Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Today was the first day of our "Back to school seminars"--all day meetings. What a way to begin a job in which you very rarely get to sit down. Anyway, I got up early cause it was a jog/walk day and I wasn't going to miss it. I came back, ate my oatmeal made with protein powder instead of milk, sprinkled with chunks of peach and walnuts, and planned the rest of my meals and exercise, responded to some blogs, and to some of my various teams' topics, read some articles, and -- yeah, you guessed it -- almost missed the first meeting. Actually, I got there just as they were finishing their donuts & muffins and was able to say Hi to everyone with just coffee in my hand. I grabbed a yogurt for a snack later, but didn't have a moment to eat it, so I had it later for lunch with the celery and peanut butter I had brought. Next time I'll bring more; I just grabbed that as I ran out the door.
At 4:00 I headed for the gym before I had a chance to sense how tired I was...and was so glad I didn't have to work off muffins & donuts (I can't stop once I have one of those).
Yep! It's going to be a different year...
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:
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