Thursday, 25 August 2011

Couch to 5k

Anyone heard of it?  Or any of you doing this?

I started on Monday.  I decided my weight loss needed some exercise to go with it.  I guess after my last post where I said I wasn't exercising it made me realise that I really should be and using my holiday as an excuse to put off starting was feeble.  It will help with my weight loss but it will also help with my health in general.

I was worried I wouldn't be able to get through the week 1 workout.  From no regular form of exercise for three years to actually starting a routine and sticking with it.  It is going to be tough but I am determined.  So Monday off I went brisk 5 minute walk to warm up then jogging for 60 seconds alternating with 90 seconds of walking and then a final 5 minute walk to cool down.  It was just under thirty minutes in total so it also didn't take up a massive amount of time.

Week 1 workout 2 was completed last night and workout 3 is planned for tomorrow.  Week two is similar but the length of time jogging increases to 90 seconds alternating with 2 minute walks.  I am going to repeat week 1 as I am then off on holiday for two weeks so won't be doing it then.  Hopefully when I get home it will feel easier when I again have decided to repeat week 1 and depending on how I feel after that week depends if I then repeat once more or move up.

The workout intends to get you from the couch to jogging 5k in 9 weeks.  I am sure if I were slimmer than I am 9 weeks would feel so much easier to achieve.  I really don't mind how long it takes me I just want to feel like I am doing something and improving each time.  It is so simple to follow.  The weekly workouts are listed online or you can download an app on to your phone.  I downloaded C25K Lite which was free and all you have to do is press start and then the phone bleeps each time you have to switch between walking and jogging, easy, and it is over before you know it.

Anyone looking for something new or who want to start jogging but need to build fitness I recommend this as it is simple and you build up your strength week to week.  Plus the weeks are not set in stone if you feel like you are not ready to move up then you don't have to.

PS check out my ticker way up the top there.  Another 2lb down this week.  That makes 22.5lb in total which means I am 1/3rd through my weight loss here is to the next 23lb's.  I am feeling so motivated right now and can't wait to reach my goal.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Weight loss update

I am sure we are all the same when it comes to losing weight. It can never come off fast enough right?

I have to get the weight off to be able to proceed with IVF. I may have until May 2012 but it is also possible we hit the top of the list before that. Unless my BMI is 30 or less they will not let us have treatment. I am terrified of failing before I even get to have treatment. I have lost the weight in the past and then gained it all back again. I know deep down that I can do this and I want to do this.

So far I have had one week where I stayed the same but have lost every other week. I am doing okay with it until this week where I have not tracked my food. I have to keep track of what I eat to be able to lose this weight. I am dreading getting on those scales on Wednesday. Who am I kidding I dread the scales every week even when I know I have been angelic.

All I can do is track from today stay within my allowance until Wednesday and keep my fingers crossed that as I am aware of what I am eating I haven't gone over my points allowance the past few days.

68.5lbs seemed so daunting but now I am 20.5 lbs down that is almost 1/3rd off already. I have to remember to think about the positives and not the 48lbs left to lose.

I am off on holiday n two weeks time. That will be a challenge! Two weeks all inclusive all the food and drink we want for two whole weeks. Hopefully there will be healthy choices that I like, I am such a fussy eater lol. Although as it is a holiday I have resigned myself to the fact that I will likely gain weight but I will keep it to a minimum! I will swim and walk every day which will help.

I have downloaded the couch to 5k app on to my phone. Once home from holiday I plan on using it. I hate to run but I have to do something as right now when it comes to exercise I am being extremely lazy. I read my blogger friends posts over at endo confessions and I am in awe of her. I will never be the athlete she is but she inspires me to get off my butt.

For anyone else trying to lose weight stick with it it will come off eventually.