It has been exactly 4 weeks since my last post, so now is as good a time as any to check in. I have had mixed results with my program thus far. In some respects, I have gotten off track; in other regards, I am making progress.
First, exercise. I had set a goal for myself to take my 6 week streak of consistent exercise and turn it into a 12-week one, increasing my days of exercise per week from 3 to 5. In this goal, I have totally blown it
. It all began with an out of town trip the 2nd week of November that interrupted my best laid plans. I only got in 2 days of exercise that week. After that, I never really recovered and got back on track. I have continued to do my SparkPeople 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program, but I'm falling short of my baseline of 3 days exercise per week. However I feel like unlike other times I have abandoned my program completely, this blip has been just a "break", not a fatal blow. I am going to go back to trying to get in 3 days per week staring Monday.
Second, nutrition. Here too I got off track during the work trip, but I made up for it the next week and managed to lose 2 pounds! The scale showed the lower number for a few days so I'm counting it as "permanent" weight loss, even though sometimes the scale tips up several pounds afterwards. Thanksgiving week has proven to be a whirlwind of eating over my calorie range, but I'm not gaining. I plan to get back on track with tracking tomorrow.
Third, I completed the SparkPeople 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program! As the last step of the program and as a celebration of completing it, I signed up for a 5K race in my area. Both me and my best friend signed up for the race together, although we did not run it side by side (she's more advanced than me). I got off track of my walk/jog intervals after about 30 minutes, which is consistent with what I expected based on how I was performing when I practiced these on the treadmill...the second 15 minutes kills me, then I cannot maintain the running anymore. But I did start running again when my friend came back to pace with me after she finished her 5k and as you can see below I ran across the finish line!
I completed the race in 50 minutes and I'm just glad I wasn't dead last. I knew it was going to be a long race when I started out running it and there was a woman walking alongside me as fast as I was running! LOL. I usually run at 4 - 4.5 on the treadmill just to give you perspective on how slow I am.
I've signed up for my next 5K on December 8th and I hope to shave a little bit off my time. I set the bar pretty low so I'm sure I will enjoy a new personal best by then
And now the pictures!
Posing with the Turkey Trot turkey, my friend and I
Approaching the finish line