Couch to 5k Week 1 Day 2

Friday, May 17, 2013

Just completed my week 1 day 2 of Couch to 5k! Overall it wasn't too bad. Today was a little harder than the first day but knowing that it is a mental game I pushed forward and proved to be successful. On day 1 I ran at 5.0 comfortably, however today when i put it 5.0 it seemed to be too slow for my pace so I put it at 5.5. It made me excited to see that I was already doing C25K faster, but successful.

In other news I seem to be doing well with counting my calories. the 2nd day has been the hardest so far because I had almost eaten my allotted calories and had 84 left. There isn't much you can eat or 84 calories in my apt and I was still HUNGRY! I waited it out and drank some water, but it still was not going away. Eventually I made a cup of tea with a tb. of honey which put me right at my limit without going over. This seemed to tide me over a little. On top of everything I also had a migraine from the oh so wonderful allergies...

Now that I have gotten past that I seemed to be doing much better with eating. I also noticing that commercials are BIG triggers for me. I will be watching a tv show, minding my own business when a giant, juicy , delicious looking cheeseburger will come on the screen. HELP! I promptly will look away or manage to find something interesting to look at on my phone instead. Another trigger for me is Pinterest. I am on it quite frequently passing the time away and there is SO MUCH FOOD on Pinterest! I had a hard time looking at Pinterest before i started this whole thing because it would usually be meal time, I would be casually browsing, and next thing I knew my hunger was comparable to a starved mountain lion. Knowing now that these are triggers I am taking steps to finding ways around them.

Last but not least! I am so excited to be starting a healthy program, that it is already causing me to me a little scale crazy. I have only been doing this for 5 days and I have thought about getting on the scale 4 out of those 5 days. I have told myself that doing so would cause my motivation to diminish and that you can't move or "lose" a mountain in a day. So to compromise between getting on the scale everyday and not getting on the scale at all I have decided to do a weigh in once a week.

Even then I think this might be too much. What do you all think? How often do you all do your weigh in's?

Happy Sparking!

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    Thanks everyone for your thoughts and advice! I'm finding all of this advice very helpful!
    1764 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Sounds like you are off to a pretty good start with your C25K program! You will be crushing a 5k real soon at that pace!

    I would definitely go with the calorie range that Spark recommends. You definitely don't want to many calories but you also have to make sure you eat enough. You have to eat calories to burn calories. I recommend eating 5-6 smaller meals a day instead of the usual 3. Spread it out and keep that metabolism going all day!

    I don't own a scale so not weighing in is easy for me. I weigh in every two weeks or so and that works for me. It isn't good for the mental to weigh in daily and see the flux that your body goes through. After a week or two, it won't be a flux, it is what your body is doing.

    Good luck, hope some of that might help you!
    1765 days ago
    Congratulations on starting...and making it to Day 5! Finding the right amount of calories can be difficult and you will always second guess yourself. I recommend you start with what SP recommends. You can always tweak it later if it doesn't work for you.

    As far as the scale goes, don't weigh more than once a week. That's my two cents. Some people need to weigh daily, but that makes me more neurotic than I already am.

    I had to force myself to stop looking at recipe sites. Huge, huge trigger for me. You might just stay off Pinterest for a while?

    Love you girl!
    1765 days ago
    Way to go Phoebe emoticon
    I know perfectly well how you must be feeling about completing another day of c25k , because I´m feeling the same emoticon
    I have to lose a lot of weight , and being a yo-yo dieter all my life let's say my relationship with the scale is less than friendly , now I´m weighing in on Saturdays and keep the scale downstairs to avoid the tentation to weight myself every single morning. Now I'm trying to measure my weight loss in other ways(loose clothes , level of energy , etc)
    My relationship with food is funny (and not in a good way). When I'm in one of my binge eating moods I don´t pay attention to food , but right now I'm addicted to the food channel emoticon

    Sooner than we think we will be completing the week 9 (I wish) , we only have to keep going.


    1765 days ago
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