Journey to the best health of my life (yes, the journey includes olives)

Sprint to May Challenge update


Sprint To May Challenge

Sprint To May Challenge

The STMC ended on May 1.  I have been meaning to provide you all with an update and thought I better get to it before May is over!  You will find the orignal post here, and below I’ve copied my goals and provided an update on how I did.  If you also took part in the STMC then please link to your update posts in the comments section, or simply update me.  I would love to hear how you all did!

  • Consistency at the gym (4 times per week: 3 weight sessions, 1 spin class)

I managed to get consistency at the gym (with a couple of bumps in the middle).  I’ve been going 3 times a week at least.  Unfortunately, with my change of job I’ve not been able to make it to my spinning class recently.  I really miss it and need to figure out a spin class time that I can attend.  My new job means I walk an extra 30 minutes a day which adds to my activities.

  • Clean eating – following Paleo guidelines

This has been going suprisingly well.  I’ve been keeping a food diary and have had 14 meals that did not meet the guidelines I set for myself.  Not suprisingly, at least 50% of those meals were when I was going through a slump.

  • Start to practice yoga again to lower my stress levels (work my way up to at least 10 minutes a day)

I’m doing 20 minutes a day and it feels great!  I’m not doing anything too strenuous, but I feel like my body is responding well.  I generally feel more relaxed, and less ‘tight’ all over.

  • Leg press: 585lbs – set of 8 (currently leg press 495lbs – set of 12)

I managed to beat my goal in the middle of the STMC.  I’m able to do a set of 12 at 585lbs!

  • Push-ups: 20 full push-ups in one go (currently at 6)

I didn’t make 20, but I’m at my all time high of 12.

  • Bench press: A set of 5 at 95lbs (currently can do a set of 12 at 75lbs)

I haven’t tried 95lbs yet, but I know I’m able to do a set of 12 at 90lbs.  Next step will take me to 95lbs so I haven’t got far to go!

  • Lose 20lbs from my “weight start date”

I try not to focus on numbers on the scale to much because this is what brings me down and makes me feel really disheartened.  While doing the STMC I have clearly got stronger.  However, my weight is still in the range of my starting weight.  I start to lose motivation when I start to think about this.  So, I’m not going to think about it.    I will switch my focus from number on the scale to inches on my body.  I hope I will see movement there!  I’m also going to continue to focus on staying active.

On a side note I got a back injury about 5 weeks ago.  I’m still nursing it better.  For anyone that has had a back injury I know you feel my pain!  It was so bad that 5 minutes of gentle walking made my body shake from the pain.  If nothing else it gave me a very strong reminder how important it is that I aim to keep my body in top shape, for as long as possible.  I want to be healthy so I can continue to keep doing all of the things I enjoy  – and, in a nutshell, have a better quality of life.

Just because the STMC has ended, my personal challenge has not.  It will never ended.  I will keep pushing to be the best version of myself for as long as I’m breathing.


Author: Foxy-O

I’m a 30-something female who’s striving to be the healthiest woman I can be through diet and exercise. In early 2013 I was introduced to the world of Paleo. I completed Whole30 and had fantastic results. I had finally found something that worked for me! My blog is a jumble of my thoughts as I take the journey through my life. Somewhere for me to unleash my views, my challenges, my failures and my successes (hopefully!).

3 thoughts on “Sprint to May Challenge update

  1. Great resolve, Foxy. Never give in. I hope that your back settles down soon, I know how tough it can be to work out with back issues.

    Have a great weekend!


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