Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Quest For My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

Thought I would share some strategies I've found myself using when trying to actually stay on the elliptical for a certain length of time. Maybe they can help someone.
  • If you can, watch TV - I prefer shows like Jeopardy, Survivor, The Amazing Race because they have a set format and watching the TV is more fun than looking at a clock. The fast pace also helps. I Tried House - it was not as good for workouts.
  • Don't Look At The Time All The Time - A watched pot never boils, and a watched clock on an elliptical never moves fast enough. Only use it if you can use it as a mini goal (see next tip). I have to cover up the time when I work out at home or it drives me crazy.
  • Set Mini Goals - when it gets tough, take a look at where you are for distance, calories, time, total strides and try to use them against each other (this is easier when you have a display that will only show one at a time). For example, if you see your distance at .56 of a mile, try to watch it until it gets to .60. Then switch to looking at calories. If Calories says 106, watch it until it hits 125. Same thing with Time (I like to pick intervals of 5 minutes). With strides I'll just pic a random landmark number (1500, 2500 etc). This works really well for me. And usually once you finish one mini goals, one of the other measurments is perfectly set for setting a new minute goal.
  • Strategically Plan Your Playlist - (assuming you listen to music while running). My workout play lists have songs on them that are paced just a little faster than how I would normally be comfortable. Also, there are a couple of songs that I include that get me moving no matter what (highly recommend Black Eyed Peas "Pump It"). Play these songs when you need to go just a bit farther and don't think you can.

191 lbs - that's another 2! (I haven't lost much during all of this but I'm being told my pants are now loose and belt needs another hole).

What I did right this week: When working out at home I took some time to do some free weights for toning in my arms a couple of times. I'm starting to get interested in other stuff I can do in addition to running.

What I want to improve on next week: I need another goal. I'm going to be through with my 80 miles ahead of schedule! I think I have one, but I'm saving that for another post.

The Tickers: