I've been alternating doing the program on the treadmill with an incline (just 1) and doing it outside around the apartment complex with lots of hills and such. I can't really say which one I like better, but I know I don't like hills lol I'm signing up for my first 5k on November 30. A local town that goes all out for Christmas is hosting it and it's in the evening so you're running by the light of the Christmas lights. I thought that was pretty cool. My friend and a couple of her friends are doing it so I thought I'd just join them. Otherwise, I was going to sign up for one the following week to do by myself. I may like it enough that I want to do that one too :) I won't get ahead of myself though lol
If you've been thinking about trying this program, I highly recommend it. It's amazing to feel the progress that your own body is making as you go through it. Being able to push yourself a bit further everyday is great. I haven't lost any weight (other than a quick hopeful bounce down just to go back up) but I've lost another inch in my hips just from the time I started the program. I choose to go by that. I do have a weight goal for sure but I think it will come as my body gets used to the new routine. At least that is my hope.
I'm also trying to do my strength training routine at least 3 days a week (every other day). I think it's important to include weights into a routine. Strength is important for many different reasons. Gaining muscle allows you to burn more calories even when you are not working out. Also, strengthening your core can alleviate a lot of back pain. Trust me when I say it sucks to go from a strong person who works out often to someone who has given up and lost the muscle they gained and feels like a weakling. It's not a fun feeling so I'm trying to change that.
T minus 18 days until I can share house news. Keep praying!