Sep 01

How I Lost 6 Pounds in One Month

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | nutrition

On Wednesday, after many delays, I finally had that follow-up visit with Danielle, my dietitian.  And guess what, I have good news to share!  From July 31 to August 28, I dropped 6 pounds!  

I am so happy.  This was NOT easy for me.  I was on a 1500 calorie diet…that’s not much to work with!  I had lots of temptation around me, but I had to learn to say NO.

I had a trip to NYC, a trip to Buffalo, my BIRTHDAY, and a house party all in the month of August.

When I got to the office, I got on a fancy scale where it gave a ton of numbers, such as weight, metabolic rate, % body fat, muscle mass, etc.  Everything was in the right range.  My fat was very low and my muscle mass was very high.  Woo hoo!

We went over my food logs and while Danielle made some corrections on my calculations of portions, she said I did a great job.  She just reminded me that other than veggies, never have more than 2 servings of a food group on one sitting.  So I will definitely work on that!

Now I’m moved up to a 1900 calorie diet.  I am SO relieved!  I was not going to be able to hold on much longer.  So my daily servings have increased:

  • 4 breads
  • 3 fruits
  • 4+ veggies
  • 3 dairy
  • 6 meats/meat substitutes
  • <2 fats

While it may seem like “I’m done, I reached my target”…I still have to keep doing what I’m doing, keep logging my meals and make sure I’m in line with what I need to be healthy.

I just wanted to share my success!  I have another month to see if I can maintain this healthy diet.  I certainly don’t want to lose any more weight.  I will be exercising a lot more because my favorite Boot Camp class is starting up next week and I just signed up for a 10K (more on that later)…so I will keep working with Danielle to stay on the right track!

Life is good!

Hooray for healthy eating!

Aug 30

Black Girls Run! Preserve The Sexy Tour Philly Review

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | review

Last Saturday, my sister and I attended the Black Girls Run! Preserve the Sexy Tour.  I follow BGR’s Philadelphia Facebook page, so when I saw a post about this event, I had to check it out.

I have wanted to truly get involved with BGR for awhile now.  I’ve never gotten around to running with the group, especially since I have my own Running Club that meets the same time and place as BGR on Saturdays.

So I thought this would be an opportunity to get involved, especially since my sister is now running too!


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Aug 21

The Asics GT-2000’s Gave Me Arch Pain!

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | injury prevention , running tips

In an earlier post I gave a review of the Asics GT-2000’s…the most beautiful pair of shoes I’ve ever owned.  Unfortunately, what started off so great came to an abrupt, sad ending.  I just took them back today.

Why?  Because I started to experience serious pain in my arches!  This has never happened to me in my entire life!  The Asics are so-called “stability shoes”…I overpronate and these shoes are supposed to compensate.  But my feet weren’t feeling that at all.

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Aug 19

Diet Struggles…Is It Over Yet?!

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | nutrition

I was hoping I wouldn’t have a post like this, but reality has sunken in:  dieting is not easy.  It is especially not easy when you go home to your family and they want to feed you.  

To start from the beginning, I’ve started seeing a dietitian.  I actually only had 2 sessions with her thus far, and since August 1, I’ve been following a very specific diet plan in order to drop a few pounds.

I think for the first week, I was really aggressive about sticking to my diet, making sure I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.  I was probably unbearable to be around, but we had plenty of healthy food stocked and I was getting in a good groove.

But then things started to take a turn…August has been a very social month.  My boyfriend passed his CFA exam so we celebrated with drinks.  I went to NYC and had to make “smart” choices at restaurants.  Then I went to my hometown for a weekend full of baby back ribs, baked beans, potato salad and bacon cheeseburgers…not to mention a little bit of pizza and wings.  And this weekend was my birthday, so…shots anyone?

I knew that this would be difficult.  But I didn’t think that eating well would start feeling like a chore, and it kind of has!  As my bf always does, he’s given me a big old bag of Skittles for my birthday.  And there it is, sitting on the table.  The old me would’ve bust that bag by now!  Now I’ve got to scrounge for fruit and yogurt and other wholesome stuff!  What a drag! lol

I was really excited that this “diet experiment” would be winding down.  I was scheduled to meet with Danielle this Wednesday.  But guess what, my boss scheduled a meeting that conflicts, so now I have to wait a whole extra week before I weigh in and see where I stand.

I haven’t fallen off the wagon yet though.  While I feel super guilty when I eat “bad” food, I still think I’m doing a decent job.  I’m really ready for this to be over!

How do you cope with a diet?  How do you keep yourself motivated?  I’d love to hear suggestions!