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Nearing the end of week 6

Friday, September 15, 2006

I'm frustrated. I'm nearly the end of week 6 back on this uphill struggle to change my unhealthy habits, and I feel like I'm not applying myself appropriately. I'm working in activity, but it doesn't feel like enough. The scale isn't budging. It dropped down to 176 finally... we'll see what Sunday says, but I'm expecting a gain.

It seems like even when I stay within the eating plan, if I exercise everyday or get in the full punch of nutrients then I don't lose. I need to promise myself to start fresh tomorrow, I suppose. I'm dipping so close to that 10 pound goal, but I hoped to be there last weekend.

There are two things I think I need to do: I need to start keeping a WW food journal again, and I need to make sure that I get 30 minutes of cardio (even if it's just a walk), everyday. I should also resume measuring, so that the scale doesn't keep frustrating me.

I am pleased, because I decided on Jimmy John's for lunch. The sandwich I got, while it seems healthy, is gigantic - more than I usually eat for lunch. And it's piles with provolone cheese. It's about 600 calories just by itself. However, I only ate half of it. I got a pickle with it and I ate a side of applesauce. I'm satisfied and I have some left for dinner!


After week 3

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Well, I'm well into week 4, but I didn't write up an entry at the beginning of the week.

Last week (and this week) have been crazy. I actually completely feel off the wagon over the weekend. Didn't exercise, didn't eat all that healthy. I stayed within calorie range... but it was a lot of high sugar/high bad carb choices.

Friday night we went out to Korean food, which was excellent as always, and I was great to go out with G and HS. But, less good for calorie counting and exercise.

The scale read 179.4 on Sunday, so that's a loss of 0.6 lbs. for week three. I'm at a total off 4.2 pounds lost total. *Almost* 5. We'll see how I do at the end of this week. I feel so much better when I exercise, but I'm having trouble pushing myself past 30 minutes and some days the motivation is just missing. Stupid stressful week.


End of Week Two!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Week two was definitely easier for me than week one. I only missed one day of cardio. That was Friday, and Steve and I ended up helping friends move. That meant that I didn't have time to run and... well... I was carrying stuff upstairs. I figured that was cardio enough!

Yesterday I bought new running shoes. I found a great little pair at Target for $25. Used a gift card for them too! Off of a recommendation, I'm probably going to check out something called "Superfeet" for my running shoes. I figure I can move them to my work shoes on Sundays.

Today's weigh-in was very good news: 3 pounds lost this week. That's a total of 3.8 pounds (Spark rounds everything up, so I can tell myself '4' just to make me feel better.) I did a little dance after I got off the scale. I feel like I've been working at it harder this week than any other time that I've tried to lose weight. This week's pay off was really needed.

The walking/running is going great. My route is nearly 2 miles (about 1.8), and I finish it in about 30 minutes. I'm now able to jog for 5 minutes straight. It's a slow pace, but I'm covering about 0.4 miles in that time. I found an article on training for a 5k, so I'm going to read it tomorrow and modify my walking/running pattern accordingly.

Overall, I feel... fantastic. I'm not really happy with my body yet, but I have more energy throughout the day and I'm sleeping better at night. All in all, it's a good feeling.

I also set my reward for my first goal! When I hit 10 pounds lost (173.8 pounds), Steve and I are going to go out to the Chocolate Bar. If I needed to find something to keep me running, that sure will!


One Week In

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Well, I'm ten days into this new fitness program thing, and I feel like I'm doing pretty well. I've succeeded in some form of cardio everyday, some are better than others, but that's to be expected. I'm requiring myself to walk everyday, even for just a bit so that it's part of my daily habit. Having that quiet, just-me time is nice.

I've managed to get myself up to an easy jog three times now. Today, I didn't think I was going to be able to do it, but it was amazingly easy and I managed to maintain the jog for about 3 to 4 minutes. I walked for a short bit and jogged another minute, then the last 10 minutes of my walk worked into cool down. It's nice to feel in touch with my body again.

My biggest problem thus far has been that my interest wanes after 30 minutes. I'm pushing myself to try 45 minutes while I'm still only doing walking, but after 30 I really just want to be home and doing the cool down phase.

The first week on a modified eating plan was moderately successful. I'm using the WW Flex Point system, and I stayed on plan. I used more of my weekly pool of points than I like, but it was my first week. So far this week, I've stayed within my daily points range everyday and haven't dipped into weekly points pool.

I only lost 0.8 pounds the first week, which was kind of dissappointing. Toward the end of the week I was feeling the exhaustion from working out everyday, but on the whole I'm feeling better. It's getting easier. I just have to stick to it and not get discouraged!


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