Monday, October 28, 2013

My WW Monday Morning Meeting Has Closed.

Today is a very sad day for me.  We were told last week that today was the last morning meeting to be held at my meeting location.  They will still have a night meeting, but I REALLY like going in the morning.  I have a few options.  I can travel 20 minutes in 2 different directions to attend morning meetings.  This will cut into my Jazzercise class before the meeting.  I can attend a night meeting, which I don't want to do.  I can go weigh in only once a month, since I am a lifetime member and keep my free status and get free etools.  I have been attending the same meeting for almost 3 years.  In January it will be 2 years of being at lifetime again.  I REALLY like my leader from this meeting and to follow her I would have to drive an hour to attend her meetings on Tuesday morning.  I know that it is important to attend the meetings.  I know that my success has come from attending the meetings every week for the past almost 3 years.  I also know that it is important to connect with the leader and other members.  My locations has an evening meeting, but I really don't connect with that leader.  It is also a VERY large meeting and it is hard to form any personal relationship with the leader and members.  I used to attend the night meetings the first time I went to WW.  I would starve myself all day so the scale would be good to me and then stuff myself after the meeting and go home to go to bed shortly after.  Not a good thing to do, I know.  I managed to get to lifetime, but it took a lot longer and I didn't stay there long and quit from the frustration.  I promised myself this time that I would not quit and give up.  I discussed my option of just weighing in once a month and not staying for the meeting with my leader and she was very stern that I was not to do that.  She is a super lady.  I have a week to make a final decision if I want to continue attending weekly meeting and a month if I decide that weighing in to continue my free lifetime status.  Any feedback would be very much appreciated.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I'm A Runner!

Who would have ever thought 9 weeks ago that I would be doing my first 5K?  My daughter and my grand-dog ran with me.  I am number 203.

After following the C25K program I managed to be finisher 223 out of 423.  I came in 4th out of 7 in my age bracket missing out getting a ribbon for 3rd place by 5 minutes.  Now I have something to strive for. 

 My finishing time was 37.51.1. My pace was 12:13 per mile.  I can and will improve this with more practice.  Technically, I still had 2 more runs in the program before I was actually a C25K graduate.  I am very proud of myself for doing this and for finishing and not quitting.  It was hard to run up the hills, since I'm used to running on the school track which is a flat, cushy and oval.  I will be looking for more 5Ks to do and who knows?  Someday I just might be writing about my 1st half marathon followed by a full marathon.