Weighing Up The Benefits

It’s been a few weeks since I have given an update on how I am tracking my goal weight and what I have achieved.  It hasn’t been easy and I have definitely had a few weeks of fluctuating weights and emotions.  I am at about 8 weeks in to this new “healthy lifestyle” and I am starting to see results.

Before I start, here is a picture of me. I am not going to say I am overweight or anything of the like because I know I am in the healthy BMI range for my height, 22.3.

However, as previously stated, I want to be the fittest and slimmest I have been for my up an coming session of football.   Pre-session training should start around February and I want to make sure I am at least 10% fitter than all the other teams we face in the season.  If I cannot beat them in skill, I want to run circles around them on the park.

Monday mornings normally see me weighing and measuring myself to see what improvements/setbacks I have achieved from the week before.  Even thought I know I am healthy, I always close my eyes on the scales until it has stopped adjusting.  THIS morning I did exactly that and I had result I was rather pleased with.  All my jogging had definitely paid off even with me eating a few bad meals last week.

I had lost 900g and I am at the lowest weight I have been in a while, even lower than Pre-Contiki weight.

I may have done a teeny-tiny happy dance in the bathroom.

I am still a few kgs off my IDEAL weight but I can see things are improving and I can also see it in the mirror.  Am I happy with the result? Absolutely.

Since we are on the topic of successes, how about a jogging update?

Remember when I posted about the drill “12 minute run”? Well, Saturday evening I went down to my local oval and tested it out.  Let’s just say I wasn’t in the best of moods, so I thought jogging to let out from anger might be a good thing, instead of taking it out on the wrong person.

SO, HOW DID I GO?

I set the timer on my phone for 12 minutes and off I went.  I had previously walked a lap just to see how far it was all the way around, approximately 400M.  I was about 6 minutes in when my phone stopped playing music so I opened it to replay some tunes but I accidently stopped the timer. NO!NO!NO!NO! I kept running and reset my timer and ran for another 6 minutes.  It wasn’t exact so I may have been able to fit in another lap if the timer has stayed true.  I completed 5 full laps and I did have time to spare but I thought 5 was a good starting point.  I had already smashed my previous record of just under 4 laps when I was recovering from a torn knee ligament.  Happy times.

That morning, I had smashed out a run of 5.255km on my treadmill and after my drill, I went for a jog/walk with Gerard (jogged to meet him at our meeting point then walked the rest of the way) and covered approximately another 4km.  The km’s just keep adding up for my November challenge.

Over the last 2 days, I started to test out jogging up hills.  Saturday evening, on my way to meet Gerard, I jogged up a street I would normally walk down.  One foot in front of the other, not looking up, just powering up the hill and all of a sudden I was on plateaued ground. 🙂

Yesterday, after I got home from working at Luke’s Tearooms, I decided I was up for a jog.  Instead of going the normal way I jog around my town, I went in the opposite direction.  This made the start somewhat easier than the end.  Normally, most of the hills are towards the start and middle of my run which aren’t too steep anyway and I have a big down hill spurt in the middle of my run which I used as a quick recovery session.  However, this big down hill turned into a MASSIVE up hill in the middle of my jog yesterday.  By the time I got to that point, I was feeling the burn in my legs and all the check points I use for the end of my run normally were now gone and I needed to create new ones to make it up this hill.  The house on that hill had people outside and they must have thought I was crazy talking to myself but it worked because I made it up the hill without stopping. *GRIN*  The presence of a rock in my shoe probably 1km away from my house did not help the situation but I powered home a few minutes slower than going in the normal direction but at least I proved to myself that I CAN do it.

I jogged or walked 6 out of 7 days last week.  It must have helped in loosing that 900g.  It was my aim to be at my goal weight by Christmas.  I am a little behind schedule but I will keep at it even if that means going into the new year.

THIS ISN’T A FAD.  IT’S A NEW WAY OF LIFE.

C. x

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