Fitness Update: Week 1

  • Miles Ran: 7/150
  • Days Lifting: 41/200
  • Weight: 171 lbs

Rough week for me. This entire semester I’ve been trying to go to the gym consistently 6 days a week, but have averaged out about 4-5 days a week. While not terrible, it’s not where I want to be. I think I will hit 60 days of working out when the semester ends, but I’m not sure.

As far as eating habits go, I had some M&M’s, and let me tell you almost a month without a chocolately treat, M&M’s tasted awful. Made me sad, but it’s interesting how you can lose the taste for certain foods after a while of not eating them. And it’s not that I cut it out temporarily, I’ve just been balancing my diet and haven’t really been eating much sweets. But yeah, treats don’t taste great after not eating them for a while.

I started running on Friday, and my ankles were killing me. I don’t know what happened, but I suspect I overworked them on the calf press. So I have put running off to the side for now, while I recover my ankle.

As far as lifting, I don’t know man. This entire semester I’ve been in a bad minset to work out. There’s been next to no consistency and I keep making excuses. I feel a little pathetic, but that inspires me to be better. I had time to bring these miles and lift days up, but chose not to. And while I can’t run, I can still lift, and so I will.

Exercise Goals: A Late New Year’s Resolution

So technically I’ve been working on this stuff since New Year’s, but I thought why not put it all into one post. When it comes to weight loss and lifting, I’ve found having a specific weight or lift limit in mind for the year often leads to doing more damage to your body than good. I do still want to get to 140, but that is a goal that I recognize may take a while, the same for the running goal of 10 miles. So I’ll tell y’all what I want to do by the end of the year, and give you a weekly update (this will also be a thing with my writing).

My goals are:

  • Run 150 miles this year
  • Lift 200 days this year

So far I have run 7 miles, and lifted 41 days. For future reference I’ll write it like this:

  • Run: 7/150
  • Lift: 41/200

I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m excited to do it. Right now I’m running a half mile a day and I’m hoping to soon pick that up to 1 mile a day. I’m also working on speed strength so who knows it may vary.

Exercise!

So another important part of my life that I haven’t talked about is exercise. When I was a Freshmen in college, I weighed over 200 lbs and was sad and depressed. I was in a slump, and couldn’t find a way out. Then last year, I decided to do something about it. From January 2016 I started working out. I got a workout partner and we would go about 5-6 times a week. We’d lift and run. The end of my sophomore year came, and then my junior year started, and I got a new workout partner and we worked out about 3-4 times a week. By the end of December 2016, I lost 30 lbs and weighed 170. It’s been a huge accomplishment for me, and the change in my lifestyle helped accommodate working out. I would eat healthier foods, and snacked much less and overall have been active in living a better life. I’m more confident with myself than I’ve ever been, and I couldn’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t started working out.

Currently, I’m struggling a little bit on getting back to the 6 days a week grind like last year. It was a lot easier with a partner, and going alone is not as fun. Mostly this semester I’ve been going 4-5 times a week. Which, while not terrible, is not where I want to be. So I’m hoping to use this blog as a way to boost my responsibility in working out, and motivate me more. Much like how I was more motivated to write, I want to be more motivated to work out. Use this blog to hold me accountable.

So here are my two goals I have for this year:

  • Weigh 140 by the end of the year
  • Run 10 miles

I need to really push myself to get to these goals. Right now I’m plateauing hard at 170, and I need to break it down. I know the healthiest way is to lose a pound a week, and there are about 30 weeks left in the year, so I think if I start now, and in earnest, I will get to 140.

My sophomore year I was keeping track of what I ate and the calories, and that’s how I lost 20 lbs in one semester. Of course those are the easy pounds, but never the less holding myself accountable worked. I haven’t been doing that since, and I’ve also been cheating and making exceptions too much. I need to make fewer exceptions, and drive down to 140. I know I can do it, so I will. And if I end up at the end of the year at 150, I won’t be mad, I just know I need to lose the weight.

So hopefully this blog will motivate me and hold me accountable for my health and fitness just as it did with my writing. No day like today is my motto, and it really is no day like today to start being healthier!