I had lap-band surgery 7/09. Lost 15 lbs in first couple of months. My weight has been at a standstill since then, going up and down by a few pounds every few days. I need to jumpstart my weight loss and make the most of this band. Now that I have discovered SparkPeople, I'm hoping to get organized with all the necessary information in one place (exercise, nutrition, recipes, weight, etc.) But more importantly, I am looking to get to know some people and make some friends to share the journey with.
I want to lose 50 pounds by June 30, 2010. I want to be healthier and feel good about myself again.
I am tracking my food, drinking water, walking 4-5x/week. Free weights 2x/week.
I live in Maryland with my husband and three daughters ages 16, 13 and 10.
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| Pounds lost: 2.0
Please keep in mind that my calorie burn includes my BMR (the calories I burn each day just being alive). I burn about 1700 calories just breathing and digesting food, the rest is from walking around or exercising.
There are BMR calculators that will give you a good estimate of how much you burn each day. But they are only estimates because each body is different.
Just Dance is so much fun!! It's a stand alone game. I think I got mine at Amazon.com for $29.99. All you need is your wii controllers. I wouldn't say it's going to give you the workout you're going to get at Zumba but it will make you sweat and laugh and have a great time. I burn a lot of calories playing it but it's so much fun that the time flies by. It's something I actually look forward to doing. :) Yes, I highly recommend it.
C25K program has been awesome!! My goal is to run a mile (short term goal anyway) and eventually run a 5k. I completed a 5k race at 230 pounds in 2008 but I thought I was going to die and had to take several breaks.
The C25k program has produced some great results so far. This week I am running at 5 minute intervals. There is NO WAY I could have done that 4 weeks ago! Sometimes you have to dig down deep and keep pushing yourself for those last few seconds of a run but you do make progress. I am thrilled. Just Tuesday I actually ran 4/10ths of a mile!! That's big for me.
I do have the Leslie Sansone Dvds. I have her 1,2,3,4 mile ones and Walk Your Belly Flat. I tend to get bored with DVDs pretty fast but they are nice to have to pop in when it's nasty outside...like today. :) The Walk Your Belly Flat is a nice one that's fairly new. To me it was actually a little more intense during mile 3 than her other DVDs. At the end there is a section for abs that's really just 4 sets of bicycle crunches.
Thanks so much for the congrats! I'm a happy camper today. :)
2571 days ago
Wow, that advice was powerful "just get up, dust yourself off and start over the next day". Yes, your attitude can sabotage you in so many ways, and what I've found is that your good attitude can do the same. When I was doing well, I got overconfident and started getting laxed. So your words really hit home, because when I get laxed (like yesterday's eating binge) I don't have to feel so defeated. Just get up, dust myself off, and start over the next day. Thank you!
2574 days ago
Thanks for the blog comment!
It's so tempting to want to look at the scale everyday, but I know that I will be better off by judging how good my clothes fit, not by the numbers on the scale! Good luck to you this week! :)
2581 days ago
Thanks for the message back. One more question about Scotland: how did Susan Boyle go over there? That is, how did the mainstream view her meteoric rise to fame?
2593 days ago
Thanks for your mail. Sadly, I don't have a Scottish accent. I grew up in South Wales but left home when I was 17. My Welsh accent has disappeared over the last 30 years & I've never acquired another. Now I have no particular accent at all.
However, Scotland is beautiful & I hope you get to visit one day.
Keep up the good work, Nell.
2594 days ago
Comment edited on: 1/19/2010 6:53:43 PM