Month One: Exercise Results
I really let myself indulge during the end of the year holidays last year (2017). I was at a healthy weight, happy with my appearance, and I felt like a deserved a little treat. I was very lenient and ended up overindulging. When January came round, I was up ten pounds.
With a new year came new resolutions and I resolved to lose that pesky ten and start exercising. But then, life… We moved, we started dealing with some medical issues, personal issues, and before I knew it, it was February and I wasn’t any closer to my goal.
On February 24th, I stopped making excuses and decided to START. I hadn’t worked out in over 10 years and the work out experience I did have, was the equivalent of high school gym class.
I’ve never been athletic. I’m not one of those people who enjoys sweating. My idea of a nice Sunday afternoon is eating and napping, not hiking or jogging.
But I want the results that exercise yields and I’d love to firm up my mommy tummy/cesection shelf. I decided to start with the Couch to 5k, an interval running program. I downloaded the 5kRunner app and started running.
My first day was a mess. I was a bit too ambitious and tried to run hills. You can read more about that here.
In the last four weeks, I’ve seen my endurance greatly improve. At first, I was only able to run for 45 seconds straight before I had to stop and walk. Now I can run for a full four minutes without stopping. For the last couple weeks, I’ve been interval running 2 miles every day, sometimes 3.1 miles (5k) if I have the time.
I am so proud of myself and now that I’m building endurance and gaining confidence in this area, I’ve begun adding a little bit of strength training in. This is a brand new development. I’ve only done it twice but I can tell already that it’s going to help so much with toning.
The BIG question that everyone keeps asking is, “Have you lost weight?”
No. I’ve been diligently working out 6 days a week for the last month and I gained two pounds. Which means I am still exactly 10 pounds up from my lowest weight.
My diet is great, minus a weekend where I pizza binged. My water intake is great. I’m not used to working so hard and not seeing results. After four weeks I grew frustrated and started scouring google.
And I found this, click here.
Basically it’s a very common, expected issue if you’re in a healthy weight range and you begin working out. What I’ve deduced from my reading is that when you begin exercising, you get little tears in your muscles. These tears then rebuild themselves with stronger fiber. During this process, your body stores more fuel for you to burn during your workouts and for every molecule of glucose (fuel) it stores, it requires three water molecules.
Even though you’re building muscle, you’re still burning fat and eventually, the body will release the excess water weight (can take up to two months) and you’ll begin seeing results.
Which is SUCH a relief!
Month One: Exercise Results
-Up 2 pounds.
-No inches lost (my thighs are actually larger)
-Clothes fit the same.
I’m trying not the let the scale effect me. I’m only weighing once a week and being diligent with my food and water tracking. I’m confident that my body will begin adjusting soon and I hope that I’ll have more to report next month! So far, I’m pretty stoked with my progress this month even though it wasn’t what I was expecting. Just being able to run, for the first time in my life, is success enough.