Saturday, February 19, 2011
I have been on Sparks for nearly four years!!! I find that astounding. I also am still pretty close to the same weight I was when I started! I have actually lost 17 lbs, but some of that is gaining and losing the same few. Not too long ago I was up several pounds and they weren't retreating. I finally decided to try to kick things up and felt I had to reset my trackers. I was not pleased...especially as I see so many who have lost literally hundreds of pounds in much less time.
So, what have I accomplished other than making some WONDERFUL friends here? (FRIENDS have been the BEST part of this journey!!!)
When I started I was living a sedentary lifestyle. I could tell I was not exercising enough and knew I wasn't eating very well. My blood sugars were gradually climbing and my Dr. was wanting to add more prescriptions to try to help me. I resisted.
A friend, in an effort to motivate herself and others, issued a walk a mile a day challenge for one month. I could do that...and I did. Knowing what I know now, I think that challenge probably saved my life. I hadn't started trying to fix things soon enough and ended up with two stents in my heart that Fall.
NOW I am exercising daily...some days more than others but something EVERY day! I have learned where my diet was really a mess and how many extra calories I was consuming each day...sometimes just with mindless munching. I realized that the things I was doing still, despite much improved health, weren't getting me the desired results so I felt I had to kick things up.
I had to add more variety to my workouts..and make them longer. Still, the scale just sat there. I keep tweaking my diet...trying to adjust it for better choices and to fulfill the dietary requirements for good health. Tweak, Tweak, Tweak. Still, the scale just sat there.
I decided to join the 8 week Diabetes Challenge. More exercise...more tweaking and logging. Week one...week two...week three...still no change. Blood sugars are dipping a little..but not enough yet.
I had a Dr app't to renew my two Rx. I honestly could tell him I FEEL TERRIFIC! But still the scale mocks me.
I am now nearly to the end of week four on the challenge. I still have room for improvements. I know my clothing is fitting differently though the measurements belie that. I KNOW I feel good...really good.
My "official" weigh in day is Monday..but this morning...could it be? finally? Did the scale give in on this battle and nudge...two pounds...maybe?
I've lost these two before...and didn't manage to stay put. This HAS to stop. BE GONE!!! Could it be...this time? We will see Monday!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Most everyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE T-Tapp workouts.
I firmly believe in the techniques Teresa Tapp teaches. I also recently have begun trying to change up my workouts and I only have a small collection of T-tapp..some of which I can barely do!!! But, I can't work on those every single day.
Today, I stumbled across a Leslie Sansone ~Walk at home 5 mile Fat Burning Walk ~ DVD. It wasn't expensive at Sam's Club, so I figured I would try it. It has mile markers so you can choose one, two, three, four or five miles. I figured, I would try for one mile.
I liked it right away...and as we worked that first mile, I tweaked, using T-Tapp principles ..just little things that are now practically second nature to my mind.
I walked one mile...and the video segued right into the next one, so I kept going. I had no trouble with the breathing, the steps...and I kept going...all the way through five 12 minute miles! THEN, after the cool down stretches, I got on the gazelle while I listened to the interview at the end of the DVD.
I am delighted with this find. What I hope to do is alternate this (and perhaps others of Leslie Sansone's) with the T-Tapp, continuing to use the T-Tapp techniques.
I attribute T-Tapp training with the fact that I could DO this routine. I never got breathless. I never hurt...and except for one step that I stayed confused on.(.mind understood but body acted like it was a foreign language..but I will get it next time) I was able to do EVERYTHING.
I am just in love with this...and am a believer! Thanks to everyone who has mentioned the Leslie Sansone products along the way (I have no idea who you are!).
SO, THANK YOU, Teresa Tapp and THANK YOU Leslie Sansone!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
I have been feeling REALLY good lately. Last visit to chiropractor was interesting..I don't think she could find anything that needed adjustment!
In an effort to up my exercise levels, I have been trying different workouts that I already have in my possession. Most are from T-Tapp...a program that I LOVE and that I credit with WHY I feel so good.
That said, I think I am going to be working a lot harder with the one I tried today for the second time. I don't do well with things that require floor work. I used a stopwatch to time myself in and out when I had to skip parts I knew I couldn't manage ..yet. I tried nearly everything, but it sure shows me how much I need to work on! YIKES! I timed 63 minutes of a 67 minute workout...and some of the exercises, I only could do a couple of times rather than keep up with Teresa.
I figure, though, that with perseverance, I will eventually build up the muscles and stamina...and master the all important form, to do this workout through...someday!
Monday, February 07, 2011
Yesterday I wore a jacket that I have had for a while..but yesterday, I could wear it with all the front hooks done up...could even sit comfortably with it hooked. It was a nice surprise.
Here is the pic I took...then couldn't find. Thanks to my daughter for helping me with the technology.
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