Noticing the little things...
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
So, like I've mentioned to many of my friends and family as well as constantly remind myself...we need to pay attention to the small things while on this journey. So, I didn't have a big change on the scale...no "biggest loser" 5, 10, or 15 lb loss! I also had no changes in my measurements from Feb 1 to Mar2. Jan and Feb was dedicated to the C25K program...I did well until I got up to the last week and was supposed to do 30-35 min straight runs. I did 30 min. Two days later when I was supposed to do 35 min, I guess I just wasn't feeling well and couldn't last 10 minutes jogging. Disappointed yes, but I didn't give up. I just backed up...back to doing intervals unless I feel good during a run and then go longer. I really have learned to just listen to my body.
However, just the first week of this month, I re-started a strength training program. I chose the days and what type of workout and then I let Sparks decide the exercises I would do. Well, Tuesday is my core (abs/back) day. My workout includes modified planks (1 min hold, do 2) and side planks (30 sec hold, do 2 each side). Day 1 of this workout (Mar 6) found me huffing and puffing, whole body shaking, and me praying that the time would just move faster and be done already. Today, I held each plank, breathing normally, and just a little shaking - mostly just on the side planks at the end of the second set.
There was a time in my life where I wouldn't have accepted this as a moment of celebration. I would have thought that it was about time and that it was still weak - I should be holding a regular plank for 2 minutes and the side planks for a minute or more. Now I am realizing that all of these changes are worth celebrating.
So, since all my C25K training was done on the treadmill, am I angry or disappointed that when I ran outside today, I had to stop after 1/2 mile to walk? No way. The road isn't moving under my feet. I am supplying all of the power...and there are hills!!
Moving on and celebrating all of the successes along the way...no matter how small they may seem.