Running Away From My Problems.

May 9th has come and gone, so I thought I’d post a quick update on my progress.

First the bad news: I didn’t reach my weight loss goal- I’m currently at 244. Fun fact: 244 moves me from “obese” to “overweight” on the BMI!

Now the good news: The changes I have made in my life are sustainable. Even “cheating” a little here and there still nets me gradual weight loss. Plus, I can always comfort myself with the “I must have gained some muscle” excuse 🙂 Bottom line: I’m happy with my progress.

Overall I feel really good. I rarely ache or feel fatigued during the day anymore. I also feel like my mental clarity and my moods have improved. Exercise seems to have a balancing effect on the body. I wish I would have realized this sooner.

My next goal is to add significantly more weight training to my regime (build muscles to burn fat, right?). I’m also going to focus more on my nutrition (yes, actual health) in the coming months.

I’ve achieved a couple of fun milestones in the past few weeks. I jogged my first half marathon (treadmill, average speed 5.1mph). I also -easily-ran my first sub 8 minute mile (7 mins, 50 seconds). I’m going to shoot for a sub 7 minute mile in the near future.

I wish I had never given up last year. Who knows where I could be right now? But this time I’m going to stick with it.

Anyway- enough about excercise for now. In a few months I’ll provide another update. Wish me luck.

Posted May 10th, 2011 by Cam

4 thoughts on “Running Away From My Problems.

  1. How do you think I stay out of the looney house? Duh, exercise helps balance and improve mood. I could have told you that. 🙂
    Way to go and keep it up!

  2. Yeah, but there’s a big difference between you telling me and me realizing it 😉 It’s hard to internalize ideas- I’ve had to pursue this for months before I realized it (I didn’t even “get it” last time). Anyway, I’ll keep it up alright- I feel great!

  3. BTW, I don’t know how you can run a half marathon on a treadmill. I would be bored out of my mind. I like scenery.

    Also BTW, the Lehi Roundup 10k is at the end of June. We are running it.

  4. Running long distances on a treadmill can get very boring (the longest I’ve on a treadmill was a 25K). I have a TV on the wall and I stream old episodes of The Biggest Looser via my Roku. I keep the lights off and I also run an industrial fan which helps make it feel like I’m moving a little bit (serious). The Lehi Roundup 10K would be a good one to run- I’ll look into it.

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