Sunday, March 30, 2008

C25K, Week 2 Day 1: Just, wow!

Weight: 323.4
Total Weight loss: 26.6

Reporting back to you after the first day of week 2 on the Couch to 5K program. I was so excited to get back to my computer, map my run and see how I did, because I just knew that with this run I totally surpassed any previous achievement so far. Boy, was I right, too!

My pace was 19:28, with a speed of 3:08. This is a huge improvement over last week's stats! I could really tell a difference in the quality of my movements today. My jog segments weren't nearly as sluggish, nay, I could even maybe call them honest to god jogs! I noticed, too, that during the walking segments, my arms started moving in broader motions naturally – I was moving faster without really deciding to. I just was.

The human body never ceases to amaze me. And I am sorry if I say this over and over again, but I am still amazed that someone of my size can do this. I am so freakin' proud that I am doing this.

I did have my first heckler today, though. Just as I was starting down my street at the end of the workout, some yahoo driving past on the main highway yelled out the window, "HEY!" When I turned around (rather perturbedly, I might add, since it scared the crap out of me), nothing. They had paused, but then just kept driving. Whatever. Did nothing to make me feel bad about myself or what I am doing, just further proves that there is no shortage of idiots in this world. Too bad for them.

I also want to note that I totally did not want to do this today. I really didn't feel like it, plus I had gotten some exercise in with an hour and half's worth of spring cleaning; I was tired and slightly achey and cranky from PMS. But, I did it anyway, because that's what you have to do to achieve your goals. That's what separates those who succeed with those who fail. Now, would I still like to be saying that I am exercising every single day? Why yes, I would, but for now at least three days a week of interval training is enough to make me feel like I am light years away from where I started. I am still a believer in taking it step by step. I will become superworkoutwoman someday, no doubt, but not today and not this week. For now, I am concentrating on becoming a 5K runner.

Book note: I skimmed through Body for Life for Women last night, and found some bits useful. Seems a little fussy for my taste overall, and plus, all of the before and after success stories involve women rarely over 200 pounds to start. Not that it's bad per se, but I feel as someone much larger a bit... marginalized, perhaps? I'll tell you about the bits I liked, and also the bits I thought were annoying, in another entry.

Finally, today I had one of those so-called NSVs, or Non-Scale Victory for those uninitiated that may be reading. It involved my fitness level. The aforementioned house cleaning? I started with the bathroom and moved on to sweeping, and cleaning some windows and even wiping down some of the vinyl siding on our front porch. For the record, previously I generally get pretty winded and sweaty when I am housecleaning. Today, though, was totally different. It was barely tiring, and I don't think I even broke a sweat! All I can say is, wow. Just, wow.

Yours plain old just truly,



Hanlie said...

Well done! And f&$@ the hecklers! One day you'll be fit and trim and they'll still be idiots!

radiosilents said...

Thanks, Hanlie. :) Truer words have never been said.