I’ve been working out with regularity since I last wrote, though my long runs have dwindled a little and they haven’t really been growing in length, which needs to improve.
I’ve looked for ways to throw some cross-training into the mix, especially core exercises. I picked up a couple of junk tractor tires from local tire dealers and I’ve been flipping them and hitting them with a sledge hammer in the backyard for the past couple weeks. It’s early yet, but the tire workouts are very strenuous and aerobic and I can already feel new strength and endurance on my long runs as a result of the core training. I also bought a chin-up bar with ab straps and a balance (Swiss) ball that I’m using a little bit, but the tire workouts and running have been taking precedence.
I’m not sure whether I’ve lost any weight as a result of all this work, but I know that my shape is changing because I’ve had to order uniform pants in a smaller waist. I feel like I’m still eating too much — not necessarily every day, but enough of the time that it’s slowing my weight loss.
- Still working hard
- Learning new activities and trying new things
- Benefits of cross-training are already obvious
Opportunities for improvement:
- Cut back on total calories
- Drink more water and milk
- Watch portion sizes and mindless eating
- Enter a race to maintain motivation
- Need to get more goal-oriented (timed workout circuits, tracking progress, etc.)