Thursday, May 1, 2008

C25K: W5D2

Weight: 318
Total Weight loss: 32 pounds

It was that famous 8 minute run/5 minute walk/8 minute run day. I did it this morning, and SUCCESS.

I figured it would be OK, but one thing I didn't figure is that the walking portion of it would be the hardest! Ha ha! I don't know if it is just that I got into a groove in the first running segment, but it was kind of a bummer going into the walking. My feet felt funny, my stride didn't feel right. So any trepidation I had about Day 3 (the 20 minute run) has disappeared. I don't expect it to be easy peasy or anything, but I think once I get my rhythm going, it'll be good.

So, what's up with teenagers these days? I was running past a small group of them this morning as they waited for their bus, so I said, "Hey, guys!" and all I got were blank stares like I was from another planet, heh. At least they didn't outwardly heckle me. Oh well.

I must say that I am really looking forward to next week -- from day 2 on no more training wheels, that is, no more walking segments! I think then I will really feel like a runner. I know that I probably won't be close to running 3 miles in the prescribed time by "graduation", but after I complete Week 9 I'm just going to work on my endurance, and hopefully my speed will get better and better. The first 5K I'd like to run is at the end of June, and it would be nice to finish it in under 45 minutes. At this point I am running at just over 3 miles an hour, so it'll take a while to get double that.

Lately, I have been surprised by the extra energy I seem to have. Today at work I even took a short, 15-minute brisk walk just because. I would never have done that before. And the whole time I was walking, I kept thinking, "I wish I could run" but I had work clothes on, and it would have been odd. ;)

I am so pleased with my turnaround this past week. I really dug myself out of the rut. I mean, weight is not falling off me but my eating habits are getting better and better, and things are really starting to feel natural. I don't have to think too much about what I need to eat, though I still think that tracking my food is a good idea. I'll probably keep doing that for a long time, but it's OK.

Right now I am actually pretty hungry. Lately I have just been really ravenous during the day, I don't know why. Well, I had a great lunch of leftover salmon, and it was wonderful even cold (I didn't want to stink up the lunchroom at work with fish smell). I wish salmon grew on trees, I tell you. I love, love, love it. Scallops, too, which we also had. It was a bit of a splurge, money-wise, but we usually only have seafood once or twice a week, so it's doable. (I personally would have seafood every day if I could afford it, I love it that much.)

*sigh* I don't know, I am feeling a tad unmotivated in other areas of my life these days. I guess you could say that I am borderline obsessive about this stuff, but I think just because I am so excited about it. It's not in a counterproductive way, or a way that would really make me sound wackadoo... I'm just very focused on these goals right now. Even finances, about which this blog was supposed to include, have fallen to the wayside a bit. Since I paid my car off, I haven't been very actively monitoring my cash flow like I was there for a while. I mean, I do, but in a less organized way. I have utilities under control, and most of my day to day expenses (i.e. I usually make it to the next paycheck), but I am still battling to get caught up with credit card stuff and old debt. It's so hard to see how I can ever, and I know I should really reset my goals for that. But, with my health and fitness concerns taking so much of my time, it's something that I will still try to do my best on, but will have to wait a while before I can devote more time to it. I can't fix everything all at once.

Anyway. Thanks for all the awesome comments -- they really keep me going.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I love love love seafood too! I wish I could eat it every day. I saw some pre-cooked salmon at Trader Joe's today. I'm going to have to try it.

I think you're doing great! Focus on your health and when you've got a solid routine going and have energy for the money stuff you will tackle it.

Great job on the c25k. Keep plugging away.