Weekly Weigh In #NSnation ~ Running Motivation

Weekly Weigh In #NSnation ~ Running Motivation

My weight loss weigh in for 3/5/2012 to 3/11/2012.

Setting Goals

I truly believe setting attainable goals are key to losing weight and staying on track.  Make them too hard and you burn out and lose motivation, don’t have any and you are unfocused and meander.  So, I’ve been setting goals.

To recap, last week’s goals were:

So did having goals work?  How did I do?

Wine:  I did relatively well – had wine one night at a friend’s house and a few drinks at a bowling party, but that’s all.

Eating:  I followed Nutrisystem about 50/50.

Exercise:  I exercised 2 times.

celebrate weight loss
It was a great weight loss week.

Weight Loss Results

  • Lost 2.2 pounds.
  • Total weight loss to date – 5.8 pounds.
  • First goal 10 pounds (4.2 lbs to go).

I’ll take it!  Granted I didn’t stick to my goals 100%, but having them kept me focused and made me think before choosing to break a goal rather than not even realizing where I got off track.  And a 2.2 pound loss is definitely acceptable to me, so I’ll be setting goals for this week too.

Week’s Weight Loss Goals

My goals for this week include:

  • run 3 times,
  • drink 64oz of water every day, and
  • drink no alcohol.

Running Motivation

I signed up for a 5K on April 15th.  As of today, we are 5 weeks out and counting.  That means only 15 times to run between now and race day.  Only 15 opportunities to get into shape so I’m not embarrassed.

Keeping a count down is helping spur my running motivation for sure!  My goal is to complete the 5K (3.1 miles) in less than 32 minutes.

I also rely on the Empty the Trunk Facebook group and weight loss motivation pinterest boards to keep me motivated and on track.

I’ll let you know how I do…

Running Tips

Since I’ve started this running journey I’ve learned a few things I thought I’d share with you:

  • Putting your treadmill on an incline of 1.5 makes it equivalent to running outdoors on a fairly flat track.
  • Sneakers should be replaced about every 400 miles.
  • If your feet, shins, or calves hurt, try putting inserts into your shoes.  I found mine at Target and they really helped.
  • I recently bought a heart rate monitor and compared the calories burned shown on it versus the one shown on my treadmill – the heart rate monitor shows nearly twice the calories.  (I assume it’s more accurate since it has my heart rate in there, weight and age.)
  • Good running socks make a difference.
  • Active.com is a great source for finding an exercise event near you.

Do you have any running or exercise tips to share?  Please leave them in the comments.  I always need to learn more.

Do you set goals? 

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7 Responses to Weekly Weigh In #NSnation ~ Running Motivation

  1. Way to go. I am training dor the disney half marathon in sept. I am up to 4miles. I should get there and be strong since I still have just under 6mos.
    I couldn’t agree more about a good pair of socks!! I did not know about the 1.5incline tip. I will try it
    My tip for you is music music and more great music that keeps you going and motivated
    Also signing up for a race is a great motivator
    Keep it up

    • I can’t remember the brand name and it isn’t on the inserts themselves, but they have a section of inserts (near shoes) and I just picked the ones that seemed like they were for running yet weren’t the most expensive. They were around $10 I think for the pair.

  2. Great job! I need to write my goals down more–it seems the last 10 pounds are hanging on for dear life! One site I found that helped me know how far I’d gone (other than a pedometer I guess) was runningmap.com. It lets you enter your route and it tells you how far it is. Sometimes I’d swear it was farther than it said!!

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