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Slow Beginning

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Well, I've been working out since January 5th and I started tracking my nutrition on January 8th. My first few workouts were very light - - kind of an introduction back into the world of fitness. I worked out to a Prevention DVD that has a 15 minute walking workout. I did that DVD for two days, January 5th and 7th. After that, I graduated to Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds DVD on Thursday, January 8th. The one I have has a 3-mile challenge and a 4-mile challenge and I've been able to do both, I'm happy to report! I've done the Leslie Sansone DVD 11 times total. I've also been to the gym once and did the elliptical machine for about 30 minutes. I have seen improvements in my endurance and in my strength. When I first started doing the walking DVD's, I could barely do all of the knee lifts and the side to side steps hurt my hips. Now, I feel very strong doing her workout and have even found myself adding in jumps and trying to challenge myself during her workout. I'm at the point where I think I'd like to find another DVD to try to challenge myself with.

Strength training I haven't been as good at doing as I have cardio. I'm good about doing upper body exercises with hand weights. What I've noticed I avoid is any core work or lower body work. Apparently I really dislike those. So, my goal is to find some lower body and core strength training exercises that I like and will actually do.

My overall physical goal is to see more strength and endurance improvements. This will only happen if I commit myself to challenge my muscles on a regular basis. So, that's my overall fitness goal.

As for the nutrition end of things, I'm still working out the kinks. I'm a bit frustrated because the only fish I can find in the stores around here all have the warning "product of China" and I will not eat fish from China. I even tried Bumblebee's vacuum packed salmon and it was terrible. So, I'm still looking for 'tried and true' healthy meals that I can prepare. Also, over the holiday weekend (MLK) I was out of town celebrating my brother-in-laws 40th birthday. And, yes, over the course of the weekend I exceeded my calorie requirements on a couple of days. I haven't beaten myself up about it though. I just looked at it as he only turns 40 once and I'm going to have fun and get back to the program as soon as I can.

I have not, as of yet, recorded any weight loss. I've found that my weight fluctuates about 6 pounds throughout the day. Also, my clothes are all fitting the same. I am a little frustrated, but I keep reminding myself that this is a journey and everything I have done so far has, indeed, been improving my health. I just have to keep at it and the weight loss will come.

So, that's this weeks update. I'm looking forward to what I'll have to report next week! Hopefully, I'll be able to say I'm even stronger!

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BETHANNE1824 1/20/2009 3:14PM

    I'd suggest Turbo Jam dvds they are great! They are cardio but everything also works your legs and core and upper body. emoticon

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Fast Break Stage of my Spark Diet

Monday, January 12, 2009


My New Year's Resolution is to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. I am in the "Fast Break Stage" of the Spark Diet. I've been in this stage for one week and plan on remaining in the stage for one more week. I figure it took me a long time to pack on the pounds and it's going to take a long time to lose them. As they say, slow and steady wins the race!

I spent this past week familiarizing myself with the SparkPeople website. It's a huge site to navigate. I haven't spent too much time getting my page put together. I've really concentrated on learning how to log my meals and everything I put in my mouth! I've also familiarized myself with the myriad of Spark Teams that are out there and have even joined a few. I've posted a few questions on the message boards and have received prompt and knowledgeable answers. I feel like a kid at the beach, cautiously putting my toe in the water to see if the water is warm. I've been happy to discover that the SparkPeople community is a warm and welcoming bunch and I don't have to be timid or shy and I can jump right in and ask questions or share my opinions. It's very liberating to feel so supported in learning this new, healthy lifestyle.

I just read a great Healthy Lifestyle Blog here on SP. It was titled, USA Today Share Tips, Challenges Readers to Start 'Dieting on a Dime'

One of the tips was to "Plan ahead and create a menu of at least five dinners a week . . ." Well, so far, I have found two dinners that I like and can keep on-hand. I'm still looking for more meal ideas. I posted a request for more meal ideas with two of my spark teams and am waiting to see what the response will be.

In the meantime, I will share some of the tricks I learned this week:

1. Sugar Free gum is your friend. It will keep you from munching as you cook. It will also keep you from mindless munching just about any time of day!

2. Decaf Herbal Tea counts as water! Yes! I have become very good friends with Celestial Seasonings, Fruit Tea Sampler. They are caffeine-free herbal teas. Very fruity and refreshing. Also, I've replaced my morning coffee with Stash Premium Chocolate Hazelnut Tea (decaf). I found that the only way I liked coffee in the morning was with about three tablespoons of Hazelnut creamer (about 60 calories) and I wanted to have at least 3 cups. That added up to 180 calories per day just in my morning coffee!! So, this Chocolate Hazelnut Tea has been a lovely substitute with NO calories!!! Yes!

3. Leslie Sansone Walking DVD's. I purchased Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds Express DVD. It has a 3 mile advanced walk and a 4 mile super challenge. I've done them both and found them both fun and challenging. Also, Leslie is very motivating and likable.

My goal for this week is to continue to work out with both cardio and strength training. Continue to search for low fat and low calorie meals that taste good and are easy to prepare. I'm also searching for more workout DVD's to add to my routine. Also, I'll continue to log my nutrition and fitness and surf SparkPeople.

If you read my blog and have any tips or advice, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you! Week One Over!

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.


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