I have survived!
Yes, Day 1 of the Couch to 5k running programme is in the bag! I may be slightly red of face and a tad shaky, but I have still managed it – and even managed a little extra running time in my cool down… resulting in a slight stitch. After that, I worked on my arms and then somewhat crawled into the changing rooms to have a sit down and rest!
The Adidas Energy Boost 2 trainers really worked their magic, they almost felt moulded to my feet and certainly gave me some extra spring when I started running. I have a feeling the trainers are going to be my faithful running partner, I will be devastated if they so much as get a mark on them!
Having an awesome playlist definitely helped – including Faithless, Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, The Darkness, Kaiser Chiefs – pumping tunes that certainly had me motivated and putting a little extra energy into my movement. I was shocked at the fact I had burned over 300 calories in the first attempt of 30 minutes… very good going indeed and didn’t I know it with the buckets of sweat dripping down me!
A glutton for punishment, I am also starting on the Almased diet today as well – everything was slightly delayed due to suffering with a cold last week but I am definitely on track today. The Almased diet is going to help me lose weight in a steady, healthy way. Made with raw ingredients including Soya, Honey and Yoghurt, it is actually quite tasty! You can combine with water, or semi-skimmed milk- I am combining with milk and have found that it tastes somewhat like Horlicks, making it less unpleasant than you would assume.
With 3 shakes a day, there are different ways in which you could control the diet, with the recommendation of introducing a low fat meal from day 3, though having previously been on a shake only diet, I am hoping I can manage slightly long on Almased alone.
Preparing is very easy due to a shake cup and strange looking wire shaker ball, it means I no longer have to use a food processor to make my shakes and the shakes and very quick and easy to make.
As there are 3 parts to the weekly Couch to 5k programme, I have decided to run on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday – hopping on my bike and possibly doing The Shred (not just yet!) inbetween.
By the end of the month, I hope to see a vast improvement on my troublesome, wide hips… watch this space!