Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Couch-to-5k Update, Week 1

Well, we have made it through Week 1. Of course, I've made it through week 1 at least 5 times in the past and have yet to actually complete a 5k...but I digress.

Week 1 has come and gone. I am trying to complete this a bit faster than the app suggests, and I am not resting in between days. I'll take a rest in between WEEKS, though. These 3 workouts were no big deal, and I flew through them. The regimen included 1 minute of jogging followed by 1 1/2 minutes of brisk walking for a total of about 20 minutes (not including the 5 minute warm up and cool down walks).

I am looking forward to next week and progressively tackling tougher intervals. I had plenty of energy left over to do some more workouts after my jog, so I have been doing either the elliptical, spin bike or TRX training as well. 

I have decided to try to capture at least one photo of my daily workout, or post-workout if there are other people in the gym. This way I can document the progress...basically this was my mom's request.

Day 1: I forgot how badly this hurts one's behind (sorry for the poor quality. I was in motion!)

Day 2: Again with the bike...

Day 3: Recovering with a nice rock on the porch

And just because it is pretty and looks extra huge in this picture...my pretty ring :)

I have been focusing a lot on cardio recently, while still not forgetting some of my toning exercises, because in my arms (which in my mind, are much too large), you can feel the muscle really developing,  however the fat on top is still there which is preventing the muscle from being seen. And actually, gaining more muscle without losing the fat is just  making them LARGER, so I have been upping the cardio to try to burn it off. 

Yes, I know I cannot just spot treat the fat on my arms, but eventually with enough cardio, the arm flab will decrease along with the fat on the rest of my body. (And just to be clear, when I say this, I don't mean that I'M FAT, I mean like the literal fat...as in the anatomical meaning).


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