Friday, October 16, 2009
I set some goals for myself at the beginning of the month. They were: to lose 3 kilos, to run up a hill that I had only been able to walk up and to run 10K under 60 minutes.
So how am I doing now that half the month has gone by?
I have lost 0.5 kilos so far in October, that 1 kilo weight gain I had in the beginning of the month threw me for a loop, that's for sure. But I'm on the right track again, I just feel it.
I managed to run up that hill within a week of setting up this goal and the victory tasted, oh, so sweet! Now when I run I don't even think about this hill, no trepidation, no worries. I just do it. I am still tired when I reach the top, but not more so than that I'm still able to do sprints a minute later.
How about my 10K time? Well, I haven't been able to run a 10K since setting this goal up. I have been doing 8K consistently 4-5 times a week (my time for this distance is 48 minutes right now, obviously there's room for improvement!), but this coming Sunday I plan to head out to the lake where I do my 10K runs. The time to beat is 67 minutes at the moment. Bleh, that's embarrassing. I want to be under 65 minutes next time.
I started a new workout program, though, and I'm so excited! It's the Insanity workout and so far I like it! Yesterday I did the Fit Test and today I did the Plyometric cardio circuit, and I can see myself keeping up with this for the whole 60 days.
I've also re-assessed my nutrition. I had a calory target range of 1200-1400, which I think was way too low considering I was burning about 4000 calories a week. With the addition of the Insanity workouts my calories burned should increase considerably and I don't see how such a low calory intake could sustain me. So, I raised it to 1400-1700 calories. I was having trouble hitting my calories even with the lower target range, I have NO idea how I'm going to be able to hit it now that it's even higher. Considering that I'll be working out twice a day some days (I won't give up the running, obviously!) I'm going to need more protein to help me with muscle recuperation. Maybe a protein shake? I will look into this. Anyway, it's almost 9 pm and I've only managed to eat about 1000 calories and I'm not an evening snacker - you do the math. Sigh.
Well, all in all, I think I'm doing allright; I had hoped for more weight lost at this point and to have knocked off a few minutes of my 10K time, but I still have time. Now I just need to go to the kitchen and figure out what to eat. I'm SO not hungry. How many grapes do I need to eat to get 400 calories?
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I'm a very competitive person. I regard it as a strength and as a weakness. My competitiveness makes me give that extra effort in almost everything I do, once I've committed to it.
The downside is that it can get ugly. My friends stopped wanting to play racket ball with me, knowing that I would fight to the last drop of sweat to beat them to pulp and that I didn't accept a loss very gracefully. Thankfully I rarely lost.
Competing against myself has always been a whole other ball game. These past few years (since getting pregnant with my first) I've allowed myself to succumb to excuses why I won't do this or that, why I need to put off exercising a few weeks (or months). Partly it's been laziness, but the major reason has been that I've been afraid to lose. If I don't get into the game, then I can't lose, right?
I've been selling myself short for too long and it's time to commit myself to the game again. Whole-heartedly. With the intention of winning. Because this time it's not a game of racket ball, or knowing that I can beat that fit-looking dude swimming laps next to me.
This time the game is about my life. My quality of life and that of my children's. It's about getting healthy, staying healthy and leading an active life with my family. And about setting a good example to the kidlets; that it's important to eat well, to move lots and to have fun while doing it, so that they don't have to face weight problems in the future.
Today I feel like I won a set point (am I taking the racket ball references too far? ) . One of my October goals was to run the whole way up a hill. This hill, let me tell you... It's horrible. It's over a mile long. It's steep enough to make cars groan while they try to accelerate. It's taken me over a month to go from walking up the whole way, to running intervals and then today... today I ran. The whole way.
And I reclaimed a part of my old self. The part that doesn't give up. That sees an obstacle and gives her all to beat it. That doesn't complain and moan about it being too hard or too cumbersome and just GETS IT DONE.
I feel pretty darn good today. And I have already chosen the next hill to conquer.
Monday, October 05, 2009
It must be karma; as soon as I outlined my October goals, and enthusiastically went about my exercise and diet regime, that's when I hit my first plateau. A one kilo weight gain in tis last week and I can't help but groan. And by that I obviously mean swear like a sailor for the next 5 minutes or so.
Previously this kind of setback might have derailed me from my goals, but not this time. Nope, not going to happen. I will just have to shake things up a bit. Instead of running today I will do a workout DVD, maybe the 30 day shred. I've been doing a LOT of running lately, so I'm sure my knees will thank me for the change of pace.
I do see a definite improvement in measurements and that is what's going to sustain my belief that I CAN do this. My clothes are too big and now I don't feel disgusted when I see myself in the mirror. This is a BIG deal for me. I am the queen of self criticism. To actually give a nod of approval to something I see in the mirror, well, HEUREKA!
No time like the present, right? The kids are parked in front of a TV each (I never claimed to win any Mommy Of The Year Awards!) so I am going to do my workout now.
And I will NOT beat myself up over that one kilo gain. I've done everything right, I know I have and I am not going to second guess every single thing I've done this past week. This kilo will be gone sooner rather than later.
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