Fresh Start in 2014

I spent my January 1 running miles inside the Planet Fitness facility. It was such a bleak, gray and cold morning that I just didn’t want to run outside. Usually I would just blow off the running episode because of the weather but since it was January 1 and I wanted a fresh start for the New Year I decided to go to PF and use their treadmills. Even though I prefer to run outside on the road, I pay the monthly membership fee so if I’m unable to run outside due to weather or other issues I can drive to PF and still get in a workout. I haven’t been to PF since April 29, 2013.

So, I ran my first 5K of 2014 on the Planet Fitness treadmills.

On a bright note, I discovered that my Nike + app, which I log my running miles and time, has an option to track ‘indoor’ miles run on the treadmill. Yay! Now I can track any mile that I run indoors or outdoors.

On a less than glorious note, I weighed in today. I wanted to get a starting number for a 2014 weight loss effort. Although I wasn’t happy with the number on the scale, at least it wasn’t the number I thought it was going to be. The number was 189.3.

So … I’ve gained back all the weight that I lost last year, about 35 pounds. Geez. Shameful. But … at least I have somewhere to start again. My objective is now to count calories and exercise and hopefully the number on the scale will go down in the weeks and months to come. I also decided that January is a “No Beer” month. Since domestic and craft brews seem to have such a hold on me I decided to go cold turkey and not drink any beer for the month of January. I really need to do something, anyways. I believe that most of my weight gain is from the excessive amount of beer I drink … so if I don’t drink any beer then maybe it will help me lose some weight. So … that’s my January Quest … drink no beer, count calories, exercise and lose some weight.

So … this morning (January 2) a winter storm dumped about 5 inches of heavy wet snow. Since I really wanted to get in a work out and really didn’t want to run in the snow and ice, I cleaned off the car and drove to PF to run another 5K. My 2000 Honda drives through the snow without much effort since I bought new tires. There was really no excuse not to get in a workout this morning. My total December running miles  was a pitiful 19.7 miles. The total for November was 70.9. I want the January total to be at least 50 miles so I really can’t miss too many workouts.

I hope everyone has a great 2014. Happy miles to everyone!

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4 thoughts on “Fresh Start in 2014

    • It’s going to be hard for me to give up the beer. But I really need to. You are right to say “beer or wine don’t go along well with weight loss goals”. Here’s to us and cutting back!

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