I would like to say that Iíve busted my PLATEAU! Iím thinking so anyway. I recall when I first posted how frustrated I was because I did not see any scale changes in 4 weeks; which eventually carried over to two months. But then Iíve read were others have said itís been months and even a year for them; I know that would have put me in a tailspin. It seems I couldnít get below 200 the scales would bounce from 203 to 199 and back up again. Well, on my last weigh day; this past Monday the scale read 189.6. Imagine my surprise, boy was I elated. Well, Iím happy to see the scale move again and I would like to think Iím out of PlateauVille for a while. Iíve not changed my tracker to reflect the difference; Iím waiting on the next weigh date to make the adjustment.
What did I do different, nothing major, not really. Iíve added the BodyMedia Fit as a tool for motivation; that keep me moving. I added Fish Oil to my daily supplements. I continue my weight training and cardio; no difference in that and of course trying to maintain sensible eating. So who knows what has happen, I just hope it continues. Itís easy to get frustrated but if we continue to be honest about what we put into our bodies and push ourselves to move a little more; give it 100%; sometimes when you donítí feel like it; the results will show; whether they are positive or negative; thatís up to us. Iím trying to remember that myself when I go through the rough times. Iím just glad that I have all of you to vent my frustrations and just say whatís on my mind.
Okay, Iíve completed my 7 day challenge; Going All Out! Iím so glad it is over. The purpose of the challenge was to try something different and hope that things would change for me on the scale. Well after all that hard work; the scales did not change; as a matter of a fact, I gained a pound. Now I know that since Iím female I can contribute that to a number of things; however; that is not what the goal was here. I was faithful to my regiment; even when I didnít feel like it I did. I wanted to keep my word to myself; besides I will be the benefactor of positive results; or not! So what did I learn from this experience?
When I got out of bed, I felt good! I didnít have to stretch my legs so I could get myself going; Iíve had to do that in the past. I made up my bed and was not huffing and puffing from getting the comforter like I wanted. I am stronger; my lungs are stronger and Iím healthier. I can climb more stairs without becoming winded; thatís a plus alone, and my clothes fit me better; actually; they are too big. Since June Iíve lost 40 pounds so Iím happy about that. I could give up because this experiment did not yield the results I was hoping for; but I wonít. Why? Because I am dedicated to reaching my ultimate goal in this weight loss battle. I can comfortably do so many things I couldnít do before and if I continue I will be able to do even more. So burning 1000 calories a day for 7 days didnít work this time; it doesnít mean it canít work; maybe the timing was bad; maybe my body is rebelling because itís had to let go of 40 pounds. Iím taking control of me and this is something I want really bad, sometimes we must have patience; like Job(in the bible); certainly itís worth it. If itís takes 1 month to lose 3 pounds; that will be 3 pounds gone; of course Iím hoping for better; but this is the reality in many cases.
It is so easy to become frustrated and discourage; even so I could just give up and say forget it. If thatís my attitude I will never win; so Iím going to keep fighting; keep making healthy eating choices; keep doing the cardio; keep doing the weight training; keep trying to find what will work for me; keep supporting my fellow spark friends. Why; because it matters; my goals are important to me and your goals are important to me as well. So Iím in the fight and I plan on winning a few rounds; so if you need someone in your corner; Iím your girl. Iím fired up and looking for a K.O/T.KO; it really doesnít matter; the fat has to go! Thank you for your support and encouragement; until next time, Keep Sparking!
OMG; this has been a tough road. Day 6 finished 1 more to go. Not too much to say today; had a lot to get dome due it being Saturday and all; trying to fit all errands in during this condensed time; thatís exercise within itself.
Morning Walk Ė 35 minutes -276 Calories
Midday Weight training Ė 40 minutes Ė 160 Calories
Evening bike ride Ė 30 minutes - 569 Calories
Total Calories burned: 1005
I spent a lot of time exercising but at a slower pace today. My body is tired and Iíve had so much to do; had to squeeze it in; but Iím trying to hold true to my commitment; besides; Iím looking for a great return on my investment. One more day to go; canít wait until itís over.
I canít believe it; day 5 already of this 7 day challenge. I must admit the road has not been easy and it has been a challenge to make a conscious effort daily to burn a focused 1000 calories per day. I am so curious to find out what the rewards will be after day 7.
I am finding that my body is craving some exercise, or maybe itís just all in my mind. Nonetheless, it is becoming more of a habit which is a good thing; benefit #1. So letís see how I got it done yesterday:
Morning bike ride - 20 Minutes Ė 6.40 miles - 379 Calories
Midday Weight training Ė 40 minutes Ė 160 Calories
Late night bike ride (11:15pm) Ė 35 minutes - 664 Calories
Total Calories burned: 1203
Not too bad, 95 minutes of exercise, Iím proud of myself. Well only two more days on this journey and Iím still pressing forward. Thatís all for now; enjoy your weekend and Happy Sparking!
Thursday, January 10, 2013Ė Day 4 Finished. Boy I am so exhausted. This is truly a tough regiment to continue; but Iím half way there and must remain motivated and focused to complete my challenge. Iím not sleeping well at night; this has always been an issue for me but it seems to be a somewhat worse of the past few days. I know itís important to get rest on the fitness journey; but Iím suffering in that department.
On top of my goal to battle the bulge I work full time from 7:30 to 5:30 and Iím an online adjunct Professor by night; in addition to that Iím enrolled in a Doctoral Program to receive my degree in Theology; so as you can see; my plate is full. So to get on to business at hand
Morning bike ride - 35 Minutes Ė 12.47 miles - 912 Calories (HIIT)
Midday basketball Ė 30 minutes - 379 Calories
Total Calories burned: 1291
I did better than the day before; so Iím excited about that. Friday is normally a lazy day for me; so this will be interesting, got to burn those calories. Iím still searching for some good slow cooker/crockpot recipes, so if you have any suggestions please share.