Weight Loss and 5K Training

Hopefully this will be one of my last weight loss update posts!

Weight Loss Before and After: Part 1

Weight Loss Before and After: Part 2

Weight Loss Before and After: Part 3

Weight Loss Before and After: Part 4

Diet

Remember that 2-week diet from hell I was just on to get over my end-game weight loss plateau? Well, it worked! I was able to lose 2 whole pounds (1 kg). That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s actually quite good when you’re right near the end. I’m at 132 pounds, with only 4 pounds to go to get to a healthy % body fat. My regular weight loss diet is now back in place (with a few less portions of carbs per day, but still nice), so I’m a happy girl.

My nutritionist even asked me if I wanted to stay where I am or continue. Wow! That means that she thinks I’m A-ok! I told her I wanted to get rid of the last 4 pounds to be at the % body fat that I should be, so onward we go.

Here are some more before and after pics… not very recent, but enough to give you an idea of how my double chin has disappeared! When I get down to my goal weight, I’ll be sure to have some awesome pictures for ya.

Before

After

Exercise

I’ve also decided to train for a 5K that’s coming up in August. This is very scary because I am horrible at running. Always have been. Back in grade school in Virginia we had physical fitness testing twice a year, and I always dreaded running “The Mile”. I was always among the last kids to cross the finish line, and the experience was just humiliating.

And now I’m doing it voluntarily.

This is what happens when you have too many athletic friends to talk you into things.

Most of you have probably heard of the Couch to 5K (C25K) program, and that’s what I’m using to train (along with a few friends). I’m just about to start Week 4 of the program, and it’s going… ok. It’s still unclear if I’ll be able to run the entire 5K without walking, but I will at least cross the finish line without crawling.

Several of my friends will also be participating and a few of them are at about my same level, so we’ve been keeping eachother motivated and even running together on a few occasions.

I started out training on the treadmill at the gym, but trust me: the treadmill is much, much easier than running outside. So this week, after some advice from my friends, I’m starting to do the vast majority of my running outdoors. Cancun has some great areas for running. Maybe I can post about that sometime next week.

What’s the biggest personal challenge you’ve ever overcome?

10 thoughts on “Weight Loss and 5K Training

  1. Aww…. Just got back from a run w/ two of my friends, but man oh man was it hot out!!! We should have gone out earlier…!!!

    Good luck for the 5K , it’s a good starting point! Also, much easier running inside on a treadmill, so it’s great you are moving it outdoors!!! You go girl!

  2. Good for you, Laura! Its hard getting out there and making yourself do something that doesn’t come naturally. I’m sure you’ll do great!

  3. Keep it up. I wish I could come down to Cancun and run the race with you. I have not been running outside; but I do walk a lot outside. I will start running this week.

  4. Good job! Don’t worry, as long as you train you will be able to run the 5k with no problem. I started running about 3 years ago, I’ve done about 5 half marathons and a few 5ks! I hated long distance running before, but I love it so much now! It’s part of my routine, 6 miles 4 to 5 days a week.. awesome! I’m looking forward to running in Cancun:)! Also, running is the best cardio exercise to lose weight! Good luck!

  5. I did the Couch to 5K program a few years ago. I really liked it. My only problem was what to do when I finished. I kind of slacked off afterwards… Suerte!

  6. Good luck girly!! I have done a few 5k and you wont regret it. I have always hated running also but you feel so good and have a sense of accomplishment when you cross the line. Even if you are not the first person just knowing you finished is a great feeling. And congrats on losing the two pounds.

  7. Hi! I was searching the web for furniture in Mexico and found your reply to a post. First, congratulations on your healthy lifestyle! You look great and I bet your feel so awesome! I hope you don’t mind me asking you some questions about Mexico – I’d love your feedback…. my hubby and I have been coming to Mexico (Playcar mostly) for 16 years. We’ve finally decided (almost!) to buy a condo in Tulum. Please give me any advice – any big reasons why we shouldn’t do it? Any big reasons TO do it? I saw some pictures of a friend of yours who makes furniture… does she/he still do that? Thanks so much! and good luck on your 5k! Loxy

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