Saturday, April 02, 2011
March was a surprisingly successful month. Surprising because even though I only completed one of the three challenges I set myself for this month I met two of my three goals.
I did not use the fitness tracker or the nutrition tracker religiously every single day. In fact I hardly used either one of them at all. If I ate a meal that wasn't one of my usuals I'd put it in the tracker to check out it's nutritional profile but, other than that I pretty much completely avoided the trackers. This pretty much goes against conventional wisdom but, I guess when it comes to “dieting” changing it up helps and it's not so much what the change is just that it's change.
I did not do a 45-90 minute challenging ride on the trainer or outdoors three times a week. I sort of got stuck on tabata intervals www.intervaltraining.net
. Get on the bike warm up for five minutes, go hard for four minutes of sprint intervals, cooldown for three minutes, stretch for a couple of minutes – workout done in 15 minutes or less. It's not an easy workout and after my 15 I'm totally knackered but, it's not 45-90 minutes and I really don't think they're meant to be used for every single training session.
I did take the stairs from the subway platform to the sidewalk in under 60 seconds every single day I went to work last month so at least I met one of my challenges for last month. I've managed to cut the time it takes me to get up one flight of stairs, walk ~30 meters across the mezzanine level and get up two more flights of stairs to just under 45 seconds on a good day. Seriously, with my little legs I don't think I can do it any faster than that without looking like some sort of mad woman LOL.
Even though I only completed one out of my three challenges I did manage to meet two of my three goals. I was a bit disappointed because I GAINED a pound in February so I set a goal to lose eight pounds in March. I didn't lose eight pounds I lost ELEVEN. Technically I guess three of those might have been February's showing up late. I also set a goal to fit comfortably into size 12 pants and I do :-) I even fit comfortably into one particular pair of size 10 pants but those are probably the biggest size 10 on the planet (Old Navy stretch boot-cut. Generous cut and 1% spandex). The goal I missed was riding up to the GWB weather permitting and we can't really count it as a missed goal as the weather did not permit.
I joined the office biggest loser pool (first prize $200) and I have no intention of losing my $25 so the lose 8lb goal stands for April. The second goal for April is to be able to run continuously for 30 minutes and the third goal for April is to ride down to Coney Island and then up to the GWB weather permitting. Weather better permit.
April challenges are 1) to run at least two days a week, 2) to do a challenging ride on the trainer or outdoors for 45-90 minutes 2 days a week limiting tabata intervals to 1 day a week and 3) to do 10 pushups with good form.
Let's hope April goes as well as March.