I powered through and made it through the full 25 minute interval! It was close there for a minute and by the end of it I felt nauseous but I made it!
The downside is now I have no excuse for not doing it again.
I put the speed at 3.5, which is where I’m most comfortable for these longer runs, and left it there for most of it. I only had to slow it down towards the end where I felt like I was cramping up. And yes, I remembered to do some stretching afterwards before hunching over my desk to write. And I bet my recovery will be all the better for it. Especially since I have to start week 8 tomorrow.
I’m still having trouble getting through these 20+ minute intervals! I know I’m not running as often as I was a year ago but it’s still frustrating to know that I could do more than one 20+ minute interval back then. It’s my own damn fault for not keeping up that same energy for this whole time. There’s nothing to do but keep training and get my stamina back to where it was so I can restart C210K. Then I’ll work on just running faster or maybe even braving outdoor running again.
Hopefully I don’t have to deal with assholes laughing at me this time around.
Whenever summer rolls around, I think about getting an extra air conditioner for the room I use as my ‘gym’ but then I see the electric bill and change my mind.
You also may have noticed I just blew off last week. I don’t know if I’m going to run at all this week, honestly. I’m more in a walking or cycling type mood; especially since I’m waaaaayyy behind on my projects. I just can’t run and do something else. I can cycle or walk while writing or knitting or whatever. COVID decimated my finances so I have to make money any way I can.
Not an impressive feat but man, I do NOT do well in the heat. So, this workout is just a brisk walk. It may not mean much for my running progress but honestly, I’m firmly in the camp of a walk instead of a run is better than just sitting around.
And I did manage to slide down on the scale 0.8 pounds. That’s 11.4 in total! I’ve also had to adjust how I shop for food because the Saxenda reduces my appetite so much. I may have to pay for the meds but my grocery bill is lower. I had to learn this the hard way unfortunately, since some food went bad before I could get to it.
On my days off, I like to go back to my lockdown habit of getting up and immediately putting on running gear to make myself workout first thing instead of waiting until the evening.
I also figured out what’s the deal with skipping weight workouts. Something in my head equates a “proper” workout with tons of movement and sweating – high cardio – and not laying on the ground with weights doing crunches. I have the cardio = weight loss idea in my head and think that it’s the only way to get to my goal when it’s not. Building muscle is important, too.
I started Saxenda on April 29th and since then, I have gone from 230 pounds to 225 pounds. This is about a pound or so a week. I am cautiously optimistic about this but I am withholding celebrations until I’m out of the 200 club. When I’m under 200 pounds and stay there, I’ll feel like I really accomplished something.
I don’t have any other metric because I didn’t think to take my measurements until 2 weeks into the meds. Didn’t take a picture, either. For the same reason I’m not celebrating the 5 pound loss:
I’ve been at this weight loss thing since… Shit, I’ve been trying to lose weight since high school when a couple little shits decided it would be cute to oink at me when I walked by. My lowest weight was 179 and then I got pregnant. I’ve been trying to get back to 179 since then and haven’t been able to. I’ve avoided a lot of talking about it since I didn’t want to end up another Amberlynn Reid. My blog is monetized after all and weight loss is a hot keyword. It’s fair for someone to assume I’m in this to make money off my story.
If you saw how little I make from ads you’d realize that’s not the case but, I can see the thought process.
To sum up, I am hopeful but diligent.
And no, oinking at me and ridiculing me did not motivate me to lose weight. It made me feel bad my progress was slow and I’d give up. Don’t do that to people, guys. It’s not helpful.
Like what I said on my Instagram, today was a hard day to get motivated. I was tired, annoyed, hormonal… But I did it anyway and made it through my intervals without much of a struggle. Despite starting this over, I do feel like it was MUCH easier than when I did this for the first time years ago.
I am still trying to fit in a session of weights during the week. Something keeps blocking me from doing it.
On days when I moderate programs at work, I hit that little Wirk bike from the previous post instead of just sitting there. Granted there isn’t much resistance (and I have it at the highest setting) but any movement is better than nothing and my thighs do burn afterwards. And it gives me a chance to do more than one workout in a day just to burn a few more calories.
I know I need to get back into doing weights a certain number of days a week. I just have to decide what I’m going to use to do it. I do have a kettlebell and a few hand weights (nothing over 10 pounds) so it’ll have to be using those. I don’t have the money to buy anything else so, it’s either that or bodyweight exercises.
And speaking of money, yes, I’ll be getting back to more writing and book reviews soon. If you came here for that, I haven’t abandoned it. I just need to catch up.
Mission completed! Not only the race but the entire 30 days.
Today was another bike day. I didn’t feel up to running after moving some furniture to clean out clutter and pushing a desk up into the attic. I didn’t want to mess up my back for future workouts.
But that’s it! I did it. 30 days in a row of workouts. Now, I’m going to scale it back to 3 runs a week and weights or bike on alternating days. I’m impressed with myself that despite the unusual circumstances and several serious cases of “I dunwanna” I still made it through. I probably won’t ever do this to myself again. I decided just to try the 5k trainer with the Zombies Run chases on. That should be interesting.
In the end, I went from 220 pounds with 42% body fat to 216 pounds and 39% body fat. Not bad, if I do say so myself. I didn’t even do this to try and lose a bunch of weight but I did. I hope I don’t gain any back now that I won’t be pushing so hard. And the blog will go back to mostly book reviews with occasional fitness stuff.
Since my completionist nature is flaring up, I’m going back into season 1 to complete the race missions. It’s easier because the app allows you to complete the mission in more than one session so I hopped on the bike and did a 40-minute session.
Technically, I did 4 miles but I’m not gonna quibble or mess up my running stats by changing the mission results. I’m fine with leaving it as is and I need more lower impact cardio in my life.
From the sound of things, it looks like this will be the last Home Front mission and I’m sad about that. I really like these. I’m hoping they continue them in some form even though lockdown seems to be ending in some places.
A new thing for me in this session was the wall sit. I don’t do that or even think to do that in my regular routine. I didn’t have to hold the sit long so my knees seemed to tolerate it. I may have to start doing wall sits regularly. I’ll just have to make sure to use a timer to see if I make any progress.
As to why I’m not running as much? Honestly, I haven’t been up for it. Mentally, I’m trashed with all the terrible things happening in the world right now. I need a news detox or to just force myself on that treadmill no matter how I feel. I’m almost done with c210k so I might as well give that final push to finish it.