Day 3 Check In...
Exercise - 45 minute Zumba step by step DVD. I only did the instructional video tonight and I can already tell it is going to be a great workout. My muscles are tingling all over! I jiggled things I didn't even know I had!!! I feel it in my legs, hips, abs, and even my arms!!!! Can't wait to do the first work out tomorrow!
Calories - 1284
Fiber - 22
Freggies - only 3 today (probably why my fiber was a little low tonight)
Great day today! I think it really helps me that I know I am going to be reporting my progress each night!
Now I'm A Believer!!! Well, probably not what you are thinking. While I am most certainly a believer in Christ and the Christian faith, that is not what I was referring to today.
I am actually beginning to believe in myself! I am beginning to believe that I really can do this! Any doubts that I had in myself are gradually slipping away! Monday will be my 6 month Anniversary with Spark People! 6 months!!!!!! I have never stuck with anything for 6 months! Not only am a sticking with this, but it has become a natural part of my life. To eat something unhealthy or to overeat is very unusual for me now, while it used to by my normal! I have never, ever in my life had a regular exercise routine, but now, I can't imagine not having it.
Now, I am not saying that I do not still have struggles and sometimes want the unhealthy food. It is just that I am beginning to realize that the unhealthy food never gives me what I need. It always leaves me feeling more empty, but with the added burden of guilt and disappointment. I am beginning to see that it is just not worth it! I feel great when I reach the end of the day and know that I have done everything that I could to take one more step in the right direction for my health!
For the first time, I am not impatiently waiting for this "diet" to be over! I truly believe now that this way of life will never be over for me! The amazing thing about that statement is that it doesn't feel me with dread to say it! I am actually excited about it, and I know that as more weight falls off, I will just feel better and better. That is something to celebrate!
I started this 6 months ago to help me get my cholesterol under control, and I have done that! My cholesterol is now under 200! What I didn't expect, is how much more I would gain from this experience and Spark People! I thought Spark People was just a food tracker. I had no idea it was a whole community of people just like me ready to encourage and cheer me on through this journey! Spark People is amazing!!!!!
For those of you just starting out, I know it seems overwhelming! But all you need to do is get through today! As you start making good choices, it will lead to more good choices! Don't look at the whole journey, just look at one day at a time! Celebrate all the small victories along the way! Forgive yourself when you go off track and get right back on! Don't let it derail you! Sometimes it seems like you have so far to go, but what I have learned is that as long as I am staying on track and making steps in the right direction, I can enjoy every day of the journey. I am still obese, and have a long way to go before I am considered to be at a "desirable" weight. But, you know what? That doesn't bother me one bit! I have already come so far, I feel like a different person! I can celebrate where I am right now, even though I have not reached that "desirable" weight, yet!
Just take one day and one step at a time, and before you know it, you will be a believer, too!!!