This week was pretty good! I increased my endurance on the zero pressure elliptical thingy, made some awesome progress with weight training, and pre-registered for a 5k for sometime in the next 6 months. Now, I’ll admit the 5k thing was not me…but my friend challenged me on Facebook, and I am a touch competitive. I don’t back down from challenges very often. However, running in general is my tallest hurdle…more like a brick wall that I refuse to climb. The thing is, I don’t run. It’s so sad really. My nieces and nephews already know…and it makes me a little sad. I overheard them talking not too long ago saying, “Let’s ask Aunt Mick to play tag with us…oh never mind, Aunt Mick doesn’t run.” I mean, who doesn’t want to play, run, and be free with the babies??
So, when my dear friend challenged me to do this 5k, I stepped up and accepted it. I started training the next day…and successfully ran 2 minutes on the treadmill. So, for someone who DOES NOT run EVER, I think that’s pretty good. I’ve also had awesome advice from great athletes and friends. Though my bestest friend that is keeping me going right now is ibuprofen. My knees, back, legs, chest, shoulders, and neck are so sore, it’s ridiculous. I know it’s a sign that I’m getting stronger, but good gracious it’s not easy.
So, here’s what has been helpful in this past week, and what I think will be helpful during this lifestyle change. The app, My Fitness Pal has been great in helping me to keep track of calories and set calorie and fitness goals to meet my ultimate weight loss goal. I also have this app called Sworkite Lite, and it has some amazing exercises you can do without equipment and at in a timeframe that’s convenient for you. Finally, my Netflix app has been amazing at helping me to improve my endurance by distracting me during my workout with some great shows. I was just introduced to the Couch to 5k app, so I’ll let you know how that one goes too.
Your encouragement is amazing and I have never felt so supported in losing weight before. I have some awesome friends, great apps, and new training shoes, and I feel like I can conquer anything. I know it’s gonna get a little tougher before it gets easier, but tough is just part of the victory.
More confessions to come!