Friday, October 27, 2006

New Diet Strategy

well, i decided, in an attempt to save money, to not officially do weight watchers anymore. i'm gonna try it on my own for now on. i feel that i need to buy a new more accurate scale to do this. so we probably will this weekend. this is a little scary for me but i'm determined to prove to myself that i can lose weight on my own without the structured program...

Friday, October 13, 2006

Fitness Goal Attained!!!!!!!!!

Ever since last July (...15 months ago...) when I began working out consistently, I have had the goal to be able to run a mile. And if I could run a mile, I would like to run it faster than I did in high school (which, let's face it, was no record...12:30 was the fastest then...)

So, anyhow, last July I could barely run 10 seconds without coughing and wheezing...I was so out of shape. Ever since, I've been hitting the gym 2-5 times / week. I usually try to do 30 mins of cardio (treadmill, elliptical, stairstepper, etc.) in addition to some weight training. Gradually, I've trained myself to run. I have been slowly increasing the amount of time that I run within each 30 min period. In March, I began working out in intervals of 1 or 2 mins of walking and running for a total of 30 mins. Slowly over the summer I increased the amount of running time. In September on a biz trip to Knoxville, I managed to run the longest ever - 5 minutes straight. I was so ecstatic! Then I began increasing to 6, 7, 8 minutes of running. Last Friday, Oct 6th, I ran 10 minutes then I decided if I just kept going a little longer, I would have run a full mile. So I did it. I ran 1 whole mile in 11:20. I was so proud of myself. Monday I tried to do it again. I was a little under the weather and did not quite make my time from Friday. Ran it in 11:46 though. I know that these are not stellar times by any means. I know people who run 5 minutes miles. But for someone who couldn't even run 10 seconds straight just over a year ago, I think that I've made fantastic strides!! I feel on top of the world!! YES!