Well, here we are in week three of training, and so much has happened already. It’s been such a whirlwind experience that the last two weeks have gone by pretty fast – thank goodness!
The trainers are starting to ramp up the intensity now that we’re in week three, and it’s pretty rough. I’ll have to admit that yesterday’s workout brought a few tears to my eyes as I struggled through it. Two minutes of planking…really??!! But, I am already seeing signs of muscles in my arms that I don’t remember ever seeing. Cicely, one of our trainers, likes to tell us that if we can’t challenge ourselves, then we can’t change ourselves. I try to keep that in mind as I’m whimpering and waddling over to my water bottle for a break.
One of the most surprising things that occurred in these last two weeks was my participation in Saint Francis’ Formula for Life 5K last Sunday. I have never been part of anything like that before, and I was kind of nervous. Here’s a little not-so-secret about me: I hate running. I hate everything about it. But that mentality will soon have to change as we are starting to train to run a half marathon at the end of our season. Anyway – I decided that I would power-walk the 5K while pushing my 13-month-old in the stroller, and I committed to jogging the remaining 200 feet to the finish. Boy, did I get more of a workout than I bargained for! After finishing the race, it occurred to me that maybe one big reason why I hated running so much is because my breathing technique is absolutely horrible. I’ll definitely have to work on that. However, I was very pleasantly surprised with my time. I finished at 41:33.5! I am still pretty proud of myself considering that I walked the whole time. And the best part was being at the finish line to cheer on my fellow Season 8 teammates along with my sister, Mom, and Step Dad. I have such an awesome family!
Aside from all the working out, there is the nutritional side of things. The first week seemed pretty easy, but I think my body didn’t have time to notice because it was in shock. Now that we are in the third week, I find that I am getting some cravings, and my desire to eat my feelings away creeps in and out. I have such an emotional connection with food and that is a hard relationship to break. Just this morning I had to fight off urges to drive through McDonald’s for a Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit. Mmmm. No one said this was going to be easy. But, as our trainers often say: if losing weight was so easy, everyone would be doing it.
All of the work has paid off so far. In just two weeks, I have lost over 10 lbs! Here’s to 50 more!
Beginning Weight: 210.6 lbs
Current Weight: 200.4 lbs
Goal Weight: 150 lbs