Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Your Way!

I know, I know...I haven't blogged in forever.

As usual, it's been super busy here with the usual...Benjamin's medical issues (he's fine, more on that later), Matthew's crazy travel and work schedule (that should let up in about two weeks), and the horrible and devastating tornado that hit our small town of Ringgold last week (my house and all of my family & their houses are fine, but five miles from here is demolished).

Oh, and my precious Benjamin started school last Monday. Unfortunately, he was only able to go for three days before the tornado hit and now schools are closed until at least May 9. But I'll blog about all that later this week.

I have been continuing my running and even signed up for my first half-marathon (Disney, what else??) next January!!!

Today I am writing briefly to tell you about the new weight-loss/fitness challenge I started TODAY. It runs throughout the month of May.

Here is the link to check it out for yourself. If you haven't checked out Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, now is the perfect time; it's almost swimsuit season, ladies! You can also follow them on Twitter at @shrinkingjeans. Incidentally, I'm on Twitter, too, at @MommyAngela3 in case you needed to read any more of my mindless blabber or were curious about how many poopy diapers I change a day. ;)

So here are my goals for this 31-day challenge:
  • Consume no more than 2000 calories a day (except on the days when I get more calories for exercising; I may consume a few more on those days), tracking my daily intake on my laptop or my iPod Touch at MyFitnessPal. (If you don't know about this free gem, do yourself a favor and click on that link.)
  • Running each week and tracking it on MyFitnessPal and DailyMile (by syncing my Garmin Forerunner 305, aka the best birthday present I ever bought for myself). My runs will consist of two runs a week (at about an 11-12 minute-per-mile pace) of about 3.1 miles (six laps around my neighborhood) and one long run a week (at about a 12-13 minute-per-mile pace) which starts this week at just over six miles but will increase roughly half-a-mile every two weeks. (This is all for my half-marathon training.) By doing this, I burn roughly 1700 calories a week.
  • Drinking at least 50 oz of water a day. (I like mine w a little Sweet-N-Low, lemon juice, & lime juice.)
  • Checking in weekly with measurements and weight.
I haven't been gaining weight since I've starting running three times a week, but I haven't been careful with my food, so I haven't been losing either. And if I wear the right outfit and don't suck in my stomach, I can easily look four-to-five months pregnant.

So here I go again!!!! Feel free to join me.

I'll be checking in every Wednesday with my weight and measurements. So this week, I will start today (Sunday) and then check in only three days. But then after that, it'll be every week.

I ain't skeered.

Sunday, May 1

Starting Weight: 193.2

Starting Measurements

Waist  --  37"
Hips  --  42"
Thigh (R)  --  26"
Arm (R)  --  12.75"
Calf (R)  --  17.5"

See you soon! I will blog about the boys soon and put up pictures, I promise. :)


The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans said...

I'm so glad you joined out challenge, Angela!! And wow on the tornados. Thank God you and your family are safe, it's so sad to see the devastation so many people are experiencing!

Good luck with your 1/2 marathon training. I just ran my second 1/2 2 weeks ago and it was amazing!!!

Mel said...

Great goals!! Welcome to the challenge. :)

Trish said...

I too am glad you all are safe! I am going to follow you on Twitter, because I too babel..teehee! Good luck with your goals! See you around SJ & Twitter :)

AnnG said...

I'm glad to see you participating in this challenge! You'll do great!

rachel said...

Ok, Angela, you don't even really know me, except that we have a bunch of the same BZ friends on facebook, but I follow your blog and I'm IN. I started my weight-loss journey about 6 weeks ago and have become a bit complacent in the last week, so I'm excited for a new challenge. Thanks for introducing me to it!

Brooke said...

i'm similar with you in that eating is really my problem. and try as i might i can't run off all i'm willing to shove down my throat.

Disney is gonna be so much fun!! :) Glad you've already got that goal out there for yourself!!

Tami @ said...

I've joined the challenge, too! Great goals!

Verna said...

I am so glad that you are okay from all the storms. It must be very devastating to see all the destruction.