! Here's a little update on how I'm doing.
So far as I know, I have followed my diet including the cholesterol restrictions every single day. Friday and Sunday were questionable because I ate at restaurants for dinner, but I chose sensible entrees and did my best to guestimate calories. I think I was approximately on target for the day.
I still am not getting my 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day eaten. I have decided that this week I am going to try rewarding myself with a cheat meal if I successfully eat my vegetables all 7 days. That way if a craving comes up during the week that I know I can't have, I have a way to schedule it in and look forward to it -- as long as I meet my goals.
I will also be adding an extra cup of greens to my morning smoothie (1 cup fresh kale + 1 cup frozen spinach) to help me in this goal.
The first week I worked out 3 days that week. The second week I worked out 4 days. This is the third week and I worked out 4 days in a row. Still haven't hit my target of 5 days a week. I realize I just don't want to work out on the weekends, so I have to get those 5 days in during the week.
I did run into a wrinkle. My exercise of choice is walking on an uphill incline on the treadmill. But this week I started feeling a slight twinge in my right knee when I do this. My sister is studying to become a physical therapist so I asked for her advice. She said that incline work is very hard on the body and puts stress on the knee, and to reduce it. So now I have a choice. I don't want to be a hypochondriac and stop exercising just because I feel a sensation in my knee, a little bit, sometimes. On the other hand I don't want to ignore a potential problem and thus exacerbate it. I'm really set on doing this type of exercise so I haven't decided what to do yet. Possibly just continue but monitor the situation for any signs of deterioration.
On a related note, I bought a bike this week! It's a 16" Schwinn mountain bike. My sister said this would be an improvement over the incline walking. I live in a very flat area though so biking doesn't really get my heart rate up like I'd like it to. It may be my only option though if my knee continues to respond poorly to the treadmill.
My weight fluctuates wildly so I still cannot pinpoint for sure if I have lost weight, but the trend appears to be lowering. I have weighed in anywhere from 166 to 174 over the past 3 weeks, but the last week most days have been 170 or less. I'm guessing I've lost a pound.
I have employed a few new tools to help me stay on track:
- I'm using this to track and graph my weight
- I'm using this to track my weight related and non-related goals on a daily basis, so I can review my track record at the end of the week
I'm thinking of offering myself some kind of reward if I stick with the program for 3 months as planned. Maybe an iPad 2.