Monday, March 11, 2013

Fitness Test: My Results Are In!

I am happy to report that I managed to complete a workout on my treadmill 5 days in a row last week, Monday - Friday!  It is my goal to do the same again this week.  I'm making it a priority to take the time to stay active and I know that my dedication will pay off in the end.

 

On Friday, I decided to complete the fitness test on my Smooth Fitness folding treadmill for the very first time since its arrival.  This program grades you on your speed of completion, which is determined by how far can you walk, jog or run in 12 minutes.  You receive 1 of 5 grades: very bad, bad, average, good or very good.

Before I even began the program, I knew that my results were not going to be the greatest.  However, I went into it determined to do my best and give it my all.  I will be the first to admit that I'm not a runner, and a year ago I couldn't even jog around the kids school - which is less than a 1/4 mile.

I turned up the music choice hit list, loud and upbeat.  I started off a little slow, 3.5 and ended a little quicker, 4.7 speed on the treadmill.  I knew that I wanted to jog instead of walk, and was going to give it everything I could in order to keep going.  

After losing 56 pounds, could I jog for a full 12 minutes?

I'm proud to say that I could and I did!  Even though I wasn't the fastest, I jogged for the full 12 minutes without stopping and managed to go 0.93 miles...  My result was "BAD,but in my eyes it was a success.  A year ago I never would have been able to jog almost a mile without stopping.  I'm proving to myself that my hard work is paying off and that I can achieve things that I never thought were possible.  It's all downhill from here!

I'm going to complete the fitness test every Friday in hopes of making it just a little bit farther each time. 

Smooth Fitness 7.35 Treadmill Review
How far can you run/jog?

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25 comments:

Queentob said...

I think that's wonderful, not bad!! Every step is part of the fitness journey. every time I reach a new goal, I'm always propelled further & further. I felt your joy & look forward to following your story

Jackie said...

Congratulations!! Pretty soon you'll have doubled or tripled your distance in the same amount of time!

Sippy Cup Mom said...

Way to go! I don't even know what I could do!

Kerri O said...

Wow, what a cool treadmill! Amazing that it has a fitness test. GOOD JOB!

Andrea Kruse said...

Great job! At 6+ months pregnant I am not in running form at the moment. Lol. I love my treadmill because it is the only way (day, night, or bad weather) that I can get my workout on. Keep up the good work.

Carla Birnberg said...

I SO smiled the BIGGEST when you said you were proud to say you COULD and you DID!!!!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

You did it, you did it, you did it!!!!!

Carrie with Children said...

That is so fantastic that you you did it! YAY! I love that you are going to do the same test each week to improve. I need to get a treadmill - this mama could use a workout :)

Hanan said...

That's pretty darn good, way to go!! It's been a while since I've used a treadmill, so I have no idea.

Emily - faliLV said...

You have to start somewhere! I have to say 56 lbs is amazing! I couldn't run 12 minutes - hoping to change that very soon!

Unknown said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful that you were able to jog for the full 12 minutes! I'm glad to hear you are going to do the test every Friday. That's a great motivational goal and way to keep an eye on your progress. Good luck!

Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired

Lolo @ Crazy About My Baybah said...

I am not sure how long I could run without stopping. Keep up the good work.

Julia said...

Wow! Way to go!! I love the fact that it teases with the 5 grades!! I would WANT to beat my score each time, which is a great way to keep it up!!

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

That's awesome! You should be totally proud of yourself. I'm willing to bet that you'll continue to improve. :)

Pixystik4U said...

less than 1/4 mile to this? good job!!

Ari T said...

Wow! That 'bad' is certainly not really that bad after all. I would say that you've improved and progressed so much that realistically it should have said 'very good'! I think you are absolutely right about hard work paying off. Time and effort really does make a difference. I don't think I can jog a mile without stopping, but my fitness is based on my health condition, which restricts my energy level. I do want to start slowly and work myself back up to a better level of fitness, though, and you are a great inspiration in attempting and completing that goal.

Betsy Barnes said...

You had an amazing journey! I can't run due to a birth bone disorder, however, I do ride the stationary bike :)

deanna said...

I've run a couple half marathons
xo

Marti Parks said...

That's great work. I'm not there yet, but I'm working on it.

FireRunner2379 said...

Good for you, its more than most people and you have to start somewhere, keep up the good work. You'll be running that 5K in no time!

Heather! said...

Yay you!! It's progress like this that really keeps you going and gives you incentive to stay with your fitness program. I'm proud of ya! ;)

lilyk said...

Great job! I can't run/jog very far.

Nancy said...

I cannot run/jog or jog because of knee and back problems which is why I cycle. I have three circuits which I do depending on the day and my time restraints. 8miles, 10miles and 12 miles! I usually cycle at least three times a week depending on the weather.

CinnamonT3 said...

Almost a mile in 12 minutes is great!

lil_lady_dz said...

I can't run for to long, but I enjoy jogging while listening to my music on my iPod. Not sure the exact length that I can jog for, but it is pretty good run.