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Posted on Aug 29, 2011 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 43 comments

Get’r Done (Weigh-in)

Happy Hurricane survival, everyone! I hope nobody was hit too hard by Irene. Though the dogs were freaking out due to the intense wind (woke me up!) we ended up with only a few hours of lost power in the middle of the night Saturday (while we were sleeping anyway). The cute little flowering tree in our front yard unfortunately wasn’t so lucky. Farewell, curb appeal. Oh wellps.

Day 192 - RainDrops
Photo by Ben Powell

Technically the above shot is from a completely different thunderstorm, but the sentiment remains the same, haha. My sister and her hubs came down from Columbia with Oreo to weather the storm (badoom ching!) with us. In his excitement to be reunited with his canine companions, Oreo lost not one, not two, but THREE teeth! Bear in mind that this is normal for puppies, just like we lost our baby teeth (though somehow I don’t think Oreo is going to find a quarter under his pillow). However, it meant that his poor toothless gums ended up bleeding…

Day 237 - Blood
Photo by Ben Powell

… all over my little white dog.

Yep, Daxter looked like the victim of war and received TWO baths on Saturday alone. Future white dog owners beware: it is a lot of work keeping them clean.

Okay, so without further adieu, here is the disappointing news you needed to start your week off right:

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 189.0 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 189.0 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -0.0 lbs



On the one hand, I didn’t gain any weight. So, you know, there’s that.

But, I also didn’t lose any either. Boo. I suspect it may have had something to do with the 687 chocolate chip cookies that were consumed in Armageddon-induced fear (you deal with an earthquake AND a hurricane and tell me you wouldn’t stress eat too!) And while I was on the scale this morning contemplating my unbudged scale number (seriously, I’ve only ever had one other 0-gain 0-loss weigh-in before!) I realized that I have less than 4 weeks until the Navy 5 miler in September.

So! Before I allow myself to be stuck for the next 5 months like my LAST plateau, I am making yet another resolution to get’r done. I am aware that I suck at life exercising and that you are all really tired of hearing my excuses. Well, having upped this race distance to 5 MILES instead of 5 KILOMETERS is a big change for me, one that actually leaves a distinct possibility of not being able to finish because I’m such a fat load and didn’t train. Seriously. Horrifying.

So no more excuses. It’s time to make use of the free gym in my building at work, the cool weather, and the now-later start time of my new job. I’m going to start with time goals (run for 30-minutes straight, run for 45-minutes straight, etc.) as I’ve determined that at my pace (SLOW) it’ll probably take me the better part of an hour to do a full 5 miles. And I’ve never run for an hour straight, so I’ll need to get used to it.

C’mon, Gretchen. Get’r done.

What’s your hurricane story?


  1. you’ve got this, you can totally do this!

    • Can we trade brains for a hot second so that I can see what it’s like to think that running is fun?

      • this mantra is what i used when i first started running, “why do i keep hitting myself with a hammer? because it feels so good when i stop.”
        honestly, for the last 2 miles of my half marathon in march, I broke up with running, for serious, i told myself i would never run anything over 10 miles again…but as soon as i crossed the finish line, me and running made up pretty quickly and shortly after i signed up for the marathon. finishing is just so F-ing fun.

      • Gretchen- you look terrific! Do you mind if I ask how tall you are?

        • Thanks Nikki! Not at all. I’m 5’9″, give or take a millimeter. 😉

  2. Just train train train for the next month and you’ll be good 🙂

    • Quick, cast a magic spell on me that will make me not hate sweating!

  3. I have no hurricane story, but I didn’t lose any weight either. I had a tough week last week for some reason. Oh, well…new chapter starting, right!? I am looking forward to my yoga class today!

    • Love the positivity! I’m going to siphon some off of you to motivate myself to go to the gym today.

