Report The Panda Chronicles in Accountability Check-in Posted October 27, 2015 @Sean, totally! I'm looking at repeating runs as a comfort "I made it yesterday, I can do it again today, and better" runs. I'm planning on repeating today tomorrow! @Anne Lang, hi! I had the same problem. It became too stressful to time and count in breaths, then out breaths, while maintaining my posture and foot-falling correctly. I changed it to breathing in normally/deep in thru the nose. Keep your shoulders/chest down. Your breath will fill your belly (even if you don't feel/see it expanding). When you exhale, push the air out of your lungs with an audible "ha" sound. During warm-up/slower walking, you may be exhaling gently. When you're in the run interval, you may need to push the air out more forcefully, to force the carbon dioxide out of your body. Our bodies like to keep a certain level of carbon dioxide. When you have too little (you exhaled too hard too fast), you'll get dizzy, light-headed. When you don't push enough air out, you don't have room to breathe in. Breathe in to re-fill your lungs. For the above technique, don't stress over it. Understand the motion and practice it. It took me about 6 weeks to get the hang of it. Don't give up! The technique is just based off of exhaling harder when you are working your body harder. 10/27/15 Tuesday I'm going to be honest: I woke up cold this morning and didn't want to run. I got an early start but I wasn't in a positive frame of mind. Week 5 Day 2 consists of two 8 minute jogs. The first one went fine (I checked the clock twice). Did not have much soreness today. Yay! My body really is becoming stronger. The great, great mental change has been wanting to make healthier choices. Sticking with my c25k sessions and trying to eat better and manage my portions has made a notable difference in how I feel, and how my clothes fit. I'm not getting enough sleep (I notice myself being cranky, foggy-headed where I'm making simple mistakes at work). This has slowed down my fat-loss. Instead of berating myself, I understand that I'm someone who needs to make little changes and stick to them before incorporating more changes (changing everything at once is just too overwhelming). So, now I'm feeling silly for not getting enough sleep. The mindset is: if I'm exercising regularly, and I'm making myself control my portions, shouldn't I just get at least one more hour of sleep each night? I've been justifying the lack of sleep with "well I'm preparing healthy meals for the next day" and "keeping my area clean." One goal I want to put into place this week is to finish everything early, and then do something relaxing until I get sleepy. Then, ACTUALLY GO TO SLEEP! Two of my biggest self-sabotages are continuing to eat after I'm full and not going to sleep when I'm sleepy. I've been able to deal with the first one with the help that when I overeat, I feel physically horrible. Enough times of that horrible feeling and I'm like, "nope, I'm done [eating for now]." Back to the second 8 minute intervals. After the 5 minute walk (which I felt good about), the second 8 minute interval was a killer. I was constantly looking at the clock until I had to shut out my overthinking (analyzing while running, what am I going to post about today) and just go back to breathing and landing my feet. I'm happy that I made it even though I needed to slow way down on the second interval. For a motivation boost, I'm going to repeat this session tomorrow. I would like to move onto Day 3 with a positive experience with Day 2 instead of leaving it as it is. You guys are doing great. Keep it up~!