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Third Week update - slowly plugging away


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

This is my third blog entry. I'm trying to make an entry about once a week. At this point, I've become pretty comfortable with my daily food choices and options. I don't miss high-calorie, high-fat foods. I've found that I am enjoying hunting for low-calorie, low-fat recipes. I created a cookbook on recipezaar.com that I've filled with healthy recipes. Knowing that I have that, it's made grocery shopping and meal planning easier. I also started taking a daily multi-vitamin and calcium because, thanks to sparks nutrition tracker, I noticed I wasn't getting my daily allowance of iron or calcium. I've also been enjoying more fruits and vegetables everyday. Yesterday, I had 8 servings of fruits/vegetables for the day, a personal record! So, I'm happy with the "diet" end of things.

As for the exercise, I'm plugging away. I'm still doing the Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds DVD. I alternate between her 3 and 4 mile walks. The 3 mile is getting really easy for me. I'm thinking of trying to do it with hand weights to make it more challenging. I can make the 4 mile challenging by adding jumps and jogs throughout the workout. I'm still on the lookout for a more challenging DVD, but haven't bought one yet. I also bought The Firm core solutions DVD. It has three separate 10 minute 'core' workouts. It's very challenging for me. In fact, it's so hard for me to do that I feel discouraged and that does not invigorate or motivate me. It makes me feel defeated. I'll keep at it and, hopefully, will see improvements.

As for weight loss that's hard to say. The scale fluctuates throughout the day/week and I find that terribly frustrating. It can be up to 6 pounds heavier in the afternoon or evening so how do I know what I actually weigh? Over the last three weeks, the scale doesn't swing as high as it did but it isn't swinging any lower, either. If I had to guess, I'd say that I've lost about three pounds over the last three weeks. For as hard as I'm working and the drastic change in my diet, that's frustrating. I FEEL like I should have lost 10 pounds by now.

I have noticed that my face, around my jaw line, looks leaner. As for any other visible improvements on my body, that's the only one to report. Other than that, my clothes all fit the same and there haven't been any other noticeable changes. Again, I'm a bit discouraged by that. I finally took my neck, hip and waist measurements and recorded those on spark. I'll revisit those in a couple of weeks or a month and, hopefully, I'll see some progress there.

So, that's where I am right now. I'll keep plugging away . . .
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