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.
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!!!