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Thursday, June 23, 2011

My running route each morning

 So this is where I start in the mornings on the boardwalk here at the beach.  I run 2 miles straight ahead, and turn around at the King Neptune sculpture and run back 2 miles.  I completed that today - and took only 3 one minute walking breaks between each mile.  After the 3rd mile and before beginning the 4th, I took about a 5 min walking break because I really needed it!
 This a view of the ocean as the sun is coming up.  This is at about 5:30 A.M.  Not sure if you can see the rocks jetting out on the right side in the water.  We call it 'the jetty' and its where all the surfers catch waves if there are any!
 This is my view to the right - its the end of the boardwalk (concrete walk) where I start my runs!
Another view of the beautiful ocean!

I'm happy I got through the four miles.  Tomorrow is supposed to be a rest day for the running schedule, but I've got boot camp at 5:30am!  UGH.  But I know I need to do it. I'm really going to have to force myself to go as I really did not enjoy it the first time and then for the week after!
Then Saturday, the running schedule calls for a 60 min run at 7:30 in the morning.  No way I can run for 60 mis without walk breaks.  I'll be doing that for sure!

Today the scale said 187.5 again.  Gosh, I just want it to move down.  I'm carefully watching my calories and I'm at 900 one day 1200 the next, 1000 the next, 800 the next.  Sort of bouncing around like that.  I've been really consistent with my calories and with working out.  I don't understand why the scale isn't moving for me at this point.  It really should be.  Any thoughts or ideas?


  1. First, man that cupcake looks gooooood! And I'm jealous of your route!

    You are doing quite a bit of dedicated exercise. My first reaction is: are you getting enough calories? From my personal experience, if I dipped below 1000 it was a guaranteed stall. If you happen to have a heart rate monitor like a Polar or Garmin, one idea would be to wear that for the entire day to see how many calories you are burning. Just something to think about.

  2. wow .. what a view to take in.. are you in MD or NJ?
    You are doing a great job.. keep it up the scale gods will reward you..

  3. What a beautiful running route you have! I'm sure that has to be motivating! I'm sure the weight will start coming down soon!

  4. That is an awesome sight to see during your morning runs. Very encouraging. Keep up the good work.

  5. Hi Rhonda, I like my heart rate monitor a lot. It really helped me fine tune my breathing for running as well (which definitely paid off endurance wise and eventually speed as well). If you want to be able to track distance, I'd recommend a Garmin. If you just want time and heart rate, then I'd go for the Polar. Lots of models to choose from on both, but that's my opinion for what it's worth.

    For calories, I am only sharing what worked for me and you know how that goes, so please take it with a grain (or three) of salt. Essentially I started exercising a lot. And I stalled. I increased quality calories and my weight started dropping.

    What's strange is that when I went into maintenance and went to ignoring calories and just eating when I was hungry, I dropped more weight without "trying" (wasn't a focus).

    I'm sure there could be a ton of explanations / theories as to why all this occurred, but dropping below 1000 just seems like it may not be enough "fuel" for your activity level.

    Then again, the scale is evil. I can also remember a stage when I was "shifting". The scale wasn't moving, but my clothes were fitting differently. I hung in there and eventually the scale reflected the changes.

    I wish we each came with an instruction manual - except the guys wouldn't read it (HA!). Bottom line, you are doing all the right things. Hang in there! (I'm at fluffy DOT bandster AT gmail DOT com if you have want to exchange emails on monitors or whatever)

  6. I love love love your running view - it's fantastic!!

  7. OH... and I agree with Fluffy, maybe you just need to up your calories a touch - maybe try to shoot for 1200 per day for several days in a row and see what happens.


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