I'm stuck on week 4 of the couch to 5k program. I can gut my way through it, but BARELY - and until I can get through it still able to at least pretend I could talk if I had to there is no way I'm moving on to an even longer run segment. I'll be repeating week 4 another couple of weeks probably. Again - I'm good with that. I'd have NEVER thought I'd be able to jog 5 minutes without walking.. let alone twice, along with two 3-min jog segments. I went back and did the week 1 routine once and was SHOCKED at how easy it was. I remember not being able to get through week 1 without skipping some of the jog segments! I hope one day week 4 will seem easy.
I splurged and purchased the BodyMedia Fit device you wear on your arm to track your calories burned and I really like it. I've been wearing it for a couple of weeks now and it has helped motivate me to do the little things like park further away so I get more steps in, and to run up and down the steps to the basement a couple of extra times a day. Small changes for more activity. I justified the purchase (on sale from Costco) because I'm only planning to lose another 8 pounds before I start the "transition" plan from Medifast - where I start slowly moving away from their meals and back to "real" food for most of my intake. I want to know how many calories I"m burning, so I can make wise choices and find the right range so I can maintain my losses. I figure I can start transition in about a month, more or less. I'm excited! The first week of transition changes has you adding back in an additional cup of vegetables.. ANY vegetables! I can't tell you how much I've missed the higher carb veggies.. corn, artichokes, sugar snap peas, sweet potato, etc.. Yum!
For now though, I"ll stick with my green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, salad greens, cucumbers, etc.. They are tasty too :-)
BTW - losing that additional weight will still leave my BMI at around 27.5 - in the middle of the overweight range. I may come back and drop more after I see how I feel at that weight for a while. I want to put myself at a place that I can maintain without struggle, and I don't want to leap past that point without realizing it.
How is everyone else doing?