A Little Less Of Me

My quest to become thinner and healthier

Inspired! 29 January 2010

Filed under: Musings — lennonzgal @ 17:18

We live in a 4-bedroom house.  Since we don’t actually need two guest bedrooms, one of them has become an office.  Unfortunately, the word office in our house often translates into room to dump all the crap into before guests arrive.  Between normal junk-dumping and preparing for Christmas, the office has looked like a disaster area for at least two months.

So, in the midst of taking down the Christmas decorations (yes, at least two weeks ago), I decided that it would be oh-so-intelligent to also tear apart the office and start reworking it, inch by inch.  I promised myself that I’d be finished working on it by the end of this month, which thankfully seems likely.  As we’ve been tearing into things, I’ve come upon little ditties that have made me smile and think back to a fun time here or there (I should mention that all of my photography equipment … including extra photos … is stored in the closet of said office, so most of the ditties were photos). 

A few nights ago, I was plowing through all of my scrapbooking materials, trying to separate them into boxes for future scrapbooks.  One box became the “race book” box.  Over the years, I’ve saved every bib, every pamphlet, every little thing I could from races that Will and I have been in.  As I was sifting through the stuff, I found my inspiration to get back out running and hopefully stay there – my medals. 

As a child, I was completely not athletic.  I was too shy for group activities and I just didn’t enjoy chasing a ball around any sort of field.  I did figure skate for a couple of years, but that got too expensive and I had to quit before my poor parents had to remortgage the house.  The only medals in my bedroom were ones that said “Honor Roll” or “No Absences” on them.  I lie – I did have one bowling trophy from maybe 1987, but that was it.  Seeing those race medals, in particular the one from the 2006 Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run reminded me of how accomplished I felt to have that medal put around my neck as I gasped for breath at the finish line (hey – I finished;  no one said I did it gracefully).  We were dog-assed-slow (I believe we finished in 3:15:xx), but we were so proud of ourselves.  I realized, I want that feeling again.  And now I want it at my more recent pace (12:00 – 12:30 miles … still slow, but at least I’ll finish before the walkers). 

I think that’s what I’ve been needing.  I’m not going to foolishly sign up for a race yet; I have a toddler who needs me more than the distance run does, but I’m aspiring to get myself to a point where I can get out there and run that distance once again.  I’m thinking maybe those medals deserve a place of honor somewhere on the walls of our house – a constant reminder that I did it once and I can certainly do it again.



Filed under: Daily Weight Log — lennonzgal @ 11:50

This is nothing short of frustrating.  Yes, I’m still 10 pounds down from my starting point last year, but I’m about a pound and a half above my lowest weight for the beginning of this year.  The weight is down from yesterday, so I’ll take it, but I really want to see this up-each-week creep stop. 

I’m hoping to sort of keep the status quo over the next week because of the weird schedule, and then I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can start eeking that weight back down.  My goal is to be rid of holiday weight by Easter … that gives me plenty of time to kick myself into gear and it still affords me quite a few months of additional losing to maybe see the 170’s on a more permanent basis.


1/28 Workout: HHA

Filed under: Feel the Burn — lennonzgal @ 11:47

Shawn T is back da house!  Also, that’s the last time I’ll EVER say that.

Since Will was at school last night and it was quite obviously too cold to put Liam in the jogger, I stayed in and did my 30 minutes of jumping around my family room like an idiot.  It was fun, and I felt like I at least burned a few more calories than I would have had I skipped the activity altogether.  I’m actually quite glad to be bringing back the exercise regimen, its like spending a weekend eating too much … by the time its over, you’re ready to get back to normal. 

So, back to running and HHA … assuming I run tomorrow (which I’m planning to do), I’ll have met my personal 3x/week workout goal!  Hooray!


