Exercise, Healthy Eating, Running, Targets, Weight Loss

Uplifting

Weigh in:  3lb loss

What a week! I don’t know where to start….. I ran a quicker pace in my weekly jog, smashed my 5% target at Weight Watchers and have had to give up my first pair of jeans because they are too big.

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Run Forrest, Run

Generally, I was having a kind of regular week. I did my usual dog-walking and tracking, ate loads of fruit etc, and decided to run on Tuesday. I have a 5k route, and recovering from a knee injury means I’m walking parts of it. I’m now running a steady 9:30, but my walking pace is dragging my average  down to a 10:55. This is very frustrating, but I’m hoping to build this up over the next few weeks and eliminate my walking portions slowly. If I can run a steady 9:30 over 5k weighing 178lbs, this is an excellent basis to start building up speed and distance. I did a lot of running as a youngster, and was relatively good at it. The last time I ran a 5k was 8 years ago, weighing 146lbs and I finished in a respectable 22:57. I’d love to get back to that.

I had a great run on Tuesday, and could begin to feel myself getting fitter. Up until now I start to flag just before I hit the halfway mark (up a particularly nasty hill), but that day I felt really comfortable well into the second half of my run and even managed a small sprint at the end. It was so uplifting! I felt so good, I decided to go out again the following morning. BIG MISTAKE. Any good runner will tell you never to go out 2 days on the bounce. I had a terrible, slow run with far too much walking (because I was knackered, not because of my knee) and felt awful for about three hours after. The final nail in the coffin was chatting to my uncle (51, 4-times marathon runner, 6  knee cartilage operations and currently the same weight as me at 5ft 10) who was just back from a 4 mile run. He ran it 25 seconds quicker than my current 5k time. Talk about a mood killer!

Unsurprisingly, this has made me more determined. I’m not being upstaged by my Uncle. Not a chance.

Things Back in Perspective

Weigh-in rolled round and I was heading 50 miles up the road to visit my parents straight afterwards. I was secretly hoping for my 5% milestone as I only needed 1lb to reach it, so when the scales popped up at 12st 10 I was delighted! This leaves 2lbs until I hit the 1st mark. I climbed into the car with a smile on my face and headed on up.

I realised when I got home that my old WW meeting was taking place – on impulse, I decided to sneak in and stay for the meeting. I was met with a warm welcome and was really inspired by the topic in the meeting. I’m glad I went. At home, no-one stays for the actual meeting, which I was very disappointed about because it’s one of the things that helps me soldier on – I’m going to try and encourage members to stay, because it really does make a difference, especially if you’ve had a bad week. If I’m going to lose 50lbs, I definitely need the uplifting experience.

Have a good week, folks.

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