Thankfully, I had a lot going on this week to keep me focused.
First of all, I had my training. My goal for this week was to burn 3500 calories through exercise. I started the week out with an incredible 10.5 mile walk and finished it off by jogging on the treadmill! So, here's the deets:
- Monday: 1730 cals burned on a 10.5 mile walk at 3.5mph pace or better for the duration!
- Tuesday: 475 cals burned climbing 102 flights on the Stairmaster StepMill
- Wednesday: 525 cals burned climbing 122 flights on the Stiarmaster StepMill
- Thursday: 823 cals burned climbing 140-some flights on the Stairmaster StepMill followed by 15 minutes on the elliptical trainer
- Friday: I shoveled for about 45 minutes, but I didn't count the calories burned
- Saturday: 416 cals burned doing 40 minutes of light incline treadmill walking
- Sunday: 505 cals burned climbing the stairs of the Hancock Building and 554 cals burned incline walking and also jogging on the treadmill
Total: 5028 calories burned! Goal Exceeded!
I also exceeded my goal of doing two StepMill and one elliptical workouts.
It's a good thing I did well with those goals, because the scale was, indeed, a dbag this week. I lost a half a pound. I'm not going to dwell on it and I'm not going to complain. I am moving on. . .
I decided part way through the week that I was going to let go of my diet restrictions a little. I found that by Tuesday I had gained a pound over my Monday weigh-in, and by Thursday that hadn't changed. I KNOW I wasn't eating enough that I should be gaining weight, but I thought that my body might be rebelling against me. I decided to try eating a bit more to see if that would comfort my system and let it let go of the weight. In fact, I let everything go on Sunday night after my stair climb and my jog: I ate cupcakes from the Sprinkles bakery in downtown Chicago! Let me tell you, those cupcakes were amazing. I earned them, and I enjoyed the funk out of them!
Ok, so, let's do an update on the climb and then we'll update our goals for this week:
I know I said that I didn't set a time goal for the Hustle this time around. Battling RA and ILD and not being able to train as properly as I would have liked I just wanted to be able to raise some money and finish the climb. But, after doing my StepMill workouts I predicted that my time would be about 45 minutes and I made it my goal to finish in less than an hour. The real climb is always harder than the StepMill workouts are! I set my fundraising goal at $200, which is what was the default when I first registered.
My time for the actual climb was 45:27, exactly what I predicted. That time is nothing I would have bragged about a year ago, but I'm perfectly satisfied with it! My fundraising accomplishments are a bit more impressive. I only gave myself about a week to do my fundraising work and I far exceeded my original $200 goal. Thanks to the generous donations of my friends I was able to raise $620. I feel really good about that! Along the way I decided to offer my donors the chance to dedicate a floor of my climb to someone they have lost or to someone they love who is fighting lung (or another) disease. I made an iron-on for my climbing shirt with the dedications on the back. I had no idea how emotional that process would be. It really drove home for me why I do these events, and I plan to do those dedications for every climb and race I do from this point forward!
|My Sister, Brenda. We lost her to emphysema in August of 2011.|
|The view from the 94th floor is pretty spectacular!|
|I'm so proud of our team: JJC Honors Hustle! Liz and Ashley finished the climb in about 30 minutes, and Erik and John finished in 17 minutes and 16 minutes respectively! Oh yeah, and we raised $1435 for lung health!|
|You have no idea how happy I was to eat after we finished the climb! There wasn't a whole lot going on at the Expo this year, but I was thankful for the grub!|
During the week last week I formulated a progression of fitness goals, so that I can focus out beyond the current week. So, here they are followed by this weeks goals to help me get there:
- Goal 1: Climb the Hancock
- Goal 2: Jog a Mile on the Treadmill
- Goal 3: Run a 5k on the Treadmill
- Goal 4: Run a Sub 12-Minute Mile
- Goal 5: Run the JJC 5k for my Birthday in May
- Goal 6: Run a Sub 30-Minute 5k by the end of Summer
Well, I knew I was going to complete Goal 1 this weekend, but I thought it might be a few weeks before I moved onto Goal 2. Nope. I'm not sure what possessed me to go to the gym after we got home from the climb yesterday, but I felt like I had unfinished business. I planned to walk for a half hour or so but after walking the first half mile I felt inspired to pump the speed up to 4.5mph and jog for a quarter mile. . . which turned into a mile. I walked for another half mile to cool down and then felt inspired to try jogging another half mile which then turned into a second mile.
So, I'm 2/3 of the way to the 5k distance and so that's the next goal for me to knock out. Though, I do have to say that my feet are feeling it today. I know I need to watch it. I may need to ease up on the jogging this week until I can get my shoes sorted out and make sure that I have the support to run without injuring myself. It's exciting to feel like I'm on the cusp of being able to jog, though--I didn't think I'd be there until late spring!
So, I guess I'll make my goal for this week to be to burn 5000 calories again this week.
Beyond that I just want to keep eating well. Hopefully, the scale will begin to cooperate with me more!