A month in review - progress! And W6D3 attempt no. 2.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

OK... number crunching first:

Weight: I weighed myself today - 0.2kgs loss this week and I’m 0.8kgs less than I was at the start of the month which is not a great weight loss effort. Pathetic really. I just converted that to lbs and it’s 1.8lbs which sounds better... but I am still eating too much. That is the problem – plain and simple. I am most likely underestimating my calories at weekends and basically it’s spoiling the effect of all the additional exercise I’m doing.

Exercise: I rock. emoticon
No question. This month I completed a half marathon with little training. I also signed up for another in November. I’m now on Week 6 of the C25K and I can run for over 20 minutes without stopping. At the start of the month I was on Week 4. I switched up my workouts for a couple of weeks to do a little training for the half marathon so I stopped using the C25K program for that time. The start of the month included 2 x 3 minutes of running with a 5 minute run in the middle. Super improvement there! Woo hoo! However, I have slacked off a bit with my circuit training – I think I’ve been once this month but I hope to go tonight. I have also not been to Zumba (that restarts again soon) and I’ve only been walking and running really. I did try to get up early this week to restart my 10 minute DVD programs in the morning but couldn’t get out of bed.

Life Goals: Writing. I suck. I didn’t do any. Admittedly with mum’s passing last month I’ve struggled to find any creativity but I really must start to schedule writing back into my life.

I reviewed my spreadsheet and it didn't work too well. I need to incorporate my goals into a spreadsheet more simply. I will do that for this month.

It is now 4 weeks until we fly out to Australia. I would love to lose as much weight as possible. I have a dress for the weddings but it’s a bit tight at the zip (under my arm) so it would also be more comfortable to wear this dress without so much bulging flesh. I joined the BLC17 challenge this month and I am excited about having the additional accountability. It worked this past weekend as I tracked more which I find difficult when we go camping. I’ve also found some new Spark Friends and all of my Sparky friends are awesome and motivating and supportive. I love SP!

Yesterday I re-attempted the W6D3 workout... the 25 minutes of running with no intervals. This time I took the speed down to 5.5mph ( I was trying to do it at about 5.8 or 5.9 on Sunday). I wasn’t as sore and I felt that I could do it. I made it through half and then major catastrophe! Mark pulled the plug on the treadmill! I was soooo mad! I quickly got hooked up again and back into running within about 40 seconds but I was gutted! My times and distances were zeroed... My 25 minutes in a row was now not going to happen that day and I was really angry. It wasn’t his fault... He didn’t know that it was my treadmill cable and I don’t blame him at all but I was really upset. I set the speed to 5.8 for a minute or two, then back to 5.5... For the last minute that was left (my timing is on my iphone not on the treadmill) I ran at 6mph. So, I kind of managed to do the 25 minutes... but it was upsetting that there was a small gap in the middle. All of W7’s workouts are the same, 5 minute warm up, 25 minute run then 5 minute cool down so I will get another chance.

So, goals for the next month...

Complete the C25K program and start the half marathon training that’s in my running books.
Go to Circuit Training once a week.
Get up in the mornings for DVD workouts min 2 times per week.
Track my food at weekends and evenings.
Drink less alcohol.
Eat within calorie ranges and concentrate on portion control.
Write something once a week. It doesn’t matter what.
Lose a minimum of 2kgs (4.4lbs) before Australia.
Do something fun every week.

Fellow Sparkies: Have you reviewed your past month - and your progress not just on the scales but also your fitness? You are improving!!!
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    what a great blog!!! cant believe its only 4weeks till your over here!! how exciting!

    i think considering everything you went through over the last month this is definately a positive result! its easy to slip back into old habbits when things get tough and you have had a VERY tough month emotionally! and i think its a credit to your personality to see that you have still managed to get a loss this past month! and it definately shows how much you have grown/changed as a person! your unstoppable!!!!!! so proud of you, you have truely become a runnner wooo hooo!!!!

    funny you should mention the pulling the plug on the treadmill incident! i accidently bumped the emergency stop button on the one at the gym a few weeks back and it honestly made me so annoyed haha it really put me off! isnt it funny how we are strange about things like that haha

    cant wait to see you soon :)
    i really hope september brings you more joy and success than august did! you are going to be rocking your dress over here in no time!!!

    3545 days ago
    Nice round up, it's always good to know exactly where you're at. September will be ours!
    3546 days ago
    You should be proud of what you've done, keep taking the right steps to success.
    3546 days ago
  • TAMIK1964
    You are doing awesome!! Most of us are trying to get in a 5K towards the end of the C25K program but you're the only one I've heard of getting out there and doing the HM that early!!! Btw, You should definitely count todays' workout as a total success.
    3547 days ago
    Thanks for the idea of reviewing my past month. It makes me see my fitness improvements! I like your idea of monthly goals. I should do the same. It would give me something to focus on. All of your goals sound great!
    3547 days ago
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    Great goals - I hear you on being great with fitness but not on the eating front. I'm setting a 4 week deadline for myself for 5 - 10 lb weight loss as well. I don't want to specify an actual number because it always stresses me out :)..Good luck with your goals this month and I will keep checking back! emoticon
    3547 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/31/2011 12:32:28 PM
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