Fitness Update – A Recap of April 2014

So as I mentioned the other day I have started working out on my lunch break everyday with my friend Jane from work. I started this journey on April 7th. My goal when I started was to work out 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. Out of 18 days, I worked out 16 – the two days I didn’t work out consisted of a holiday (Good Friday) and a day when I spent the morning at the doctor’s office and didn’t take a lunch break. All in all, I’d say I met my goal… and I’m quite proud of myself!

So, how’d I do you ask?

April Total

April Miles

Here’s how it broke out:

April Breakdown

I have a graph I’ll get to show you next month (when there’s a month to compare it to) that will hopefully show the total time spent working out increasing (or at least staying the same) but my average mph decreasing in each activity. We shall see!!! On Tuesday I got on the elliptical for the first time in almost 6 years. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure I could finish 30 minutes. I tried to set a pace of 100 strides per minute but every time I looked down, I was going faster than that. So, I decided to stop trying to force it and just let it happen organically. Turns out, I averaged about 120 strides per minute when I just let it come naturally – and I went much farther in less time than I do on the treadmill. I was also more sore the next day – not painfully so, just noticeably so. To me, there’s no question that the elliptical works you harder than the treadmill, even if you maintain the same pace. How am I feeling overall you ask? Awesome! A tad tired, but awesome. Mostly, I’m tired because I’m getting less sleep than I normally would (~7 hours as opposed to 8-9 hours per night). However, I fall asleep faster and I sleep sounder than I did before. I’m also more energized and motivated to work out. For now, I’m loving this new lifestyle!

take pride in how far you have come
Found via Pinterest from this original source.

I’ve been thinking about what my goal should be in May and I think it’s going to be this: I want to bike for 30 minutes each weekend in addition to spending my 5 days (M-F) in the gym. So… there are 5 Saturdays in May which means I should add an additional 2.5 hours of exercise time this month. I’ll let you know how it goes!!


Fitness Update

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So I told you the story of my current status of ‘morbidly obese’ and how I went from a 16-year competitive swimmer to the life I have now. If you didn’t read that, you can read it here.  I’ve also written several other articles about my weight here, here, and here.

If you can’t tell – my weight loss (or lack thereof) is a bit of a constant in my life and has been for several years. The first post I wrote was back in 2011!! Yep – I’ve been struggling with this for many, many years, at least the last 3 of those while writing this blog. The “good” news is that I’m still wearing the same size clothes I was three years ago – at least I haven’t gained anything.

Anywho, I have this friend at work named Jane who started working out regularly at the beginning of the year (she’s one of those rare people who started a New Year’s resolution and has stuck with it!). She’s been walking/jogging a few days/nights per week and is seeing great results. She was not nearly as heavy as I am to begin with and she’s lost 25lbs in 3 months. Super impressive! I finally decided I wanted to join her and, nice woman that she is, she said yes. So, Monday-Friday we head off to 24 Hour Fitness on our lunch break to get sweaty. As I’m writing this, I’ve done 11 workouts so far… I’d be at 12 but had to miss one because I had a doctors appointment. I realize 11 workouts probably isn’t all that impressive but for me, it’s huge. Since I’m A) morbidly obese and B) have a really bad knee and back I’m taking things slow. Right now, my workout looks like this:

  • Monday: walk on treadmill 30 mins
  • Tuesday: walk on treadmill 30 mins
  • Wednesday: upper body workout with free-weights
  • Thursday: walk on treadmill 30 mins
  • Friday: alternate between long swim workout and 1 hour session with personal trainer

Now, I know walking might not seem like much of a workout, but I’m sweating my arse off I promise you. I may be walking at a slow-ish pace (between 3.0 & 3.3) but I’m walking at an incline as well. Today though, I hopped on the treadmill and I felt like I was going slow. I’m definitely feeling it in my legs and the time flew by! So, I decided to crank up my workout just a tad. Here’s what I did:

minute to minute

To date, I’ve lost 4lbs. Not a great loss but since I’m aiming for 1lb/week I think I’m doing great. I did gain a pound the first week but I was retaining water like crazy – my feet were swollen up like blowfish and everything! I talked to my personal trainer and she thinks that was my “weight gain.”

weight loss graph

How about you? What are your current fitness goals??