10K Training Update
This is Week 5 of my 10K training plan, which has me running a little over 5K. While it’s definitely getting easier, it still seems like such a stretch to double this distance in just 4 weeks, when I’m supposed to hit the 10K mark. But I’m just sticking to the program and keeping faith!
My training plan has me running 3 days per week and lately I’ve been doing most of my running on the treadmill due to the cold, snow and ice. Even with the distraction of the TV, time seems to go so much more slowly than when I get to run outside. But I do still love having my treadmill in our home gym, so that I can get those runs in. A good pair of ice cleats for running would be amazing for getting back outside for my training runs.
Other than running I haven’t been doing much exercise except for the occasional trip to the wall climbing gym and a little snowboarding. I still have a gift card for classes at a local gym, so I’m going to aim to make it out to a pilates or yoga class just once per week. I know I haven’t been stretching enough at all, so it’ll be good to change things up a little.
Weight Loss Update
As I mentioned, I’ve started using MyFitnessPal.com to log my food and exercise. I’ve been using it for just over a month, and it seems to be working really well for me! I have it set to lose only 1 pound per week, so I’ve hard to make only really small and totally do-able changes to my diet.
I’ve lost a little over 5 pounds, which is right in line with the program. Using MyFitnessPal.com has been helping me be just a little more conscious in my food choices without feeling deprived. The smallest changes make the biggest differences. Eating my beef ragu over salad instead of pasta saves me whack load of calories and leaves room for an evening snack.
Even though it can be a little frustrating to take things sooo slowly, it’s the different between losing weight steadily and sustainably versus crash dieting my way to nowhere. It’s early days yet, but I do feel proud of myself for sticking to my running and diet goals.
For an easy snack that helps me stick to my goals, I’m loving these no-bake protein balls. These ones are based on this recipe from OhSheGlows.com. I skipped the rice crisp cereal and protein powder and used extra oat flour and toasted amaranth for crunch. I eat them straight out of the freezer and they’re so delicious!