Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I'm working on the Couch to 5K program and, even after doing cardio for over a month, I'm still at about a 20 minute mile. I walked for 40 minutes today and, you guessed it, did two miles. Well, at least I'm doing moving. I love techie gadgets and today I hit 11,707 steps! I can feel I'm getting more fit, but it sure is a slow process. Why didn't I start this in my 20's? or even 40's?
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Today is Day 52 of my journey with SparkPeople. Over the last few days I have been surprised that my stamina has improved. I find that I can walk farther and have more energy throughout the day. I have joined the Couch to 5K challenge and will definitely be pushed to get those miles in. I'm not a fast walker, but did push to get 1.5 miles in at 30 minutes. It might take me longer than five weeks to get to the 5K, but I will do it.
Friday, June 07, 2013
I've been a member of the SparkPeople Community for 49 days. Over that time I have learned how to track my food, to motivate myself to exercise before going to work (even if I'm not a morning person), to drink at least 8 glasses of water, and to eat more vegetables. I have learned that I'm more likely to exercise than give up a tasty treat (big surprise for me). I have learned that my body loses weight at a snail's pace and that is just luck of the draw. I have learned that losing inches is satisfying.
Most importantly, I have learned that I can do it and stick with it -- even forever.
Lost 3 pounds
Lost 5.5 inches
Cardio minutes 33,040
Cardio minutes today 31 (Jessica Smith Metabolism Boost Video)
Strength minutes today 11 (Freytag 10 minute upper body)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Life is interesting. Just when I needed extra inspiration for continuing this journey I read one of the featured blogs on SparkPeople. Pixie-Licious' blog reminded me that while the goal is important, it really is the journey toward health and greater happiness that keeps us all going. Her words of wisdom were exactly what I needed today after another week of lost inches, but no lost pounds.
My job is very outcome focused with tight deadlines and much accountability. I sometimes take the same approach to my personal life. It is good to be reminded that this journey toward improved health, increased fitness, and, yes, weight loss, isn't just another project to be completed. It is a life journey to be savored, appreciated and enjoyed.
Thanks SparkPeople for the reminder.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
While I'm losing inches with my exercise and eating plan, I haven't been losing much weight. Got my annual tests back from the doctor yesterday and my cholesterol is normal! My last report three years ago my LDL was too high and the tri-g not much better. After only 6 weeks of working out and monitoring my diet, my LDL is normal and my HDL is excellent. This is good proof why losing weight shouldn't (and can't) be the only reward.
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