July 22, 2013

small steps.

Good morning afternoon, Monday.  I was waiting until this morning to start this post because I wanted to do measurements and such, but Elsie hasn't napped as well as I had hoped so maybe I'll get this published before the end of the day.  We shall see...

Anyway.  I wish I had more progress to share, but there is progress, so that is better than nothing.  Looking at the pictures (here is my first set), I can't really see much of a difference.  Which isn't all that surprising because there isn't a huge difference in the numbers either, BUT I really want to see some progress soon!  I suppose I'd have to really commit to see the results though.  Just do it Ashley, just do it...


As far as numbers go, I'm down 4.2 pounds from where I first started.  Still up about a pound and a half from the lowest I've gotten over the last five weeks, but down from the start, and that is what counts right?  Even if it's two steps forward, one step back, I'm still going forward.  My measurements...

natural waist = 27.75 in (-1.5 inches)
belly button = 32 in (-1.5 inches)
hips = 40.25 in (-.75 inches)
leg = 24.675 in (-.825 inches)
arm = 11 in (no change)

Again, measuring your arm is kind of awkward, and I'm not sure (on any of these) if I'm holding the tape exactly where I did the first time, so they could certainly be off.  But the numbers in general are going in the right direction.  So it is all about committing and doing and not giving up.

Speaking of commitment, I decided to go all in and sign up for a half marathon in October.  The same one I've run twice before.  Because I've done it twice (here and here), I know what to expect.  Granted I won't be pregnant this time, so that will be nice.  But training will still be interesting.  I'm most concerned with getting in my weekday runs.  Right now the training plan (I'm loosely following Higdon's Novice 2 Plan) doesn't call for too high of mileage, but it won't be long before I'll need to be getting in five miles during the week.  I'm hoping this whole sleep training business we started with Elsie last night goes well, and makes my days a little more predictable.  That way I can be more prepared to get my runs in when I need to.

I'm so excited to truly have something to be training for though!  My goals for this week:

four runs
lose one pound
one strength workout

Oh, and another non fitness but sort of fitness related goal, get new shoes.  I've been in my same pair of Brooks since I ran the half in October, and even though I haven't been packing on the miles like I used to, it is about time to get some new sneaks.


Link up your health and fitness related posts below! 


Kelly Janowski said...

Way to go on the half marathon! I find that signing up makes me more committed to the training.

Corie said...

Finding motivation in the beginning is always the hardest part and what I struggle with! Once you're one a roll/routine/schedule/whatever it so much easier to keep going! Hope you get there soon :)

fifth house on the left | family blog said...

you're amazing mamma! your commitment inspires me :) i need to suck it up and put my boys in they gym daycare so i can commit myself as well, but i've never put them in daycare before and it makes me nervous actually. my oldest holds his breath when he cries so hard and i'm scared they will not know what to do when/if he does that. ugh. i need to just bite the bullet because it would be good for them AND me :) i hope to be linking up with your move it monday posts soon and start my measurements. keeping track of numbers always keeps me more accountable

Tara said...

i definitely see progress in your pictures! keep up the good work.
it will be neat for you to see the difference in your race times from last year to this year. my first half marathon post baby was pretty rough, and i ran it again the next year 17 minutes faster!