Thursday, August 21, 2014
Working my way to double digits!
I signed up for the fall 5% challenge! I did not reach my 5% goal for the summer challenge. I ended up on vacation the last week of the challenge and missed the final weigh in. When I returned, I weighed in and found I had gained weight that week, which took me further from my goal. I have some fall weekends away planned but no weeklong vacations and am looking forward to this motivating challenge!
On a different note, I have been walking on my treadmill more this past week - rain, humidity, time constraints have found me walking indoors. I much prefer to walk outside! I have notice this: I set the treadmill at a 4 incline and a 15 minute mile pace. The first third of a mile I do fine. The second third of a mile I start slapping my left foot. The last third of the mile I find myself hanging on for dear life - not just to help with balance or if my knee gives out - but to help me keep the pace with the rolling tread beneath my feet. I do this for the remaining number of miles I walk (usually 3-4). Silly but my head tells me "faster, faster" but I know this is not right.
I have made this decision. I am going to slow my pace so I do not need to hold on AT ALL. Not so slow that my walk isn't challenging, but slow enough that I don't have to do a slow jog to keep up with the pace the entire time. Resting my hand on the treadmill for balance is one thing - but hanging on to keep up seems to totally defeat the purpose. This week I am going to focus more on my walking form than on the number of steps. It will be interesting to see if this makes a difference in my left foot slapping, or in my endurance.
I am also going to set some one minute fast pace intervals in there to get the heart rate going - but without holding on! OK - I will allow myself to rest my hands on the sides - but not grip them!!!
Not much else today. Been counting my blessings. Have many friends going through some of life's challenges and I am feeling extremely fortunate. My big struggle today is to let go of the treadmill. Life is good.
Hope you all have a great day!