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Frustrated and Confused

Friday, October 18, 2013

The scale keeps going up, and it is very frustrating to me. I get that the weekend wasn't great, and I should be glad that most of that damage is going away, but I only stayed in the 160s for a week. Just bummed that even when I was doing everything right I was gaining.

On a better note, the 5K training is going great! I had no motivation to complete my run today, but got through it by telling myself I can quit after 20 minutes if it really isn't working. I got to 20 and the next ten minutes were a piece of cake! the last 5 were rougher, I had to take 20 seconds to walk 2 minutes in, but I did it!

I even worked on my pace! Instead of going 5.5 mph for half of the 4 minute running segments , I kept a steady baseline of 5.0 mph on my running segments, with 1 minute intervals ranging from 5.2-6.0 to keep it interesting. And I ended up going further than I had on Wednesday when I felt I burnt myself out! 2.9 miles today!

I feel very accomplished. I just hope when the intervals go away I will still be able to do it. I'm worried I am relying too heavily on the walk intervals as a crutch and that I won't be able to jog the whole 5K.

All in all I am trying to keep things in perspective. Yes, I gained weight back. But I am also building endurance-I am jogging longer and farther than I was 2 weeks ago when I felt so great about breaking into the 160s. I'm also stronger, I feel it in my legs.

Additionally, I feel like I look thinner. I know my measurements have increased, but I've become very aware of my elbows, knees, and clavicles.They are very pointy/bony, whereas before they were cushioned. I don't understand how my numbers are all going up, when they appear to be going down.

Also notable, and maybe makes some sense out of this-my waist to hip measurement DECREASED on this last weigh in. So maybe I'm getting more proportional or something, thus causing the appearance of weight loss when there is none?

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    Other people gave me this advice about the 5k thing, because I had the same concerns. I NEEDED THOSE WALK BREAKS!!! Here's their advice:

    Keep up with the intervals that challenge you but don't break you. If you have to repeat a week (or a single set, if you're doing the series that has different programs for weeks 6, 7, and 8) then REPEAT IT!!! There is no schedule, no timeframe you HAVE to stick with. The 9- or 11-week programs are just a guideline. Just keep repeating the last one you can do, but that still challenges you. When you feel up to it, try the next one. If you have to take walk breaks, do it!

    You're training your body to get used to distance running, and that takes a while. Most everyone I know repeated weeks. You have to build strength and endurance in your feet and ankles, your leg muscles, your core, your heart and lungs -- that's a LOT of work!

    Hang in there. But also you might check out Jeff Galloway's plan for marathoners. He includes regular walking intervals, and people say they get their best marathon time when the include those walk breaks. So don't think of them as a crutch. Think of them as a training tool! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
    1441 days ago
    Just about any measurement is an approximation. If you can find a way to do it, getting the body composition analysis done is the best way to determine if you're making progress there.

    Short of that .... trust your intuition. If you're feeling bonier in key spots, I'd say you're making progress.

    1458 days ago
    You know sometimes even though your weight stands still or goes up, some of your measurements go down. I mean measurements of odd parts of the body. I've never had wide neck, for example, actually I thought that's the only place in my body that could not be thinner. So it was a really big surprise when measurements showed that somehow it was getting thinner.
    1458 days ago
    Just be consistent , think long term...not just tomorrow's jump on the scale. It ALL pays off in the long run if you will just continue being persistent .your goal is right in front of you, you will get there.
    1459 days ago
    Muscle weighs more than fat.You are doing great.It will soon start going down.
    1459 days ago
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