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Couch to 5K! Week 2 Down!

I have just returned from my 3rd workout for my Couch to 5K regime. I will say, I am shocked by the improvement. I was always one of these people who are “bad runners”. I huff and puff, out of breath, legs hurt, etc etc. But you know.. after each run, I get more and more confidence and I notice a physical change occuring within my body. It is amazing.

This week, I alternated between 1.5 mins of jogging and 2 mins of walking, which was up from last weeks 1 min of jogging and 1.5 mins of walking. The transition actually was pretty smooth.

Next week, begins a transition from timed jogging intervals to distance intervals. I will jog 200 yards, walk 200 yards. jog 400 yards, walk 400 yards. I will do 2 repititions of that. And that should total up to half lap jogged, half walked (1 lap), 1 lap jogged, 1 lap walked (3 laps now), and do that twice which would total 6 laps or 1.5 miles.

Also, if you haven’t noticed… the Tennessee area was slammed with an ice storm this morning. When I went to roll down my car window, a sheet of ice was left in place! I had to snap a pic…

And yes! I ran in this weather today! Took some extreme motivation ha!

Next week I tackle Week 3 in Couch to 5K and I will be honest, I never thought I would be this far a long a couple months ago. I could barely jog 100 yards without getting winded and having to rest. It really proves to me that our bodies are far more capable than we thing. Staying focused and believing that you can achieve your goals will go a long way to getting you there. Mind over body as they say!

Couch to 5K

Every time I ask someone I know that is an avid runner what they would recommend to get started running, I keep hearing Couch to 5K.  The name of the program is quite self explanatory… it takes you from your couch (i.e, potato) to running a 5K (i.e, not a potato). Since I am looking at running not only as a minimum standard for minimum entrance into the United States Navy, but as an answer to a healthier lifestyle… this is going to be one of my tools in my arsenal to get me there.

The Couch to 5K is a simply program that can be found at CoolRunning.com. It is a 9 week program that progressively increases your running time week by week. It is a slow buildup, that takes you from a more-walking-less-jogging work out to a more-jogging-less-walking workout. The program is as followed:

Couch to 5K

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
1 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
2 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
3 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following: 

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following: 

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following: 

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
4 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then: 

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then: 

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then: 

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
5 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then: 

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then: 

  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
6 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then: 

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then: 

  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.
7 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
8 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
9 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

We will see how well this works out for me, I am pretty confident! I will be doing this Tues-Wed-Thurs. And then do a timed 1.5mile for my IFA every Saturday. Sun,Mon, and Fri are off days 🙂 So yes… I will be starting today!

Don’t forget, tomorrow is Weigh-In Wednesday!

Navy IFA #1

I figured since I am measuring myself on a weekly basis for weight loss, I must try to meet another standard.

Before each navy recruit is allowed to ship off to boot camp in the Great Lakes, he/she must pass what is called the Navy IFA, or the Navy Initial Fitness Assessment. What this does it ensure that each recruit is able to meet a certain level of fitness before shipping off to boot camp to increase the success rates of new recruits. If you are not able to pass the IFA prior to leaving for boot camp, you will not go.

Now, there are two brackets I could fall under, depending on how my progression lasts. There are standards for the 20-24 year old bracket, and the 25-29 year old bracket. I will strive for the first one, since it is a little bit harder and optimistically, I would atleast like to be in DEP while I am 24.

There are three components to the Navy IFA. There is a timed 1.5 mile run, which may be completed by running/walking. You must do as many pushups as possible in 2 minutes and may only rest in the “up” position, and as many situps as possible in 2 minutes with rest.
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Navy IFA Minimum Standards

Male Age 20-24
1.5 Mile Run 13:30
Push-ups 37
Sit-ups 46

And my results are as followed:

Navy IFA #1 12/04/10 My Results Minimum Standards
1.5 Mile Run 23:25 13:30
Push-ups 18 37
Sit-ups 21 46

Obviously I have some work to do. But I am not dissuaded at all. I had actually started doing some jogging about a month ago, and have noted improvement. When I first started I could barely jog 100 yds before I had to slow down. When I ran this IFA on Saturday, I was able to jog 1/2 mile without stopping. That is pretty good progress I would say!

I plan on doing this fitness assessment every Saturday, so stay tuned for results!

1200 Calories

After doing quite a bit of research, I have decided to limit my intake of calories to 1200-1500 per day.

Utilizing online calculators, I have found my estimated BMR is 2642. That is my Basal Metabolic Rate which is roughly the amount of calories you’d burn if you stayed in bed all day and rested.

By utilizing a very commonly found chart, I would multiply that number by 1.2 due to my desk job/sedentary life style. That gives me a total of 3170 calories I need to take in to maintain my current weight. Maintaining is obviously NOT what I want, but it is eye opening to the lack of activity and garbage I called food I would eat.

As we all know, there are roughly 3500 calories in one pound of fat. To generate one pound of fat loss in a week, I need to come up with a 3500 caloric defecit throughout the week. I am not content with 1 lb a week.  I am aiming for 3-4 lbs per week. Which means I need to create a 14,000 caloric defecit throughout the week. So I must take in roughly.. 1200 calories.

What people do not understand is that this does NOT mean I only eat 1200 calories a day. It has been done and I am sure there will be days I do this, but that is not what it means. This means that through diet and exercise I need to create that defecit. So if I eat 2000 calories a day, I need to do 800 calories worth of exercise. I also ensure I take a daily multivitamin to get some of the nutrients/vitamins that may lack in my diet.

And how many calories do you burn doing an active? I recommend Health Status. Simply enter your weight and the number of minutes on each activity. It will tell you how many calories you have burned. I have found it to be reasonably accurate.

So how long will it take me to reach my shipweight? I need to lose 120 lbs of fat from my body. An entire person.That means I will need to create a 420,000 caloric defecit to achieve that goal. If I am aiming for a 14,000 caloric deficit a week, that means it will take me exactly 30 weeks to drop that weight. Roughly 7 1/2 months. Could take longer, could take shorter. It isn’t important. What is important, is that I do what I can to reach my goal.

The thing to remember is, I didn’t get this way over night and it won’t change over night. If I mess up a few days, just remember… this is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change. I am not restricting myself to certain types of foods etc. Simply making a conscience decision about every morsel I put into my body. If I want to eat a 500 calorie burger, I do. But I also recognize that is 500 calories I need to make up somewhere else via exercise. Therefore, I usually choose to not eat the burger!