Wednesday, May 16, 2012
From this point last year I have lost 10 pounds. Although I am extremely thankful for not gaining weight back during that time (like I have many times in the past), I realize I MUST step up to the "plate" and begin incinerate some calories in order to reach my goal of 200 pounds (50 more pounds to go-total lose of 65 pounds in 2 years thus far). I am upset that I have only lost 10 pounds in the last year, after planning, exercising, watering, tracking and logging in every single day to Sparkpeople I have come to terms with it (I could do well for 3 weeks and fall off plan for 2 weeks etc....) I am moving on and not looking back at the last year as wasted but rather as a learning experience.
So... after much hesitation and back and forth I have decided to start the C25K program (I have been hearing about this program for the last 2 years). Today, was my first day so of course I am all motivated and exited...the true test will come when motivation runs out and pure determination is left. Everyday I complete a C25K workout I will update this blog. So, come back and check up on me....please. Haha.
Note: I will be doing this training on a treadmill not outdoors (yet) during my lunch break from work.
I downloaded the C25KFree app 20 mns before heading to the gym. It allows you to utilize your own playlist while getting audio cues prompting you to begin running and stopping. I thought it could be helpful so I did not focus on the clock.
Wk 1 Day 1: 5/16/2012 (252.9 pds)
Worked up a nice sweat. Felt good before and after. No pain except my personal dislike for running. During running intervals treadmill was set at 4.4 (jogging ;) during walking intervals (including warm up and cool down) was set at 3.0. NO incline. I was not bored out of my mind as anticipated. I listened to a pre-set playlist on my iphone the entire time while watching food network on the treadmill tv. The newly downloaded app worked wonderfully and I enjoyed not having to stress over the clock. I HIGHLY recommend it (thus far...although I realize I have only used it once).
Wk 1 Day 2: 5/17/2011
Intervals were set at 4.6 for running and 3.0 for walking. Listened to playlist thru C25Kfree app again. Still loving that app. No clock watching, allows for peaceful day dreaming and thinking. Worked up a great sweat, so much so that earbuds were sliding out. I had to force myself to get to gym. I was coming up with excuses not to go but managed to overcome and "just to it". As always, glad I did and felt accomplished afterwards.
Wk 1 Day 3: 5/18/12 (250.4 pds)
Run intervals: 4.6 Walk Intervals: 3.2
Did not have to talk myself into going today. I was looking forward to it. Worked up a good sweat. Wore different shoes today (since my fav pair of 13 years are now holy as of yesterday). Foot was sliding in shoes and under foot was burning. I still dislike running/jogging and I don't think it will ever change. On to week 2...
WK 2 Day 1: 5/22/2012
Run: 4.6 walk: 3.0 Used app. Wish you could listen to pandora thru app and not just your playlist. Anywoo, today was rough. It had been 3 days since the last run and I ate junk for the last 2 days, well over my calorie allowance (was my bday-I know, no excuse). Worked up a great sweat but mid way through I did not think I could finish. I had to push myself mentally and physically. It does not give me much hope to successfully complete week 3 and beyond.
Wk 2 Day 2: 5/23/12
Runs: 4.6 (2 @ 5.0 and 1 @ 4.8) Walks: 3.2
Not as rough as yesterday but I still can not envision myself running 3 mns straight next week. I still do not like running. It is boring, hard on your body and mind. Heart rate got up to 170 after first interval run at 5.0.
Wk 2 Day 3: 5/25/12 (248.7 pds)
Runs: 4.8 Walks: 3.2
Went fine. Worked up a good sweat. Still wondering how I will manage jogging more than 90 seconds. It is soo hard.
Wk 3 Day 1: 5/29/2012
Runs: 4.6 Walks: 3.0
Was actually looking forward to this one as I was very curious to see if I could be able to run for 3 mns without stopping. I managed but barely. HR was 172. Never sweated as much as of today. Was extremely hard (more mentally I believe).
Wk 3 Day 2: 5/30/2012
Runs: 4.6. Walks: 3.2
Still very difficult to run the 3 mns none stopped. Managed but it is a struggle.
Wk 3 Day 3: 6/5/2013
Runs: 4.6. Walks:3.0
Has 5 days since last session but I finished. But was the most difficult session to date probably because it had been 5 days and my food choices were not the greatest. I will do 2 additional 2 sessions from wk 3 to finish off this week then next week I will attempt wk 4 ... But I do not hold out much hope of completing a full session.