The wonders of WATER & EXERCISE!
Friday, March 27, 2009
In the past few days I've come to the realization how vital these two things are in addition to a healthy eating program!
First of all... I'm amazed by how much better I feel when I get my minimum of 8 cups of water in each day. I'm finding that my body actually needs closer to 10 cups per day in order to feel my best. I'm assuming it has to do w/the fact that I'm already so overweight. My guess is that as I slim down I'll be able to adjust to just 8 cups per day. For now, though, my goal has been 10 cups!! Considering that I LOVE beef jerky and we all know how much sodium is in jerky... it is probably a good thing that I'm doing the extra water!
I've also started working out using the "Walk Away The Pounds" DVD (Leslie Sansone). I found it on ebay for $3 + $3 shipping!! You can't beat that! :-)
I started out walking 1 mile for the first 2 days and then moved on to the 2-mile walk for the past 2 days. Ouch! 2 miles is really pushing it, so I think I'll continue to alternate between 1 & 2 miles. I look forward to eventually making it to the 3-mile point, but I don't see that happening any time soon. I've never been a fan of exercise, so I really don't want to push it too hard and burn myself out. Slow and steady wins the race, right?! :-)
Today I feel fabulous. I did have a very high calorie & high fat breakfast from Hardee's, but I had a 3 hour house cleaning to do today. I've learned from my mistake in the past of not eating enough calories and then running out of fuel midway through my day, so this time I made sure to get the bulk of my calories in before hand! I wish I had been able to prepare something at home to eat, but I overslept this morning (a new side effect that I'm blaming on the new exercise my body is getting used to!) and literally had about 20 mins from the minute my feet hit the floor to get ready & out the door, LOL!
But the good news is... I managed to stay within 20 calories of my limit today!!! (1530 calories) Yay!!
The only thing I was lacking today was protein. I think I was 22 under my minimum. The problem was that I couldn't think of anything that would still keep me within my calorie or fat limits. That's something I need to work on. It's amazing to me how many protein calories our bodies need each day. My eyes have been opened to the fact that I was definitely WAY low on my protein and WAY high on my calories and fat each day! No wonder I've gained all this weight...
I'm loving this new lifestyle, and the nutrition tracker is vital for me right now. Otherwise I really have nothing to go by, and I really hate following a "diet" book/program! SP rocks!!
Thanks for stopping by, friends! I hope you all have a WONDERFUL, BLESSED, and HEALTHY weekend!!!!