Goodness, has it been an interesting month.
First off, numbers. Since my last update, I've lost about 10 lbs. I always want more, but I'll take it. I'd like to be under 200 by my next monthly update. Fingers crossed!
I mentioned in my last update that I signed up for the St Patty's 5k in order to receive a medal. Well, not only did I run it, I smoked it! I have to give props to Sandra for being a great pacer. She really pushed me through. I utilized a hill to gain some time, kept a solid pace, and sprinted at the end. I also remained very conscious of my breathing, heel strike tendencies, and arm positioning. For my first "real" 5k, I am proud to report that I finished in 35:22! Great for me, I assure you... especially with it being so darn cold, goodness! Here is an end-of-race pic:
I've signed up for another race in June for Shape Up RI. I think I'll probably avoid any races until the end of summer and in the meantime work on my mile tests on a treadmill indoors. Sometime this year or early next, I'll sign up for a 10k. That's probably the longest distance I wish to run competitively. I'm not looking to be a runner, just gain endurance and strength.
I am looking at different strength options. Since Crossfit is still out of my budget, I am looking at different at-home programs like Insanity and travel Crossfit WODs. I am even going to visit a Curves gym this weekend (I have a free week pass) to see if it's worthwhile. I checked out the machines online and they seem more effective than the circuits at a gym like Planet Fitness because they use "double positive" machines - which means that your back and forth motions on the machines work opposite muscle groups at once, like the bicep/tricep, and the quad/hamstring. Seems interesting and worth a try if it's free. They also have a squat machine, which intrigues me. I will have more info when I visit with them, but I'm wondering how someone can have enough time to adjust seats and resistance, while still being able to perform the necessary reps. Also, I hope they don't start telling me that I shouldn't lift heavy. Bleh - we'll see!
Zumba is still fabulous - Don't get to go as often as I would like with my volunteering commitments, but I try to, in the very least, go two times per week and then do another workout on my own. One of my "someday" goals is to become certified in Zumba and work with my cousin, Nelia. There is a class in early May, but I think I'll have to wait until the next one that comes around. There's just so much going on right now and money is tight. It's definitely going to happen though and I can't wait! :-)
Last Friday, I got out of work a little early so I took that opportunity to go for a nice long walk. I felt so burnt out that I couldn't fathom running (felt like I had been "running" all week). So, I just went for a nice, brisk walk and took advantage of some of the hills in my neighborhood. Of course, my heart rate monitor decided not to work that day, but who cares? It felt great and I ended up walking 4.6 miles in about 75 minutes. Not bad for someone who was feeling lethargic and burnt out!
A couple weeks ago, I had all four wisdom teeth taken out -- what a weight loss in just a few days! Of course, most of it came back when I started eating again, but I did see for a moment 206 on the scale. Hopefully I'll be there again very soon!
On the food front, I can see that I am able to eat more food (what we consider to be what a normal person "should" eat), especially if I graze. I need to be conscious of grazing and instead have a drink available to sip instead of food. Yesterday at Easter I certainly grazed, but I enjoyed myself and am moving on. It's too bad I didn't get to finish the ginger cookies I had before hopping back on the wagon, though. Argh, they were so good :-)