Torture Report: Getting Started…Again, Staying Focused

(L) I’d like to say I had an epic week and I worked out like a maniac, but I didn’t. I continued my walking/therapy routine, which apparently I need. Every night, I think I am going to ask my walking partner if she wants to run a little and every morning…the feeling has passed. The strange thing is that I am thinking about running a lot! Running on the trail, running through the trees, running alone, running with G. You would think with all of this daydreaming about running I would actually drive my sorry butt to the trail and do something, but nope, I just keep thinking about it. I am starting to think there is something wrong with me…besides the fact that I am lazy.

I have no other excuse. So, my goal this week is to get myself out running. I am not even going to commit to the trail or anything crazy. I am just committing to you that I will get outside and begin running. Maybe that is the problem. I hate the beginning where it is hard and I am sucking wind. It’s so much nicer when you have been running for months and you get that runner’s high and you don’t even second guess whether you are going to go out and run because it’s just what you do.

Perhaps I should just watch this video every morning and this will get me out of the house:

My girls shared this video with us a few weeks ago and we were laughing so hard, but now I am thinking I should make this my alarm!  Any other suggestions?



(G) Walking, walking, walking
Oh I have been a walking fool.
Since our last Tuesday chat I have walked 35 miles. I might have been able to squeeze in some more miles but…

Drumroll, please!!!!

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The floor has been completed!!! Major thanks to Big Papa Lou for that one. But as you can imagine on Saturday and Sunday there was less exercising than normal. We did sneak in 7 miles on Sunday morning but other than that it was all about floor installation and completion.

I must say, even though it’s my own home, it looks awesome!

Now that the home improvement project has come to a close there are no excuses between now and November 7th!! That’s the date of our next event, New Jersey Trail Series One Day, and our quasi-anniversary celebration. Some wives get jewelry, a nice card or dinner out. I get 24 full hours of exercise!! Love!

Getting some hill work in on the treadmill.

Weight, Weights and Waiting!
None of this is fun and if you aren’t a grammar girl then that little alliteration, homonym fun was rather boring, too 🙂

My weight, well what’s to say, is farther north than I’d like it to be. I feel like I am working hard but, if I am honest, I could tighten things up in some places so I guess life for Swaggy J is about to get unpleasant. You know, take the sugar away from the wife and things get dicey, FAST!

And then there’s the weight training. I love it when I am not doing high miles, I loathe it when I am. My jiggly arms and I have been in an argument for a couple years now and it seems they are always “wagging” their finger (you know which one) at me. Even with all the mental wrangling, which really should burn calories, I am keeping at it.

And the waiting… you do all this work and you really should lose about 10 pounds in an afternoon. Who’s with me? I am sure that a good 10 miles walking or running entitles me to an equal poundage loss and a big, fat pizza! But it does not so I am being patient, waiting and staying with the program. I can stay on task for several miles so I can do this, right?

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Salads & September

All of this leads to the fact that it’s STILL September. And this month is for salads… and veggies and rice and whatever concoction of real food I can finagle. I have eaten lots of vegetables and it’s possible this blog will soon be Lowi and Thumper if I keep all this lettuce-eating going. I am staying the course until September 30th and then re-evaluating. But it does seem like my front teeth are sharper and possibly a little longer than the others.

Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G

The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.

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