Couch to 5k!

Okay so I’ve done Couch to 5k before and I only did it for 3 weeks. BUT in that 3 week period I found that I was able to go from running 1/2 a mile without stopping to 1 mile without stopping. I know I’ve said this over and over again in this blog, but I HATE RUNNING. I mean, I can’t breathe when I do it! My heart rate goes up to almost 200 bpm and I’m dying! My goal is to run a 5k by Thanksgiving. So gives me… *counts fingers*… 8 1/2 months to learn how to run 3.1 miles! That’s totally do-able right? *cries*

Does anyone have any tips on learning how to run 3.1 miles? How often should I run a week? If I am on the treadmill what speed should I run at? I read that you should take a day off in between runs. So maybe I should run Mon, Wed, Fri and do strength training Tues, Thurs, Sat? If I do that for 8 months straight I should be ready right? Sometimes I feel like a complete disappointment because I can’t run long distances. All of my friends can… even my overweight friends can run 10ks! Maybe that is my motivation to get running. I just don’t want to be a disappointment to myself anymore. It is so frustrating!

Happy Leap Year… er… Day?

Today we get an extra day! And it’s one day before we start Mad Abs March! It consists of side planks (ugh I hate those…), crunches, and pushups. My pushups have actually gotten a lot better. I’ve been doing a lot of strength training with Jillian Michaels’ workouts and weight lifting at the gym on weekends. Surprisingly pushups aren’t so bad anymore. I use to HATE doing them! My arms were like twigs lol Losing weight helps make pushups easier as well. Side planks on the other hand are difficult. But this is the perfect opportunity to help me strengthen my core.

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[edit] I’ve been getting a lot of questions as to what a side plank is. So here are some pictures!

Option 1

This is just balancing yourself on your forearm and the side of your feet. No movement here. Pretty basic.

Option 2

This requires you to balance yourself on your hand instead of your forearm. I’m not sure if this move is easier or harder than option 1. Anyone want to chime in on this?

 

Option 3

This move is similar to Option 1, but you are moving your hips so they touch the floor then back up to plank position. This is tough, so you can start here or work up to this one.

Option 4

This is another option you can do. Starting off in plank position with forearm, use your other arm and move it in front of you (or underneath you like in the picture) and back up to the sky again.

Option 5

For those who are having a REALLY difficult time with side planks, you can put one knee down until you are strong enough to hold yourself up on your own.

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I would like to thank everyone who is coming to my site!! It is nice to receive and give encouragement and it really does keep me motivated! Losing weight and staying in shape is a LIFE change and is definitely not easy! Gotta keep moving!

Week 1 & Done + Progress!

Hello folks! How is everyone coming along with Fab Ab February? One week down and I feel good! I’ve actually been able to complete my F.A.F workout during my Jillian Michaels workouts, so it’s like killing 2 birds with one stone! I won’t be able to do that as the days go on, so I am going to have to add on to her workouts eventually.

My lats are SORE. All those dead lifts and core exercises have me hurting right now! But I love the pain. Bring it on! Ever since I switched my mentality from “I have to lose all this fat” to “I’ve got to get stronger” I have been more motivated and more focused on working out. A part of me is kind of addicted to it. I am hoping I will get to the point where I can do a 30 minute cardio workout PLUS a Jillian Michaels workout. Right now I’m just taking it slow and steady.

Did I tell you I’ve lost a little bit of weight?

1.2 pounds lost! Not a lot, but if I can lose this once a week then I am well on my way!

Rhythm!

So I’ve been trying to workout 5-6 days a week for the past 2 weeks and I feel like I’ve developed a rhythm. When I get home from work the first thing I think about is working out. I would either get dressed and drive to the gym, walk to my clubhouse, or find a video online and work out in my apartment. Yesterday I went to the gym and visited my sister and her family so I didn’t get home until 10:30pm last night. But I still did my Fab Ab February workout!

I am glad that my mind is constantly on working out and being healthy. Though I have not stepped on the scale in fear I’ve gained weight! I hate the scale!

Boxing

When I was a sophomore in high school I took a weight training class. I was one of 5 girls in there and by the end of the year I was benching 135, could max out leg press over 425lbs, and run a mile in 7 minutes. That next year I wanted to box. Not in competition or anything like that, but just to stay strong and in shape. Unfortunately my dad was against the idea of me buying a speed bag and body bag and hanging it up in the garage 😦 This was around 2001 when Laila Ali was boxing. Obviously she was my role model!

I wanted to be fit, sculpted, and STRONG. There is NOTHING like having an increased amount of strength and having that drive to keep going and push yourself. There is actually this boxing club close to my apartment and I’m kind of interested in checking it out. They say that beginners are welcome and it’s a 45 minute workout 3 days a week. I WANT to sign up, but I’m kind of scared at the same time. But seeing pictures like the one below makes me motivated to push myself! I’m still not sure if I’ll sign up. It depends on cost and if I stop being a big, fat CHICKEN! LOL Uhhhh nevermind! I did some research and found that class is $225 a MONTH! Psh… no way!