Thursday, May 03, 2012
It's been a successful one. I had one or two days where I unfortunately consumed empty calories, but for the most part, I've become much more conscientious about what kind of food I'm putting into my body. I've shifted from a primarily carbohydrate-based diet to a diet that is high in protein. I've also increased my exercise drastically. I was riding a horse 90 minutes a week with the occasional exhausting walk/run averaging once every two weeks. Now granted, a week or so before I signed up for Sparkpeople, I had started using my treadmill two times per week, but the exercise was exhausting and I would feel deflated at the end.
Then I signed up for Sparkpeople. This program was successful for me before and while I was feeling deflated, I decided to sign up again anyway. In the past two weeks, in addition to my eating habit changes, I've started drinking much more water and skim milk. With these dietary changes, I've had more energy and have had greater motivation to increase my exercise level. I now walk/run my treadmill 3-4 days per week (plus my two days of riding) and take one day off. I've increased my endurance from only being able to run 12 minutes at 5mph and being breathless to running 21 minutes at that same pace and am only slightly winded. It feels good.
With this, I've lost 4 pounds. In two weeks. It's pretty awesome. I don't know if my body can maintain this pace, but as my fitness level increases, I'll be able to push myself further. The trick will be maintaining my diet. Eating the same few things over and over tends to get boring and slipups are likely to occur, but knowing that this may happen is driving me to look for new recipes for all meals. I've found a few that look great and I can't wait to try one this weekend :)
It's been a good two weeks. Time to keep pushing forward.