Iskaral Pust

Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

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Whelp, it's been one year to the day since I changed up my diet and started exercising regularly, and in total I've lost 84 pounds since the beginning of last September. I like to think it's because of my newfound discipline and commitment to health, but my morning routine of violently vomiting every time I check the news and read the latest Trump quotes might also have something to do with it.

I don't post in this thread much, but I figured I might as well share. Still got another 50 pounds or so to go before I'm where I want to be, but overall I'm pretty pleased with my progress.

Though, I'm also a bit frustrated as I've had a series of health issues crop up over the last few months, one right after the other, that have kept me out of the gym, and, I can't help but feel, prevented me from reaching my initial goal of 100 pounds in a year. The worst and most recent is this agonizing pain in my feet any time I wear shoes for more than an hour or so at a time. Or walk. Or sit. Worse than my gym routine, this is actually starting to affect my work as well, but that's a gripe for another thread...

Edited by Let's Get Kraken

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You mean any shoes? Or any walk? That does seem troubling. What the doctors say?

I'm at the moment after the first week of four weeks training program for the fast 5k race. On September 24th I hope to break my 5k PB before I start to prepare for the half-marathon I am going to close this season with in October or November. The first week was tough and not entirely satysfying, as I wasn't able to acomplish all the goals. On one of the first trainings we had a one mile run as a kind of test. I've made it in 6:35 (4:06 pace), which was ok. But on the next training we were supposed to run 10k with the pace from  one mile test plus 45 seconds. And I failed miserably. I was supposed to make it in the pace of about 4:50 per km, and instead I barely managed to go under 5:20. Not so sure anymore if I'm going to break this PB after all.

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Congratulations Kraken on incredible progress.  Sorry about your foot pain though.  Is that plantar fasciitis?

I'm really feeling the effects of months of too much work & stress and too little sleep.  My exercise routine has dropped to just 1-2 per week in the last three weeks, when I like to average 2-3 per week or ideally 3-4 per week.  This week will see me recover to three workouts but I need to get my work and stress back under control. 

Thankfully I'm still maintaining a good diet and not stress eating.  My weight is stable at 180lbs.  My strength in the gym is still good although prolonged insomnia eventually steals a rep or two from my heaviest sets. 

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Congrats on the progress Kraken, that's really fucking great. 

My workout frequency has improved and I'm managing to do something about 5 times a week. I've finally got all the equipment to keep myself active at home, which is a huge advantage with a horribly sedentary job. My food and particularly beer intake has pretty much skyrocketed since I moved out (again), but I'm starting to get a handle on the food at least. 

Have some targets in mind so hopefully a few months hard work will yield some real results.

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@Let's Get Kraken

Great job on the weight loss! :thumbsup:

Sorry to hear about your problems with your feet, though. I can't say I've had any experience with similar stuff so I can't offer any advice. Hope you solve it soon.

@3CityApache

Don't be too hard on yourself. It seems you had a bad workout and things like that happen. You still have plenty of time to overcome one bad session.

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Thanks for your support @baxus, but I feel the problem is deeper than just one bad workout. I have always preferred short distances over long ones and improving on longer distances have always been much harder for me. The best example is that the objectives for the workout I failed at (10 km at a pace of a mile test plus 45 seconds) were difficult but doable for most people in my group, both faster and slower than me at a mile test. I was probably the only one in my group for whom the same objectives meant breaking a PB for 10 km. It shows that the pace differential between shorter and longer distance is much bigger than average for me. Even our trainer commented, that with such a result at a mile test I should have a better 10k PB.

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On 9/4/2017 at 7:14 AM, 3CityApache said:

Even our trainer commented, that with such a result at a mile test I should have a better 10k PB.

Kind of sounds like a shitty trainer if that's the way he presented it to you.  It can't be that uncommon of an issue and I'm sure there are plenty of plans to address it.  If I was training someone and saw that datapoint I'd be excited at the opportunity to close that gap, not comment to my trainee on how they 'should' be performing....

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Actually he presented it more like a joke, so no harm done. He changed my objectives afterwards and addressed the problem scheduling the next workouts. Can't say a bad word of him. 

Yesterday we were doing very similar workout: 8 km with a pace of a mile test plus 40 seconds. This time I wasn't able to meet the objectives as well, but the gap was much smaller, about 10-15 seconds in pace (comparing to 30 seconds before). So I might be back on the right track after all.

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its amazing how easy it is to undo all the hard work you put in with just 2 weeks of holiday, drinking and eating whatever you want is good for the soul but bad for the ass. 

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