A month ago today was Day 1, Week 1. Forget about the fact that I have moved past week 1 and am in fact holding my own at week 3. The fact that I am still here at all is amazing. Now, I've enjoyed this a lot, and that's why I'm still doing it, so I guess it's not much of a sacrifice yet for me to keep going to the gym. But if you consider that I don't normally like exercising, it's amazing.
Unfortunately, it looks like I'll be on week 3 another week. It's still challenging, so I think it's okay to stay on it. Next Friday I'm going to try to move on to week 4, daunting though those five minute running intervals may seem right now. Again, I may have a long way left to go, but man, look how far I've come ALREADY!
Since starting this program ONLY a month ago:
My resting pulse rate has dropped (by quite a bit, actually).
My waistline has shrunk.
I no longer consider the walk up that hill to class a workout.
I can run for three full continuous minutes.
I am more flexible.
I have greater confidence.
I deal with stress in healthier ways.
I respect and take (better) care of my body.
I sleep better at night.
My life has become more satisfying.
Those are the most noticeable unanticipated benefits from the program. I honestly started this just so I would have something on which to focus my attention that didn't have to do with Chemistry or dating, and now it has become its own thing.
I have said this before, I know, but it's true: this truly is what was missing in my life, and although I really struggle with it sometimes, I am glad I do it.
My workout today was:
1.80 miles in 28 minutes, 2.0% incline
Walk Speed: 3.5 mph
Jog Speed: 4.5 mph
Total Distance So Far: 24.23 miles