Saturday, September 22, 2012

More progress!

It has now been 6 months since getting the official PCOS diagnosis, (though probably years that I've had it.) and 4 months since getting serious about cracking down on diet and exercise since all the pain started a year and a half ago.

Here's where things stand:

Weight: down 12 pounds
Neck: down 1 inch
Chest: down 3 inches
Waist: down 4.5 inches
Hips: down 1.75 inches
Arm: down 1 inch
Thigh: down 2 inches
Calf: down 0.5 inch
BP 132/84 (getting closer to that 120/80 mark!)
On September 8 , I finished my first official 5K race, A Run to Remember, in honor of the fire/rescue/police staff lost on September 11, 2001. I was not last;-) My time was 46:30. This was after working my first full week back in the classroom. These days, three weeks into school, I can finish in 42 minutes! My goal for next year is 36 minutes.

I only need to take off 6 more pounds to be able to say that I weigh less now than on my last day pregnant:-) The over all goal is 63 more pounds. 

Progress Photos:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

90 day update

 So here we are at the end of the summer, 3 months into the workout plan that is going to help me beat PCOS. Progress is slow, but it is still progress. Here is what I've seen so far.

Weight: Down 8 lbs
Neck: Down 1 inch
Chest: Down 2.5 inchs
Waist: Down 4 inchs
Hips: Down 1 inch
Arm: Down 1.25 inchs
Thigh: Down 1 inch
Calf: Down 0.25 inch

BP: 138/86 Down from the stage 1 hypertension level to the "prehypertension" level.

Before photo followed by June 27, July 27, August 27:

Side view (No BEFORE because I didn't think of it until June 27!)

Also, I am running the entire 5K now! It takes me around 45 minutes from start to finish when I run on the road or sidewalk. For some reason, when I run on the trail, it takes a little less time. I don't know if it's just less fatiguing or if the mile markers on the trail are wrong...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kicking it up a notch

I finished the 5 week 5K Your Way walk/jog program from Sparkpeople at the end of last week with a time of 40 minutes flat! I'm still thinking back to the beginning of summer vacation when 5K took me a whole hour! It's time to move on up to the next level.

Today I start the next level; the 5K program that will have me running the entire 5K before the end of this month! I am beyond excited! My goal in the next couple of months is to get down to a 12 minute mile so I can finish the 5K in 36 minutes. That will be my best time ever, even better than when I was running before Jude came a long and when I got sick.

We have another goal that Jeff and I both plan to meet in exactly one month from tomorrow. We've registered to run a race in Gwinnett put on by the Gwinnett County Police Department called A Run to Remember. This race is in honor and remembrance of all the 343 firefighters and EMS workers, and the 60 NYPD and Port Authority police officers that lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The money raised from the race benefits their fallen officer fund. I couldn't think of a more worthy cause for our first race.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Started week 5 of my C25K program tonight and I averaged 13.67 minutes per mile! I know this is no great time or anything, but at the beginning of summer break it was taking me 17 minutes to complete a mile and around an hour to finish the course. Today it too me 41 minutes. Yay for progress. Small steps, I know; but steps nonetheless.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

C25K Week 4

Today was a milestone! It was the first day that I jogged (because I can't really call what I do running! I am sloooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwww.) for the same amount of time that I walked during the training session. This training session was walk 2.5 minutes, run 2.5 minutes for 6 cycles. 15 minutes of running and 15 minutes of walking. Of course, I always finish a the 5K out after the training session is over, so at this time, it takes me 42 minutes to complete the 5K or about 14 minutes a mile. But in reality what it looks like is 13.5 minutes for mile 1, 14.5 minutes for mile 2, and 14 minutes for mile 3. I have NO idea why that second mile is always so difficult for me!