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BLC 25 - Goals and Fitness Test

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

I'm a day late in posting this (shhhhh!!!) but I wasn't going to let that stop me from getting my BLC 25 goals down!

I'm keeping it pretty simple this time. Three things I want to focus on, with a plan to get there.

emoticon I want to run a mile (the entire thing) in under 13 minutes by the end of Week 12. This means I need to be able to run half a mile in 6:30 in Week 6.

emoticon Water is a constant struggle for me, and I'm going to get that down this round. I will increase my intake so that by the end of Week 6 I'm drinking 32 ounces daily, every day, and this is no longer a struggle. Then, by the end of Week 12 I'll be drinking 64 daily, every day.

emoticon I'd like to lose 10 pounds this round, which means I want to be down 5 by the Week 6 weigh-in. To do this I'm going to work on tracking my food 4 out of 7 days at a minimum, and aiming for my calorie range.

I think those are doable, but challenging. We'll see where I am in 6 weeks!

I also did the fitness test, which I think is a fantastic idea!!! I was pleased with some of my results, but also surprised. I thought I'd be able to do more crunches than I was.

Pushups - I did these on my knees, and got 28. They got pretty tough around 20, and almost unbearable at 25.

Crunches - Was hoping for more than 28, but it just didn't happen. I could have kept going, but obviously I'm pretty slow!

One mile - I did use my treadmill for this, even though the test said not to. But, my goal is to be running the mile, and so stamina is more important to me than speed. I did run/walk intervals, and ended up with a time of 13:30. I ran a total of 9 minutes, walked 4.5, at a speed of 5mph. And I was hurting, both during and the next day. (In hindsight I may have pushed a little too hard, but at least that gives me a goal to beat!!)

Step test - this was boring and surprisingly challenging. I knew my heart rate would be high, and it was...151. I felt ok afterwards though, so I don't know if this is a good measure of my fitness or not. We'll see in Week 6.

So, some good, some not so good, but all have room for improvement!
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