Hey, sorry it’s been a while!
I didn’t have much to update on for the last week or so, but now I feel it’s time for an update and to share some progress.
Sorry about the image not being very clear. For some reason, treadmill stats come out strangely on phone cameras. I am now on Week 7 of couch to 5k! Yay! So that means I am now doing 5 minutes of brisk walking followed by 25 minutes of running on the treadmill. Last week I did 2 miles in 33 minutes including my cool down walk. Today I did 2 miles in 32 minutes. My ultimate goal is 3.2 miles (or 5k) in 30 minutes! In 2011 I did a 5k in Hyde Park for Guide Dogs for the Blind in 38 minutes which I was very proud of. I’m nowhere near even that, but that is my first goal, to get back there. Today I really started to struggle at 21 minutes in and seriously considered pressing the “cool down” button but I persisted and I’m so glad I did because I made that breakthrough.
I am also currently on level 10 on the cross trainer and do 12 minutes of this before my run.
I’ve also started incorporating leg and arm raises into my deadbugs, as instructed by my personal trainer. They’re a real killer the first time! But you really feel the burn in your lower abs. I’ve started going over a minute on my planks too. I want to get to one minute 30 seconds which is the standard plank time for an average college age female. Sometimes I manage one minute 20, sometimes one minute 15.
My stomach is my big “problem area”. It is where I have the most fat and people often ask me if I am pregnant, which I have never been so far! I want to be able to do all the planks, side planks and press-ups. I am working up to press-ups with my trainer by progressing through different heights of boxes to lean on. This is generally thought of as more effective progression than press-ups with your knees on the floor.
I also did walking with a 12kg kettlebell in each hand. This was a real killer on my 5th and last lap around the treadmills. But I love it because it’s strength and cardio rolled into one and will help my cardio overall.
My last weigh-in made me very happy! Here are the results:
So I have now lost 1 stone and 2 pounds this year! Or 16 pounds for my American readers!
I still have a long way to go but I am feeling good!
How is your weight loss/fitness journey going?