At my Weight Watchers (WW) weigh-in on Friday I logged a 2.2 pound loss for the week! I’ve lost over 15 pounds in eight weeks! By adding regular exercise to my WW eating plan I really kicked my weight loss up a notch. I do most of my workouts on my trusty treadmill; it has built-in programs so I can vary my workouts (important since I get bored doing the same thing), and now, I try to ‘beat’ some of the times on the pre-programmed workouts.
The workout I’ve been focused on beating most recently is the 5K program, which is a 46 1/2 minute workout. Today I finished that 5K in 34.59 minutes. I burned 360 calories in the process, perhaps helping to process the pizza I ate last night! This is a huge 5K time improvement for me and one that I’m really happy about; you see, I signed up to run a 5K race with my husband Mike in two weeks. Mike is a very good and fast competitive runner; I am not. Oh, sure, I’ve run 5K races before (and even one half marathon a number of years ago), but I am not “competitive” in any sense. I don’t expect to be able to keep up with Mike during the race, but he’ll be waiting at the finish line, cheering me on as I drag butt across; that’s enough for me.
WW suggests that as you meet weight-loss milestones you reward yourself with non-food treats (like my new piercing of a few weeks ago). Since my running shoes are (gulp!) more than five years old I decided to reward myself (and my aching knees) with a new pair of running shoes; it seemed to me like losing 2.2 pounds was worth celebrating. Mike and I went to the Sneaker Factory in Millburn, NJ yesterday and the staff there fitted me with a perfect pair. They ain’t pretty looking, at least to me, but boy are they comfy. I think that one reason I was able to run faster on the treadmill today is at least part because my new New Balance shoes are so comfy, cushiony, and light-weight. Perhaps in a few days my knees will agree and stop hurting.