Monday, July 26, 2010
Well, after a month or more of frustration and adjustments and thinking I was really doing this to the best of my ability and discovering I was just sort of getting ready, I feel like I am finally moving down the path to fitness and weight loss at a better pace. I was really struggling with not wanting to walk or run in the California summer heat, and I had to think about that for a while, but I prayed about it and then realized that I had a chance to get a treadmill, even though we are long-term unemployed. I had a little mini-notebook computer I don't often use, and I bartered it on Craiglist for a nice treadmill with incline. The readouts don't seem accurate, but the treadmill works great. I've asked for a heart rate monitor for my birthday in a few weeks so I can accurately track my calories, but I can guesstimate for now.
I also picked up a book at the library while I was sort of browsing the aisles that turned out to be really helpful. It's The Biggest Loser Fitness Program, and it has had a lot of great information as well as descriptions and pictures of exercises and a program of how many sets and reps to do for circuit training 3x a week. I did the whole thing today before my hour on the treadmill, and learned that I love planks the least of all exercises. :) But, it was a great workout, felt really like the right direction to be going, and I've lost a couple of pounds just from doing the cardio for the last 5 days since I got the treadmill.
So the scale is moving, muscles are burning and all seems to be finally going in the right direction. Yay! And yay for SparkPeople for giving me a way to figure out and track all my nutrition and fitness stuff. I really couldn't be doing this without it.