Sunday, October 28, 2007
My strategy is paying off. I'm slowly building consistency - I still have some times where I want to not do something, but the rewards I set up for reaching my mini-goals kept me from skipping the things I'm working to build into consistent, everyday habits. I'm down three pounds in just over a week and it looks like I will be recording atleast a one pound loss this week as well. I've added the treadmil back into my workout and I am focusing more on trying to go longer than on how can I burn the most calories. I'm using the personal trainer option on the bike and currently working to increase my endurance to where I can make it all of the way through the easiest setting (speeds, inclines change every minute or two). It's been rough, my best time without stopping is 8 minutes before I absolutely have to quit. I'm not going to get past that time anytime soon, but I know that in a few weeks I will be able to increase that to 8 1/2 or 9 minutes and on and on until I can do the entire 40 minute program. Then I'll move on to the next level. I've also been continuing with my exercise bike (up to 5 minutes without a break on that one (used to be only 3 minutes). The switch from calories burned to time spent has been a good one for me - it's really going to pay off in several ways as I continue down the road to a healthier me.
I've also been staying in my calorie range and tracking everything. Somedays are higher than others. I've even had a few days where I didn't hit 1200 (a rare thing for me), but I truly wasn't hungry on those days. I ate a bunch of stuff that isn't loaded in calories, and I figure why eat if you aren't hungry. I always seem to balance out at 1200+ over the course of the week though, so it doesn't worry me much. I feel so much better now than I did just a few weeks ago, and I've noticed that I feel more confident, even though I look like I did just over a month ago now (and back then I was very conscious of the fact that I was gaining weight again, and I didn't feel good about it at all).
I did something yesterday I never thought I would do. I walked about 3 miles in a parade. Actually it was a combination walk/run with very few pauses to stop. My legs were so tired by the end it was unreal. It was great though. Before joining SP I never could have done that. I'm genuinely excited to exercise and I haven't had that feeling in a long. long time. I love it!