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...!