Oh, April. You have been one interesting month! My April goals were going fantastically as of the second week (Week 12). I was down from the 160s to 156.4 lbs. On April 13, I was involved in a car accident (someone hit me in a parking lot) and a neck sprain caused me to not only be exhausted and soar, but limit my ability to work out. Although the doctor encouraged I got back to exercising ASAP, it took me a good week or so to start feeling myself again. I also had to a lot of car shopping to do and traveling since my car was totaled which affected my schedule.
ANYWAY, with that said, I’ve tried to get back on the horse and finish April out strong. The week after my accident, April 14-20, I ran a few days, but skipped yoga due to headaches and inability to move my neck. I completed a 5K on April 20 through the Fort Worth Zoo, but I only ran about 2 miles of it at a slow pace and then walked to enjoy the animals at the zoo, like the beautiful elephants! I finished in less than 40 minutes.
I rode my bike to the race since it was only about 3.5 miles from my home, which started a new fitness trend for me. I have a hybrid bike that’s not too heavy and Fort Worth is filled with awesome trails, so I decided to start riding my bike at least 10 miles once a week. This past Sunday, April 28, I rode a fantastic trail for 14 miles and it was absolutely beautiful in the warm weather. I’m back to yoga (two classes last week and hopefully three classes this week) and running with Nike+ tracking. My weight has plateaued for two weeks at 155.2, but I’m determined to keep going.
I’m really determined to get back in the 140s weight-wise, so I want to really work hard in May and lose 6lbs. My solution: begin training for that half marathon I keep talking about. I’m still researching a good plan for me, I’m thinking something that’s about 12 weeks from Fitness Magazine. Then I’ll sign up for something in Sept/Oct and push myself to do it!
Finally, I’ve added a new goal to my list. I want to do a sprint distance triathlon (1/2 mile swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run). My only real weakness is swimming. So alongside training for a half, I will start swimming lessons. Ideally, I would do a triathlon next April, but maybe sooner. I want to do something local when it’s warm out, so I think that might be the best time to allow for good training. Once I get a swim program nailed down, I’ll try to swim once a week. Can’t wait to start using my gym’s indoor lap pool!
So here’s to surviving car accidents and getting back to accomplishing my goals! Let’s do this, May!