Time flies, and it has now been 46 days since I started my Blogging Weight Loss Challenge: Cruz vs Volk. That’s 46 days down with only 24 days left – just over 3 weeks!
My rival in this competition, Jonathan Volk, appeared to have a good week last week, having lost a total of 5 pounds. We are now pretty much neck and neck. We also know that we really need to start kicking things up a notch since the competition is quickly coming to a close.
By the time I make my next update post on this challenge there will likely only be about 2.5 weeks left so now is the time to make sure I don’t start to falter.
I will admit that this week I started missing my fast food again. The only fast food I’ve eaten since the challenge began has been Subway which is actually pretty healthy, and takeout from a Vietnamese restaurant here which is also pretty healthy as well. I did have moussaka at a restaurant on Mother’s Day but that’s not too unhealthy and I did have it with a Greek salad and water.
Another Personal Record!
I have now completed my 15th “run” around Westwood Lake. That works out to a total of 108 KM (or 67 miles). That’s over 2.5 marathons!
Two runs before last, I finished with a new personal record of 58:48, beating my previous record by 9 seconds. I’m still really slow and am just briskly walking the vast majority of it, but at least I’m improving.
Instead of jogging, I started doing more of a run. Since it’s usually my feet that give out before my cardio, I thought it made more sense since I’d get more distance in, and it seems to have helped.
Two runs ago, I did a total of 10KM (6.2 miles) for the first time. I tried for my best time during the first 6KM and then just walked at a normal pace for the remaining 4. My God, those final 4 KM were boring! It was absolutely beautiful out though and for the remaining 4KM I grabbed my sunglasses out of my car which mellowed things out for me.
I never wore them before because I thought it’d be too dark during most of the trail, but it wasn’t too bad. I also listened to my Buddhist tranquility monk music on the final 4KM which was very peaceful, but the walk is still boring. I tend to get bored easily out in nature. I think it’s also from the fact that I’ve done the circuit 14 times now so it’s beginning to get quite old.
What I’m considering doing for my future runs on the final 4KM walking period is downloading some audio books as then I’d have something interesting to listen to. The only thing with that is that it’s a pain – I have to search for stuff to download and transfer it over whenever I want to go around the lake…
Anyhow, I was proud that I did the 10KM. Granted, I walked for nearly all of it, but it was a very fast pace. If I doubled that distance, that’s actually a half-marathon!
Westwood Lake Time
|My 2007 Best Time||1:00:34||6 KM||My previous record…|
|April 8, 2009||1:06:00||6 KM||Feet and calves absolutely painful|
|April 12, 2009||1:05:33||6 KM||Feet, shins, and calves still absolutely painful|
|April 15, 2009||59:45||6 KM||Jogged a couple extra stretches|
|April 20, 2009||1:00:45||6 KM||Off my record by a minute Shins killed me|
|April 22, 2009||1:02:30||6 KM||Shins and calves still very painful|
|April 24, 2009||1:01:45||6 KM||Came close to record but couldn’t push near the end|
|April 26, 2009||1:03:30||6 KM||Had a very bad first 2-3 KM|
|April 29, 2009||59:35||6 KM||Had a fantastic first 2KM|
|May 4, 2009||59:07||6 KM||Had great first 3KM with lots of jogging|
|May 7, 2009||1:01:27||6 KM||Lots of pain in the feet and shins, very bad first half|
|May 9, 2009||1:01:38||6 KM||Tried hard as usual but just couldn’t set record|
|May 12, 2009||1:03:15||8 KM||Had severe ankle pain. Extremely frustrating|
|May 17, 2009||58:57||8 KM||First time trying new shoes|
|May 20, 2009||58:48||6 KM||New Record! Did several sprint stretches near end|
|May 21, 2009||59:34||10 KM||First time doing 10 KM|
|May 24, 2009||59:15||10 KM||Sprinted hard the final stretch but no new record|
(Note: Times are for first 6KM only)
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|
|May 3, 2009||201||4||46|
|May 8, 2009||200||5||41|
|May 18, 2009||200||5||30|
|May 24, 2009||198||7||24|
I finally got back into the 100’s! It took me 2 weeks to get back under 200 which makes me a bit apprehensive since there is only just over 3 weeks left of the challenge.
I think if I can keep pushing myself to do Westwood though that I can make it. 7 pounds down, 3 more to go!