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!