Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Hello 2013 and SparkPeople friends,
I'm still doing my thing--low carb paleo/primal eating and swinging kettlebells like a madwoman. I'm also lifting heavy a couple times a week and still walking everywhere.
I've lost 50 lbs. as of today and a whole bunch of inches since I started here at SP back in July 2012. I've made some lovely friends here, and I've also learned all sorts of new and interesting stuff about nutrition and exercise during this period, which I'm grateful for.
I'm not around the SP site much anymore for reasons I've mentioned in previous posts. I've been tracking my workouts and food elsewhere--Fitocracy for the workouts, and My Fitness Pal for food. I really like both sites and definitely recommend them to anyone looking for alternatives. Please don't hesitate to send me a SparkMail if you'd like to connect with me at those other sites! I've got at least one of you following me at Fitocracy, but the more the merrier!
Speaking of food, I'm eating A LOT. Around 1800-2000 calories/day. I love it, though I must admit it was hard to consume that much food for the first few weeks after upping my calories. I found I needed to up my calories considerably due to the heavy lifting I've been up to. The lifting combined with my kettlebell work has really been great in terms of body composition and strength gains, but I definitely needed to eat a lot more food to support all that activity.
I had a rather easy time of things over the holidays--not too many sweets or starchy foods to dodge, and I managed to keep up with my exercise routine to some degree since about half of what I do regularly I do at home. So I did miss out on a bunch of heavy lifting days, but I managed to keep up with my kettlebell training here at home, no problem.
I will be checking in once or twice a week to say hello to friends and especially to keep up with my Kettlebell Challenge teammates. I'm so glad to see that group has really taken off! There's a 10,000 swing challenge for the month of January on right now, which is AWESOME! I'm a bit late to the party to catch up with them, but I will probably join in if the challenge is repeated in February.