My knees hurt!

Yesterday I started Week 8, Day 1 of Couch to 10K.  OUCH!  It was 69 minutes in length and included 10 intervals of running 5 minutes, then walking 1 minute.  My knees are killin’ me today, but the good news is that I completed the workout and as of this morning down 15.8 lb!  (Only 26.3 lb. more to go LOL).  I might do the bike or ellipitcal today to give my knees a different kind of work out.  I hope you are all feeling great about your successes, too! – Pape-a-nator!


It’s Working!

We have begun week 7!  As far as weight loss, I’m down about 14 lb. (almost 2 lb / week).  I’m even more anxious to lose the rest (about 28 lb) so that I can enjoy last year’s summer clothing, my pool and desired confidence.  My pool opens May 11th so this weight must go! 

Couch to 10k is going well.  Besides some pain in my thighs from yesterday’s workout, my stamina, stride and time are improving!  Keep it up, Losers!

Week 6 and Pumped!

Today is the first day of week 6!  As I think you all know by now, I am motivated by the scale.  I weighed at the office this morning and am down 10.2 lb.  I’ve completed week five of Couch to 10K and added some biking into my routine.  My family and I all got new bikes yesterday and so Jonathan (my 13 yo) and I hit the W&OD and went 7 miles… I leave for Chicago June 30th… my sights are on this!

A slower start than hoped but encouraged!

Today I weighed in at home and was pleasantly surprised, however, at the end of the day, did not eat well (stress (4 kids) got the best of me).  So to counter my negative thoughts, I decided to measure myself and was pleased with results.  The following are my inches lost:

arms – .25 inches each
thigh – .50 inches each
calves – .50 each
waist – 2.25 inches!

That’s a total of 4.75 inches!!!! Yay me.  The scale as of yesterday says I’ve lost a total of about 8 lb…Tomorrow is day two of week five of Couch to 10K…. the running feels great… have some knee pain from monday/tuesday run but will get past that once some of this weight drops!

Adjusting Well

Wow!  Week four almost complete.  Today was day two of week four of Couch to 10K.  I ran the W&OD today and going one direction was great, however, the return was a bit tough with some winds.  I had a good amount of energy (maybe from the serving of Brach’s jelly beans!) and finished strong.  I’ve been home all week with the kids and was nervous I’d overeat but I’ve been really sticking to plan.  I’ve even cooked EVERY DAY and have not over done it!  Today is my daughter’s 5th birthday and didn’t have a cupcake…. BUT, went to a neighbors who forced me, yes, forced me to try a cake (was worth it) she made… i’m thinking I’ll recover quickly 😉  

Don’t think I’ll take a four week win, but feel like I’m losing weight… all I care about 🙂

Plugging Along

I’m happy to report that my jogging is getting easier.  Today I went to the gym at work; about 4:15 p.m.  No one was there so I felt relaxed and the black eyed peas kept me company.  I was able to complete longer intervals and my stride was strong … made my day!  I have to keep plugging along…

My husband suggested we go “home” (Chicago) next week and sadly my response was, “no way, I’m much heavier than when everyone saw me last”… a reminder I must keep plugging along… even though some Chicago Pizza is VERY tempting!  🙂

So, I will work towards a July visit as my goal; perhaps in time for Summer Fest in Milwaukee!  Must keep plugging along…

See you at the office!

Hunger Games and Hungry Pape

Busy, busy day… After taking three girls shopping for Summer clothes, I was determined to fit in Day 1 of Week 3 of my couch program.  It was 60 minutes in length but I did it… It was raining pretty hard so I had to run inside in the basement.  I finished just in time to shower and take my son to the movies; Hunger Games (wouldn’t have gone if it weren’t for my son).  I am starving today, I admit… I was out all day and didn’t want to subject myself to popcorn (my favorite snack) or McDonald’s so I waited and of course, eating too late 🙂  (but eating light).

Enjoy your Sunday and see you Monday, Losers!

Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Tonight I completed week two of Couch to 10k.  I intended to complete my workout at work but got caught up in meetings and other things.  I thought, I’ll just run at home.   By the time I got there, it was 6:35 p.m. and I really wanted to just pass.  But NO!  I went for it.  It was a fantastic workout.  Something about the weather, the smells in the air, the sun setting and a gentle cool breeze was just what the doctor ordered!  I blasted my music (a lot of great Queen tonight) and even went further and longer than planned.  My goal is to run both Saturday and Sunday and so I’m praying I can fit it in with all going on!!!

Keep plugging away, losers!

Week 02, Day 02 Couch

I’m taking full advantage of this blog!  It does keep me going (along with myfitnesspal and two of my three sisters) … I completed Week 02, Day 02 of Couch to 10K today and it felt pretty good.  The work gym was pretty crowded so I was a bit intimidated.  So far, my ankles don’t hurt, but I’ll see how I feel when I wake up tomorrow.  Plus the treadmill probably gives more than the path??  I’m going to use my lunch tomorrow and walk W&OD. 

Generally, I’ve been eating OK and staying under my calorie goal. 🙂


As I hoped, I ventured to the W&OD on Sunday evening, starting in Purcellville.  It was day one of week 2 of Couch to 10K.  It was a gorgeous day!  I completed the couch workout and walked briskly another 10 minutes; resulting in 4.2 miles in total.  The best part of this workout was that my FitBit did NOT let me down.  Obsessed with daily steps, I know exactly the number of steps it takes ME to walk and run a mile (yes, I’ve literally counted this out).  My FitBit was right on!  I went 20,000 steps in total on Sunday 😉  The worst part was that my ankles were KILLIN’ me on Monday.  I had to wear my flat slipper like shoes to work (but back in heels today)!

Going to hit the work gym tonight so that I can cross off my list BEFORE getting home to my army.