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GFVEGAN Posts: 6
4/2/12 7:14 P

I've been following my plan pretty well. I have been 100% on my exercise plan, and pretty good with my food plan. I lost three pounds last week, and I keep hearing that it's healthier to lose 1-2 pounds per week and not more, so I decided to add a little more fat to my diet this week to see how that goes.

I stayed within the calorie range that I set for myself on the first day that I decided to do that, but I went a little overboard yesterday. I was just so hungry. I ended up eating about 800 extra calories and was kind of shocked when I plugged it all into SP. Today is my birthday, but I'm trying to stay on track today.

I really did not feel like running last night, but I went to the gym and completed the fifth week of the C25K program. For those of you who are not familiar with the program, the last day of the fifth week is a big deal. Up until this point, you alternate running with walking. This was just a five minute warm-up walk, and then I ran for 20 minutes.

I don't have headphones, and I get dizzy trying to read the captions on the TV at the gym, so it got kind of boring. I asked for headphones for my birthday, so hopefully I'll have some more entertainment for my next run :) The run was pretty hard, and I had to convince myself to finish it and not just save it for the next day. I was not really out of breath, my legs just hurt.

I have been running at a slightly faster pace this past week, and I have been kicking the speed up for the last minute or so of each run to end strong. I'm really proud of myself for finishing the run..and it was a kind of birthday gift to myself. Also, a guy hit on me on my way out of the gym. I haven't been hit on at the gym in a long time, so that was kind of fun.

My Progress:

I'm down to 217.8, and I'm still in Class 3 Obesity, but my BMI is lower. It is 41.15 now. I will meet my short-term goal if I lose 6.8 pounds. I should be able to do this by the end of the month, for sure.

JIBBIE49 Posts: 73,499
3/29/12 12:07 A

Don't quit. That is all that matters. emoticon

GFVEGAN Posts: 6
3/27/12 4:40 P

Hi everyone. I have been lurking on here a bit and wanted to join in. I'm hoping that posting here will help me stay on track as I reveal my successes and struggles. Please feel free to comment, offer suggestions or just say hello :)

About Me:

I'm 23, and I live in the Pacific Northwest with my boyfriend, some friends and five cats. I recently graduated from college, and I work from home as a freelance web content writer as I look for a job in my field.

My Health:

I am vegan and was somewhat recently diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity. My doctor also said I have leaky gut syndrome, which causes my body to react to a lot of foods, including soy, some nuts, some beans and most grains except for oats and corn. I have been overweight most of my life.

When I first graduated from high school, I weighed about 125 pounds. I started the Couch Potato to 5K running program, and I lost over 50 pounds. I was proud of myself and loved feeling healthy. Unfortunately, I gained it all back throughout college.

College is over, and it's time to get healthy. I had a few false starts over the past few months where I would go to the gym or do a home workout video for a couple weeks but then get injured or get sick.

My Inspiration:
A good friend of mine has been following a diet plan and lifting weights for the past six months, and he sent me some pictures of his progress. I was amazed. He looks like a new person. He has always been very shy, not confident about his appearance and addicted to video games. Now he looks muscular, lean and so happy. Now he even wants to become a dietitian. So I asked him for some advice, and I'm excited about my new fitness journey.

My Plan:

I do really well when I have plans, goals and numbers to follow. It is important for me to make some promises to myself about what I will eat and how much I will exercise.

I joined Weight Watchers about two weeks ago. I like the Weight Watchers plan, but I think that a person can follow the plan and still eat unhealthy food. That is not my goal here. I want to get fit and eat healthy food, so I have some additional rules, which is part of the reason why I joined SparkPeople.

My friend suggested I eat about 1 gram of protein for every pound of my lean body mass. My lean body mass is about 120 lbs right now, so I am aiming for 120 g of protein every day. Remember, this is on a vegan diet, so this is a bit of a challenge. I'm also aiming for about 135 g of carbohydrates and 60 g of fat.

For exercise, I plan to complete the Couch Potato to 5K program on the treadmill and do other cardio exercises on the elliptical, rowing machine, recumbent bike, etc. I also want to do a weight lifting program, so I am basically doing the one outlined at I will only use weight machines and no barbells to start because I don't feel comfortable doing that without a partner.

My Progress:

I have been logging each meal and exercise on Weight Watchers for a little over two weeks now. I lost about 5 pounds after the first week and about half of a pound during the second week. I'm on my third week now, and I'm trying not to weigh myself every day.

I completed my last fourth-week workout on the Couch Potato to 5K program last night, and I am halfway through my second week of my weight lifting plan. I have also been doing cardio for a half an hour every day.

About two weeks ago I weighed 227 pounds. I am 5'1, so my BMI was 42.89. This puts me in Class 3 Obesity. A little over two weeks later, I weigh 220.4, so my BMI is 41.64. I use a scale that gives an estimate of body fat percentage and some other fancy things. It may not be terribly accurate, but it will show progress. Two weeks ago my body fat percentage was 44%, and today it is about 42%.

Short-Term Goal:

I'm going to set my short-term goal as reaching 211 pounds because this will reduce my BMI to just below 40. This will put me in Class 2 Obesity.

Edited by: GFVEGAN at: 3/27/2012 (16:42)
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