Sunday, March 4, 2007

February Report

February has been a busy month. It's also been a little bit of a struggle for me. I've been so busy and the energy had been a little low. I didn't really feel the motivation to exercise. However I did accomplish the following:
  • I did barely squeak by to my exercise goal. I exercised 16 times in February for an average of 58 minutes. The average time is down from last month, but considering where my motivation level was this month, I'm glad I pushed through. Besides the time goal was 40 minutes average, so I still beat that.
  • eating....I'm not sure what to say here. It was probably a mediocre. I didn't eat horribly, but it wasn't fabulous. I did however actually eat fish this month. Anyone in my family who reads this will probably drop over dead reading that. I also actually enjoyed it. I'll still a little skeptical, but I'm working on that. I also ate a vegetarian meal and enjoyed it. So eating was pretty much a wash.
  • I did 495 minutes of strength training (including pilates) and 448 minutes of cardio. This is not as uneven as I thought it would be, but I think I need to work on getting in some more cardio minutes as this probably resulted in....
  • ...My weight remained steady. I was up and down with in a 3 lb range. I didn't lose any weight, but I maintained, which is pretty good for me. This is also impressive as I ate an entire box of Trefoils cookies in 3 days.
  • I'm also very proud of the fact that I managed to do my first running without stopping workout this month. I did another one this week. I had to stop briefly for about a minute in the middle because I had an awful stitch in my side. But it's also taking about 10 minutes of running before I even break a sweat. I also came very close to breaking the 4 mph average. I also got to 2.32 miles in 30 minutes which is much better. I'm not sure I'm going to run the 5K on St. Pat's Day, I'm not sure I'm ready. I only have 2 more weeks to get in another whole mile. I'm not sure my cardio endurance is there yet.
In what seemed like a month of downs, I feel like I did pretty well and I'm also very proud that I stuck with it. Onto month three....

1 comment:

Scott said...

Time for Big Brother to weigh in (no pun intended)...
Yes, I've been reading. :-)
First of all, great job! The fact that you've recognized this as a lifestyle change instead of a short-term diet is very important. The longer you stay with it, the more you'll begin to tweak things here and there which will increase your results.
Second, make sure you keep it fun. Whether that means finding new recipes or varying your exercises, in the long run it must be something you *want* to do or you won't.
Third, congrats on making it through February! We were talking in our group on Saturday that it is the most difficult month. Much more optimism in the month of March...winter's on it's way out, the days are getting longer, and Spring officially arrives. Also, nice effort on trying fish! Yes, I did almost drop dead when I read that!
Last, I would encourage you to participate in the 5k. For one, you'll realize you're doing better in your fitness pursuits than you may think. Two, there's nothing that says you have to run the whole thing. Three, the feeling of crossing that finish line will blow you away. Fourth, I'll be there cheering you on (while eating my corned beef (:)! Fifth, you're going to be exercising that day anyway, so you might as well join the fun! Sixth, you'll have a measuring stick for the next one.
Ok, I think you get the point...
Again, great job and keep up the good work!