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Week 2 of Jillian's 30 day shred and more

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Well I am officially two weeks through Jillian's 30 day shred. I haven't done it - just 4 days both weeks. I am sore every day pushing and stretching more muscles. So far I haven't lost any inches and weight loss has been slow. But I feel more physically fit and I love having some definition to look at.

I think the best new established habit has been packing my lunch. I really think that's what's gotten me into trouble over the past two years. I used to always bring my lunch and then when I took a new job my habit went out the window. The other major thing that affected my weight gain over the past few years the addition of my now husband into my life. I went from loving and running regularly to slowly decreasing that habit to where it feels like a chore now. I'm sure that related to a bunch of different things - my husband not being a sporty person, my no longer having access to a gym and not wanting to pay for one during the winter time, my boredom with running at this time in life, and of course the excess weight gain over the years has not helped it feel any easier.

I think finding new ways to exercise this past month have been really good for me. While two weeks is by no means a habit yet, it is a start. And it's a start that I'm proud of.

Another thing I've discovered is that I feel much better when I don't overeat. By eating a set amount of calories for each meal or day, I feel so much better after the meal. I used to eat and eat and eat until I was full. Then all the sudden I would feel miserable. Now I eat set amount and while sometimes I crave a bit more, I don't feel awful. Earlier this week I saved up my calories for a big meal and night. Not only was I feeling hard up for food most of the day, but when I finally did eat a big juicy burger with fries, I ended up getting heartburn and felt extremely bloated afterwards. Its actually rewarding to recognize that eating healthy is good for more than one reason.
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