Wednesday, December 23, 2009
So a couple of weeks ago I decided to burn a few extra calories a day by marching in place while brushing my teeth in the morning and before bed. It's been working out really well, because in addition to giving me a bit of extra exorcise, it forces me to brush my teeth for the full two minutes.
I've also made a rule that every time I go up the stairs in my house (only 6 at a time, since it's a split level), I have to RUN up them unless I'm carrying something that might spill. This is a challenge sometimes because our exercise equipment is in the downstairs family room, so after working out on the treadmill or bike for 40 minutes, I then have to run up both sets of stairs to the bedroom to change. But I make myself do it every time!
These might seem like little things, but I expect my weight loss journey to take close to a year or more, so if you consider that I'm doing things a few times a day, over the course of a year it could add up to a lot.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I officially began my SparkPeople journey on November 23, so tomorrow will be my one month "spark-a-versary". I'm going to do a mid-week weigh in so I have an official number to post on my SparkPage. However, I'm not going to take my measurements and do my step/push-up/crunch tests until the 27th, since that's when I took them last month.
I am feeling great about my first month! While I probably will end up a little shy of my goal of losing 11.5 pounds, I am incredibly proud of how well I've done with my exercise and nutrition. Assuming I exercise today (which I will!), I will have only missed one day of cardio in my first full month (Thanksgiving day) and I will have done strength training every single day. In addition, since my first week when I was tracking food but not trying to stay in my ranges, I have not gone over my max calories a single time. I have gone under my minimum a couple of times, though, and that's one of the things I'm trying to work on.
Plus, I am really starting to feel a difference! My arms have like real muscles in them now! And under the fat in my upper abdomen, I can really feel some muscles from my crunches. And I'm no longer sore every day after I work out, like I was for the first couple of weeks. I can't wait to do my step/push-up/crunch tests over the weekend and see how I've improved, because I really think I'll see an improvement in all three areas. Even though the scale isn't showing me as big a change as I'd like, I can feel and see the differences in other ways.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
So I noticed yesterday that when I flex my bicep, it's like all hard and strong. I guess my strength training is paying off! Still haven't decided about the home gym. We went and looked at it today and looked at the "Exercise Guide" it comes with. It has 30 different exercises you can do, which seems pretty good. I'll probably make my final decision sometime tomorrow or Monday. I told the couple who is selling it that I'd decide by then, but we wouldn't be able to pick it up until after Christmas.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tomorrow morning Dan and I are going to look at a home gym we found through Craigslist. It seems like a good deal, but I'm not positive I want it. I really like being able to work out in the privacy of my own home, but we had been talking about joining a gym in late spring/early summer to have access to more strength training equipment and racquetball courts. I figure that, by then, I'll be feeling the limitations of what I can do on my own at home with just a set of 5 lb. hand weights and the light/medium resistance band from my EA Active.
If we get this home gym it might alleviate some of that need for a gym membership, which would save us money in the long run. But at the same time, we still might decide to join a gym for the racquetball courts and additional weight machines, since even with the home gym, our options would be limited. Plus, the thing is BIG. We already have most of our downstairs "family room" occupied by our treadmill and stationary bike. Adding the home gym down there would require us to move some things around and limit the open floor space we have to use for things like push-ups and crunches and any exercise DVDs we want to do (like the 30 Day Shred I plan to do in February).
I guess we'll go and take a look at it and if it turns out to really offer a good range of exercises and seems to be in really good shape, we can work on figuring out how to get it home and where to put it.
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