Last week after staying the same on the scales, but being so tantalisingly near to my goal weight I decided to introduce strength exercises, something which I've not done as much as it is advised to in the 12 week plan, and which is also a good complement to running, and is advised alongside couch to 5k. So - I started my own version of the 30 day squat challenge, and today am pleased to report a 2lb loss on the scales. I'm now 1lb away from my goal weight, and determined not to slacken off at all.
I started by doing more squats than I meant to on day 1! As the plan is to do a bit more each day, this has now turned it into a major undertaking. I did 10 in the morning, then did 10 more in the afternoon, then at running club there was a circuits style section which included 22 more squats. So I ended up starting at 42 and now I've reached 80 squats per day! I can definitely feel it, especially just above the knees, and they're definitely getting easier. I'm going to keep this up, still increasing around 5 per day, which by my calculation will get me to around 200 by the end of the month - wow. The challenge is finding time to fit them all in now. I do smaller sessions of 10/15/20 whenever I get a moment on my own, which then adds up during the day.
Today I decided to introduce abs exercises too. I thought it would be hard and, guess what, it was. I consider myself a fairly fit person, as I do a lot of running and cycling and am nearly down to a healthy BMI now. But these seemingly harmless non weight lifting positions really hurt: nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pag... - especially the last 3!
I didn't follow the instructions to do 12 of each, I just did 5 of each. The ones that said to hold a position for 5-10 seconds I barely managed 5 seconds. But I did it, and now I've done 5 of each, the 'rules' are that I must do the same + a bit more tomorrow, and so on! So tomorrow I'll try to do 6 of each, and really hold for a full 5 seconds (for the ones where you have to hold a position).
My updated chart will hopefully attach here. Anyone else who's doing 'Strength September', please let me know how you're finding it. We can commiserate together! Anyone else who fancies joining in is welcome too