Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I last weighed myself January 30, which is right around the time I started my new job! I think I've gained about five pounds in two months..... I lost complete control of what I'm doing. I still am vegetarian although not vegan like I was.. .. I haven't been juicing or blending which is a shame considering my brand new breville ikon and ninja blender my dad got for me for xmas!
I guess I could consider just changing that right now....I have a Dr appointment in the morning and I'm going to ask him if it would be OK for me to do a juice fast.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
I looked at my profile in the mirror and could visibly SEE the difference of my weight loss. I am very, very excited to have gotten to 232.5. I felt so helpless over my weight for the past 10ish years and felt I would be fat, fat, fat and not be able to lose. I am losing weight very slowly and wish that it was faster. I have been working out 5-6 times a week since May (with a couple weeks off here and there) and notice that my muscles are looking very toned and defined on my legs. I couldn't be more pleased with my progress. I can't wait until I can go running in shorts and not feel self conscious. Right now I have some very nice capris and size XL in under armour is fitting me quite nicely. I believe that when I started, I probably couldn't have squeezed them onto my butt if I tried.
I started the sparkpeople walk to run 5k program and then decided to participate in a similar program from my local running store. We still have about six weeks left of our official training. When I decided to "see if I could run" in May, I could barely do a minute. It still had felt great to try. At this week's class, I jogged/ran at my own pace for the full .5 mile without stopping and at the end I was so proud, it was like I had accomplished a much longer distance. After reaching that goal, I got a little bit lazy and didn't push myself. :) I would like to run outside on a daily basis, but I just don't like the idea of not doing it in the gym. Maybe I'll gather the will to do it soon.
I am supposed to do a 5k at the end of the class with our whole team in a Halloween 5k. I will still have to decide whether or not to complete the 5k or not. I almost feel as though if I can't run the whole thing or take a super long time, that I will be discouraged. All I can do is consistently keep practicing and hope to see even more results. This Wed. we start running .75 and walking .25 x2 and I really hope I can do the .75. A few weeks after that, we will be doing a 1 mile, then walk a little, then another mile...until we get to running 1.25 I believe. I really hope that my body adapts and that I shed some weight to make it easier on myself to run. If I could lose 2lbs per week between now and the event, it would put me at 220. My goal weight is 170. At 220 I have 40% body fat. My core and muscles weigh in at 132. I would like to be 20 to 25% fat and then maintain that weight before deciding whether to drop a little more. My bone structure is very dense, like a male bone structure, according to a dental surgeon who removed some of my teeth previously. I do alot of strength training because I want my basal metabolic rate to be higher. I also love how muscular legs look. I do need to figure out how to better work on my arms. Right now I barely do anything to strengthen my arms.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
When I used to jog when I was younger i.e. 15-17, I actually ran barefoot. It was the influence of my lifelong martial arts training that caused this. I remember at a young age watching the adult class doing laps around the neighborhood with no shoes. I then also did jogs with no shoes as well.
Because of this, I was interested in learning more about the minimalist running shoes. I do hate the big feeling of the running sneakers that I've been using. I read several articles and decided to just try using some of my flat sneakers that I would normally have worn for Zumba to the gym. I started out at a few minutes on 6.2 and it felt great. I then did walking for 20 more minutes, elliptical for about 28 minutes, and then went back to treadmill to see if I still had energy for doing the joggng program. In the first 2 minute walk, 3 minute run session, I struggled to keep up for three minutes. I am only using about 4.5 for my endurance training wich I feel is super slow, but a start at least. I then walked for 2.5 minutes on my first round. I cheated a little I guess! The next rounds were easy for me, which is good because I've extended the length of the training program to fit my needs.
I had to find a sports bra to assist me in less motion for my figure. :) I was finally successful in finding a panache sports bra which comes in large sizes. I'm still 238 after two weeks at this weight, which I suppose is good for skipping a whole week then eating not so healthy during this time.
It would be so much easier on my body to run if I weighted 132 again like I did when I ran before... Maybe one day I can meet this goal. I just need to work on my nutrition because I spend hours at the gym.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Last night at the gym, I decided to start with walking 30 minutes at 3.5 and then to do my circuit training. After doing this, I got on the treadmill and did 2 minutes of walking and then 3 minutes of jogging and did this until I reached 20 minutes. I will add one day onto this training plan and start my official week 4 at my next workout after my rest day. :) I was somehow scared of doing the 2 minute walk and 3 minute jog....After I realized that I could actually do it, I started to feel a sense of pride that I have actually been consistently working towards my goal of learnig to run again and of taking care of myself!!
Not many women would complain about this, but having a large chest makes it challenging to jog... so I'm also happy that after four weeks and some weight loss, this seems to be getting a little smaller!! Yay!!! Maybe soon I will be able to buy a sports bra that actually fits well! I've been having to wear one regular one and one fitness one over that!
I feel like using 4.5 jogging is really easy. At first in week one and two, I was using 5.5 to 6.0 for the jogging. However, I was out of breath by the end of one or two minutes. I'm trying to tell myself that no matter how slow I go, I am making progress and conditioning my body to jog or even run faster in my future! I feel such a sense of accomplishment that when I began this, I had a hard time with day 1. Now, I'm in week 4!!
One other note is that I've been trying to use a slight incline while jogging because I heard that using 2.0 emulates street running more due to the extra resistance. I'm only using .5, but hey, it's better than nothing! Now, I can't wait for my next training day to see if I can do all the repetitions! I am considering increasing the speed just a little bit. :)
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