Sherry A. Phillips

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I’m still running …. And losing!

I haven’t given an update on my weight loss journey and running life for a while, so I thought I’d share my progress today.

I have set four goals for myself: the weight I was at 41, the weight I was prior to getting pregnant with my third child, the weight I was prior to getting pregnant with my second child and the weight I was prior to getting pregnant with my first child. My final goal weight is 105 pounds. I know that sounds like a low weight, but I’m barely 5’2 (and that’s when I’m stretching myself) and at one point during college I weighed 94 pounds (not dieting, just taking dance classes and walking all over campus). Weighing 105 is a healthy weight for me.

So, as of last Sunday, I have reached my first weight loss goal and am 12 pounds away from my second weight loss goal.

This weight loss thing is slow progress, but it is progress. Instead of getting discouraged when I have a week with no weight loss, I review what I did that week and adjust what I’m doing the next week.

In other words, I don’t quit. I just adjust and keep moving forward.

As for my running, I introduced sprints into my “training” this week, though after reading about doing sprints, I don’t think I was doing it right.

On Tuesday, I lengthened the distance I was running by about 2 miles and instead of a slow-paced jog, I would sprint as fast as I could for 60 seconds, then walk for 60 seconds. It took me about an hour to do the course I set for myself.

What I found out after the fact is that I should only be sprinting for 30 seconds and walking about 2 to 3 minutes between sprints to recover. No wonder I was sweating so much!

Seriously, I was about 2/3 of the way through my sprint running on Tuesday and started noticing the walkers I passed had on jackets and one even had a hat on. I was in a short sleeve shirt and running pants and thought, “How on earth can these people stand to have a jacket on when I’m sweating like this?” Then I noticed that as I was breathing out during a particularly fast sprint, I could see my breath. In other words, it was cold enough my breath was clearly visible when I was exhaling.

Yesterday I did a rest day and just walked the 5 mile route because my knee was bothering me and I didn’t want to injure myself.

I’m going to sprint run again today and do a slow jog tomorrow.

I told my husband in my perfect world, I would be able to run 5 – 6 days a week and do Bikram yoga 4 to 5 days a week as well.

Meanwhile, I’m working on my writing projects, taking care of the kids and trying not to lose my mind!

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