Sunday, January 24, 2016

Another one bites the dust...ish!

So I'm sitting here in the afterglow of my 3rd day of couch to 5K week 5 training having just returned from a 20 minute jog with 5 min warm-up and cool down.  I almost convinced myself not to do the plan today, but it was so nice outside that I decided I'd attempt the workout and enjoy the weather.  Worst case - I'd get a little Vitamin D during a brief walk.  But I accomplished the plan!  Albeit slowly, but still - I jogged all twenty minutes!  Woot woot!

Next week may be a bit challenging for me, but I'm in a good place right now!  Here are the week's statistics:

Average calories per day:  1460

Average calories burned per day (sum of the three/7): 224
Average calories burned per day exercised (sum/3): 523

My workout stats:
Days worked out: 3
Average distance: 2.14
Average speed:  16 min mi.
Average HR: 139

Weight:  I lost 1.8 pounds this week!  Yay!  Finally, movement on the scale!!!!!
Current weight: 246.4

I didn't get in any extra exercise as I had intended.  I'm going to try again this next week!  I will also continue on with the couch 2 5K workouts, hopefully they won't be too difficult for me to continue without stopping to repeat a week - I'm almost there!  There are 8 weeks total...We'll see how things go.

This week I have conferences until 8pm on Monday and Tuesday and a mandatory 6 pm meeting on Wednesday which will be challenging for me to get all my exercise days in.  My plan is to get up early on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to get the exercise in.  I have Friday off, so that will be a benefit!

Until next week - hope everybody keeps on hopping!

The Marsupial Maven

Monday, January 18, 2016

Another Week Down!

So I'm a bit late in posting.  Got too relaxed over the holiday weekend, then had company today.  It was a successful week - not too exciting, but things are going well!

I'm enjoying my workout area and getting tech set up to run BitGym on tv.  It makes my runs so much better!

This weeks' stats:
Weight: I lost about 1/2 pound
Exercise:  I successfully completed this weeks' Couch to 5K workouts.  It was week 4, so the workout was the same each of the three days:
5 min warmup walk (3.0 mph), 3 minute jog (at 5.2mph), 90 second walk (3.4 mph), 5 minute jog (at 5.0 mph), 2 1/2 min walk (3.4mph), 3 minute jog (at 5.3 mph), 90 second walk (3.4 mph), 5 minute jog (5.1 mph), 4 1/2 min walk (3.4 mph), 10 min walk (3.0mph)

Here are the past two days on the Garmin:

The average calories I burned were 556 for three days or 239 for all seven.

My average calories were 1533, a bit higher than I would like.  I relaxed over the holiday weekend, as you can see below.  Gotta get the intake at a better level.

This next week I plan to add two more days of activity to the schedule.  I've already got the bike set up for a virtual ride tomorrow morning before work and if the sun shows itself at all this week I would like to hike the grade.  If not, I'll try to do an incline walk on the treadmill.  I plan to watch the calories as I have been, but to make better choices on the weekend.  I actually was down more weight at one point during the week, but after the weekend the scale is up a bit.  I also plan to take a few photos of things going on around here, but I'm too tired right now and still have laundry to fold!

Hope your week makes you hoppy!

The Marsupial Maven

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Getting into the swing of things...

It's been a good week.  I felt like I had work under control as well as my eating and exercise and got many tasks accomplished around the house as well!  I'm feeling tired in a very good way.  I also saw some downward movement of the scale in the past few days, so I'm calling this week a success!

Some stats:
Average daily calories:  1306 cal.
Average daily exercise calories burned:  166 cal.
Mileage: Tue: 1.66; Thurs: 1.66; Sat: 1.72 miles
Minutes: Tue: 31:39; Th: 28:05; Sat: 34:51
Weight: At one point my weight this week was as low as 248.8

I followed the Couch to 5K plan (week 3) for three days this week.  I'm counting today's exercise toward next week, so I didn't figure that in my daily average.  I didn't add in any other activities, but plan to do so this week.  I also journaled every day at Myfitnesspal.

As far as tasks around the house, I set up an exercise area in the spare room/craft room/home office.

This had been extremely beneficial!  Ry and I have both been working out in this space regularly.  It feels great to have a space dedicated to this and we're outfitting it to work for us!  I also just joined BitGym for working out on the treadmill during the winter when I can't get outside.  It really helps!

In addition, Ry and I discovered that Biggest Loser just started up again, so of course we've got to keep up with that to help motivate us!

Hope everyone has a fantastic week and can keep on hoppin!

The Marsupial Mavin

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

So I didn't see any weight come off, but I can't really expect it to when I've been eating too much good food...Despite the freezing weather, ice and snow, I did exercise three days this past week - using the Couch to 5K app - it was week 2.  I walked/jogged 1.83 mi Tuesday, 1.88 mi Wednesday, and 1.9 mi today (Sunday) for a total of 5.65 miles.  My caloric intake for the week averaged at 1400 calories.  I expect that continuing to work and eat healthier foods this next week will help the scale battle.  But even if it doesn't, I'm not quitting!  I know that sometimes I have to work really hard for several weeks to a month before the scale starts to move.  That's also why I've taken measurements!  I'll take them again probably at the end of January.  I'm trying not to get too focused on my weight and focus instead on my health and really pay attention to how well I can handle the workouts and my breathing.

That's a nice transition - my breathing has been an issue.  I think it's a combination of being really out of shape and my propensity for getting brochial stuff in the winter, but I've felt like I needed to use my inhaler (bronchial thing) almost every time I've worked out for the past few weeks...I'll keep tabs on this issue to see how it goes.

It's freezing, I'm tired and sweaty from my treadmill workout, and I've got to teach high schoolers for the first time in two weeks tomorrow I'd better get to bed!

Hope you keep on hoppin!

The Marsupial Maven