  4. Hi Gretchen! Glad you didn’t suffer too much damage.

    For getting yourself up to running 5 miles straight, you can try to do a 1-2 minute walking break after each mile, or do 5 min running/1 minute walking and then you will just reduce the amount of time you walk as you feel more comfortable. I agree not to focus on your pace at all, just focus on going the distance! 5 miles is NO joke.. so exciting!

    • Both good tips that I will definitely be employing. Thanks Beth!!

  5. You can SO do this. I’ll be cheering from the side (er… blog?) lines. 🙂

    We were pretty lucky with Irene as well. However, we lost power JUST as Irene officially left NYC. I cannot even say adequately how frustrated I was. But then I got over it. Power comes back on eventually. At least it wasn’t anything more serious know what i mean? Glad you guys made it out safe as well.

    ps. i TOTALLY feel you on this earthqauke|hurricane thing. Let’s not even get started on ALL the snow we east coasters got over the winter. It’s like really? What is going on here?

    • RIGHT?! Snowmageddon, earthquakes, hurricanes, oh my! It’s not even 2012 yet, why is the world already ending?

  6. Hey Gretcho, you should run with Jen 🙂
    Plus it’s “git ‘r done”

    • I’m sure at this point Jenny hates running with me, for all the aforementioned fat loadery. 😛

  7. Gretchen I really think you’ll do fine at your race! I like Beth’s advice of running 2 minutes then walking 1 minute — or something along those lines. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

    • That’s what the Couch to 5K program suggests too, which I guess I should basically start over with since I haven’t run more than 2 miles since, errrr, May. Oops.

  8. Nothing of note regarding Irene here in Charlotte, NC. We didn’t even get any rain! Just a few clouds on Saturday morning. (The earthquake earlier in the week however, was a different story. Felt that, big time).

    I hear you on the excuses. I can so relate!
    It seems every week I resolve to do things differently, better, etc. And I usually lose momentum by mid-week; (or worse, I am so tired on Monday a.m. that I don’t even START out the week well – not good).
    However, this morning, I popped out of bed at 5:00 a.m. and on to my treadmill. (Yes, I have a treadmill at home – I should really have NO excuses. *shame*). Only walking, and only for 20 minutes, but coupled with another 20-30 mins tonight after work, it’s not so bad. Tonight I’ll probably throw in a few brief running sprints during, but I’m definitely not a runner.
    I admire you for signing up for a 5 miler! You can do it! 🙂


    • See, you’re already miles ahead of me! Because I totally had my alarm set to go to get to work early and go to the gym BEFORE work, but that clearly didn’t happen. So I’m going to lay in the bed that I made (awkward?) and stay late to run instead. I AM NOT LEAVING THIS BUILDING WITHOUT GOING TO THE GYM.

      And so it is written.

  9. Sorry about the tree! I was worried about ours in the backyard, I have come to love it! We just had some water damage in the baby’s room. The last place I want water damage, but not too serious (hopefully), probably just expensive.

    Good luck with the weight loss. You have such a great attitude about it! 😉

    • Oh no! I hope it doesn’t end up being too bad!

  10. Yay for white dogs! Nay for constant bathing…I have a huge white American Bull Dog 😀

    Yeah, this must have been a pretty snacky weekend for most of the East Coast. I tried to buy produce Friday night (I swear) but they must have been bought up by the healthy hurricane hoarders 🙁 Tollhouse cookies however were easily found.

    • Hahaha, oh, I know it well. I’m pretty much convinced that every person at the store I saw buying ice cream was doing it for the sole purpose of having an excuse to eat it when the power went out.

  11. Hey don’t worry about! Better to maintain than to gain. It’s a good idea to have a plan of action. I know that if I have an exercise/eating checklist I do better.

    Good luck this week!

    • I’m trying to be better about planning — I’m so bad at it! But I know that some structure is probably exactly what I need right now. Le sigh.

