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Sprint to May Challenge update

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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.

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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!

    Rob

  2. Pingback: Buying a new mattress | foxyolive

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