Change in weight (8/25/20 – 8/31/20): -0.2 LBS
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This week was basically a wash on weight change… but that is okay! I feel like I had an incredible week with so much progress. I will be focussing on activity because the strength of my week was my own strength.
I did 4 rides this week and a run (and many walks intermingled). I wanted to prove to myself that my mind is getting stronger. I also wanted to see how much stronger my body is getting. I wanted to remind myself of the power of my determination. I did and I am.
I did a run for the first time in about 10 days. The frequency of these has slowed down because, despite my weight loss, the impact as I run farther and faster is becoming more noticeable on my right ankle, which is for some reason gets easily angered. I do not want to push it and hurt myself. With that said, I had the best run I have had this year. I crushed my intervals and I successfully pushed through a mental block that caused me to really want to stop halfway through. I found myself muttering “You got this, Ben” and I did. That is the mental strength and grit that I am trying to grow. I felt like a million bucks after the run and texted my wife immediately to share my feelings.
I also started doing more long rides this week. I did 3 – 60 minute rides and 1 – 45 minute ride. I have started doing this because I can own a 20 minute HIIT or a 30 minute ride, but I want to see some true personal progress on my endurance and stamina. It takes a different type of strength to maintain an output for these longer times. I want to break through these mental barriers and see more of my potential! And also train my butt to handle that long on a bike. Ha.
Even though my workouts can push me, I can burn a ton of calories, and I can PR, they still may not be pushing me out of my comfort zone. And extending beyond my comfort zone is where I can find real growth. I felt like I found that growth this week and it felt amazing.
I plan to continue working on longer rides. One of my favorite instructors leads numerous 60 minute climb rides. I would like to make those a central part of my fitness routine.
Finding those things that make you feel accomplished are so important. I could be upset that I didn’t lose 1-3 pounds this week. But I am not because I know that I am still moving forward. You cannot stay the same when you are moving forward.
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How did I do on last weeks action plan?:
- 5 Cardio workouts. 1 45 min ride, 1 HIIT Ride, 1 Low Impact ride, 1 run. Attained
- 2 Strength Sessions (Tues/Sat) Not attained
- Plan out my meals, stick to them, and portion snacks. Attained.
- 2 additional outdoor activities. This can include walks with my daughter, disc golfing, skiing, etc. Attained
- 3 dedicated stretch sessions. 2 10-min lower body and 1 10 min full body (Mon/Wed/Fri). Attained
- 20-30 minute midday walk on work days. Attained
- Track every bite. Attained
- Drink 10 glasses of water per day. Attained
- Find some quiet time to calm my thoughts and mind. 2 5-10 minute sessions. Not Attained
- 5 Cardio workouts. 1 45 min ride, 1 HIIT Ride, 1 Low Impact ride, 1 misc ride, 1 run.
- 2 Strength Sessions (Tues/Sat)
- Plan out my meals, stick to them, and portion snacks
- 2 additional outdoor activities. This can include walks with my daughter, disc golfing, skiing, etc
- 3 dedicated stretch sessions. 2 10-min lower body and 1 10 min full body (Mon/Wed/Fri)
- 20-30 minute midday walk on work days
- Track every bite
- Drink 10 glasses of water per day
- Find some quiet time to calm my thoughts and mind. 2 5-10 minute sessions
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* I first weighed myself on a Sunday night and began the regular weigh-ins the following morning
3 thoughts on “endurance, stamina, and weekly reflections: 8/25 – 8/31”
Amazing plan and great job!
Thank you so much!. I appreciate it. 🙂
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