  12. good luck! sending u lots of motivation 😉 you can definitely do this!! just keep in mind to bring a great playlist and a cute outfit (I always feel great when wearing my favorite pink shirt) and you are good 🙂

  13. You’re going to do great on the 5 miler. I decided to run a 10K about a month after my first 5K and I’d never run more than 3.1 miles. I did a 4 minutes run: 1 minute walk interval for the whole race and it went really well! Mentally, it really helped to know I was only running for 4 minutes at a time. Physically, I think I pushed myself a little harder because I was only running 4 minutes at a time. It was a big win.
    If I could do it, you definitely can. Go Gretchen! 🙂

    • Guff, I can try at least! 🙂

  14. I hear ya on this one! The scale hasn’t moved in a few weeks and it’s starting to annoy me!

    You will kick the 5 miler where it hurts! Sounds like you have a good plan in place – focus on time versus speed. Who cares how fast ya go as long as you finish? 🙂


  15. I’m going to be traveling for a bit in September, but when I get back, want to do some runs/jogs on the weekend? #justAThought

    • Yes! I would love to! Let me know sometime you’ll be free, maybe we can plan for a weekend running date (I *never* am motivated to workout on the weekend, so methinks a running buddy would be just the ticket!)

  16. Your post is refreshing. I also had to reaffirm my goals this morning after a disappointing weigh in. We can do it! Good luck with your running!

    • Thanks, Shelly! LOVE your blog title!

  17. I can’t remember how or why, but I was seriously behind on my training for one of my first races (a 4 miler?) and I was so anxious about it that I nearly dropped out.

    To take the edge off and just prove to myself that my body could handle the distance (although I hadn’t run that far before), I plotted a 4 mile course and intentionally ran it as slow as I could. So slow that I was practically tripping over my own feet, lol! Bottom line, I finished and it built up my confidence enough for me to complete the rest of my training runs (for time) and show up at the starting line!

    Hope this helps! I’m a new reader, but I hope you’ll keep sharing your running adventures! I’m slow, but enthusiastic, so I love hearing from other non-former-track-stars, lol!

    • That’s a really good idea. Just to get a real grasp on the distance, so it’s not so “unknown” to me. Thanks!

  18. You can totally rock a 5 miler in 4 weeks! Running is running no matter what your pace is!! This past weekend I ran an 8k in the as the skirts of Irene began to touch Raleigh, NC. Whoever thought I’d be excited to run in the rain :), such fun!

    • Haha! My very first 5K was actually in raining, drizzly weather (November) and it was awesome! So I guess there’s something to be said for that after all. 🙂

  19. I remember when I did my first 10k race (have never done just a 5 mile one) and I was er, supposed to train for it beforehand but just kinda winged it. My poor knees. But I think you have enough time to train for it to not make the same mistake as me. Good luck!

  20. Hey, at least you didn’t gain? It was one of those weekends where you couldn’t really do much of anything, so it’s a bit harder to get up and move when you fear getting whacked by a tree branch.

    And you can do this 5 miler!

  21. Yay! My hurricane story is that I baked the most amazing cookies and then ate like 6 in two days. Oops.
    Sooo this is my week to get back on track as well. I have the exercising thing down, it’s mostly the not eating at all moments of the day that I’m working on.
    We can go it girl! xoxo

    • Bahahaha, 6 in 2 days is how I *WISH* I had limited myself! It’s aaaall about the give and take… mostly take. 😉

  22. Hi Gretchen.
    I recently stumbled upon your blog and thought I’d say hello. I’m running the Navy 5 Miler, too. I just signed up a few days ago when I saw that registration was still open. I’m excited! Just keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll do fine. Just keep running. I second a previous poster who suggested you incorporate walking breaks if you need to. Run 5 minutes/walk 1 minute. You will save your legs which will give you what you need to get across that finish line. Good luck!!

    • Thanks Alison! I’ll definitely keep up the run/walk method for now, while I build up my resistance for sure. Hopefully I’ll see you at the 5 miler (perhaps when you fly past me, hahaha.)


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