Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I have set a rather tough goal for the month of April (and a little into May), however I think with hard work and dedication, it is achievable. For the last couple of weeks of March, I have to admit, I was not going to the gym as much and tracking my food faithfully. My employment contract was nearly at an end, and I have yet to find the next full-time job. The stress and my emotions were getting the best of me and I went back to my old habits of junk food and not exercising. However, I spent the last week or so playing catch-up and have made it back to the weight I was at mid-March.
I have decided for the month of April and the first week of May, my goal is to lose 10 pounds. This means I will have to lose 2.5 pounds a week. Tough, but achievable if I work hard and dedicate myself. As you can see by the photo I have below, I am something of a visual thinker and like to have charts, graphs, and calendars to chart my progress. That is my bedroom wall where I have a steadily growing collection. Also, being a teacher by training, I also enjoy stickers and use those to mark the days I track my food, exercise, and also the number of days I have gone without fast food or junk food (however I slipped up today).
As of today, I have lost 20 pounds total since the beginning of November (I joined SparkPeople in January). If I meet this goal, it will be a total of 30 pounds. I am excited about this. It has been nearly 5 years since I weighed this little and I am continuing to drop. At first, my final goal seemed far away and almost impossible to reach however, with every passing week it is creeping closer and closer and seems more real and achievable with each passing day I track what I eat and workout, whether it be at the gym or at home.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
I have been a member SparkPeople since the beginning of January, and have managed to keep it up much longer than any other attempt at exercise, eating right and weight loss. And it seems to be working for me; I have lost nearly 20 pounds so far. My clothing fits better and I am starting to enjoy shopping again and I have to go down a size now. That is exciting however I find I am even more excited by other changes I am noticing.
When I go to the gym I write down the cardio and weights I do and recently I have been looking back over my numbers. When I first started I had a hard time going on a cardio machine for 30 minutes, I had to push myself to use it that long. Now an hour seems like nothing. The incline I set the treadmill at has gone up, as well as the speed and I no longer have to hang on to the hand rails for dear life. The same can be said for the other cardio equipment I regularly use as well.
In the weight room I have noticed some changes as well. The amount of weight that I can lift has risen, but there is something else that excites me even more. There is a shoulder press machine. I will never forget the first time I used it; I have rarely felt more out of shape. It was set to the lowest weight possible and I could not do more than two lifts in a row. However, I am now at 25 lbs. (still not a lot, but more than it was) and I can to 12 reps without stopping in the first set and I can do 9 to 10 reps without stopping in the second set (I am still working towards not stopping at all.). I am more comfortable with the machines and for one in my life I am beginning to enjoy strength-training as much as cardio.
The weight loss and the inches lost are great, however the changes in the gym are what keeps me motivated to keep going. I am no longer tired all the time, I feel like I have more energy (and I probably do). I am happier and I am excited to keep going on this journey (Trite, I know but I canít think of a better word at the moment.).
Saturday, February 04, 2012
I decided to take yesterday off and let myself go a little crazy for dinner and have a snack while watching tv.
I have a bad habit of weighing myself every day and when I weighed myself this morning I discovered that the one day off had pretty much ruined a week of hard work.
I was feeling down about this, so I went to the gym as a form of atonement. I did the final walk/run of week 2 of my 5K running program I am doing and while I was running I experienced a runner's high. I has been years since I felt that. It was great. I reminded me why I loved running all those years ago and why I can't wait to get back to where I was and run, run, run.
What started out as a bad day may end up a pretty good day after all.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I has been nearly a month since I joined SparkPeople. I have been wanting to lose weight for several years, and I would start trying to eat better and work out more, however it would last for a week or two, and then I would lose motivation and end up right back where I started.
When I joined SparkPeople I weighed the most I ever had, and I was far from happy with my fitness level and appearance, and felt as though I was destined to look like this for the rest of my life. However, after one month, I can see and feel noticable progress. I am down approximately 6 lbs. and I have tracked my food intake and worked out almost every day this month.
I can't wait for the next month and the next month and the next month.
I know my ultimate goal is a long way off still, however, I now feel as though it is something I can obtain and maintain with the trackers and support on SparkPeople.
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