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The questions are here:
23. What are your current fitness goals?
My current fitness goals are to slowly improve my 5k running time. I have really been doing this ever since I started running a year and a half ago, so it’s an ongoing goal. I have to be honest though- I haven’t really been actively doing anything to make dramatic changes in my running pace as I had intended on doing a few weeks ago.
24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.)
In past attempts at losing weight and getting healthier, I always either started with exercise before changing my eating or I did them both together. This time around, however, I focused only on the eating part of it for about 3 months. Increasing my activity didn’t appeal to me at all because of the awful pain I would have in my heels at the end of each day just from my daily activity. I suspected that this pain was a result of my being so overweight (100 pounds), and I hoped it would get better as the weight dropped, and I would be more willing and enthusiastic to add it into my plan at a later time. After losing 30-40 pounds, it was a lot easier to increase my activity, and I began this in a very low key manner. Nice walks with my boyfriend or my best girlfriend became something to look forward too. I had also been experiencing a plateau in my weight loss, and I had hoped that adding the activity at this point would fire that up again, and it did. After about another 3 months, I got an idea from another spark blog about doing a couch to 5k rookie running program on my own. I had never enjoyed running in my life, but as I’ve aged, there are lots of things that I enjoy now that I never would have considered as a younger woman. To my surprise, it turned out to be a really wonderful form of exercise for me, and it also helped me break through plateau number two. I’m really glad I approached it slowly this time, because I had experienced burnout before I achieved my final goal weight at least half a dozen times in the almost 20 years before that, so it was nice to finally be able to keep seeing progress toward my goal, and I didn’t mind a bit that is was slow.
25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try?
I went to a few Zumba classes, and while I thought it was really high energy and fun, I felt so uncoordinated, and all the sideways movement back and forth was horrible on my ankles. I kept thinking that if I was wearing shoes that didn’t have such great traction that would help, but I didn’t have any that gave the support I want either, and wasn’t willing to spend the money on that trial and error project, because the times of the classes also interfered with other planned activity that was more enjoyable to me as well as my WW meeting that I’d been attending every week. I am, however, to a point where I wouldn’t mind giving it a try again. Skiing has always intrigued me, but I’ve always been too afraid of serious injury. Rock climbing- in a controlled environment- also sounds fun to me.