1/4 of the way there... if I'm able to keep up with the workout schedule. Felt great at the end of today's workout. Regardless of if I do this in 8 weeks or 24 weeks - either way, I'm going to do this!!!!
1. Going with two other people who are also "on diets" but don't often stick to them when eating out: I got to the restaurant first, got seated, gave the spiral menus back to the waiter and only kept the "skinnylicious" menus, told the waiter there was to be no bread put on the table.
2. Meals - while we are all low carbin' it, I wasn't going to "mother" anyone. I got the lettuce wrap tacos from the appetizer menu, another got the tuna app (with fried chips) and a salad, and the last one got soft corn tacos (w rice... there's always gotta be one!)
3. Dessert time - we got one slice of the low-carb cheesecake with fresh strawberries on the side. (450 calories and 35 carbs - split between three people and no one ate the crust).
Given the location - I think we all survived as good as could be expected! There was only one "quip" about how great it was that they had added the "deep fried mac and cheese" to the skinny menu by baking it (this was a LIE and intended as a joke to make everyone laugh and realize we would NOT be getting the food we "wanted" but the food we "needed" to meet our long term goals). Best news - with the possible exception of the "average" low-carb cheesecake, the skinny menu food was very tasty and well spiced.
I'm using the "Ease into 5K" app on the iPhone - but I'm certain any of the coaching schedules/apps would work. With this app I was able to build a play list from my music collection of fast paced, up beat songs to keep me going - then I either walk or run based on the Audio Alerts provided.
Not only am I loving the definition I am seeing in my quads... but in the 5 training "runs" so far my stats have improved as follows:
Run 1: 1.3 miles over 25 minutes (20min/mile)
Run 5: 2.2 miles over 34 minutes (16:27min/mile)
Saw a physical therapist today. I have inflammation of one of the support muscles in my left foot - probably causing the pronation of the left foot. I'm now wearing a moderate stability running shoe with an orthotic to keep the left ankle from rolling. And wearing a compression ankle wrap.
I'm still loyal to my five-fingers for daily wear... maybe I can strengthen my foot muscles with some additional rehab exercises.
Also adding running drills: knee ups, foot to butt, and prancing strides - leaping to toe. If I continue to have problems with a toe/mid-foot strike I'll add a jump rope!
increased pace just a little... Went further, faster, and burned more calories.... Very interesting this running (walk/jog) thing.......
Trying to be as analytic as possible: Have had gate analyzed 3 times. First said I pronate. Second said I don't. Third said I pronate on my left ankle (if I'm get an injury, it is with my left ankle or right knee).... Trying to identify what shoes to wear when running to prevent injury (if possible)!
Hope everyone is doing great and meeting personal goals!