Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I just did my Plateau Busters Spark Coach for the day and had the shocker that this was the last day of it. Tomorrow I'll weigh in and do measurements. I don't think my weight has changed, but I'm feeling bones and hollows I haven't felt for too many years.
What have I learned from the Spark Coach experience?
1) I've gotten back to tracking my food. This forces me to eat more simply, which is a lot less time consuming to track than when I make new foods with lots of ingredients.
2) Probably the biggest thing is that I've gotten my butt back on the treadmill. I've done 12 days of 13 with the lowest mileage being 1.75 miles and the highest 7.7 miles.
3) I have started swinging kettlebells again, which is an excellent combo of strength and cardio.
4) I have entered into a healthy, friendly competition with five friends using our Fitbit steps to encourage each other to try harder. All of last month, I was at or near the bottom. Now I'm near the top, which feels great!
5) Pants and shorts are falling to the floor.
6) The most important thing for me after a disastrous March filled with self-doubt about my possibilities for success is seeing that I CAN make progress. I'm losing weight correctly, and certainly not too fast as has been suggested to me. I CAN find the time to exercise. All last month I had a project hanging over my head to do translations. I told myself I didn't have the time to do that AND exercise, so, basically, I did neither. Now I've expressed that I can't do the project even though it means some much-needed income because my health has to come first. Those hours have to go to walking on the treadmill, dancing, and swinging kettlebells at this point in my life.
So that's that. I have free Spark Coach until the end of June, so I'm going to sign up for a different program now. Even though there is no person actually talking to me and pushing me on, I paid attention to all the video lessons and readings that were part of the program. I sent one email, and it was answered the following day. It has been a matter of making myself check in every evening and holding myself accountable to myself.
I''ve gotten rid of 47 pounds ~ nearly the weight limit of a suitcase on an airplane. That's a lot to shed, and I feel more agile and more positive about being able to lose the rest of it. Meanwhile, I'll keep walking, dancing, and lifting.