Friday, January 14, 2011
I finally got on the scale this morning. I knew my weight was up after 2 months of eat, drink and be merry... and I'm up 10 pounds.
But that's OK. I have touched the borders of One-der-land and I will go back there again. I have reignited my spark, am almost 1/2 way through the 28 day Bootcamp Challenge and I feel focused again.
Weight loss is a state a mind as much as anything else. You lose the focus, you gain the weight.
Really, I was only kidding myself. If I ignore the problem, it will go away, right? Don't go on the scale and nobody will know, including me.
NO. I faced my fear, acknowledged the number, and I'm burning with the Spark again. I'm tracking my food, looking forward to daily exercise and enjoying living healthy again. Feels great.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I've been on vacation for 2 weeks; a "staycation" more than anything. I was out of my normal routine and going through a bit of a stressful situation, so I knew I would probably indulge more than I should. Whether I should have fought the urge to snack, esp. at night is a whole other ballgame. I decided to conduct a bit of an experiment with my Spark program.
I normally do cardio 5 or 6 times a week: Curves, eliiptical, walking, or biking, along with strength training: upper body weights and core exercises. I allot a half hour per session, more or less, and burn from 250 to 500 calories.
So, over the past 2 weeks, I turned up the cardio. I started 3 or 4 mornings a week with a brisk walk and did Curves in the afternoon or I extended my time on the elliptical/bike. I often burned 700 calories/day, over 4000/week last week!
I normally eat 1700 calories/day, but averaged over 1900 calories/day for 2 weeks. I normally have a calorie differential of -500 calories/day, but had a larger differential over the past 2 weeks, sometimes -1000 calories/day.
So, you would think the weight would have fallen off me.
But it didn't. I have been losing 1 to 2 pounds a week since Easter and in the past 3 weeks, I only lost 3 pounds.
Now, I'm pretty happy with the 3 pound result, considering my food choices were not always the wisest, most nutritional ones, esp. after supper. But I conclude that NUTRITION is more important than EXERCISE. I think what we eat is greater than 70% of this battle and it's more important to eat healthy than to indulge & then try to burn it off later. At least that's what my little experiment proved.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
So, I've been religiously following Spark people for 7 & 1/2 weeks now and I'm pretty proud of myself. By the time I weigh myself on Tuesday, I expect to have dropped 15 pounds. My goal was 23 lbs by July 1st and I can do it! I've gone over my calories on some days and not exercised (even for just 10 minutes) on others, but overall, every week has been an improvement and I feel more in control of my life because of it. Having friends spark with you helps and actually seeing the numbers on the scale go down is a HUGE motivation. People are noticing my weight loss, and I appreciate the compliments. Hooray for Spark People... and Hooray for me!
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