Thursday, August 12, 2010

farm shape update

It's been over a month and I am still running, nearly every day. Since early July I have only missed three days of exercise and now I find myself needing it to feel content with the day. It hasn't become any easier. I still huff and puff and sweat buckets: but I have learned to get used to the discomfort. I can now run three miles at a time, and do a few times a week. When I get a mile and a half from the farm and turn around on a hillside looking over route 22, I am both daunted and amazed my swarthy little body got me that far—carried me over land like a little ship.

I haven't lost any weight. Which is frustrating but my doctor tells me I am building muscle and losing inches, even if the scale starts to gain pounds. I believe him. My body is tighter, my jeans a little looser. The other day a coworker asked me if I lost weight and I had to sheepishly admit I had not, gained some actually. But I do think it's a stronger me just finding herself under my skin. If I stick to this routine, and eat well, stretch, and meditate I think I will eventually shed those twenty pounds. I am in no large rush. After all, I can only run so fast.


Blogger From the Country Farm said...

Great attitude!!!

August 12, 2010 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

And even if you don't lose the twenty pounds but continue to put on muscle, you'll be fearsome to encounter in a dark alley....

August 12, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

Sounds like you're doing great.... and going about losing weight in the right way with the right attitude. Way to go!

I've only started reading your blog recently, and I've got to say that you are a wonderful writer.

Oh, and I have a Riggs puppy, too :) His name is Moss. Those Riggs sons sure have lovely temperaments, don't they? If you're so inclined, you can see some photos of him on my blog. :)



August 12, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger E said...

A potential date?
Phil the housemate @

August 12, 2010 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

You are doing great with the farm shape plan. Don't worry about not losing weight right away, it will come. I speak from experience, I've lost almost 90 pounds over the last 8 years, pretty much the same way you are doing it - eating healthy and a bit less, replacing the rotor tiller with a shovel and running. I started out walking because I couldn't run, then after a couple months could run a mile, then I'm training for an ultramarathon. Set your goal and stick with it.

August 13, 2010 at 2:17 AM  
Blogger Damn The Broccoli said...

Watch the medics words carefully. I hate to use the word but fat is something like 7 times less dense than muscle so in theory you could put on a lot of weight and lose a lot of size!

To give you an indicator, my best friend used to be a discus thrower for the country and he was by any measure, (bmi etc) morbidly obese. However there was not an ounce of fat on him and he was in great shape.

A better indicator is how you feel in yourself. If you feel healthy you probably are.

Listen to your body rather than a glossy mag. It knows far more.

August 13, 2010 at 3:39 AM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

When someone askes you if you've lost weight you need to reply "no but I've lost inches". I never get on the scales but judge my wieght by my trousers :o)

Keep on trucking lass, you've certainly got your head on straight with it.

August 13, 2010 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger Photo Spread said...

"Losing weight" and "gaining weight" are such misnomers. When I went to basic training back in 2003, I weighed 147 the day I left and weighed 147 the day I came back. Yet I was all-muscle-no-fat (except for what my husband calls "girl fat") when I returned, and I had to buy new pants because all of my old pants were falling off of me. All of my friends and coworkers said, "Oh, you lost so much weight!" No, I didn't - my WEIGHT stayed exactly the same but I converted fat to muscle.

Don't listen to what the scale says; listen to how your clothes fit, how you feel, and what you look like in the mirror. And the easiest answer when a coworker asks "Have you lost weight?" is just to say "Yes" and move on - it's too hard to explain the muscle-vs-fat thing to the world.

August 13, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Kelly Sedinger said...

Yup, the previous commenters have it right...muscle tissue is heavier than fat tissue, so if you replace, say, 10 cubic inches of fat with 10 cubic inches of muscle, you'll actually be heavier. But you'll also be healthier. That's actually a good sign!

August 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, good for you! I have been inspired by you finally. I started walking Monday. For about 30-45 minutes. I am actually looking forward to it. I feel like I have to now since I told everyone I know. And they are asking me if I am walking. And I am also sweating buckets. I go at 8 PM and it's still about 100. And no breeze except when a car or truck goes by. So keep it up and I will too. This is fun! And I can't wait to see me in another month.

August 13, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger T.C. said...

Good for you for sticking with the running! Don't worry so much about the scale--go by how your clothes fit and how you look in the mirror. It's true that muscle is heavier than fat. I always feel better after a run, even if I didn't feel like heading out at the start. It's those endorphins!

August 13, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Go Jenna go! Keep it up. Like your doctor said, don't worry about the gaining thing, because it's all muscle. I used to run on the track team and every season I'd gain about 10 pounds in the first two months! After that, though, I'd start losing weight. And just think how great those runs are going to feel in the upcoming fall, when the air is crisper. Fall is the best season for running!

August 13, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger CallieK said...

The best part about trading muscle for fat is that muscle continues to burn calories even when you are at rest, unlike fat. By adding more muscle mass you are upping your metabolism!

I have been making an effort to ride my bike everywhere- my boyfriend and I even took a special Bike Train to Niagara Falls recently and biked the whole Niagara River trail to my brother's house, about 35 km!( I think that's about 20 miles)

August 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Congratulations Jenna both on getting fit and taking the plunge and having a booth to promote yourself and the farm. That weekend I will be convening my tiny community's annual quilt show here in Hall's Harbour, NS - so lots doing in the fall.
You can't go wrong with those magnetic advertising signs for the truck - slap 'em on and get your name out there!!
Have a great time in Cooperstown this weekend.

August 13, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Just Amy said...

Jenna, just felt the need to let you know that I read an article in "Runner's World" recently (If you want a magazine that makes you want to run, that's it!) where the author informed us that NO ONE enjoys running while they are running!!! So don't feel bad because you still huff and puff and are in discomfort WHILE running. I do to... but boy I sure feel awesome when I'm done!

August 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Way to go Jenna! Keep up the good work! I've been running for 10 years now, but when I started, I did just what you are doing. At first I could run only about a mile. I added maybe a hundred yards each day, and by the end of the summer I ran my first 5K. After that I was hooked, and will run my 3rd marathon this fall!

A few years ago I ran a 5K in your neck of the woods...I think it was called the Battenkill 5K...not sure if it still happens, but if it does, I highly recommend! A beautiful course, on country dirt roads past horse pastures and through a forest.

No matter what happens to the number on the scale, I guarantee running will make you look and feel much better!

August 19, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Amy Greeman said...

Hi, Jenna,
I used to be a way-serious runner an am now a once-a-week or so runner and more serious about biking...but running is the best. The absolute best. I'm, of course, old and creaky now with bad knees and hips but the feeling of heading into mile #2 on a cool, crisp day is wonderful. Keep with it.

August 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

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