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Spring Into Summer

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Yesterday began the Spring Into Summer Challenge. I'm really excited to be involved in this one because I'm really feeling the need for a bit of a kick start. I've been actively on this path (once again) for the past 4 months, have managed to lose 43 pounds in that time (even while traveling and dining out quite a bit), and have made working out a daily habit. Still, I'm worried about becoming complacent and slipping into old (bad) habits. I'm hoping the combination of my current Dietbet and this challenge will keep me on the straight and narrow.

The challenge for the first week involves doing 9 different fitness drills, which will be repeated at the end of the 8 week challenge to determine our progress. I did all 9 drills back to back yesterday (I would *not* recommend this, as my entire body felt like jello all day long. It was an excellent workout, though!). Here are my initial results:

Drill 1 - Number of Crunches in 2 minutes: 144
Drill 2 - Number of Wall Push-ups in 2 minutes: 87
Drill 3 - Wall-Squat Hold 2:03
Drill 4 - Arm Hold Time 3:25
Drill 5 - 150 Step-ups: 3:44
Drill 6 - Plank Hold: 1:55
Drill 7 - Bridge Hold: 3:03
Drill 8 - Number of Cardio Exercise in 2 minutes: 209 High Knees
Drill 9 - Mile run/walk: 11:32

I'm hoping to improve upon all of these numbers the next time around.

I have three main goals for this challenge:
1. to lose 20 pounds in the next 8 weeks (an average of 2.5 pounds per week)
2. to run a 5k in under 40 minutes. I have finished a 5k in under 40 minutes, but I didn't run the whole thing.
3. to completely get off all medications for diabetes, and be able to control my blood sugars through diet and exercise alone. I'm not sure whether this is truly realistic by the end of this challenge, but I'm sure going to try like hell to make it happen.

In other news, I went shopping yesterday and tried on a pair of size 16 "skinny jeans". Not only did they fit, they were actually a little bit loose. I'm still not sure how that's possible, and in no way do I actually believe I'm truly a size 16, but it was definitely an ego boost. Though I debated buying the pants, ultimately I decided not to because I figured that, with summer coming and me continuing to lose weight, there's no way they'd still fit in the fall. Instead, I'm going to wait and buy myself a fierce pair of new jeans when I reach my goal!
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