Friday, September 30, 2011
Week 5, day 1 of the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program is now complete.
Three things I have learned while attempting to move beyond being a walker and become a walker/jogger:
1) 5K is a long way.
2) 3 minutes is a long time.
3) You can do more than you think you can
Item 3 is because I have read with great admiration the posts of those on the team who post that they jogged for six minutes thinking, 'Wow! I could *never* do that.' Well today something happened to my interval timer and it got stuck with about 20 seconds left on my jogging interval. I thought I was running for a very long time, but that brings me back to item 2: I *always* think I'm running for a very long time. AND and I have been *sure* that my interval timer was stuck before, when of course it was running perfectly well. So this time, I just kept happily running (OK, I was sucking air, but I was running). It wasn't until I reached a traffic light and had to stop that I checked the timer, and sure enough - it was frozen.
I have no idea how long I actually ran, but it was longer than the three minutes I took to be my max. I finished out the rest of my 5K going back to my prescribed 3 minutes of walking followed by 3 minutes of running, but now I know: I can do more than I think I can.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
I'm an avid exerciser. I dance, I walk, I take circuit training classes, I take the stairs (and I work on the 9th floor!). I never felt the need for a pedometer because I was *sure* I had that covered with my other activities.
Hah! What a surprise when I purchased a pedometer on a whim. Turns out a fairly rigorous dance or step workout is only about 5000 steps. After a great workout I was only half way to my daily step goal! What an eye opener. I'm finding that most days I really have to work to get those 10,000 steps in.
I am now a pedometer convert. If I'm up, it's clipped on! It's a great reality check.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Spent the weekend away from home. So much of my advanced planning was just too difficult to stick to. I was *very* good at the breakfast buffet - just fruit and a bowl of cereal - but THEN - lunch out with friends struck. Actually even that was pretty healthy: grilled fish, veggies, salad, boiled potatoes - but it was a lot. And THEN - dinner - that's where I fell apart: dinner with a group meant no special orders. The sandwich came with french fries, so I ate them. All of them. They were delicious. Also had a (delicious) beer. And who was it that bought fudge? Not me - but I sure did eat it!
Eating 5 meals out just proved a little too much for me. I did not resist the bread that I was not expecting to be on my plate.
I got a fair amount of exercise - lots of walking.
I need to do better on my self control when it comes to eating.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I find it very sad that I am a member of both the 'Spark Team SP Class of January 4-10' AND '50+ Members with less than 10 pounds to lose'. Shouldn't I have lost those 10 lb already since it's been 9 months? But no, here I am, only 3 pounds lighter than when I started.
Despite this, I remain determined. Because during this year I was down to where I only had 4 pounds to lose, I can and will do it again. Every time I goof up, I learn a little something more about myself.
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