Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I have just completed my fourth consecutive day of logging. And not just logging but eating well. I truly, literally feel better physically. My energy levels have been better, my sleep has been better, my mood definitely is better. This is great!
I couldn't figure out why SP was restricting my calories so severely when I'd re-set my goal weight, which means I only have four pounds to lose. Why the 1200-1500 calorie range to shed just four pounds?
Then I looked at my goals and realized I'd originally set my "goal date" as 3/1/14. SparkPeople thinks I need to shed four pounds in less than two weeks! LOL So I set the goal date for my birthday, in June, Whew! That gives me about 250 extra calories to work with each day.
On the other hand, the four-day jumpstart has been good. I honestly feel like I've lost weight. I'm not normally one of those people who can gauge their weight by how their clothes fit, but it's impossible not to notice my jeans have become quite loose. I'm sure most of this is due to decreased sodium intake on my reclaimed healthy diet, but I'll take a few pounds of fluid loss in lieu of fat right now. It still feels good and the weight loss is very motivating.
It's been a bit rough rebuilding my business almost from scratch since the beginning of the year, but things are starting to ramp back up and when I'm going full-throttle I've decided to join a gym. It's been awhile since I had any desire to belong to a health club, but I seriously need some weight training. It will benefit my bones, for one thing. My sister fell last week and broke her shoulder, which put the bone-density issue into very sharp focus for me. My sister isn't even 50 years old yet, and we've both been diagnosed with osteopenia. So, memo to self: Strength training!!
I know I can do strength training at home, but the truth is I hate weightlifting. I joke that I do much better with weight training when I have some at my elbow, yelling at me. There's some truth to it, though. I'm very competitive, so if someone stands there and challenges me to do "just one more" rep, I will grit my way through it. On the other hand, if I'm working out in my living room, I tend to let myself off the hook. It's just ugly.
So, a gym membership is going on my list of rewards for increased business success. It's true: Spark works in ALL areas of one's life!
I was reflecting the other day that I weigh the exact same amount right now as I did in 1994 when I was prancing around in spandex mini-skirts. But I could never do that today because I'm a flabby, poochy mess. It's because in 1994 I had been weight training for a full year. My body fat probably was around 15%. Today, it's 40%.
I don't really have any desire to fit into a spandex mini-skirt anytime soon, but I'd sure like to get my toned figure back. I'm betting I can do it.