Weekly update #12

Health and wellness is the catalyst of my recent lifestyle change. At the end of last week I felt discouraged and deflated. The lack of active days, pain, and gaining 5 lbs overnight! Needless to say last week was really tough; but it helped me refocus and also reminded me why I started my lifestyle change. It’s not going to be easy, it’s not going to be quick, it’s not going to be fun. It’ll take hard work and it’ll take a long time. 

This week was the complete opposite of last week. I feel re-energized and super satisfied with my activity and overall results. I feel I’m back on track. I lost 6 lbs this week, 1 lb net lost since last week. My goal is to lose another 2 by the end of the month. I should be able to lose that in the next 4 days. 

I had been putting off jogging due to the pain from plantar fasciitis the day after the jog. I had been icing and rolling my affected foot without much improvement. It was suggested by my manager to ice and use the roller immediately after jogging. I don’t want to  jinx it but it seems to be doing the trick.

This coming week I will be on vacation, staycation. I’ll be playing host to my childhood friend visiting from California. I love playing tourist around Boston. I’m sure we’ll be doing a lot of that. I should also have some extra free time to explore new bike courses and jogging routes.

Weekly breakdown:

Monday & Wednesday & Saturday: Jogged the 3.7 mile course around my house and the beach. The time ranged from 50 min and 30 sec to 51 min and 30 sec. Not too fast and not too slow. I walk for the first 15 minutes to warm up. 

Friday: Biked 19.8 miles / 1 hour and 21 minutes / 689 ft of elevation / 14.6 mph average speed / average heart rate 152 bpm. I emphasized heart rate because it’s the primary way to know I’m actually doing work and burning fat. I’m still obese and speed will come as I lose weigh and get stronger. 

Friday Night: I went out dancing. I’m counting it as exercise because it was four hours of nonstop dancing (30 mins break for a drink). I think I sweated more than any of my jogs or rides.

Sunday: I’ll be repeating the same course as Friday, 19.8 miles. I’m expecting similar stats too. Although I want to break the 15 mph speed average.

Some noteworthy items throughout the week: 

Wednesday I had my first James Hook lobster roll. I’ve walked/driven by this iconic place in Bosyon for so many years and never went in.

Thursday night I went to the movies, watched the Mechanic. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Jessica Alba and Jason Statham are some of my favorite actors. Before the movie I treated myself to a Salvadoran delicacy: Minuta!

Saturday night I served as a judge of a beauty pageant. A friend has been running this pageant for about 9 years. It’s always a fun show. 

I’m really looking forward to this coming week.

Sunday Morning Jog

Today is the second Sunday I decide to go for a morning jog. The sun was out but it wasn’t hot and there was a nice breeze. I was remembering my last morning jog and was hoping today would be better. Last Sunday’s run simply sucked.  

On Thursday’s run my Couch to 5K app told me I should jog for 20 minutes continuously. I decided to repeat the previous program instead, jog for 8 minutes twice with a 5 minute walk in between. 

I started today’s run with a 15 minute warm up walk and decided to attempt the 20 min continuous jog. I figured I can stop early if I had to. 

I’m feeling good the first five minutes… Then my ankles and shins calfs begin to feel miserable. Around this point my head starts to race. Why? Is that I’m not a morning person? Is it the shoes? Is it the terrain? WTF! 

After 10 minutes of jogging I began to feel better again and i was arriving at the beach. Remembering what slowrunnergirl said, maybe I should try different terrains. I decided to get over on the sand. I jogged the rest of the way on the sand. 

Once I hit the 20 minute mark, I started walking again. Maybe it was the ocean breeze or the sand but once I was jogging on the sand I felt even better. I’ll have to integrate the sand more often on my future jogs. 

Overall I felt pretty damn good by the time I made it back home. Just in time for a quick shower then Father’s Day breakfast at my parents.

I’ll be adding a disclaimer at the end of these entries. Please excuse spelling mistakes as I’m posting this from my phone.