Sunday, August 17, 2014
I got back into SparkPeople last Monday. I've been working to take some weight off (notice that I didn't say "dieting") for about a month and a half. I didn't lose any additional weight this week, but I did improve my exercising. It's not particularly rigorous, but I did join the "10-minute challenge" to make sure I'm exercising at least 10 minutes every day. Some days I did some of Coach Nicole's strength-training; three other days I walked dogs at our local animal shelter as a volunteer.
I begin teaching tomorrow--so I'll be limited to Saturday mornings for walking dogs moving forward. That means I need to stay motivated regarding both eating for my health and getting at least some daily exercise as I get back into my hectic work routine.
In the meantime, my husband has lost over 30 pounds this summer and dropped a pants size. So our joint commitment is showing great results for him--I seem to lose weight very slowly....
Monday, January 27, 2014
I'm doing the 28-day Bootcamp Challenge that I've successfully completed in the past. First two weeks went great; last week was marginal. I continued to track food and I did exercise but did fall short of the Challenge goals for the week. I didn't actually exercise at all on three days last week. I tried to make up for some of the loss yesterday and am caught up and back on track with the videos. I'm still behind on what I wanted to do with cardio. No weight loss--but also no weight gain.
So I'm trying to get into Spark spirit and focus on the half-full part: I'm exercising again, taming my sweet tooth, eating healthier, tracking food and exercise, and not gaining. It's too easy to give up when you don't accomplish what you intended. I am in a busy, busy time at work teaching more than I usually do, so I feel reluctant to exercise when I have so work to do. I'm also playing too much of a video game on my iPhone--time that could go towards exercise! I haven't been ready to take that game off my phone...maybe soon.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
When I tried SparkPeople the first time, the exercise challenges were one of the biggest things that helped me. Usually, it's hard for me not to finish something I begin publicly. The goals and videos make completion so concrete; therefore, it's harder for me to talk myself out of exercising.
I'm 15 days into this exercise challenge, and I've exercised a minimum of 30 minutes per day and an average of 40 minutes per day. I have a 30-minute indoor walking routine that I'm doing 6 days a week (Leslie Sansone if you've never tried her). I find I have to make up some of the strength-training videos on other days, but I am making them up and even doing extra on the weekends. I just make sure to at least get in that 30 minutes of walking. I made up a lot of the deficit on my videos yesterday at the end of week two of the challenge. To begin this week, I worked ahead on two of my videos. That way if I have to miss a day of videos I won't be behind.
I can tell I will make it through this month with an exercise trophy--feels great!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Last night I was thinking: "Well, I'm exercising and eating better--I'm surprised I haven't lost another pound by now." Well, the good news is that when I got on the scale this morning I had lost another pound.
However, my next thought last night was: "I gained about a pound per month over the past two years--maybe I should be happy to lose a pound per month over the next two years."
Happy to say I'm losing and not gaining!
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