Saturday, August 27, 2011
Well, I'll be...
I've been doing the walk/jog program for 4 weeks--faithfully, no skimping , and now here in the middle of week 5 we were to run 20 minutes straight--no stopping to walk. "Isn't that rushing things a bit?" I whined. "I don't think my endurance or my knees are ready for this quite yet."
Competitive spirit that I am though, I decided I was just going to huff & puff my way through it so I could at least say I did it once. Well, surprise, surprise. It wasn't hard AT ALL. The previous weeks' training really does prepare us to do this.
Now I wouldn't have won any race at the slow pace I ran--I was determined to last, so it was a s-l-o-w jog. I ran in the cool of early morning, music playing in my ears-- and I didn't even get winded! It looks as if I really will be able to eventually run a 5k. Well, well....
What a confidence builder.
Friday, August 26, 2011
End of my second week as a Sparker
After being downright discouraged by my lack of weight loss (although I tried to laugh it off), I can finally say that I lost a pound. But that's only half the story: what I think is making the difference in the way my clothes are fitting is the inches lost--I've lost 1 inch off my waist, 1 off my hips, and 1 off my thighs (I hardly had it to lose there). None lost off the arms (I tend to see results of weight training first in my arms.)
I am super pleased with the Spark program. Yes, I've spent a lot of time planning meals and tracking each one--but I must say, I was rarely hungry. And I've pushed my limits with the exercise: walking 4-5 miles when I'm not jog/walking (which is about to become all jogging), Bootcamp Shape-up (a video each day); Yoga video, cycling (the days before I jog/walk--have to save those knees). Whew! Can you see why I was expecting results! And I got them.
My picture is from 2009 showing me the way I want to look in that outfit again. The blouse doesn't fit as loosely yet, but the pants are zipped up and hooked. Not so 2 weeks ago.
Thanks to all of you for cheering me on when I was whining about no weight loss. I think I've figured out what's important now.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I just realized that even though the scale hasn't budged (I don't think it has, actually I've stopped looking), I have attained some really important milestones.
1) I'm staying with this program, and haven't gotten tired of it;
2) I'm in stage 4 of my jog/walk training and am jogging 16 of the 23 total minutes 3 times a week;
3) (You ladies can appreciate this one) Yesterday I had to hook my bra in the next smallest hook! Yea!!!
Now I call that progress.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
After 1 1/2 weeks on the Spark program, zealously tracking my meals (staying within or just under calories, etc.), adding to my exercise almost to the point of injury (my right knee is starting to ache), reading articles and blogs and feeling so educated, I stepped on the scales today to find not the pound or two loss I was expecting, but a 1/2 pound gain.
OK, I'm going to call it muscle, and stay with the program. I have to remember that I was already "dieting" before I started this more healthful program and my body must be trying wildly to adjust to all the changes I've put it through. I've got to calm down, stop joining so many exercise challenges and find a good range of carbs and activities that works for me.
Another Spark blogger gave the following website as a resource. I'll list it here as I found the speaker gave very plausible explanations for how the body's internal system determines weight gain/loss—beyond calorie intake,etc., and tips for permanent, sustainable, weight loss.
Click on the video to hear the podcast:
Saturday, August 13, 2011
This is the end of my first week with SparkPeople, and the only activity I haven't done is to write a blog---EVER, in my life, so here goes. I have never been on a more supportive and encouraging site so I feel empowered to share my thoughts and goals.
Since I'm a teacher (and in the grandmother years), I did plenty of traveling and eating, and socializing and eating, and preparing for fall classes and eating during the first part of the summer. Notice that you didn't see exercise mentioned among those activities. You just can't carry on like that at my age and not pay a terrible consequence. I looked at the 15 pounds put on since May and the zippers that couldn't push over my tummy, and decided I had to get on it. I tried just reducing the calories and walking 3 miles a day and managed to lose a few pounds--then the scale wouldn't budge, no matter what I did.
I'd heard about SparkPeople on a morning show a couple of years ago, but all I could remember was SPARK, so I googled that and found this amazing site. I've spent this week tracking my nutrition and exercise, reading articles, recipes and blogs--the whole bit. Whew, there's a lot of info here!
I've dropped a couple of lbs already but more importantly, that zipper has come up ALMOST to the top of those jeans. So it's time to make a commitment and get serious. I don't want to go through this pain again and again; I want to practice good habits (don't we all already know what they are!) and make a new healthful lifestyle.
Lose 12 lbs
Gain some muscle
Enjoy eating healthfully
My Daily Activities to attain those goals
Track my nutrition & exercise on SparkPeople
Look for additional activities to have fun being active
Rack up as many Sparkpoints as possible (will keep me reading & learning)
Ask for help when I need it
Encourage others (be a Spark myself)
I've seen the lbs lost by many of you, so I know I can do it too! I just have to stay the course.
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