Well here we go.
I didn't do any "pre" workouts in the weeks leading up to yesterday, I decided to see if I could go completely from couch potato to running a 6K in 8 weeks. Maybe a bad idea but it will give me a good idea of what I can accomplish in 8 weeks. (Or just how goofy I am for not ramping up).
Monday I started the running program that Jenny recommended. I woke up at 5:00 and headed for the YMCA. I've determined with 4 kids and a busy job, if I don't do this first thing it might not get done. To my surprise there were lots of other people at the Y at 5:00 in the morning, who would have guessed. I forgot my head phones so I put the little TV on the treadmill on subtitles and set the clock for 30 minutes. I wanted to run for 20 minutes but knew I couldn't do that straight so I walked for 3 minutes and then ran for 5 minutes then walked for 3 minutes then ran again. When I got finished I had run for 20 minutes total and walked for the other 10. I covered right at 2 miles.
It's still cold in Tennessee so when the weather gets nicer I've found a couple of running trails through some neighborhoods close to my house, so I can start getting out more and breathing the fresh air. I wonder if there is a way to watch TV like you do on the treadmill and still run outside? This would be a good invention to work on.
I also bought some aerobic dvds for days I wake up late and can't make it to the gym or if it is raining outside. Figured a good back up plan will keep me from skipping.
Today was my first cross training day. I'm trying the Body for Life system for the cross training and the diet. Wouldn't you know on the first day of cross training I woke up late. Luckily I had a back plan for this also. I had bought two resistance bands a while back. One is long and you can attach it to a door and do all kinds of shoulder exercises, curls, presses, and flies. The other band goes around your ankles and allows you hip flexor, leg curls, and extensions. I did 10 exercises and it lasted for about 30 minutes. Not the hardest workout, but a good first step. I'm sore in several of my muscle groups right now.
Food wise I'm trying to eat 6 small meals a day containing a healthy protein, a "good" carbohydrate and some veggies thrown in on a couple of the meals. After a day and a half, I'm doing okay but I know the test will come this weekend.
I'll be running again tomorrow at 5 am. I'll try 7 minutes running and 2 minutes of walking and see how I do.
I started at 253 lbs Monday morning and I'll blog on what my weight is next Monday.