I am happy to report that I have reached my goal of 21-day self challenge. Although the 21-day was not consecutive because I skipped five days due to various reasons, but I was not deterred from achieving the end goal. There were a few times when I was tired from the day activities but as soon as I finished stretching and got on the treadmill I found myself enjoying it. It was also a time for myself, away from the kids and husband, just me and my iPad so that I can catch up on my Korean dramas. 🙂
With that said, here are the outcomes after 21 days:
- I walked/jogged 42.2 miles.
- It took me a total of 13 hours, 51 minutes and 50 seconds.
- I burned 5,954 calories.
- My best record was one-hour, 3.24 miles and burned 427 calories.
I don’t have a scale at home so I don’t know if I lost any weight. My goal is not to lose weight but to walk every day for 30-40 minutes and 2 miles. However, I noticed that my pot belly is slightly shaved. I still have that large blubber hanging around the waist for the most part, but my jeans fits me better. My lower back does not hurt every morning upon waking up, and I have better spirit and energy to run after the boys. I am more conscious and aware of what I eat so that I don’t have to spend more time than needed to burn off the calories on the treadmill.
And the best part of all, I sleep better as well. Insomnia the Beast rarely visited me throughout the 21-day of my challenge. Except for last night when I skipped an exercise lesson and couldn’t fall sleep until 3 a.m. I had three hours of sleep last night and the whole day was in a zombie state of mind. It proved to me that walking gives me greater personal benefit. I need to cure my own insomnia.
I am so glad that Mr. O gifted me this treadmill. It is definitely a better experience than going to the gym, in my humble opinion.
Now that I have this worked out into a routine, perhaps I can set goal to train for a half marathon. Who knows, I can eventually see myself running in my favorite marathon, The Boston Marathon.
Ok, that’s a little bit far-fetched, but one can certainly aim for that. Right?