183.6 28 January 2010

Filed under: Daily Weight Log — lennonzgal @ 11:42

Obviously, I’m doing something very differently than I was at the end of last year.  Aside from my obvious inability to get to this blog (I AM weighing in every day, I just don’t always make it to the computer), something is definitely stunting my ability to drop this weight.  I’m actually thinking its a few things – first, lack of exercise.  Let’s face it, even my previous 3 day per week regimen was giving me a boost in the calorie-burning department.  Second, lack of sleep.  Liam has been getting up in the night a lot more often recently,  which has caused a severe lack of sleep in our world.  Not much we can do about it, but there it is.  Last, overeating.  I won’t say I’m not doing it, because I am.  I’m going to take a look at what I eat over the next few days and really start to work to get myself back to pre-holiday levels.  Its become obvious to me that I haven’t been able to do that yet. 

Next week is going to be a challenge for this – we’re hosting a party with good friends on Saturday, followed by dinner out both Monday and Wednesday.  Its rare that all of that happens at once, but there it is.  So, I’m going to try and eek through next week without a gain, and then work on shedding these holiday pounds immediately thereafter.


10/27 Workout: Speed Run

Filed under: Feel the Burn — lennonzgal @ 11:36

I’m still working on ramping back up to the speed I was at at the end of last year.  It shouldn’t take long, but it’ll still take a week or two. 

Last night, I hit the pavement again and eeked out a short but seemingly strong speed run.  I was happy with it, and I felt good about having gotten out there, especially since I had to spend the better part of yesterday afternoon convincing myself that it was a good idea (the 2am wake up call by Liam sort of hampered my previous enthusiasm).  I got out there, I did it, and I feel like I can get back on track quickly, so I’d call it a success!


Fat Bias in Medicine 25 January 2010

Filed under: Musings — lennonzgal @ 17:51


I saw that article today and it struck a chord with me.  Its frustrating to see how heavy people are treated just on the street, but to know that its happening in the medical profession too is just unacceptable.

When I was at the OB/GYN for my very first appointment while pregnant with Liam, I saw a nurse practitioner.  Before they even confirmed that I was pregnant, she was already barking at me that I was too overweight and that I should not gain more than 5-10 pounds during the pregnancy.  Nervous, I asked if I could continue running – I mean, I probably could stick to that number if I was able to get some good exercise.  She gave me this up-and-down look and said, “Absolutely not.”  Apparently, fat people can’t run.  I was allowed to walk, slowly.  Gee, thanks.  That’ll burn a whole lot of calories.  After I had Liam and went back for my 8 week post-partum checkup, I spoke with the doctor who had delivered Liam.  She was BAFFLED that someone at her practice would be so stupid as to tell someone who had run 3 half-marathons that she was not allowed to run during pregnancy.  She told me that the next time I get pregnant, I should continue running and ignore idiotic advice. 

It really hurt me that the nurse practitioner just assumed that since I was heavy, I shouldn’t exercise.  She had no basis for that statement.  She wasn’t happy about me continuing to do Jazzercise, but I did that until I couldn’t do the end-of-class sit-ups anymore.  I left that appointment feeling so flustered and so nervous … as a pregnant woman, the LAST thing I needed was one more thing to stress me out, and yet there was the NP barking at me from the start.  She must have mentioned 10 times that I was overweight and really needed to watch myself. 

When I saw her for my next appointment, I had gained the obligatory pound-a-week that pregnant women gain, and she gave me the nastiest look I’ve ever seen.  It was then that I decided I would see only doctors, and guess what … the doctors had NO problem with what I had gained.  And now, I’m a mere 5 pounds from that starting weight … not too shabby, I don’t think.

In the end, though, it shouldn’t matter what we look like … we’re all the same.  Someday, people will get that.



Filed under: Daily Weight Log — lennonzgal @ 11:31

I’m pretty sure that’s lower than last Monday, so bonus there.  I ate relatively well this weekend – even passed up Philly pizza for a healthier lunch at home.  It helps that Will really seems to want to lose weight this time around; it sort of inspires me to make better choices so that I can encourage him to do the same. 

I have a much better feeling about this week.  Last week may have set me back a bit,  but that’s okay.  I’m going to get there.