300s, exercise, non-scale victory

In Which Fatso Takes It One Minute At A Time

Remember the last time I tried to run?

The last time I tried to run on the treadmill, I weighed a pound shy of 29 stones. The last time I tried to run on the treadmill, I apparently also was trying to “run” at 3.72mph.

Last night (Monday night, not Tuesday night; if you look at the timestamp, I understand it’s Wednesday morning now, but hush, y’all. If you’re in the USA, it’s still Tuesday night.) when I was on the treadmill doing my warmup, I was at 3mph.

When I started this whole thing last year, I’m pretty sure I thought 2.5mph was too fast; 2mph was fine, etc.

Now, 3mph is a sort of… it’s brisk-ish, verging on “too slow to jog, too fast to walk slow” kind of a thing, but when I go beyond that, I can really feel the treadmill running away from me.

Last night, I hopped onto the sides of the treadmill at about 5 minutes, and I looked down at it going ever so fast (or so it seems). And I bumped the speed up to 4mph.

Now, to runners, 4mph is a slow walk, I’m sure. A jog at best.

I’m pretty sure that’s the speed they tell people who are going to do the MoonWalk (my closest would be in Edinburgh; I may take part in 2013!) to walk at.

When I hopped onto the treadmill that was going at 4mph, I did a weird little knees-up running thing and then settled into a groove of lovely long strides.

For one whole minute.

You guys.


I ran (a loose definition of the term, I understand, but I still weigh in the mid-300s) on the treadmill for one whole minute.

Now, don’t get me wrong:

I’m still unfit as all hell.

I was out of breath.

My sciatica flared up and I got shooting pains down my leg and my hip hurt like hell.

I’m pretty sure my overhanging belly was flapping against my upper thighs the entire time (apologies to the guy on the treadmill beside me!).

But I, Tracy Elanor Webster, currently mid-300lbs, jogged/ran on the treadmill at 4mph for one whole minute.

Before I decided I was gonna die, and pulled it back to 3mph for the rest of the warm-up.

I told you, back when I hit 350lbs. It’s all uncharted territory from here-on down. Fatso runs on treadmills, loses weight.

I knew something was different this time, when I decided to lose weight. Not just in the diet thing and the exercise thing, but in my willingness to try stuff like that.

You guys.

I ran on a friggin’ treadmill.

One minute at a time, I’m getting there.

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11 thoughts on “In Which Fatso Takes It One Minute At A Time”

  1. YAY!! Running is my personal addiction, and I totally know how exciting those little victories are. Keep it up! I really enjoy your blog….

  2. Brilliant. Actual speed is totally irrelevant – it's how it feels to you.
    I began running this year and remember how hard it was to get to a minute at the beginning. 40 seconds and I was waiting for death and running on willpower alone as the legs had given up.
    Now I regularly run for 30 minutes and love it.

    I read your blog because I enjoy your sense of humour and the honesty with which you write about your ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks. You are one of the very few weight-loss bloggers I know, brave enough to put up clear photos.
    I know you'll be successful eventually because you don't give up, despite some awful health problems. And you don't use excuses when it would be so easy for you to do so.
    Thanks for the inspiration to keep going.

    1. Cat: thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚ I think I've kind of gotten to the stage in my own life where I needed to stop getting in my own way! No more giving up for this girl (even despite all of those health problems… :/) – this time is the last time I'll need to lose close to 300lbs.

      (It won't be the last time I'll ever have to lose weight, because I'm sure there'll be times after I hit my goal weight where I gain back 5, 10, 15lbs before I go, "SHIT, WHAT AM I DOING?!" and kick myself into gear again, but you know what I mean. πŸ™‚

      I can't wait until I can run for 30 minutes at a time. That one minute felt amazing; I can't imagine what it'll feel like after thirty. At least now, I know it's something that's within striking distance. Even if it takes another 19 months to work up to those 30 minutes!

      And YES! Keep going. πŸ™‚ Always keep going.

    1. Thanks, Tara! I'm SO excited! I'm always amazed at how far I've come this time – usually at this point, I've given up and started gaining the weight back, BUT NOT THIS TIME! This time is the last time I'm going to lose all this weight. πŸ™‚ Right to the end!

  3. Hi πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing all the fact about your weight lost, believe it is inspiring, Actually I am trying to focus on weight lost, during this year I lost 19 pounds, but this new year I will focus on losing 40 more pounds to reach my goal. I know that this is not an easy journey but it is not impossible. I have also a blog page called : http://ellunesempiezoyelmartessigo.shutterfly.com… with the purpose to report that I have to do to reach my goal. Keep in contact Mónika

    1. Keep up the good work, Mónika! 19lbs is an incredible weight loss; you must be really, really proud of yourself. πŸ™‚ I know it's hard work, too, but the hardest part is when we get discouraged and have to start all over again; I'm not going to let that happen again. I'm going to lose the weight for good this time!


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