Tonight was the school open evening - my daughter had a ballet performance and my son (and his classmates) acted out the story of Exodus (abridged, thankfully!). I had planned to do one of my Jillian Michaels DVD's when I got back, but it was late, so having done a quick 20 minute walk at lunchtime, I decided that would suffice and today would act as a rest day.
The Marathon Weight Loss challenge started with a thud as I managed to lose a whole half a pound last week!!! Ugh! I hate it when you literally bust your butt with exercise and your body rewards you with such a small loss. But I suppose it's still a loss, so I should be grateful for that! The plus side of the challenge is that I've gained loads of friends on My Fitness Pal! If I haven't mentioned this previously, apologies, because it truly is an invaluable tool on my weight loss journey! I use the iPhone app - but you can easily just use the web (www.myfitnesspal.com). I love it because it is one of the most comprehensive collections of calories available - and you can always use their barcode scanner for foods that might not appear on their database.
I have used this app from the very beginning to track my daily calories and exercise. One of my favourite features is the recipes tab - if you're like me and cook a lot of your food from scratch, then this feature is invaluable! Basically, you enter all of the ingredients to a particular food, or meal add the number of people it serves and hey presto - it tells you the calories per serving! If anyone reading this would like to add me as a friend on My Fitness Pal, my username is: pilliepop (appreciate this sounds a wee bit strange! It was a silly word that my daughter made up when she was about three - we thought it was so cute that it sort of stuck!).
|Very apt this week!|
The 5K training is going well and I'm definitely feeling that my stamina for running continues to improve. This week my training consists of a 5 minute warm up walk followed by 7 sets of 1.5 minutes running, 1 minute walking, then a 5 minute cool down walk. As I finish this programme about half a mile from home, I have started running that last half a mile (slowing to a walk when necessary), but I think this added extra is really helping increase my fitness. Last night I only stopped running briefly for about 1 minute when I had a really bad stitch in my side - as soon as I got my breath I started running again. I'm hoping that this cheeky little add-on at the end will magically progress me on the programme! We shall see! I have looked ahead in the programme and I must admit the forthcoming weeks are making me feel VERY nervous! I'm really hoping that my body can cope with this!!
Well, I shall close for now. I hope everyone has a good rest of the week and please pray that I manage to get the right kid to the right place on time :-)