Wedding Weight Loss: Back On Track

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Last week I had said I was hoping for nothing but good news this week and I did it!

I am down 1 pound from last week, which is actually pretty significant for me since I usually only lose anywhere from .30-.50 pounds a week now.

I wasn’t able to go right back into working out five times a week, but was able to work out 4 times last week with some pain, but it was very little.  What is important to me, is that I am able to finally run again, which is probably why I was able to lose last week.

This week I will talk about my two favorite forms of exercise that I find really work for me:

Running: 

I was never a runner until about six months ago, I didn’t even run in High School in PE.  Six months ago I decided I wanted to give running a chance, I did my research and found a way to slowly turn myself into a runner.

I found a simple method that helped me when I first started out.  Start off walking for four minutes then jogging for one, walking for four minutes, jogging for one.  You can do that from anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour (or longer if you’d like).  The following week try walking three minutes and running for two, the third week do two minutes walk, three minutes run and the fourth week try one minute walk four minutes run.

I remember how hard it was for me to run for four minutes straight so don’t feel discouraged if it’s hard for you in the beginning.  If you feel like this pace is too fast for you than try doing each set over a two week period of time instead of one.  Do what you feel most comfortable with, because if you push yourself too hard you’re more likely to quit.

Interval Training: 

For those of you who are not interested in becoming long distance runners I also suggest interval training.  Interval training is basically low-intensity work outs with “bursts” of high-intensity work.  For example, you may walk at 4.0 MPH on the treadmill for 4 minutes and run for 1 minute on 8.0, then repeat for 30 minutes.

The great thing about interval training is it can be done on a treadmill, a track, an elliptical or a bicycle and you get to make your own routine.  You can learn more about interval training here and here.

 

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