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Thursday, March 21, 2013

I feel great! I've been diligently following the Sparkpeople "way" since January, and I feel good. I lost 18 pounds since then, and I have quite a few benefits. I am able to walk up the hill to my job without getting winded. I feel more alert than I did when eating the foods I used to indulge in. I am able to get into some old suits and dresses that I couldn't wear for over a year, so it's like I have "new" clothes without having to buy any. My pants keep slipping down... an irritating yet satisfying predicament. I know I am healthier... I take a multivitamin and omega 3 gummy everyday in addition to making better choices.

So, I'm doing Sparkcoach, and I watched the video today, and it talked about how to maintain consistent weight loss and keep the weight off once you get to goal weight. They asked "how many minutes do you think you need to exercise on average to maintain consistent weight loss?" I didn't know. They answered "245 minutes a week, on average".

Whew! I thought I was doing well with my piddly little 30 min 3 times a week. And in all seriousness, I am doing well... I am not minimizing where I have come from. I couldn't even exercise 10 minutes without stopping when I first started out. But that number... 245... is intriguing to me. It is something else to shoot for. I guess I thought I had "arrived", but there is always more that can be done, right? So, after my initial shock at than number (40 min of exercise 6 days a week, are you SERIOUS with my schedule?!), I am considering how I might be able, slowly but surely, to move up to that number.

I have never been athletic, so all of this is new and interesting to me. I think I'd like to try to meet the challenge! emoticon
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