Two days ago, my Blogging Weight Loss Challenge with Jonathan Volk officially started. After finishing working out all the rules with Jonathan, I was motivated and eager to get started so I went to Westwood Lake with Lisa.
Westwood Lake has a 6KM (3.72 Miles) trail loop that encircles the lake which is arguably one of the best trails on the island. It is mostly flat except for some small hills here and there and the beginning which is a long steep incline.
Lisa and I used to go around Westwood Lake a number of times in the past, but that was 2-3 years ago. My best time, 2 years ago, was around 1:00:34. So when I went to Westwood Lake a couple days ago, I knew that I probably wouldn’t come close to my record since I hadn’t done any walking for 2 years:
I ended up finishing it in 1:06:00, which I’m actually pretty happy with considering it was my first time back in a couple years.
Fortunately, my cardio wasn’t too bad since I play badminton twice a week for a couple hours, but the soles of my feet started to really hurt about 1KM in. At 3KM they were absolutely killing me but I still tried to get the best time possible. By the time I got home, after a 15-minute rest during the car ride, I literally had trouble getting up the stairs. I had to hold the handrail and do the steps one at a time.
It felt good though, and an endorphin rush was making me laugh. I’m not sure if my feet hurt so bad because they were just so unused to walking or if it was my shoes. I don’t like to blame other things such as shoes, but my feet were just killing me so bad. It was probably a combination of the two – old shoes and unexercised feed. Then again, my calves are still stiff as I write this so it had to be partly from lack of use.
My Plan of Attack
My goal is to finish Westwood Lake in 55:00, taking 5-minutes off my best time and 11-minutes off my current time. To do this, I plan on preparing a bit better for my next run by:
- Buying new shoes
- Stretching beforehand. I don’t know how much you can really stretch your feet though…
- Grabbing some inspirational/motivating music to listen to
- Letting my feet and calves rest fully before attempting it again
I walk 97% of the trail. I definitely can’t run it and I can only jog in very short increments. When I was 13 or 14 I was diagnosed with a mitral valve prolapse which basically makes my heart beat a lot faster (my max was 225 or something, which is supposed to kill me), so I was never really able to run, however I should be able to jog if I go slow and pace myself I think.
Fortunately, I naturally walk very fast, almost like a power walk, so it’s not much slower than a jog. But I’ll need to jog more stretches of the trail if I hope to meet my 55:00 goal – that’s a given.
Other Weight Loss Activities
Right now I plan to do Westwood Lake once a week for the first 2-3 weeks until my feet and calves start to get used to it, at which point I hope to start going twice a week.
In addition to Westwood, I play badminton twice a week. There has recently been a bunch of new badminton groups start up in my city so I might attend a new one on Sunday to make it 3 times per week.
Everyday (almost), I also do 10 nose push-ups (where my nose touches the floor), 28 sit-ups, drink 3 glasses of water, eat 2 fruits/veggies, and walk for 5 minutes. They’re really weird numbers because I incrementally increase them every 2 weeks or so (an OCD thing).
What I don’t plan to do is go on a diet. I love food with a passion (which is partly what got me in this situation in the first place) and don’t want to give up my palette. I hope to achieve the 10 pound weight loss through added exercise rather than diet. However, if I start to near the challenge deadline and haven’t made much progress then I’ll be forced to.
I don’t know if all this will be enough to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks, so it will be interesting to see what happens.
Starting Weight: 206
Current Weight: 205
Goal Weight: 195
Days Left: 68