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A New Resolve

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hi Sparkers! I meant to blog last night but man, I was exhausted!

Things are going well – I got in all 3 jogging workouts last week, the last one being on Sunday. Today I did my first workout of this week, which means it was my first workout at new numbers: 3 minutes walking and 2 minutes jogging 5 times for a total of 25 minutes. It wasn’t easy and oddly enough the first couple of reps were harder than the last couple of reps (in some ways). It’s kind of like once the wheels are greased it’s easier, but there are only a couple of reps that are like that and by the last one I am glad it’s the last one! I’m planning on deviating from my plan again. The plan has me doing this workout 3 times this week, but I am going to do it twice and for my third workout add another rep. I’m also going to change it up next week . This week being 3 minutes walking and 2 minutes jogging 5 X, the plan for next week is to do only 2 minutes walking AND to increase to 2.5 minutes jogging. Given how my workout went this morning I don’t think I’ll be able to do that. So I think what I’m going to do is stay at 2 minutes jogging and just decrease to 2 minutes walking, then the following week I can add in the extra 30 seconds of jogging. We’ll see how I feel after the third workout of this week. I’ve also been toying with the idea of adding in more workouts (non jogging) to help with my cardio endurance. I remember when I was doing Insanity and I wasn’t jogging at all I went to the gym and hopped on the treadmill and could go for over 6 minutes with no problems. I’m not setting it as a goal for this month, but I’m going to try to get 1 more workout in a week that is conditioning/training (like on the weekend) and in February I’ll make it an official goal.

I finally stepped on a scale this morning. I did it as a wake up call. I had a horrible last few days of eating. Man, I ate. Wednesday a coworker invited me to Popeye’s, and while I had good portion control (so I’m ok with the fact that I went) that should have been my day to stray and have been cleaner for the rest of the week (or at least a few days). But nope. Thursday went to lunch with a different friend – again, had good portion control but still ate the other half while I was still not hungry and then went out with the group of friends and had a couple of beers and split some appetizers that night. Even then – ok, twice in one week… ok. Except that on Friday I went out to lunch with another different friend. Again, portions were in check, I brought home my leftovers, but then went out to dinner with this friend and had a big cheesy quesadilla (they put a TON of cheese on it), and Saturday I ate my leftovers from Friday and went out to dinner with my Aunt and her friend as a celebration of my Aunt finishing her detox. I kept the portions down, but I didn’t eat the best choice I could have. Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday so we went out. Apart from my breakfast shake it was the only food I ate (not planned, it was just so late of a lunch that I wasn’t hungry at dinner time) but still, it was not very healthy. All in all: my downfall was going out to eat with friends/family. I could have picked healthier options on Saturday and Sunday, but I chose not to. I need to get better resolve about eating out and knock it off. Once in a while is ok, but last week was excessive and I didn’t eat well at any of them.

So I stepped on the scale and I weighed the same as my last weigh in: 206LBS. So no weight lost. But I know why and where it came from and can use this as a learning experience that I always seem to need a refresher on: exercising doesn’t give you a free pass to eat whatever you want. Especially if you’re working out you need to fuel your body.

So this week I am paying better attention to what I’m eating/how often I go out to eat (goal of only once during the workweek). My goal is to not step on the scale again until the end of January and even though I don’t have any specific weight loss goals, I want to see a decrease!

That’s all for now – have a fabulous day Sparkers!

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    I know how easy it is to be thrown off when going out to eat. Sorry to hear you were 'off' but glad to know that you realize what it is you are doing and how to correct it.

    Great job on the jogging workouts. You will get better each time you do it!
    1591 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    you know, I noticed the same thing on my runs. Once I've got going for a little bit, any where between 3 and 5 intervals, it IS much easier and my breathing has stabilized
    1593 days ago
    You can totally stay on plan and eat out, but the key word is PLAN. Know the menu, ask for low carb options, order smaller portions (some places have senior sizes or kid's sizes of the regular menu). I really like this site for planning - but it's still rather incomplete, sadly:
    1593 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/13/2014 2:24:55 PM
    scales are deceiving.

    and way to go on your jogging! intervals are tough but sounds like you are really making progress! emoticon
    1593 days ago
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