Once again I managed to follow through on my goal of completing the Couch to 5K running program. I successfully completed Week 2 – although I did end up running Day 2 on Friday and Day 3 on Saturday to fit it into my week. Regardless, that is the point of goals and deadlines – to encourage you to get it done even if it’s the last minute, right?
Week 2 Running Program
I can’t rave enough about how much I like having a program tell me exactly what to do. The first week was alternating jogging 60 seconds with walking 90 seconds. The second week included 3 days of exercise:
- 5 minute walking warm-up
- 20 minutes of alternating 90 seconds of jogging with 2 minutes of walking
- 5 minute walking cool down
By the way, using the term “running” is a fairly optimistic definition of the term. For me it currently means that my legs are moving just slightly slower than my rolls are bouncing. It’s ok, you can laugh. I certainly do!
I found a way around one of the issues I told you about last week with my free Couch to 5K phone app. If I hold my phone loosely in my palm and periodically tap my thumb on the screen (not too high or too low to trigger another application), then the clock stays up and I don’t have to unlock the screen to see where I am in the cycle.
My kids are still remarkably interested in completing this program with me, although I did go twice this week without the older two because they were a tad more interested in selling cookie dough for the school fundraiser. So they
harassed our neighbors politely asked if our neighbors would like to be a victim of highway robbery buy a tub of cookie dough while Chloe and I ran around the nearby baseball parking lot.
That cute little face up there is the face of my biggest fan and trainer. She even decided to
watch me bounce my way around the track run with me. For three years old and in flip flops, she did a fairly good job of keeping up, but I must admit to feeling some satisfaction for outlasting her. Yes, I’ve succumbed to being happy I can out jog a 3 year old. But seriously, do you realize three year olds are on crack how much dang energy they have? But, yep, given enough distance I outlast all three of my kids and I’m dang proud of it.
- I lost 0.4 lbs.
- Total weight loss = -0.8 pounds.
- First goal = Lose 10 pounds (9.2 to go)
Not anything to write home about – but it’s DOWN. And more importantly I feel stronger and motivated. I also measured myself so I can report on inches lost. I”m hoping running will lose inches, even if the scale is slow to show results. By the way, if you choose to measure yourself, one side of those tapes is in centimeters. I nearly gave myself a heart attack when the first measurement I took was 80! I flipped it over to inches and calmed down…a little.
Goals for this Week
My goals for this week include:
- Continue Couch to 5K 3 days this week.
- Lose weight.
- Lose inches.
So, far I haven’t won the 10 week fitness challenge, but I qualify this week! I met my goals – I completed Couch to 5K, lost weight and measured myself. This challenge is definitely motivating and is what ultimately held my feet to the fire to start the running program. We have 6 winners so far.
Week 2: Gina @ Special Happens
Week 3: Le’Ann @ Lark’s Song
Week 5: Jennifer @ Jenerally Speaking
Week 6: Melissa
Week 7: pending…
Weekly Weight Loss Tip:
Set a goal and a deadline for that goal to help keep you motivated. But also, make sure to set some non-scale related goals. The scale isn’t everything – inches, fitness, eating more nutritiously, drinking more water….those are all really great for you.
What non scale related goal do you have?
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Some of the other women that are in the fitness trenches with me include:
Darice @ Grown Up For Real
Also, Barb, Heather, Jill, Lois, Melissa, Laura, Katie, Helen, Carrie, Alisha, Katherin, Leah, Sheila, Pam, and Merrill.