Sunday, February 24, 2013
I initially came back to this site and whatnot with the intention of not only tracking my exercise and thereby my calories burned per week, but also with the intent to post a weekly blog update. That clearly didn't pan out as planned, but I've learned more about myself in not keeping up with that intention. Before, I would have beaten myself up and wanted to start over with everything and I'd try to do everything in my power to keep up, even if it meant ignoring other things going on with my life. Now, I'm just like hey whatever. I'm still keeping up with my exercise tracking, and I'm glad to say I've been very consistent. I even went to Office Depot and got a pack of gold star stickers, so now for every day that I go to the gym, I place a gold star in my planner for that day. They say it takes 3 weeks to build a new habit, and I'm proud of myself for sticking with this new habit for 5 weeks so far.
I had some bloodwork done recently to test for diabetes, which thankfully I don't have at the moment, though I do have elevated liver functions. I do have a theory on that though, and it's not really wishful thinking either. For the month preceding the initial blood tests, I was taking raspberry ketones regularly in an attempt to jump start my weight loss prior to joining the gym. I only did it for that one month, and decided to stop afterwards only because I was tired of taking so many pills per day in addition to my birth control and my vitamins. I've decided that my ill-fated attempt is what's causing chaos with my liver. I could very well have fatty liver, which I will accept if that is indeed the case, but until my doctor says that that is definitely the case for me, I'm going with my theory. I have no pain or any other symptoms associated with fatty liver, unless you count my weight. In any case, I'm scheduled for another appointment in about 2 months to see what changes there may be with the results, and as far as my doctor is concerned, I'm doing exactly what she would recommend anyway- exercise, eat well, and lose weight.
In other happier news, my ticker's moving again! I've always been that girl who looked lighter than she actually was, so when people thought I was say, 110 lbs. I was actually 120. I've also been one to build muscle pretty quickly, especially in my legs, thanks to my dance life. I re-started my health journey a little over a month ago and have only last week begun to lose weight in terms of the number on that scale. However, I've definitely lost a few inches and have begun noticing some muscle definition in my legs. I'm apparently the type of person who doesn't immediately being losing weight when implementing a real lifestyle change, and for once I'm okay with that. I'm not overdoing it on the exercise, and am doing so for about an hour to an hour and a half a day, and I alternate my weight training. Every other day I do lower body, and on those other days I do upper body, adding in core work based on time permitted on whatever day. I haven't made core a primary focus mostly because I figure if I train other parts of my body and do regular cardio work, my core will naturally follow suit. So far so good. I also haven't changed my diet aside from healthy swaps here and there (who knew Greek yogurt would be so amazingly versatile???!!) so I'm not feeling deprived of anything. If I want pizza, we'll do pizza from the store and if we order out it's okay too. I'll just handle it in the gym the next day, no big deal.
So far so good, and I'll keep updating here as much as I can, when schoolwork allows for it. I'm on the right track this time, and I'm not using any weight loss supplements to do it!