I know it has been almost half a year since I posted something here. I made a ’20 for 20′ list for myself. A list of 20 resolutions for the year 2020. One of them was to post a message here at least once a month. Guess I’m on a bad start here.
As you may already suspect, a big part of my ’20 for 20′ list has to do with my weight loss and my healthy life style. It’s more than fair to say that this one is the biggest goal of this year. No, my main goal is NOT to lose another 50 kg, not even 10kg. I don’t even have weightloss in my goals. My main goal is just to stay as I am now. Never ever do I wanna go back to where I was 3 years ago. Saying that, OMG, is it really already 3 years I’ve been on this journey??? Looking back at that period, it seems like just yesterday I started it, and it really doens’t feel like 3 whole years (and a month).
Another journey that had his anniversary is my running-journey. When I looked back at my previous post I stated that my main goal was to be able to run 3,5 kilometer without stopping. Seemed like a big thing the moment I wrote that down. Last week, it was exactly one year since I went for my first ‘run’, more like a walk where I ran several meters before being completely out of breath. I ‘celebrated’ that one year anniversary with a 8k run. Yes, you might find yourself reading that sentence again just to check if you read it right. You did. I ran 8 kilometers without stopping last week. And that wasn’t even my longest run. Two weeks ago I ran 9 kilometers without stopping. Since my last post in september, I trained for the 3,5 kilometer without stopping. Once I reached that milestone, it was fairly easy to build up. The day I finished my first 5k run, I felt so proud of myself. and from there on I just kept on going. I changed the trail I’m running and every now and then, I include a new part to make it a little longer. Off course, there are some days where it just doesn’t feel great to run, and where I just take the short cut. But I try to run at least 5 kilometers each time. I mostly go running twice a week, on thursday morning and in the weekend.
One of my goals for 2020 is to run 10 kilometers and it feels like a reachable target. But I make sure not to want to do it too quickly and to overdo myself. There are still 11 months left in this year, imagine I would already reach my goal now… There is also a second goal that includes running on my ’20 for 20′ list. This year I want to participate in a organised run. Not to compete, not at all, just to take part of it. Last year I toke part in a swimming event and obtained my ‘1 kilometer swimming without stopping’-certificate. (small goal for this year, to obtain my 2 kilometers this year).
Besides the running, I still go to aquagym, to the zumba class but I gave up a little on the swimming. The local swimming pool feels like ice water, so I made a deal with myself that during the winter months, I skip swimming. But I promised myself to take it back up once it starts getting warmer outside.
Instead of swimming twice a week, I took a membership at a local fitness. I try to go there twice a week. They have group lessons and tons of machines you can work on. I usually start with a group lesson of half an hour and spend another half hour on the machines, with the crosstrainer being a regular. In the gym they have a special scale you can use. Off course, as any scale, it measures your weight, but it also gives you an indication of your muscles percentage, your fat percentage, … and also your metabolic age. That’s the age your body would be regarding it’s fitness. The first time I stepped up that scale, my metabolic age was 51 years. Yikes!!! I’m soon turning 37 (getting old, me) but it gave me a shock to see my metabolic age was 51. I try to go twice a week to the gym and once a week I step on the scale, to see my progress. It’s been almost 3 months now since I started the gym and I already see a progress. My main goal to become a member of the gym was to have training options during school holidays (when aquagym and zumba are on hold) and also to train some other parts of my body. Last week I stepped on the scale and was pleased with the results. I gained 6,5 % of muscles and got my metabolic age down to 42. Which sounds a lot better than 51.