Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's Been Awhile

My goodness, the summer has flown by! I have been so busy enjoying the pool with my daughter after work that I have not made the time to post on a regular basis. I guess that is the point of trying to get healthy and lose the weight... to go out and live my life, which I have been doing.

I have been averaging three runs a week, but have decreased my weekly mileage to less than 10 miles a week. Instead, I have tacked on 30 minutes on the elliptical and then 10 minutes on the weight machines to each workout. So, even though my overall mileage has decreased, I am working out longer and burning more calories with each workout. This is in line with my weight loss goals and, once I hit my goal weight and figure out how to maintain it, I will focus on increasing my mileage.

The good news is that my normal mile is now in the 11 minute zone. That's a big movement for me! So I have improved my speed during this time of decreased mileage, and thus I get in more mileage in a shorter time period.

Additionally, I took my first Zumba class last weekend (thanks, Jolene!) and loved it! I plan to make this a regular Saturday morning activity as it is a good break from the gym that actually blasts the calories in a hour-long class.

I have also reinstated my stair climbing at lunch, and now am up to 13 floors of stairs down and then back up in about 8 minutes. It is something, and it is a good mid-day break to detach my bottom from my office chair!

In other news, I broke my 1 1/2 month plateau, but the scale is still declining very slowly. I have about 28 pounds left to goal, so this may be a trend that I need to get used to from this point on... although I hope not!

Now that my "catch up" post is done, I will try to be more regular in posting so that don't have to do one again!


Delane said...

My pace usually increases when my mileage drops. Of course right now my miles is oh 4 miles a week *sigh*

Congrats on breaking the plateau!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Yay on the plateau break!