I am slowly getting myself back on track with regards to exercising, weight management and general wellbeing. My year started out OK with the usual post-Christmas weight loss and push back into exercise but then it stalled.
As I hadn’t been going to the gym, and I couldn’t really afford to keep paying for it anyway, I cancelled my gym membership. As a result, I stopped doing strength training. I really have no excuse for stopping. I mean, I can do body weight exercises and I do have resistance bands and a kettlebell at home. So, why don’t I use them? For some reason, I don’t like getting dressed for exercise at home, unless I’m going out for a run, and when I come home from a run I don’t have time to do anything more than a post-run stretch. Actually, the reason is probably more along the lines of I don’t have time when no-one else is at home – I don’t like being interrupted while exercising.
I have been running quite a lot this year though. However, that also stalled as I started the year doing a lot of run/walk pacing at parkrun and running with my husband. So, while I have been getting out running 2 to 3 times peach week, my running didn’t improve. That is until I took a week off parkrun and Adam ran with a friend of ours at parkrun and ran the fastest 5k he’s run in over 2 years! The following week I ran with Adam and our friend and ran my fastest time since April 2015 when I set my 5k PB of 29:21.
At the beginning of September, I went to get weighed at Weight Watchers hoping that I hadn’t put on so much weight over the 6 weeks of the Summer holidays that I’d have to pay for the first time in over 3 years – yes, I’ve been a Gold Member for over 3 years! Fortunately, I didn’t. I put on 2.5lbs in 6 weeks but I am still within 5lbs of my goal weight 😀
Last week, my Weight Watchers Coach gave us all a goal setting piece of paper and said we could fill it in if we wanted to. I decided that as I was on a roll with getting my exercise back on track, I started a 5k to 10k training plan using an app from Active.com, and was starting to feel good that I would fill it in. I shared some of the information on to our meetings’ facebook group and thought I’d also share it here:
Milestones for 2017 (so far)
- Ran my fasted 5k since 2015 – now sub-32 minutes
- Maintained my weight for a 3rd year
I am proud of myself because …
I returned to meetings at the first opportunity after working all of the Summer holidays rather than waiting a week to see if I could lose a bit of weight first
Goals for the next 4 weeks
- Lose 1/2lb per week
- Run the York 10 Mile on 7th October 2017
- Attend the Weight Watchers meeting EVERY week
Goals by Christmas
- Lose 7lbs to give me an extra “cushion” for Christmas
- Run sub-31 5k and maybe even get back under 30 minutes
To be more successful in my journey I need to …
Write down everything I eat, as I eat it!
Since writing my goals, I have achieved one of them – I ran sub-31 minutes at parkrun yesterday 😀 The York 10 Mile is next week and Adam and I will be running for SNAPPY, again https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adamsefton