The last time I wrote to you about my fitness journey I was completely frustrated, like in tears frustrated. I decided for now, I am going to take a break from the scale and focus on my progress in numbers that are viable and I can push myself to change right then and there.
The first thing I am celebrating is getting a mile in in almost 10 minutes. I remember when I used to only walk a mile and in was a solid 17 minutes.
The second thing I am celebrating is 4 miles in almost 45 minutes (really it is closer to 46, but I like interval numbers like quarters...OCD probs). 4 miles, if I even got to that distance was at least an hour (walking, because I couldn't run).
I have been using interval training to increase distance and time.
I love HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for several reasons:
- It is great for increasing the time for a particular distance.
- It is heart healthy.
- It burns fat, not muscle.
- It is great for weight loss.
- It increases your metabolism.
- You can do it with no equipment (I use a treadmill)
Here is what I started doing:
I have since changed this and I am now warming up with a 1 mile jog at 5.5-6 (depending on how I feel) and then go into interval training. For interval training I have been walking 1 minute at 3.9-4 and running 1 minute at 7.5. I think I am going to keep speeds the same and work on increasing the amount of time I run. I can run half a lap in 1 minute at 7.5, so my hope is to increase that to 2 minutes, then 4 and so on until I can run a mile at that speed.
And here is an after workout picture, just because.
Ummm, next time, please remind me that to avoid a doubt chin to angle the camera HIGHER than me. Thanks.
So, here is to letting numbers on the scale go, for now, and celebrating the journey.