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    MADDIE_82  
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2 Week Mark

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

So, I have officially been following the Spark program for 2 weeks now. This is the most consistent I have been in healthy eating and exercise in probably the past 5 or more years. Something definitely feels different this time around ... I feel like it has finally "clicked" and that there is no turning back - I AM READY for a new life.

My goal is to weigh 125 pounds by August 31 of this year (2011). That is a little less than a 2 pound loss per week. This is not my number one goal in terms of importance, however. I am more focused on becoming stronger, healthier, more fit, and more confident with respect to my body. I am very confident that these goals are attainable.

So far I have found the Spark program to be very maintainable. I have been exercising at the gym consistently - out of the past 14 days, I have worked out 11 of them (either cardio at the gym; cardio + weights; or group exercise classes). I am already noticing an improvement in my endurance and cardiovascular fitness. I am also starting to (slowly) love the feeling that comes with working out. I have also been tracking my food on Spark every single day. I think this is key to my success - as I was not aware of quickly 1500 calories can be consumed. I have, on most days, stayed within my calorie range (it started out between 1500 and 1750 cal/day and then switched to 1200 to 1550). I have a long way to go with food, I know. For instance, I get nowhere close to where I should be in terms of servings of vegetables. But, I am going to focus on small, sustainable changes. So far, my focus has been on getting between 8 to 10 cups of water per day.

The results? The first week I lost 5 pounds, which was most likely a lot of water. This past week, I lost 1 pound. I am already noticing a difference in how my pants are fitting - twice this week I wore pants that haven't fit since the fall! Definitely made me feel good :)

The only downside is that I am feeling very tired...not physically tired but cognitively tired. That probably doesn't make much sense. It is hard to explain what I feel - but it is a feeling that my head is so heavy and all I want to do is close my eyes and sleep (although, I'm not really sleepy). Like I said, hard to explain. I'm trusting that this is just a result of my body adjusting to a lot of changes all at once and that it will go away soon.

I can't say how thankful I am for Sparkpeople and for all the wonderful, encouraging comments and support I have received from people. It truly is appreciated.

Now, off to the gym...!
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JENJESS48 2/10/2011 11:13AM

    emoticon You're doing a fantastic job!

I totally understand what you mean by "cognitively tired." I think it's mostly because you're thinking so hard about your new habits and trying to build new routines. Trust me, this will get easier with time. Experts say it takes 3 weeks to turn a new action into a habit, and I find that to be about right for me. And then it takes about another 3 weeks for that new habit to harden into routine. It gets consistently easier over time, and you have to think less and less about it. By about six weeks, you won't even have to think about it anymore; you'll just do it. The fatigue should ease up soon. In the meantime, focus on getting 8 hours of sleep.

emoticon Just be a little patient with the process. emoticon

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