It’s hard to believe that my Blogging Weight Loss Challenge: Cruz vs Volk has already hit its 2 week mark. That’s 2 weeks down and 8 more to go, or 56 days.
I will need to keep a close eye on things or before I know it I’ll only have a week or two left.
Fortunately, I’ve been doing great so far at keeping up with my 6KM walk/jog around Westwood Lake, going roughly every 4 days on average. I’ve also been keeping up with my “daily lists” and have been playing badminton twice a week. Yet, even with all this, I still wasn’t seeing any change in my weight, so I decided to add something else to the mix.
I decided to add a 3rd night of badminton to my schedule as I really enjoy playing. In contrast, the only thing I like about jogging Westwood Lake is trying to beat my record.
Since the group I’ve been playing with for over a decade only meets twice a week, I decided to check out a new group that started playing at the high school I used to go to. They play on Sunday nights so it’s well spaced out from my other two badminton nights (Tuesday and Thursday).
There are a lot of really good players there, including the woman who runs it who was apparently once ranked sixth place in Canada. The courts there are do different from the other gym I play at. It’s so much more open with more room to play which feels so freeing, but the lines are very difficult to see and are confusing the way they painted them so close to the volleyball lines. The lights are absolutely horrible though and I actually had to sit out for a good 30-minutes to let my eyes adjust as I basically blinded myself after looking right into them from getting some really high birds come at me.
I’ll definitely be getting a better workout from the new Sunday night badminton group than my old one due to the higher calibre players, so hopefully that will help shed some pounds.
Oh, So Close…
I was very disappointed on my Westwood Lake “run” today. I ended up finishing at 1:00:45 which is exactly 1 minute over my previous time and all-time record.
It’s really strange because I thought I was doing awesome. I finished the first huge incline feeling great (relatively) and went down the steep slope following it with (again, relative) ease as well. I felt so good, in fact, that I decided to do a short jog after getting back to the flat trail. After a short walk break, I did another jog or two.
I continued on at a good pace and I was really excited as the surroundings made me feel like I was doing awesome, and I felt good too. I hit the halfway 3KM mark with excitement, thinking that I was going to see 25:00 when I checked my stopwatch, but dread stole the show when I saw that it was actually 30:00 – exactly what it was when I made my record 5 days prior.
That was a huge motivational blow, but I thought I could still set a new record since I was feeling pretty good.
In the end I did come close to my record, but I’m still surprised I didn’t set a new one. I guess I need to jog more stretches. But it’s really difficult, as I’m really pushing myself hard every time I go. This time, my lower shins really hurt bad and prevented me from doing some jogs when my cardio could have done them. That’s a bad feeling to have as you know you can do it cardio-wise but have to walk because your shins say otherwise.
The good news is that my feet don’t seem to hurt anymore, nor my calves. In fact, my feet and calves were pretty much pain-free when I finished. On a pain scale from 1-10 I’d rate them a 1 maybe. But my shins… man… annoying. I’d rate them at about a 7, or 9 in some areas (after jogging).
It does seem, though, that I can jog slightly longer stretches. Nothing major, but perhaps 5-7 seconds longer.
The other good news out of this latest “run” is that several readers commented during my previous run when I broke my record, that I probably run faster because it was dark out and I was scared or wanted to finish faster. Since this time was only a minute slower, I think that should dispel that myth.
So, I was really disappointed, but maybe I’ll beat my record time next run. If my lower shins improve I know I can. And maybe they’ll improve and feel better like my feet and calves have. That’d be cool.
Regarding the food in the video – for those curious, that will last me 2.5-3 meals… I didn’t eat it all at once.
And for those angry or frustrated that I’ve remained stubborn and haven’t made any changes to my diet – I’m sorry but I just don’t want to make that sacrifice yet if I don’t have to. I want to focus first on just getting more exercise, and if I don’t see any results by week 4 then I’ll start making some improved food choices as well.
Westwood Lake Time
|My 2007 Best Time||1:00:34||My previous record…|
|April 8, 2009||1:06:00||Feet and calves absolutely painful|
|April 12, 2009||1:05:33||Feet, shins, and calves still absolutely painful|
|April 15, 2009||59:45||New Record! Jogged a couple extra stretches|
|April 20, 2009||1:00:45||Off my record by a minute Shins killed me|
Weight Loss Status
|Date||Weight||Total Pounds Lost||Days Left|
|April 11, 2009||205||0||68|
|April 14, 2009||205||0||65|
|April 19, 2009||205||0||60|
|April 23, 2009||204||1||56|
This looks bad, I know… lol. But I think I’ll start seeing some results soon as I push myself more.
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