Last weekend, I completed my first 5K race since my hamstring injury almost 3 years ago. Before race day, there were several occasions where I considered not doing the race. My mind was filled with so much self doubt and worry about finishing last. Additionally, I was self conscious about being the most overweight person there. I was fortunate to have two wonderful friends, Jen and Tina, with me for moral support who probably wouldn’t let me quit if I tried.
Even though the race didn’t start until 8:30 AM, we were instructed to be there by 6:00 AM in order to secure a parking spot. The morning was cold a 29 degrees, so we sat in the car with the heat on drinking coffee and talking trying to pass the time until it was time to head over to the starting line. Tina brought a pillow and tried to get an extra hour of sleep while we waited, but we were too busy having fun for her to get any shut eye. (more…)
This Sunday, I will be participating in the Hot Chocolate 5K Atlanta. This will be my first race since my injury 3 years ago. Since then, it’s been a long road to get back to where I am today, which is nowhere close to where I was before my injury.
I am a little apprehensive about running this race since I’m not where I thought I would be when I signed up for it. Still, I’m going to run it and give it everything I have to cross that finish line.
Feel free to follow my race progress by clicking this link: CHRONOTRACK and search for Lisa Getzinger aka Short Fat Girl. By registering, you will get periodic updates on my progress as I run the course. I will be in the second wave in corral M. My start time will be around 8:25 AM maybe a few minutes later since I’m starting so far back.
After my race, I will post my results.
Saturday we, along with 6 other friends, loaded up and headed to F.D. Roosevelt State Park for a fun filled weekend of camping and hiking. Yes it was a bit chilly, but we were blessed with a beautiful weather with temps in the 50’s and sunny skies.
One of the reasons we chose F.D. Roosevelt State Park was for the 42 miles of hiking trails the park had to offer. We chose the 3.2 mile Mountain Creek Nature Trail to set out on for our day hike and we were not disappointed. As the name describes, the trail followed a winding creek through the winter’s leafless trees and thickets of dwarf rhododendron that lines the creek. (more…)
Yesterday, despite the cold and wind, we hiked 5.68 miles at Stone Mountain’s Cherokee Trails which we have done several times; however, this hike was special. Our dear friends Sherri and Julie decided to join us. What makes this hike so special is, it was Sherri’s (in yellow jacket) first hike in over 30 years!
Like me, Sherri has been struggling with her weight for many years and to date has lost over 50 pounds. Now, it’s time to start integrating exercise into her life but not a fan of gyms or hard core workouts programs. Over the past few months, Sherri has been hearing our stories about hiking and decided it was something she would like to try. For a first timer, Sherri did great. She climbed every hill and scaled the mountain like a pro. After the hike, she was thrilled that she made the hike and is excited about our next trip. I’m so proud of her for putting her fears behind her and making the leap.
With our packs strapped on and our headlamps glowing, Kristy and I along with our second family, embarked on a hike to the top of Stone Mountain to watch the first sunrise of the year.
The temps were cold and the wind was brisk, but that didn’t stop us from making the climb. I’m not going to say I didn’t struggle, I really did. In fact, about two-thirds of he way up and really sucking wind, I just stood there wondering why I got out of bed to do this when suddenly, I saw a women about 50 feet ahead of me just drop to the ground and dropped her head. Worried that she may have been hurt, I walked up to her and asked if she was alright. She explained to me that this was her first time climbing the mountain and she decided that she would just stay here and watch the sunrise. I told her that she wouldn’t be able to see the sunrise from where she was sitting and pointed to the top and said “the sun will rise just up there”. I put out my hand and she grabbed it and we walked the rest of the way together. I never got her name, but she thanked me when we reached the top and we parted ways. Probably wont ever forget that. (more…)
Yes I know I’ve been gone a while and I’m sorry about that. I have been back in the saddle for a few months now, but wanted to make sure I was going to stick with it this time before I started writing again.
I was all prepared to talk about my big come back, but first, I think it’s important to tell you about a recent hiking trip Kristy and I took first.
A few weeks ago, Kristy and I decided to go on a hiking trip in the north Georgia mountains. The place we hiked to is named the Len Foote Hike Inn; a beautiful lodge that parallels the Appalachian Trail and the only way to get there is by hiking a 5 mile trial that begins at Amicalola State Park.
My post today isn’t about the Hike Inn; that will come another day. Today, I want to tell you about Kathy: an amazing woman Kristy and I encountered on the trail. (more…)
Sorry I haven’t been around lately. I have spent the last three weeks traveling for work. Trying to stay on my healthy eating plan proved more than difficult for me.
In the past, my favorite thing about traveling was to stop at fast food joints and eat things I wouldn’t normally eat when I am at home, then I would buy more snacks each time I stop for gas. Traveling for me was like an eating party. This time, however, before I even pulled out of my driveway, I packed a cooler with lots of water, yogurt, fruit and healthy snacks. Additionally, I loaded an audio book onto my iPhone to keep my mind off of eating. (more…)
Icepocalypse 2014 hit Atlanta this week and the entire city came to a screeching halt. The same can be said for my dieting efforts. Being stuck in the house for several days really tested my will power and for the most part, I came out unscathed. I finished up the week with only a 1 pound weight loss.
Because my bike tire went flat, I was unable to workout on the trainer; however, I did workout to the Wii’s Biggest Loser Challenge. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to workout and fight off my dogs who thought I was playing with them. The only other exercise I got in last week was on Thursday when the snow melted enough to get the dogs out for a walk.
It’s funny how my lack of exercise affected my eating habits. I tried to stay with in my calories, but I really struggled and found myself going over my calories almost every day. I didn’t go crazy with my eating, but it isn’t anything I would like to brag about either.
Next week, I am traveling for work and am a bit worried how I will handle that. Wish me luck. I will report more later.
Have a great week.
For most of my dieting life, I’ve followed only Weight Watchers as my way to lose weight. Mostly, it was a non-thinking way of dieting. It didn’t matter what I ate as long as I stayed within my allotted points. Even if I did go over my points I could borrow against my banked or “Flex” points to make up the difference. Additionally, there isn’t any limits on the amount of fruits and vegetables you can eat, so I never really ever had to stop eating. Mind you, I was successful several times, but got tired of calculating points for everything I put in my mouth, so I would just stop and on came the pounds.
Today’s week 1 weigh-in for Decatur’s Biggest Loser Contest, I weighed in at 257.5 which is a loss of 8.9 lbs and 3.34% loss in body weight. To date, Pre-Biggest Loser, I’ve lost 12.5 lbs.