Thursday, August 04, 2011
Today is my official 2 week anniversary with SparkPeople! Since joining I have lost 5 lbs. Woohoo! That puts me at a total loss since my journey began on June 1, 2011 to 10 lbs!
I am finding that tracking my food every day and my exercise is really helping me to keep my focus and to make healthier choices throughout the day. I made my food log public to help keep me accountable. It makes me think about "Do I really want people to see I ate a candy bar?" and no, I don't. I'd rather people see I ate a banana =)
I am definitely noticing results. My work outs are not killing me any more. They actually feel good and surprise, surprise, I am having fun!
I have been doing pretty good on my calorie consumption too. My goal range is 1490-1840. I have only gone over that twice during the last 2 weeks where I got around 2000-2100, which really isn't that bad and is probably about what I'd need to maintain weight.
I have managed to walk my doggy every single day. If for some reason I don't make it out in the morning, like if it is raining, then I've made it up after dinner. That has the added bonus of my husband joining me =) He's not up to going every day, but once or twice a week is quite a bonus and I'll take it! He needs to get in shape as well. Actually one of my unwritten goals IS to inspire him,
Speaking of inspiration.. I've been posting my fitness and success and everything on Facebook just to give me an added boost of accountability and motivation. Well this morning I had posted this status...
"So tired. I did not sleep well. Too many interruptions. Going to require much will power to get my butt moving today and do my walking and aerobics =( Think I'll bribe myself with a nap if I meet my goals"
To which a friend of mine promptly replied...
"You can do it! Just so you know, you have inspired me to make exercise a regular thing again. So far this week I'm 3 for 4, in that I've walked in the mornings and evenings 3 days and now 4 mornings...it sucks in the a.m., but I sleep much better and through the night if I do. :) I too am looking forward to seeing the scale go in the right direction again!"
WOW! I was so touched I cried. I told her she totally made my day =) And then I got my shoes on and my MP3 player and sunglasses, leashed my dog and went for our walk.
Last thing I want to put down into this Blog entry is that I am due for a reward. I need some good walking shoes. I know that my sandals are not going to cut it and will not help keep my knee from too much impact. So whenever the tax free weekend hits I will brave the mall *shouldn't be too bad now that I am not afraid of walking a little more!* and go buy myself a good pair of walking shoes =)
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I am quite proud of myself. Instead of my standard lay on the couch reading and playing on my computer all day Saturday, I got busy!
I started off with a mile walk with my baby girl, Sara (puppy.) We did it in 23 minutes, which was 3 minutes faster than the day before. It was so hot I think we both just wanted to hurry back to our A/C at home lol.
Then I did my daily Bible reading. I'm reading from John MacArthur's daily Bible which has his commentaries in it as well. It is one of those one year Bibles. It has every day some Old Testament (in order) then some Psalms and Proverbs and then New Testament (in order.)
Then I went outside and pulled weeds from my planters for 20-30 minutes. I didn't get the exact time I went out there. I filled up an entire black garbage bag. I got some sun and polished off my 9th glass of water for the day.
Then I did my 2 mile brisk walk with Leslie Sansone and used the stretchy bands to boost it up. That took 31 minutes with the warm up, work out and cool down.
Then I lugged out the vacuum cleaner and vacuumed the entire house, including the tiled areas. 12 glasses of water down.
Now I am about to take a very much needed shower. Then I will relax and read for a bit, probably eat a banana and then get ready to head over to my mom and stepdad's house for dinner and a family night around 5-6pm =)
The best part is... I feel fantastic! I really feel like I have seized the day instead of totally wasting it.
Friday, July 29, 2011
When I went walking today around my neighborhood with my doggy, I came precariously close to twisting my ankle on some uneven pavement. Now I know you guys don't know me from Adam, but my friends and family know that I am notorious about spraining, twisting and even tearing ligaments and tendons in my ankles. I'm a disaster on my feet lol.
But... NOT TODAY! I was able to gracefully recover my balance and I was able to avoid injury. I do believe it's because of my daily exercise. It could have been a devastating fall, but I believe it's a sign of all this effort paying off.
Thank you God for giving me this burning desire to get fit and please give me the strength to continue!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I have been on this site for 1 week now. During this week I have managed to track my meals every day, drink my water, read my Bible and reach my minimum fitness goals. YAY!
I actually began trying to lose weight as of June 1, 2011 when I was at a weight of 255 lbs. I had managed to lose 7 lbs. by the end of June, however I went on a trip to visit family in early July and regained 2 lbs. putting my weight at 250 lbs. when I discovered this site and the The Spark book.
Currently I am at 246 lbs. so I managed to re-lose the weight I gained on my trip AND have lost 1 additional lb. for a grand total of 9 lbs. lost over 2 months. 4 of which have been lost during my 1st week with Spark.
I am feeling really good physically, I have noticeably more stamina for my work outs and I feel a strong desire to keep adding a little bit here and there to my exercise each day, to do just a little bit more as I feel so good. My knee is holding up well. My back feels great! The only issues I've had so far is my left elbow feels a bit strained and I got a blister on the heel of my right foot.
I should be receiving a tape measure that I ordered either today, or tomorrow so I can take measurements of my body to see how that's changing in black and white, although I can personally notice a difference in my legs getting slimmer, especially my thighs.
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