solutions week 13

February 17, 2008 at 8:24 pm | Posted in Diet and Exercise, solutions | 9 Comments


Saturday– I ran 3 miles in 33 minutes this morning!  That is a total of 15 miles this week.

Friday– I wasn’t planning on it, but after dinner went on a 30 minute walk. It’s funny how your body gets used to things.

Thursday– I met Crystal at the gym today, so I didn’t have to get up early for my run. I did a 2.25 mile run in 25 minutes at the gym and then went into the weight room and did abs, legs, back and shoulders.

Finished eating at 6:15pm and then went on a 30 minute walk.

Wednesday– This morning I turned off my alarm, rolled over in bed, pulled the covers up…and then decided to get up and run. Why is Wednesday so hard? I ran 2.75 miles in 29 minutes. Later on I went to the gym and did an easy 15 minutes on the elliptical and then to the weight room for leg squats, abs and triceps.

Done eating at 6:15pm and then I went on my 30 minute nightly walk.

Tuesday– Another early morning 2.5 mile run. Finished eating at 6:30pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

Monday– I got up early this morning and ran 2.5 miles. Then spent 45 minutes in the weight room. Dinner was finished at 6pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

I’ve enjoyed my desserts, started running, lifted weights, drank water, stopped eating by 7pm, walked after dinner…and at 5’4″ I weigh 148 pounds. I’ve lost 9 pounds in 3 months by making small, manageable lifestyle changes.

This week’s goals are to:

Drink water.

Stop eating by 7pm.

Walk after dinner.

Run 12 miles.

Get to the gym’s weight room 3 times.

Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (new this week).

Avoid Hydrogenated Fats.

In addition to the spinach, oatmeal and whole grain bread, I have two new friends in the kitchen, Mrs. Dash and Dates. Mrs. Dash because I’d like to avoid the extra water weight that salt brings. And Dates (my new crush) because they are sweet and chewy. When I eat them for a snack or as dessert, my brain thinks, “candy bar”.


Also for the month of February I am participating in Run Swim Bike Cook. I’ve already run 17 miles (just 9.2 to go) and have completed the Quinoa challenge.


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  1. You’re gorgeous, as usual! Congrats on the 9lbs!!!!

  2. Congratulations! You look so lovely and You’re such a beautiful women! I wish I had your pretty hair. They always say it’s not about dieting, it’s a lifestyle change. I think you’re doing an awesome job!

  3. Wow, 9 lbs is great! You go, girl.
    I think dates get a bad wrap. They are really quite delicious and sweet. Life style changes really work. Now I just need to make a few changes. Like quit bakeing. lol
    You look great Karen!

  4. you look fantastic! Maybe i’ll have to try dates. I’ve always avoided them.but they are the basis of LARABARS..which I love…I think I’ll pick some up at the store today!

  5. “She’s hilarious, that Downing!” — From HG!! You look great, K! — from me!!

  6. I am going to try dates. I’m a little scared of them, but I think I’d like them. Are they kind of like figs? I imagine they are, for some reason…

  7. arimcg- figs remind me of big raisins, dates remind me of caramel squares. I think they have very different tastes and textures.

    Allison- yes, I’ve noticed that LARABARS do contain mostly dates. Interesting.

  8. Hi Karen,
    Appreciated the comment on my blog and glad I was able to find yours! Loved reading about your lifestyle changes and everything you’re doing… I’ve been going down the same road and have lost 20+ lbs since August…such hard work but I’m nearly at my goal and feel great, live healthier, am stronger and in better shape.

    Nice to see a fellow baker doing the same, although isn’t it hard to fight the temptation after baking something great? 🙂 I have to quickly give my baked goods away, after a taste for quality control, of course!

  9. Hey, I really love the focus of your plan–small do-able lifestyle changes that pay off in the long run.

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