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And, for lack of better words, I’ve been busting my ass.
I’ve been using the Couch 2 5k program religiously over the last 8 weeks. But over the last two weeks, I’ve been running more than the suggested 3-times a week. And yesterday, for the first time before Ari was born, I ran for 30-minutes straight at a 9-minute mile pace.
I was excited, but I wasn’t surprised. I’ve noticed how strong I feel before, during and after my runs lately. I mentioned earlier this week [in fact it was the last time I had a chance to post because I’ve been busy — running!] that I’ve been looking forward to my scheduled runs, and even fitting in unscheduled ones!
So I’ll be purchasing my “I Run This Body” T-shirt reward within the next couple of weeks!
I’ve also accomplished my goal of working out for 7-days straight. Last week I worked out 7 days in a row and it was almost accidental. I’m going to hold off on purchasing my reward until I get another 7-days of working out straight. Cause honestly? The awesome feeling alone is reward enough!
Weight Watchers update: I wouldn’t quite call myself a ‘believer’ yet, but between the workouts and tracking my points, I’m certainly noticing a difference. I lost 5 pounds my first week! There were definitely moments where I felt like I was starving myself [seriously — how many carrots can one person eat??]; but I did allow myself to have the occasional, portion-controlled treat — like a beer, or an iced coffee from Starbucks.
I was allowed 27 points each day; 49 automatic extra points for use at any point during the week; and I earned an additional 88 activity points. I came no where near using all of those points. In fact, I ended up with 62 unused at the end of my first week. I was too nervous of the new [to me] points system to actually allow myself to use them!
I’m proud of my small achievements over the last few weeks. And I’m lucky to have a great support system — like my friends and coworkers who constantly build me up; and my husband who helps me weigh my crab cake to get an accurate point count.
I’m looking forward to getting back my pre-baby body more than ever! And I’m on currently on a hunt for a fun 5k to get back into the swing of races. Suggestions, local friends??