Defiant Athlete: Week 10

It's hard to believe that it's been ten weeks already.

I'm still not up to 800 training points, but I feel like I made real progress this week.

I was able to do 18 minutes on the elliptical, when I could only do 3 in week one. (That's not a typo!)

I walked for thirty minutes at 3 mph, which was another first. It felt awesome. No pain, just a tiny bit of stiffness. I went 1.5 miles in 30 minutes. I'm getting closer and closer to doing a 5K in less than an hour.

I'm still not at the point of running. I want to be so badly, which I guess is good because it keeps me going. I can jog slowly for two minutes at a time and a little less slowly for one minute. My recovery time is improving, which I think is a good sign. My legs hurt less.

I also started lifting free weights this week. Our friend Albert really knows his stuff in the weight room and he's helping me learn how to lift without hurting myself. I surprised myself. It took some bravery to venture into the room full of grunting, sweaty men--to bench press the bar without any weight on it (that sucker weighs 45 pounds!), to put myself in a vulnerable position. Yeah, I was proud of myself this week.

I think the dynamic of the weight room is a whole post of its own, don't you? It irritates me that I felt safer with a man in there with me. It is definitely a place where I feel 'other.' Other than a man. Other than hugely muscled. Other--even though no one seemed bothered by me being there. Yes, this needs a post. Expect it soon.

I moved up to 15 pounds, from 10 for arm work (which I'd already been doing, just not in the weight room.) I even did one set of curls with 20 pound weights.

I was able to do dead lifts with 65 pounds. Four sets of ten. I still have spaghetti legs, but I felt like a warrior. It was awesome.

This week I seem to have at least relaxed my need to weigh myself. The thought is there, but not as strong. A couple of times I was home before I realized that I didn't step on the scale.

I kept a food journal all of this week, and was not triggered by it. I'm going to continue next week. I'm also going to try a week of dairy free to see how that makes me feel.

I'm pretty sure that my blog has been accidentally dropped from the Fatosphere feed. My last two posts didn't show up there. Hopefully, this will be fixed soon.

I'm really excited by a couple of things that happened this week, blog-wise.

I found out that my post about the importance of language is slated to be syndicated on BlogHer in the next few days.

I'm also going to start blogging at Shameless. I'm so honored for the opportunity. I'll give you more information on that early next week.

How was your week?

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