5 down, 5 to go
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Today is the last day of 5 weeks running with under 1500 calories and at least 10 minutes cardio.
I picked up and had several 30 minute exercise days, and threw in a pedometer counting day, thanks to my nano, reaching 12,500 steps one day!
I also had one day, a Tuesday, just like in week 4, when I didn't exercise. Of five weeks, two no cardios-that's awesome for me, but I'm really thinking through whether I'm truly too tired, or just need a little jumpstart to reach my minimum of activity.
I tried two things that didn't work this week: Dropping my maximum calorie intake to not more than 1400 and dropping my 6 oz of white wine each night. Of course the two are closely related!
As I neared garnering my Level 6 Trophy, I returned to Spark People basic info, to learn that many people spend about 10 weeks in Phase 3, before they move to Phase 4, spreading the Spark and maintaining or sustaining weight loss. Even though it looks like I should be wrapping up (I entered Phase 3 officially in the end of March), I know, I've only been meeting my Jumpstart goals and new goals for 5 weeks now.
So, 5 more--bring 'em on! I can do it.
How? I know because I've got tracking down, when I slip. I'll even check my list of goals earlier in the day to make sure I have time to do them. When I miss (like eating standing up), I'm loathe to miss making that daily checkmark in "other goals."
Again, I read The Official Slowest Loser's blog, this week with its tips on how he met his goal four weeks early. What struck me was that he admits he battled ongoing food quantity issues with more exercise. That's great, but it's not a long term solution for many of us.
Early this year, I tried to reasonably, but aggressively push my exercise, trouble is, I have high emotional and physical demands in caring for my wonderful husband, who is paralyzed from ALS. I quickly wore myself out.
This new round, the one I've kept to longer than any other plan (A-Z, AA-ZZ, etc.) over the last 15 years (ugh!) acknowledges that volumes of food are not in my healthy lifestyle. I simply don't need so much food to be healthy. And I won't be healthy with higher amounts of food--because I won't be able to burn it off with exercise.
It's starting to work...