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Finding my fire: DIY Final Wrap-Up

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This was a rather short challenge for me, since I started late. Looking back at my entry card, it has only been 3 weeks, but I feel like I have really built up some momentum and made some progress.

My Starting Weight: 187.6
My Finishing Weight: 181.4

Four (or more) Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: (body measurements, race times, crunch max, jeans size, whatever YOU need to track)

emoticon1. Waist (just below ribcage):
(start) 30.75
(finish) 30.25
(difference) -0.5 inches

emoticon2.Jogging interval time:
(start) 60 sec
(finish) 60 to 90 seconds depending on the day
(difference) Not as much progress as I'd like, since I have to take it slow on my knees. BUT PT is starting to make a difference in how jogging feels and I'm okay with making slow progress to avoid injuries.

emoticon3.Distance in 30 min jog/walk:
(start) 2.4 miles (4.8 mph)
(finish) 3.5 miles in 42 minutes (5 mph)
(difference) Slightly faster, slightly further - again slow progress is okay as long as I manage to not injure myself.

emoticon4. Girly push-ups max:
(start) 10
(finish) 20
(difference) + 10.

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emoticon When I first started this challenge, I thought that I'd be able to follow the C25K plan straight through and keep up but now I've learned that I have to listen to my body when it comes to jog/running and not be in a hurry to progress.

emoticon I already knew that seeing changes in how far I can go and how much I have lost motivates me, but now I've learned that visually tracking my consistency with a stricker chart motivates me even more.

emoticon The thing that I accomplished during this challenge and am MOST PROUD OF is increasing how often I strength train and listening to my body to know when to push and when to hold steady or take a easy day.

emoticon Something I didn't expect from this challenge was how easy it was to clean up my eating fairly consistently and how much of a difference this made to my energy, mood, and alertness.

emoticon This challenge may be ending, but I am not stopping... I'm going to swallow my fear and set a goal to make it through the 8 weeks of Couch to 5 K at my own pace, even if it takes 2 - 3 times as long as they suggest.

Make a statement declaring your commitment to continue:

Even though I have made a good start, this journey is far from complete. I am going to keep working slowly towards being able to run without injuring myself and I am going to keep strength training and stretching every day. I am going to focus on the work I put in, and the strength of will and pride that it builds in me instead of only focusing on the external measurable statistics. I am creating a lifestyle that enables me to be the best me, not sprinting to an artificial finish line.

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  • ENCY23
    When I first read through your results, I didn't realize they were accomplished in half the time as everyone else! Wow...that's amazing! Great job! Take that momentum and run with it!
    3560 days ago
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