Read the previous updates and see the previous photos here.
My goal starting out in January was to lose 20-24 pounds and remain in that range. I'm happy to finally report that I made it! I have been in this range for about 3 weeks now. I lost about five pounds in a couple of days when I had strep throat at the end of April, and gained a couple of them back. Here I am in January (after my first trip to the gym in 2 or more years) and after my run tonight:
I feel much better, but I still have work to do. I still feel squishy. I want to feel fit. I feel healthier but I don't necessarily feel like a fit person. Strep throat threw me off track with Couch to 5k and I still have not completely gotten back on track. And now I've lost track of whether I'm just one week behind or two.
I WILL finish Couch to 5k by the end of May. I will make it happen. Why? Because I've registered for my first 5k on June 1st! I'm excited and a little nervous. I've made a lot of progress considering that I struggled to run for 1 minute at a time when I started Couch to 5k and now I'm struggling to run 28 minutes...but I'm doing it! I loathe it during sometimes, but afterwards it is one of the best feelings in the world. Truly! I think I even saw a glimmer of a calf muscle tonight. I'm running outside more than inside, which (for me) is much more difficult physically. The treadmill is boring though and I tend to stare at the clock, so either way it's a challenge.
Tonight was the first night I had to run 28 min. The last three runs were only 25. Doesn't sound like a huge difference but you better believe I threw my everything into those last three minutes while I was jamming out to Alicia Keys' Superwoman because I wanted to quit. Bad. It was hot. The path I chose was very hilly. I had just eaten dinner. It was rough and I was super slow. But I made it without walking. Woo! Afterwards, I was anxious to find out if I ran further than I had the previous week and sadly, it was the exact same. Given the environmental challenges, I'm not beating myself up about it too much since I did finish without stopping (and that's my goal for the 5k, not speed). But it would have been nice if I'd gone further than the 2.2mi that I have been running for the past week in 25 minutes.
Long way of saying I got behind, but I haven't given up. There's a light at the end of the tunnel. I only have 5 more Couch to 5k workouts remaining and I kind of don't know what to do with myself once that's over. Aside from walking, this has pretty much been my only exercise since I started it 9-ish weeks ago.
Suggestions? I get bored going to the gym and doing cardio & weights. I've thought about P90x but we don't have a great place for that until we get the basement finished.