Fitness Journey – progress update

I’m just under three weeks into my Fitness Journey and so I thought now would be a good time to provide an update.  It’s been tough! I didn’t think it was going to be easy, but I’ve found some of it quite difficult.  Getting back into running has been easy enough.  I run on a Monday and Friday at the moment, each run 10km in distance.  I’ve introduced two home base gym weight sessions per week, Wednesdays and Saturdays.  This has left me a little achy, but I’m working through that.

Fitness Journey – food temptations

fitness journey sugar issues

Food has been my biggest “issue” so far.  As I mentioned in my first blog about my plans for my fitness journey, I wanted to cut back on sugar.  What I didn’t realise was how much of an impact this would have on what I eat each day and how much I eat each day.  This clearly suggests that I was eating too much sugar, so the decision to cut back was a good one.

I’m not a big consumer of caffeine so I’ve often relied on a sugar fix as a ‘pick me up’.  Since cutting back, I’ve been a little slow starting in the mornings.  Also, which could be a coincidence, I’ve not been sleeping as well either.  I tried to go as cold turkey as possible but I’ve had a couple of notable wobbles.  The first weekend after I started I decided to treat myself to a dessert after dinner.  I could have gone for something smaller, but no, of course, I dived into a huge bowl of everything sugary.  I pretty much instantly regretted that.

Later in the following week, I picked up a discount packet of cookies when shopping thinking that I had earned one after working hard that week.  I subsequently ate all four of them that evening.  Right now I’m unsure as to whether I should look to cut out cakes etc completely for the time being.  If I felt I had some better restraint I might not need to do that.

Positives

I’m doing well on the water side of things.  My goal was to ensure that I drank at least 1.5 litres of water per day and I think that I’ve achieved that on every day where practically possible. A lot of this comes off the back of my increased exercise, so this is a double win.  I’ve had a couple of days where I have had a beer or two (or three) but very infrequent over three weeks.  Other than water I’ve only really been drinking the occasional diet coke, often at dinner time.

Snacking

I’ve largely cut out snacks during the day.  I now focus on three main meals where possible.  This has left me a little hungry on occasions, which I have tried to quash by drinking more water.  I’m going to explore healthier snacks for the moments of weakness so that I don’t spend all day with a grumbling stomach.  I need to try and find something that I enjoy for breakfast, which will keep me feeling ‘full’ until lunch.

On days where I work out I’ve tended to have a large protein shake once I’m finished.  With a banana, some milk and a lot of ice, it does the job of filling my stomach.

Next steps on the fitness journey road

fitness journey gym setsMoving into week four, I want to increase the weight training.  I’ve been working on a set routine each session, I now feel I can increase the number of sets/reps I am doing.  At the moment, the workout is typically completed inside thirty minutes.  When I go for a run, I am out for around 53 minutes.  If increase the number of reps on existing sets, it should increase difficulty and as such the time taken.  For now, I am going to continue with 4 sessions per week, this is something I may look to increase in a few weeks time.

For my running, I plan to continue as I am for now.  My goal with the running is to get closer to completing 10 km in under 50 minutes.  I still have quite a bit to do on that front yet.  I’ve been largely running the same route in order to make it ‘fair’.  If I struggle to get closer to the 50-minute goal in the next month, I may switch the route.  Rather than working to what may be an unrealistic goal in the short term, I can move to something more in line with my fitness journey goals.

That’s all from me for now.  You can follow my fitness journey in real time on Strava, Twitter and Instagram.  I’ll report back in a few weeks time to let you know if the fitness journey is still going as I would hope.

If you’re also working on trying to build fitness, I’d love to hear in the comments about what you are doing and how it is working for you.

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