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Carol Gets Fit - Week Two

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day and barbecue go hand in hand, and here in Kansas City, and especially at our house, that means friends, beef brisket barbecued all day and carb-ful sides, and beer. Here’s where the will power comes in. My test will be to just eat a small portion of everything I want. I believe I am past my days of stuffing myself silly just because the food tastes so good. I’ve learned there is a price to pay for this kind of behavior. Besides, I’ve come this far – don’t want to blow it, now.

Here’s how I did on those goals set in Week One:

(1) Working Out. Week One‘s goal was to “set up a strict schedule for my gym workouts and decide what exercises and classes I enjoy that really fit my lifestyle.”

My biggest resistance to getting to the gym after work is that by 4pm I am tired and just want to go home and watch TV or get on the computer (bad choice) . So, I reasoned, instead of dreading “going to aerobics class or boot camp class”, I gave myself permission to just do the exercises I wanted to do, and not pressure myself to attend a class every day – just do some exercise. So that is what I did. Monday was out because of family stuff, but I went Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and for one hours each day, I walked and biked. No classes. It was freeing, but because this was such a short week I only got in those 3 hours of fitness. Also, the yard and garden are now in shape, so no major reaching, bending over or carting of bags required.

(2) Diet: Week One‘s goal was to “work on setting up a diet plan and making healthy dishes ahead of time for those nights I am at the gym until 8:00 p.m. (Chicken strips from Burger King is not the healthiest food choice. )”

Happy to report – no fast food! Salads were my choice. I stocked up on all my favorite “salad bar” goodies – the healthy ones – and just added 1/2 cup kidney beans. Very easy to just “pull out the salad bowl” full of a variety of greens, pile them on my plate and add whatever goodies I choose, onions, green & red peppers, celery, olives, shredded cabbage and shredded carrots. Yummy – and cooling when you are hot from exercise. Very satisfying. Another cooling salad I tried this week is Chef Meg’s Spinach-Berry Salad with spinach, strawberries and almonds. recipes.sparkpeople.com/

(3) Tracking & Journalling: Week One‘s goal was to “Maintain momentum. Analyzing each day helps to set a positive path for success the next day.”

Continued my personal journal and Excel weight loss chart. Love to see the weight go down each week.

Progress is certainly slow, but I just keep plodding forward because I want to get a good report from my doctor when I return at the end of June.

And so, my Goals for next week are:

(1) Workouts: The gym is back in full swing next week and I can’t wait to see the new schedule for June. Strength training is in the spotlight this week. While I have been “toying” with my free weights and resistance bands at home, I want to set a routine for each day. I found fitness videos right here on Spark People Fitness. So I added them to my Fitness Tracker.

(2) Diet: No amount of fitness can overcome what foods I put in my mouth. I must be vigilant and stay on track. Next week, the goal is to find some new recipes for dinner – if the salad gets old, and for bonus points, set out ingredients for a healthy dinner for hubby to fix.

(3) Maintain momentum: Analyzing each day helps to set a positive path for success the next day.

Proud to say “Yeah!” Two weeks down and 30 more (or less) to goal!

Success or failure, the choice is ours. We’ll see how this next week goes.

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  • LINDAF49
    progress and learning going on ...Yeah!!!

    Have to admit I am a bit jealous of you being able to go to a gym...but I must use the things I have in the home and not let excuses or reality block the progress I see in your atitude.

    I'm going to the elliptical before I do anything else! Hugs
    2102 days ago
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