Alright, for those of you playing the Grapefruit Game, post your weight loss progress for the first week below. To be on the 15-lb loss glide-path, you should have lost 1.5 lbs. The one thing all of us have learned about losing weight is that its anything but linear.
To make it more fun, try to liberally use the week's letter in your posting. It's R. If you have depended on the gym to help you get there, maybe is "reps" or "rpms." If it's the Sparky water, maybe its Repetitive trips to the potty. If it's through calorie tracking or portion control, maybe its Right-sizing your meals. If it's all of the above in some combination, Really you Reckon the whole Revisionist lifestyle Raison-d'e-etre that is the Spark way - which of course is Rational.
For me its been my Revisit to being a gym Rat. Really I am out the door each morning by 5:30 AM, and I Revel in the opportunity to be first to get on the best elliptical (they all have personalities in my new, small gym), which is the only one providing a quasi-believable heart-Rate Readout. I Ramp up the Revolutions and Really break a sweat up there, because the Really accurate heart-Rate thingy says I can without dying or anything stupid like that. Of course, I'm Rapidly putting away the Sparky water ounces all the while.
When Ready to Retire (for the day) from cardio, Right away I'm on the deep Red (color of dried blood sort of) shiny new weight machines. I Really focus on form and pacing, rather than just seeing the maximum weight I can pull, push or otherwise leverage in the shortest possible time. This tip I got from a Spark video (yes, even Revved-up Type A me had the patience to Relax in my chair and watch one). Many thanks to my many Spark friends who generally guided me to consider Strength Training (1) every other day and (2) before Cardio on those days. I will Report back and advise how I did with this Revision to my Regimen.
When my 90-minute gym window is up, I Retire to the men's locker room and the showers. I may admit, only to you (my 330ish closest friends) that perhaps the hot shower after the Reps and Revolutions and RPMs on the Red equipment might be the best part of the whole gym-Rat experience.
So on day one, there I am standing in my birthday suit pondering the ICE COLD shower. And it stayed cold for awhile. A longer while than that. Nope, longer than whatever you are seeing. About a full five minutes past serious considering the Ridiculousness of having to climb back into my sweaty clothes (the ones that say "Ravens World Champions! - Super Bowl XLVII) and then Ramble out to the front desk to complain on Day One.
Then, suddenly, came the warm water. Really, an infinite supply of it, as hot as I could ever have wanted it. Coming out of the shower, I then Reckoned the sign - "Winter Showers - Please Allow Ample Time for Hot Water to Arrive." Such are the trials and tribulations of the little gym. The shower remains my favorite part of the experience, and now I know to Run first to the shower, Ratchet on the hot full blast, and then to amble back to the locker room area to get undressed as a Relaxed pace... things you learn.
Tomorrow or Monday, I'll post my weight loss progress below. For now, how did you do?