We did our first 5K! I had never been in a race before and thought the Color Me Rad race would be a perfect first, since it’s not really serious and mostly just about having fun and getting dirty! (They don’t even time it.) We started off all clean, nervous and a little chilly. Our team (Greg, Vada, Josh, Lindsay and me) wore matching white Press Press Merch hoodies and the colorful sunglasses we got in our race packets :) 5,200 people showed up at the Virginia Tech campus to participate – the place was packed!
We ran a little bit, but mostly just walked quickly (and Vada rode her trike.) We were really excited about arriving at our first color bomb spot where we got sprayed with yellow. Next was blue powder, then we were sprayed with green… and eventually ended up completely filthy and colored from head to toe in a rainbow of colored cornstarch! Vada even got it in her mouth at one point and ended up with blue teeth. It was hilarious!
It felt so good to cross that finish line and accept my well-deserved granola bar. Even though we didn’t run, I’m still proud of us for getting out there and doing it! Now that I’ve broken the ice, I can see myself doing more 5Ks in the future. I’m still not sure I’ll ever be able to actually run one. Maybe another silly one like a mud run? We’re definitely doing Color Me Rad again next year! ♥
Losing weight isn’t something I ever really have to think about. Luckily, I’ve always been one of those people who just kind of stays at the same weight no matter what I do. I pretty much eat whatever I want (within reason) and exercise here and there and manage to keep myself in shape. With that being said, when it comes time for me to have to lose a few pounds, I kind of suck at it. Dieting drives me crazy. When I restrict myself from eating something it just makes me think about it nonstop until I freak out and eat the entire bag of oreos (etc.) And I’m not really that into exercising. I like yoga because it’s relaxing. And I don’t mind doing the elliptical if I have someone to talk to or if something good is on TV. But I guess I’m going to have to at least temporarily change my habits to get rid of this baby weight.
I gained about 35 pounds during my pregnancy. (I weighed exactly the same at the start and finish of this pregnancy as I did when I was pregnant with Vada!) I dropped 20 of that in about two weeks just by… living? I don’t know, it must have been water weight. So now I’m left with 12-15 pounds of “leftovers” that I’m going to have to do something about. Exercise and calorie counting, here I come! I’m going to be using the MyFitnessPal app to help me keep track of everything. (Follow me! My user name is LindsaySzechenyi) Based on my current stats (5’5″/135lbs/29 years old/”lightly active”) I’m only supposed to consume 1310 calories per day in order to lose 1lb/week. That seems like I’d be starving to death, and I’m not really trying to torture myself, so I’m allowing myself an even 1600/day.
For exercise, I’m planning on doing yoga twice a week, a little weight training at the Y, and I also want to try running again. I suck at running and I really, realllllyyyyy hate it, but it’s one of those things that I’ve always wanted to master. I want to do one of those 5k Color Runs, so I’m going to be using the Couch-to-5k app to start training. I tried this once last year and was doing a great job until I managed to injure myself three weeks in. Things were smooth sailing on the treadmill, but then I tried running outside and ended up with patellar tendonitis. It sucked. I could hardly walk up the stairs! I don’t know why it happened, I have really great shoes that I was fitted for at a specialty running store and everything. Oh well, I’m trying again, so we’ll see!
Aside from the need to shed the baby weight, I want to make physical fitness a bigger priority in my life. I want to like to exercise. It feels good to be in shape. And… I want abs and surfer arms again. ♥