Five pounds in five weeks – Week 1

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

This year I want to loose 10 pounds for a variety of reasons. I want to improve my half marathon times, compete in a full marathon and eventually run the Goofy Challenge in Disney in 2013. Some experts estimate that a 10 pound weight loss can contribute to a 20 second improvement per mile. You can read further in the Runner’s World Article How Does Weight Loss Affect My Running Speed.  My goal is to slowly loose the first 5 pounds and work in a plateau period where I safely maintain the weight for a period before loosing the last 5 pounds.


Loose 5 pounds in 5 weeks.

Start Weight


Goal Weight


Note, I spoke with my Dr. and discussed loosing 10 lbs and the reasons for wanting the weight loss (faster run times, better conditioning) and received her approval before embarking on this goal.


Burn approximately 300-500 calories 5-6 days a week.

Minimize sweets and increase fruit, vegetable and water consumption.

Weigh myself once a week on Mondays. AKA Manic Mondays.


Walked 3.2 miles with a friend. Burned 266 calories

Stationary bike 20 minutes. Burned 91 calories

Aqua jogged (aka tossed my children into a large lazy river and ran around trying to keep up with them). 15 minutes approx 200 cals


1 hour Barre Flow class (approx 250 cals)

20 minutes EFX machine (approx 125 cals)

Walked 1 mile (approx 100 cals)

~Then I ditched all those calories in a bag of vanilla cream cookies from the vending machine. 

Tip: When looking at total calories for a snack sized bag pay attention to the number of servings. 

Case in point. The bag of vanilla cream cookies displayed 150 calories and 3 grams of fat. But there were 3.5 servings in the bag! Enough for my entire family. Total calories consumed = 150*3.5 = 525 calories! That is an entire meal!


Barre Fitness – 45 minutes – Calories—I have no clue, but it hurt like heck! Read about my Barre Fitness adventure at my blog post This Barre Doesn’t Serve Martinis.

P.S. I am starving. That crazy a$$ class better have burned a lot of calories. I cannot fill up on butternut squash soup, oatmeal, hummus and a green smoothies!!!


Day off!


2.5 mile run

Gyrontonics – I will have a blog post on this soon.  I do not think I burned much though.

Ditched those calories in half a radio bar and a glass of Pepsi!

Monday Weigh in



———–   137.5 ————-

I gained 1.5 pounds. 😦

Ok. I would like to blame it on something cosmic. I would LOVE to blame it on something cosmic. But there were things I could have done better.

“If at first you do not succeed, try, try again”

Plans for this week.

Drink more water. I was really bad at that last week.

Eat better. Although I did a decent job of eating fruits and vegetables, I also worked in extra snacking, sweets I could have done without and other wrong food choices.

Work out 6 days. Last week I only worked in 4 days of workouts to allow my body the time to recover from a half marathon. This week the goal is to work in at least 6 days of 30 minute workouts with a variety of strength training, running, walking and yoga.



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