Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Shannan Week 15 --- Surving Thanksgiving

I m happy to report that I managed to get through Thanksgiving relatively unscathed. I did gain 2 lbs..... (stupid, delicious cheese ball) but I feel like it could have been much worse.

As you know I've kind of been at a stand still with my weight loss - I haven't lost weight in a month! This week I have decided .... (dramatic music here.....)to return to the gym.

I started contemplating a return to the gym last week when I received a letter from Silverlake (our family - friendly gym) that they would now be allowing members to use their sister gym - Better Bodies - at no additional charge. While I love Silverlake, Better Bodies is closer to my house which means I can sleep in a smidge longer before heading out in the a.m. to work out before work (I like to work out and get back home in time to get the boys up for school).

My return to the gym was further supported when I came across a few Tweets between my friend Loree and Cincinnati Loser, Laura this week. They were talking about a program called The Couch-to-5K Running Plan. I'd never heard of it before but it's a program that helps you gradually work up to running three miles with just 2 months of gradual training. After looking at the training schedule I think I'm going to do it.

I'm hoping the Couch to 5K Running Plan will give me another form of accountability and also freshen up my weight loss efforts which have gotten a little stale.

If you live in NKY and like working out at the butt-crack of dawn (5:30 a.m.) shoot me an email at Shannanb@gmail.com. Maybe we can be workout buddies??? I would love to start next week.

6 comments:

Laura said...

Hooray for the couch to 5k program. Running is seriously the most intimidating form of exercise out there for me. Love cycling, hiking, walking, and about any sport... but running seems so intense. Glad you, Loree and I are doing this together. Maybe we can get some other losers to join us?

Monika said...

Intimidating doesn't even begin to cover it...sometimes I feel like I don't even know the proper way to run! I'd love to try this, but oh my goodness...a commitment to running. As someone who runs only for sales and from fires, I'm not sure...

Shannanb aka Mommy Bits said...

Laura - I am totally pumped. I looked over the plan and it seems totally do-able.

Monika - Check out the running plan. I think you'll like it.

Loree said...

Seriously, folks....I cannot recommend Couch-to-5k enough. I successfully completed C25K in '03, and went on to run several 5 and 10ks, and eventually a half-marathon. This is from a person who got a B in high school gym and, the first time I jogged for a full minute, felt like I was going to puke. It's a smart, safe way to start running w/o burning yourself out. And, from someone who started doing it when I wasn't at all physically active, I can say I never felt quite an accomplishment as I did when I ran 3.1 miles the first time.

I'm doing it again now to build my base back up. From my former training, I could possibly hack running a mile or two, but boy, would it feel awful after so long away from the gym and off the road.

Loree said...

Oh, and Shannan, I'm totally an a.m. runner! Except I only have a Fitworks membership, unfortunately. If/when the weather's good enough for outside running and you still want a workout buddy, let me know.

Kelly said...

So, what 5K will you be doing?!

I recommend the Strides of March Carrot Run - I think it's usually the first Saturday in March. It's a nice, small, flat run that benefits the Nutrition Council. I've written about it on my blog before - it's under the tag "running," if you're interested. (It was my first 5K, and it has a special place in my heart as such, so I try to let people know about it!)