After months of trying to lose some serious weight, and after a variety of workouts, meal changes, etc, I'm honestly not where I had hoped to be by now. I'm very proud of my running accomplishments and having "stayed the course" with my running for the past few years - especially for someone who had not previously run for fun or activity. However, I'm just not seeing the results I was thinking that I would see. So, I'm readjusting my sails and changing my training plan - again. I vow to keep on going, reflect and adjust where necessary, instead of giving up.
So, with the new plan that I've found, I'm in the gym five days a week and I'm loving it! I go early in the morning, like 5:00 am early, because that is the only time that works for me and my busy family's schedule; there's too much going on after work/school to try and take an hour out to go to the gym then. Plus, I've worked all day and want to be around my family, I miss them <3. Anyways, the plan has me doing weights four days out of the five, with the last day being cardio only. Lemme just say that the first week was absolutely killer... I was sore everywhere and "found" some muscles that obviously I hadn't worked in a while!
I've had to put any race training to the side, because strength training, building muscle and toning up are my focus right now. Besides, after I shed the weight, I should be able to run easier and faster, leading to more productive race training and racing!
Since I'm turning 34 in a few months (wth... 34?! I don't feel 34!!) I was trying to challenge myself to "lose 34 by 34"... Not sure if that's an attainable goal, but why not shoot for it? With the right mind set, my goals defined, and family and friends who support me, I can do anything!
DISLCAIMER: Any posts related to health and fitness are simply commentary and ideas. I am not a doctor or expert. What I've posted here are things that I've found to work for me. However, I will always urge you to consult your medical professional before starting or changing any exercise or diet routine.