Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekly Goals Check In

The first time I posted my weekly goals I got ambitious with it, but last week I only had three goals.

1) Stick to week 1 of Hal Higdon's 10k training plan
2) Try a new recipe
3) Lose at least one pound

I got through all the workouts  in week 1 of the training plan with the exception of a strength workout that I will always wish I had done.  You can check out my Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,  Saturday, and Sunday workouts by clicking the links.  Considering it was only my first week of 10k training I am going to call this a win.

My second goal was to try a new recipe. I accomplished this one on Friday when I made the spicy shrimp and polenta medallions recipe from A Black Girl's Guide to Weightloss.  You can see a picture/find a link to the recipe here

My last goal was to lose 1 pound.  I lost 0.8 pounds at my weigh in this week, so I didn't quite make it. It's okay though. Week 1 of the training plan had me running 7.5 miles for the week when I had been running around 9. I also had to replace my usual elliptical sessions, which typically burn at least 500 calories in one hour, with strength training and rest. I burned fewer calories this week than I had been burning so a smaller weightloss was to be expected.  I think it will be worth it in the long run, though because if I can build my way up to running more and faster miles, I will burn more calories in the future. Sometimes you have to take short term losses to gain long term wins.

I also didn't eat particularly well last week so this week I am aiming to do better. I have been craving seafood lately so I bought a bunch of frozen wild salmon fillets, shrimp, and frozen chicken breast with crockpot liners and zip n steam bags to make for easier cooking.  I have also been making big batches of brown rice and freezing it in individual servings so that all I have to do is warm it up.  In the interest of full disclosure, i also made a batch of black bean brownies that may or may not get in the way of my weight loss this week, but i have been counting the calories for them and since my recipe only used 3 infredients (one box of brownie mix, one can of black beans, and one serving of egg whites) I am hoping the brownies won't derail me too badly. I thought it would be better to make a healthier treat at home this week than buying cookies or something with absolutely no redeeming value. At least this way I will be getting several servings of black beans!

Here are my weekly goals for the week.

1) Complete week 2 of Hal Higdon's 10k training plan.

The training plan for week 2 is:

Monday--Stretch and strength (30 day shred and jillian michael's yoga meltdown)
Tuesday--2.5 mile run (may aim for 3)
Wednesday--30 minute cross (aiming for 1 hour)
Thursday--2 mile run + strength
Saturday--40 minute cross (1 hour)
Sunday--3.5 mile run

2) Eat at least 5 clean(er) meals.

3) Lose weight.  No number this week.  I just want the scale to move in the right direction.

I will check in next week with an update on how I did.

Operation Skinny Jeans

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