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Update #9

Monday, July 08, 2013

Well, I have both good news and not so good news to report. Good News: I have been able to maintain my 10.4 pound weight loss. YEAH! Also, I have been able to maintain my workout sessions. Except for Sunday, I was so sore from my regular workout plus completing the holiday weekend challenge. Last Monday, July 1, I changed my workout routine. (SPARK suggests the every 4 to 6 weeks; we should change our workout routine). Instead of completing miles with Leslie Sansone DVDs each day, I started doing the HipHop ABS with Beachbody workout program. There is a 2 month workout guide. I hope and pray I will be able to keep it up once school starts again.

As you can tell from my previous blogs, I have really struggled. For the month of June and the last 2 weeks of May, I was walking about 5 miles a day 5 to 6 days a week, watching my calorie intake and everything. Yet, I was having no real success except for my endurance levels. LOL. After emailing with a SparkCoach and talking to a health friend here in town, we all think I was working out too much and not eating enough so I was starving my body. Sadness! But Praise the Lord; things are starting to look up.

Now the not so good news: Since I am finally on summer break my water intake has decreased and the amount of sleep I am getting has decreased too. While I was working, I was able to down the water and get my 10 cups in each day, but for the past week I have been only able to get like 4 cups a day, max. Urg. I have changed my personal challenge for this week to drink 8 cups a day. I am going to get my 8 cups in today. I have 2 more cups to go. Also, even though I have been tracking all or most all of my fitness, I have stopped tracking my nutrition the last week or so. But, I am trying to start back up again. It is really hard when I am just putting random things together.

For right now, my three main goals are continue to lose weight, get my water intake in, and learn to cook. emoticon
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  • KAITLYN993
    gah tracking cooking is so hard! i usually just end up picking something close to what i had. i figure having something close ish is better than not tracking it at all. You are doing awesome though! water can be hard to remember but just having it with me at all times sometimes helps to remind me to drink it. :D
    1715 days ago
    Awesome Job on your progress and the rest will come as you continue your hard work. It's all about staying dedicated even through the rough patches- it will pay off. I find it easy to drink enough water when I carry my own cup with me- my favorite one is the trevis cups because they keep water cool even after the ice is gone and its 24 oz so if you drink 3 of them you have more than 8 cups.

    Keep up the good work!!!! emoticon emoticon
    1717 days ago
    I think it is great that you are working so hard for your goals but remember to love and nourish your body as well. I have found that when people don't think about the weight they end up losing more. If you're weighing yourself more than once a week, try limiting to once a week. And if you don't already, carry a water bottle with you. If you decide to keep it in a purse make sure it's a really good bottle because as my sister and I can testify it can cause problems if its a poor product.

    You got this girl! Just keep pushing.
    1717 days ago
    It's totally true if you look good at the end of a workout you didn't try hard enough. emoticon
    We all have had those days where we could have put in more effort, it's just about not letting that happen to many days and hopefully never in a row.
    1718 days ago
  • ADLIN915
    I feel you on tracking when you put things together, I cook dinner but I never measure out any of the stuff I use. I measure as I serve myself and that's about it. For the water I suggest a water bottle, if you don't already use one, that way it's easier to get your daily 8 cups. My water bottle holds 3 cups so I just fill it 3 times a day and boom got my water in. I would say don't stress too much, that can also affect your weight, as long as your working out and eating within your calories you can do it. Think of it as a lifestyle change not a diet, that helped me a lot in the beginning and I too was at my first 10 pounds and pushed myself everyday with no breaks lost a couple more pounds then I relaxed a little gained most of the weight then gave up. After a couple months tried again but this time saw it as changing my life now everything's going a lot better, since then I've lost 22 pounds, so see it as something you will do for the rest of your life and not just another diet.
    1719 days ago
    Water can be a hard one. When I started I gave up everything else, no soda, or anything but water. Now it's just second nature, I always keep a water bottle with me. My hubby swears it's probably attached to me some how. Now I've discovered juice is usually to sweet for me, soda upsets my stomach, water though. It's always good.
    The cooking thing you will get use to but I know I still struggle with it. As for the working out to much and not eating enough, we've all been there. It will work out. I've seen the Hip Hop abs and it looks like fun. If you like that try Zumba, it's a lot of fun and probably one of my favorite work outs. You are doing great keep up the great job. emoticon
    1719 days ago
    Good for you! Keep going!
    1719 days ago
    What a powerhouse you are. You go girl. .Don't stress about cooking. We all started from zero.
    1719 days ago
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