This weekend we got a snow storm, I’m sure you heard about it. Nemo was international news, Boston was paralyzed, and in terms of physical activity for the weekend, I supposed I was as close to being paralyzed as any healthy (non-quadriplegic) twenty-two year old can be. We got 28 inches of wet, heavy snow, and with everything closed and the trains not running, I had a wonderful weekend of wine-drinking, game-playing, and Gilmore Girls-watching with snowed-in friends. It’s kind of nice when Mother Nature makes an excuse for you, but a whole weekend has left me feeling kind of sluggish. After the initial fun wore off, I started asking my friends to do pilates with me. I got a serious case of cabin fever and by Sunday, I was happy to be outside, even if it was a challenge trekking through dirty slush and Davis Square’s massive snow banks.
In terms of the past week, I am happy to report I’ve been pretty good in terms of sticking with my diet and exercise routine. After looking at my habits and excessive tendencies, I cut out beer, unnecessary dining-out, and dairy on a trial-basis. I made sure to get in my swim workouts, and my hard work paid off last Weigh-In Wednesday. I lost five pounds!
I have really noticed a difference in my swimming. After a year of trying to like running, I have found that I really love swimming. I’ve been swimming 3-4 times a week for the past couple months, and from where I could only swim a few laps without stopping, I am now at the place where I can swim a mile in under forty minutes, and a full half-hour without stopping to catch my breath or take a break. I feel stronger, and this is a place I’ve honestly never gotten to from working out. I’ve never stuck to one specific training schedule long enough to feel the effects. I’ve always lost a few pounds and then gotten distracted. I’m really excited about this progress, even more so than the weight I lost last week, because it feels real. I can only get stronger from here.
This week I have a goal to go for at least one run in addition to my regular swimming schedule. I have been signed up for the B.A.A. 5k, again, and I am dedicated to the idea of training this time around. And as I have a reputation as the girl-who-cried-training, I have to reiterate my 2013 promise to follow-through, because this time I won’t let myself down.
Happy Monday, everyone!
I think Adrienne makes a great point here – you have to find your own way to fitness. What works for one person may not be what will work for you. The best program is one you can stick with, because that is the only way you will meet your goal. Keep going girl! ( but I do need someone to run with in April too : ) !
Don’t worry, Mom, I won’t leave you hangin’!