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BL Spring Challenge Progress Review - we're halfway!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It’s hard to believe, but the week 5 weigh in for the BL Spring into Action 10 Week Challenge took place last Wednesday – it’s more than halfway over! So I decided it was time to revisit my goals for the Challenge and see how I’m doing.

Here they are:
1. Train for and run at least one 5K. Well, I’m very happy with how I’m doing on the training part of this goal. I’m up to walking 2 minutes / running 9 minutes and I can tell I’m improving. The last two training sessions I’ve hit 5K in right about 42 minutes with my walking/running combo, which is a number I’m very happy with. What might not happen is my actually running in a 5K by the end of the Challenge. I’ve ended up with a series of weekend commitments that will probably keep me from actually running a race, but I’m ok with continuing to challenge myself with improving my time. A race will come!

2. Average at least 10,000 steps a day over the course of a week. This goal has fallen by the wayside. I kept up with it for the first few weeks, but constantly wearing the pedometer got old – and I know as long as I continue the 5K training I’m hitting the average. Apparently the 10K a Day idea doesn’t motivate me. It was worth a try.


3. Lose an average of at least 1.2lbs a week for a Challenge loss of at least 12 lbs. No problem. I’m down 7.6 pounds so far, which is about 1.5lbs a week. I’m still not sure exactly how much more weight I have to lose – I’m pretty happy right now except for a few specific areas and I’d like to add more muscle which might make the scale go up. We’ll see…

4. Decrease my body fat percentage by at least 5% (and/or waist size by at least 2 inches). Later I added hip measurement to this, because I carry more fat there, lol. The fat calipers still drive me nuts, but I have lost one inch off my waist and another inch of my hips/thighs. I don’t know if another inch will come off my waist, but I could definitely lose more off my hips thighs! I’m happy with my results so far.


5. Strength train at least 30 minutes at least three days a week. I have not been particularly successful here. I’ve been doing a much better job focusing on the cadio / 5K training than on ST. Many weeks I’ve managed 1 30 minute plus session along with a few shorter sessions, but definitely not 3. Lots of room for improvement, here.

All in all, I think I’m doing pretty well. It’s clear that I need to make a greater effort on ST, but otherwise to keep doing what I’m doing. My thanks to my Fuchsia BL teammates – and to my 5% Challenge Tiger Monarch teammates. You motivate me!

Lulu
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  • SABLENESS
    Great progress and plans! Hang in there and keep going! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2549 days ago
  • CHEBBA
    Great to see a blog on this team again! I'm terrible at running, and have around 50lbs more to lose - and with double arthritis in my feet, I'm only now falling in love with the 'dreadmill'! We have a personal trainer for strength work and, although I love JV's exercise plans, I'm currently embarking on Slim in 6 in order to speed things up bit.

    I'm eating 3 meals a day, following the leptin principles, and find that by NOT having even 'healthy' snacks in between, my cravings have all but disappeared. I'm 23lbs lighter and am hooked on studying/trying to implement vastly improved nutrition. This time round is SP is much more effective - calmer, too. I'm more settled about weight loss on the scales and more interested in healthy eating and losing weight properly. I will get there but I'm eating for life and longevity.

    Nice blog - thanks.

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    2550 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon well done keep up the good work
    2551 days ago
  • STEPBYSTEP1955
    emoticon on the progress thus far. You are doing great. Keep it up! I like your attitude of not allowing the stumbling blocks life is throwing on your path presently to stop you in your tracks and keep you from going after your goals. Great determination. Keep it going. You can do it.

    May your Easter baskets be full of joy, happiness and peace, today and always. Happy Easter
    2551 days ago
  • EMMACORY
    emoticon on how well you are doing. Keep it up! emoticon
    2551 days ago
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