Friday, April 8, 2011

Plodding forward!

Well, I've lost another two tenths of a pound. It seems like nothing...but I'm taking it. Slow and steady wins the race, right? (Although the races I've run have seemed to have winners who were fast and furious, but it's still a good thought!)

I realize one of my main issues is consistency in working out. After running the 5K for the Jingle Bell run in December my runs have been almost non-existent and it is VERY tough to run now that I've gone so much out of the routine. Today I met Katie at the gym and made a goal for myself to run a whole mile w/o stopping, something I haven't been able to do lately. So, I started at a slower pace and ran 5 minutes. Then I gradually increased speed through the end of the mile. At the end I was running at 5.0 (which for me is really good) and was able to keep going after reaching that mile ... um ... milestone. :) I actually did a complete 15 minutes and reached a little more than a 1.1 before slowing down and then eventually walking to the end of my 20 minutes on the treadmill. I'm pleased with this but also frustrated with how I've let this area go. I know it's so much easier to run when I'm in the routine. Once I lapse, it is incredibly difficult for me to get started again. Something about the Law of Motion, I guess. It's really true. A body in motion will stay in motion and a body at rest...will stay 50 pounds overweight!

Another area I'm addressing is my eating. I hear you...aren't you already cutting out sugar, grain, gluten, and dairy? What else is there to get rid of? No, I'm not eliminating anything new from my diet. But I am going to start monitoring the amount of food I eat. Even focusing solely on lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and seeds and nuts seems to leave room for taking in too many calories. Can you say slow down on the Lara Bars, Jill? Ha ha! Starting this weekend I'm going to back to logging the foods I eat. Argh. I loathe logging. But, I also loathe wearing a size 16!

So, time to keep plodding forward. Despite the dreams of cheeseburgers and fries that are starting to wake me up in the middle of the night with ferocious cravings. Gotta work through, pray through, and live through the pain!

LOVE, my friends. And, have a FABULOUS weekend!!


  1. Remember - I am right there with you, Jill.

    Congrats on the treadmill workout. Pat your self on the back!

  2. Jill, I am SOO blessed by your posts... you have NO idea! Donovan & I, as you know in our younger years, both really struggled with weight--- and we've decided it'll be a life-long process of understanding SELF-CONTROL in the area of eating & exercising. I thought within marriage, it would be EASIER to maintain, because he & I are best friends and it's fun to be each other's cheerleaders! ...But the balance of it all is WAY harder than I thought. I want to continue posting with you, and just started getting into "Made to Crave" myself :) So excited to be part of this! Thanks again for your vulnerability & saying what sometimes we think, but have a really hard time ADMITTING. You are a blessing <3
    Love, Emily

  3. Thanks so much for relating, Meredith!
    Emily, thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog and hope you will feel free to comment often. You have had a lot of success in this area and I know your words will encourage a lot of folks. Thanks again, my friend! :)