Saturday, January 22, 2011
Since March 2009 I've lost 30 pounds. I dropped that weight in a year, really, and then have been in a holding pattern right around the 212-15 range. But lately I've gotten super-motivated to lose some more weight and try to live in that 195-200 range. I decided that the way to get there is the same way I got here: adjust my lifestyle, one step at a time, and begin living as though I was already the 195-200 lb Charlie.
Well, it seems to be working. I was actually at about 216 or so when I started this new push and today I dropped another pound so that I'm down to 211. I've been steadily and slowly decreasing which is just the way I like it and I do think that if I keep up my current lifestyle I'll reach my goal by the end of May.
It sure feels good to be moving toward an even healthier me, and that's really more important than the particulars of my weight.
Hope you have a great day!
Friday, January 21, 2011
I did it! I completed week 5 of the CP25K plan and tomorrow I begin week 6. Week 5 consisted of a warm-up, 5 minute jog, 3 minute walk, 5 minute jog, 3 minute walk, 5 minute jog and cool down. I added an extra minute in the middle to make it 5-6-5 for a total of 16 minutes of jogging. Week 6 is the same except that it add a couple of minutes to the middle jog: 5-8-5 with three minute walks in between for a total of 18 minutes of jogging.
I'm so excited, I just can't hide it, I'm about to lose control but I think I like it! I've never even liked jogging/running and now I feel bummed on my off days. Oh, I can just taste that 5K and it's already very sweet!
Have a great day!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I'm not exactly flexible. I can just hear my daughter laughing at this because she can bend in half without any problems and do the splits while standing! I can hardly bend in quarter but I'm trying to improve. I've been taking about 15 or 20 minutes after each major workout to stretch and improve flexibility. I'm just using a chart I found at my gym but I'm looking for ideas, do you have any?
The reason this matters to me is because I read an article recently that said flexibility, or lack thereof, effects power and speed on the bike, or any sport for that matter. I want to go faster on my bike this year and thus...you get the point.
Thanks in advance, have a great day!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I don't really like working out in the evening but on Tuesdays, at least for the foreseeable future, I must. But last night I got to the gym about 7:00 and completed run two of CP25K week five and felt as good as if I'd worked out in the middle of the day (when I usually work out). Then I completed an upper body weight training circuit followed by another 30 minutes on the elliptical and a stretching routine, but honestly at the end I wasn't ready to quit.
It's amazing to me what a positive mental attitude can do for a person. Just last fall I still had that "I don't like the gym but it's good for me mindset" but I decided to change that. I told myself over and again, "I love the gym as much as being on my bike," and I'll be, soon enough I really did start enjoying the gym (nearly) to that level. Nothing compares with being on my bike but honestly the gym has become a close second.
I'm addicted to exercise. I just love it, and I'm so glad to have had such a great workout late in the evening. It felt kind of like ending a round of golf with a birdie--made me want to go back for more!
Anyway, thanks for reading, hope you have a great day!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Last year, early in the fall, I got a little undisciplined with my weight management and put on about three pounds. At that point I said to myself, "Alright, enough of that, let's turn this boat around." So I started to take the steps I knew were necessary to do that and within a couple of weeks the weight started to come off again. Slowly, but it came off. Not only did I lose those three pounds but I've lost three more and plan to keep the momentum going.
My ideal weight is supposed to be 185 but honestly I don't think that's realistic for me. However, I do think I could get down to 195-200 and live in that range. Currently I'm at 213 so my goal this winter and spring is to take off that extra 13-18 pounds. I've decided that the best way to do that is to live like the 195 pound Charlie would live and make another push to change my lifestyle, even as I did two years ago to get where I am now, 30 pounds down.
I feel very excited about this and look forward to progressing for the glory of God, the good of others, and the joy of my soul.
Hope you have a great day!
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