Saturday, March 19, 2011
I'm halfway through the spring semester, and I've managed to stick to eating healthier and exercising. I didn't get derailed by the demands and stress of my job. That's translated into the weight loss I was going for. I think I'm on track for my May 15 goal--although I have hit a couple of brief plateaus along the way. I forgot to account for those plateaus.
My BMI is now at the top of what's healthy. It certainly makes me feel better to know that I'm not really overweight now. However, since I'm small boned I know a bit more weight off will get me to a better place.
Yesterday I started using my Wii Fit again--it had been over 500 days, and I'm a little over six pounds heavier than the last time I used it. The good news is that I broke several of my previous records on yoga, strength training, and running. The 28-day Bootcamp Challenge that I completed on Feb. 7 had gotten me back to strength training--and I've exercised everyday for at least 10 minutes since January 2. My improved strength and endurance showed up on the Wii activity scores.
I think I had been avoiding the Wii Fit because I didn't want to see that sad slumped avatar that they post when you haven't been successful at something. I figured that I could get back to using it now that my BMI is in good shape. That tells you something--I hope that more recent versions of Wii have gotten rid of that non-motivating sad slump.
My exercise formula has been simple: I do two miles of walking (30 min.) with Leslie Sansone on most days. Whenever I'm not motivated and am crunched for time--I do Leslie because I know the routine and know I can through it. I've used the Spark People bootcamp videos for strength training. The 28-day Bootcamp Challenge kept me doing the strength training regularly. Because I had backed off a bit on strength training, I joined another 28-day Bootcamp Challenge at the beginning of this week. On days when I have more time I do Jane Fonda's new walkout--the 18-minute mile version and then finish with Leslie. This week I'm also starting to add in some Wii: Wii Fit running, the Michael Jackson Experience, and Zumba.
Spark People has been a fantastic resource because logging the food and exercise has helped me keep myself accountable for my goals. I've enjoyed trying a few Spark Recipes, reading the message boards for inspiration, sharing a few of my own message board tips, and exercising with Coach Nicole. Once I reach my goals I plan to stay with Spark People so that I can maintain the exercise and healthy eating habits. I've been down this path many a time--have successfully lost some pounds, gotten off track, stopped exercising, eaten for stress, and gained the weight back. I'd really like to keep the "yo" in place--no more "yo-yo."