I’ve been trying to lose weight for decades…literally.
I had some success by losing 117.8 lbs in 2005 over a period of about 13 months but I was miserable and felt like I was torturing myself. (this time I lost 110.8 lbs in 6 months and feel amazing!)
The point is, we tried walking at the park two years ago and I could barely do a couple laps and I hated it and we quit. I had forgotten all about it actually but my “Map My Walk” app members…it seems my app saved the couple of times we walked back then and it’s been setting there ever since.
So- I wanted to compare the difference.
Back in 2016 I had some success but I was probably around 420 lbs. at the time and extremely unhealthy and it shows.
On July 6th, 2016 I walked 2 laps which took 17.24 minutes to complete and I had a pace of 22:00 minutes per mile. I’m pretty sure that I was about dead after that and sore for a couple days and I did NOT really enjoy it.
Fast forward to August 14th, 2018 and I walked a full 5K- 8 laps at the same exact park- and I walked for a duration of 57:34 minutes with a pace of 18.34 minutes per mile.
Now I haven’t been walking at the park between these two times and I haven’t really been “walking”, except around my office, so I didn’t really train or build up my time….the difference is about 100 lbs and the fact that I work out 5 times a week now- I’m extremely more healthy now than I was then.
On top of that…I enjoyed walking and, while I was very tired and sore, I wasn’t almost dead and didn’t feel like I was going to do.
If I don’t lose any more weight from this point on- I need to be able to come back to this and understand how much healthier I am now than I have been over the last couple of decades. I need to use this to remember that even though I’m not where I want to be- I’m not longer where I was.
I would LOVE to be able to complete my first 5K in 50 minutes or less but I doubt that will happen since it’s in a couple of weeks but I’m doing my 2nd full 5K tonight and hopefully will improve my time.
I plan to lose more weight and continue walking….even jogging a little….and doing future 5Ks because they are fun, healthy and usually help charities so they are win/win.
Love, Peace and Sharkyness