Week 2 Day 1 of Couch to 5K


Week 2 Day 1 of C25K

Week 2 Day 1 of C25K

After a day of rest, due to being QUITE sore, I went out again for Week 2 Day 1 of Couch to 5K. This workout is 31 minutes, with a 5 minute warm up walk, then alternate 1.5 minutes of jogging and 2 minutes of walking for 21 minutes, then walk for 5 minutes for cool down.  Instead of going to Soos Creek, I jogged around our neighborhood.  I stuck to the one workout today because I am still really sore.

Week 1 Day 2 and 3 of Couch to 5K

Despite being pretty sore from yesterday, I was determined to make the most of this weekend and was happy Michael decided to go out with me!

Week 1 Day 2 of C25K

Week 1 Day 2 of C25K

Week 1 Day 2 is a 5 minute brisk walk for a warm up, then alternating 1 minute of jogging with 1.5 minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes, then a 5 minute cool down walk.  I felt so great after the first 30 minutes that I thought I should combine two days into one, so that is what I did.  Day 3 is the same workout as Day 2.  Michael walked while I ran ahead and back to him during the one minute jogging parts of the workout, then we walked together for the 1.5 minutes.

Week 1 Day 3 of C25K

Week 1 Day 3 of C25K


We were walking on Soos Creek Trail in Covington/Kent, and just went two miles up the trail, and then two miles back.  It was another beautiful day, and a little bit too warm but the shade on the trail made it perfect walking/running conditions.  The trail reminded us of Feralas in World of Warcraft!










Week 1 Day 1 of C25K

First Day of C25K

First Day of C25K

Today was the day I decided to finally start the Couch to 5K app to prepare for the 5K race I signed up for in Alki Beach

As luck would have it, when I plugged in my phone to the computer to quickly change my running playlist, it of course, decided I needed to update my entire music library – FML!!! What I thought would only take a few minutes ended up taking an hour and a half …

The Day 1 workout is a 5 minute brisk walk for a warm up, then alternating 1 minute of jogging with 1.5 minutes of walking for 20 minutes, then a 5 minute cool down walk.  Michael walked and I walked with him for the walk breaks and then ran ahead and back to him for the running/jogging parts of the workout.  It was a beautiful day for a walk, clear skies and not too warm.

We went to Lake Youngs to check out the trail there.  It is mostly gravel, which gets stuck in the grooves in the sole of the shoe, and sometimes pokes my feet.  There are also several hills on this trail, and we may not come back here for a while because of that.  I did the workout for the first two miles, then turned the app off while we walked back to the car, another 2 miles.  I still do not understand why this lake is so secret – what is up with that?

We are certain Lake Youngs is home to a secret town like The Village ...

We are certain Lake Youngs is home to a secret town like The Village …

45 Pounds!!!

101311_2101311101211I think I am ready for a celebration in Cancun!!  I seriously cannot believe I have lost 45 pounds in 5 months!

Here I am below with my daughters and my sister-in-law in late Sept. 2011 at 40 pounds down – slowly but surely I’m getting there!


Can I pull off a bikini in a few days??

I am really working hard to take off as much weight as possible before our Cancun trip.  I am trying not to have anxiety over being in a bathsuit in public for the first time in a decade, and especially among other very attractive women who might actually be topless! The place we are going to is for adults only and it is topless optional – I cannot imagine doing that myself (just showing up in a one-piece would feel psychologically to me like I was naked in public!!) – but I am going to keep an open mind and hope that others there also have an open mind and are accepting of all shapes/sizes.


100811 101211We are going to a place called Temptation Resort and it looks like a lot of fun for adults only. We booked an ocean front suite and decided on Cancun because it seemed more different and “tropical” to us than Cabo (being from southern California).  It has been raining a lot here in Seattle lately, so I cannot wait to be in the warm sun on a beach in just a few days!!

Going to Cancun!

This is a huge leap for me, but after losing 40 pounds I’m barely to the point where I could fathom showing up anywhere in a bathing suit.  We booked the trip for Michael’s birthday in two weeks and got an amazing deal (um, hurricane season …) but I cannot believe we are actually going!

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This is my happy face!


I could get used to posts like this


New fitness idea

This place just opened up next to JTS, and I’m really thinking that someday it would be a lot of fun to be able to do this! I am not there quite yet, but someday …


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Inchworms suck

First new exercise I had to learn in a while just happened to be worse than burpees – inchworms are THE WORST!! I do not like inversions anyway, but this one is insanely difficult for me.  I felt like the worst loser ever because I could hardly go 10 feet doing them, along with bear crawls.


I found this graphic that describes what they are:


Me on a beach in a bathing suit? hmmmm …