I’m not sure how a single tenth of a mile can make such a difference. I can walk at 3.5 mile per hour for 3 miles and while I feel it, I can do it consistently. Ramp that up to 3.6 mile per hour and I can barely go a mile before it takes force of will to keep going.
So I was super happy that I could make it 2.3 miles today, but it was an effort.
Sadly I’ll be travelling starting on Wednesday so this may be may last workout for the week. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to get on the treadmill tomorrow but after that I’ll be on the road.
So 3.5 miles an hour is just fine, but one I hit 3.6 miles an hour my legs just don’t seem to have what it takes an my lower back on my left glue feels like someones pressing a poker into my hip bone.
A more logical person would probably just stay at 3.5 miles an hour, but I’m a stubborn person, so I am going to hit my 3.6 mile per hour pace and gradually increase my distance until I can hit 3 miles.
The other day I noticed my sons computers drive was red (almost full). So with SSD prices being as low as they are now, I got him a 1 TB Samsung SSD. I cracked up his PC case, and went to sit in his computer chair, only to have it tip forward and send me crashing to the floor. I didn’t get seriously hurt, but I did tweak my back just a little bit.
Not bad enough to keep me from walking my girls.
I call this the “Left” walk because I’m quite original, and this is the way we go if we turn left.
When we got home I jumped on the treadmill, but my lower left glute and the backside of my left leg feel like someone has a clamp on them, so I didn’t make it far.
I’m also trying to be super cautious because I’ve got a lot of work travel coming up in the next couple weeks so I don’t want to push so hard that I leave myself disabled.
So moderation, but I will keep close track on my calorie intake and weight to make sure I don’t lose any ground.
I am very happy that I made my target this week. I hit the plateau last week, had a moment of weakness and ate pizza, and then refocused, cut back on calories, and increased my workout intensity, and guess what, I lost weight. Amazing how that works.
The other nice part to see is that I’m down to 27.9% body fat. So woot woot….
My max speed is apparently 3.6 miles per hour. I ramped up to 3.6 slowly over the first half mile and then held that for as far as I could, which is apparently 2 miles. My legs were hurting and I did feel a pressure in my lower left back, right over my glute. Not sharp, just a dull pressure which I’ll have to keep track of.
I guess I’ll keep this routine up and slowly increase my target to 2.1 and so on until I can make the 3 mile mark at 3.6 miles per hour.
I’m always so happy when my schedule, and more importantly, my health lets me work out two days in a row. I have this horrible cycle driven by my desire to always do a little more than the day before combined with a history of back surgery that drives me to push too far, and then regret it for a day or two.
Am I stubborn and stupid. You bet.
So when I push hard, and am able to get back on the treadmill a day later, that is a major victory. Now let’s see how I feel tomorrow…
Last week was a little crazy. My father was in the hospital over Valentines day, and thankfully everything went well but he will need follow up surgery. Because we didn’t want to make plans depending on what happened, we celebrated Valentines day on Saturday after he was discharged.
One of my older boys, his girlfriend, my wife, and I all went out to dinner at a little place called Cinder Bar. If you live anywhere near south Jersey, this place is amazing. The atmosphere is great, and every food dish was better than the last, with one minor exception. Pass on the tuna, but everything else was straight up pulled from the Food Channel. Just really good eats.
Six Manhattan’s later (my son is a bad influence) and we ended back at his apartment and played board games. This is when I got weak. A few hours into continuing to drink and play games and we were all ready for a midnight snack. What do you get at midnight? Pizza!!!!
So yes, I broke Keto and now have to work twice as hard this week to make sure I don’t slide backwards. Hopefully this is the first of multiple work outs this week, and i kept it mild to make sure I can walk tomorrow.
What do you do if you fall off the horse? You climb back on and keep riding.
I cap my workout at an hour, and I don’t think I’ll break that because after an hour my back starts to ache and I start to worry I won’t be able to walk tomorrow.
My original goal was to hit 3.4 miles today, but clearly that didn’t happen. I got to the 2 mile mark and my legs just didn’t have enough left to keep up my pace and I had to fall back on my slow down, ramp up, slow down routine to keep going.
I’m trying very hard to hit my goal weight of 264.3 pounds this week. In order to do that I’ve been gradually increasing the distance by 0.1 miles per workout. If my back holds up I’ll work on 3.4 miles on Thursday.
I can definitely feel the wear and tear on my legs and lower back, but its not exactly pain, its more of a little sore, but I can’t tell yet if its the good muscle soreness that comes with a good workout or the kind that is going to just hurt tomorrow because I got old and fat when I wasn’t paying attention.
The plateau is real. It happens when you diet and exercise, and you lose weight, then your body adjusts, and the same effort and caloric intake doesn’t result in any loss. I’m not a dietitian, but I know if my heart this is real!!!
How do you get over the hump? You need to increase your workouts, and hold study, or cut down on calories further. It so totally sucks.
I’m embracing the suck right now and adding a little time and distance to my workouts to help push through the plateau. How does my back feel? I feel like someone has taken a spike and slowly hammered it into my left pelvis. It’s not quite nerve pain, and its not quite muscle pain. Its a dull, deep throbbing. If it resolves I’ll try to get back on the horse tomorrow, if not, I’ll take the day off to rest so I don’t hurt myself.