Here was my list of goals- With brief updates
Bench Press 95lbs (Earlier this week I did 85lbs for reps)
I'm still hanging out at 85lbs. I bench press without a spotter. I could probably go heavier but that is super dangerous without a spotter. I'm going to the gym to lift only about twice a week, However, I am doing a lot more core strength work at home at night and on the weekends. It sounds silly but, I've been teaching myself to stand on my head. It really is a great core workout.
Hanging Chin ups. (I used to be able to do 3-4, but now even one is a struggle)
I can now do two reverse grip hanging chin ups. YAY!! In the gym, I have been focusing on lat pull downs with various grips (wide, close, overhand, underhand, etc.)
Increase groin and hip flexibility
At night when I watch TV (if I'm not studying), I will do planks, and stretch my hips, hamstrings, and groin. Plus, I will do donkey kicks and glute bridges
Increase calf strength
I have been wearing shoes with a slight heel. I bought a pair of ankle booties, and they have changed my life. lol.
I wear them a couple of times a week, and I forgot how much I enjoy wearing a shoe with a heel. I feel a little sassy, and I like the clicking sound they make when I walk. They make me two and a half inches taller, and I swear my posture has improved. And my feet and calves are getting stronger too.
This will make the chin up goal easier to attain.
I think I may have been lying to myself about how much holiday weight I gained. My starting weight on Jan 2 was 134lbs. (Damn, I'm only 5 feet tall, so that's a lot for me)... But, after that hard dose of reality. I buckled down and have lost 5lbs my current weight 129lbs. I still have another 5-7 to go. But, slow and steady wins the race. Earlier this month I was wearing my Garmin as an activity tracker to count my steps. But, then my watch was acting haywire when I would use it for running. Since the Garmin is my running watch, and I need it for running. I have since stopped using it to count my steps.
Clean up my diet. Instead of trying to lose weight fast, I'm going to shoot for 1/2 a pound to a pound a week.
Currently, I am using an app to track all of my calories and exercise activities. The app is called Loseit. I have given up most junk food, and I'm eating a lot more vegetables. The first week I lost two pounds and since then it's more like half of a pound a week.
Things are moving in the right direction, and I feel so much more positive than I did in December. In the next post, I will update you on the running side of things.
Thanks for reading.