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Holy Moving Scale, Batman!

Monday, February 09, 2009

I could barely believe my eyes. Yesterday, I weighed in 1 lb lighter than the day before. Today, I was again surprised...another .8 lbs down. 1.8 lbs down in 48 hours? Yahoo! I'll take it!

The interval training is really working! I have had a lot of water in the last few days too. More than I usually have in prior weeks. And I have not been adding Crystal Light because the ice cold water has made me happy.



Interval Training Fixed My Plateau Issue!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

After two days of interval training on the elliptical, the scale moved! Hallelujah! Also, if you can see my caloric intake for this varied by day...but was still in the allowable range. I did some reading about plateaus, and both of these approaches were mentioned (interval training & varying daily caloric intake). Probably helps that the TOM just passed too. I will continue with the interval training. I did do one circuit move that was suggested on the sidebar yesterday too. Adding weights was another way to break out of the plateau. I tend to only use them 1-2 times/wk, but add it to post elliptical routine.

While the scale only changed by a pound, it was enough to encourage me that I made the right changes. I must admit, I did not purposefully vary my caloric intake. It just happened. Now that I know it helps, I will be mindful of doing it. I hope this can help someone too! emoticon


How I lost my first 11 lbs.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Today is about appreciating my achievement. I would rather stay positive and not give up. The scale will move slowly, and I have to accept that. I have some people saying 'give your body a day or two of rest'...but I feel that I would come up with excuses or get busy with the kids in the time I should exercise and then just end up mad. Daily movement is what got me to where I am so far!

So how did I change things to lose my first 11 lbs? Here is a run down:

- Decreased coffee consumption to 8-10 oz./day
- Increased water consumption to 40+ oz/day
- Portion control/label watching
- Whole grains only (pasta, bagel, bread)
- Decrease in starch consumption (potatoes, pasta, rice, bread). I do eat rice, but a measured portion. I do have pasta, but I picked up whole grain and it is a measured portion
- Eliminated flavored creamers for my coffee. Instead, I use a packet of splenda, 1/4 cup of skim, and a sprinkle of nutmeg
- Exercising daily. I first started switching off Pilates and elliptical. It became hard to get space on the TV, so I put on the iPod and hit the elliptical. I could only go 5 minutes at first. I got up to 40 minutes. I just found a SELF article on switching resistance every other minute and I burn the same amount of calories in 27 minutes as I did in 40.
- Finding foods that satisfy me but don't kill my calorie count/other counts

I still have a ways to go. However, I am approximately 15 lbs away from a healthy BMI. That alone is a huge achievement. Once I get to that point, I will welcome any further loss, but know that I made change that made a difference.



Feeling frustrated

Friday, February 06, 2009

Two days this week, I have not worked out. I am not worried about the other days. But I am still feeling very stuck. I feel like there is something that I should be doing to move the numbers on the scale. I did start February right by measuring myself. I will measure again on March 1st to see. I know that my measurements could change and not the scale. But I'm still frustrated!

I am, however, very grateful for the feedback I get on the SP team boards, the recipes, and logging what I eat and what I do. I feel that this is something I must do for life. I must journal to see what I'm eating/doing.



Taking some advice from a coworker

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

She told me that she recently read in Prevention magazine that the key to weight loss is shocking your body during the workout. So let's say you go 2.3 on the treadmill. Up it to 5.0 so you are running and do this for 30 sec-1 minute. Do this intermittantly throughout your workout. Since I use an elliptical, I am going to just increase the tension so that I can really push myself. If I get to a high MPH on it the poor thing is shaking up a storm. I get up to 2.3 and I have to be careful not to fall over with it. LOL. So we'll give it a go and see how that works. I cannot wait for warm weather so I can start jogging!


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