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.