Since the last time I was here I had a weigh in - I lost another 1.2, bringing my weight loss total to 69 pounds. When I weighed in my favorite lady says to me "are you still trying to lose?" and I sheepishly answered "well, yes, I am". She was fine with it - she just wanted to remind me that at some point I am going to have to figure out how to go from weight loss mode to maintenance mode. I don't have to tell you friends - that notion scares the crap out of me! I know that I am at a good weight for me, but honestly would like to round out my weight loss at 75 pounds. I feel like at that point I will be at a place that I can maintain and still feel strong! We'll see how that goes. I have my third "maintenance" weigh in tomorrow - I trust she will not have to ask if I am still trying lose on this one! I have been very hungry this week and there isn't much I have denied myself. Sometimes I get stuck in that mind set of "I am burning calories, I can totally eat that!". Oh well, this is a process and I am not going to nail it all of the time!
This weekend was a biggie for me. I have found some very cool friends on this here interweb. It started with the PriorFatGirl events and has branched off from there. A couple of months ago, some of my peeps were on Twitter and they got to brainstorming and the #PriorFatPack was born. If you are not on Twitter the hash tag may be a weird concept - but it's quite the deal on Twitter! So, this group was formed and they decided to run a 5K together. I had already run a couple with Melissa but I really liked the idea of getting on board with this and running another one and being there to support a bunch of great people as they embarked on their first 5Ks. So, I persuaded them to take me in to their pack (it didn't take much convincing) and it was official!
We chose a Memorial Day race at Lake Como in St Paul. This race was to bring awareness to Healthy Hearts and Minds and is part of the Charities Challenge that is organized and run by a guy named Gary. I had never met Gary before, but to finally meet Gary yesterday was an honor and a privilege. Our #PriorFatPack weekend started on Sunday with a potluck at Ann and Jay's party room in their apt complex. I had previously met several of the pack members but it's still always nerve wracking to walk in to a room full of people that you know so well from their blogs but you don't talk to in real life every day. As usual, I was instantly set at ease by Kris who came up and gave me a hug immediately when I walked in the door - she has a way of making you feel like you are the only person in the room and I love that about her. I opted to leave the girls at home with Grandma even though they were perfectly welcome - I really wanted to be able to talk and connect with people instead of chasing two crazy toddlers around the place! I love them dearly but they don't allow for much chatting! The room was full of so many great people at different spots in their journey but we all had the same goal in the front of our minds. We were going to run/walk a 5K together - we would all be together at the finish line - we would ALL FINISH! It was a really fun night and I was bummed when I had to leave to go pick up my girls. I am already looking forward to our next gathering!
The next morning was the big day! Our 5K at Lake Como! The weather was not good - it had been pouring earlier in the morning and the sky was still not looking very friendly at race time. I really should know better, if I plan to run a race - the weather is going to suck! There was a nice chilly breeze coming off the lake so I kept my jacket on until the last minute before ditching it to run. We took a couple of "BEFORE" group shots and then it was time to head to the start line.
|PFP in full effect! Raaawwwrrr!|
|Me (front) - 1.6 miles down!|
|PriorFatPack - 5K FINISHED!|
And for good measure - RAAAAWWWRRR!!!!!
Be happy and healthy friends!