Okay, so I accomplished one of my goals - 2-weeks on the treadmill, at slow pace of 2.0 and fast at 2.5. Now it's time to step it up a bit.
So on Monday, I began my new routine of slow at 2.5, and fast at 3.0 -- whoa! 3 MPH might not seem very fast to some people, but I felt like George Jetson, lol!
I can most definitely feel the burn now. I get much more out of breath, and I'm sweating quite a bit, where as before, it almost felt like a leisurely pace. My goal is to be eventually able to jog, which I've never done before in my LIFE. I just wanted to get back into the swing of exercising before pushing myself too hard. But now it's time to get serious about shedding this fat - once and for all!
I've also been making a conscious effort to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day - which is not that hard, really, since I use Great Value (Walmart brand) Cherry drink mix. I make a gallon every other day, but am working my way up to a gallon per day. There's no sugar or sodium, so it's good for me - and it tastes SO much better than plain water...it tastes like a cherry popsicle, lol!
So I'm pushing water, pushing myself harder in my workout - something should be changing, right? Well, nothing so far. I know it's only been a few days, so I'm not being pessamistic just yet. But there's one more change that I have to make, and this will be the hardest one yet...I have to find healthy foods that fit into my low-budget.
Right now is especially tough for me, because i'm on short time at work, so I have to make my paycheck stretch. Getting paid every 2 weeks is a pain, so what food I buy has to last 2 weeks as well.
Sure, that was a breeze when i could eat whatever I wanted - Dollar Menu fast food, ramen noodles, Banquet meals, Michelena Budget Gourmet...but I can't lose weight eating those, not to mention the carbs are pretty high for a diabetic.
So now I've got to find healthy foods that don't cost and arm and a leg. I've posted this in Spark Cafe, and am hoping for some good advice. I know that ground beef can go a long way, so I'm gonna try a few of the recipes that I found here on Spark - my son pretty much buys his own food (he's 24), so I can just portion the recipe out to make several meals - I'm thinking I might have found my solution in this. My only worry is that if I don't like the recipe, I've wasted food money to make it. Oh well, I guess I can always add some hot sauce to jazz it up, haha!
Soooo, wish me luck - I'm gonna try this new way of doing it. Obviously my way, eating sandwiches, high-fat budget meals and dollar menu isn't gonna cut it. But it really is hard to eat healthy on the cheap. This was a no-brainer, really, but if I hadn't found SP, I wouldn't have all these great recipes to choose from - many of which I think my son will love as well. Keep em comin, ya'll!! I'll keep ya'll posted on how things go.