My FitBook Challenge: Week 1 Recap
As I said last week, I have started using the FitBook to keep track of everything related to my workouts and nutrition. One week has passed by since I started, which means it is time for a recap!
My Goals for Week 1:
- Follow my training plan
- Avoid the candy jar at work
- Stop eating before 10 PM
- Drink at least 64 ounces (8 glasses) of water daily
These goals may not seem very difficult but I wanted to see if I could break some unhealthy habits and start some new ones. For whatever reason, the last couple of weeks have been rough so my resolve to avoid the candy jar has not been very successful. I have also been snacking after 10 PM and right before I go to sleep. Both of these habits are not healthy at all and I want to break myself of them as soon as possible. I haven’t been drinking nearly as much water as I should and I know that. Since I am starting a new strength training program (The New Rules of Lifting for Women), I really want to make sure I stick to my training schedule.
So how did I do on my goals?
- Follow my training plan – I got 6 out of 7 of my scheduled workouts (86%) and I even did two Yoga workouts. I would say that I completed this goal.
- Avoid the candy jar at work – Success!
- Stop eating before 10 PM – I wasn’t very successful with this goal (57%) and it is probably related to the fact that my workouts are always at night after work. This is one area I plan to work on more this week.
- Drink at least 64 ounces (8 glasses) of water daily – Success! My average water consumption per day last week was 72 ounces (9 glasses)! On Saturday, I only had 32 ounces and I definitely noticed the difference during my long run on Sunday.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:
This first week of this challenge definitely had some really good points. Firstly, I started my new strength training program and successfully completed the first 3 workouts. The new workouts felt really good and I can already see that I will see improvements over the next six months. Secondly, the average pace for my long run was much faster than I have been running this training cycle. Of course with the increased pace, the run didn’t feel as good as it normally does. I really need to focus on starting slow and building up to the pace I want to run.
I missed my Tempo Run scheduled for Thursday. About halfway through the work day, I realized that my job was going to interfere with my training and I became very upset almost irate even. For me, my job used to be my top priority and my health suffered because of it. I have done everything possible to reverse that in the last year. Whenever work gets in the way, I start worrying that all of my hard work will be for nothing and my life will go back to the way it was. Once I finally cool off and take a step back, I realize that no matter what I do there will always be days when I need to focus on work. It won’t be everyday like it used to be but there are still going to be days that my workouts will have to be rescheduled or canceled. Life doesn’t always go exactly according to plan!
During the first week, I noticed several areas that I really need to focus on. My current diet is lacking in protein, grains and fruit! I eat a whole lot of vegetables and that is about it. I need to make some adjustments and make sure that I am eating enough of the right foods throughout the day. I also need to slow down while I am eating. When I eat dinner after a workout, I am usually so hungry that I shovel the food in my mouth rather than enjoying each bite. This shoveling has resulted in me eating more food than I am normally would.
One thing that I learned this week is that I eat way more calories on a daily basis than I thought I did!
“Don’t give up; the beginning is always the hardest.” – Fortune Cookie
I received this fortune awhile ago but never really paid much attention to it. When I saw it sitting on my desk this week, I realized how true it actually is. This past week has been difficult on many levels but I didn’t once give up. I didn’t give up after my first strength training workout. I didn’t give up when I missed my run on Thursday night. I didn’t give up during my long run when I really wanted to. I am not going to give up trying to become the best person I can be!