I literally sighed before I started writing this. I feel like so much has been happening, but it's all been the same boring stuff and I just didn't feel like writing about it. So, to recap, I've still been watching what I eat and trying to work out more than I was before. Last week was a bit of a slip-up, but that was mostly due to work factors beyond my control than anything else and this week I'm back on the bandwagon. See?
That's a screen shot of my Daily Burn calendar listing my exercise calories (calories out) and eating calories (calories in). I've still been losing weight and I've got less than 10 pounds to go now until I reach my "goal weight". It seems to be a slow, but steady, process, but I'm thrilled to see the scale keep going in the right direction.
So, if you look closely at Monday, February 7, you'll see that I only burned 36 calories. That's because I've started something new! A Hundred Push-Up plan! Which is crazy to me. In the initial test, I did 10 push-ups. Drew estimated that I'd be able to get 4 and when I got to 6, he announced that he was officially surprised. I kind-of wanted to die after those first 10 and it made me think that there is no way that I'll be able to do 100 all in one sitting. However, I know that every time I've ever followed a plan, I've made it to the finish line, so I'm hoping that this will be just like that. I even downloaded the fancy iPhone app to record my progress. Yesterday I did 35 push-ups (in 5 sets), so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get there.
I also found out on Monday that I got a spot to the NYC Half-Marathon on March 20! Which is soon, but I'm not too worried. Somehow all these races seem a lot less daunting now that I've done them once already. I've figured out a fairly loose training plan that will ensure that I get my long runs in and I'll sort-of wing the rest of it. I'm not an injury-prone runner, so I don't forsee any issues with upping my mileage although now I can really see a new pair of shoes in my future.
Last Saturday Drew and I did a challenge that his trainer, Billy, gave to him. It was to run one mile on the treadmill at an incline of 10. Which doesn't sound too hard until you're actually doing it. Drew finished his mile in about 10:30 and I finished mine in 12:57. I did a mix of jogging and walking because I knew that there was no way I'd ever be able to run the whole thing and stay on the treadmill, so I alternated back and forth. I was a sweaty disaster by the time I finished. I'm hopeful that the next time I try it that I can get a little bit faster.
I've also been going to Pilates on Thursdays with Nicole. I decided this morning that it's getting easier and harder at the same time. Harder in the sense that I feel like Nicole keeps pushing me to do more difficult exercises, but easier because I'm getting the hang of things now. I'm also 100% sure that the Pilates that I've been doing helped me with my push-up quest. So, in that regard, I don't imagine giving up on Pilates any time soon!
I know I've been a bad blogger recently. I'm struggling with the monotony of going to the gym all the time. I either need to toughen up and get outside or the weather needs to get better. Or maybe both would be ideal. I just haven't felt like writing about going to the gym. I think it's boring. Mostly because it seems like when I'm outside, I notice something interesting to mention or have a conversation with a stranger. I've realized that no one talks at the gym. Ever. It's a world of headphones, which is sort-of sad, in a way. The weather is looking up for weekend, so I'm hoping that means that I can get outside again!
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