Beginning Goals and Week 1 Work Out Schedule

My posts are always so long! Sorry in advance, dear reader.

Okay, so here are my beginning goals. I’m not posting my stats (weight, measurements, etc) because it’s more about health and physical stamina for me. Would I like to lose weight? Freaking right, I would! But the downside of focusing on weight is that when the scale doesn’t move, it’s easier to get all aggravated and give in to temptation. I mean, who hasn’t had that moment when they step on the scale and say, “Not a single pound? Not one?!? I’m killing myself 7 days a week and NOT indulging in my Oreo fetish and I didn’t lose a single pound?! Screw this!” And that’s when bad things happen. Like McDonald’s. :: shudder ::

Where I’m at right now on my fitness. Well, I walk for 30 mintues 5 days a week at a 3.5 mph pace on a treadmill. Sometimes I jog for 5 to 7 minutes, but I’m still uncomfortable jogging for long periods of time because of how heavy I am. I haven’t wanted to overstress my joints. I’ve finally gotten to a weight where I feel comfortable with my body’s signals that say it can handle the added stress. Finally!

Alrighty, then.

Week 1 Fitness Goal is walk/jog for 30 minutes 6 days a week. By the end of this week, I want to be able to jog for 10 minutes at a 5 mph pace. The plan to get there? 

Day 1: Walk 5 min. @ 3.5 mph / Run 2 min. @ 5 mph / Repeat for 30 min.

Day 2: Walk 4 min. @ 3.5 mph / Run 3 min. @ 5 mph / Repeat for 30 min.

Day 3: Walk 3 min. @ 3.5 mph / Run 4 min. @ 5 mph / Repeat for 30 min.

Day 4: Walk 2 min. @ 3.5 mph / Run 5 min. @ 5 mph / Repeat for 30 min.

Day 5: Walk 2 min. @ 3.5 mph / Run 5 min. @ 5 mph / Repeat for 30 min.

Day 6: Attempt Goal- Walk 3 min. @ 3.5 mph / Run 10 min. @ 5 mph / Repeat for 30 min.

Day 7: REST!

Week 1 Nutrition Goal is to eat 1500 calories of a wide variety of fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes and rice. And drink MORE WATER. I’m a vegan, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into the healthiest or most balanced of diets. However, being vegan does give me an advantage in some areas. Most of my food is nutritionally dense and low calorie/low fat to begin with. I just need to tweak it a bit and make sure I’m getting enough variety so I’m not deficient in any vitamins or minerals. The water goal? I can’t ever drink enough water during the school year. We’re on block schedule, which means I’m trapped in a classroom with 30 high school kids for 90 minutes at a time with only a 6 minute transition between classes. You think I can duck out to go to the bathroom because I just finished my 5th bottle of water? Yeah, right. So for 9 months out of the year, I’m chronically dehydrated. So, time to tank up like the proverbial camel in the desert. Summer is fast approaching, and I can indulge my love of water! 

I hope this inspires you to begin your own fitness journey, or continue strong on the one you’ve started, dear reader. Thanks for visiting.