they don't send you emails if you don't want them).

Anyway, sorry to ramble for so long, but hope that helps. I'll be adding you to my blogroll so I can check in on you. = ) Lose 80 Pounds said...

This is my first visit to your blog and you look AMAZING! Congrats on all you've accomplished. =)