Monday, June 17, 2013
I have exercised and tracked calories just over 30 days, boy do I notice a difference! I have completely cut sugar to a record low and sweetners (aspertame) out of my life and drink water like a camel. I've invested my time and money into purchasing a library of exercise DVDs, hand weights, yoga mats, stretchy bands, exercise balls and shoes. I've made it my hobby to try different trainers and exercises from yoga, pilates, weights, isometrics, yogalates, and walking. I am eating better quality foods and increasing my intake of fruits and veggies.
What I notice is that I feel younger, it's easier to get up in the morning to start my day. I have a more positive outlook on life and feel like I am more in control of things. The midday headaches are almost completely gone and so are most of my allergies. My stomach does not get upset and I feel like I have more energy to get things done. I don't get as upset about things that don't go my way and feel like I am more understanding about things. I let unimportant things go like water off a duck's back.
I have lost about 12 pounds so far and figured that I need to walk at least 10-12 miles to lose just one pound. I feel stronger and have a better posture. My clothes are fitting better and I feel younger!
I've also come to the conclusion this is a life choice and lifestyle change. I have to be committed to this the rest of my life. I am 50 now and I can no longer rely on my body being able to take care of itself. As one ages, one has to work harder to take care of their body.
The only thing I am missing is running. I used to run when I was younger, I may give it another try, but I am just worried about injuries. So far, I have been easing into exercise and so far no injuries or problems. I don't belong to a gym or can afford a membership, but I do miss running outside!
So far so good with Sparkpeople and Sparkcoach. My entire day is committed towards meeting my goals and recording them. This is a big deal for me that I hope continues to pay off.