Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Something tells me I'm not going to make my goal of 10 pounds in 10 weeks. So far I've lost a whopping 1/2 pound in a month.
What I'm learning is that I still have grazing issues. I've caught myself a few times this week, eating when I'm not really hungry. And when I catch myself, what do I do? I eat it anyway. There's something mentally wrong with me. And then I wonder why I can't break through this dam wall.
But on a more positive note, I've been using the elliptical trainer more often, mainly because I like challenging myself by increasing the resistance. The machine I use regularly has a resistance from 1-16. I used to use it 5 and felt great when I did the majority of my time on 6. Now I'm doing 10, and spend 10 minutes doing 12. My calories burned is increasing. I'm burning 100 calories more in 30 minutes, than I was a month ago. My endurance is continuously increasing. I may be failing in 1 area, but growing stronger in another.
My goal is to learn from my mistakes, and with time, the last 13 pounds will eventually come off. I'm embracing the journey, and growing stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually each day.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Here's a recap of how this challenge has gone so far:
Week 1- lost nothing
Week 2- lost 2.5
Week 3- gained back 2
Week 4- lost nothing
I'm have been keeping a "chins up" attitude since I started the challenge a month ago, but this is the first week I'm feeling a little disappointed. I have been really working it in the gym. I've increased the intensity and duration of my workouts, plus added new cardio like the stationary bike and stair machine. I'm just stuck here. This morning I got up, weighed myself, and just went back to bed.
On a more positive note, I had my running club meet tonight. They changed the route this time, and it was slightly longer, 3.6 miles. I can now run half before having to walk briskly to catch my breathe. In the end, I finished the 3.6 miles in 44 minutes, which is about a 12:30 mile. That's not half bad since I only do this once a week, and its only been about 6 weeks. I've improved alot. I actually passed up a few thin young men, which makes me feel great, and I finish before the beginner Leader comes in.
You know what would make me feel even better? Getting into the 160s.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
This was a great week for me. I logged 375 cardio minutes for the week. My routine has been something like this:
Treadmill at a 25% incline for 20 minutes
Stair climber machine for 20 minutes
That is my morning cardio, before I even eat breakfast. Then after dinner I hit the exercise room in my community clubhouse and do:
20 minutes on the elliptical trainer
20 minutes on the stationary bike.
Last week was a bust, but this week, I saw a 3 pound loss. And the craziest part? I skipped 2 days due to inclement weather.
I've been on Spark for over 2 years now, and have never gotten a 1000 fitness minutes trophy before. This month, it's my goal to get one. And it's a little rough because the first week of June, I only put in about 90 minutes, so there's some catching up to do. I've got 4 days to complete 165 more minutes. I think I can do it.
Then July, I'm going to do it again!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
So part of this 10 week challenge for me, was to work on my blogging, and check in weekly to write down my successes and failures.
Last week, I weighed in at 173.5. I wasn't thrilled, but not upset either. I was only putting in about 45-60 minutes of cardio the previous 2 weeks.
My success: This week, I accomplished 340 minutes of cardio. That is the most cardio I've done in 1 week since I joined Spark over 2 years ago. I feel really good about that.
My failure: I weighed in at 174 today. Yes, I gained a half of a pound. Am I discouraged? No. But I am disappointed. I was hoping for my 1 pound loss and I didn't get it. I have been eating pretty great all week, but did slip a couple of times. I don't think it was enough to cause a gain, but we have all learned by now that you can do everything right, and the scale may not show it.
I'm actually shocked by my lack of frustration. In the past, I would have been in tears.But I did 340 minutes of cardio!!! The energy I have is amazing, and I feel really positive about that.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Last Saturday, I went to the gym at 5:30 am. Things were going well. I had already hit the treadmill for 30 minutes, and decided to do some ST. I love that all-in-one machine withe the pulleys. Anyway, I've done the same exercises for a year now, but I'm not sure if I was overzealous, and had the weight too high, or I was doing it in bad form, but I wound up hurting my back. I was doing the axe chop, high to low, 100 pounds, and I think my body was turned to much, so I ended up hurting myself. Mind you, I did 20 reps on each side, and felt fine as I was doing them. It wasn't until I was getting into my vehicle to go home, that I felt intense pain.
I have been taking ibuprofin to bring down any swelling. I also stayed off my feet that Saturday, and Sunday. They say that you should try getting back to your usual routine rather than lie in bed. For me, my usual routine involves exercise, so Monday I was back in the gym. I actually was feeling alot better unit Tuesday when I woke up with my back hurting again. I used the elliptical that night, and Wednesday evening I met with the running club. It's funny. I'm not in any more pain when I'm exercising than when I'm not. The 3.5 mile run actually felt good. It's once I get home that I feel horrible. Now I'm alternating heat with ice packs, and slept in a recliner last night. I'm beginning to think I should lay off the cardio for a few days and see if I feel any better.
Why is it that when you have a new goal, and everything mapped out, plan in place, life has to throw a wrench in your gears? I was all set to do 6 days of cardio per week, and eat right to drop 10 pounds in 10 weeks, and now I'm sitting on the bench. It stinks. I'm not a happy camper. Tonight, my plan is to use the stationary bike, because it didn't seem to bother my back at all last night. Of course, the calories burned are very low but I suppose it's better than nothing. This is my first injury-caused set back, and I'm not taking it well. :(
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