Monday, November 10, 2008
When I started my journey February 2008, my main concerns and goals were to achieve a higher level of fitness and eat healthier. Actually, to eat healthier was my main goal. A higher level of fitness was an afterthought. :- )
February 2008 (started @ 250lbs)
I started out by walking to the subway stop (approx 2 miles away) near my house every morning. Once I got to work I would go into the gym for an hour and walk some more. I'd then take a shower and go to my desk before my shift started. In the evening, I would walk home from the subway, change into workout clothes, and walk for another hour before going in the house to relax. During this same time, I started eating healthy. I slowed down drastically on eating junk foods.
I found Sparkpeople (it was recommended by a friend) and joined. I started logging the food I ate and the exercise I completed. At the same time, I completely stopped eating junk food. I started walking longer times on the treadmill.
April & May 2008 (ended @ 200lbs)
I increased my time on the treadmill, started walking at an incline of 4, and exercising during my lunch (I was fortunate enough to be able to eat lunch at my desk). I also started doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred.
I stopped exercising and trying to lose weight so I could focus on lifting weights and building muscle. I ended up exercising a little bit and lifting weights a little bit while eating maintenance calories instead of weight loss calories.
July & August 2008 (@ 180lbs sometime in August)
Seriously focused on lifting weights and ended up building a lot of muscle. :-) I was also still eating maintenance calories.
Sept & Oct 2008 (still 180lbs @ the end of September)
I stopped lifting weights and went back to doing cardio heavy so I could start losing weight again & eating weight loss calories (not as low as before since I'd recently been eating maintenance calories). I realized (silly me) about mid-October that my newfound & favorite hobby of running was making me lose inches instead of pounds and so I stopped running (quite sad about that, but for my sanity, I cannot continue to lose inches).
Nov 2008 (@ 168lbs on 4 Nov)
Now that I'm done with losing weight, I am back to eating maintenance calories and running. I intend to run 2 miles twice a week and 6 miles once a week.