I am so excited to share this. I mentioned in several posts that I’ve been running with my sister. We started out on New Years doing a revolution walk/run and I felt like I was going to die. Then we started running outside. When it started snowing we moved indoors to the treadmill. I’ve been walking 2 minutes, jogging 2 minutes for around 2 weeks now.
Yesterday at the gym I decided to change it up. I got on the elliptical for my cardio. When I finished I thought, “I’m going to try jogging right at the beginning and just see how I do.” So I stretched. Got on the treadmill. I covered the time with my sweatshirt, and I jogged. Up until yesterday the best I’ve ever jogged without stopping was maybe 3 minutes. Yesterday I set a goal for 5. I made it to 7!
7 minutes without stopping. I was so proud of myself. It is by far the longest I have ever jogged at one time since probably playing basketball in grade school when our coach made us run laps. I’m a little disappointed in myself because I felt I could have gone even longer. I saw the 7 and a part of me panicked and I let that panic in. I thought, “Oh damn 7! Better stop!” and I listened to that voice. DAMN THAT VOICE! I feel capable of more than 7 so I’m excited to get back in there and try again. And I really feel good because this is working!! My breathing was controlled. My legs weren’t sore. I think I’m going to start warming up on the elliptical from now on. I felt really good.
For the first time EVER I wasn’t paying attention to anything while I was jogging. I tend to be focused too much on numbers. I like knowing how much longer I have to go. Or if we’re outside I focus too much on “I’m gonna make it to that” and have whatever object in mind. I’ve been working on trying to clear my mind. All I had in mind yesterday was a mile. I didn’t meet it, but the whole time I kept thinking I can go longer. The longer I went the closer that mile came and I felt for the first time a real determination to stick it out and get there. I’m going to push past that panic next time and get my mile. The shirt over the time helped. Instead of thinking “Make it to 2 minutes” it helped knowing I had no time in mind, just distance.
I saw this picture last night and I’m aiming for this mentality. I’m not done until I run a mile. I don’t care how tired I am. How sore, how scared of this new but wonderful feeling, I’m going to get my mile.
My goals this week:
- I like the idea of keeping one day a week a meatless day – per Bob Harper who I just love. So this Thursday I’m going at it again. No meat on Thursday.
- Water – always a must. I’m upping my water. I’ve been too reliant on the recommended 8 cups a day. So now I divided my body weight and I’m going by that in ounces. So I need to drink at least 7 bottled waters (rounding up one) or 13 cups. I read on a wordpress blog that if we drink ice cold water it can help boost our metabolism. The water cools our body. To get the body warm or whatever again our metabolism kicks into gear and we burn fat… or something like that. I’m paraphrasing so I may not have all of that info right. Either way, ice cold water = good!
- Continue tracking food – even any slips but try not to slip. I’m going into this week that if I go over my calories because I’m hungry at least go for a food that will be healthy and fill me up. No junk.
- On that no junk note, watch sugar intake. This is always something I’m working on.
- Cardio – I want to focus on warming up on the elliptical and then running as I did yesterday. No 2 minute intervals. Run it out until I’m done.
- Strength – STOP SLACKING CRYSTAL on weights!!! I didn’t do my leg exercises the last 2 workouts. So, my goal is to add at least 20 minutes for weights this week with each workout.
That should do it for now. HAPPY MONDAY! Goals are in check. Meal plan laid out. Time to get to work.