Man oh man. First off, let me just say that I have lost ALL of my running abilities. I have NOT been able to run anymore. I've lost all my motivation, I feel horrible when I run. I know I just need to keep pushing through and it'll get better, but I just don't feel like it. I can list a million excuses right now, but I'll spare you. Just know, I've felt so lazy ever since moving to California. I feel so guilty.
I think the hardest thing about reaching your fitness peak (or as much of a peak as I could ever imagine reaching) is that it's so hard to get back. You remember the amount of time it took to get there, and then you sorta give up easier because when trying to return to that level of fitness, you realize you can't do it over night. Then you get frustrated and start feeling sorry for yourself. If you're like me, you make promises to start up the next day. Ha. Humans are hilarious.
What I HAVE been doing is something kinda different for me. I have a treadmill, but I hate running on it. I find it painfully boring and then my mind wanders and I lose focus. I become super aware of my body and it distracts me from being focused on my run. That's when I decided to research incline walking in comparison to running (thanks to a suggestion from my super knowledgeable husband). I found this:
(screenshot from a myfitnesspal forum talking about incline walking vs. running)
It got me so excited because walking is something I can wrap my head around right now. When I'm doing this incline walking on the treadmill, it hurts... bad, but I'm walking and for some reason my brain is telling me that it's no big deal. I drip with sweat and it kills me. It's also insanely difficult to NOT grab the bars of the treadmill just for some muscle relief. What I'm mostly excited about though is hopefully toning my glutes for the first time in my life. Even when I ran 5 miles a day, I was still super jiggly... maybe this muscle workout is the key? Maybe I should post a picture of my butt? Just kidding. Unless you're into that kinda thing.
I've been doing steep incline walking (my treadmill goes up to 12%) at a speed of 3.0 for right now. Eventually, I will increase my speed and hope to do some uphill running. But I'm totally okay with what I'm doing right now. It's been challenging and my heart rate monitor tells me I'm burning a few hundred calories, which is awesome.
I'm still trucking along with Medifast. If you've noticed I'm not focusing too much on numbers (my weight) because I'm mostly just concerned with fitting into a jean size, and not what my weight is. I'd like to just get back into my size 4-6 jeans, so that's my goal. But for what it's worth, I am down another few pounds this week. Yay! Medifast is really working for me.
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